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New accessibility laws should include rules for employment, inclusive buildings, transport

Public consultations on Canada’s first national law for disabled people have identified high unemployment rates, inaccessible buildings and barriers in transportation as some of the key issues...

Article source:
Canadian Press
Posted:
May 31, 2017

On the Radar: What happens when someone on ODSP gets a medical review date

This month’s On the Radar talks about the process that the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) uses when they do a medical review. 

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
May 31, 2017

Canada’s privacy czar raises flag over planned U.S. border password searches

Canadian privacy could be imperilled by apparent U.S. plans to demand cellphone and social media passwords from foreign visitors, a federal watchdog says.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
May 30, 2017

Women's Justice Access Project: Having your back

For many people, navigating the Canadian justice system can be overwhelming, but for some clients at Toronto’s Fred Victor 24-Hour Women’s Drop-in, it can feel hopeless. The Women’s Justice Access...

Article source:
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Posted:
May 30, 2017

Human Rights Tribunal charges Ottawa still failing Indigenous children

The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has had to issue a third compliance order after finding Canada is still failing to provide adequate services to Indigenous children as outlined by "Jordan’s...

Article source:
The Lawyer's Daily
Posted:
May 30, 2017

Ontario Liberals to unveil sweeping labour reforms Tuesday

Premier Kathleen Wynne is set to announce measures including a higher minimum wage, more paid vacation time, greater employee protections and removal of barriers to unionization.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
May 29, 2017

EI parental benefits denied aunt caring for orphaned nephew

Only parents who are caring for a newborn or newly adoptive parent are eligible. 

Article source:
CTV News
Posted:
May 29, 2017

Opinion: The case for abolishing solitary confinement

Support is growing for a substantial reduction in the use of solitary confinement — good news — but is it enough? Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dubé recently documented the slovenly way solitary is...

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
May 29, 2017

Property rights not automatic for separating common-law spouses

Separating common-law spouses don't share the same property rights as married couples going through a divorce, says Toronto family lawyer Lisa Gelman.

Article source:
AdvocateDaily.com
Posted:
May 25, 2017

Changing employee's shifts after medical leave is discrimination

Employees have the right to accommodation, that is, the employer must make changes to the workplace that assist the employee to complete their duties while dealing with a disability.

Article source:
AdvocateDaily.com
Posted:
May 25, 2017

Refugees 'in the crosshairs' as Legal Aid Ontario battles for government funding, advocates warn

Legal Aid Ontario says it has no choice but to slash refugee services — but many say cuts could be 'devastating'.

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

Ontario to lead in humane correctional practices, minister says

The minister in charge of Ontario's jails said has indicated her government intends to follow a watchdog's blueprint for reforming solitary confinement.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
May 25, 2017

New and Revised CLEO Publications - May 24, 2017

CLEO is announces that new or updated resources are available. All CLEO resources are provided free of charge.

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
May 24, 2017

Learn more about the great work of Connecting Communities projects

Connecting projects offer legal information training to frontline workers who serve diverse communities across Ontario on a variety of legal topics, 33 funded so far by the LFO.

Article source:
PLE Learning Exchange Ontario
Posted:
May 24, 2017

Preventing workplace violence in the health care sector

This is a report from the Government of Ontario on how it's working to reduce violent incidents in health care workplaces and boost safety for staff and patients.

Article source:
Government of Ontario - ServiceOntario
Posted:
May 24, 2017

Court weighs in on self-represented litigants

The court found that while deputy judges in Small Claims Court have to deal with huge volume pressures, trial fairness requires them to take the extra time with self-represented litigants.

Article source:
Law Times
Posted:
May 24, 2017

WSIB cutting costs at expense of workers' health, report says

The study was conducted by the Industrial Accident Victims Group of Ontario (IAVGO) and Toronto lawyer and worker compensation specialist Antony Singleton.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
May 24, 2017

Ontario Passes Legislation to Protect Human Trafficking Survivors

Ontario is a major centre for human trafficking in Canada, accounting for roughly 69 per cent of police-reported cases nationally in 2015.

Article source:
Government of Ontario - ServiceOntario
Posted:
May 24, 2017

Register for upcoming webinar: Immigration Status and Relationship Breakdown: What Women Should Know

Mon, May 29, 2017, 12:00 PM E.S.T.

Register for this webinar at: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/ap63no6lizd&eom

Mon, May 29, 2017, 12:00 PM E.S.T. - This webinar in the Family Law...

Article source:
METRAC
Posted:
May 23, 2017

Legal portals for Access to Justice information

In Law, Technology and Access to Justice, Roger Smith looks at some recent developments in Access to Justice portals in the English-speaking world.

Article source:
Law, Technology and Access to Justice
Posted:
May 23, 2017