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Nova Scotia human-rights case seeks to establish right to supported housing for people with disabilities

The case could set a national precedent for other actions where people with disabilities say being forced to live in institutions in order to receive publicly funded care is discriminatory.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
February 05, 2018

Parkdale residents protest 'loophole' allowing landlords to drive up rent

A loophole in Residential Tenancies Act legislation lets landlords pass off the costs of major work onto tenants, says Cole Webber, spokesperson for Parkdale Community Legal Services.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
February 05, 2018

Ontario court confirms that all patients have the right to equitable, non-discriminatory access to medical services

Ontario's Superior Court of Justice (Divisional Court) has ruled that doctors cannot put their personal religious beliefs ahead of patients' rights to health care.

Article source:
HALCO - HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario
Posted:
February 05, 2018

ISAC's Media & Policy News: 2 February 2018

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:
February 02, 2018

'This is the one way we can actually fight back': More tenants in Parkdale stage rent strike

"This rent increase is part of the landlord's strategy to push tenants out so they can raise the rent without limit," said Cole Webber, with Parkdale Community Legal Services.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
February 02, 2018

Temp agency proposal leaves workers vulnerable, legal clinics say

The policy being considered by the WSIB fails to address the "very real dangers" temp workers face on the job, the Workers' Health and Safety Legal Clinic says.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
February 02, 2018

February 12: Legal Training on Human Rights & Ontario Disability Support Program

When: Monday, February 12, 2018, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Where: The Exchange, 55 Healey Road, Unit 10, Bolton, Ontario, L7E 5A2

Registration and information: Numan Tarin, 905-819-1144 ext. 250 or email numan@peelmc.com.

Article source:
Connecting Communities
Posted:
February 02, 2018

Arts Grants now exempt in ODSP and OW

On December 13, 2017, the Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS) announced that, effective that day, arts grants are exempt as income and assets in both ODSP and OW.

Article source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)
Posted:
February 02, 2018

New Guelph-based organization aims to support workers injured on the job

The Ontario Network of Injured Workers' Groups has created the "Workers' Comp is a Right" campaign to fight what it calls "injustices" faced by injured workers.

Article source:
Guelph Mercury
Posted:
February 01, 2018

Lack of funding for new cancer claims 'devastating,' GE Peterborough workers say

Advocates had hoped the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers would receive additional resources to assist new GE Peterborough claimants assemble their cases.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
February 01, 2018

Religious leaders say they'll challenge 'fascist' summer jobs form on charter grounds

Religious leaders say they will fight the government's new policy on anti-abortion groups and summer jobs grants, and will take it all the way to the country's top court if necessary.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
February 01, 2018

New Law Ensuring Safe Access to Abortion Clinics Now in Effect

Starting today, abortion clinics in Ontario will have safe access zones of 50 metres, a measure intended to protect women using the clinics and health care providers.

Article source:
Government of Ontario - ServiceOntario
Posted:
February 01, 2018

New clinic serving Black Ontarians gets backing of Legal Aid

The Black Legal Action Centre came into existence following a decision last year by Legal Aid Ontario to defund the African Canadian Legal Clinic.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
February 01, 2018

$1.1B class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of former 'Indian hospital' patients

The lawsuit focuses on alleged "horrific treatment" at 29 segregated hospitals in six provinces, NWT, and Yukon. Five of the hospitals are in Ontario.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
January 31, 2018

Refugees facing delays in working and supporting families due to 'pointless' mistakes on work permits

Eritrean refugees to Canada are going without valid work permits — in some cases for months — because their passports don't follow the Canadian format.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
January 31, 2018

GTA sexual assault crisis centres overwhelmed amid #MeToo movement

Toronto-area organizations have been flooded with requests but lack the resources to address them.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
January 31, 2018

Colten Boushie's family should be upset: Our jury selection procedure is not fair

Jury selection took only a day in this controversial case. The Canadian way of selecting jurors may be efficient, but it is not fair, says law professor Kent Roach.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
January 31, 2018

New Guidelines for Better Legal Information - now available on PLE Learning Exchange

The guidelines describe good practices for creating and maintaining high-quality legal information in print or on the web.

Article source:
PLE Learning Exchange Ontario
Posted:
January 31, 2018

Canadian Environmental Law Association's January 2018 Bulletin

Topics covered in this issue of the CELA Bulletin: Canada's asbestos ban, submissions on climate change adaptation proposal, CNSC's draft environmental impact statement, and more.

Article source:
Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA)
Posted:
January 31, 2018

GTA sexual assault crisis centres overwhelmed amid #MeToo movement

Toronto-area organizations have been flooded with requests, but lack the resources to address them.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
January 30, 2018