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Jail sentence for boss who owed workers $125,000

A Brampton-based employer has been handed a rare 30-day jail sentence for failing to pay 43 employees more than $125,000 in wages, as the Ministry of Labour vows to ramp up enforcement.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
June 07, 2017

Independent legal advice and how it works

The importance of independent legal advice is to assure all the parties that unencumbered legal advice has been provided to the client.

Article source:
AdvocateDaily.com
Posted:
June 07, 2017

June 22: Early termination by tenants experiencing domestic or sexual violence – issues and implications

When: Thursday, June 22, 2017, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. ET

Where: 55 University Ave., Toronto, 15th floor, and remotely via webinar

This session is for community legal clinic staff and students, private bar, and legal staff of organizations providing services to tenants or to victims of violence or abuse.

Article source:
HALCO - HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario
Posted:
June 07, 2017

More Canadians seeking CPP disability benefits have denials overturned on appeal

Two-thirds of those who took their appeal to the social security tribunal ended up winning, raising questions about why they were denied in the first place.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
June 06, 2017

In Canada, a law says workplace has role in fighting domestic violence

Supporters say the benefit can ease the economic barriers to escaping abusive situations, while increasing transparency for an issue long treated as private.

Article source:
The Christian Science Monitor
Posted:
June 06, 2017

Government bringing sexual assault law up to speed with the courts, times

To bring legislation up to date, the Liberal government is changing sexual assault law to make it clear that an unconscious person cannot consent to sexual activity. 

Article source:
CTV News
Posted:
June 06, 2017

Toronto fire department finds 'significant' fire code violations in short-term rentals

Paying guests were ordered to leave after fire inspectors found conditions they termed an "immediate threat to life."

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
June 06, 2017

June 15: Rethinking Justice: 7th Symposium on HIV, Law and Human Rights

When: Thursday, June 15, 2017, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard St. W., Toronto

Some of the themes this year: Current state of criminalization: Canada and the world, speaking out about the experience of HIV criminalization, and science of HIV transmission.

Article source:
Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
Posted:
June 06, 2017

Register for upcoming webinar: Basic Income in Ontario: What low-income people, service providers and advocates need to know

The Ontario government recently announced the details of its Basic Income Pilot Project, and low-income people living in the test areas will start being signed up soon. This wide-ranging and...

Article source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)
Posted:
June 05, 2017

Sexual assault and intoxication: Reasonable Doubt

In the eyes of the law, being drunk doesn't mean you can't consent to sex – trial judges are required to consider the extent of the complainant's intoxication.

Article source:
NOW
Posted:
June 05, 2017

'I'm the victim and I'm in shackles': Edmonton woman jailed while testifying against her attacker

Forced to spend a total of five nights in the Edmonton Remand Centre during her testimony, the victim's treatment was called "appalling" by the Alberta justice minister.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
June 05, 2017

Haudenosaunee men ordered to pay Enbridge's legal fees

Indigenous protesters Todd Williams and Wayne Hill must pay $18,387.81 and $7,000, respectively, to cover Enbridge's legal fees, a judge has ruled.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
June 05, 2017

Toronto Life’s reno from hell shines a light on the housing plight of the poor in Parkdale: Keenan

The affordable places for Toronto’s poorest residents to live — in houses, in private rental buildings, in public housing — are either disappearing or falling apart.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
June 02, 2017

Ottawa spent $707,000 in legal fees fighting decision that protects Indigenous children

Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruled the government was discriminating against First Nations children by not giving them equitable health and social services payments.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
June 02, 2017

Pregnancy Drastically Increases Domestic Violence Risk

Pregnancy should be a time when a woman receives extra care and attention. While some women feel great throughout their pregnancy, others face health complications. Whatever the pregnancy...

Article source:
The Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children (CREVAWC)
Posted:
June 02, 2017

Digital Delivery of Legal Services to People on Low Incomes: 8 things we learnt over the last year

The 2017 report on Digital Delivery of Legal Services to People on Low Incomes was published today with eight conclusions summarising the current state of play which are set out below....

Article source:
Law, Technology and Access to Justice
Posted:
June 01, 2017

How to run a legal clinic like a startup

A group of Toronto community legal clinics have moved into one office space, helping them share ideas and cut costs

Article source:
Association of Community Legal Clinics of Ontario (ACLCO)/L'Association des Cliniques Juridiques Communautaires de L'Ontario (ACJCO)
Posted:
May 31, 2017

New accessibility laws should include rules for employment, inclusive buildings, transport

Public consultations on Canada’s first national law for disabled people have identified high unemployment rates, inaccessible buildings and barriers in transportation as some of the key issues...

Article source:
Canadian Press
Posted:
May 31, 2017

On the Radar: What happens when someone on ODSP gets a medical review date

This month’s On the Radar talks about the process that the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) uses when they do a medical review. 

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
May 31, 2017

Canada’s privacy czar raises flag over planned U.S. border password searches

Canadian privacy could be imperilled by apparent U.S. plans to demand cellphone and social media passwords from foreign visitors, a federal watchdog says.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
May 30, 2017