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Editorial: Let's avoid polarization on veils

A Law Times editorial discusses the sexual assault trial involving a woman's right to wear the Muslim niqab while testifying against two relatives, versus the fair-trial rights of the accused.

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Law Times
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June 14, 2010

Few ready for Bill 168: Even law firms unprepared for new workplace violence legislation

A Law Times article reports that few Ontario workplaces will have complied with new workplace violence and harassment legislation by the time it comes into force this week.

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Law Times
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June 14, 2010

Miracle deal on the Hill

A Toronto Star editorial says the last-minute compromise by all four political parties to ensure badly needed refugee reforms "looks like a triumph of common sense."

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Toronto Star
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June 14, 2010

Ontario Family Law Reform Pilot Projects Underway

A Ministry of the Attorney General news release describes changes in Brampton and Milton's family courts that are helping parents better understand the court system and how to help their children...

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Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General
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June 14, 2010

New rules aim to strengthen the value of Canadian Citizenship

A Citizenship and Immigration Canada news release says new rules will make it easier to take citizenship away from those who have acquired it by fraud and crack down on crooked citizenship...

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
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June 14, 2010

June 22: Register now for CLEONet's OW & ODSP Rights and Benefits Overview webinar

Date June 22, 2010
Time 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Where Online

This webinar gives an overview of rights and benefits for people receiving financial assistance from Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Plan.

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Flemingdon Community Legal Services
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June 11, 2010

Liberal leader left out of refugee reform

A National Post columnist says that Immigration Minister Jason Kenney is prepared to accept amendments from the Bloc Quebecois and the NDP in order to gain their support for legislation to reform...

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National Post
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June 10, 2010

Conservatives work deal with Bloc, NDP on refugee reform

Parliamentarians on the immigration committee have negotiated all-party support for a bill that is substantially different than what was originally tabled this spring.

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June 10, 2010

June 18: In My Shoes: A Play About Poverty

Date June 18, 2010
Time 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Where Innis Town Hall Theatre, 2 Sussex Ave. Toronto (near St. George subway station)

In My Shoes shares the experiences and reflections of people living in poverty in Sault Ste. Marie, a community that was part of ISAC's Ending Poverty Project.

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Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)
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June 10, 2010

CBA expresses appreciation for amendments to Bill C-11, Balanced Refugee Reform Act

The Canadian Bar Association has issued a statement expressing appreciation for the work of the government and opposition parties in reaching agreement on amendments to Bill C-11, the Balanced...

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Canadian Bar Association (CBA)
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June 10, 2010

Legislation to crack down on crooked immigration consultants

The federal government has introduced legislation to crack down on crooked immigration consultants who exploit prospective immigrants.

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
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June 09, 2010

How Lawyers Are Using Social Media for Real Results

An article in Mashable.com says that the unprecedented reach of social networks, Twitter, and blogs in particular, has been a career game-changer for many attorneys.

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June 09, 2010

Manitoba looks at debit cards for social assistance recipients

The Globe and Mail reports that the Manitoba government is looking at giving social assistance recipients debit cards to avoid the stigma, fees, and hurdles that can come with cashing monthly...

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The Globe and Mail
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June 08, 2010

Lawyers reach out to those who can't afford them

A Toronto Star columnist discusses the study of Ontario's unmet legal needs, released this week by former chief justice Roy McMurtry.

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Toronto Star
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June 04, 2010

Queer groups recommend changes to refugee reform bill

An article on Xtra.ca reports that gay and lesbian groups have told the citizenship and immigration committee holding hearings on Bill C-11 that queer refugee claimants need more time and ability...

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Xtra.ca
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June 04, 2010

Call for action: Bill on human rights protections for transgender and transsexual people to be debated

A private member's bill on human rights protections for transgender and transsexual people will be debated for a second hour in Parliament on Tuesday, June 8, 2010, at 5:30 p.m.

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June 03, 2010

Law Foundation of Ontario invites applications to Access to Justice Fund

The Law Foundation of Ontario is accepting applications to the Access to Justice Fund, which is directed to projects on linguistic minorities and people living in rural and remote areas,...

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The Law Foundation of Ontario
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June 02, 2010

Children's services on reserves and human rights

A Toronto Star opinion piece says that the impending Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decision on whether to continue hearings into the government's underfunding of children's services on reserves...

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Toronto Star
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June 02, 2010

One in three Ontarians fighting legal problems, study finds

The Toronto Star reports on a new study that says that one in three Ontarians are battling legal problems of a non-criminal nature, which often lead to stress and even mental illness.

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Toronto Star
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June 01, 2010

Big holes in Ontario retirement homes bill, advocates say

Critics charge that retirement homes will be able to self-regulate, medicate residents, and become "de facto" long-term care facilities if Bill 21 passes, according to a Toronto Star article.

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Toronto Star
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May 31, 2010