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To fix the sexual assault unfounded rate, start right here: Globe editorial

Canadian police dismiss 1 in 5 cases as unfounded, one result of which is that many women choose not to report sexual assaults to police out of fear they will not be taken seriously.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
March 22, 2017

Tenants getting a tax break in Hamilton

Hamilton normally charges multi-residential properties 2.74 times higher rates than single-family homes and this is passed on to tenants through their rents.

Article source:
CATCH (Citizens at City Hall)
Posted:
March 21, 2017

Ottawa pushed to collect data on unfounded sex-assault cases

The committee specifically recommended that Statistics Canada resume collecting national numbers on unfounded cases of sexual offences, which it stopped collecting in 2006.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
March 21, 2017

April 3 & 4: Gaining Ground: Women & Harm Reduction Workshop

When: Monday and Tuesday, April 3 & 4, 2017, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Where: Regent Park Community Centre, Banquet Room, 402 Shuter Street, Toronto

Information: Toronto Health Connection @ 416-338-7600

This is a free, two-day workshop on topics such as why women use substances, harm reduction in a VAW shelter setting, and connecting substance use & trauma.

Article source:
Canadian Harm Reduction Network
Posted:
March 21, 2017

Why you should file your income taxes – especially if you don't make a lot of money

In the Reasonable Doubt column, Waterloo Region Community Legal Services' Rachael Lake says filing your taxes is the single greatest annual opportunity to boost your income.

Article source:
NOW
Posted:
March 21, 2017

Gender-based violence report urges mandatory training for judges, RCMP

The 45 recommendations focused on campus sexual assault, harassment in public, cyberviolence, and better treatment by the justice system of those reporting gender-based violence and sexual assault...

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
March 21, 2017

Vancouver law firm seeks legal grounding of unwritten Indigenous laws

Indigenous laws are often depicted in traditional narratives, language, song, and dances. They're not the same as Aboriginal laws, which pertain to treaty rights and enforcement.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
March 20, 2017

Apply rent controls on newer buildings: Editorial

MPP Peter Tabuns will introduce a bill to close a loophole that exempts landlords who own units in buildings constructed after 1991 from rent-control guidelines.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
March 20, 2017

Hamilton judge skewers legal aid system in decision

Justice Alex Pazaratz says the Ontario legal aid system is wasting taxpayer dollars.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
March 20, 2017

'Ridiculously out of reach' hydro bills have rural Ontarians turning to churches for help

The pastor at the First Baptist Church in Wallaceburg, Ont., spoke with As It Happens host Carol Off about the desperate measures people are taking in his community to try to cover their costs.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
March 20, 2017

A portable housing benefit could ease our homeless crisis

The National Housing Collaborative proposes a subsidy paid directly to tenants who cannot afford rent.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
March 20, 2017

ISAC's Media & Policy News: 17 March 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:
March 17, 2017

Rental housing squeeze leaving racialized renters out in the cold in the GTA

Toronto's housing bubble has created a landlord's market, to the disadvantage in particular of Black renters.

Article source:
NOW
Posted:
March 17, 2017

April & May: Free Public Legal Education Workshops at HALCO

When: April & May 2017, weekday afternoons

Where: Specialty Legal Clinic Co-op, 55 University Avenue, 15th Floor Room C2, Toronto M5J 2H7

The HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO) is pleased to announce their next series of free Public Legal Education Workshops taking place in person at their office in April and May 2017.

Article source:
HALCO - HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario
Posted:
March 17, 2017

Victims and Survivors Have Serious Strength: Learn more about how you can share your story.

Researchers at Algonquin College invite victims of violent crime and family survivors of homicide over the age of 18 to participate in a survey to better understand the experiences of victims and...

Article source:
Victim Justice Network
Posted:
March 17, 2017

Ontario housing minister vows to boost rent control after CBC Toronto tenancy series

The Ontario housing minister vows that the province will soon unveil new "rental controls" to address the skyrocketing cost to lease a home in and around Toronto.

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

March 22: Organizing Against Violence Against Women in an Age of Racism and Xenophobia

When: Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. ET

Where: Online

OCASI - Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants - invites you to participate in a webinar, "Hands Off My Sister!"

Article source:
Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI)
Posted:
March 16, 2017

Trump immigration policies kill work visas for specialized Canadian nurses

Advanced practice nurses and nurse anesthetists have been told they no longer qualify for professional visas.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
March 16, 2017

Privacy commissioner investigating Canada Border Services Agency over electronic media searches

This relates to concerns about whether U.S. border guards are not just searching devices, but also downloading their contents for later examination and even cloning and mirroring the devices.

Article source:
National Post
Posted:
March 16, 2017

'Eviction by another name': tenants protest rent increases by Parkdale landlord

Cole Webber, a worker at Parkdale Community Legal Services, says the bigger issue is the displacement of working class and immigrant tenants from Parkdale.

Article source:
Yahoo News
Posted:
March 16, 2017