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Organization aims to make Toronto neighbourhood Canada's most accessible

The CNIB says it's hoping to transform a stretch of one of Toronto's busiest streets into an area that blind or low-vision people can not only navigate easily, but fully engage with independently...

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
July 18, 2017

Ottawa says female genital mutilation is 'abhorrent,' but offers no commitment on tracking cases

Practitioners of FGM are "almost certainly" entering Canada to perform the procedure, according to an internal report from the Canada Border Services Agency.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
July 18, 2017

LORINC: Are Toronto's high-rises safe for seniors? Part 1

This is part 1 of a 3-part series on the challenges faced by residents of Toronto Community Housing.

Article source:
Spacing.ca/toronto/
Posted:
July 18, 2017

Why Are So Many of Us Rejoicing in a Rooming House Becoming a Condo?

The Palace Arms, a 19th century rooming house at King and Strachan, has served for years as an affordable home to low-income men. 

Article source:
torontoist.com
Posted:
July 18, 2017

$100,000 fine for TCHC after Scarborough seniors' home fire 'nothing,' victim's daughter says

TCHC admitted on Thursday that it failed to implement an approved fire-safety plan at the home but its lawyer, Graeme Hamilton, said the agency was not at fault for causing the fire.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
July 17, 2017

Ombudsman investigating if vulnerable women, kids getting tax benefits

Canada's taxpayers' advocate says the Canada Revenue Agency isn't doing a good enough job ensuring women living in shelters with their children are aware of and receiving benefit cheques.

Article source:
CTV News
Posted:
July 17, 2017

Five CSIS employees are accusing the spy agency of Islamophobia, racism and homophobia in a $35-million lawsuit

The lawsuit follows three scathing reports on RCMP harassment, including the May federal auditor general's report on the police force's failure to manage the mental health needs of its employees...

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
July 17, 2017

Ontario's children's aid societies grappling with how to monitor privacy breaches

Inappropriate searches can happen without anyone knowing about it, says Irwin Elman, the provincial advocate for children and youth.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
July 17, 2017

July 24: Overdose Awareness & Prevention Workshop

When: Monday, July 24, 2017, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Where: You will be informed of the exact location when you register.

To register: walter@canadianharmreduction.com

This workshop is being presented by the Canadian Harm Reduction Network (CHRN) for front-line & peer workers at a downtown Toronto / central location.

Article source:
Canadian Harm Reduction Network
Posted:
July 17, 2017

General Electric Peterborough workers urged to get political in push for automatic compensation for victims of 'toxic soup' at plant

A recent report says that between 1945 and 2000, workers at GE in Peterborough were exposed to more than 3,000 toxins - at least 40 of which were carcinogens.

Article source:
The Peterborough Examiner
Posted:
July 14, 2017

Families of those shot by police can now get publicly funded lawyers at coroner's inquests

The government will also reimburse families who had to pay for lawyers at inquests going back to April 1, 2015. 

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
July 14, 2017

September 14: Employment Law Free Legal Workshop

When: Thursday, September 14, 2017, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Where: Ebenezer United Church, 5000 Steeles Ave. East, Markham 

To register: 905-477-4365 or ebenezer5000@gmail.com

This session will provide an overview of the legislation that applies to the Ontario workplace and the relationship between employers and employees.

Article source:
Settlement.Org
Posted:
July 14, 2017

August 10: Landlord Tenant Law Free Legal Workshop

When: Thursday, August 10, 2017, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Where: Ebenezer United Church, 5000 Steeles Ave. East, Markham

To register: 905-477-4365 or ebenezer5000@gmail.com

This session will provide an overview of the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants in Ontario.

Article source:
Settlement.Org
Posted:
July 14, 2017

ISAC's Media & Policy News: 14 July 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:
July 14, 2017

Sears Canada, former employees reach compromise on benefits, pension payments

Sears Canada, its lenders, and employees have reached a compromise that could allow the company to continue paying certain benefits and special pension payments to the end of September.

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

Families want more resignations from missing, murdered women inquiry

"The national inquiry, in its current form, is not hearing the voices, is not inviting the consultation ... of the families and those that work on a daily basis with families."

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
July 13, 2017

Federal Court voids Canadian citizenship revocation for 312 people

An earlier judgment struck down key provisions of the Citizenship Act introduced by the former Conservative government under Stephen Harper.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
July 13, 2017

Judge blasts OPP officers for 'egregious' strip search of impaired driving suspect

Strip searching can be done only when there are reasonable grounds, yet police continue to conduct strip searches, resulting in lawsuits against police and criminal cases being tossed.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
July 13, 2017

A Win for Online Privacy Rights at the Supreme Court: Douez v Facebook

When Ms. Douez tried to initiate legal actions against Facebook in BC, Facebook said she couldn't pursue her case because when she created her account, she agreed to their terms of service.

Article source:
Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA)
Posted:
July 12, 2017

Changes to bail in Canada make it fairer for those with low income: Reasonable Doubt

People have the right to a reasonable bail and the right to be presumed innocent.

Article source:
NOW
Posted:
July 12, 2017