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Ontario Budget 2017: ISAC response and analysis

ISAC says Ontario's 2017 Budget does very little to address the deep poverty experienced by people relying on support from Ontario Works (OW) and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).

Article source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)
Posted:
April 28, 2017

OFL Statement on the 2017 Day of Mourning

On April 28, thousands of workers, friends and families of those killed and injured on the job commemorate the labour movement's most solemn occasion, the annual Day of Mourning. 

Article source:
Ontario Federation of Labour
Posted:
April 28, 2017

Social assistance recipients see boost in asset limits in Ontario budget

ISAC's Jennefer Laidley and other anti-poverty activists had called for a significant hike in social assistance rates, but the budget essentially flat-lines payments with a 2 per cent inflationary...

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
April 28, 2017

Ontario landlords must pay one month's rent or offer new unit to tenants they evict for own use

If your landlord evicts you so that he or she or a family member can live in the unit and then you see it on Craigslist two months later for higher rent, it's on them to explain to the LTB.

Article source:
Metro
Posted:
April 28, 2017

New and Revised CLEO Publications - April 26, 2017

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

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
April 28, 2017

Ontario Energy Support Program to benefit more consumers, increase credits by 50%

Support for lower-income electricity consumers will increase by 50 per cent and more consumers will be eligible for assistance under changes to the OESP, which take effect May 1, 2017.

Article source:
Ontario Energy Board
Posted:
April 27, 2017

Two groundbreaking studies of Covenant House youth

The largest-ever sample of homeless youth in the United States and Canada reveals that nearly one-fifth are victims of human trafficking, including those trafficked for sex, labor, or both.

Article source:
Covenant House
Posted:
April 27, 2017

ISAC's Media & Policy News: 27 April 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:
April 27, 2017

Statscan to phase in changes to crime-reporting protocols in wake of Unfounded investigation

One of every five sexual-assault allegations reported to Canadian law enforcement goes undocumented because officers have dismissed them as unfounded.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
April 27, 2017

Ontario's Basic Income Pilot Project: What will it mean for people on social assistance?

ISAC has put together a backgrounder to give people on social assistance, low-income people, and groups/agencies that work with them information on what the pilot project will mean.

Article source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)
Posted:
April 27, 2017

Toronto lawyer suspended over handling of Roma refugee cases

Advocates for Roma refugees have for years blamed the group's low asylum acceptance rates on the poor legal representation they received during the asylum process.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
April 26, 2017

Law society discovers 'systemic weaknesses' in protecting Indigenous people from unscrupulous lawyers

A recent case involving a lawyer from Kenora "exposed serious systemic issues" in the law society's regulatory and hearing process when to comes to dealing with Indigenous complainants.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
April 26, 2017

May 11: Information session on Steps to Justice, Thunder Bay

When: Thursday, May 11, 2017, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Where: Waverly Library Auditorium, 285 Red River Rd., Thunder Bay

This information session features Rebecca Stulberg, Steps to Justice project manager, and is intended for service providers and community advocates. Reservations required.

Article source:
Northwestern Ontario Women's Centre
Posted:
April 26, 2017

Canadian Environmental Law Association's April 2017 Bulletin is now available

Topics in this issue include carcinogen reporting, endocrine disrupting chemicals, calling for triclosan ban, Green Budget Coalition, and the proposed risk assessment of pesticides. 

Article source:
Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA)
Posted:
April 26, 2017

We Need to Help Family Litigants – Now

The National Self-Represented Litigants Project's Julie MacFarlane writes about the Bonkalo Report and urges readers to sign the petition supporting its recommendations. 

Article source:
National Self-Represented Litigants Project (NSRLP)
Posted:
April 26, 2017

Black students hindered by academic streaming, suspensions: Report

A York University report found that while academic streaming was supposed to have ended in 1999, black students are twice as likely to be enrolled in applied courses, limiting future choices.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
April 25, 2017

May 4: Free event on the Canadian Immigration System

When: Thursday, May 4, 2017, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Where: Toronto Public Library - Flemingdon Park, 29 St. Dennis Drive, North York, ON

Canada's Immigration System: Who Gets In is an overview of the law that dictates who may come to Canada permanently, or for a temporary purpose such as a visitor or student.

Article source:
Ontario Bar Association (OBA)
Posted:
April 25, 2017

CCR welcomes the elimination of Conditional Permanent Residence

Opposition to the CPR was on the grounds that it placed sponsored newcomers, especially women, at increased risk of abuse.

Article source:
Canadian Council for Refugees
Posted:
April 25, 2017

Ottawa should fix perversely punitive pardon policy: Editorial

The Conservatives doubled the waiting period to apply and quadrupled the cost, from $150 to $631. 

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
April 25, 2017

Northern Ontarians suffer from poor health and access to care: report

Health Quality Ontario says northern communities suffer from remoteness but also from social factors that impact health.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
April 24, 2017