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Now online: Sexual Assault Centre Kingston provides support & programs to women who have experienced sexualized violence

The Sexual Assault Centre Kingston provides free-of-charge, confidential, non-judgmental support to survivors of sexualized violence, offers public education on issues of sexualized violence, and...

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Sexual Assault Centre Kingston
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April 28, 2011

Special Election 2011 ARCH Alert Issue - April 28, 2011

Topics in this issue include the right to barrier-free voting, accessibility during the federal election, and how the federal political parties are addressing issues that are important to persons...

Article source:
ARCH Disability Law Centre
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April 28, 2011

First Nations Children: The back of the bus

Leaders during the election campaign have been woefully silent on First Nations issues. Educators are calling for action on "Shannen's Dream," a campaign to improve educational opportunities on...

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Toronto Star
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April 27, 2011

Volunteer Tax Preparation Clinics are available across Canada to help eligible people complete income tax and benefit returns

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has sponsored this program since 1971. Under the program, volunteers from a variety of backgrounds provide eligible individuals with free help to complete their...

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Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)
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April 27, 2011

Supreme Court: Key farm decision Friday

Canada's highest court will announce a decision on Friday which will allow or deny Ontario's 80,000 farm workers the right to join a union.

Article source:
London Free Press
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April 27, 2011

April 28: Free legal seminars in English with Mandarin translations

Date April 28, 2011
Time 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Where Peel Chinese Community Service Hub, 1177 Central Parkway West, Golden Square Centre, Unit 81, Mississauga

Free legal seminars in English with Mandarin translations are available through The Peel Chinese Community Service Hub and Mississauga Community Legal Services.

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April 27, 2011

Take a moment to help us with online usability testing for our new web site

Building on CLEONet, CLEO is developing Your Legal Rights, a new legal information portal for Ontario. We need your help to ensure that it is effective and easy-to-use. Please help us by taking 4...

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CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
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April 26, 2011

April 19, 2011 ARCH Disability Law Centre newsletter now available

Topics in ARCH Alert include Developmental Services Update, Customer Services Standard, and addressing the Parkdale violence.

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ARCH Disability Law Centre
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April 26, 2011

Immigration lawyers & practitioners tell Canadians concerned with our immigration system why they should not support the Conservative Party

In a press release today, leading immigration lawyers, practitioners, and academics refuted the arguments of the Conservative Government that their policies have been favourable to New Canadians...

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April 21, 2011

Ruling broadens judges' right to control lawyers' salary

Ontario's highest court has given trial judges a new weapon to combat a deluge of self-represented defendants and runaway trials: the right to appoint lawyers at whatever pay scale they feel is...

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The Globe and Mail
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April 21, 2011

Ontario retaining right to veto sale of public housing

In what may be the first show of legislative muscle against "Ford Nation," Queen's Park is retaining final approval over the sale of social housing in its new housing law approved Tuesday.

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Toronto Star
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April 21, 2011

End the 3-month wait for OHIP: Ontario's doctors

The Ontario Medical Association is calling for an end to the three-month waiting period for OHIP coverage imposed on landed immigrants and many returning Canadians.

Article source:
Ontario Medical Association (OMA)
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April 20, 2011

May 13: Wage Theft Campaign Launch

Date May 13, 2011
Time 7 p.m.
Where Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St., Toronto (Bathurst & Bloor)

The Workers' Action Centre is launching its wage theft campaign, with performances by Rehaset, Ruben 'Beny' Esguerra and Lishaiand. WAC leaders will talk about their fight to stop employers from...

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Workers' Action Centre
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April 20, 2011

June 9-10: 3rd Symposium on HIV, Law and Human Rights: 'Litigating for Change'

Date June 9, 2011 to June 10, 2011
Where Novotel Toronto Centre, 45 The Esplanade, Toronto

The symposium features skills-building workshops and panel discussions to provide delegates with an opportunity to learn about HIV-related legal and human rights issues, learn skills to advance...

Article source:
Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
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April 19, 2011

Marijuana law unconstitutional: Ontario court

An Ontario Superior Court judge has found marijuana cultivation and usage laws unconstitutional and has given the federal government three months to respond to the decision. If the government does...

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April 19, 2011

May 26-28: Canadian Council for Refugees Spring Consultation

Date May 26, 2011 to May 28, 2011
Where Hamilton

The theme of the Canadian Council for Refugees Spring Consultation is "Honouring Refugee Rights: 60th anniversary of the Refugee Convention." Register before May 6 to take advantage of reduced...

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Canadian Council for Refugees
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April 18, 2011

Ontario judge rules that people with mental illness can be held in jails

An Ontario Superior Court judge has blown a hole in a lower-court uprising over offenders with mental illness who are shunted off to jail cells because of a bed shortage at mental hospitals.

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The Globe and Mail
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April 18, 2011

April 27: Forum on Immigration 'Fraud': Facts, Myths and Challenges

Date April 27, 2011
Time 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Where Friend's House, 60 Lowther Ave, Toronto (St. George Subway Station)

The Rights of Non-status Women Network is holding an open forum for VAW workers, shelter workers, community health workers, students, activists, academics, and community member to discuss the...

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Rights of Non-Status Women Network
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April 18, 2011

New Law Commission of Ontario initiative: Law school curricula on violence against women

The Law Commission of Ontario has begun an initiative to develop law school curriculum modules around violence (particularly domestic violence) against women.

Article source:
Law Commission of Ontario
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April 18, 2011

May 5: Impact of Family Violence: A South Asian Perspective

Date May 5, 2011
Time 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Where MacDonald Block, Queen's Park, 77 Wellesley St., Toronto

This is a day-long forum looking at solutions to issues of family violence in South Asian communities.

Article source:
Social Services Network (SSN)
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April 18, 2011