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Farooqi and Elghawaby: Nothing honourable about violence against women

Calling some abuse against women "honour-based" violence sensationalizes rather than describes the actions involved, says this opinion piece.

Article source:
Ottawa Citizen
Posted:
November 15, 2017

Immigration and Citizenship Law Updates

The HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic of Ontario has put together an update on some changes to immigration law. 

Article source:
HALCO - HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario
Posted:
November 15, 2017

Canada Moves Closer to Gender Equity for Indigenous Women

The Senate has approved legislation to amend a 141-year-old law that has prevented indigenous women and their descendants from obtaining the same rights allotted to indigenous men.

Article source:
New York Times
Posted:
November 15, 2017

The Jordan decision's impact on cases of violence against women

The Supreme Court's Jordan ruling on trial delays could have a negative impact on how the justice system responds to violence against women. 

Article source:
Policy Options
Posted:
November 15, 2017

Uber launches new plan to stop illegal refusals to service-animal users

Canadian Uber drivers have been warned it's against the law to deny rides to people who use service animals and that doing so will get them kicked off the ride-sharing platform.

Article source:
Ottawa Citizen
Posted:
November 15, 2017

Why the history of poverty keeps repeating itself: Cohn

Politicians know voters want to help the poor. But they want to help themselves more, says this columnist.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
November 14, 2017

Jordan Peterson says website plan on hold

The University of Toronto professor says the online list of courses to be avoided that he was going to post "might add excessively to current polarization."

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
November 14, 2017

Unsafe harbour: Parents weigh school versus safety in Thunder Bay

In remote communities throughout northern Ontario, Indigenous families are increasingly afraid for the safety of their children who must go south to get a high school education.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
November 14, 2017

November 24: Free Forum on Front-Line Drugs Issues

When: Friday, November 24, 9:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Where: Toronto City Hall, Council Chamber, 100 Queen Street West (at Bay Street)

Information: noharm@canadianharmeduction.com

These presentations will be of interest to people who use drugs, their families, people who provide services, and members of the general public.

Article source:
Canadian Harm Reduction Network
Posted:
November 14, 2017

End program that puts police officers in some Toronto schools, TDSB report recommends

The report from staff at the TDSB follows a six-week period during which students, staff, and parents at the affected schools were surveyed to assess the School Resource Officer program.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
November 14, 2017

'She played us like a piano': Landlord fights for months to evict tenant with long criminal history

Rent non-payers have landlords calling for a provincial registry of repeat problem tenants.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
November 13, 2017

Paid time off for victims of domestic violence, province promises

Changes to provincial labour legislation will include five days, with salary, and another five unpaid.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
November 13, 2017

Law Society recommendations take aim at 'You don’t pay unless we win' cases

A Star investigation into Ontario's personal injury lawyers found that, for years, lawyers working on contingency have been taking more money from injured clients than the law allows.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
November 13, 2017

TTC takes steps to better serve commuters dealing with mental health concerns

The TTC is taking steps to better serve people in this group by providing mental health awareness training to some of their staff. 

Article source:
CityNews.ca
Posted:
November 13, 2017

Report shows Ontario government knew of mercury contamination near Grassy Narrows 30 years ago

A new report shows the Ontario government knew nearly 30 years ago that a mill site upstream from Grassy Narrows First Nation was contaminated with mercury.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
November 13, 2017

November 14: 'My officers acted in good faith:' Police Oversight, Accountability and Public Consent

This free 1-day forum is meant to engage academics, members of the community, and policy makers in a critical conversation about issues related to police oversight and public accountability.

Article source:
Ryerson University
Posted:
November 10, 2017

Parental leave changes prompt questions of affordability, cost to businesses

The change will be limited to employees who work in federally regulated sectors of the economy, such as banking, telecom, transportation and the public service.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
November 10, 2017

November 17: Spaces still available! Helping front-line workers find good legal information using www.Stepstojustice.Ca

When: Friday, November 17, 2017, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Where: Room 101, Macdonald Hall, Queen's University, Kingston

The workshop is free and open to all community workers in the Kingston area.

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
November 10, 2017

Proposed rules aim to address 'competing interests' for short-term rentals in Toronto

Potential rules for licensing short-term rentals in Toronto were finally put to paper after city staff released new recommendations on Wednesday.

Article source:
Global News
Posted:
November 09, 2017

Similarities in Nigerian asylum claims based on sexual orientation have Legal Aid Ontario asking questions

Same-sex relationships were outlawed in Nigeria in 2014. Arbitrary arrests, extortion, and mob violence against homosexuals have become more common since then.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
November 09, 2017