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December 2: Join ARCH to Celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

When: Friday, December 2, 2016. Book signing 1:30 – 2:30 p.m, Room 303. Presentation, 3 – 5 p.m., Room 310

Where: Metro Hall, 55 John Street (at King Street West), Toronto

ARCH Disability Law Centre invites you to celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, featuring a discussion and book launch.

Article source:
ARCH Disability Law Centre
Posted:
November 30, 2016

December 12: Access to housing in the context of domestic violence

When: Monday, December 12, 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Where: Waverly Library Auditorium,  285 Red River Rd., Thunder Bay

RSVP to reserve a seat: 345-7802 or goodfoodbox@tbaytel.net

The purpose of this session is to discuss the Special Priority Policy (SPP) and the new Portable Housing Benefit (PHB) as it applies to women leaving abusive partners.

Article source:
Northwestern Ontario Women's Centre
Posted:
November 30, 2016

Dec. 2: Intersections of Access: HIV/AIDS Service Organizations & Disability Service Organizations

When: Friday, December 2, 2016 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. ET

Where: Online

This webinar will explore some of the gaps between the HIV and disability service sectors and will raise issues to consider in bridging these gaps.

Article source:
Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation (CWGHR)
Posted:
November 30, 2016

Same-sex parents don't have to adopt own kids under new Ontario law

Same-sex parents in Ontario and others who use assisted reproduction to conceive no longer have to adopt their own children.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
November 30, 2016

Poverty is costing Toronto billions a year, report says

The Cost of Poverty in Toronto, by social policy expert John Stapleton and research consultants Alexa Briggs and Celia Lee, says the numbers reflect the cost of lost opportunity.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
November 29, 2016

Ontario Passes Law Ensuring Equal Recognition for All Parents and Children

Bill 28 recognizes the legal status of all parents, whether they are LGBTQ2+ or straight, and whether their children were conceived with or without assistance.

Article source:
Government of Ontario - ServiceOntario
Posted:
November 29, 2016

University of Victoria proposes joint indigenous-Canadian common law degree

The University of Victoria will establish a program the university says is the first of its kind in Canada and unique globally: a joint degree in Canadian common law and indigenous law.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
November 29, 2016

Hamilton Outreach Project helps marginalized in their own spaces

The idea behind the LAO/Hamilton Community Legal Clinic project is to get the lawyer out from behind the desk and into the communities clients are familiar with and feel safe.

Article source:
Hamilton Spectator
Posted:
November 29, 2016

CPP changes won't leave out women: Jean-Yves Duclos

The minister says the Liberals understand concerns about the wording of what's known as the CPP dropout clause and plan to push for provincial agreement on new wording to the clause next month.

Article source:
Global News
Posted:
November 29, 2016

WSIB mulls reform to rules that deny compensation to some workers with mental illness

Critics say the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board has the power to enact change immediately; WSIB says it cannot reverse its policy of denying compensation without legislative change.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
November 28, 2016

Proposed bill would provide 10 paid days off for victims of sexual, domestic violence

Ontario Labour Minister Kevin Flynn supports the NDP private member's bill and unions for changes to support those in crisis.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
November 28, 2016

London, Ont., could be scene of next stalemate over police carding

The largely symbolic vote by London's city council to ban carding underscores concerns that new provincial regulations won't go far enough to end discriminatory police stops.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
November 28, 2016

B.C. advocacy group calls for end to solitary confinement in Canada

The group wants to "end the practice of solitary confinement entirely, rather than merely placing limits on its use where it is considered to have crossed the line of torture or cruel treatment...

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
November 28, 2016

Food bank users unable to afford rising hydro rates, group says

The food bank association wants the government to expand both the OESP and LEAP, which provides a one-time emergency payment of up to $500 for people behind on their bill.

Article source:
London Free Press
Posted:
November 28, 2016

Learning about the State of Access to Justice in Canada

"The survey can be completed on-line by any organization, institution or body that defines itself as engaging in activities designed to improve access to justice."

Article source:
Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice
Posted:
November 25, 2016

December 5: Helping your clients find good legal information, OCAD

When: Monday, December 5, 2016, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: OCAD - 113 McCaul Street, 5th floor, Room 525 (Walk through foodcourt at The Grange and go up elevators to 5th floor, 10-minute walk from St. Patrick Station.

To register: Michelle Cader michelle.cader@cleo.on.ca

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:
November 25, 2016

Alberta judge cuts sex predator's sentence in half after beating in jail

The Alberta ruling adds to a small but growing body of cases in which judges have called out jailhouse administrators for violating prisoners' rights to be free from cruel and unusual treatment....

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
November 25, 2016

The indigenous teen who escaped death in a Thunder Bay river

The story was never publicly told during the coroner's inquest into the deaths of five students whose bodies were found in Thunder Bay waters between 2000 and 2011.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
November 25, 2016

Preventing homelessness by preventing eviction

A new report on the Tenant Duty Counsel Program demonstrates that eviction prevention is a vital component of homelessness prevention.

Article source:
The Homeless Hub
Posted:
November 24, 2016

Opinion: Carding is about control, not safety

We must expose the broader reality that intervention by force is the government's answer to practically every issue in Toronto's black communities: Desmond Cole.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
November 24, 2016