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Campaign urges Canadians to 'start the conversation about end-of-life care'

The Advance Care Planning National Task Force has designated April 12 as National Advance Care Planning Day to remind Canadians to think about and talk about their wishes for end-of-life-care.

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March 23, 2011

Ontario's Attorney General calls for debate on social media in courts

It may be time for a national discussion about the effect social media tools like Twitter and Facebook are having on the cases playing out in Canadian courtrooms, says Ontario's attorney general...

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CTV News
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March 23, 2011

Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program Leave Workers Unprotected

The Canadian Council for Refugees today expressed its disappointment that upcoming changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Regulations do not adequately protect migrant workers, but are geared...

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Canadian Council for Refugees
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March 23, 2011

Apr. - May 2011: HALCO Public Legal Education Workshops

Date April 28, 2011 to May 31, 2011
Time 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Where HALCO Boardroom, 65 Wellesley Street East, Second Floor, Toronto (one block east of Yonge Street/Wellesley subway station)

These six free workshops are presented by HALCO - HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic (Ontario) on a variety of topics.

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HALCO - HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario
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March 23, 2011

Action Alert! Help ensure that Ontario's social housing system changes for the better!

The Housing Network of Ontario is urging action by March 31 on significant new legislation that will replace the Social Housing Reform Act.

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Housing Network of Ontario (HNO)
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March 23, 2011

What you need to know about breaking a lease

This Moneyville article looks at the costs of leaving a rental unit before the end of the tenancy agreement and ways to minimize the expense.

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Toronto Star
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March 22, 2011

Canada to scrap one avenue for refugees

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has put forward a proposal to eliminate one of the three classes Canada uses to resettle refugees. The source-country class allows residents of designated...

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Vancouver Sun
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March 21, 2011

March 21: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed annually on 21 March. On that day, in 1960, police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in...

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United Nations
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March 21, 2011

Gravely ill man's wishes for life must be respected, panel finds

A provincial panel has ordered doctors at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital to act against their own wishes and provide an 87 year old man with aggressive, life-saving treatment if his health...

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Toronto Star
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March 21, 2011

May 3 CLEONet is hosting a webinar on Disability Tax Credit

Date May 3, 2011
Time 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Where online

This webinar gives service providers information on benefits that flow from receipt of the Disability Tax Credit, and some of the issues around completion of the forms.

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ARCH Disability Law Centre
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March 18, 2011

Justice for Children and Youth Spring 2011 newsletter now available

With the theme of House Parties, this issue looks at some of the legal issues that might arise when young people attend house parties. It discusses assault, alcohol, property damage, drunk driving...

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Justice for Children and Youth
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March 18, 2011

Apartment fire victims struggle to resettle

Tenants of 200 Wellesley St. E. in Toronto say a recent spending scandal is distracting Toronto's public housing agency from helping them resettle after a devastating fire.

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March 16, 2011

April 4: Peoples' Blueprint Conference Breaking Out: Real Voices, Real Change

Date April 4, 2011
Time 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Where Chestnut Conference Centre, 89 Chestnut Street, Toronto

At this conference, people living in poverty will share what they learned from each other in a series of videotaped interviews done over the last year and will outline the key issues they feel are...

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March 16, 2011

Canada's 'adversarial' family law system targeted

Putting families in crisis through the adversarial court system has been likened to pouring gasoline on a fire, but while many agree change is needed, ideas about how to achieve that vary wildly...

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CTV News
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March 16, 2011

Bringing in Women's Voices

Campaign 2000 has a survey for Ontario women living on incomes below the poverty line. The survey will help the Ontario government decide what changes to make to social assistance and disability...

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Campaign 2000
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March 15, 2011

Union seeking support for Bill C-304, a national housing strategy

The National Union of Public and General Employees is rallying support for Bill C-304, an Act to ensure secure, adequate, accessible and affordable housing for Canadians.

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National Union of Public and General Employees
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March 15, 2011

Parents must witness their children's murder to receive compensation

A Toronto Star article says that the provincial agency that is supposed to compensate crime victims has denied "pain and suffering" payments to three grieving mothers because they did not witness...

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March 15, 2011

Time for cameras in court, not more consultation

A Toronto Star editorial calls for cameras in court now, in spite of Attorney General Chris Bentley's insistence that this issue needs to be the subject of wide consultation with the judiciary.

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Toronto Star
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March 15, 2011

Make legal aid an 'essential service': B.C. report

B.C.'s legal aid system is failing to meet the human, economic and social needs of British Columbians and should be an essential service like health care, says a new commission report into the...

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March 15, 2011

Friends of the Community Legal Clinics

R. Roy McMurtry has announced the formation of the "Friends of the Community Legal Clinics," who have come together to show support for Ontario's community clinic system and to provide the clinic...

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March 14, 2011