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May 11: 'Sleep a night under my roof' training day for social service workers

When: Thursday, May 11, 2017, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET

Where: Camp Merrywood, 741 Port Elmsley Rd, Perth, ON K7H 3C7

This initiative is a Connecting Communities program designed to help raise awareness of and educate front line workers on tenant and housing rights under the law.

Article source:
InsideOttawaValley.com
Posted:
April 18, 2017

April 20: Refugee Rights Public Forum: The Singh Decision Matters in 2017

When: Thursday, April 20, 2017, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. ET

Where: Friends House, 60 Lowther Ave., Toronto M5R 1C7

Panel discussion on refugee rights in 2017: is Toronto really a sanctuary city / refugee experience with Islamophobia, anti-black racism / healthcare for refugees / refugee claimants and human...

Article source:
Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI)
Posted:
April 18, 2017

Stop Citizenship Bill Language / Knowledge Test Amendment

OCASI urges you to tell your MP to reject the language amendment, which increases the requirement of language & knowledge test for citizenship from age 55 to 60.

Article source:
Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI)
Posted:
April 13, 2017

New motion proposes stronger protections for temp agency workers

Give temp agency workers equal pay for equal work, ban "temporary" assignments that turn into long-term gigs, and eliminate unfair fees charged by staffing agencies, a new motion suggests.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
April 13, 2017

Liberals table marijuana bill that includes crackdown on impaired drivers

The bill was tabled in the House of Commons shortly after noon on Thursday, with the government hoping to officially legalize marijuana for recreational use by July 1, 2018.

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

Toronto police 'flagrantly' ignoring Sanctuary City policy

The chief has few answers on how police are abiding by the city's don't ask, don't tell policy on undocumented immigrants, says Alok Mukherjee, former chair of the Toronto Police Services Board....

Article source:
NOW
Posted:
April 13, 2017

May 11: Taking it local: An update on human rights, London

When: Thursday, May 11, 2017, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Where: London Convention Centre, 300 York St., London, ON N6B 1P8

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) and the City of London invite you to Taking it local: An update on human rights, in London, ON.

Article source:
Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC)
Posted:
April 12, 2017

Canada's immigration detainees being locked up based on dodgy risk assessments, Star finds

Even Canada's border services officers, who have the sole discretion to decide where an immigration detainee will be held, have said they aren't qualified to make such decisions.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
April 12, 2017

Facing eviction, park residents eye legal action

Residents of a trailer park who have been told they can no longer live year-round there have approached the Community Legal Clinic Brant Haldimand Norfolk with their concerns.

Article source:
Brantford Expositor
Posted:
April 12, 2017

Register now for April 20 webinar on ODSP and Arts Council Grants

When: April 20, 2017, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. ET

Where: Online

The ODSP Action Coalition, in cooperation with Workman Arts and other artists' groups, explains the rules about arts grants to artists who are deaf or disabled.

Article source:
ODSP Action Coalition
Posted:
April 12, 2017

April 20: Groupe de soutien pour femmes francophones ayant vécu de la violence / support group for francophone women who have experienced abuse

Catholic Family Service Ottawa will offer a support group beginning April 20 for francophone women who have experienced partner abuse.

Article source:
Catholic Family Service Ottawa
Posted:
April 12, 2017

Class action over alleged abuse at Ontario school for the blind ends in $8-million settlement

Former students of the school claim they were subjected to physical, emotional and sexual abuse at the school in Brantford, Ont. The settlement must still be approved by the courts.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
April 11, 2017

Separation and divorce: Child support

A new edition of Separation and Divorce: Child support is now available. It explains the new rules for parents who get social assistance and child support.

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
April 11, 2017

Focus: Increase in impaired driving due to legal marijuana?

The government is expected to move forward on its pledge to legalize recreational marijuana use by July 1, 2018 and lawyers, lawmakers, and patient advocates expect a spike in driver impairment....

Article source:
Law Times
Posted:
April 11, 2017

Ottawa is rethinking its approach to immigration detention

A new CBSA report outlines its intention to reduce the use of maximum-security jails and "better align" itself with international and domestic standards for immigration detention.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
April 11, 2017

Legal clinic to challenge Safe Streets Act

Lawyers say the act criminalizes homeless people and that proceedings concerning Safe Streets Act tickets unnecessarily suck up valuable time and resources in provincial courts, adding to delays...

Article source:
Law Times
Posted:
April 10, 2017

April 24: Wage Theft? Time to Fight Back!

When: Monday, April 24, 2017, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Where: Workers' Action Centre, 223 – 720 Spadina Avenue, Toronto

ISAC will host a meeting to bring together Able Translations workers to develop a collective strategy for securing unpaid wages and entitlements.

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

Ontario police force includes external advocates in sex-assault audit

To date, only 8 forces have said they are open to including outside advocates in the review process, despite mounting public pressure from politicians and VAW agencies to involve external eyes.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
April 10, 2017

Ottawa changes policy to ensure women giving birth away from reserves aren't alone

Indigenous women without proof of a medical need to have someone escort them have long been forced to have their children alone and far from from their land, language, and heritage.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
April 10, 2017

ISAC's Media & Policy News: 7 April 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:
April 10, 2017