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Class-action lawsuit launched against Ontario government over cancellation of basic income pilot

Four Lindsay residents have launched a proposed class-action lawsuit for breach of contract against the province in the wake of the PC  government's action.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
August 28, 2018

How the Ontario Disability Support Program makes falling in love a challenging proposition

ODSP is supposed to assist those with disabilities — but critics say its marriage regulations can lead to dependence, financial hardship, and abuse.

Article source:
TVO.org
Posted:
August 27, 2018

Drugging suspected in majority of sex assaults, hospital study shows

Researchers found that 54 per cent of victims admitted to Ottawa Hospital in 2015 believed they'd been drugged.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
August 27, 2018

August 29: Information Session on Sex Ed and Your Human Rights

When: Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 5:30 p.m.

Where: The 519, 519 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y 2C9

Contact: Athena Caldarola 416.920.1633 x8221 or caldara@lao.on.ca for more info and/or to register.

This is an information session where people (especially youth!) can learn about opportunities to participate in a legal challenge to the repeal of Ontario's sex ed curriculum.

Article source:
Justice for Children and Youth
Posted:
August 27, 2018

To be bold, Doug Ford should eliminate – not tighten – social assistance rules in Ontario

Social assistance rules for people without disabilities in Ontario already demands that recipients be actively looking for work. Making this requirement even tougher won't work, says this writer...

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
August 27, 2018

October 18: Legal Capability workshop in Timmins

When: Thursday, October 18, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (and possibly another from 1:30-4:30 if there's enough interest)

Where: Collège Boréal, Conference room 117, 395 Thériault Blvd., Timmins, ON

To register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/helping-people-find-legal-information-and-address-their-legal-problems-tickets-49389272644

CLEO will be offering a free Legal Capability workshop to community and front-line workers in Timmins on Thursday, October 18.

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
August 24, 2018

October 17: Legal Capability workshop in Kapuskasing

When: Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Where: Collège Boréal - Room 103, 3 Aurora Avenue, Kapuskasing, ON P5N 1J6

To register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/helping-people-find-legal-information-and-address-their-legal-problems-tickets-49384371986

CLEO will be offering a free Legal Capability workshop to community and front-line workers in Kapuskasing on Wednesday, October 17. 

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
August 24, 2018

2018/19 Edition Now Available: Getting Legal Help: A Directory of Community Legal Clinics in Ontario

Organized by region, this popular, easy-to-use directory of Ontario's community legal clinics lists addresses, phone numbers, and websites.

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Posted:
August 24, 2018

Ontario government needs to spell out what's new in sex-ed curriculum: TDSB chair

The government has warned teachers who use the scrapped 2015 version will face consequences and invited parents to anonymously report potential breaches to the province.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
August 23, 2018

Mayor calls for help for more than 1000 residents displaced by highrise fire

Anyone who can temporarily house displaced residents should email gtaresponse@redcross.ca, Tory urges.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
August 23, 2018

New program for homeowners aims to add affordable housing in Waterloo Region

Homeowners can qualify for up to $25,000 in forgivable loans to create a legal apartment in their home or on their property, then the unit must be rented at below-average market rent.

Article source:
The Record.com
Posted:
August 23, 2018

Sixties Scoop survivors now eligible for compensation after approval of settlement

Individuals who were affected by the Sixties Scoop are eligible to receive up to $50,000, depending on the number of claims made.

Article source:
The Lawyer's Daily
Posted:
August 22, 2018

Reasonable Doubt column: Is Canada finally ready for polyamorous families to be legal?

This ruling is a first in Canada and sets a precedent for new types of families and parents to have status under Canadian law: NOW Magazine's Reasonable Doubt column.

Article source:
NOW
Posted:
August 22, 2018

In extreme heat, landlords should be required to keep tenants cool

In this opinion piece, the writer says that extreme heat is a serious public health issue, and it's time we started treating it like one.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
August 22, 2018

Government of Canada warns public of immigration scams on social media pages

The government is warning the public about social media pages making false claims that they are connected to the Government of Canada and can guarantee immigration to Canada.

Article source:
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
Posted:
August 21, 2018

Potential refugee sponsors have a month to use new fund

The fund was created by the University of Ottawa Refugee Hub, Jewish Family Services Ottawa, an anonymous Canadian donor, and the Shapiro Foundation, an American charity.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
August 21, 2018

September 10: Wills & Estates: How the Law Affects You Part 2*

When: Monday, September 10, 2018, 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Learn why having a will and powers of attorney are important for you and your loved ones, what the law in Ontario says, and how it affects you, your family, and your estates. 

Article source:
Posted:
August 21, 2018

New and Revised CLEO Publications - August 21, 2018

CLEO is pleased to announce the following new or updated resources. All CLEO resources are provided free of charge.

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
August 21, 2018

August 21 and 22: Update on Nuclear Energy Topics, Ottawa

Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) is presenting information on nuclear energy topics with relevance to Canada.

Article source:
Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA)
Posted:
August 20, 2018

Harm reduction group to open unsanctioned overdose prevention site in Parkdale

The announcement follows the province's decision to freeze funding for sanctioned sites.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
August 20, 2018