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Ontario's top court finds police violated rights of Hells Angels member

Even biker gangs have privacy rights that need to be respected, Ontario's highest court has ruled, in a case involving guns, drugs, cash, and ammunition in a barn leased to a Hells Angels member...

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
August 02, 2017

The economic case for a higher minimum wage: Editorial

The arguments against the $15 minimum wage don't hold up — and the choice between social and economic ends is a false one, says this Toronto Star editorial.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
August 02, 2017

Canada's 'Welfare Wall' Traps People With Disabilities

We need to dismantle welfare and replace it with a better and more dignified form of income support, writes Sherri Torjman, Vice-President of the Caledon Institute of Social Policy.

Article source:
Huffington Post Canada
Posted:
August 02, 2017

Legal clinic aims to help people who don't officially exist

Kinna-aweya Legal Clinic set up an ID bank to provide vulnerable people with a safe place to store personal documents but found many people had no identification to store.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
August 02, 2017

Ontario privacy commission says province overcharged group

Access for Ontarians with Disabilities Alliance says it tried to get the access to information fee waived and says the government enlisted five lawyers in its fight to uphold the pricey charge.

Article source:
Global News
Posted:
August 01, 2017

Email from behind bars? Prisoner advocates push for access to laptops, tablets and internet

As some countries move to give prisoners access to email, the internet, and in-cell tablets, advocates say Canada is lagging behind by denying federal inmates access to essential technology.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
August 01, 2017

Ovide Mercredi reviews Law Society of Upper Canada's relations with Indigenous people

The work could have wide-ranging implications for the entire legal community, including the courts, said Paul Schabas, the treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
August 01, 2017

On the Radar: News about rent increases

This month's On the Radar has information about this important change and about the rules for rent increases.

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
August 01, 2017

Harmony House given $400K to help fix family court

For the next three years the team will assess the state of family law across the country and will also be looking outside of Canada's borders for inspiration.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
July 31, 2017

Canadian Environmental Law Association's July 2017 Bulletin is now available

Topics in this issue include radioactive landfill, Canada's nuclear preparedness and response, potential NAFTA renegotiation, Provincial Nuclear Emergency Response Plan, and more.

Article source:
Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA)
Posted:
July 31, 2017

Woman convicted of sexual assault in HIV-disclosure case appeals to Supreme Court

A Manitoba woman convicted of aggravated sexual assault and sent to jail for not telling a sex partner she had HIV is hoping to bring an appeal of her controversial case to the SCC.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
July 31, 2017

'Great unfairness': 2 more sex assault cases where victims were jailed to ensure their court testimony

The treatment the two victims received at the hands of the Alberta justice system comes to light two months after a similar case was reported that led to a provincial review.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
July 31, 2017

'Beautiful' Charter decision gives disabled adults right to child support

A Brampton mother has won the right to claim child support for her 22-year-old disabled son, thanks to a court ruling declaring the existing law unconstitutional.

Article source:
AdvocateDaily.com
Posted:
July 31, 2017

What Ontario's new condo rules mean for owners, boards

A new tribunal and a number of new regulations aim to improve how boards are governed and improve communication between boards and individual unit owners.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
July 28, 2017

MMIWG inquiry now reviewing conduct of police officers

The inquiry said they are now reviewing police files in response to pressure from the families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls to look at police actions in these cases.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
July 28, 2017

Saskatoon Health Region apologizes for forced tubal ligations, says report 'provides clear direction'

Indigenous women who were coerced into being sterilized in the hours after giving birth in the Saskatoon Health Region felt "invisible, profiled and powerless," an external review found.

Article source:
Saskatoon StarPhoenix
Posted:
July 28, 2017

La Chronique juridique - L'édition Été 2017

Topics in the summer issue of La Chronique juridique include (in French only) changes to tenants' and landlords' rights, energy contracts, basic income pilot project, and LAO eligibility.

Article source:
Clinique juridique populaire de Prescott et Russell Inc.
Posted:
July 28, 2017

'Tremendous injustice' as migrant workers sent back to Jamaica

So why are Waldin Simpson and another man being sent home early? Simpson says they're being singled out for complaining about problems with their paycheques.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
July 27, 2017

Bias against black people linked to police use of lethal force, study suggests

New research suggests the way our brains make associations between black people and the physical threat we think they pose is the greatest predictor of police using lethal force against a black...

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
July 27, 2017

An Ontario court has just affirmed that cultural norms that excuse violence have no place here: Editorial

The Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that "cultural differences" cannot be used to justify a lighter sentence in criminal cases. 

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
July 27, 2017