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December 1: Criminals and Victims? Race, Law and HIV Exposure in Ontario

Date December 1, 2010
Time 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Where Bennett Lecture Hall, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, 78 Queen's Park, Toronto

The African and Caribbean Council on HIV/AIDS in Ontario (ACCHO) is holding a symposium, Criminals and Victims? Race, Law and HIV Exposure in Ontario, to launch their paper on the impact of the...

Article source:
HALCO - HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario
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November 10, 2010

Huge costs of government bill highlighted

The Canadian Council for Refugees today called on parliamentarians to reject Bill C-49, a bill that would be extremely costly both to Canadians and to people seeking refugee protection in Canada...

Article source:
Canadian Council for Refugees
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November 10, 2010

Goar: Family courts filled with litigants and no one to guide them

Almost two-thirds of Ontarians who appear in family court are now unrepresented. They can't afford a lawyer and - thanks to the new law - they can no longer use a paralegal for uncontested...

Article source:
Toronto Star
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November 10, 2010

BC's legal aid system is 'broken'

It's time for a complete overhaul of BC's legal aid system, according to a new report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and West Coast LEAF (Women's Legal Education and Action Fund...

Article source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)
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November 10, 2010

New federal government awareness-raising campaign

The federal government has launched an ad campaign aimed at victims and survivors of crime to raise awareness of support services across Canada.

Article source:
Government of Canada - Gouvernement du Canada
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November 10, 2010

Report: A Basic Income Plan for Canadians with Severe Disabilities

The Caledon Institute of Social Policy has published a report which describes the current situation facing Canadians with severe disabilities and sets out a detailed plan to revolutionize income...

Article source:
Caledon Institute of Social Policy
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November 09, 2010

Prisons plagued by overcrowding, poor conditions, ombudsman reports

The ombudsman for federal prisoners says the effects of harsher sentencing laws brought in by the Conservative government are being felt in overcrowded prisons, where interaction between staff and...

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
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November 09, 2010

Canadian Council for Refugees: Speak to your MP in person about Bill C-49

The Canadian Council for Refugees is urging people to speak to their MPs in person about Bill C-49 this week while they are on break and back in their communities.

Article source:
Canadian Council for Refugees
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November 08, 2010

Bill C-53: Justice needs to be swifter

An Ontario review of criminal trials found that the broadening of evidence rules, Charter of Rights and Freedoms motions, and a flurry of new laws from Parliament have resulted in significant...

Article source:
Toronto Star
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November 08, 2010

Crisis? What crisis? Toronto Star investigates Broken Peoples, Broken Policy

The national chief's renewed call to "move beyond the Indian Act" comes in the wake of "Broken Peoples, Broken Policy," a Toronto Star investigation into Canada's broken Indian Act system.

Article source:
Toronto Star
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November 08, 2010

Workers' rights groups seek help tracking impact of Open for Business Act on Ontario workers

Parkdale Community Legal Services, Workers' Action Centre, and the Employment Standards Work Group are asking for help in tracking the impact on Ontario workers of the Open for Business Act, which...

Article source:
Parkdale Community Legal Services
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November 08, 2010

Survey on poverty and the injured worker: Deadline extended to December 17

The Ontario Network of Injured Workers Groups is asking for help with a survey on the poverty and well-being of permanently injured workers, more urgently needed now because of proposed changes to...

Article source:
Ontario Network of Injured Workers' Groups
Posted:
November 08, 2010

'Advance' sexual consent up for debate

The notion of "advance" sexual consent will be up for debate Monday as a women's group appears before the Supreme Court in an effort to protect assault victims.

Article source:
Canadian Press
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November 08, 2010

New citizenship regulations and new procedures for citizenship test

On September 30, 2010, new citizenship regulations came into force, and Citizenship and Immigration Canada has developed new procedures for the citizenship test.

Article source:
Settlement.Org
Posted:
November 08, 2010

December 13: ARCH's 30th Anniversary Symposium

Date December 13, 2010
Time 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; reception at 5:30 p.m.
Where David Lamont Learning Centre, Law Society of Upper Canada, 130 Queen Street West, Toronto

ARCH celebrates 30 years of service to people with disabilities by reflecting on further action needed to advance the rights of our community by employing the Charter of Rights and Freedoms,...

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November 05, 2010

Old arrest records centre of debate

A panel discussion at a national mental-health conference says that many, if not most, police forces in Ontario still keep decades-old medical arrests on record.

Article source:
London Free Press
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November 04, 2010

Web site has information on child welfare across Canada

The Canadian Child Welfare Research Portal has information on the latest research on Canadian child welfare programs and policies.

Article source:
Centre of Excellence for Child Welfare
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November 04, 2010

Refugee bashing: The government bills its refugee-law changes as getting tough on smugglers, but the law does much more than that

An op-ed piece in the Montreal Gazette says that, under the cover of anti-smuggling efforts, Bill C-49 includes harsh measures for the victims of human smuggling, that is, the refugees themselves...

Article source:
Montreal Gazette
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November 04, 2010

Research: Family violence and the need for Prevention Research in First Nations, Inuit, and Metis communities

This paper describes the elements necessary to develop research into prevention of family violence in First Nations, Inuit, and Metis communities.

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November 04, 2010

Mental Health Court making difference

Judges in two of Canada's mental-health courts say the specialized courts are making a difference in dealing with mentally ill people who come in conflict with the law.

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November 04, 2010