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January 29: Learn your legal rights and responsibilities when it comes to Family Law: Mandarin

When: Monday, January 29, 2018, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Where: Charles G. Fraser Public School, 79 Manning Ave., Toronto M6J 2K8

This session, to be held in Mandarin, will discuss who are "spouses," the interaction of family law with other areas of the law such as real estate, and when to get legal advice from a family...

Article source:
Ontario Bar Association (OBA)
Posted:
January 09, 2018

'My friends are dying:' Toronto's homeless call out growing health crisis in shelters

Homeless people, shelter volunteers, and community health representatives decried conditions in the city's shelter system, the focus of heavy scrutiny during the extreme cold of recent weeks.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
January 09, 2018

East York tenants accusing landlord of not keeping heat high enough

The landlord, CAPREIT, says unit temperatures have stayed above the required level of 21 degrees Celsius while some residents claim inadequate heating has plagued the building for six years.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
January 09, 2018

Ontario investigates businesses allegedly breaking new labour laws

The province's minimum wage increased on Jan. 1 from $11.60 an hour to $14 as part of labour reforms, including increased personal emergency days and paid vacation time.

Article source:
Metro
Posted:
January 08, 2018

Loblaws $25 gift card registration now open, but there's a catch

Signing up for the gift card doesn't preclude participating in class actions, but any payout would be deducted. 

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
January 08, 2018

New Hamilton rules would only allow 15 payday loan outlets

Existing payday loan businesses would be grandfathered in, but over time, the number of outlets would decrease.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
January 08, 2018

Injured workers losing out on Ontario's wage bump. Here's why

Aidan Macdonald, of the Injured Workers' Consultants legal clinic, says the WSIB's practice of "deeming" is the "biggest issue in terms of forcing people into poverty."

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
January 08, 2018

Webinar (Online Training): Supporting the Human Rights of Migrant Sex Workers Jan 19, 2018

Webinar (Online Training): Supporting the Human Rights of Migrant Sex Workers: Legal Training for Service Providers

January 19, 2018 (12:00-1:00 p.m.)
Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-online-training-supporting-the-human-rights-of-migrant-sex-workers-legal-training-for-tickets-41066823976?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=estw&utm-source=tw&utm-term=listing

Webinar (Online Training): Supporting the Human Rights of Migrant Sex Workers: Legal Training for Service Providers on January 19, 2018 (12:00-1:00 p.m.) This project is supported by CLEO through...

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
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January 05, 2018

Recent changes to nonprofit law

A new law, Bill 154, the Cutting Unnecessary Red Tape Act, 2017 is changing parts of Ontario's Corporations Act (OCA) and the future Not-For-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA). 

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
January 04, 2018

6 ideas to do better if representing yourself in family court

This article from "The Family Law Coach" website sets out some steps you can do to make being a self-rep more effective in Famil Court. It also gives a shout out to CLEO's "Steps in a...

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
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January 04, 2018

Learn about OHIP+

Starting January 1, 2018, more than 4,400 drug products are...

Article source:
Government of Ontario - ServiceOntario
Posted:
January 04, 2018

How do I know if I can rely on the legal information I find?

There's a lot of legal information available online - so much that sometimes it can be hard to tell what you can rely on....

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
January 04, 2018

Federal government to pay at least $17.5M in settlement of class action suit over student loan privacy breach

The firms involved in the class action say they and federal lawyers have agreed to the settlement, subject to court approval in February.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
December 22, 2017

If your guests drive home drunk, are you legally liable?

After a party you host, a guest gets into their car and drives home while under the influence. Can you be held legally responsible if they or others are hurt in an accident?

Article source:
Global News
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December 22, 2017

Helping migrant workers must be part of new food policy

Instead of treating migrant workers as faceless units of labour, Canada's national food policy must recognize migrant workers as vital members of our urban and rural communities: opinion piece.

Article source:
Toronto Star
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December 22, 2017

CBSA to use GPS, check-ins to track immigration detainees instead of imprisoning them

In the 2015-16 fiscal year, nearly 6,600 people were held in immigration detention, including 200 minors.

Article source:
Global News
Posted:
December 22, 2017

Health ministry falls short on long-term care home inspections, auditor general reports

While the government has made multiple fixes, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has made "little to no progress" on eight recommendations made in 2015.

Article source:
Ottawa Citizen
Posted:
December 21, 2017

Governments of Canada and Ontario Providing Housing Support for Human Trafficking Survivors

The Governments of Canada and Ontario have announced more than $7 million to help survivors of human trafficking in Ontario through new transitional housing and rent assistance.

Article source:
Government of Ontario - ServiceOntario
Posted:
December 21, 2017

Reasonable Doubt: Can condo corporations ban or restrict pets?

Most condominium corporations' governing documents do contain some restrictions that affect the keeping of pets in a unit.

Article source:
NOW
Posted:
December 21, 2017

A Dozen Thoughts on the New National Housing Strategy

The Hamilton Community Legal Clinc has compiled positive and negative comments from experts on the new National Housing Strategy.

Article source:
Hamilton Community Legal Clinic / Clinique juridique communautaire de Hamilton
Posted:
December 21, 2017