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London police finalize carding policy, require FOI request for in-writing reason

Police will give a verbal reason and receipt to anyone they stop. But that document won't include the reason for the interaction - you'll have to file a freedom-of-information request for that.

Article source:
London Free Press
Posted:
February 17, 2017

March 2: Webinar on Lead in Drinking Water

When: Thursday, March 2, 2017, 1 p.m. ET

Where: Online

For more information: Anastasia anastasia@cela.ca or 647-705-7564

Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7824274657201072898

Presenters from CELA and the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change will discuss the Ontario government's past and current activities with respect to lead in drinking water. 

Article source:
Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA)
Posted:
February 17, 2017

Unfounded sexual assault cases: A human-rights issue

"Like much of the systemic discrimination in the criminal-justice system, failure to properly investigate and prosecute sexual offences likely begins with an overreliance...on stereotypes."

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
February 16, 2017

Lawyers who overcharged in residential-school cases have fees reduced

Over the past decade, more than 50 lawyers saw their fees reduced by an adjudicator of the Independent Assessment Process (IAP) on 10 or more occasions - one lawyer had to pay back more than $2...

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
February 16, 2017

March 2: Training workshop for frontline workers on police powers, Sioux Lookout

When: Thursday, March 2, 2017, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Where: Sioux Lookout Friendship Centre, 52 King Street, Sioux Lookout

This workshop will cover roles and function of police, rights and warrants, search and seizure, how to file a complaint, differences in duty within police units, and human rights.

Article source:
Nishnawbe-Aski Legal Services Corporation
Posted:
February 16, 2017

$10,000 fine for Toronto homeowner who used agencies like Airbnb to find tenants

The justice of the peace wants to send a message to stop short-term rentals, said the defendant was "thumbing his nose at the community and the city."

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
February 16, 2017

February 28: Training workshop for frontline workers on police powers, Thunder Bay

When: Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Where: Thunder Bay Police Service Station, 1200 Balmoral Street, Thunder Bay

This workshop will cover roles and function of police, rights and warrants, search and seizure, how to file a complaint, differences in duty within police units, and human rights.

Article source:
Nishnawbe-Aski Legal Services Corporation
Posted:
February 16, 2017

Q&A: Why a Mohawk community established its own legal system—the first of its kind in the country

Instead of following the standard of giving a punishment due to a crime, the Mohawk community of Akwesasne is finding ways to rehabilitate their members and create a stronger community.

Article source:
This Magazine
Posted:
February 15, 2017

February 22 & 25: Confronting Anti-Black Racism

When:

  • February 22, 2017, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. with SENIORS
  • February 22, 2017, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. YOUNG ADULTS
  • February 25, 2017, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. with COMMUNITY AT LARGE

Where: Friends House, 60 Lowther Ave. (one block north of St George Subway Station, Bedford Rd Exit; Paid Public Parking on Bedford Rd across from subway)

The African Council is partnering with the City of Toronto to implement Community Conversations for the Toronto For All: Confronting Anti-Black Racism Initiative.
Article source:
African Canadian Social Development Council (ACSDC)
Posted:
February 15, 2017

Lawyers want to toss hundreds of criminal cases for unreasonable delays

Lawyers across Canada have sought to suspend more than 800 criminal cases for unreasonable delay – including more than a dozen murder, attempted murder, and manslaughter cases.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
February 15, 2017

Ontario safety minister urges oversight in sex-assault reviews

The minister says she is open to implementing the Philadelphia Model, an oversight program in which frontline advocacy groups review sex-assault...

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
February 15, 2017

ISAC's Media & Policy News: 14 February 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:
February 15, 2017

Can you prevent legal problems? A fact sheet

Can you prevent legal problems?, a two page fact sheet, canvasses whether the focus on prevention found in health literacy interventions can be neatly applied to the PLEI context.

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
February 14, 2017

Class action against WSIB claiming unfair benefit cuts given go-ahead

The lawsuit could potentially affect hundreds of workers allegedly denied the "full extent of benefits to which they were entitled." 

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
February 14, 2017

Judge rules in favour of '60s Scoop victims

The federal government is found to have breached its "duty of care" by failing to protect cultural identity of indigenous children removed from their homes.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
February 14, 2017

The best places to get free legal information in Ontario: Reasonable Doubt

Rachael Lake of Waterloo Region Community Legal Services says Community Legal Clinics and even private practice lawyers offer free information – you just need to know where to look.

Article source:
NOW
Posted:
February 14, 2017

Unfounded: Over 10,000 sexual-assault cases to be reviewed

In light of an investigation that exposed serious flaws in law-enforcement practices across the country, 32 police forces serving more than 1,000 communities have launched investigations.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
February 13, 2017

Refugees entering from US and Safe Third Country: FAQ

The Canadian Council for Refugees presents some frequently asked questions about refugee claimants arriving from the US. 

Article source:
Canadian Council for Refugees
Posted:
February 13, 2017

Canadian citizenship applications decline after processing fees triple

The processing fee jumped from $100 to $530 in 2014-2015, which amounts to a tripled price tag when the additional $100 "right of citizenship" fee is added.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
February 13, 2017

Pre-clearance bill would give U.S. border agents in Canada new powers

The bill to expand border co-operation could also see permanent residents denied re-entry to Canada.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
February 13, 2017