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Woman with Down syndrome files human rights complaint over officers' comments

The officers were recorded describing the woman as "disfigured" and a "half-person" during a traffic stop.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
September 21, 2017

The law says refugee claims must be heard in 60 days. So why are people waiting 16 months?

Canada has a backlog of more than 30,000 refugee claims, a tally that's growing at roughly 1,400 cases per month.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
September 21, 2017

Toronto legal clinic launches challenge to mandatory minimum sentence

Toronto's Aboriginal Legal Services (ALS) argues the sentence for a First Nations woman who pleaded guilty to importing cocaine violates protections against cruel and unusual punishment.

Article source:
The Lawyer's Daily
Posted:
September 21, 2017

Toronto councillors to landlords: Keep the air conditioning on

Warm temperatures and a misunderstood Toronto bylaw have left some residents baking in their units, councillors say.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
September 21, 2017

October 6: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression: the IRB Chairperson's Guideline

When: 6 October 2017, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (Eastern time)

Where: Online

This webinar is appropriate for anyone who works with refugees, vulnerable migrants, and other newcomers.

Article source:
Canadian Council for Refugees
Posted:
September 20, 2017

Public asked for input on customer service rules for Ontario energy utilities

Are there times when Ontario energy utilities shouldn't be allowed to disconnect customers? Should customers be allowed to use credit cards? What about security deposits?

Article source:
Ontario Energy Board
Posted:
September 20, 2017

October 4: Free session to learn about your Workplace Rights in Ontario

When: Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Where: Toronto Public Library, Fairview Branch, 35 Fairview Mall Dr, North York, ON

Hours of work, pay, overtime, breaks, holidays, and vacations are some of workers' legal rights and duties. Learn about how to protect yourself from arbitrary actions of your employers.

Article source:
Ontario Bar Association (OBA)
Posted:
September 20, 2017

Legal clinics launch challenges over disability benefit rate

Legal clinics in Ontario have launched human rights challenges regarding the disability benefit rate two clients are receiving.

Article source:
Law Times
Posted:
September 20, 2017

On the Radar: Increases to asset limits and gift amounts for people on social assistance

This month's On the Radar highlights changes to the rules about asset values and gifts for people on Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program.

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
September 20, 2017

Canada Has Done Even Less For Its 'Dreamers' Than The U.S.

For young undocumented Canadian migrants who may have lived most of their lives in the country, there is no corresponding Canadian DACA.

Article source:
Huffington Post Canada
Posted:
September 19, 2017

Cell searches a serious privacy intrusion

Daniel Therrien says Canadians shouldn't cross into U.S. if they're unwilling to have their devices searched.

Article source:
AdvocateDaily.com
Posted:
September 19, 2017

Ontario eyes ban of door-to-door sales on furnaces, AC, water-softening systems

Ontario is considering the outlawing of door-to-door sales of home-service products after receiving thousands of complaints about expensive, contracts signed under questionable circumstances.

Article source:
Ottawa Citizen
Posted:
September 19, 2017

New smart beacons open doors for people with visual impairment in Toronto neighbourhood

A CNIB pilot project plans to install 200 wayfinding beacons in Toronto stores and restaurants. 

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
September 19, 2017

The price of DIY law is too high for everybody

Most people are in courtrooms at their worst times, especially in custody and access cases. Increasingly, even middle-class Canadians are without lawyers to help because the costs are too high.

Article source:
Vancouver Sun
Posted:
September 19, 2017

Ontario introducing tough new laws, stiffer penalties for drug-impaired drivers

Ontario plans to introduce new penalties for drug-impaired drivers ahead of the legalization of recreational marijuana next July.

Article source:
Global News
Posted:
September 18, 2017

Time for a Podcast on A2J & Social Justice in Canada

Dr. Julie Macfarlane's podcast will feature lawyers, judges, and SRLs, as well as advocates of all stripes working on social change that they believe dovetails with A2J.

Article source:
National Self-Represented Litigants Project (NSRLP)
Posted:
September 18, 2017

WSIB to review more than 250 GE Peterborough claims

Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn says the claims will be processed as a broader system for dealing with claims is developed.

Article source:
MyKawartha.com
Posted:
September 18, 2017

Gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous inmates growing, latest statistics show

Ministers of justice and public safety say the government is not turning a "blind eye" to the issue.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
September 18, 2017

L'Arche London opens new Gathering Place for people with intellectual disabilities

London's L'Arche community has opened Gathering Place, an 8,000 square foot facility in Lambeth that will provide day program activities for people with developmental disabilities.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
September 18, 2017

Fiera Foods hires independent auditor to review use of temp workers, health and safety practices

Fiera Foods' announcement of an internal audit came after the company pleaded guilty to Ministry of Labour charges related to the death of temp agency worker Amina Diaby.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
September 15, 2017