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Request to Fill Out the Community Agency Services Survey

Metro Toronto Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic will launch a province-wide 1-800 number to provide summary legal advice and information to the communities they serve.

Article source:
Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI)
Posted:
January 16, 2017

Edna Rose wants to keep her Jane-Finch apartment, but TCH can't afford to fix the building

Mayor John Tory issued a warning Thursday that more people may wind up in situations like Rose's if the provincial and federal government don't provide more funding for affordable housing.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
January 16, 2017

Attorney general orders probe of Legal Aid Ontario

The attorney general has ordered a third-party review of Legal Aid Ontario after the agency announced last month that it was dramatically cutting back on services due to a $26-million deficit.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
January 16, 2017

ISAC's Media & Policy News: 13 January 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:
January 13, 2017

January 17: Helping your clients find good legal information, London, Ont.

When: Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (A additional workshop may be added in the morning if there is enough interest.)

Where: Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre - Library Room 3, 550 Hamilton Road, London, Ont.

To register: Contact Stanislav Rajic at hamroadcd@rogers.com and indicate whether you can bring a laptop/tablet to the workshop. 

A workshop presented by CLEO to help you help your clients when they face a legal issue.

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
January 13, 2017

HIV is not a crime

Failure to disclose one's HIV status is prosecuted as aggravated sexual assault, yet at least half the prosecutions in cases of HIV non-disclosure have involved no transmission of the virus.

Article source:
NOW
Posted:
January 12, 2017

January 30: Public Legal Education Session on Employment Standards, Guelph

When: Monday, January 30, 2017, 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Where: 176 Wyndham St North, Guelph, Ontario N1H 8N9, Community Room in the Lower Level of the Guelph Community Health Centre

The Legal Clinic of Guelph and Wellington County is hosting a presentation on Employment Standards and Human Rights in the workplace.

Article source:
Legal Clinic of Guelph and Wellington County
Posted:
January 12, 2017

'Unsung hero' facing deportation under rescinded rule

Gina Bahiwal, who has become the public face of the migrant worker rights movement, is facing deportation to the Philippines on Sunday.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
January 12, 2017

January 13: Ask me Anything on Veteran Homelessness!

When: Friday, January 13, 2017, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. (ET)

Where: Online

Join Jan Richardson, City of London's Manager of Homelessness Prevention, and Cheryl Forchuk, Professor and Associate Director at the University of Western Ontario, for their Ask Me Anything...

Article source:
The Homeless Hub
Posted:
January 12, 2017

Increase won to ODSP / OW medical travel mileage rate

The MCSS has just announced an increase in the medical travel mileage rate to pay for the costs people on social assistance have when travelling by car to their medical treatments.

Article source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)
Posted:
January 12, 2017

Attitudes toward opioid users must change to halt deadly plague

The opioid crisis is similar to the AIDS crisis in the 1980s, says this writer, with most of the victims coming from a shunned group, and authorities painfully, shamefully, slow to take action.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
January 11, 2017

More than half of Canadian adults in jail awaiting trial rather than serving sentences in 2014 and 2015: StatsCan

The John Howard Society has been raising awareness about the "remand crisis" for years: in 2005 they warned that the average daily pre-trial prison population in Ontario had more than doubled...

Article source:
National Post
Posted:
January 11, 2017

Legal Aid Ontario's funding shortages impact immigration, tenancy and disability law, too: Reasonable Doubt

This writer says if you agree that Legal Aid provides crucial legal services to our province's poorest and that more people should qualify financially, contact your local MPP and let them know.

Article source:
NOW
Posted:
January 11, 2017

Doctors frustrated workers' compensation boards seem to ignore medical opinions, report says

A new report by the Toronto-based Institute for Work and Health offers valuable findings "with respect to improving engagement with health care providers," a WSIB spokeswoman said.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
January 11, 2017

Spotlight on Invisible Disabilities Project - Survey Deadline January 15

ARCH has information about how to participate in the Invisible Disabilities Project. The survey deadline is January 15, but there are also webinars for Youth, Veterans, Seniors, and one in French...

Article source:
ARCH Disability Law Centre
Posted:
January 11, 2017

Honour killings to voting rights: Hot-button issues coming up at Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of Canada's winter session includes several high-profile cases, in two of which the importance of stopping violence against women goes up against competing principles...

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
January 10, 2017

Ontario government to launch new campaign around new carding rules

The co-founder of Black Lives Matter Toronto says carding still happens, and a public relations blitz won't change what's happening between police and members of visible minorities.

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

Province backs and will fund supervised injection sites in Toronto

Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins says the province will pay to install and operate sites at three health sites where users will inject their own illegal drugs under medical supervision.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
January 10, 2017

Ryan Peck, head of HALCO, wins 2016 Sidney B. Linden Award

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) will honour Mr. Peck at a ceremony in Toronto's Osgoode Hall this February.

Article source:
Legal Aid Ontario - Aide juridique Ontario
Posted:
January 10, 2017

When men kill their partners, warning signs often missed

"I think we are quite good at identifying who is high-risk," said Pamela Cross, legal director at Luke's Place. "I think the challenge is: so then what do we do about that."

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
January 09, 2017