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Native children ask United Nations to probe education problems

A host of problems found in reserve schools across Canada are laid out in heart-wrenching letters from First Nations children, part of a report to the United Nations urging the body to investigate...

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
June 09, 2011

Public insurance: A solution to Canada's legal aid crisis

An opinion piece in The Lawyers Weekly proposes a public insurance program for legal expenses that would be administered by provincial legal assistance programs, such as Legal Aid Ontario, as a...

Article source:
The Lawyers Weekly
Posted:
June 09, 2011

Helping Victims Of Domestic Violence In Toronto

The Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic is receiving additional support from the Ontario government, improving access to legal services for more women who are victims of abuse to help them break...

Article source:
Government of Ontario - ServiceOntario
Posted:
June 09, 2011

Victims of Crime Research Digest 2011 is now available

The Victims of Crime Research Digest is an annual periodical published by the Department of Justice Canada. Its aim is to disseminate short, accessible articles on current and completed victims of...

Article source:
Department of Justice Canada
Posted:
June 09, 2011

Hate crimes report is a wake-up call for action against homophobia and transphobia in Canadian schools

Yesterday's report on the rise of hate crimes stresses the need for amplified education, training, and prevention initiatives explicitly targeting homophobia and transphobia in our schools and...

Article source:
EGALE Canada
Posted:
June 08, 2011

Two Ontario judges frontrunners for Supreme Court vacancies

A pair of senior Ontario judges are emerging as leading contenders in a contest to fill two vacancies on the Supreme Court of Canada, according to the Globe and Mail.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
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June 08, 2011

Refugee sponsorship grinds to halt

A Cranbrook, B.C., newspaper reports on Canada's system of private sponsorship of refugees by Church and other groups. The number of refugees these groups can sponsor will be capped and limited...

Article source:
Cranbrook Daily Townsman
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June 08, 2011

Fresh foods will soon reach Far North

Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN), Quality Market, and True North Community Co-Operative have announced a collaborative working relationship to bring fresh foods to NAN First Nations.

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June 08, 2011

For more diversity in the legal profession

A Globe and Mail editorial says it's important to have a more racially diverse legal profession and judiciary that reflects Canada's rapidly changing demographics, but that the record is mixed on...

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
June 08, 2011

Spring 2011 HALCO News is now available

Topics in the HALCO - HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic (Ontario) newsletter include Prosecutorial Guidelines Campaign, Landmark Sex Work Case, Proposed Increase to Pardon Application Fees, and...

Article source:
HALCO - HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario
Posted:
June 08, 2011

Police-reported hate crimes up 42 per cent in 2009

Canadian police saw a marked increase in the number of hate crimes they investigated in 2009, more than half of which were motivated by race or ethnicity.

Article source:
CTV News
Posted:
June 07, 2011

Why the courts must decriminalize prostitution

In this Globe and Mail article, the author says the rational thing to do is to destigmatize prostitution so it can be practised more safely and sanely, as the normal part of Canadian life that,...

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
June 06, 2011

June 8 & 9: Financial literacy workshops

Two workshops on accessing benefits from public and private programs will be held this week by Green Pastures Society.

Article source:
Green Pastures Society
Posted:
June 06, 2011

June 20: Access Awareness Symposium

Date June 20, 2011
Time 4 p.m. - 6 p.m., panel discussion; 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., reception
Where The Law Society of Upper Canada, 130 Queen St. West (enter at eastside doors facing Nathan Phillips Square)

Community members and legal experts will discuss recent developments and some unique ways of advancing the rights of people with disabilities beyond Charter litigation. The panel will explore a...

Article source:
ARCH Disability Law Centre
Posted:
June 06, 2011

June 13: Public legal education session in Hawkesbury

Date June 13, 2011
Time 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Where Hawkesbury Public Library, 550 Higginson St, Hawkesbury

The Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) will be delivering a free French public information session in Hawkesbury on environmental law, health, and public participation.

Article source:
Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA)
Posted:
June 06, 2011

Woman fired because she was pregnant

The Human Rights Legal Support Centre, commenting on the legal victory for the woman fired because of pregnancy, said it's unfortunate the Tribunal continues to see hundreds of these cases of...

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June 06, 2011

Anti-human smuggling bill will be re-introduced: Kenney

The Conservatives intend to reintroduce their controversial anti-human smuggling bill when Parliament resumes, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said on Wednesday.

Article source:
National Post
Posted:
June 03, 2011

The Social Assistance Review: Resources on What You Need to Know

The Income Security Advocacy Centre and the Toronto clinic system's Social Assistance Action Committee recently partnered to host two information sessions on critical issues that will arise in the...

Article source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)
Posted:
June 03, 2011

Don't name and shame drunk drivers until they're found guilty

In Sudbury, a weekly list will be published online naming all those charged with impaired driving over the prior seven days, with the goal of shaming the drivers and thereby deterring drunk...

Article source:
National Post
Posted:
June 02, 2011

Liberals pass law to ease adoption of Crown wards

Queen's Park has removed legal barriers that trap most of the province's 9,000 Crown wards in foster care with no hope of adoption.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
June 02, 2011