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Reasonable Doubt: Can my landlord stop me from smoking in my rented unit?

Your home may be your castle, but that does not mean that you are free to do anything you wish within its walls, particularly if the activity affects someone outside those walls.

Article source:
NOW
Posted:
July 22, 2016

August 30: Helping your clients find good legal information, Peterborough

When: Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 1:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Where: Peterborough Lions Community Centre, 347 Burnham Street, Peterborough

A workshop presented by CLEO to help you help your clients when they face a legal issue.

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
July 22, 2016

Access to Justice? Yes in My Back Yard.

Sabreena Delhon, Manager of The Action Group on Access to Justice (TAG) at LSUC, blogs about the work being done with librarians to increase their opportunities to be access-to-justice agents.

Article source:
Slaw
Posted:
July 22, 2016

ISAC's Media & Policy News: 22 July 2016

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

Article source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)
Posted:
July 22, 2016

Supreme Court of Canada allows ban on internet use to be applied retroactively

The SCC took steps to bring the law up to speed to protect kids in the rapidly evolving realm of cyberspace in a ruling allowing judges to ban convicted sexual predators from using the Internet....

Article source:
CTV News
Posted:
July 21, 2016

Howard Sapers urges legal limits on prison segregation

Canada's prison watchdog is calling for tighter legal restrictions and greater oversight over solitary confinement as two more cases of suicide in segregation hit the spotlight.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
July 21, 2016

Missing, murdered inquiry will lack power to compel police action

The inquiry will not have the authority to make findings of police misconduct or compel law-enforcement agencies to reopen cold cases, according to a draft of the terms of reference.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
July 21, 2016

Province must stop housing federal immigration detainees: Cole

If the federal Minister of Public Safety won't take action, Premier Wynne must refuse to keep any new immigration detainees in a provincial jail, and set free those who are already there: Desmond...

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
July 21, 2016

5 things to know about the new Canada Child Benefit

The new child benefit package, promised during last fall's federal election, rolled out on July 20.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
July 21, 2016

Chris Ramsaroop: When food workers are treated like property, they have a friend in him

In a series about food, the Globe profiles Chris Ramsaroop, founder of Justice for Migrant Workers, a legal clerk who spends his weekends trying to give legal help to migrant farm workers.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
July 20, 2016

Families of people killed by police denied legal funding at inquests

Most relatives of people killed by police don't get funding for legal representation at inquests - it normally goes only to parents or spouses of victims of crime.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
July 20, 2016

Inmate was justified in stabbing other prisoner, Ontario judge says

An Ontario judge has ruled that a provincial inmate was justified in stabbing another prisoner at Toronto East Detention Centre last year because of the facility's abysmal security conditions.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
July 20, 2016

Ontario Government toughens workplace sexual harassment law

Starting Sept. 8, the Occupational Health and Safety Act will specifically define what workplace sexual harassment is and dictate that every employer must have a policy to deal with it...

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
July 20, 2016

Don't hold immigration detainees in provincial prisons: Editorial

About 50 immigration detainees are on a hunger strike demanding that they not be held in provincial jails. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale should meet their demands: Toronto Star editorial

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
July 20, 2016

On the Radar: New Canada Child Benefit will help low-income families

This month's On the Radar explains some basics about the new Canada Child Benefit, which starts in July 2016, including how it's different from the old child benefit payments and how to get it.

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
July 19, 2016

Basic income? How about basic services?

Expanding the public services from which anyone can benefit, irrespective of the amount or source of income, might be a better alternative to a basic income, writes Armine Yalnizyan.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
July 19, 2016

Hamilton police draft carding policies don't go far enough, say activists

New policies don't go far enough, say activists who have complained over the 1 1/2 years at meetings, marches, talks with the former police chief and with the Hamilton Police oversight board.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
July 19, 2016

Advocates call for racial diversity as figures show 'judiciary of whiteness'

A report in Policy Options magazine estimates just one per cent of Canada's 2,160 judges in the provincial superior and lower courts are aboriginal, while three per cent are racial minorities.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
July 19, 2016

New Eligibility Requirements for The Low-Income Seniors Co-Payment Drug Program

On August 1, more than 170,000 seniors will be newly eligible for the low-income Seniors Co-Payment program under the Ontario Drug Benefit Program. Information about elgibility, how to apply.

Article source:
Government of Ontario
Posted:
July 19, 2016

Pokémon Go Craze Brings New 'Augmented Reality' Legal Issues Into Light

Privacy issues with the popular game are significant, given the vast amount of data - much of it involving locational information – collected through the app: Michael Geist.

Article source:
Michael Geist
Posted:
July 19, 2016