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Courts divided on Islamic divorce law

In a handful of cases across the country, judges are put in the often difficult position of enforcing Canadian contract law while remaining sensitive to cultural and religious traditions. The...

Article source:
Vancouver Sun
Posted:
August 02, 2011

Waterloo woman didn't have enough documents to get new Ontario ID card

A Waterloo woman presented her Ontario health card, her birth certificate, and her old-age security card which contained her social insurance number, but they weren't enough to get a new Ontario...

Article source:
The Record.com
Posted:
August 02, 2011

CLEO's Connecting Communities project featured on CBC Radio

As one of the many access to justice experts from across North America gathering this week in Toronto, CLEO's executive director Julie Mathews spoke today on CBC Radio's Metro Morning about...

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
August 02, 2011

Summer 2011 Niagara North Community Legal Assistance Newsletter now available

Topics include Ontario Project for Interclinic Community Organizing forum, Social Assistance Review, and Special Diet information.

Article source:
Niagara North Community Legal Assistance
Posted:
August 02, 2011

Ontario court declares HIV-positive man a dangerous offender

A man convicted of murder through HIV transmission could spend the rest of his life in jail after an Ontario court ruled that he can't be trusted to disclose his condition to future sex partners...

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
August 02, 2011

Family litigants without lawyers: Study documents growing challenges for the justice system

There is growing concern about litigants without lawyers, especially for family cases. The authors of this article report on preliminary findings from a recent survey of the perceptions of Ontario...

Article source:
The Lawyers Weekly
Posted:
August 01, 2011

Ontario Liberals announce highest rent increase rate in years

Ontario's governing Liberals say if they are re-elected this fall they will change the way the province's rent increase rate is set after it took one of the biggest jumps in years Friday....

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
August 01, 2011

Teen deaths shame us all

This Toronto Star editorial looks at the the aftermath of the death of a young man with mental illness who took his own life while in custody. It says that most of the safeguards and remedies...

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
August 01, 2011

A bumpy start for a new style of family court

It was heralded as an innovative first for the Canadian justice system -- a pilot project in Ontario merging family court and criminal domestic violence cases with a one-judge, one-courtroom...

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
August 01, 2011

August 4: Canada Learning Bond sign-up

Date August 4, 2011
Time 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Where Daniels Presentation Centre, 500 Dundas Street East, Toronto

This is an opportunity for people to sign up for a Social Insurance Number and a free Canada Learning Bond, which goes into a child's Registered Education Savings Plan even if parents don't have...

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Posted:
July 28, 2011

A Response to the Commissioners for the Review of Social Assistance

This paper lays out the Income Security Advocacy Centre's analysis of the Social Assistance Review Commission's Discussion Paper and their vision for a new approach to OW and ODSP.

Article source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)
Posted:
July 28, 2011

OHRC creates eLearning course, 'Welcome to Human Rights 101'

The Ontario Human Rights Commission has created "Welcome to Human Rights 101," an online course covering human rights and discrimination, rights and responsibilities under the Ontario Human Rights...

Article source:
Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC)
Posted:
July 27, 2011

Ontario Ensures French Services Are Provided Through Third Parties

Until now, there has been an expectation that third parties working for the government would deliver services in French in the 25 designated French areas of the province. A new regulation sets a...

Article source:
Government of Ontario - ServiceOntario
Posted:
July 27, 2011

Rare breakthrough on mental health

In her editorial in the Toronto Star, Carol Goar comments on the announcement by the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police about their new guidelines on the disclosure of sensitive information...

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
July 26, 2011

Ontario's scandalous non-care for the elderly

On paper, Ontario's system for taking care of old people looks superb, says Thomas Walkom in his Toronto Star column. But an event last week in Niagara-on-the-Lake underlines how fragile these...

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
July 26, 2011

Woman needing mental assessment spends two weeks in police cells, prison

Declared unfit to stand trial on minor charges, a middle-aged woman sent for a psychiatric assessment spent two weeks in police lockup and prison cells before being admitted to a mental health...

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
July 26, 2011

Dismissal of 12 cases should be probed, lawyers' group says

The president of the Ontario Crown Attorneys' Association is calling for an investigation into a Newmarket judge's decision to cut loose a dozen people accused and convicted of crimes because he...

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
July 26, 2011

HIV infection not a death sentence: judge

An Ottawa judge's rejection of attempted murder charges against a man accused of knowingly transmitting HIV, saying it is no longer an "automatic death sentence," reflects medical reality and...

Article source:
National Post
Posted:
July 25, 2011

'Tough on crime' policies lead to prison overcrowding

Correctional Service Canada has responded to union concerns about double-bunking -- housing two inmates in a unit designed for one -- in Kingston-area prisons, by saying it is used to address...

Article source:
Kingston Whig-Standard
Posted:
July 25, 2011

Two G20 Defendants to Challenge 'No Demonstration' Condition

Two G20 defendants have contested the constitutionality of a bail condition that has been used to prevent G20 defendants from exercising their freedoms of speech, expression, and assembly,...

Article source:
The Media Co-op
Posted:
July 25, 2011