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March 27: Free event on the law of cybersecurity

Due to an unexpected conflict, this event will not take place: Ontario Bar Association.

Article source:
Ontario Bar Association (OBA)
Posted:
March 14, 2017

New edition: Taking time off work: Pregnancy and parental leaves and benefits

Updated with new information about the shorter Employment Insurance waiting period that took effect January 1, 2017. 

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
March 14, 2017

Health-care workers face 'epidemic of violence'

The Ontario Council of Hospital Unions is urging the ministry of labour to do more to protect health-care workers who face daily threats of violence on the job.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
March 13, 2017

New edition of 'Rent increases' now available online and in print

Updated with the rent increase Guideline for 2017 and more information about security deposits.

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
March 13, 2017

Why Canada needs more female judges

A lawyer offers one simple solution to help survivors of sexual assault in court: appoint more women to the bench.

Article source:
Chatelaine
Posted:
March 13, 2017

Toronto health officials recommend prescribing heroin to opioid addicts

Health Canada moved last year to allow the practice for people suffering from severe opioid addictions after other treatments had failed.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
March 13, 2017

March 22: Housing: Your Rights and Responsibilities

When: Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Where: Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St. 3rd Floor, Toronto

Willowdale Community Legal Services invites newcomers to this overview of tenancy law, rent arrears, repairs, and more.

Article source:
Willowdale Community Legal Services
Posted:
March 13, 2017

CLEO's new 'how to' resource: Training community workers and leaders

Module 3 of our PLE Toolbox, "Training community workers and leaders," helps you create and deliver a legal information workshop.

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
March 10, 2017

ISAC's Media & Policy News: 10 March 2017

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:
March 10, 2017

More women in leadership roles where pay equity is the law, StatsCan report says

The Statistics Canada report says that gender parity existed in the public sector in 2015, when 54 per cent of legislators and senior government managers and officials were women.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
March 10, 2017

Ontario Court of Appeal to hear appeals arguing that Mandatory Victim Surcharge is 'cruel and unusual punishment'

Every person who is convicted of a criminal offence in Canada is required to pay a "victim surcharge", regardless of whether or not they can afford to pay the fine.

Article source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)
Posted:
March 10, 2017

Why Discrimination Is a Public Health Issue

In Canada, a lack of data on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and health has made it difficult to provide evidence of discrimination's effect on health outcomes.

Article source:
The Tyee
Posted:
March 09, 2017

Ontario government unveils 3-year plan to battle racism

Michael Coteau, minister of children and youth services, unveiled a strategic plan to fight systemic racism, including the collection of race-based data.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
March 09, 2017

U of T aims to attract more black med students

When Dr. Lisa Robinson graduated from the U of T med school in 1991, she was one of 2 black students in her class. 26 years later, only one first-year in a class of 259 identifies as black.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
March 09, 2017

On this Women's Day, women should strike – for someone else

If you call yourself a feminist, says this writer, get behind the push to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour, for the women cobbling together a living from poorly paid, precarious jobs.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
March 09, 2017

Ontario urged to overhaul power of attorney laws to improve 'accountability'

The Law Commission of Ontario says the system around substitute decision-making is complex and lacks co-ordination.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
March 08, 2017

Ontario employers should end gender-specific dress codes: report

The Ontario Human Rights Commission has issued a report on dress codes calling for an end to clothing requirements that discriminate against female and transgender workers.

Article source:
Global News
Posted:
March 08, 2017

Why did it take this woman an entire year to get paid?

It's been a source of simmering frustration for Huang, a mother of one originally from China. By the time she got her paycheque from the company, she was owed about $8,000.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
March 08, 2017

First Nations students learn how to file complaints against police in Thunder Bay, Ont.

The Ontario Justice Education Network, with funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, sponsored the 8-week project that resulted in a student-produced radio program about their legal rights....

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
March 08, 2017

TTC expands Wheel-Trans eligibility to include people with cognitive, sensory, or mental health disabilities

The TTC made the change to ensure it was complying with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the provincial Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. It took effect Jan. 1.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
March 08, 2017