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Bifurcation: A Technique That Can Save Self-Represented Litigants Time & Money

Bifurcation refers to splitting a trial into a number of separate trial components, in which the Court agrees to hear a trial on just one part of a case.

Article source:
National Self-Represented Litigants Project (NSRLP)
Posted:
May 02, 2018

Child, Youth and Family Services Act now in force

The new act came into force April 30, 2018 and includes new leaving home rights and age-based laws.

Article source:
Government of Ontario - ServiceOntario
Posted:
May 01, 2018

If we truly want to rehabilitate incarcerated youth, we must stop putting them in solitary confinement

For those who are still developing psychologically, the effects of segregation are particularly harmful: CBC News opinion piece.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
May 01, 2018

Improving Indigenous Representation on Juries

The Debwewin Jury Review Implementation Committee has reported on what actions the Ontario government should take to address the 2013 report First Nations Representation on Ontario Juries...

Article source:
Government of Ontario - ServiceOntario
Posted:
May 01, 2018

May 4: New research: Many Ontario schools failing students who have an intellectual disability

Details of the research will be released by the report's authors, and a panel discussion between the authors and students from Ryerson University's Disability Studies program will follow.

Article source:
ARCH Disability Law Centre
Posted:
May 01, 2018

Inside Canadian immigration detention review hearings: Reasonable Doubt

In this week's Reasonable Doubt column, a lawyer explains why for people in immigration detention, the road to freedom is a frustrating one.

Article source:
NOW
Posted:
April 30, 2018

How to find out what data Facebook and Google are keeping on you

This article is a guide in seven steps to protecting yourself from unwelcome data collection and abuse online in Canada.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
April 30, 2018

Court of Appeal upholds conviction for Toronto cop who shot Sammy Yatim

The panel of judges unanimously dismissed Const. James Forcillo's appeal of both his conviction in the 2013 shooting death and his six-year prison sentence.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
April 30, 2018

Campuses offer free menstrual products in the name of educational equality

"The cost is negligible, the impact is huge, and it's just one more way we can support our students in making life a little bit easier for them so they can focus on learning."

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
April 30, 2018

Toronto restaurant ordered to pay $10,000 after asking black customers to prepay for their meal

In her decision, adjudicator Esi Codjoe concluded that restaurant staff had violated section 1 of the province's human-rights code when they treated Mr. Wickham as "a potential thief in waiting...

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
April 30, 2018

Canadian Environmental Law Association's April 2018 Bulletin

Topics in this issue include bee-harming pesticides, Bill C-69, Canada's chemical regulations, contaminated sites case, establishing freshwater priorities for Ontario, and more.

Article source:
Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA)
Posted:
April 27, 2018

'Urgent actions' needed to address violence against Indigenous women and girls — UN report

The United Nations special rapporteur says Canada should start addressing these issues now and not wait for the national inquiry to end.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
April 27, 2018

Share your views: Online Consultation on Countering Radicalization to Violence

The Canada Centre is asking Canadians to help shape the country's approach to countering radicalization to violence through an online consultation.

Article source:
Government of Canada - Gouvernement du Canada
Posted:
April 27, 2018

New edition: Police Powers - Stops and Searches

This edition includes information about the powers of the police when doing "street checks".

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
April 27, 2018

Guidelines for Better Legal Information

The PLE Learning Exchange Ontario presents guidelines that offer practical tips for creating and maintaining high-quality legal information in print or on the web.

Article source:
PLE Learning Exchange Ontario
Posted:
April 27, 2018

Becoming Canadian Doesn't Mean Being Forced to Forget History

Remembering the traumatic events that brought people here from around the world protects a free and just Canadian future, says this opinion piece from The Tyee.

Article source:
The Tyee
Posted:
April 26, 2018

Over-policing in black communities is a Canadian crisis, too

From an opinion piece in the Washington Post: "...for most Canadians, racism in policing continues to be treated as an exclusively American phenomenon."

Article source:
Washington Post
Posted:
April 26, 2018

Residents of east Hamilton buildings declare rent strike

Brendan Jowett, a lawyer with the Hamilton Community Legal Clinic, called it "absurd" that large landlords would need to tap renters for costs.

Article source:
Hamilton Spectator
Posted:
April 26, 2018

Ontario Tax Credits and Benefits

File your tax return and you could get money back by claiming a number of Ontario tax credits and benefits.

Article source:
Government of Ontario - ServiceOntario
Posted:
April 26, 2018

How Toronto police officers are trained to 'de-escalate' active situations

During training, police officers "... discuss and look at real-time scenarios, they talk to people that are mental health professionals, professionals that deal with people in crisis."

Article source:
Global News
Posted:
April 26, 2018