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Canadian Environmental Law Association's October 2017 Bulletin

Topics in this issue include opposition to Bill 154, proposed revisions to Ontario's building code, concerns about OMB changes, and nuclear substances oversight report.

Article source:
Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA)
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October 31, 2017

Diluted equal pay provisions a blow for temp and part-time workers, advocates say

The amendment will make it "almost impossible" for precarious workers to be able to ever access their right to equal pay, according to Mary Gellatly of Parkdale Community Legal Services.

Article source:
Toronto Star
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October 31, 2017

Sweeping changes to Ontario's bail policy announced

Statistics paint a grim picture of the problem in the province's jails, where about 70 per cent of inmates are not serving a sentence, but are awaiting trial while presumed innocent.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
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October 30, 2017

There will be no justice in the prison death of Soleiman Faqiri

The police completed their report into his death. Their answer, emailed to the family: no one will be charged.

Article source:
Macleans Magazine
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October 30, 2017

Marital rape myths have no place in Canadian law

Since 1983, it has been a crime in Canada to sexually assault one's spouse, yet marital rape too often remains effectively decriminalized, as shown in a recent Ontario decision, say these authors...

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
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October 30, 2017

November 28: Equity, Inclusion & Racial Justice Change-Making Conversation

When: Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Where: Toronto Central Grosvenor Street YMCA Centre, 20 Grosvenor Street, Toronto

For more information: csalegalclinic@gmail.com

This is a forum to bring together First Peoples and peoples of colour to share their visions, strategies, and priorities on ensuring a more inclusive, equitable, and racially just...

Article source:
Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic (CSALC)
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October 30, 2017

Automne 2017: Groupes de soutien pour femmes francophones ayant vécu de la violence de leur partenaire

SFC Ottawa offre deux groupes de soutien pour femmes francophones ayant vécu de la violence d'un partenaire. CFS Ottawa will offer 2 support groups for Francophone women who have experienced...

Article source:
Catholic Family Service Ottawa
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October 29, 2017

November 23: Fully Consumed: Learn about your consumer rights, Belleville

When: Thursday, November 23, 2017, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Where: Travelodge Hotel Belleville, 11 Bay Bridge Road, 2nd Floor (Ballroom), Belleville, ON K8P 3P6 

Learn about buyers' rights, common debt issues, and how you can tackle these problems, at our interactive event. You'll also have the chance to WIN a FREE tablet!

Article source:
Community Advocacy & Legal Centre (CALC)
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October 27, 2017

Canada's justice system lets sex assaults fall through the cracks

After spending nearly two years in court proceedings, including five hours on the witness stand, Ms Polok heard the news - her rapist had been acquitted due to lack of evidence.

Article source:
BBC News
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October 27, 2017

The Department of Justice is conducting a public opinion survey on criminal justice reform

The government is interested to know what reforms Canadians would like to see. The full questionnaire should take you approximately 15 minutes to answer. 

Article source:
EKOS Research
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October 27, 2017

Not Okay: Supporting Survivors of Sexual Assault: A FREE Legal Information Workshop for Frontline Workers

The Barbra Schlifer Clinic is offering frontline workers in Toronto workshops on information about the legal system and the options available to sexual assault survivors.

Article source:
Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic
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October 27, 2017

November 20 & February 8: Not Okay: Taking Your First Legal Steps After a Sexual Assault

When: Monday, November 20, 2017, and Thursday, February 8, 2018, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Where: A welcoming and safe location in the College and Bathurst Streets area

NOT OKAY is a project for women survivors of sexual assault in Toronto who want more information about the legal system and the options available to them.

Article source:
Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic
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October 27, 2017

'Pensioners are our most vulnerable': Better protection needed for retirees, says advocate

The Current's podcast hears from CARP's Wanda Morris who says bankruptcy legislation should give pensioners "super priority."

Article source:
CBC Radio - The Current
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October 26, 2017

Ontario government makes it illegal to protest outside and near abortion clinics

The ban will also automatically apply to 150 metres around the homes of abortion staff and health professionals who provide the services.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
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October 26, 2017

November 7: Advocate or Adversary? Understanding your Lawyer's Role, Thunder Bay

When: Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Where: Waverly Library Auditorium, 285 Red River Road, Thunder Bay P7B 1A9

This information session is free and open to all members of the community, registration required.

Article source:
Northwestern Ontario Women's Centre
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October 26, 2017

November 24: A Free Workshop on Recent Changes to Housing, Employment, Immigration and Citizenship Law

When: Friday, November 24, 2017, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Where: Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street, Toronto

Information: Minh- Trang Nguyen at (416) 971-9674 ext. 210 or by email to: csalegalclinic@gmail.com

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/a-free-workshop-on-recent-changes-to-housing-employment-immigration-and-citizenship-law-tickets-39260826188

All community service providers and legal clinic caseworkers are welcome to attend. However, since there are a limited number of seats, please register.

Article source:
Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic (CSALC)
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October 26, 2017

New and Revised CLEO Publications - October 26, 2017

CLEO announces the publication of new or updated resources. All CLEO resources are provided free of charge. 

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
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October 26, 2017

Offering services where they're most needed: working within the community

Part of what access to justice means is making legal services better available to people where they can get to them.

Article source:
Legal Aid Ontario - Aide juridique Ontario
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October 25, 2017

Self-representing defendants, like Dellen Millard, bring challenges to justice system: experts

The spectacle of an accused murderer grilling the father of his alleged victim is unusual, but self-representated litigants in courtrooms is an increasingly common occurrence.

Article source:
Hamilton Spectator
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October 25, 2017

Judge slams Ottawa for delays over $35-million CSIS lawsuit alleging workplace Islamophobia, racism and homophobia

A federal judge has slammed the Canadian government for not responding faster to a lawsuit launched by five intelligence officers and analysts.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
October 25, 2017