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October 18-19: Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention conference

When: October 18-19, 2017

Where: London, Ontario

Luke's Place will facilitate a workshop on using technology to support survivors and advocates in rural and remote communities.

Article source:
Luke's Place
Posted:
May 23, 2017

Canada's prison agency closes in on new solitary confinement rules

While the proposals don't come close to satisfying long-standing demands placed on the agency by watchdogs and prisoner-rights groups, they would significantly alter segregation methods.

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

Ontario allowing employers to fire workers without cause

Most precarious, low-income employees are not unionized and most cannot afford to take legal action against an employer, says Parkdale Community Legal Services' Mary Gellatly.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
May 23, 2017

Final report of the Changing Workplaces Review released

The report recommends changes to both labour relations and employment standards, including the creation of a new "Workplace Rights Act", consolidating the ESA, LRA, and OHSA.

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

Calgary begins Canada's first external audit of sexual-assault case files

The initiative will involve representatives of local sex-assault centres, medical staff, and an official with Alberta's Ministry of the Status of Women.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
May 19, 2017

Toronto police app maps out mental health services for people in crisis

The hope is that the public starts using the app — which pinpoints the user's location and generates a map of services — to prevent an emergency.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
May 19, 2017

June 6: Access Awareness Event - The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: The View from Canada

When: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 ET

  • Panel Discussion: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. This portion of the program will be available as a live webcast.
  • Reception: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Where: Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen St. W. (at University Avenue), Toronto, please enter through east-side doors facing Nathan Phillips Square. Osgoode Station on the University Subway line is the closest wheelchair accessible subway station.

Join ARCH Disability Law Centre and the Law Society of Upper Canada for a thought-provoking conversation about using the UN process to advance disability rights. 

Article source:
ARCH Disability Law Centre
Posted:
May 19, 2017

Sexual-assault education now required for new Ontario judges

A recently updated Ontario Court of Justice plan specifies that an education program for newly appointed judges is now mandatory.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
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May 18, 2017

Ontario Government Expands Rent Control to All Private Rental Units

The Rental Fairness Act, 2017, expands rent control to all private rental units, including those occupied on or after November 1, 1991.

Article source:
Government of Ontario - ServiceOntario
Posted:
May 18, 2017

As of January 1, 2017, the maximum cost of borrowing a payday loan has gone down

As of January 1, 2017, the maximum cost of borrowing a payday loan has gone down to $18 for every $100 that you borrow.

Article source:
Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services
Posted:
May 18, 2017

Charline Grant Settles Human Rights Case with York Region District School Board

After a long struggle, Charline Grant has received a full apology from the school board and assurances of...

Article source:
Human Rights Legal Support Centre (HRLSC)
Posted:
May 18, 2017

MMIW inquiry failing families, says Native Women's Association

Since the national inquiry on missing and murdered Indigenous women officially launched last September, criticisms have been mounting, and many families have lost faith in the inquiry.

Article source:
CBC Radio - The Current
Posted:
May 17, 2017

CLEO's Steps in a Family Law Case wins 2017 ClearMark Award

CLEO's Steps in a Family Law Case won first place in the long website category at the 2017 ClearMark Awards, which recognizes excellence in writing and information design.

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
May 17, 2017

New passenger bill of rights spells out compensation for air travellers

Minister says airlines must find volunteers to deal with overbooked flights - or up the ante on compensation.

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

Judicial council fears 'special interest groups' shaping sexual assault training

The Canadian Judicial Council is concerned that if sexual assault survivors help develop training for judges, it could interfere with the independence of those on the bench.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
May 17, 2017

OCA rules on search and seizure

Criminal defence lawyers say the decision has important implications for search and seizure law and when a spouse can waive the privacy rights of an accused person in a jointly owned residence.

Article source:
Law Times
Posted:
May 16, 2017

Debate heats up on paralegals in family law

The proposal is controversial for lawyers who see their work as being too complex for paralegals and say adding them to the marketplace would not help getting more people legal representation.

Article source:
Law Times
Posted:
May 16, 2017

Empowering Resilience for Victims & Survivors of Child Abuse June 1, 2017

June 1st, 2017 – 1:00 to 3:00 PM EST

Register online at: http://www.meetview.com/globalclass20170601/

The Victim Justice Network (VJN) in collaboration with Durham College...

Article source:
Victim Justice Network
Posted:
May 16, 2017

Court hearing landmark challenge to indefinite immigration detention

The court will have to decide whether or not continued detention under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act violates Section 7 and Section 9 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Article source:
CTV News
Posted:
May 16, 2017

Register today for an upcoming webinar - Legal Advice for Survivors of Sexual Assault: Ontario's ILA Pilot Program

When: May 25, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Where: Online

May 25, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. - This webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series reviews the pilot program that provides free independent legal advice (ILA...

Article source:
METRAC
Posted:
May 16, 2017