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December 19: Public Legal Education Session on Powers of Attorney

When: Monday, December 19, 2016, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Where: Huron/Perth Community Legal Clinic, 59 Lorne Ave East, Stratford, ON

To Register: Call (519) 271-4556, ext. 29 OR e-mail birmink@lao.on.ca

Who will look after your affairs if you become mentally incapable? Come and learn about Powers of Attorney for Personal Care and Powers of Attorney for Property.

Article source:
Huron/Perth Community Legal Clinic
Posted:
December 08, 2016

Inside the Canadian court that handles drug crime differently

One day a month, the special drug treatment court convenes to hear from Ontarians facing drug charges. Here, they get second, third, and fourth chances - with strict conditions.

Article source:
VICE News
Posted:
December 08, 2016

New human rights commission strategic plan tackles racial profiling, solitary confinement

It's the product of feedback from nearly 300 people over the last year and hundreds of hours spent traveling across the province.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
December 08, 2016

Ontario sets out rules for physician-assisted deaths

Life insurance benefits couldn't be denied to patients, health workers would get protections under the proposed law.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
December 08, 2016

Government of Canada changes to spousal reunification process

The new application kit for the spousal sponsorship process will be available December 15.

Article source:
Government of Canada - Gouvernement du Canada
Posted:
December 07, 2016

Disconnected customers to get winter relief from Hydro One

LIEN responds to the Hydro One's announcement that it is restoring electricity to all of its residential customers who have been disconnected for bill...

Article source:
Low-Income Energy Network (LIEN)
Posted:
December 07, 2016

Reasonable Doubt: winter tips for tenants

Who is really responsible for snow removal, the tenant or landlord? And can you be evicted in the chilly months?

Article source:
NOW
Posted:
December 07, 2016

January 2017: Basic Income Pilot consultation

When: January 2017

Where: Cities across Ontario - see the link for dates and locations

In-person meetings are taking place across Ontario through January 31. You can attend a meeting or participate in other ways - see the link for more information.

Article source:
Government of Ontario - ServiceOntario
Posted:
December 07, 2016

December 7: Basic Income Pilot Forum

When: Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Where: Hearth Room, Trinity United Church Annex, 74 Frederick St., Kitchener

This will be a discussion of key points of the proposed design of the pilot project to understand more and contribute to the public consultation in January.  

Article source:
Social Planning Council of Kitchener-Waterloo
Posted:
December 06, 2016

The cost of poverty affects us all

The biggest barrier to ending poverty is the political orthodoxy that good government is small government, that social programs must shrink, and that taxes are evil: Dr. Gary Bloch.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
December 06, 2016

Security shouldn't trump privacy, watchdogs tell Trudeau government

Last month a Federal Court judge said CSIS violated the law by keeping potentially revealing electronic data over a 10-year period about people who were not targets of investigation.

Article source:
FindLaw.ca
Posted:
December 06, 2016

Federal spending falls short for students on reserves, budget watchdog says

The federal government does not adequately account for the cost of teaching in remote northern regions with small populations.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
December 06, 2016

Opinion: To all the Canadian employers out there — just give people with disabilities a chance

Three things people with disabilities have a hard time with when looking for a job: getting the right training and education, finding someone to hire them, and finding the perfect support at work...

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
December 05, 2016

Fighting for the 'right to try': Terminally ill Canadians want legal right to access unproven treatments

While competent people facing a forseeable death have the legal "right to die" in Canada, they don't have the "right to try" something that might prolong their lives.

Article source:
National Post
Posted:
December 05, 2016

Labour exploitation enabled by temporary foreign worker program, report says

Many people who are victims of labour exploitation in Edmonton came to Canada through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, a new report from ACT Alberta says.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
December 05, 2016

Ontario Appoints New Children's Lawyer

The Government of Ontario has announced that Marian Jacko will serve as Ontario's new Children's Lawyer as of November 28, 2016.

Article source:
Government of Ontario - ServiceOntario
Posted:
December 05, 2016

'Dire situation': Senators seek guidance for top court ruling on trial deadlines

Mass confusion could lead to miscarriages of justice and erosion of public trust in the criminal justice system, committee members warn.

Article source:
CBC Radio - The Current
Posted:
December 02, 2016

For Judge 'knees together' Camp: Education is power

Brenda Cossman writes, "I leave open the possibility that some judges are beyond redemption. I am not convinced that Robin Camp was one of these."

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
December 02, 2016

New and Revised CLEO Publications - December 2, 2016

CLEO is pleased to announce new or updated resources. All CLEO resources are provided free of charge.

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
December 02, 2016

Change from OW & ODSP Drug Cards to OHIP Cards

The Income Security Advocacy Centre has prepared information about changes to how people on Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program access prescription drugs.

Article source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)
Posted:
December 02, 2016