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New Canadian accessibility standard for buildings benefits everyone, disability advocates say

Disability advocates hope the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification will become the new industry standard and do for accessibility what LEED did for sustainability.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
May 31, 2018

She lost her daughter to domestic violence - now she's trying to make sure no one else loses theirs | CBC News

Dawn Novak believes her daughter could still be alive today if not for mistakes made by authorities.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
May 31, 2018

CELA's May 2018 Bulletin

This issue of the Canadian Environmental Law Association bulletin has articles on the Pickering licence renewal, Canada-E.U. free-trade agreement, lessons from Walkerton, and more.

Article source:
Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA)
Posted:
May 31, 2018

Racial Justice Report Card Shows Where Political Parties Stand on Racial Equity and Racial Justice

COP-COC released its 2018 Racial Justice Report Card for Ontario, showing where the three main Ontario political parties stand on issues affecting racialized communities.

Article source:
Colour of Poverty - Colour of Change
Posted:
May 30, 2018

Hassan Diab wants more than an independent review of his extradition

Justice Minister Raybould has asked for a review of factors that put Hassan Diab in a French prison for three years.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
May 30, 2018

Ontario's Political Parties on Income Security & Social Assistance Reform

ISAC sent four political parties in Ontario – the Liberals, NDP, Progressive Conservatives, and Greens – questions on where they stand on five important issues.

Article source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)
Posted:
May 30, 2018

Two groups seek intervener status at former child refugee Abdoul Abdi’s judicial review

Lawyers for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and Justice for Children and Youth argue that their groups would offer unique perspectives about the issues surrounding Abdi's case.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
May 30, 2018

Community organization fights provincial act that fines the homeless

Fair Change says enforcing the act is cruel, criminalizing those who are victims of poverty or addiction, as well as being a huge waste of tax dollars.

Article source:
CityNews.ca
Posted:
May 29, 2018

Migrant workers sue recruiter, employer in small claims court

The workers allege they were charged thousands of dollars in fees for legal advice and "labour market impact assessments," a prerequisite for work permits they never received.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
May 29, 2018

June 14: End Unjust HIV Criminalization: A Community Dialogue

When: Thursday, June 14, 2018, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. ET

Join activists—people living with HIV, community organizations and human rights advocates—for a community dialogue about where the struggle goes from here.

Article source:
Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
Posted:
May 29, 2018

Gender & Language in Judicial Decisions: A New Report from the SRL Case Law Database

Today the NSRLP releases the latest in its series of research reports drawing on the data they are collecting and analyzing in the ...

Article source:
National Self-Represented Litigants Project (NSRLP)
Posted:
May 29, 2018

June 19: Taking it local Timmins: An update on human rights

When: Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Where: McIntyre Community Centre, 85 McIntyre Road, Timmins, Ontario P4N 8R8 

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) and the City of Timmins invite you to join them at Taking it local: An update on human rights. 

Article source:
Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC)
Posted:
May 28, 2018

National Consultation on a Human Rights-Based Approach to Housing

Public consultations on the National Housing Strategy's human rights-based approach to housing are underway until June 2018.

Article source:
Government of Canada - Gouvernement du Canada
Posted:
May 28, 2018

On the Radar: Voting on June 7

On June 7, people in Ontario elect the next provincial government. In this issue of On the Radar, we look at what citizens need to do on election day to prove they have the right to vote.

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
May 28, 2018

May 31 and June 1: Injured Workers' Day Rally and Events

When: Thursday, May 31, and Friday, June 1, 2018

Where: Queen's Park

You are invited to join the overnight vigil on Thursday, May 31, and the rally on Friday, June 1, both at Queen's Park.

Article source:
Ontario Network of Injured Workers' Groups
Posted:
May 25, 2018

Vote in the Ontario election as if you were poor: Reasonable Doubt

This columnist writes: If you could not work and were forced to rely on social assistance, ask yourself what issues would be important to you in an election.

Article source:
NOW
Posted:
May 25, 2018

Pleading guilty when innocent: A truth for too many Indigenous people

Indigenous people – like many others who are caught up in the justice system – may not understand what is happening to them or what their options are, even when they speak English fluently.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
May 25, 2018

ISAC's Media & Policy News: 25 May 2018 - Ontario Election

Every Friday until Election Day June 7 ISAC will send out election-related highlights from the previous week, as well as a short collection of other stories and resources.

Article source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)
Posted:
May 25, 2018

Ontario lawyers receive guide to Indigenous legal rights, history and culture

The regulatory body for Ontario's lawyers and paralegals has released a guide to help legal professionals better understand the legal rights, history and culture of Indigenous people.

Article source:
Hamilton Spectator
Posted:
May 24, 2018

Former caregiver wins severance pay in rare temporary foreign worker lawsuit

It's a rare case that deals with the question of what employers are obligated to do when they terminate migrant workers employed in their homes.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
May 24, 2018