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Toronto police launch roadside drug-testing pilot project

Toronto Police began asking drivers on Monday to voluntarily submit to new roadside drug testing as part of a pilot project involving police forces across the country.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
December 20, 2016

Release of Papers by LCO today and Future Webinar on Health Care Consent and Advance Care Planning

The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) released two papers today in their series of commissioned research from external experts across Canada, part of their project, Improving the Last Stages of Life...

Article source:
Advocacy Centre for The Elderly (ACE)
Posted:
December 20, 2016

Ontario Government Taking Steps To Reduce Time-to-Trial and Improve Bail System

The goal is to speed up the resolution of criminal cases and making more supports and supervision available to vulnerable, low-risk individuals who come in contact with the law.

Article source:
Government of Ontario - ServiceOntario
Posted:
December 20, 2016

Mayor of Toronto calls on federal government to tighten gun rules

There have been 37 shooting deaths in Toronto in 2016, according to police statistics — that's 12 more than there were in 2015.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
December 20, 2016

Feds want expat voting rights case adjourned due to proposed legislation

Proposed legislation granting long-term Canadian expats the right to vote will render a court fight over the issue moot, the federal government argues in new filings.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
December 20, 2016

Lakehead University law school dean wants changes for indigenous offenders

The dean of the LU law school says the criminal cases of indigenous offenders should be dealt with by indigenous judges who understand indigenous law.

Article source:
tbnewswatch.com
Posted:
December 19, 2016

ISAC's Media & Policy News: 16 December 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:
December 19, 2016

Deficit forcing Legal Aid Ontario to scale back dramatically

Legal aid says there will be less funding available for many criminal matters. 

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
December 19, 2016

New Ontario law gives grandparents some rights to grandchildren

Bill 34 will force courts to consider grandparents when granting access. An estimated 75,000 are estranged from their grandkids.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
December 19, 2016

More talks, instead of action, from the federal government 'is beyond sickening, it's neglectful,' critic says

"They are not doing enough": Pam Palmater, chair of the indigenous governance program at Ryerson University and a critic of not only the federal government but also of the Assembly of First...

Article source:
National Post
Posted:
December 16, 2016

Jan., Feb., March 2017: Online course: The Mental Health of Syrian Refugees

The Refugee Mental Health Project aims to build settlement, social, and health service providers' knowledge and skills regarding refugee mental health.

Article source:
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Posted:
December 16, 2016

Reasonable Doubt: when litigation is frivolous or vexatious

Courts are hesitant to restrict any person's ability to access the courts, but there are exceptions if a person abuses this rule by repeatedly bringing forward frivolous claims.

Article source:
NOW
Posted:
December 16, 2016

Speaker's Corner: Time to challenge counterterrorism programs

U.S. president-elect Trump's Islamophobia-fuelled ascendancy is a chilling reminder for Canadians to review our own government's assumptions about terror, especially in relation to Bill C-51.

Article source:
Law Times
Posted:
December 15, 2016

WSIB: Working for Injured Workers?

TVO's The Agenda explores the role of the WSIB in workplaces today, with representatives from the WSIB, injured workers, and their advocates.

Article source:
TVO.org
Posted:
December 15, 2016

Judge certifies $600M lawsuit for inmates with mental illness who were allegedly mistreated

The decision opens the door for "tens of thousands" of federal inmates to get paid for alleged mistreatment.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
December 15, 2016

CLEO announces new and updated resources

All CLEO resources are provided free of charge. For a complete list of our publications, please visit www.cleo.on.ca.

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
December 15, 2016

City council toughens rules for landlords

Property owners will be required to register with the city, have a comprehensive pest management plan that includes licensed professionals, and use licensed contractors for all repairs.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
December 15, 2016

Canada adopts lottery system for immigrants to reunite parents, grandparents

Replacing the current first-come, first-served system, the lottery is intended to make the process more fair for all applicants.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
December 14, 2016

Federal government launch review of issues left out of assisted dying law

Previously left out were Canadians suffering strictly from mental illnesses, mature minors, and those with competence-eroding conditions who want to make advance requests.

Article source:
CTV News
Posted:
December 14, 2016

Ontario Government Introduces Legislation To Prevent Sexual Abuse of Patients

Ontario has introduced legislation that would, if passed, include strengthening and reinforcing Ontario's zero tolerance policy on sexual abuse of patients by any regulated health professional.

Article source:
Government of Ontario - ServiceOntario
Posted:
December 14, 2016