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‘Something is wrong’ says Chief Human Rights Commissioner

Ontario’s Chief Human Rights Commissioner is calling for a change in behaviour from people in and outside of the judicial system towards Indigenous Peoples.

Article source:
Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC)
Posted:
January 04, 2017

Immigrants peeved by federal government’s switch to sponsorship lottery

“By replacing the quota system with a lottery system, the current government is replacing one discriminatory scheme with another. The result is still the same. Parents and grandparents are still...

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
January 04, 2017

Legal system not doing enough for racialized members

Report from the Law Society of Upper Canada is a good first step but more needs to be done

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
January 03, 2017

Purging Criminal Code of defunct ‘zombie laws’ no simple task

Outdated offences that are still included in Canada’s Criminal Code include duelling, abortion and pretending to practise witchcraft

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
January 03, 2017

France gives employees ‘right to disconnect’ from work emails

The new employment law grants workers the legal right to ignore work emails outside of typical working hours.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
January 03, 2017

Community cold weather response for homeless in Guelph and Wellington County

The cold weather response directs those who see someone on the street in need of non-emergency assistance to call police.

Article source:
Guelph & Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination
Posted:
December 23, 2016

CRTC broadband Internet ruling still leaves room for high prices

Critics say the regulator's declaration that Internet should be a basic service only addresses access, not affordability. 

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
December 23, 2016

Toronto will track all homeless deaths starting Jan. 1

Toronto Public health will work with 200 community partners to get data on deaths beyond those tied to city shelters.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
December 23, 2016

Change to the Employment Insurance waiting period begins January 1, 2017

Starting next month, the Employment Insurance (EI) waiting period will be shortened from two weeks to one week.

Article source:
Government of Canada - Gouvernement du Canada
Posted:
December 23, 2016

Police And Illegal Immigration: What Canada and Mexico Do

An article on National Public Radio in the U.S. compares treatment of illegal immigrants by the police in Canada, Mexico, and the U.S.

Article source:
NPR (National Public Radio)
Posted:
December 22, 2016

2 federal tribunals make home access to high-speed internet a job condition

The requirement could disqualify many Canadians from lucrative positions on those tribunals.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
December 22, 2016

The power of being 'preppy': Cole

We reserve our worst assumptions about crime for the poor, the racialized, for trans and gender non-conforming people, for the uneducated, writes Desmond Cole.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
December 22, 2016

CRTC declares broadband internet access a basic service

The decision could pave the way for universal access to high-speed service in remote and rural areas.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
December 22, 2016

CRA spends millions but fails to stop tax workers from snooping on Canadians, documents show

The Canada Revenue Agency has long had a problem with employees sneaking a peek at the tax files of friends and foes, and has spent some $10.5 million to try to stop it.

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

La Chronique juridique - L'édition de l'Automne-Hiver 2016

Topics in the Fall-Winter 2016 edition of La Chronique juridique (in French only) include child support and social assistance benefits, and sexual/domestic violence victims and tenancies.

Article source:
Clinique juridique populaire de Prescott et Russell Inc.
Posted:
December 21, 2016

Legal Aid Ontario president says he's not worried if agency audited

The head of the provincial organization that funds legal aid — which recently announced major cuts to services due to a $26-million deficit — said he would welcome an external audit of his agency...

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
December 21, 2016

What if the police ask me who I am? New rules on January 1

The government has made new rules about when the police can ask you to identify yourself. These rules are expected to take effect on January 1, 2017. 

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
December 21, 2016

Toronto police launch roadside drug-testing pilot project

Toronto Police began asking drivers on Monday to voluntarily submit to new roadside drug testing as part of a pilot project involving police forces across the country.

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

Release of Papers by LCO today and Future Webinar on Health Care Consent and Advance Care Planning

The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) released two papers today in their series of commissioned research from external experts across Canada, part of their project, Improving the Last Stages of Life...

Article source:
Advocacy Centre for The Elderly (ACE)
Posted:
December 20, 2016

Ontario Government Taking Steps To Reduce Time-to-Trial and Improve Bail System

The goal is to speed up the resolution of criminal cases and making more supports and supervision available to vulnerable, low-risk individuals who come in contact with the law.

Article source:
Government of Ontario - ServiceOntario
Posted:
December 20, 2016