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Canadian province creates first victim-led trafficking 'brains trust'

Victims of human trafficking will form a first-of-its-kind "brain trust" to advise policymakers in Ontario how to combat the crime.

Article source:
Reuters.com
Posted:
August 31, 2017

5 new traffic laws that will affect drivers as of Sept. 1

The province of Ontario will introduce a new set of traffic laws on Tuesday as part of its efforts to make driving safer in the province.

Article source:
CTV News
Posted:
August 31, 2017

September 6: Learn How to Resolve Your Child Custody and Access Issues

When: Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Fairview Branch, Toronto Public Library, 35 Fairview Mall Dr, North York, ON

The Ontario Bar Association invites you to a session on child custody and access, as family law lawyer Shmuel Stern sets out how family law works in Ontario.

Article source:
Ontario Bar Association (OBA)
Posted:
August 31, 2017

Register for CLEO's Forum: Include, Inform, Inspire: Community Legal Information in 2017: Oct 26, 2017 (Toronto)

When: Thursday, October 26, 2017 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where: Chestnut Conference Centre (Dundas St. W. and Chestnut St.) Toronto, Ontario

Registration link 

CLEO invites you to join us for a forum for community workers and...

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
August 30, 2017

'Canada could do better': United Nations takes us to task on racism

Avvy Go, of the Chinese and South Asian Legal Clinic, said the UN was impressed with some of the work Canada has done so far, including Ontario's plans to collect race-based data.

Article source:
Metro
Posted:
August 30, 2017

Canada Will Soon Allow Gender-Neutral Passports, Immigration Minister Says

"All Canadians should feel safe to be themselves, live according to their gender identity and express their gender as they choose," Immigration Minister Hussen said in a news release.

Article source:
Huffington Post Canada
Posted:
August 30, 2017

Changes to ODSP Exemptions for Pain and Suffering Awards

Changes to ODSP allow those receiving ODSP to use their pain and suffering compensation for any purpose, rather than solely for pre-approved disability-related costs.

Article source:
Ontario Trial Lawyers Association Blog
Posted:
August 30, 2017

Canadian Environmental Law Association August 2017 Bulletin is now available

Topics in this issue include Conservation Authorities Act, Ontario land use planning reforms, Federal government proposes EA reforms, and proposed radioactive dump in Renfrew County.

Article source:
Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA)
Posted:
August 30, 2017

How renters can organize a tenants' association: Reasonable doubt

Individual tenants may not have the power or resources to take on their landlord alone, but there's power in numbers, says this Reasonable Doubt column.

Article source:
NOW
Posted:
August 30, 2017

Young lawyer helps those who can't afford it to get the legal help they need

Renatta Austin's specialty is education. She represents students who have been suspended or expelled, or who have special needs…cases that don't fall under Legal Aid.

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

Immigration Canada 'breaking the law,' when denying some disabled applicants, say legal experts

Families looking to become Canadian permanent residents are being unfairly rejected by immigration officials, and in some cases the federal government may be breaking the law.

Article source:
Global News
Posted:
August 29, 2017

Ontario earmarks $222 million more over three years to fight opioid crisis

The funding increase will provide for more naloxone kits for overdoses, more supervised injection sites and more "rapid-access" clinics.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
August 29, 2017

GTA tennis league violates women's human rights, players charge

The OHRC will decide if a GTA tennis league discriminates against women, in a case that questions the way recreational leagues and facilities divide playing time between women and men.

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

'Deeply regretful' Susur Lee to reimburse workers after illegally docking tips at his eateries

"Employers can't withhold, make deductions from, or make their employees return their tips and other gratuities," the ministry's website reads. 

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

Health-care, harm reduction workers call on Ontario to declare opioid emergency

They have released an open letter saying limited resources and poor data are preventing them from responding properly to a disturbing and sustained increase in overdoses.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
August 28, 2017

Legal Services for Refugee Claimants: Take Action Now

Legal Aid Ontario and the provincial and federal governments are embroiled in a funding dispute that could see immigration and refugee law services cut off completely in November.

Article source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)
Posted:
August 28, 2017

September 22: Street Law Smarts 2017 Forum

When: Friday, September 22, 2017, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (doors open at 9:30 a.m., starts at 10 a.m. sharp!)

Where: Artscape Youngplace, Lower Level, 180 Shaw Street (near Queen W. & Ossington Streets), T.O., ON

Cost: $20 (Hearty vegetarian lunch provided on site.)

This forum is geared towards frontline workers who work with youth and anyone else who is interested in learning to support young people in navigating the legal system.

Article source:
Justice for Children and Youth
Posted:
August 28, 2017

Peterborough GE plant with lethal legacy closing down

General Electric informed employees Friday it would be closing the manufacturing side of its Peterborough plant. More than 350 people will lose their jobs.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
August 28, 2017

Anti-abortion protestors and the right to free speech: Reasonable Doubt

What are the legal limits of the tactics employed by anti-abortion demonstrators and why is there no neat legal solution for the problems these tactics create?

Article source:
NOW
Posted:
August 25, 2017

Rise in food bank use hints at larger issue across region

There needs to be an income-based solution to fix the food insecurity problem, say advocates.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
August 25, 2017