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Ontario Government Expands Rent Control to All Private Rental Units

The Rental Fairness Act, 2017, expands rent control to all private rental units, including those occupied on or after November 1, 1991.

Article source:
Government of Ontario - ServiceOntario
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May 18, 2017

As of January 1, 2017, the maximum cost of borrowing a payday loan has gone down

As of January 1, 2017, the maximum cost of borrowing a payday loan has gone down to $18 for every $100 that you borrow.

Article source:
Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services
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May 18, 2017

Charline Grant Settles Human Rights Case with York Region District School Board

After a long struggle, Charline Grant has received a full apology from the school board and assurances of...

Article source:
Human Rights Legal Support Centre (HRLSC)
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May 18, 2017

MMIW inquiry failing families, says Native Women's Association

Since the national inquiry on missing and murdered Indigenous women officially launched last September, criticisms have been mounting, and many families have lost faith in the inquiry.

Article source:
CBC Radio - The Current
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May 17, 2017

CLEO's Steps in a Family Law Case wins 2017 ClearMark Award

CLEO's Steps in a Family Law Case won first place in the long website category at the 2017 ClearMark Awards, which recognizes excellence in writing and information design.

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
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May 17, 2017

New passenger bill of rights spells out compensation for air travellers

Minister says airlines must find volunteers to deal with overbooked flights - or up the ante on compensation.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
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May 17, 2017

Judicial council fears 'special interest groups' shaping sexual assault training

The Canadian Judicial Council is concerned that if sexual assault survivors help develop training for judges, it could interfere with the independence of those on the bench.

Article source:
Toronto Star
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May 17, 2017

OCA rules on search and seizure

Criminal defence lawyers say the decision has important implications for search and seizure law and when a spouse can waive the privacy rights of an accused person in a jointly owned residence.

Article source:
Law Times
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May 16, 2017

Debate heats up on paralegals in family law

The proposal is controversial for lawyers who see their work as being too complex for paralegals and say adding them to the marketplace would not help getting more people legal representation.

Article source:
Law Times
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May 16, 2017

Empowering Resilience for Victims & Survivors of Child Abuse June 1, 2017

June 1st, 2017 – 1:00 to 3:00 PM EST

Register online at: http://www.meetview.com/globalclass20170601/

The Victim Justice Network (VJN) in collaboration with Durham College...

Article source:
Victim Justice Network
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May 16, 2017

Court hearing landmark challenge to indefinite immigration detention

The court will have to decide whether or not continued detention under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act violates Section 7 and Section 9 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Article source:
CTV News
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May 16, 2017

Register today for an upcoming webinar - Legal Advice for Survivors of Sexual Assault: Ontario's ILA Pilot Program

When: May 25, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Where: Online

May 25, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. - This webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series reviews the pilot program that provides free independent legal advice (ILA...

Article source:
METRAC
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May 16, 2017

Opinion: Canada should introduce needle programs for prisoners

17 per cent of men and 14 per cent of women in prison reported injecting drugs in the past 6 months, yet there is little or no access to sterile injection equipment in prisons.

Article source:
Montreal Gazette
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May 15, 2017

Support Ontario's Rental Fairness Act

ACTO wants you to urge the provincial government to keep its promise and make rental housing fairer and more affordable for Ontarians.

Article source:
Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO)
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May 15, 2017

Ontario plans big boost to minimum wage, update of labour laws: Cohn

Sweeping labour reforms could soon target companies relying unfairly on part-time or contract work that deprives many Ontarians of decent wages from steady employment.

Article source:
Hamilton Spectator
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May 15, 2017

Luke's Place Virtual Legal Clinic expands serving more rural and remote communities

The Luke's Place Virtual Legal Clinic connects woman abuse survivors to trained lawyers using video conferencing or the telephone.

Article source:
Luke's Place
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May 15, 2017

Mounties are incapable of policing themselves, RCMP watchdog report says

The RCMP's watchdog agency released the results of a dive into the force's policies and practices, and concluded the Mounties are incapable of policing themselves.

Article source:
Toronto Star
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May 15, 2017

Identity theft: Highway 407 bill tipped off Ontario woman about Range Rover she says she never bought

Some preventive measures: Read credit card statements carefully, keep an eye on mail to ensure bills aren't going missing, check credit scores regularly with Equifax and TransUnion. 

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
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May 12, 2017

Government 'ignoring' key to combating doctor-patient sexual abuse, task force says

As it stands now, the cases go before discipline panels, where the majority of members are from the same profession as the accused health professional.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
May 12, 2017

Opinion: Refugees once again have full health benefits, but some practitioners still don't know that

Confusion and bureaucracy is preventing refugees from receiving the health care they need, say two University of Ottawa law professors in this CBC News opinion piece.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
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May 12, 2017