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September 27: Legal Aid Ontario hosts community meeting about legal services for Ontario's Black communities

When: Wednesday September 27, 2017, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St, Toronto, ON

LAO wants to hear your views in order to begin the important work of setting up a new, independent, Black-focused and Black-led clinic.

Article source:
Legal Aid Ontario - Aide juridique Ontario
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September 13, 2017

Over 30 Organizations from Across Canada call for a Fair EI Appeal Process

The federal government asked KPMG to review the way that the appeals process works around Employment Insurance (EI) decisions. 

Article source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)
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September 13, 2017

New centre offers CPD opportunities in French

A new centre is offering CPD opportunities to French-speaking lawyers in Ontario that allow them to complete some or all of their mandatory Law Society CPD hours in French.

Article source:
University of Ottawa
Posted:
September 12, 2017

Tenants, know your rights: Understanding Ontario's Residential Tenancies Act

Without prior experience or knowledge of the rights codified in the Ontario Residential Tenancies Act (RTA), student renters may fall into a trap of signing leases that violate their rights.

Article source:
The Varsity
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September 12, 2017

Ontario must toughen law to protect temporary workers: Editorial

The legislation now before the Ontario legislature does not address issues that affect temp workers' rights, safety, and earnings: Toronto Star editorial.

Article source:
Toronto Star
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September 12, 2017

School can refuse admission of child of same-sex couple

Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has ruled in favour of an evangelical Christian school that would not admit the son of a same-sex couple over the school's stance on same-sex marriage.

Article source:
Law Times
Posted:
September 11, 2017

Ontario a 'world leader' in unjustly prosecuting people living with HIV, advocates say

HIV-positive individuals are being "criminalized" when it comes to disclosing their status to sexual partners, by a criminal justice system that is outdated on the topic, critics argue.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
September 11, 2017

Q&A: More student move-in delays in Waterloo

On Tuesday, September 6, Waterloo Region Community Legal Services (WRCLS) held a presentation at the University of Waterloo to help students review their legal options.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
September 11, 2017

Under cover in temp nation

Amina Diaby died last year in an accident in one of the GTA's largest industrial bakeries. The Star's Sara Mojtehedzadeh went undercover for a month at the factory where Diaby worked.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
September 11, 2017

ISAC's Media & Policy News: 8 September 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:
September 11, 2017

Why you should care that our civil-justice system is broken

Canada is consistently touted as one of the best countries in which to live, but it ranks an unimpressive 112 out of 190 countries according to the ...

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
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September 06, 2017

Save the Date! Access to Justice Week returns October 23 to 27

October 23-27, 2017

Find out more at: https://theactiongroup.ca/2017/07/save-the-date-access-to-justice-week-returns-october-23-to-27/

Mark your calendars – for the second annual Access to Justice Week from October 23 to 27. TAG - The Action Group is working with a range of partners to diversify participants in the access to...

Article source:
The Action Group on Access to Justice (TAG)
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September 06, 2017

Ontario judge throws out armed robbery charge over police misconduct

A suspect's right to silence deserves court protection, a judge said in throwing out a charge of armed robbery, after two York Region Police officers attempted to beat a confession out of a...

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September 06, 2017
Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
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September 06, 2017

Ottawa sharing info with U.S. Homeland Security on all Americans entering Canada

Before long, Washington is expected to provide Ottawa with similar information about Canadians entering the United States.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
September 01, 2017

First Nations students face continued funding shortfalls, advocate says

In 2016, the Parliamentary Budget Officer reported the gap between funding for on-reserve schools and funding for provincially run public schools was as much as $665M.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
September 01, 2017

Landlords can no longer evict tenants without compensation

Starting Friday, September 1, 2017, when a landlord ends a tenancy to have family members move in, people evicted must receive compensation.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
September 01, 2017

Mandatory minimum penalties have not reduced crime, says StatsCan report

The number of offences with MMPs have not dropped but have in fact "increased considerably" in the years since new legislation has introduced new or increased mandatory minimums.

Article source:
Canadian Lawyer Magazine
Posted:
September 01, 2017

Researchers find significantly higher rate of mental disorders among first responders

Symptoms of operational stress injuries also appear to increase with more years of service and more exposure to traumatic events.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
August 31, 2017

Program that put armed officers in schools suspended by TDSB trustees

Trustees with the Toronto District School Board voted late Wednesday to suspend the program that put armed officers in three-dozen schools pending a board review.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
August 31, 2017