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Ontario Government Introduces Legislation To Prevent Sexual Abuse of Patients

Ontario has introduced legislation that would, if passed, include strengthening and reinforcing Ontario's zero tolerance policy on sexual abuse of patients by any regulated health professional.

Article source:
Government of Ontario - ServiceOntario
Posted:
December 14, 2016

Federal study touts Indigenous sentencing regime to address prison numbers

A separate system for sentencing Aboriginal offenders might be the key to dealing with the disproportionate number of Indigenous people behind bars, suggests a federally commissioned study.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
December 14, 2016

Ottawa ends '4-in-4-out' rule for migrant workers

The Liberals have eliminated the notorious rule that kicked out migrant workers after four years, ending what critics dubbed the "revolving door" for indentured labour to Canada.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
December 14, 2016

Reforms have compounded pressures on Canada's criminal justice system: memo

The Liberals have initiated a comprehensive review of penalties and sentencing brought in by the previous federal government.

Article source:
Global News
Posted:
December 13, 2016

Public opinion reaches tipping point on environmental rights

The poll shows Ontarians overwhelmingly favour legal recognition of environmental rights, including the right to clean air and water, and want stricter laws to protect the environment.

Article source:
Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA)
Posted:
December 13, 2016

Ontario Government Supporting Legal Advocacy for People Who May Have Been Wrongfully Convicted

The provincial government is providing Innocence Canada with $825,000 to help sustain the organization's operations.

Article source:
Government of Ontario - ServiceOntario
Posted:
December 13, 2016

Liberals to make safe injection sites easier to open and fentanyl harder to smuggle into Canada

The 2015 Respect for Communities Act required 26 criteria to be met before the feds would consider a new safe injection site. Those 26 application criteria will be repealed entirely.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
December 13, 2016

Eviction Prevention Programs a Vital but Limited Service

Whether it's the Tenant Duty Counsel Program (TDCP) or the city's emergency fund for rent and other urgent housing costs, eviction prevention programs aim to keep people in their homes.

Article source:
torontoist.com
Posted:
December 12, 2016

Hearing Preparation Training tool available for refugee support workers

The University of Ottawa Refugee Assistance Project and Community Legal Education Ontario announce a new online tool for those who assist refugee claimants in preparing for their hearing.

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
December 12, 2016

Ontario Energy Group customers facing liens worth thousands of dollars

Water heater, furnace, and air conditioner contracts are in the top 10 consumer complaints lodged with Ontario's Ministry of Government and Consumer Services.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
December 12, 2016

Entering the world of plain language

Kim McCutcheon, a plain language editor at CLEO for the past 16 years, shares ways to stay connected and get more involved in the plain language world.

Article source:
PLE Learning Exchange Ontario
Posted:
December 12, 2016

How to get help for mental illness in Ontario

How to get help includes family doctors, hospitals, specialists, community organizations, and for urgent situations, 416-408-HELP (4357) or the Gerstein Crisis Centre, 416-929-5200.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
December 12, 2016

December 12: Rally to restore the Housing Stability Benefit, Hamilton

When: Monday, December 12, 2016, 12:30 p.m.

Where: Hamilton City Hall, 71 Main Street West, Hamilton 

The Housing Stability Benefit (HSB) helps low-income people in the city pay emergency costs to obtain or retain housing. The city has announced the HSB has run out of money.

Article source:
Hamilton Community Legal Clinic / Clinique juridique communautaire de Hamilton
Posted:
December 09, 2016

Why a wheelchair ramp and wide doors could turn your house into a hot property

Barrier-free investments in a house could help aging homeowners stay independent longer and add selling features when it comes time to move out.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
December 09, 2016

Ontario introduces 'historic' changes to child-protection laws

The proposed new Child, Youth and Family Services Act, if passed, will replace existing legislation with a modern, child-centred act, that will strengthen the rights of children and youth.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
December 09, 2016

December 19: Public Legal Education Session on Powers of Attorney

When: Monday, December 19, 2016, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Where: Huron/Perth Community Legal Clinic, 59 Lorne Ave East, Stratford, ON

To Register: Call (519) 271-4556, ext. 29 OR e-mail birmink@lao.on.ca

Who will look after your affairs if you become mentally incapable? Come and learn about Powers of Attorney for Personal Care and Powers of Attorney for Property.

Article source:
Huron/Perth Community Legal Clinic
Posted:
December 08, 2016

Inside the Canadian court that handles drug crime differently

One day a month, the special drug treatment court convenes to hear from Ontarians facing drug charges. Here, they get second, third, and fourth chances - with strict conditions.

Article source:
VICE News
Posted:
December 08, 2016

New human rights commission strategic plan tackles racial profiling, solitary confinement

It's the product of feedback from nearly 300 people over the last year and hundreds of hours spent traveling across the province.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
December 08, 2016

Ontario sets out rules for physician-assisted deaths

Life insurance benefits couldn't be denied to patients, health workers would get protections under the proposed law.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
December 08, 2016

Government of Canada changes to spousal reunification process

The new application kit for the spousal sponsorship process will be available December 15.

Article source:
Government of Canada - Gouvernement du Canada
Posted:
December 07, 2016