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Province announces $20M funding program to help retirement homes install automatic sprinklers

The province has pledged $20 million to help install automatic fire sprinkler systems in small retirement homes across Ontario — after more than two decades of pressure from safety advocates.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
October 11, 2017

Racialized Communities Strategy consultation 2017

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is holding meetings to talk to people from racialized communities and their advocates and service providers regarding issues they face seeking legal services.

Article source:
Legal Aid Ontario - Aide juridique Ontario
Posted:
October 11, 2017

Ontario pledges $1M to help ailing miners exposed to toxic dust

Labour ministry funding will help assess whether neurological illnesses suffered by miners are linked to use of McIntyre Powder, once hailed as a miracle antidote to lung disease.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
October 11, 2017

Number of women in federal prisons is up, and advocates think they know why

When community services lag, more women turn to crime, according to Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
October 11, 2017

Unanswered Questions about Basic Income

The Hamilton Community Legal Clinic has reviewed a media event held recently in Hamilton to provide an update on the Basic Income project.

Article source:
Hamilton Community Legal Clinic / Clinique juridique communautaire de Hamilton
Posted:
October 10, 2017

A guide to changes to the Condominium Act: Reasonable Doubt

A significant change to condo legislation is the establishment of the Condominium Authority of Ontario (the CAO) and the Condominium Authority Tribunal (the CAT).

Article source:
NOW
Posted:
October 10, 2017

November 3: Steps to Justice workshop in Hamilton

When: November 3, 2017, 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Where: Centre de santé Communautaire Hamilton, 1320 Barton Street, Hamilton, ON L8H 2W1

To register: Please contact rebecca.stulberg@cleo.on.ca before October 24th, 2017. 

This is a free workshop in Hamilton for front-line workers that includes a tour of Steps to Justice and how to use its features.

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

Legal Aid Ontario commits $850,000 toward new clinic for black community

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is establishing a new legal clinic to serve the black community after it decided to pull funding from the African Canadian Legal Clinic (ACLC) in August.

Article source:
The Lawyer's Daily
Posted:
October 06, 2017

Government of Ontario Expanding Worker Protections for Victims of Domestic or Sexual Violence

Ontario is proposing a job-protected leave of absence when a worker or their child has experienced or is threatened with domestic or sexual violence.

Article source:
Government of Ontario - ServiceOntario
Posted:
October 06, 2017

Government of Ontario Expanding Protection for Consumers Making Big Purchases

Proposed changes affect building a new house and buying travel, real estate, and event tickets.

Article source:
Government of Ontario - ServiceOntario
Posted:
October 06, 2017

October 11: How to protect yourself in the digital age

When: Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Where: Newmarket Public Library, 438 Park Ave., Newmarket

Topics covered include protecting yourself online, government surveillance and border security, and your rights when it comes to companies collecting your data.

Article source:
Ontario Bar Association (OBA)
Posted:
October 06, 2017

Ottawa announces $800M settlement with Indigenous survivors of Sixties Scoop

Crown-Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett said the move will "begin to right the wrongs" caused by forcibly removing Indigenous children from their birth families.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
October 06, 2017

Landmark decision rules WSIB practice that limits compensation for injured migrant workers breaches the law

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal ruled that the WSIB policy breached the rights of Michael Campbell, an injured migrant worker from Jamaica. 

Article source:
Industrial Accident Victims' Group of Ontario (IAVGO)
Posted:
October 05, 2017

OHRC supports Bill to improve Human Rights Code

Bill 164 would amend the Human Rights Code to include social condition, police records, genetic characteristics, and immigration status as prohibited grounds of discrimination.

Article source:
Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC)
Posted:
October 05, 2017

Three Ontario nursing homes ordered to stop new admissions because of substandard care

Jane Meadus of the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly said "cease admissions" orders are considered serious action taken after repeated violations of provincial care regulations.

Article source:
Metro
Posted:
October 05, 2017

Fewer than 1% of illegal border crossers have serious criminal backgrounds, CBSA official says

Appearing before the House of Commons immigration committee today, CBSA associate vice-president Jacques Cloutier said any potential risks are swiftly identified and dealt with.

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

He's worked legally in Canada for 37 years but the government considers him 'temporary'

Low-wage migrant farmworkers are a crucial and growing part of Canada’s economy. Yet in most cases it’s impossible for them to get permanent status....

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
October 05, 2017

New language and residency rules for Canadian citizenship kick in next week

Shorter residency requirement and new age requirements for language and knowledge tests will soon take effect in the revamped citizenship system.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
October 04, 2017

Sexual assault reporting goes online in Windsor

The Windsor Police Service has launched a website that allows any victim who meets three basic criteria to notify the police about what happened.

Article source:
The Lawyer's Daily
Posted:
October 04, 2017

Why people are dying in Ontario jails and what we need to do about it: Howard Sapers

More than 150 people have died in Ontario jails over the past decade.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
October 04, 2017