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Increased Aboriginal healing services now available in Northern Ontario

The provincial government announced yesterday that First Nations, Inuit, and Métis victims of crime throughout Moosonee, Moose Factory, and the James Bay area now have access to increased healing...

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April 07, 2010

April 8: Refugee Reform: Implications for Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Time 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Where Munk Centre, Room 108N, University of Toronto, 1 Devonshire Place, Toronto

This is a panel discussion on reform in the refugee claim system and its potential effects on refugees and asylum seekers.

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April 06, 2010

Catholic church reluctant to release residential schools records

According to a Globe and Mail article, the Roman Catholic Church is balking at the release of Indian residential school documents that name individual church members, citing privacy laws.

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The Globe and Mail
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April 06, 2010

April 28: Register for CLEONet's webinar on Criminal Injuries Compensation Board

Date April 28, 2010
Time 12:00 p.m.
Where Online

This webinar is an overview of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board process, including who is eligible, how to apply, common myths, timelines, the hearing process, offender notification, award...

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CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
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April 05, 2010

Gap between minimum wage and social assistance rate same as in Depression era

With the recent increase in Ontario's minimum wage, the gap between the minimum wage and the welfare rate is as wide as it was during the Depression.

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April 05, 2010

Environics releases Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study (UAPS)

The Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study set out to examine the attitudes of native Canadians who call the city home. A CBC article explores the findings with respect to issues of racism, education and...

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April 05, 2010

Refugees need time to cope with trauma

In a newspaper article, lawyer Heather Neufeld says if it can take weeks or months for refugee clients to trust her enough to divulge the grisly details of beatings or torture. The new "fair and...

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Edmonton Journal
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April 05, 2010

French Legal Advice Line for Residents of Northern Ontario and parts of Central Ontario

The Sudbury Community Legal Clinic is now providing a toll-free telephone advice service to low income Franco-Ontarians residing in northern Ontario and parts of central Ontario.

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Sudbury Community Legal Clinic
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March 31, 2010

New law affects live-in caregivers

Settlement.org has information in English, Hindi, Pilipino (Tagalog), and Spanish, about the Employment Protection for Foreign Nationals Act (Live-in Caregivers and Others), which came into force...

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Settlement.Org
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March 30, 2010

The Canadian Human Rights Act and You

An article on the Assembly of First Nations web site explains that with the passage of Bill C-21, the Canadian Human Rights Act now applies to decisions or actions taken by First Nations...

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March 30, 2010

A reason to celebrate: The lowest paid in Ontario just got a raise

A Globe and Mail article reports on the raise in Ontario's minimum wage to $10.25 an hour.

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The Globe and Mail
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March 30, 2010

Tories tackle refugee backlog while opening door to those in camps overseas

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney is tabling a reform package in the Commons, kicking off a debate about how to improve a system that many agree needs fixing in the face of a backlog of 60,000...

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Montreal Gazette
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March 29, 2010

Small claims rules prompt lawsuits against local school boards

A Law Times article reports that parents in Waterloo are using Small Claims Courts to sue school boards in cases of bullying.

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Law Times
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March 29, 2010

Ombudsman releases special report urging federal government to strengthen victims' rights

The Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime (OFOVC) has released its report, "Toward a Greater Respect for Victims in the Corrections and Conditional Release Act," urging the...

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Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime
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March 29, 2010

Forum focuses on South Asian family violence

The Toronto Observer reports on the recent CBC's Turning Point town hall discussion, which addressed domestic violence within the GTA's South Asian communities.

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The Toronto Observer
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March 29, 2010

Proposed Refugee Reform Undermines Fairness to Refugees

The Canadian Council for Refugees has raised some serious concerns with certain aspects of the refugee reform announced today by the government.

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Canadian Council for Refugees
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March 29, 2010

Welfare rules tweaked after diet allowance axed

The Toronto Star reports that Ontario's social services minister is tweaking four welfare rules in the wake of outrage over the elimination of a Special Diet Allowance in last Thursday's budget....

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Toronto Star
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March 28, 2010

Ottawa to unveil proposals to reform refugee system

The Montreal Gazette reports that Immigration Minister Jason Kenney will unveil proposals to reform Canada's refugee system this week in a bid to speed the approval process for legitimate asylum-...

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Montreal Gazette
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March 28, 2010

Special Diet Announcement Increases Insecurity for People on Social Assistance

The Income Security Advocacy Centre says Ontarians on social assistance have every right to be concerned about today's provincial government decision to create a new "nutritional supplementation"...

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Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)
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March 25, 2010

Do Welfare Reforms Make Abused Women Safer?

Researchers who explored the impact of welfare reforms on the lives of abused women found the reforms have sustained, and even enhanced, the power of abusive men.

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March 24, 2010