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Ontario Court of Appeal to hear appeals arguing that Mandatory Victim Surcharge is 'cruel and unusual punishment'

Every person who is convicted of a criminal offence in Canada is required to pay a "victim surcharge", regardless of whether or not they can afford to pay the fine.

Article source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)
Posted:
March 10, 2017

Why Discrimination Is a Public Health Issue

In Canada, a lack of data on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and health has made it difficult to provide evidence of discrimination's effect on health outcomes.

Article source:
The Tyee
Posted:
March 09, 2017

Ontario government unveils 3-year plan to battle racism

Michael Coteau, minister of children and youth services, unveiled a strategic plan to fight systemic racism, including the collection of race-based data.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
March 09, 2017

U of T aims to attract more black med students

When Dr. Lisa Robinson graduated from the U of T med school in 1991, she was one of 2 black students in her class. 26 years later, only one first-year in a class of 259 identifies as black.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
March 09, 2017

On this Women's Day, women should strike – for someone else

If you call yourself a feminist, says this writer, get behind the push to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour, for the women cobbling together a living from poorly paid, precarious jobs.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
March 09, 2017

Ontario urged to overhaul power of attorney laws to improve 'accountability'

The Law Commission of Ontario says the system around substitute decision-making is complex and lacks co-ordination.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
March 08, 2017

Ontario employers should end gender-specific dress codes: report

The Ontario Human Rights Commission has issued a report on dress codes calling for an end to clothing requirements that discriminate against female and transgender workers.

Article source:
Global News
Posted:
March 08, 2017

Why did it take this woman an entire year to get paid?

It's been a source of simmering frustration for Huang, a mother of one originally from China. By the time she got her paycheque from the company, she was owed about $8,000.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
March 08, 2017

First Nations students learn how to file complaints against police in Thunder Bay, Ont.

The Ontario Justice Education Network, with funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, sponsored the 8-week project that resulted in a student-produced radio program about their legal rights....

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
March 08, 2017

TTC expands Wheel-Trans eligibility to include people with cognitive, sensory, or mental health disabilities

The TTC made the change to ensure it was complying with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the provincial Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. It took effect Jan. 1.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
March 08, 2017

Aboriginal elders team up with officers to build bridges between police and homeless

As part of a unique outreach program in Toronto, police walk with Indigenous elders to have conversations with Aboriginal homeless people and help them gain access to support services.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
March 07, 2017

On the Radar: Hours of work and breaks: Workers' rights and employers' responsibilities

This month's On the Radar highlights information on the rules about hours of work and breaks, as featured on the Steps to Justice website.

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
March 07, 2017

Toronto moves forward with plan to target bad landlords

If approved, the city's licensing and standards division will be able to offer better information to would-be renters about conditions and how management has dealt with them.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
March 07, 2017

Judge's report urges Ontario to let paralegals appear in family court

The recommendations come as the family court system is facing a crisis, with a majority of litigants representing themselves due to the high cost of getting a lawyer.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
March 07, 2017

New guidelines help accommodate workers with addiction issues

Human rights law now considers substance dependency to be a disability, and grants sufferers the protections that go along with that designation.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
March 03, 2017

Toronto landlords charging potential tenants money just to apply for an apartment, Radio-Canada finds

Six Toronto apartment rental companies demanded cash or sought potential renters' personal information during the application process, a hidden camera investigation by Radio-Canada reveals.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
March 03, 2017

March 9: International Women's Day / Journée internationale des femmes panel discussion webcast

When: March 9, 2017, 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 

Where: Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen St. W., Toronto

Information: equityevents@lsuc.on.ca | 416-947-3413 | 1-800-668-7380, ext. 3413

The discussion will explore the barriers women face when running for elected office, or engaging in grassroots activism, and why more do not rise to the highest political positions.

Article source:
Law Society of Upper Canada
Posted:
March 03, 2017

Vulnerable Ontarians to see significant reductions in their electricity bills

The Low-Income Energy Network (LIEN) welcomes the 25 per cent reduction in electricity costs for households and even bigger reductions for low-income, northern, and rural households.

Article source:
Low-Income Energy Network (LIEN)
Posted:
March 03, 2017

ISAC's Media & Policy News: 3 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 03, 2017

Indigenous People's Court opens in Thunder Bay

The Indian Friendship Centre and Nishnawbe Aski Legal Services began working on the project in 2010 with the goal of reducing the number of indigenous people in correctional facilities.

Article source:
tbnewswatch.com
Posted:
March 02, 2017