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Steps to Justice: Empowering people to understand and take action to deal with their legal problems

Recent studies have shown that almost 50 percent of Canadians over the age of 18 will experience at least one civil or family law problem in a three year period that they consider serious.

Article source:
Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women & Children
Posted:
June 14, 2017

June 15 & 16: Harm Reduction 101

When: June 15 and June 16, 2017, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Where: Regent Park Community Centre, 402 Shuter Street, Toronto

This is a free workshop with topics including Housing, Indigenous People and HR, Stigma, STIs, Overdose prevention, Working with Lived Experience.

Article source:
City of Toronto
Posted:
June 14, 2017

'Action is desperately needed': Senators recommend 50 ways to fix Canada's courts

The Senate committee says accused killers and child molesters are on the loose due to court delays.

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

New and Revised CLEO Publications - June 14, 2017

CLEO announces its new or updated resources. All CLEO resources are provided free of charge.

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
June 14, 2017

Students Should Be Free From Religious Coercion

Some students will have the right to opt of out of religious prayers and programming, based on their right to be free from discrimination on the ground of creed.

Article source:
Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA)
Posted:
June 13, 2017

Hate crimes against Muslims in Canada up 60%, StatsCan reports

New data released Tuesday show there were 159 anti-Muslim incidents reported to police that year, up from 99 the year before.

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

New federal law in the works that would limit police spying on journalists

The bill would effectively bring an end to police using the tactic to identify confidential sources of information that is embarrassing to politicians and other public officials.

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

Liberals' citizenship bill to proceed with some Senate amendments

Bill C-6 is designed to repeal many of the previous Conservative government's changes to how people become citizens — and how they can lose that status.

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

Ontario doctor's suit claims pattern of fraud at workplace safety board

An Ontario doctor is suing the province's workplace insurance plan and her employer, claiming they conspired to try to force her to change her medical opinion about a worker.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
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June 12, 2017

Toronto eyes plan to crack down on Airbnb-style rentals

A licensing system would restrict short-term rentals to the host's main residence and require them to register.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
June 12, 2017

Calling all community workers!

CLEO is part of a research team seeking input on the role of community workers in helping people with legal problems. As part of the research, the team is conducting a short survey.

Article source:
PLE Learning Exchange Ontario
Posted:
June 12, 2017

Senators hope 'landmark' study will help transform Canada's prison system

A Senate committee is touring prisons across the country and in other parts of the world as part of a two-year probe into the human rights of inmates.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
June 12, 2017

Welcome the baby steps for sexual assault justice – but ask for more

When only three out of every 1,000 sexual assaults result in conviction, why do we welcome only small changes to sexual assault legislation when big reform is what's needed.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
June 12, 2017

'Justice delayed is justice denied': Fewer than half of refugee claims being heard on time

In the first four months of this year, only 44 per cent of refugee claims were heard on time. In 2016, an average of about 52 per cent made it to the board on time.

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

Canada's chief justices given green light to help solve court delays

A ruling by the Canadian Judicial Council gives the country's federally appointed chief justices the go-ahead to play a direct role in developing answers to justice-system delays and other issues...

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
June 09, 2017

Bill to ensure Ontario workers can take at least 10 sick days a year without a doctor’s note

Employers will be banned from asking staff for a doctor's note if they take 10 or fewer days a year under legislation proposed to take effect next January.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
June 08, 2017

Doctors tortured patients at Ontario mental-health centre, judge rules

Patients at a maximum-security mental-health facility in Ontario were tortured by medical doctors over a 17-year period in unethical and degrading human experiments, a judge has ruled in a lawsuit...

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
June 08, 2017

Ontario to roll out details of $533M autism program

The long-awaited plan has no age cap, promises kids the intensity and duration of the treatment they need when they need it,...

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
June 08, 2017

Lawyers call some proposed changes to sexual assault law 'inexplicable,' possibly 'unconstitutional'

Lawyers and legal experts representing both complainants and those accused of sexual assault have significant concerns with Ottawa's proposed changes to sexual assault laws.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
June 08, 2017

On the Radar: What happens when someone on ODSP gets a medical review date

This month's On the Radar talks about the process that the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) uses when they do a medical review.

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
June 07, 2017