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Relief for 401 Richmond tenants on the way, city hopes

Thanks to a little-used city provision, a portion of the building's space is set to be classified as a "community benefit."

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
April 03, 2017

What can you do if you feel your housing is unsafe or you're nervous about your fire escape?

Some suggestions: call for advice before signing a lease, keep records of every complaint to landlords, figure out your own escape route from your building.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
March 31, 2017

Brantford city council bans use of temp agencies to hire workers

In a first across Ontario, Brantford city council will stop using temporary help agencies in a bid to encourage employers to do the same.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
March 31, 2017

April 13: Webinar: Who is vulnerable to household food insecurity and what does this mean for policy and practice?

When: Thursday, April 13, 2017, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. ET

Where: Online

This webinar will look at the question of what drives vulnerability to household food insecurity in Canada.

Article source:
PROOF - Food Insecurity Policy Research
Posted:
March 31, 2017

ISAC's Media & Policy News: 30 March 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)
Posted:
March 31, 2017

Hard At Work: How do students live on unpaid internships?

A Western University student, one of thousands required to complete an unpaid internship before finishing their studies this year, worries that her 4-month internship will mean not paying the rent...

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
March 31, 2017

May 17: Low-Income Energy Network 2017 annual conference

When: Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Where: Confederation Place Hotel, 237 Ontario Street, Kingston 

There is no registration fee for this conference, but you are asked to register as soon as possible. Space is limited. Preference will be given to those who register by May 7, 2017...

Article source:
Low-Income Energy Network (LIEN)
Posted:
March 30, 2017

Why we may not want to close Ontario's rent control 'loophole': Reasonable Doubt

Forcing a landlord to choose between operating a unit at a loss or selling it isn't an appropriate balancing of rights and obligations in Ontario's Residential Tenancies Act: Columnist.

Article source:
NOW
Posted:
March 30, 2017

The Canadian Environmental Law Association's March 2017 Bulletin is now available

Topics in this issue include electricity bill reductions, pesticides approval process, limiting toxins in Wal-Mart products, and international meetings on chemical agreements.

Article source:
Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA)
Posted:
March 30, 2017

Toronto council approves new bylaw to protect tenants

Rules come into force on July 1 that will force building owners to track tenant complaints, respond quickly to requests for repairs, and provide effective pest control.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
March 30, 2017

New or updated resources from CLEO now available

CLEO announces new or updated resources in the areas of Criminal Law, Family Law, Social Assistance, Employment and Work, and Housing Law. All CLEO resources are provided free of charge.

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
March 30, 2017

Caged in Canada, part 1

While Canada is celebrated as a safe haven for refugees, hundreds of unwanted immigrants languish in jails across the country.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
March 28, 2017

CCRC's 2017 Federal Budget Analysis

An analysis by the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children shows how the 2017 federal budget will affect children and their families.

Article source:
Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children (CCRC)
Posted:
March 28, 2017

More federal action needed to restore lost Canadian citizenship rights

A little-known 2006 amendment to the Citizenship Act limits Canadian citizenship to just the first-generation of children born to or adopted by Canadians who live outside Canada.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
March 28, 2017

Nova Scotia tackles racial profiling in stores: 'It's about a societal transformation'

The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission has launched a free, online training program aimed at preventing racial profiling.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
March 28, 2017

Study to examine resilience of victims of violent crime

The study, conducted by researchers from Algonquin College and the U. of Ottawa, is asking participants how they coped after trauma and tragedy, and how they found support and inner strength.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
March 28, 2017

Ontario Government Providing Improved Access to Legal Services

Effective April 1, 2017, about 140,000 more people will be eligible to receive the legal services they need, regardless of their ability to pay.

Article source:
Government of Ontario - ServiceOntario
Posted:
March 27, 2017

City of Toronto invites residents to share their views on regulation of short-term accommodation rentals

You're invited to share your views at meetings on March 28 and April 12, and residents can also fill out an online survey to provide their views on the proposed regulations.

Article source:
City of Toronto
Posted:
March 27, 2017

Now in Arabic: Disability benefits in Ontario: Who can get them and how to apply

This resource and other resources in Arabic are available on the CLEO website.

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
March 27, 2017

Ontario Government Increasing Minimum Wage to Support Workers and Families

The Ontario Government is increasing the general minimum wage to $11.60 this fall.

Article source:
Government of Ontario - ServiceOntario
Posted:
March 27, 2017