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Amnesty International Open Letter to Ministers Toews and Kenney about 30 'Wanted by the CBSA'

Amnesty International is concerned that the initiative to track down thirty people accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity who are believed to be residing in Canada does not conform to...

Article source:
Amnesty International
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August 05, 2011

A chilling mid-summer spectacle

In her Toronto Star column, Carol Goar says that for those who believe in the rule of law, the importance of evidence, and the presumption of innocence, there is something chilling about the...

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Toronto Star
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August 05, 2011

Judge agrees to fast-track trial for woman challenging right-to-die laws

A terminally ill woman who wants to fast-track her trial seeking to overturn Canada's current right-to-die laws will have her case heard in November.

Article source:
Toronto Star
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August 04, 2011

Rally taking aim at CAS accountability

A group in Barrie will hold a rally to raise awareness about the lack of accountability with Ontario's Children's Aid Society and the procedures the organization follows when dealing with reports...

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The Barrie Examiner
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August 04, 2011

War criminal campaign derided as 'misleading'

International criminal justice lawyers and other observers say that government ministers, in their quest to find and deport 30 men allegedly involved in war crimes or crimes against humanity, are...

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August 04, 2011

August 23: Maytree Leadership Network - Social Assistance Consultation

Date August 23, 2011
Time 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham Street (at Bathurst subway)

Maytree Leadership Network is holding a consultation on the Social Assistance Review, where participants can share their views directly with staff responsible for reviewing Ontario Works and...

Article source:
Maytree
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August 04, 2011

Canada and international justice: Be off with you

A blog in The Economist says that the disinterest shown by Canada's government in determining the guilt or innocence of war crimes suspects suggests that it is more concerned with courting anti-...

Article source:
The Economist
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August 04, 2011

Courts divided on Islamic divorce law

In a handful of cases across the country, judges are put in the often difficult position of enforcing Canadian contract law while remaining sensitive to cultural and religious traditions. The...

Article source:
Vancouver Sun
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August 03, 2011

Waterloo woman didn't have enough documents to get new Ontario ID card

A Waterloo woman presented her Ontario health card, her birth certificate, and her old-age security card which contained her social insurance number, but they weren't enough to get a new Ontario...

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The Record.com
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August 03, 2011

CLEO's Connecting Communities project featured on CBC Radio

As one of the many access to justice experts from across North America gathering this week in Toronto, CLEO's executive director Julie Mathews spoke today on CBC Radio's Metro Morning about...

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CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
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August 03, 2011

Summer 2011 Niagara North Community Legal Assistance Newsletter now available

Topics include Ontario Project for Interclinic Community Organizing forum, Social Assistance Review, and Special Diet information.

Article source:
Niagara North Community Legal Assistance
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August 03, 2011

Ontario court declares HIV-positive man a dangerous offender

A man convicted of murder through HIV transmission could spend the rest of his life in jail after an Ontario court ruled that he can't be trusted to disclose his condition to future sex partners...

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
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August 03, 2011

Family litigants without lawyers: Study documents growing challenges for the justice system

There is growing concern about litigants without lawyers, especially for family cases. The authors of this article report on preliminary findings from a recent survey of the perceptions of Ontario...

Article source:
The Lawyers Weekly
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August 02, 2011

Ontario Liberals announce highest rent increase rate in years

Ontario's governing Liberals say if they are re-elected this fall they will change the way the province's rent increase rate is set after it took one of the biggest jumps in years Friday....

Article source:
Toronto Star
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August 02, 2011

Teen deaths shame us all

This Toronto Star editorial looks at the the aftermath of the death of a young man with mental illness who took his own life while in custody. It says that most of the safeguards and remedies...

Article source:
Toronto Star
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August 02, 2011

A bumpy start for a new style of family court

It was heralded as an innovative first for the Canadian justice system -- a pilot project in Ontario merging family court and criminal domestic violence cases with a one-judge, one-courtroom...

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
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August 02, 2011

August 4: Canada Learning Bond sign-up

Date August 4, 2011
Time 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Where Daniels Presentation Centre, 500 Dundas Street East, Toronto

This is an opportunity for people to sign up for a Social Insurance Number and a free Canada Learning Bond, which goes into a child's Registered Education Savings Plan even if parents don't have...

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July 29, 2011

A Response to the Commissioners for the Review of Social Assistance

This paper lays out the Income Security Advocacy Centre's analysis of the Social Assistance Review Commission's Discussion Paper and their vision for a new approach to OW and ODSP.

Article source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)
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July 29, 2011

OHRC creates eLearning course, 'Welcome to Human Rights 101'

The Ontario Human Rights Commission has created "Welcome to Human Rights 101," an online course covering human rights and discrimination, rights and responsibilities under the Ontario Human Rights...

Article source:
Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC)
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July 28, 2011

Ontario Ensures French Services Are Provided Through Third Parties

Until now, there has been an expectation that third parties working for the government would deliver services in French in the 25 designated French areas of the province. A new regulation sets a...

Article source:
Government of Ontario - ServiceOntario
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July 28, 2011