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Durham first to launch online social housing system

For people on the rent-geared-to-income wait list, it gives applicants more control over when and where they want to move because they can apply for multiple properties whenever they're ready.

Article source:
Durham Radio News
Posted:
March 02, 2017

Criminalization of opioids is costing lives: Cole

If we're going to use every available resource to treat this epidemic, we have to stop criminalizing it, says Desmond Cole in a Toronto Star opinion piece.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
March 02, 2017

Ontario Government Cutting Electricity Bills by 25 Per Cent

Starting this summer, Ontario's Fair Hydro Plan would provide households with a 25% break, and people with low incomes and those in eligible rural communities would get greater reductions.

Article source:
Government of Ontario - ServiceOntario
Posted:
March 02, 2017

Premier Kathleen Wynne to cut hydro rates by 25 per cent

Most of the reduction will come from the Ontario government stretching out the costs of electricity generation contracts. The savings impact should be immediate. 

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
March 01, 2017

March 7: Presentation on Tenant Rights, Guelph

When: Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Where: 176 Wyndham Street North, Guelph N1H 8N9

The Legal Clinic of Guelph and Wellington county is presenting on the Residential Tenancies Act, which will include tenant rights, the eviction process, and landlord responsibilities. 

Article source:
Legal Clinic of Guelph and Wellington County
Posted:
March 01, 2017

The Canadian Environmental Law Association February 2017 bulletin is now available

Topics covered in this issue include guidelines on bottled water, Waste-Free Ontario Strategy, Bill 39 on aggregate resources, protecting children from lead and cadmium, rules for new reactor...

Article source:
Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA)
Posted:
March 01, 2017

Report suggesting mercury still leaking near Grassy Narrows 'deeply concerning,' chief says

More than 90 per cent of the population in the Grassy Narrows and Wabaseemoong First Nations show signs of mercury poisoning.

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

Toronto councillors call for province to protect tenants from rent increases

Most landlords are limited by provincial law in how much they can increase rent each year. But there's an exemption for buildings built after 1991, where there's no cap on increases.

Article source:
Metro
Posted:
March 01, 2017

App lets students make anonymous reports about bullying, unsafe behaviour

An initiative launching Wednesday for 30,000 teens at 32 Catholic high schools in Toronto gives them another tool aimed at improving safety.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
February 28, 2017

March 7: Webinar on Solving Group Conflict via Mediation

When: Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. ET

Where: Online

The Osgoode Mediation Clinic (OMC) webinar will highlight the power of mediation in resolving complex and emotionally charged group disputes.

Article source:
Osgoode Mediation Centre (OMC)
Posted:
February 28, 2017

Canada's family doctors push to ban solitary confinement in prisons

The College of Family Physicians of Canada specifies three groups for whom isolation is particularly "inappropriate": youth, inmates with medical problems, and inmates with mental illnesses.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
February 28, 2017

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Inquiry set to begin hearings in May

The five commissioners tasked with examining the high number of Indigenous women and girls who have gone missing or murdered are scheduled to start hearings in May.

Article source:
Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN)
Posted:
February 28, 2017

New Steps to Justice Website Gives Step-by-Step Legal Information

This is a guest post on the Toronto Public Library Blog about the new CLEO website, Steps to Justice.

Article source:
Toronto Public Library
Posted:
February 28, 2017

Landlord pays high price for renter's medical marijuana grow-op

Landlords have little recourse if a tenant is growing licensed medical pot: they don't even have the right to know it's happening, yet they're denied coverage if a tenant is growing it.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
February 27, 2017

Not so safe third country? The Agenda's Story of the Week

TV Ontario's The Agenda discusses the impact that the increased flow of refugees will have on other refugee programs and on public policy.

Article source:
TVO.org
Posted:
February 27, 2017

Cabinet minister promises Canada's first national accessibility legislation will have teeth, could be retroactive

Currently in Canada, addressing accessibility issues is done reactively, when someone has to file a human rights complaint after experiencing inaccessibility.

Article source:
The Hill Times
Posted:
February 27, 2017

Big changes considered for Ontario workplaces

The review is examining just about everything related to labour law in this province, including sick pay, overtime, how workers can join unions, and employers' responsibilities to contract workers...

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
February 27, 2017

Health Canada proposing smoking ban in apartments, raising legal age to 21

Ottawa is considering new anti-tobacco guidelines that could ban smoking inside apartments and on post-secondary school campuses, as well as raise the legal age for buying tobacco products to 21...

Article source:
CTV News
Posted:
February 27, 2017

Toronto must enforce its 'sanctuary city' status: Editorial

In 2013, city council declared Toronto a sanctuary city. Three years later, undocumented migrants still have plenty to fear: Toronto Star editorial.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
February 24, 2017

'How is this power going to be used?': Immigration lawyer says Bill C-23 needs rewrite

"People thought the U.S. would behave reasonably, we don't have to worry about this. But then you have a president who is elected on saying, 'we want to ban Muslims.'"

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
February 24, 2017