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Law Society report suggests ways to end systemic racism in legal professions

The CBC's The Current radio program convened a panel on September 13 to discuss the experience of discrimination that non-white lawyers can face in the...

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CBC Radio - The Current
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September 23, 2016

Ontario social assistance doesn't meet basic human needs

We all pay for poverty. Research from all over the world shows that those who are the poorest are sicker and die sooner than those who are wealthier, no matter the cause: article.

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Policy Options
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September 23, 2016

Top court's bilingual rule a barrier to indigenous judges: Sinclair, Bellegarde

Two leading First Nations voices say the government's new SCC selection process creates unfair barriers for indigenous candidates due to its "functionally bilingual" requirement.

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The Globe and Mail
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September 23, 2016

October 26: Helping your clients find good legal information, St. Catharines/Niagara

When: Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. (Afternoon session may be offered pending community interest. Let us know if you require/would prefer a PM session: 1-4 p.m.).

Where: 1388 Third Street Louth, St. Catharines, ON, Room 204

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

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CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
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September 23, 2016

LGBTQ families await proposed changes to Ontario's parentage laws

"Cy and Ruby’s Act" was introduced last fall as amendments to the pieces of Ontario law that discriminate against non-standard families.

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The Globe and Mail
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September 22, 2016

Latest bulletin from Get Ready for the ONCA, September 21, 2016

ONCA still on hold - Ontario's Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, 2010...

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CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
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September 22, 2016

New and Revised CLEO Publications - September 22, 2016

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

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CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
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September 22, 2016

The September 21, 2016 issue of ARCH Alert is now available

Topics in this issue of ARCH Disability Law Centre's ARCH Alert include Right to Inclusive Education, update on Forcillo appeal, and Court of Appeal rulings in Nova Scotia and Ontario.

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ARCH Disability Law Centre
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September 22, 2016

Muscati: Stop detaining child migrants. Canada has alternatives.

Canada has held hundreds of children in immigration detention over the past several years, documented in a new report released by the U of T's International Human Rights Program.

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Ottawa Citizen
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September 22, 2016

Tell the Ontario Government They've Got it Wrong on Payday Loans

The provincial government announced lowering payday loan rates from 546% to 390% per annum, but this change will take another year and a half to get to this "still usurious" level.

Article source:
Ontario Project for Interclinic Community Organizing (OPICCO)
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September 21, 2016

October 20-21: Connect, Create, Communicate 2016: Public Legal Education and the Access to Justice Movement

When: Thursday, October 20, 2016, 8:30 a.m. – Friday, October 21, 2016, 3 p.m.

Where: Chestnut Residence & Conference Centre, 89 Chestnut Street, Toronto

The presenters welcome participation from legal professionals, community workers, students, and other people working in access to justice and doing PLEI.

Article source:
The Action Group on Access to Justice (TAG)
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September 21, 2016

Dual citizens given a break on new passport rules

In the wake of a public outcry, the federal government has extended the grace period of its new travel requirement for Canadian dual citizens to November 10.

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Toronto Star
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September 21, 2016

'Slow, inefficient, and costly': Canada's criminal justice system needs urgent reform, report finds

Ontario has the worst record for the proportion of criminal charges stayed or withdrawn, and of the cases that do make it to trial, the percentage of accused persons found guilty is just 55.3%.

Article source:
National Post
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September 21, 2016

Durham Region wants police checks on new residents entering seniors homes

Jane Meadus of the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly, says criminal record checks for new residents of seniors homes are "...a real red...

Article source:
CityNews.ca
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September 20, 2016

September 23: Lunch & Learn / Dîner - Causerie: How to Support Clients with Mental Illness - What are Their Rights?

When: Friday, September 23, 2016, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Where: Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization (OCISO) Community Room959 Wellington Street West, Ottawa

The event will emphasize an introduction to Mental Health Law, what community workers should understand, how they can help, and resources available in Ottawa.

Article source:
Connecting Ottawa/Connexion Ottawa
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September 20, 2016

The Fall 2016 issue of the Workers' Rights Newsletter is now available

Topics in this issue include Chinese Restaurant-Workers report, Neighbourhood Legal Services providing Employment Law, TFWs and Northumberland CLC, and Bill 132.

Article source:
Parkdale Community Legal Services
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September 20, 2016

Law Society report proposes changes to combat systemic racism

A Law Society of Upper Canada working group is urging "compliance measures" to push law firms to adopt policies that eliminate discrimination.

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Toronto Star
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September 20, 2016

Children's aid overhaul would raise top age to 18

The overhaul seeks to raise top age to 18, set minimum care standards, and take greater control over children's aid societies.

Article source:
Toronto Star
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September 20, 2016

Hamilton shows what works in the fight against homelessness

Adopting a "housing first approach," Hamilton has seen the nation's biggest drop in homelessness.

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

Downtown Legal Services Now Offers Employment Law Services

Low-income individuals as well as full-time students at the University of Toronto can receive free legal advice and representation on employment law matters.

Article source:
Downtown Legal Services
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September 19, 2016