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2010-2011 Migrant farm workers report published

Canada's most comprehensive annual report on the challenges facing migrant farm workers confirms that abuse and exploitation of migrant farm workers are rampant in Canada's agriculture industry....

Article source:
United Food and Commercial Workers Canada
Posted:
February 14, 2011

Ontario freezes minimum wage

The Liberal government has announced a freeze on the minimum wage, leaving it at $10.25 an hour, marking an end to a series of annual hikes that followed the party's election in 2003.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
February 14, 2011

Women's shelters no longer off-limits to immigration officers

The Toronto Sun reports that women's shelters are no longer off-limits to immigration officers looking to round up and deport people hiding out in Canada illegally.

Article source:
Toronto Sun
Posted:
February 14, 2011

Video of Alex Neve lecture on Guantanamo Bay is now available

The online streaming video of the November 22, 2010 lecture by Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada, on the topic, "A View from Guantanamo Bay: Citizenship and Canada's...

Article source:
Centre for Refugee Studies (at York University)
Posted:
February 14, 2011

March 10: Register today for CLEONet's webinar on Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Standards

Date March 10, 2011
Time 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Where online

This webinar gives community service organizations information on standards under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and how they can be used to help clients.

Article source:
ARCH Disability Law Centre
Posted:
February 11, 2011

Access to justice becoming a privilege of the rich, judge warns

The middle class has been shut out of a justice system that caters primarily to the very rich and the very poor, Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin of the Supreme Court of Canada has told a group of...

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
February 11, 2011

Michael Bossin awarded the Sidney B. Linden Award

Legal Aid Ontario has selected Michael Bossin as the 2010 recipient of the Sidney B. Linden Award, which honours exceptional individuals who demonstrate a commitment to ensuring access to justice...

Article source:
Legal Aid Ontario - Aide juridique Ontario
Posted:
February 11, 2011

February 22: Sponsoring Your Family to Canada workshop

Date February 22, 2011
Time 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Where St. Christopher House, 248 Ossington Avenue, Toronto

This is a workshop for immigrants and their families, service providers, and volunteers, on how to sponsor family members to Canada.

Article source:
St. Christopher House Immigrant and Refugee Services
Posted:
February 10, 2011

How CPP changes may affect you

This Toronto Star article describes changes coming to the Canada Pension Plan that will especially affect those applying for benefits before age 65, those who want to retire but work part-time, or...

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
February 10, 2011

Rental reversal: Paralegal says ruling on student housing should help tenants

Christopher Woodall, a paralegal with Niagara North Community Legal Assistance, says he will be able to use a recent Superior Court of Justice decision when helping tenants fight for their rights...

Article source:
NiagaraThisWeek.com
Posted:
February 09, 2011

Update on campaign for prosecutorial guidelines in HIV non-disclosure cases

This is an update on the campaign urging Ontario's Attorney General to develop guidelines for criminal prosecutors in cases involving allegations of non-disclosure of HIV status.

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

February 26: Law Union of Ontario Conference

Date February 26, 2011
Time 8:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Where Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto

This conference features, among others, panels on the right to housing challenge, HIV-related criminal prosecutions, the Bedford decision and the decriminalization of prostitution, plus two panels...

Article source:
Law Union of Ontario
Posted:
February 07, 2011

Campaign to eliminate three-month wait for OHIP

The Right to Health Care Coalition has launched a postcard campaign aimed at eliminating the three-month wait that the Ontario government imposes on landed immigrants before they can access health...

Article source:
Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services
Posted:
February 07, 2011

Toronto exploring use of debit cards to replace OW cheques, minimize cheque cashing fees

Toronto has taken a first step toward replacing welfare cheques with reloadable electronic cards similar to debit cards, a move that would allow thousands of welfare recipients to avoid payday...

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
February 07, 2011

Ontario urged to eliminate OHIP wait

Advocates for immigrants are calling on the province to eliminate the three-month wait time for newcomers to access OHIP. The Right to Health Care Coalition, a network of more than 30 Greater...

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
February 07, 2011

Critics denounce low-income school in Niagara

Critics denounced a publicly funded school planned for students from low-income families in the Niagara region Wednesday, but the Ontario government has no plans to prevent its opening.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
February 03, 2011

February 25: Community forum on housing

Date February 25, 2011
Time 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where O.I.S.E., Room 5280, 252 Bloor St. West (at St. George subway)

"Action for Affordable Housing: Moving Housing Rights Forward in our city, our province, our country" is a free community forum featuring speakers from PIVOT Legal Society in Vancouver, B.C.,...

Article source:
Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO)
Posted:
February 03, 2011

January 31, 2011 ARCH Disability Law Centre newsletter now available

This special issue of ARCH Alert looks at ARCH's campaign to improve the Special Services at Home and Passport programs that fall within the mandate of the Ministry of Community and Social...

Article source:
ARCH Disability Law Centre
Posted:
February 02, 2011

Making Ontario Home: Survey for Newcomers to Ontario launched

The survey will gather information about the service needs of immigrants and refugees to Ontario, assess their satisfaction with services, and identify how services might be improved.

Article source:
Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI)
Posted:
February 01, 2011

Launched: SWAVE online community dedicated to issues of violence against newcomer, immigrant, and refugee women

SWAVE - Settlement Workers Against Violence Everywhere - is OCASI's online community dedicated to issues of violence against newcomer, immigrant and refugee women.

Article source:
Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI)
Posted:
February 01, 2011