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Free legal hotline helps newcomers know their rights

Ontario's first multilingual legal rights support hotline has a message for newcomers and longtime residents alike: You have rights. You can get help.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
February 24, 2010

Human Rights Tribunal finds Special Diet Program discriminatory

The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has released its long-awaited decision in the lead Special Diet Allowance complaint cases.

Article source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)
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February 24, 2010

Family Law Process Call for Papers - February 2010

The Law Commission of Ontario will be funding two research papers on the topic "Best Practices at Family Justice System Entry Points: Needs of Users and Responses of Workers in the Justice System...

Article source:
Law Commission of Ontario
Posted:
February 23, 2010

File a tax return, raise your income

A Toronto Star article reports that many residents of Canada are missing out on child benefits, sales tax, and other benefits because they don't know they must report their income annually to...

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
February 22, 2010

Major change in Ontario family law beginning March 2010

A news article reports on upcoming changes to Ontario's family laws that will address family court delays, custody, and division of property.

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February 22, 2010

Legal aid facing 'troubling' cuts

Community legal clinics say they fear that cuts being made by Legal Aid Ontario to the clinic resource office will curb their ability to serve clients living in poverty.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
February 19, 2010

April 29: Western Northumberland Information Fair

Date April 29, 2010
Time 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Where Town Park Recreation Centre, 62 McCaul St., Port Hope

This fair features information about community services including financial, legal, and health supports.

Article source:
Northumberland Community Legal Centre
Posted:
February 18, 2010

Racist taunts cost boss $25,000

A Toronto Star article reports that a woman was awarded $25,000 for discrimination and $6,750 for lost wages by the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, who ordered her former employer to pay her the...

Article source:
Toronto Star
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February 17, 2010

New video talks about challenges that refugees face

A new video on YouTube talks about the challenges refugees face, from fleeing from an oppressive country to finally relocating in a new country.

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February 17, 2010

Register now for CLEONet's upcoming webinar on door-to-door sales

Date February 22, 2010 to February 22, 2010
Time 12:00 p.m.
Where Online

Please join us for CLEONet's upcoming webinar, "Hot Topics in Consumer Protection: Door-to-Door Sales" on February 22 at 12:00 p.m. There are limited spots available, so please register today.

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
February 17, 2010

Construction of first Francophone women's shelter in Toronto announced

The Government of Ontario has announced that it will construct a new 20-bed shelter, which will be the first in Toronto for francophone women and their children fleeing domestic violence.

Article source:
Government of Ontario - ServiceOntario
Posted:
February 17, 2010

Webinar on Workplace Violence: Prevention and Response

Date February 25, 2010 to February 25, 2010
Time 11 a.m. ET - 12 p.m. ET
Where Online

This webinar, hosted by the Crisis Prevention Institute, is on Bill 168 which goes into effect June 15 and represents a significant change in how, and to what extent, both workplace violence and...

Article source:
Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI)
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February 17, 2010

Canadian aid groups told to keep quiet on policy issues

According to a Globe and Mail article, non-governmental organizations say they're receiving veiled warnings about positions that clash with Ottawa's.

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February 16, 2010

Psychiatric Patient Advocate Office is hiring Community Based Rights Advisers

Are you concerned about the rights and autonomy of persons living with mental illness? The Psychiatric Patient Advocate Office is currently recruiting Rights Advisers for Kitchener, Toronto and...

Article source:
Psychiatric Patient Advocate Office (PPAO)
Posted:
February 16, 2010

Mom takes school board to court over bullying

The mother of a nine-year-old Kitchener boy is suing the Waterloo Region Catholic School Board and the Region of Waterloo for failing to protect her son from bullying.

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February 09, 2010

Ontario court rules consumers can't click away class action rights

The Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled in favour of consumers who pursued a class action suit against computer giant Dell.

Article source:
Ottawa Citizen
Posted:
February 09, 2010

Legal Aid Ontario's cutbacks raise alarm

An article in the Law Times comments on Legal Aid Ontario's plan to phase out the application process for assistance through its local offices.

Article source:
Law Times
Posted:
February 08, 2010

Law Society makes misconduct cases public more quickly

A Law Times article says that changes to the Law Society of Upper Canada’s disciplinary regime will soon apply to lawyers who run afoul of the bar as well as to their victims.

Article source:
Law Times
Posted:
February 08, 2010

Federal Town Hall Forum and Homeless Memorial

Date February 9, 2010 to February 9, 2010
Time 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Where Church of the Holy Trinity (just west of the Eaton Centre between Dundas and Queen Street), Toronto

This is a homeless memorial, community lunch, and federal party / community panel on the topic of the recession and its harsh impact on vulnerable people.

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Posted:
February 05, 2010

Law Union of Ontario Conference 2010: Resistance and the Law

Date February 27, 2010 to February 27, 2010
Time 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Where Hart House, University of Toronto, Toronto

This conference is a forum for exploring the intersections of legal activism
and struggles for social justice.

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Posted:
February 04, 2010