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Chatham-Kent Women's Centre program offers info on new workplace law

A WorkplaceViolenceNews.com article describes a program that offers information to local employers regarding changes to the new legislation protecting workers.

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June 14, 2010

Refugee Lawyers' Association welcomes amendments to Bill C-11

Although it still has serious concerns about some of the remaining provisions in the bill, the Refugee Lawyers' Association of Ontario says in a news release that it welcomes the amendments to...

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June 14, 2010

New verification process aims to help Legal Aid Ontario serve clients faster

The time it takes to verify a client's status will be reduced to less than ten minutes as a result of a new information sharing process between Legal Aid Ontario and the Ministry of Community and...

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Legal Aid Ontario - Aide juridique Ontario
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June 14, 2010

Government appointed Council recommends bold vision for social assistance reform

The Social Assistance Review Advisory Council has released its report, outlining a consultation process that would transform the delivery of income security programs, employment supports, and...

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June 13, 2010

Gay men targets of violence as hate crimes jump

A Toronto Star article says that police services are reporting a big jump in hate crimes and gay men are being targeted more often and in the most violent incidents.

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Toronto Star
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June 13, 2010

June 23: SPT June Research and Policy Forum

Date June 23, 2010
Time 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where Social Planning Toronto Office, 2 Carlton Street, Suite 1001, Toronto

The June Social Planning Toronto Research and Policy Forum will feature a presentation by Councillor Pam McConnell on a report released in April by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

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Social Planning Toronto
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June 13, 2010

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 13, 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 13, 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 13, 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 13, 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 13, 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 10, 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 09, 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 09, 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 09, 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 09, 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 08, 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 08, 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 07, 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 03, 2010