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Liberals seek to tighten workplace harassment rules for businesses, Parliament

The federal government is embarking on a regulatory overhaul to crack down on harassment in federal workplaces, from Parliament Hill to local bank branches.

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

What to do about the overrepresentation of Indigenous people in prisons: Editorial

Indigenous people make up less than 5 per cent of the country's population but account for more than a quarter of federal inmates.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
November 06, 2017

Discussion on medically assisted death should be extended to youth: pediatric group

The CPS is recommending the government undertake a consultation about MAiD involving parents of severely disabled or terminally ill children and youth and health care professionals.

Article source:
The Lawyer's Daily
Posted:
November 06, 2017

The Relationship Between Domestic Violence And Mass Shootings

National Public Radio (NPR) has an interview with gun policy expert Robert Spitzer about the pattern of domestic abuse among mass shooters.

Article source:
NPR (National Public Radio)
Posted:
November 06, 2017

Hydro: Ontario permanently bans winter disconnection from electricity

The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) has permanently banned utility companies from disconnecting residential customers for non-payment between Nov. 15...

Article source:
Global News
Posted:
November 03, 2017

New rules will require forensic labs to be accredited

The new Forensic Laboratories Act, aims to create better oversight of forensic labs to ensure they meet mandated standards going forward and is the first legislation of its kind in Canada.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
November 03, 2017

Death of woman, 50, detained by Canada border agency in Milton, renews calls for more oversight

The woman is the 10th person to die in immigration detention in Canada in the last five years and at least the 16th to die in the custody of the CBSA and its predecessor since 2000.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
November 03, 2017

Indigenous child welfare rates creating 'humanitarian crisis' in Canada, says federal minister

Philpott sent a letter to provincial and territorial counterparts Tuesday requesting an "emergency meeting" on Indigenous children and family services early in the New Year.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
November 03, 2017

Toronto region becoming more divided along income lines

Across the GTA, the gap between rich and poor is widening, while middle-income areas are disappearing, United Way analysis of census data shows.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
November 03, 2017

Ontario policing reforms will mean officers can be suspended without pay

The Ontario government is calling its announcement Thursday "the largest transformation to Ontario's policing and community safety in over 25 years."

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
November 02, 2017

How police stats fail the victims of sexual assault

Over the past two decades, Statistics Canada reported a significant dip in reported sexual assaults, from the rate of one in 10 to an all-time low of one in 20.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
November 02, 2017

SRLs with Disabilities: Dealing with a Double Whammy

Self-Represented Litigants (SRL) who are also Persons With Disabilities (PWD) are dealing with a double whammy – navigating the justice system alone AND doing so with a disability.

Article source:
National Self-Represented Litigants Project (NSRLP)
Posted:
November 02, 2017

On the Radar: Paying a person's social assistance to someone else

This month's On the Radar talks about when OW and ODSP can pay a person's assistance to someone else.

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
November 02, 2017

Missing and murdered inquiry wants task force established to review cold cases

The commissioners want a new, separate body to which families can be referred if they feel they got short shrift from police in the first place.

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

MPs' recommendations for legal aid give hope to stakeholders fighting for reform

The Commons Justice Committee report containing 10 recommendations to change the legal aid system in Canada is being called a "good first step" by legal clinic stakeholders.

Article source:
The Lawyer's Daily
Posted:
November 01, 2017

Prison watchdog blasts handling of female inmates with mental health issues

There is no standalone treatment facility for federal female inmates. A woman with mental illness can be transferred to an all-male treatment centre in conditions that are far from therapeutic.

Article source:
CTV News
Posted:
November 01, 2017

How prisons deal with mental illness

CBC's Metro Morning host interviews the OHRC's chief commissioner on dealing with mental illness in prisons.

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

Ontario's Fair Workplaces Bill Needs To Do A Better Job For Families

Amendments made to the work scheduling and equal pay for equal work sections in the bill have created loopholes that make escaping precarious work more difficult.

Article source:
Campaign 2000
Posted:
November 01, 2017

Family of man killed by police 'dumbfounded' officers don't get mandatory mental health training

The province committed to updating the Police Services Act after a review of police oversight in April 2017 and an ombudsman's report in 2016, but it still has not made any changes.

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

Toronto police board swears in its first-ever mental health expert

Uppala Chandrasekera is the director of public policy at the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), and was sworn into the police board last week.

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