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August 28: Basic Income Information Session - Hamilton

When: Monday, August 28, 2017, 6:45 p.m. for a 7 p.m. start, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Where: Hamilton Central Library - Hamilton Room, 55 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON L8N 4E4 

There will be a short presentation about the OBIP by Karen Glass, Assistant Deputy Minister, Poverty Reduction Strategy Division, followed by a question and answer session.

Article source:
Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services
Posted:
August 21, 2017

Canadian teachers lack confidence to discuss Indigenous cultures in class, study says

A study suggests that while teachers may want to instruct about residential schools and include Indigenous culture in their classrooms, they are nervous about saying the wrong thing.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
August 21, 2017

Overhaul immigration detention system: Editorial

The case of refugee claimant Ricardo Scotland proves yet again that Canada must make drastic changes to how it deals with unwanted migrants: Toronto Star editorial.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
August 21, 2017

ISAC's Media & Policy News: 18 August 2017

The Income Security Advocacy Centre's bulletin includes news, updates, reports, and events from Ontario, across Canada, and around the world.

Article source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)
Posted:
August 21, 2017

Poor Ontario families getting poorer: new report

The poorest families in Ontario are earning less than they were in 2000, while during the same period richer families have watched their income grow, according to a new economic report.

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

October 12: Overview of Canadian Law Free Legal Workshop

When: Thursday, October 12, 2017, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Where: Ebenezer United Church, 5000 Steeles Ave. East, Markham

A lawyer will provide direction on how to obtain legal advice and will answer questions. This workshop will be conducted in English with a Mandarin translator.

Article source:
Ebenezer United Church
Posted:
August 18, 2017

Criminal Justice System Review Survey / Questionnaire sur les changements au système de justice pénale

The survey is open until 8 p.m. EDT, (Eastern Daylight Time) Thursday, August 24, 2017.

Article source:
Victim Justice Network
Posted:
August 18, 2017

Province hiring hydro welfare team in North Bay

The province is establishing a team in North Bay that will be dedicated to enrolling social assistance recipients across Ontario in a program to help lower their electricity costs.

Article source:
The Sudbury Star
Posted:
August 18, 2017

Government vows to change fund for parents of murdered, missing children

The federal government will make changes to a largely untapped fund designed to help parents of murdered or missing children after a blistering critique exposed deep flaws in the program.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
August 17, 2017

Compensation exemption levels raised for Ontario Works, ODSP recipients

Recipients of OW or ODSP payments can now keep more of their government payments following any compensation awards they receive, the province has announced.

Article source:
Windsor Star
Posted:
August 17, 2017

In human experiment, Ontario miners say they paid devastating price

"We were used like guinea pigs," retired miner says of exposure to toxic powder meant to protect their lungs.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
August 17, 2017

Legal Aid Ontario defunds the African Canadian Legal Clinic over allegations of financial mismanagement

The decision follows years of tension between the two organizations, LAO citing concerns about financial mismanagement and the ACLC claiming it was under greater scrutiny than other clinics.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
August 17, 2017

September 21: A Rights-Based Approach to Poverty Elimination

When: Thursday, September 21, 2017, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. EDT

Where: Sheridan Conference Centre, 1430 Trafalgar Road, Oakville, ON L6H 2L1 

This is a full-day session of "learning and reflection on what it means to lead with a human-rights based approach in poverty elimination work."

Article source:
Halton Community Legal Services
Posted:
August 17, 2017

Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada to carry out audit of long-term detention reviews

This week's decision by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice ordering the release of an individual who had been detained for over a year provides further impetus for the IRB's planned audit: IRB...

Article source:
Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB)
Posted:
August 16, 2017

Find out if your kids are eligible for free dental care

Teeth cleaning, check-ups and dental treatment for kids: How to access free dental care for children 17 years old and under, if they are eligible through the government's Healthy Smiles program....

Article source:
Government of Ontario - ServiceOntario
Posted:
August 16, 2017

Ontario Indigenous education agreement hailed as step towards self-governance

The historic deal gives full educational authority to Indigenous communities. Twenty-three member nations of the Anishinabek Nation have signed the agreement.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
August 16, 2017

White nationalist group not welcome on campus: University of Toronto

The university's president said bigotry, hate, and violence have no place on campus and condemned the deadly clash between protesters and white supremacists in Virginia.

Article source:
AdvocateDaily.com
Posted:
August 16, 2017

Fighting bad landlords: Tenants network pushing renters to organize

Success depends on "collective pressure" applied by many tenants acting together, said Campbell Young of the Hamilton Tenants Solidarity Network.

Article source:
Hamilton Spectator
Posted:
August 16, 2017

'Things are getting worse, not better': Activists testifying about Canadian racism to UN panel

Representatives from the South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario, the Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic, and Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants are testifying at the UN.

Article source:
Metro
Posted:
August 15, 2017

5 lessons for tenants from the successful Parkdale rent strike

Concessions from the landlord include reductions in planned above-guideline rent increases, relief for tenants facing financial hardship, and a program of maintenance and repair.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
August 15, 2017