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Bullying victims are taking schools to court

Bullying lawsuits have appeared in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Ottawa and Waterloo, Ont., as parents turn to the civil courts for justice, according to Macleans.ca.

Article source:
Macleans Magazine
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September 15, 2011

Canadians Fight Government Proposal to Spy on Private Internet Use

OpenMedia.ca has launched three PSA-style videos as part of a citizen-led public education campaign to raise awareness about impending electronic surveillance laws.

Article source:
OpenMedia.ca
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September 15, 2011

Parties need to address rent, affordable housing, tenants say

A report by the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association shows vacancy rates across the province fell from 3.5 per cent to 2.9 per cent in the past year while rents rose by 2.6 per cent. Almost half...

Article source:
Toronto Star
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September 15, 2011

Time for helpers to stop hindering

In his Toronto Star column, Joe Fiorito presents responses to a recent column on the subject of the Social Assistance Review by people who didn't make it to the public hearings.

Article source:
Toronto Star
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September 15, 2011

New Brunswick Court of Appeal orders new trial for man in spanking case

The court ordered the new trial, ruling the trial judge applied a subjective standard concerning the duration of the spanking.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
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September 14, 2011

Landmark human rights settlement in longest-running human rights case in Canada

For 23 years, Michael McKinnon, a former jail guard, battled the Ontario Ministry of Correctional Services over workplace discrimination. The matter finally came to a long-awaited end last month...

Article source:
Law Times
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September 14, 2011

C-4 - Anti-smuggling or anti-refugee?

The Canadian Council for Refugees says most of the provisions in Bill C-4 punish refugees, not smugglers. The CCR is asking people to raise public awareness and speak out about the impacts the...

Article source:
Canadian Council for Refugees
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September 14, 2011

Coroner suspends inquest into native teen's death

The inquest into the death of Reggie Bushie, a Grade 9 First Nations Boy, has been suspended until Thunder Bay lawmakers can form a jury that includes native people.

Article source:
Toronto Star
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September 12, 2011

Schools must report relationship violence to police, new rules state

An agreement between Toronto public, Catholic, and two French language boards that outlines how safety issues are handled now calls for the inclusion of more incidents, such as "relationship-based...

Article source:
Toronto Star
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September 12, 2011

Hudak plan may spark vigilantism, group says

The John Howard Society, an organization that helps rehabilitate convicted criminals, warns that PC leader Tim Hudak's plan to publish the names and addresses of sex offenders could lead to...

Article source:
Ottawa Citizen
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September 12, 2011

The Law as it Affects Persons with Disabilities

Persons with disabilities make up 14.3 per cent of the Canadian population, but they continue to experience significant and wide-ranging disadvantage when compared to their non-disabled peers. The...

Article source:
Law Commission of Ontario
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September 12, 2011

Bridging language and distance for greater access to justice

An article in the Ontario Lawyers Gazette describes the CLEO project Connecting Communities, funded by the Law Foundation of Ontario, which is addressing the barriers faced by people who do not...

Article source:
Ontario Lawyers Gazette
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September 09, 2011

Reminder! Common Experience Payment deadline is September 19, 2011

Indian residential school survivors who want to apply for the Common Experience Payment (CEP) need to do so by September 19, 2011.

Article source:
Legal Services Society (LSS), British Columbia
Posted:
September 08, 2011

September 12: Talk on Newcomers' Experience of the Justice System

Date September 12, 2011
Time 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Where Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham Street, Toronto

"Social Exclusion and the Law" is a talk examining the challenges and barriers to accessing the justice system for newcomer women.

Article source:
POVNet
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September 08, 2011

Sexual talk can bring workers down

A study reports that even men and women who say they enjoy the sparks and sexy behaviour at work experienced negative effects on their work and psychological well-being.

Article source:
Ottawa Citizen
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September 08, 2011

Reporting a workplace accident

This article from Mississauga Community Legal Services explains what you should do if you get injured at work.

Article source:
Mississauga Community Legal Services
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September 08, 2011

Province denies special diet help

The Ministry of Community and Social Services has decided - against the recommendations of its own panel of health professionals - that some people who have muscular dystrophy and weight-loss...

Article source:
Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services
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September 08, 2011

Where's Home 2011

 The 2011 edition of the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association's Where's Home? shows that it is increasingly difficult for low...

Article source:
Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association
Posted:
September 07, 2011

ONPHA’s Recommendations to the Commission to Review Social Assistance in Ontario 2011

In September, the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association (ONPHA) made recommendations regarding reforms to social assistance in Ontario to the Social Assistance Review Commission.

Article source:
Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association
Posted:
September 07, 2011

Can class actions tackle social wrongs?

While class action lawsuits have opened up opportunities for people who couldn't possibly pursue a matter individually, some lawyers worry that the process still appears to be challenging and...

Article source:
Law Times
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September 07, 2011