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March 27: Confronting Race and Racism in the Criminal Justice System

When: Monday, March 27, 2017, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. ET

Where: St. Michael's College School, 81A St. Mary Street, Brennan Hall, The Coop, Toronto, ON M5S 1J4

The Rights Advocacy Coalition for Equality (R.A.C.E.) and Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) invite you to our free educational event: Confronting Race and Racism in the Criminal Justice System...

Article source:
Legal Aid Ontario - Aide juridique Ontario
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February 24, 2017

ISAC's Media & Policy News: 24 February 2017

The Income Security Advocacy Centre's bulletin includes news, updates, reports, and events from Ontario, across Canada, and around the world.

Article source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)
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February 24, 2017

Pot dispensary workers question what legal rights they have

The unlawful nature of the dispensary business has this worker wondering what her workplace rights are and what recourse, if any, is available to her when management lets her down.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
February 24, 2017

Now in Arabic: Need welfare? How to apply to Ontario Works

This online only resource is available in print friendly PDF format.

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
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February 23, 2017

Ontario attorney general seeks Ottawa's help to speed up justice system

The requests come following a landmark Supreme Court of Canada decision on the constitutionally guaranteed right to be tried within a reasonable time.

Article source:
CTV News
Posted:
February 23, 2017

Hundreds of Canadian children held in immigration detention, report shows

Canadian citizens cannot be detained under the IRPA; these children became de facto detainees because they were in the care of a parent who was detained and is a foreign national or permanent...

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
February 23, 2017

Setting Up or Updating Child Support Online in Ontario

You can now set up or update child support online – without having to go to court.

Article source:
Wise Law Blog
Posted:
February 23, 2017

Ontario Introduces Legislation to Protect Human Trafficking Survivors

The Ontario government has introduced legislation that would, if passed, increase protection both for survivors and for those at risk of human trafficking.

Article source:
Government of Ontario - ServiceOntario
Posted:
February 23, 2017

'Excited over the simple things': First Nation enjoys turning on the taps after 10 years without clean water

Pic Mobert is one of 18 Indigenous communities that got off the federal government's long-term drinking water list — a designation for reserves with advisories in place for more than a year.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
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February 22, 2017

Ontario government speeds through bill to ban winter disconnections for non-payment of hydro bills

The legislation will get royal assent later in the day and gives the Ontario Energy Board power to end disconnections during cold weather.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
February 22, 2017

With accused killers poised to walk free, Ottawa urged to take action on court delays

Lawyers across Canada have asked for criminal proceedings to be dismissed in more than 800 cases because of unreasonable delay, a Globe and Mail review found.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
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February 22, 2017

Leaders in vulnerable Hamilton neighbourhoods will be taught about legal rights

The program will provide legal education about tenant rights and bylaws to social service providers and community leaders in the Beasley and Riverdale neighbourhoods.

Article source:
Hamilton Spectator
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February 21, 2017

No fixed address: How I became a 32-year-old couch surfer

CBC reporter Shannon Martin's rent shot up nearly $1K a month, now she bounces around between family and friends.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
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February 21, 2017

Every inmate at Kenora, Ont., jail has addictions, mental health issues: human rights commissioner

"Many of the people I spoke to, English is not their first language," she said. "Their families are sometimes hundreds of kilometres away, so they weren't able to have regular visits with family...

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
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February 21, 2017

Ottawa to overhaul victims' fund, where administrative costs far outstrip benefits

The federal fund introduced in 2013 has spent 14 times as much on administration costs as it has on actual grants.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
February 21, 2017

Momentum building for HIV law reform

Police and crown attorneys have aggressively pursued aggravated sexual assault charges against people even when they don't transmit the virus, says Ryan Peck, HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic...

Article source:
NOW
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February 21, 2017

Immigration Department cracks down on unlicensed 'ghost' consultants in China

In one of its biggest crackdown on unlicensed consultants, Ottawa has rejected applications filed from a single address of a company in China.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
February 17, 2017

Canadian policies on cellphone searches at border aren't easy to find

According to CBSA policy, the agency doesn't need a warrant to search your phone, laptop, or electronic device, which all fall under the Customs Act's broader definition of "goods."

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
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February 17, 2017

London police finalize carding policy, require FOI request for in-writing reason

Police will give a verbal reason and receipt to anyone they stop. But that document won't include the reason for the interaction - you'll have to file a freedom-of-information request for that.

Article source:
London Free Press
Posted:
February 17, 2017

March 2: Webinar on Lead in Drinking Water

When: Thursday, March 2, 2017, 1 p.m. ET

Where: Online

For more information: Anastasia anastasia@cela.ca or 647-705-7564

Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7824274657201072898

Presenters from CELA and the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change will discuss the Ontario government's past and current activities with respect to lead in drinking water. 

Article source:
Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA)
Posted:
February 17, 2017