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Trump's travel ban comes back: What you need to know and what's happened so far

After months of court challenges, Trump's ban on travel from six Muslim-majority countries is going ahead – but only in part, and with lots of questions looming over it.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
June 27, 2017

Double-dipping lawyers in Ontario may be thing of the past

The Law Society of Upper Canada is tackling the issue of how personal injury lawyers get paid.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
June 27, 2017

Closing the Gap Policy Forum Launches An Agenda for Change

The Closing the Gap team released its latest report – An Agenda for Change – at a Policy Forum on June 19, 2017.

Article source:
Closing the Gap Team
Posted:
June 27, 2017

Federal government passes law to end 'second-class citizenship'

Ottawa has passed citizenship changes that critics say strike the right balance between removing barriers for immigrants to become full Canadians and protecting the integrity of the system.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
June 26, 2017

Cornwall legal clinic: Change at the top

The community legal clinic in Cornwall has a new name and a new executive director.

Article source:
Cornwall Standard Freeholder
Posted:
June 26, 2017

June 29: Ontario Basic Income Pilot information session, Thunder Bay

When: Thursday, June 29, 2017, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Where: West Thunder Community Centre, 915 Edward St S, Thunder Bay, ON P7E 6R2

This is a free session with a short presentation on the OBIP, followed by a question and answer period.

Article source:
Government of Ontario - ServiceOntario
Posted:
June 26, 2017

Rents in Ontario can be hiked 1.8 per cent in 2018 under new guidelines

The Ontario Ministry of Housing has set the rate based on the provincial consumer price index, which measures inflation.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
June 26, 2017

July 11-13: Presentations on Steps to Justice in Ottawa

When: July 11, 12, and 13, 2017, various times

Where: Various locations in Ottawa

These are workshops for front-line workers on Steps to Justice, a new website that gives reliable, step-by-step information on common legal problems in family law, housing, and more.

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

Forced marriage in Canada 'more prevalent' than thought: ex-child bride

In September 2013, the South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario released a report that counted 219 confirmed or suspected cases of forced marriage in Ontario and Quebec from 2010 to 2012.

Article source:
CTV News
Posted:
June 23, 2017

ISAC's Media & Policy News: 23 June 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:
June 23, 2017

Delays in implementation of Rental Fairness Act anything but fair, critics say

The law was passed in mid-May and achieved royal assent on May 30, but portions of it have yet to be implemented, a situation affecting tenants all over the city. 

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
June 23, 2017

Do you know the fire code? How Toronto tenant advocates are trying to combat fire safety confusion

The Federation of Metro Tenants' Associations is working on an upcoming fire code overview designed specifically for tenants that it hopes to release on its website in July.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
June 23, 2017

Safe Streets Act to be challenged in court

The law was created in 1999 to curtail a rise in aggressive panhandling, but it discriminates against people with mental health and addiction issues, say its critics.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
June 23, 2017

June 28: Ontario Basic Income Pilot information session, Brantford

When: Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Where: The Brantford Labour Centre, 1100 Clarence Street S, Brantford N3S 7N8

This is a free session with a short presentation on the OBIP, followed by a question and answer period. 

Article source:
Government of Ontario - ServiceOntario
Posted:
June 22, 2017

Legislation to end stays is not the answer to court delays

The Senate committee's recent report on trial delays uses a simplistic and unconstitutional bullet when it comes to stays, says this opinion piece in the Globe and Mail.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
June 22, 2017

Ontario privacy watchdog criticizes secrecy about facilities that provide assisted dying

The privacy commissioner asked the provincial government to make information identifying publicly funded facilities that provide medically assisted deaths available to members of the public.

Article source:
Global News
Posted:
June 22, 2017

Ottawa police make arrest in sex-assault case dismissed as unfounded 18 years ago

Ottawa police have made an arrest in a previously closed rape investigation highlighted as part of a Globe and Mail probe into sex-assault complaints that are dismissed by police as unfounded.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
June 22, 2017

Legal Aid Ontario offers funding to Ottawa community organization to support Black youth

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is providing $100,000 of funding to a project headed by an Ottawa-based organization to provide services to Black students facing suspension or expulsion hearings.

Article source:
Legal Aid Ontario - Aide juridique Ontario
Posted:
June 22, 2017

Ottawa's solitary bill is a start. Now the provinces must do better: Opinion

What many Canadians may not realize is that the federal bill won't apply to any of the more than 25,000 people who are held in jails operated by the provinces and territories.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
June 21, 2017

Woman demanding white doctor 'not an isolated incident,' says OMA's president-elect

A woman who demanded that a "white doctor" treat her son at a walk-in clinic in Mississauga is part of a bigger problem, according to the president-elect of the Ontario Medical Association.

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