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Call for participants: Public interest inquiry into racial profiling and discrimination by the Toronto Police

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) is inviting people to take part in its inquiry into racial profiling and racial discrimination of Black persons by the Toronto Police Service (TPS).

Article source:
Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC)
Posted:
March 19, 2018

Opinion: Every Canadian should have the right to vote — even those living abroad

The charter does not, and should not, protect the rights and freedoms of only the "right" kind of Canadian, says this writer.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
March 19, 2018

Reconciliation in Canada's legal system

A CBA-FLSC Ethics Forum in Toronto focused on what steps lawyers and the legal system can take to achieve reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. 

 

Article source:
Canadian Bar Association (CBA)
Posted:
March 16, 2018

Access to Hearings Transcripts is an A2J Issue

The NSRLP tried to find answers to these questions: Can I get a transcript of my hearing? What is the procedure to get a transcript? How much does it cost?

Article source:
National Self-Represented Litigants Project (NSRLP)
Posted:
March 16, 2018

Ontario says tribunals should not be as open as courts

Ontario's quasi-judicial tribunals are not courts and should not be subject to the same principles of openness when it comes to their records, the province argued in a court filing Thursday.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
March 16, 2018

Toronto businessman's companies owe more than $23M in mortgage, contracts, employee wages

CSALC's Avvy Go says some employers try to not pay employees by hiring vulnerable people like "immigrants, newcomers, racialized groups, women and people with disabilities."

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
March 16, 2018

Yonge Street store settles complaint over sale of racist Native Halloween costumes

Spirit Halloween has settled a complaint filed with the HRTO alleging some of its Aboriginal-themed costumes promote hyper-sexualized and racist views of Indigenous women.

Article source:
NOW
Posted:
March 15, 2018

Law student advocates for better relations between police and sex assault victims

Ava Williams was the subject of the Globe and Mail's investigative series, Unfounded, and she has began speaking to students across the country about her experience.

Article source:
Global News
Posted:
March 15, 2018

March 28: Home is Toronto? Making Toronto's Neighborhoods a Home for All

When: March 28, 2018, 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Where: William Doo Auditorium, 45 Wilcocks Street, Toronto

The event will explore neighbourhood gentrification, access to affordable housing, how cities change, who gets excluded when communities become less affordable, and more.

Article source:
Canadian Harm Reduction Network
Posted:
March 15, 2018

Landlord may be breaking tenant act with St. Patrick's Day guest limit

A fourth-year student at Laurier has created a petition she hopes to take to her building's property manager.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
March 15, 2018

Canadians with a disability almost twice as likely to be victims of violent crime

Nearly 4 in 10 incidents of violent crime involve a victim with a disability.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
March 15, 2018

National Consultation on a Human Rights-Based Approach to Housing

Public consultations on the National Housing Strategy's human rights-based approach to housing are underway until June 2018.

Article source:
Government of Canada - Gouvernement du Canada
Posted:
March 14, 2018

Employers are firing injured workers unjustly — and getting away with it

Maryth Yachnin of the Industrial Accident Victims' Group of Ontario legal clinic says WSIAT decisions result in a "culture where the worker is being disbelieved at every turn."

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
March 14, 2018

Anti-Indigenous racism normalized in northeastern Ontario city: rights commissioner

Racism against Indigenous people in the northeastern Ontario city of Timmins appears to be both pervasive and normalized, the province's chief human rights commissioner said this week.

Article source:
Metro
Posted:
March 13, 2018

#MeToo pushing accountability for sexual assault outside the courtroom

Deepa Mattoo of the Barbra Schlifer Clinic said the #MeToo movement is simply what women have been doing for centuries — warning one another about predators in order to stay safe.

Article source:
Canadian Lawyer Magazine
Posted:
March 13, 2018

Advocates question independence of provincial accessibility review

ARCH Disability Law Centre is also concerned about the appointment of David Onley to lead the next independent review of Ontario’s landmark accessibility legislation.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
March 13, 2018

Rent increases: A new edition of this CLEO publication is now available

The new edition has information about the 2018 guideline, rent guideline coverage for newer rental units, and the elimination of above-guideline increases based on utility costs.

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
March 13, 2018

Why the Ontario justice system might not be speaking your language

If you find yourself in court, you have the right to an interpreter. But exercising that right can be challenging in a province as diverse as Ontario.

Article source:
TVO.org
Posted:
March 12, 2018

New support group for injured workers in Chatham

Thursday's meeting included speakers from the ONIWG, Chatham-Kent Legal Clinic, IVAGO Community Legal Clinic, and Injured Workers Consultants Community Legal Clinic in Toronto.

Article source:
ChathamDailyNews.ca
Posted:
March 12, 2018

Understanding Ontario's new residential lease: Reasonable Doubt

Starting April 30, landlords and tenants will be required to use the standard lease template.

Article source:
NOW
Posted:
March 12, 2018