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November 7: Injured Worker Community Meeting, Peel

When: Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Where: Bramalea Community Health Centre, 40 Finchgate Blvd, Suite 224, Brampton L6T 3J1

This is a free afternoon of education, peer support, and legal advice, and a discussion on how you can help fight for better conditions for injured workers.

Article source:
Ontario Network of Injured Workers' Groups
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October 18, 2017

Clarification: Legal Aid Ontario commits $850,000 toward new clinic for black community

The ACLC has applied for reconsideration of the decision to defund its clinic. Until a decision on this is made in November, the ACLC is still receiving funding from legal aid.

Article source:
The Lawyer's Daily
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October 18, 2017

Owner, staff charged with abuse, negligence at Vaughan centre for people with disabilities

The Hope Centre has been shut down and attendees have been returned to their families, York police say.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
October 18, 2017

Canada blasted for 'needlessly punitive' immigration detention system

A group of human and civil rights organizations has filed a submission to the UN Human Rights Council, saying Canada's treatment of immigration detainees violates international law.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
October 17, 2017

Canada's first national accessibility law should be ready by next spring: Hehr

The federal minister responsible for crafting Canada's first national accessibility legislation says the law should benefit not only people with disabilities, but...

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

It is stressful to be poor, and that stress can keep people in poverty

Researchers studying the cognitive mechanisms behind scarcity say their findings may explain why some people who are living in poverty can't seem to get themselves out of it.

Article source:
VICE News
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October 17, 2017

30 November - 2 December: Canadian Council for Refugees Fall Consultation

The CCR Fall Consultation 2017 theme is Human Rights Have no Borders. It will take place in Niagara Falls, Ontario....

Article source:
Canadian Council for Refugees
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October 17, 2017

Access to Justice to be enhanced with the delivery of legal services through civil society organizations

Convocation approved, in principle, a policy to permit lawyers and paralegals to provide legal services through civil society organizations (CSOs), such as charities and not-for-profit...

Article source:
Law Society of Upper Canada
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October 17, 2017

Countdown to #A2J2017: Access to Justice Week October 23 - 27

No matter where you are in the province or what role you play in the justice system, there are various ways to participate in the Access to Justice Week conversation.

Article source:
The Action Group on Access to Justice (TAG)
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October 16, 2017

In Sarnia's Chemical Valley, is 'toxic soup' making people sick?

Experts and documents cast doubts on whether industry and Ontario government are revealing levels of benzene in areas where residents live right near oil and gas facilities.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
October 16, 2017

New WSIB policy on mental health will set workers back decades, critics say

Workers making claims for chronic mental stress must meet a different standard of proof in the new policy than other injured workers.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
October 16, 2017

October 17: Free landlord and tenant rights session

When: Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Where: Toronto Public Library, Northern District Branch, 40 Orchard View Blvd., Toronto

Topics will include respective rights and obligations of landlords and tenants in Ontario, the Residential Tenancies Act, and the new Rental Fairness Act of 2017.

Article source:
Ontario Bar Association (OBA)
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October 13, 2017

Mind the Gap: Repairing Canada's Social Safety Net with Human Rights

Although the rights to an adequate standard of living and housing are human rights, as codified in international treaties, it's virtually impossible to claim these rights.

Article source:
Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO)
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October 13, 2017

Toronto council committee to tackle what some claim is a new loophole for landlords

Councillor Davis says tenants with suite meters are saddled with "exorbitant administration fees and rates that seem to be completely out of whack."

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

October 18: Free Session on Criminal Law

When: Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Where: Malvern Public Library, 30 Sewells Road, Toronto, ON M1B 3G5, Scarborough

What happens when you get arrested? What are the court procedures involved? Who are the players present, and what options do you have? Who represents you and what are your recourses?

Article source:
Ontario Bar Association (OBA)
Posted:
October 13, 2017

Town of Lindsay chosen to host basic income pilot program

Town of Lindsay residents wishing to take part should email basicincome@ontario.ca or call 1-844-217-4516.

Article source:
Global News
Posted:
October 12, 2017

'Rent control vs. housing supply' is the debate landlords and developers want us to have

The key fact of today's rental market is that the majority of renters cannot afford new-construction apartments.

Article source:
torontoist.com
Posted:
October 12, 2017

Ontario won't fix its jails until it fixes bail

In this opinion piece, John Michael McGrath says the province must end its overreliance on pre-trial incarceration: More than 60 per cent of the people currently in jail are simply awaiting trial...

Article source:
TVO.org
Posted:
October 12, 2017

People With Disabilities in Poverty Trap, Says Report

The faith-based organization's annual report on poverty trends shows people with disabilities are more likely to be living in poverty than other Canadians.

Article source:
The Tyee
Posted:
October 12, 2017

Ban 'dungeon' for Ontario inmates in solitary confinement, prisons adviser urges

A recent report on correctional reform by Howard Sapers includes four photos of recreational space partitioned into makeshift pens, whose use Sapers refers to as "troubling" in the report.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
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October 11, 2017