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DemocracyKit Workshops: How to Join a Campaign & Drive Political Change

These Toronto Public Library workshops explain how election campaigns work and deliver lessons, tools, and connections to make a meaningful contribution to a campaign team.

Article source:
Toronto Public Library
Posted:
August 16, 2018

Ontario's decision to halt new overdose-prevention sites could 'lead to more death': experts

Experts on the frontlines of the opioid epidemic say there is overwhelming evidence that overdose-prevention and safe injection sites save lives and help get people into treatment.

Article source:
Global News
Posted:
August 16, 2018

Emergency repairs or 'renoviction?' Tenants face off against Mississauga landlord

Residents worry they're getting pushed out, but the landlord says asbestos in the building needs to be removed.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
August 16, 2018

Half of new discount TTC passes for low-income residents are going unused

Under its first phase, people who receive OW or ODSP payments but aren't receiving a monthly transportation allowance of $100 or more are eligible for the concession.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
August 16, 2018

Judge slashes elderly client's legal bill, says lawyer 'was obviously making it all up as he went along'

A Toronto judge has drastically reduced an elderly woman's six-figure legal bill after finding her lawyer was unable to explain how he reached the amount.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
August 15, 2018

Trinity Western students won't have to sign covenant banning sex outside straight marriage

The change will come into effect at the beginning of this school year, but faculty and staff will still have to sign the convenant.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
August 15, 2018

On the Radar: New rules about working while getting Employment Insurance

People can work part-time while getting most types of EI benefits. Some of the rules about how much of their earnings they can keep changed on August 12, 2018.

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
August 15, 2018

August 29: Information Session on Sex Ed and Your Human Rights

When: Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 5:30 p.m.

Where: The 519, 519 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y 2C9

Contact: Athena Caldarola 416.920.1633 x8221 or caldara@lao.on.ca for more info and/or to register.

This is an information session where people (especially youth!) can learn about opportunities to participate in a legal challenge to the repeal of Ontario's sex ed curriculum.

Article source:
Justice for Children and Youth
Posted:
August 15, 2018

HALCO news Summer 2018 newsletter is now available

This issue includes updates on criminalization of HIV non-disclosure, improvement to Canada's immigration medical inadmissiblity regime, and more.

Article source:
HALCO - HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario
Posted:
August 14, 2018

September 11: Discover the CCR Migrant Workers Report Cards and how to use them

When: Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Where: Online

If you are concerned about migrant workers' rights, would like to learn more and find out how you can use these report cards, then this webinar is for you.

Article source:
Canadian Council for Refugees
Posted:
August 14, 2018

Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott puts 3 overdose prevention sites on hold

Elliott says the sites in Thunder Bay, St. Catharines, and Toronto will be frozen as the province conducts a review of harm-reduction practices and determines if the sites "have merit."

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
August 14, 2018

August 15: Community briefing on the future of the Basic Income Pilot Project, Hamilton

When: Wednesday, August 15, 2015, 1:30 p.m.

Where: Safe & Healthy Communities Committee of Hamilton City Council / City Hall Council Chambers, 71 Main Street West, Hamilton

A community briefing on the future of the Basic Income Pilot Project, hosted by Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction. 

Article source:
Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction
Posted:
August 14, 2018

Cannabis users will drive into murky territory when they get behind the wheel

Civil liberties advocates fear that sober people will end up receiving criminal records - and those at greatest risk will be medical cannabis users and racialized communities.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
August 13, 2018

Victims aren't handing rape kits over to police, researchers find

The researchers want to encourage ERs Canada-wide to step up efforts to help sexual assault survivors to secure justice in what is often a complex and stigmatizing legal system.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
August 13, 2018

Truth and Reconciliation Commission leaves most calls to action unmet, despite federal government's commitment

Few of the 76 calls to action that fall under federal jurisdiction have been fully met, and many have not advanced beyond the initial stages.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
August 13, 2018

Ontario's employment boom defies minimum-wage naysayers

In spite of some predictions to the contrary, Ontario's sharp minimum wage increase hasn't killed its labour market.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
August 13, 2018

Teenage boy denied entry to Toronto cat café because of his wheelchair

Yun said in the past a cat was injured by a patron in a wheelchair. She denied ever saying the cafe has a permit from the government to deny wheelchair access, but said the city told her they...

Article source:
Global News
Posted:
August 10, 2018

Thunder Bay Basic Income advocates organize to fight for program

Community groups in Thunder Bay including Kinna-aweya Legal Clinic and Northwestern Ontario Women's Centre plus Basic Income recipients are organizing to try to save the program.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
August 10, 2018

CELA to help with concerns over water quality at a Timmins lake

The Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) will be helping Timmins, Ont., residents with their concerns about raw sewage being dumped in Porcupine Lake.

Article source:
CTV News
Posted:
August 10, 2018

After decades of silence, Canada's one-time most dangerous woman slams justice system

Neve was just the second woman in the country to be declared a dangerous offender in 1994, and at 21, she expected to spend the rest of her life in prison on an indefinite sentence.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
August 10, 2018