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Wikwemikong man says day-to-day racism is a sad fact of life for Indigenous people

Romeo Trudeau says he used to try to "pass" as non-Indigenous to avoid discrimination.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
April 09, 2018

How workers can use Ontario's Equal Pay For Equal Work legislation

Part-time, casual, and seasonal workers in Ontario can demand the same wage that their full-time colleagues receive if they do the same job, under new rules in effect April 1.

Article source:
CTV News
Posted:
April 09, 2018

There's nothing 'illegal' about asylum seekers

Amid a global refugee crisis, the misuse of the term 'illegal' carries a real cost, say two law students writing on behalf of the Immigration Division students at Parkdale Community Legal...

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
April 09, 2018

Most Canadians killed in police encounters since 2000 had mental health or substance abuse issues

More than 460 people have died in encounters with police in Canada since 2000.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
April 06, 2018

Victims and Survivors of Crime Week, May 27 to June 2, 2018

Victims and Survivors of Crime Week 2018 will be commemorated from May 27 to June 2, 2018. This year's theme: Transforming the Culture Together.

Article source:
Government of Canada - Gouvernement du Canada
Posted:
April 06, 2018

April 11: Global Classroom Live Event - Human Trafficking Globally & Locally

When: Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 10:15 a.m. ET

Where: Online

This event is meant to be a collaborative discussion. During the scheduled class time, there will be a public chat on the class page for comments and questions during the discussion.

Article source:
Victim Justice Network
Posted:
April 06, 2018

Government of Ontario Increases Legal Aid Eligibility Threshold Another Six Per Cent

As part of this expansion, community legal clinics and student legal aid services societies in Ontario will receive $7.2 million in funding in 2018/19.

Article source:
Government of Ontario - ServiceOntario
Posted:
April 06, 2018

In deadly encounters with Toronto police, more than a third of victims are black

New data shows 18 black men and one black boy were among the 52 people killed in encounters with Toronto police officers between 2000-2017.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
April 05, 2018

April 30: Right to Housing Community Forum

When: Monday, April 30, 2018, 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Where: Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Rotunda (rear of building), Toronto, ON M5V 3C6

ACTO presents a discussion of what is needed to fix Ontario's affordable housing crisis and what a rights-based approach to housing should look like.

Article source:
Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO)
Posted:
April 05, 2018

She was arrested for carrying a suitcase lined with cocaine into Canada. Her court case changed the law.

Jonathan Rudin of Aboriginal Legal Services, one of Sharma's defense lawyers, argued Canada's racist past is the source of much of the disadvantage Indigenous Canadians face today.

Article source:
Public Radio International (PRI)
Posted:
April 05, 2018

Toronto General Hospital removes bars from vent after backlash over displacing homeless people

The bars installed over a grate made it next to impossible to sleep comfortably across the vent. Homeless advocates say it is an all too common example of hostile architecture.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
April 05, 2018

New brochure helping asylum seekers in Ottawa land on their feet

Ottawa settlement agencies discovered there was a lack of information about essential services for refugee claimaints.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
April 05, 2018

Ontario Human Rights Tribunal gains steam as alternative route for sexual assault cases

Victims of sexual assault and harassment in the workplace are winning higher awards than ever before from the OHRT, establishing a faster, less formal alternative to civil courts.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
April 04, 2018

Toronto launches discounts for low-income TTC riders

The first phase of the Fair Fare Pass program will cut the price of transit by as much as one-third for eligible residents.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
April 04, 2018

A breakdown of anti-poverty measures in budget 2018

The Dignity for All campaign applauds indexing the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) and strengthening the Working Income Tax Benefit (WITB), now called the Canada Workers Benefit (CWB).

Article source:
Canada Without Poverty
Posted:
April 04, 2018

The Ontario Municipal Board will soon be no more. Here's what that means for you

On April 3, the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), the quasi-judicial body that deals with development proposal appeals, will become the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT).

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
April 04, 2018

Accessibility advocates express cautious optimism about Ontario budget

Accessibility advocates have commented about measures in Ontario's budget that fund programs for developmentally disabled people, enhance social assistance, and boost mental health support.

Article source:
Global News
Posted:
April 03, 2018

A Find at Gap: Steady Hours Can Help Workers, and Profits

A study at more than two dozen Gap retail stores in the Chicago and San Francisco areas aims to rebut the presumption that stable schedules are too costly for employers.

Article source:
New York Times
Posted:
April 03, 2018

'A human rights issue': Lack of treatment for drug users means deaths behind bars

As overdose deaths among prisoners in Canadian jails rise, physicians are speaking out against policies that fail to treat drug addictions.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
April 03, 2018

Toronto police will withdraw application to march in Pride parade

A statement from police Chief Mark Saunders responds to a joint letter from Pride Toronto and several community organizations, which asked the police service to drop its request.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
April 03, 2018