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'Ridiculously out of reach' hydro bills have rural Ontarians turning to churches for help

The pastor at the First Baptist Church in Wallaceburg, Ont., spoke with As It Happens host Carol Off about the desperate measures people are taking in his community to try to cover their costs.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
March 20, 2017

A portable housing benefit could ease our homeless crisis

The National Housing Collaborative proposes a subsidy paid directly to tenants who cannot afford rent.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
March 20, 2017

ISAC's Media & Policy News: 17 March 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:
March 17, 2017

Rental housing squeeze leaving racialized renters out in the cold in the GTA

Toronto's housing bubble has created a landlord's market, to the disadvantage in particular of Black renters.

Article source:
NOW
Posted:
March 17, 2017

April & May: Free Public Legal Education Workshops at HALCO

When: April & May 2017, weekday afternoons

Where: Specialty Legal Clinic Co-op, 55 University Avenue, 15th Floor Room C2, Toronto M5J 2H7

The HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO) is pleased to announce their next series of free Public Legal Education Workshops taking place in person at their office in April and May 2017.

Article source:
HALCO - HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario
Posted:
March 17, 2017

Victims and Survivors Have Serious Strength: Learn more about how you can share your story.

Researchers at Algonquin College invite victims of violent crime and family survivors of homicide over the age of 18 to participate in a survey to better understand the experiences of victims and...

Article source:
Victim Justice Network
Posted:
March 17, 2017

Ontario housing minister vows to boost rent control after CBC Toronto tenancy series

The Ontario housing minister vows that the province will soon unveil new "rental controls" to address the skyrocketing cost to lease a home in and around Toronto.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
March 17, 2017

March 22: Organizing Against Violence Against Women in an Age of Racism and Xenophobia

When: Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. ET

Where: Online

OCASI - Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants - invites you to participate in a webinar, "Hands Off My Sister!"

Article source:
Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI)
Posted:
March 16, 2017

Trump immigration policies kill work visas for specialized Canadian nurses

Advanced practice nurses and nurse anesthetists have been told they no longer qualify for professional visas.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
March 16, 2017

Privacy commissioner investigating Canada Border Services Agency over electronic media searches

This relates to concerns about whether U.S. border guards are not just searching devices, but also downloading their contents for later examination and even cloning and mirroring the devices.

Article source:
National Post
Posted:
March 16, 2017

'Eviction by another name': tenants protest rent increases by Parkdale landlord

Cole Webber, a worker at Parkdale Community Legal Services, says the bigger issue is the displacement of working class and immigrant tenants from Parkdale.

Article source:
Yahoo News
Posted:
March 16, 2017

Private member's bill calls for extension of rent control after CBC Toronto series

NDP MPP Peter Tabuns said his bill will call for rent control to be extended to units that came on the market after 1991 - they are currently not covered by rent control.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
March 16, 2017

Study urges Liberals to overhaul parental leave benefit

A new study says the Liberal government should rethink federal parental benefits and overhaul a system that is leaving out too many families and women.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
March 15, 2017

2017 Region of Peel Hosted Tax Preparation Clinics

The Region of Peel has help for tax preparers at three locations on Saturdays through March and April.

Article source:
Region of Peel
Posted:
March 15, 2017

Prison watchdog sees sharp decline in use of solitary confinement

Correctional investigator Ivan Zinger released new figures today showing the number of admissions to segregation dropped in 2015-16, a trend that has continued into this year.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
March 15, 2017

June 1-3: Canadian Council for Refugees Spring Consultation

When: Thursday - Saturday, June 1-3, 2017

Where: MacEwan University, City Centre campus, 10700 104 Ave NW, Edmonton

The CCR invites you to explore questions affecting refugee protection and newcomer settlement at their Spring Consultation. All are welcome to participate.

Article source:
Canadian Council for Refugees
Posted:
March 15, 2017

Bosses who broke law haven't learned their lesson, labour ministry blitz finds

The government should crack down on companies who simply shutter and open up under a new name to avoid paying workers wages owed, says John No, Parkdale Community Legal Services.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
March 15, 2017

No Fixed Address: rental market for Torontonians on disability 'absolutely horrible'

People who spend most of their cheques to cover rent end up doing without basic necessities.

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

2017 Rent Increase Guideline: Landlord and Tenant Board

The 2017 rent increase guideline is 1.5 %, applies to most private residential rentals covered by the RTA, and is the most a landlord can increase the rent without applying to the LTB.

Article source:
Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB)
Posted:
March 14, 2017

March 15: The Ethics of Lawyering in Sexual Assault Cases

When: Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 6:10 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Where: George Ignatieff Theatre, Larkin Building, 15 Devonshire Place, University of Toronto

This Centre for Ethics event aims to stimulate thoughtful public debate about the important and complex ethical issues raised by sexual assault cases in the criminal process.

Article source:
Centre of Ethics, University of Toronto
Posted:
March 14, 2017