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Liberals amend voting rules, reversing some Conservative changes

The Government has granted voting rights for citizens living abroad longer than 5 years.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
November 24, 2016

Canada Pension Plan expansion 'penalizes' women, the disabled, says the opposition

The NDP has accused the Liberals of quashing a potential fix of a "flawed" bill because it would increase costs.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
November 24, 2016

Place age restriction on legal pot, protect youth: Canadian Paediatric Society

The Canadian Paediatric Society is urging the federal government to take steps to protect children and youth should it follow through on its plan to legalize recreational marijuana next year.

Article source:
CTV News
Posted:
November 24, 2016

Much needed indigenous health program coming to Guelph

And a similar program is being established in Kitchener for local First Nations, M’etis, and Inuit community members.

Article source:
Guelph Today
Posted:
November 23, 2016

Vaping, e-cigarettes to be regulated by Health Canada

The federal government plans to regulate e-cigarettes to make vaping products less accessible to young people.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
November 23, 2016

Toronto doctor screening for poverty using postal codes to make patients' lives better

A North York doctor found that doctors can in fact screen their patients for poverty, much like they would for medical conditions.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
November 23, 2016

Get rid of 'insulting' Indigenous team names, logos, man tells human rights tribunal

​"To be reduced to a cartoon, very much as a stereotypical cartoon, that's insulting," Brad Gallant told the tribunal.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
November 22, 2016

Ontario judge strikes down mandatory minimum sentence for sexual interference

Lawyer and professor Constance Backhouse said in an interview the ruling "adds more fuel" as the Liberals consider which mandatory jail terms to roll back.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
November 22, 2016

André Picard: Spanking has no place in Canada, period

There have been numerous attempts to scrap the law over the years, including 17 private members' bills since 1994, but all have failed.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
November 22, 2016

Effective Lawyering with Clients Leaving Abusive Relationships

Luke's Place offers the course, Effective Lawyering with Clients Leaving Abusive Relationships, which has received a great deal of interest and positive feedback.

Article source:
Luke's Place
Posted:
November 22, 2016

Reasonable Doubt: legal aid in Ontario is far from perfect

NOW Magazine's Reasonable Doubt column asks, is the minimum salary qualification much too low? And are legal aid lawyers paid enough?

Article source:
NOW
Posted:
November 22, 2016

Ontario tries to stop criminal charges being stayed by trial delays

The Ontario Crown Attorneys Association estimates that 6,000 criminal cases could see charges stayed or withdrawn.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
November 21, 2016

Brampton mother seeks child support for disabled adult son

Brampton single mother Robyn Coates claims Ontario's Family Law Act discriminates against adult children with disabilities.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
November 21, 2016

ISAC's Media & Policy News: 18 November 2016

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:
November 21, 2016

New immigration rules make it easier for Americans to work and stay in Canada

Americans are likelier to speak English and have a degree than people from some other countries, and they're part of NAFTA, all of which favour them.

Article source:
Global News
Posted:
November 21, 2016

Register now for November 30 Webinar on Probationary Periods

When: Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. ET

Where: Online

This webinar covers the basic, but often poorly understood, rules around probationary periods.

Article source:
Downtown Legal Services
Posted:
November 21, 2016

Should police be able to force you to hand over your digital passwords?

The proposal has not only provoked an outcry from civil liberties advocates, it has even caused division among police leaders.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
November 18, 2016

Experts urge Liberals to update 'embarrassingly bad' Criminal Code

It's "shocking" that the document guiding criminal offences and procedures is so outdated and inconsistent, say criminal law experts.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
November 18, 2016

November 24: Ottawa Police Service invites you to hear about Traffic Stop Race Data Collection Project (TSRDCP)

When: Thursday, November 24, 2016, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Where: Ottawa Conference and Event Centre, 200 Coventry Rd., Ottawa

Article source:
Ottawa Police Service
Posted:
November 18, 2016

Critics of new carding policy: 'Destroy the data'

"I consider this information to be the stolen property of the people of the city of Toronto," Toronto carding activist and freelance journalist Desmond Cole told the board.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
November 18, 2016