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End program that puts police officers in some Toronto schools, TDSB report recommends

The report from staff at the TDSB follows a six-week period during which students, staff, and parents at the affected schools were surveyed to assess the School Resource Officer program.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
November 14, 2017

'She played us like a piano': Landlord fights for months to evict tenant with long criminal history

Rent non-payers have landlords calling for a provincial registry of repeat problem tenants.

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

Paid time off for victims of domestic violence, province promises

Changes to provincial labour legislation will include five days, with salary, and another five unpaid.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
November 13, 2017

Law Society recommendations take aim at 'You don’t pay unless we win' cases

A Star investigation into Ontario's personal injury lawyers found that, for years, lawyers working on contingency have been taking more money from injured clients than the law allows.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
November 13, 2017

TTC takes steps to better serve commuters dealing with mental health concerns

The TTC is taking steps to better serve people in this group by providing mental health awareness training to some of their staff. 

Article source:
CityNews.ca
Posted:
November 13, 2017

Report shows Ontario government knew of mercury contamination near Grassy Narrows 30 years ago

A new report shows the Ontario government knew nearly 30 years ago that a mill site upstream from Grassy Narrows First Nation was contaminated with mercury.

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

November 14: 'My officers acted in good faith:' Police Oversight, Accountability and Public Consent

This free 1-day forum is meant to engage academics, members of the community, and policy makers in a critical conversation about issues related to police oversight and public accountability.

Article source:
Ryerson University
Posted:
November 10, 2017

Parental leave changes prompt questions of affordability, cost to businesses

The change will be limited to employees who work in federally regulated sectors of the economy, such as banking, telecom, transportation and the public service.

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

November 17: Spaces still available! Helping front-line workers find good legal information using www.Stepstojustice.Ca

When: Friday, November 17, 2017, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Where: Room 101, Macdonald Hall, Queen's University, Kingston

The workshop is free and open to all community workers in the Kingston area.

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
November 10, 2017

Proposed rules aim to address 'competing interests' for short-term rentals in Toronto

Potential rules for licensing short-term rentals in Toronto were finally put to paper after city staff released new recommendations on Wednesday.

Article source:
Global News
Posted:
November 09, 2017

Similarities in Nigerian asylum claims based on sexual orientation have Legal Aid Ontario asking questions

Same-sex relationships were outlawed in Nigeria in 2014. Arbitrary arrests, extortion, and mob violence against homosexuals have become more common since then.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
November 09, 2017

Tips for residential tenants as winter approaches: Reasonable doubt

It's your landlord's responsibility to ensure the heat in your apartment unit works from now until June 1: NOW Magazine's Reasonable Doubt column.

Article source:
NOW
Posted:
November 09, 2017

Expanded parental leave, new caregiver benefit, to come into effect Dec. 3

New mothers and fathers planning to begin their parental leave on or after Dec. 3 will be able to spread their federal benefits over a longer period of time.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
November 09, 2017

Police, shelter welcome new powers to track missing women

The act, if passed, will make it easier for police to obtain cellphone and credit card records of missing women, even without evidence that a crime has been committed.

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

Ontario must make bail reform meaningful

For those charged with a criminal offence, being wealthy and white is still the best guarantee of avoiding a prolonged stay in a decrepit jail cell awaiting your day in court.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
November 08, 2017

Transport regulator rejects Via Rail's efforts to limit wheelchair, mobility access on trains

The national rail provider has been resisting a previous ruling dictating that all trains coast to coast must double their capacity to accommodate mobility aids.

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

Racialized Communities Strategy consultation 2017: Meeting dates

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) will hold in-person and online meetings between October and December. Anyone who is interested in attending is welcome to register.

Article source:
Legal Aid Ontario - Aide juridique Ontario
Posted:
November 08, 2017

Chu and Elliott: Why no needle and syringe program in our federal prisons, Mr. Trudeau?

This opinion piece says implementing needle and syringe programs in federal prisons could prevent numerous new HIV and Hep C virus infections each year, saving tens of millions of dollars.

Article source:
Ottawa Citizen
Posted:
November 07, 2017

Business groups urge government to consider workplace safety in marijuana rules

New rules for legalized marijuana need to consider the impact on workplaces and clarify the rights of both employers and employees, say some business groups.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
November 07, 2017

People need to know rights when applying for long-term care, advocate says

Patients applying for long-term care are often given misleading information by hospitals and the LHINs, says Jane Meadus, a lawyer with the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly.

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