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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...

Article source:
CTV News
Posted:
March 15, 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...

Article source:
Campaign 2000
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March 14, 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.

Article source:
National Union of Public and General Employees
Posted:
March 14, 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 14, 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.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
March 14, 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 14, 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 13, 2011

Ontario Government Implementing Family Court Support Worker program

A new support program will soon be available across Ontario aimed at helping victims of domestic violence through the difficult process of separation or divorce.

Article source:
Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General
Posted:
March 13, 2011

New services in Kitchener for victims of domestic violence

Legal Aid Ontario has partnered with Mosaic Counselling and Family Services in Kitchener to help victims of domestic violence. The collaboration is part of LAO's strategy to increase client...

Article source:
Legal Aid Ontario - Aide juridique Ontario
Posted:
March 13, 2011

Ontario Government Introduces Legislation to Amend Sex Offender Registry

The Ontario government is proposing changes to its sex offender registry that would, if passed, align the provincial registry with recent changes to the federal registry.

Article source:
Government of Ontario - ServiceOntario
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March 11, 2011

May 3: Registered Disability Savings Plan Workshop

Date May 3, 2011
Time 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Where Heritage East Resource Centre, 872 Dundas St. Rear (Ontario Street), London, ON

This workshop in London will explain more about Registered Disability Savings Plans and how the Government of Canada is supporting RDSP's by matching contributions made.

Article source:
LIFE*SPIN Low Income Family Empowerment
Posted:
March 11, 2011

April 4: Register today for CLEONet's webinar on Sponsorship Breakdown and Domestic Violence: Identifying the Problem

Date April 4, 2011
Time 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Where online

This webinar gives community service providers information on spousal sponsorship and how abused women can acquire legal status in Canada.

Article source:
Community Legal Services Ottawa Centre
Posted:
March 10, 2011

April 5: Register today for CLEONet's webinar on Sponsorship Breakdown and Domestic Violence: Preventing Deportation

Date April 5, 2011
Time 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Where online

This webinar gives community providers information on assessing client safety and getting legal help to stay in Canada.

Article source:
Community Legal Services Ottawa Centre
Posted:
March 10, 2011

Law Commission of Ontario seeks input from businesses and employers on vulnerable workers

The Law Commission of Ontario seeks input from all interested parties, including employers and the business community, on Background and Consultation Papers released on February 17, 2011 in its...

Article source:
Law Commission of Ontario
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March 10, 2011

Sick social assistance recipients to have harder time accessing diet allowance

New rules coming into effect April 1 will make it harder for social assistance recipients to access public funding for food. The newly strengthened regulations will impact the 165,000 Ontario...

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
March 10, 2011

Facing facts about poverty

A survey commissioned by the Salvation Army shows that half or nearly half of Canadians believe that if people really want to work, they can always find a job; that a family of four can "get by"...

Article source:
Hamilton Spectator
Posted:
March 10, 2011

Law Commission of Ontario releases interim report on modernizing the Provincial Offences Act

The Law Commission of Ontario has released its Interim Report on Modernizing the Provincial Offences Act, which includes draft recommendations for major reforms that would significantly change the...

Article source:
Law Commission of Ontario
Posted:
March 10, 2011

State has no obligation to protect prostitutes, Ottawa to argue at appeal

In a legal brief filed with the Ontario Court of Appeal, federal government lawyers argue that the state does not owe prostitutes a promise of safety if they choose a profession that is fraught...

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
March 10, 2011

Legal Aid Ontario launches free online information program for Ontario families

Legal Aid Ontario has launched a free online program aimed at helping Ontarians deal with some of the problems that arise when a relationship breaks down. The Family Law Information Program...

Article source:
Legal Aid Ontario - Aide juridique Ontario
Posted:
March 09, 2011

Celebrating International Women's Day: Ontario Human Rights Commission releases new Policy on preventing sexual and gender-based harassment

A new policy on preventing sexual and gender-based harassment was launched today by the Ontario Human Rights Commission in partnership with the Ryerson Students' Union, Ryerson University and the...

Article source:
Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC)
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March 08, 2011