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Poverty reduction group launching two new strategies in the fall

An article in the Peterborough Examiner says that the Peterborough Poverty Reduction Network is planning to launch two new strategies this fall to battle the city's poverty issues.

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August 25, 2010

A place for equity policies

In an opinion piece in the Toronto Star, Ratna Omidvar says employment equity isn't about quotas, it's about providing opportunities for competent individuals.

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Toronto Star
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August 25, 2010

Nannies, foreign workers face new rules

A CBC.ca article reports that the federal government is tightening the regulations affecting live-in caregivers and temporary foreign workers, as well as the people who hire them.

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Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
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August 25, 2010

Advisory body says Clement wasting millions on census changes

The government-appointed council that advises Statistics Canada says Industry Minister Tony Clement is wasting $30 million on a new census that will fail to provide worthwhile information needed...

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Toronto Star
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August 25, 2010

Ontario government makes 4 of 13 changes to welfare rules recommended by Social Assistance Review Advisory Council

The Income Security Advocacy Centre is asking people to contact Minister Meilleur to urge her to make the remaining nine short-term rule changes.

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Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)
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August 25, 2010

CLEONet Launches Online Legal Rights Guides

CLEO is pleased to announce the launch of a new section of our CLEONet site that features Legal Rights Guides on rental housing and social assistance.

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CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
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August 24, 2010

Don't slash food assistance

A Toronto Star editorial says the Special Diet replacement program is unlikely to meet the needs of recipients with medical conditions unless the government consults with them before implementing...

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Toronto Star
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August 23, 2010

Groups want input on Ontario's new nutrition supplement

Health and social advocates say they are still waiting for promised Ontario government consultation on the design of a program to replace the special diet allowance, according to a Healthzone.ca...

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August 23, 2010

Precarious Housing in Canada (2010)

The Wellesley Institute has produced a research and policy report setting out a plan for Canadians who are living in substandard, over-crowded, and unaffordable homes, plus those who are living...

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The Wellesley Institute
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August 19, 2010

Hydro price comparison requirement gets zapped

A Toronto Star article reports that a proposal to require electricity retailers to give consumers a side-by-side price comparison, showing what they would pay with or without an energy contract,...

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Toronto Star
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August 19, 2010

Fix welfare rules, panel urges province

A Toronto Star article reports that a government-appointed panel of poverty experts recommended 13 changes for quick action to social assistance rules last February, but only four have been done...

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Toronto Star
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August 18, 2010

A quick way to ease poverty

A Toronto Star editorial says urging people to get jobs and then stripping them of the financial benefits that come with work makes little sense, but that is just what Ontario's welfare system...

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Toronto Star
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August 18, 2010

Interactive Welfare Incomes Map in Canada

This interactive social assistance incomes map on the new National Council of Welfare web site makes it possible to see social assistance incomes by household type for 2008 and over time.

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National Council of Welfare
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August 18, 2010

Women's Court of Canada offers alternative thoughts on equality judgments

According to its web site, the Women's Court of Canada is an innovative project bringing together academics, activists, and litigators in order literally to rewrite the Canadian Charter of Rights...

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August 17, 2010

Why we can't turn away the Tamil ships

The authors of a Globe and Mail opinion piece discuss the legal and historic reasons for not turning away the Tamil ships.

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The Globe and Mail
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August 17, 2010

Settlement approved in Zyprexa (olanzapine) class actions

A notice from The Empowerment Council has information about how to make a claim for money from the settlement of a lawsuit brought on behalf of Canadian patients who used the antipsychotic Zyprexa...

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Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
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August 16, 2010

Ontario mulls law to curb intimidation suits

According to a CBC.ca article, Ontario is investigating whether the province should follow Quebec in adopting laws to discourage large companies from filing lawsuits for the purposes of...

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Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
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August 16, 2010

Update on Bill 68: Workers forced to settle for less

The Workers' Action Centre reports that, despite public outcry, the Ministry of Labour has not introduced any amendments to Bill 68 and it will be going forward to Third Reading in the legislature...

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Workers' Action Centre
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August 16, 2010

Helping Anishinabek Victims Of Crime

In a media release, the Attorney General has announced that Anishinabek victims of crime will have access to improved counselling, through the Aboriginal Victims Support Grant Program.

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Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General
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August 13, 2010

Province to compensate victims of Dr. Charles Smith

A Toronto Star article says that the provincial government will compensate victims of disgraced pathologist Dr. Charles Smith up to $250,000, but that critics decry the amount as outrageously...

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Toronto Star
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August 11, 2010