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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 26, 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 25, 2010

When Doctor Visits Lead to Legal Help

A newspaper article tells about programs in the U.S. in which doctors and lawyers partner to help solve the problems of their clients living in poverty.

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March 25, 2010

A test of Ontario's appetite to fight for poverty reduction

An opinion piece asks if the Ontario government will comply with a Human Rights Tribunal ruling that says it must end discrimination in its special diet allowance program, or will it target the...

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Toronto Star
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March 25, 2010

UN refugee chief warns Canada on two-tier triage system

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is warning that the type of refugee reforms the Conservative government has in mind need to be handled with an abundance of caution.

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March 25, 2010

Health providers and anti-poverty advocates urge government to maintain Special Diet

Eighteen organizations have issued an open letter to the provincial government, calling for its commitment to maintaining the Special Diet Allowance.

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Health Providers Against Poverty
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March 25, 2010

'Survivor's Guide' film on freedom from violence now available

The Survivor's Guide to Freedom from Violence, a Canadian video resource meant for educating the public, training professionals, and providing guidance for women leaving abusive situations, is now...

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Assaulted Women's Helpline
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March 23, 2010

April 12-13: Ontario Nonprofit Network provincial conference

Date April 12, 2010 to April 13, 2010
Where Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto, Toronto

This cross-sectoral event will bring together leaders from the nonprofit, public, and private sectors to consider how to shape the course of Ontario's nonprofits and charities.

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Ontario Nonprofit Network
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March 22, 2010

Fact sheet explains HST impact on social assistance benefits

The Income Security Advocacy Centre has produced a fact sheet that discusses the impact of the Harmonized Sales Tax on people who receive Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program...

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Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)
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March 22, 2010

Budget must face up to poverty

An opinion piece urges the provincial government to adopt programs that will help low-income residents who continue to feel the impact of job losses, housing insecurity, and the inability to...

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Hamilton Spectator
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March 22, 2010

March 26: Register now for CLEONet's webinar on constructive dismissal

Date March 26, 2010
Time 12:00 p.m.
Where Online

This webinar looks at the rights of workers who feel they are being forced to quit their jobs because of harassment, discrimination, or significant changes at work.

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CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
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March 22, 2010

April 27: Ontario Child Benefit Clawback Protest Rally

Date April 27, 2010
Time 10 a.m.
Where Queen's Park

Please note the new date for this event. This rally is being held to protest the reduction of the Basic Needs portion of the Ontario Child Benefit parents' benefits. Organizers in...

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March 19, 2010

March 23: Register for CLEONet's webinar on the rights of fired or laid-off workers

Date March 23, 2010
Time 12:00 p.m.
Where Online

This webinar looks at rights of fired or laid-off workers. The topics covered include events that constitute termination of employment, worker's rights upon dismissal from employment, termination...

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
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March 18, 2010

Tory bill proposes publicizing names of violent young offenders

The Globe and Mail reports that the Conservative government is proposing changes for teenagers convicted of serious crimes that could result in their names being publicized and evidence from...

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The Globe and Mail
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March 18, 2010

Workplace Safety System Review Panel Named

The Ontario government has announced that it has appointed an expert advisory panel to conduct a comprehensive review of the province's occupational health and safety system.

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Government of Ontario - ServiceOntario
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March 18, 2010

June 3-5: Canadian Council for Refugees Spring Consultation

Date June 3, 2010 to June 5, 2010
Time TBA
Where Ottawa

This year's consultation will look at immigration measures for Haitian families, domestic violence against refugees and immigrants, issues affecting Somali newcomers, issues facing the forcibly...

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Canadian Council for Refugees
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March 17, 2010

Facebook discovery: Is civil litigation in uncharted waters?

With the use of social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter increasing, the legal risks and rewards of using the information on those sites appear to be growing as well.

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Law Times
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March 16, 2010

Feedback sought on Gladue rights booklet and poster

CLEO and the Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres have created an online survey to collect feedback on the booklet and poster entitled Are you Aboriginal? Do you have a bail...

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
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March 16, 2010

March 22: Register now for CLEONet's Webinar on Motor Vehicle Repairs

Date March 22, 2010
Time 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Where Online

This webinar looks at estimates for motor vehicle repairs, warranties, what to do when facing an unsatisfactory repair job or unexpected repair bill, and protections for consumers.

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March 15, 2010

Courts seeing more financial abuse of seniors by family members

A news article describes how courts are losing patience with children who seem more concerned about cashing in than caring for their ailing parents.

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Toronto Star
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March 15, 2010