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It's time to tear down the 'welfare wall' for persons with disabilities

A federal disability benefit could be modelled on the Guaranteed Income Supplement for seniors: Sherri Torjman, vice-president of the Caledon Institute of Social Policy.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
July 04, 2017

Supporting community workers to help people with legal problems

If you are a community worker who helps people with legal problems, you're invited to complete this survey that will inform a research project being conducted for the Law Foundation of Ontario.

Article source:
The Law Foundation of Ontario
Posted:
July 04, 2017

On the Radar: Changes coming for Ontario workers

Following the release of Ontario's Changing Workplaces Review report, the government moved quickly to propose changes to the ESA. On the Radar talks about how these changes could affect workers'...

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
July 04, 2017

High number of women failing citizenship test reflects barriers they face, advocates say

Government data show that citizenship applications for more women than men are being rejected.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
July 04, 2017

As Trump travel ban takes effect, lawyers mobilize at Canadian airports

Hundreds of volunteer lawyers have joined the Canadian Cross-Border Legal Coalition, and some will be taking shifts at airports in Toronto, Vancouver, and Winnipeg today to assist travellers...

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
June 30, 2017

Ontario's police watchdog charged 20 police officers with crimes in 2016

The Special Investigations Unit opened 327 cases in 2016, up 5 per cent from the year before.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
June 30, 2017

U.S. Executive Order does not apply to Canadian dual citizens traveling on Canadian passport

This is up-to-date advice from the Government of Canada about travelling to the United States, with information about entry/exit requirements, travel documents, passports, visas, and more.

Article source:
Government of Canada - Gouvernement du Canada
Posted:
June 30, 2017

Legal Aid Ontario lends support to black youth facing suspension from school

Legal Aid Ontario is providing a major financial boost to a program designed to help black students who are in conflict with the education system.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
June 30, 2017

ISAC's Media & Policy News: 30 June 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:
June 30, 2017

Ontario school closings will be put on hold as province reviews process

The government has put a temporary halt on any future school closings, saying it plans to overhaul the entire process after hearing concerns from hard-hit rural and northern communities.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
June 29, 2017

Workplace abuse comes at steep cost for nurses, taxpayers

Despite having one of the most demanding jobs in the country, nurses remain without many of the protections and safety standards enjoyed by other public service workers, and it's costing Canadian...

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
June 29, 2017

'Humiliation Day': July 1 has added meaning for some Chinese-Canadians

For over 20 years, Chinese people were banned from immigrating to Canada, leading to the separation of hundreds of families.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
June 29, 2017

Report explores hundreds of Workplace Safety and Insurance Board cases that ignore evidence

In No Evidence, IAVGO Community Legal Clinic exposes findings that the WSIB is cutting benefits in spite of the evidence, not because of it. 

Article source:
Industrial Accident Victims' Group of Ontario (IAVGO)
Posted:
June 29, 2017

July 13: Free legal workshop on overview of Canadian law

When: Thursday, July 13, 2017, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Where: Ebenezer United Church, 5000 Steeles Ave. East, Markham, Ontario

A lawyer will provide direction on how to obtain legal advice if required and will answer questions concerning the legal system. In English with translation into Mandarin.

Article source:
Settlement.Org
Posted:
June 29, 2017

CCLA fighting to preserve segregation challenge and testimony of torture expert

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will be in court on Thursday to ensure that its Charter challenge against Canada's solitary confinement regime moves forward.

Article source:
Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA)
Posted:
June 28, 2017

U.S. travel ban 'grey areas' could cause problems for Canadian permanent residents

When the U.S. 90-day travel ban comes into effect Thursday morning, it's the so-called "Disneylander" who will face the most difficulty getting into the country.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
June 28, 2017

Screening of police charges could help clear crowded courts, study says

The problem is "especially pronounced" in Ontario, where nearly half of charges laid are withdrawn.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
June 28, 2017

Learn more about CLEO's project to help you get funding for training projects.

The Connecting Communities team helps organizations develop legal information training projects for front-line workers in their community.

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
June 28, 2017

Helping women facing violence

Deepa Mattoo's work at the Barbra Schlifer legal clinic is part of a long-term strategy to train a new breed of lawyer.

Article source:
Canadian Lawyer Magazine
Posted:
June 27, 2017

All LAO immigration and refugee services will continue after July 1, 2017

As a result of intensive stakeholder consultations and ongoing discussions with government, LAO has decided to continue immigration and refugee services at the current level at this time.

Article source:
Legal Aid Ontario - Aide juridique Ontario
Posted:
June 27, 2017