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Women's legal clinic fears loss of anti-violence funding in election aftermath

The Barbra Schlifer Clinic for female victims of violence fear more than $350,000 in provincial support for programs approved as the campaign began may disappear after the election.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
June 05, 2018

How to vote when you're homeless

Most Ontarians know how to navigate election day — but for people experiencing homelessness, casting a ballot isn't so simple.

Article source:
TVO.org
Posted:
June 05, 2018

Cutting off workers from benefits at 65 unconstitutional, human rights tribunal rules

The tribunal found that excluding a teacher from the board's benefit plan when he turned 65 was age discrimination.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
June 05, 2018

Understaffing at Ontario workers' compensation board creates 'toxic' work environment, union survey says

Some 90 per cent of the 263 employees who responded to the survey said work-related stress was impacting their personal lives and 92 per cent attributed the workload issues to understaffing.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
June 04, 2018

Report shows rental market 'out of control' in Hamilton

The report compares the rental landscapes in Hamilton and Quebec City — two cities of comparable size and growth but with different tenant protection policies. 

Article source:
Hamilton Spectator
Posted:
June 04, 2018

Injured worker, advocates want to hear election talk on WSIB

Maryth Yachnin, a lawyer at the Industrial Accident Victims' Group of Ontario legal clinic, said the board also refuses to cover drugs being prescribed to patients by their doctors.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
June 04, 2018

June 10 - June 23: Pride Toronto Human Rights Panels

When: Dates in June beginning June 10 and ending June 23, 2018

Where: Various venues in Toronto

CBC Toronto is a sponsor of this year's Pride Toronto Human Rights Panels, a series of conversations throughout the month. 

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
June 04, 2018

Supreme Court overturns misconduct conviction in defence of lawyers' right to advocate strongly for clients

The Supreme Court of Canada has overturned a conviction for professional misconduct against a lawyer accused of acting rudely in court.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
June 01, 2018

She called her doctor to get a pregnancy test. Two days later she was fired

A Toronto woman has filed a wrongful-dismissal lawsuit against her employer, claiming her pregnancy is what motivated the credit union to terminate her.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
June 01, 2018
Article source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)
Posted:
June 01, 2018

Steps to Justice now has information about using Ontario's Child Support Service

CLEO has added new legal information to Steps to Justice.

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
June 01, 2018

June 5: Access Awareness 2018

When: Tuesday, June 5, 2018. 4 p.m. - 6 p.m., Panel; 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Reception

Where: Osgoode Hall, Lamont Learning Centre, 130 Queen St. W., Toronto (University Avenue and Queen Street West). Osgoode Station on the University Subway line is the closest wheelchair accessible subway station.

Join ARCH Disability Law Centre and the Law Society of Ontario for a discussion about privacy rights and disability.

Article source:
ARCH Disability Law Centre
Posted:
May 31, 2018

New Canadian accessibility standard for buildings benefits everyone, disability advocates say

Disability advocates hope the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification will become the new industry standard and do for accessibility what LEED did for sustainability.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
May 31, 2018

She lost her daughter to domestic violence - now she's trying to make sure no one else loses theirs | CBC News

Dawn Novak believes her daughter could still be alive today if not for mistakes made by authorities.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
May 31, 2018

CELA's May 2018 Bulletin

This issue of the Canadian Environmental Law Association bulletin has articles on the Pickering licence renewal, Canada-E.U. free-trade agreement, lessons from Walkerton, and more.

Article source:
Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA)
Posted:
May 31, 2018

Racial Justice Report Card Shows Where Political Parties Stand on Racial Equity and Racial Justice

COP-COC released its 2018 Racial Justice Report Card for Ontario, showing where the three main Ontario political parties stand on issues affecting racialized communities.

Article source:
Colour of Poverty - Colour of Change
Posted:
May 30, 2018

Hassan Diab wants more than an independent review of his extradition

Justice Minister Raybould has asked for a review of factors that put Hassan Diab in a French prison for three years.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
May 30, 2018

Ontario's Political Parties on Income Security & Social Assistance Reform

ISAC sent four political parties in Ontario – the Liberals, NDP, Progressive Conservatives, and Greens – questions on where they stand on five important issues.

Article source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)
Posted:
May 30, 2018

Two groups seek intervener status at former child refugee Abdoul Abdi’s judicial review

Lawyers for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and Justice for Children and Youth argue that their groups would offer unique perspectives about the issues surrounding Abdi's case.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
May 30, 2018

Community organization fights provincial act that fines the homeless

Fair Change says enforcing the act is cruel, criminalizing those who are victims of poverty or addiction, as well as being a huge waste of tax dollars.

Article source:
CityNews.ca
Posted:
May 29, 2018