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Rights groups fight Canada government's defense of solitary confinement

Canadian law allows for prolonged, indefinite solitary confinement that hurts vulnerable people most and and it must be struck down, lawyers for civil liberties groups argued this week.

Article source:
Reuters.com
Posted:
June 22, 2018

ISAC's Media & Policy News: 22 June 2018

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:
June 22, 2018

Bill to expunge gay sex criminal records takes effect in Canada today

Critics say the bill doesn't go far enough, omitting convictions from bathhouse raids which they say targeted gay men even if the laws themselves were not specific to sexual identity.

Article source:
AdvocateDaily.com
Posted:
June 21, 2018

Inquest jury probing death of homeless man calls for rooming houses, better data and fire safety

Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO) represented seven community organizations at the inquest.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
June 21, 2018

Indigenous spiritual practices are protected under Ontario's Human Rights Code

The Ontario Human Rights Code recognizes the dignity and worth of every person in Ontario, including status, non-status, First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. 

Article source:
Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC)
Posted:
June 21, 2018

What CPP reforms mean for Canadian seniors

The reforms are not a panacea, but authoritative, unbiased, high-quality evidence suggests the CPP enhancements are a step in the right direction, says this researcher.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
June 20, 2018

June 28: 'Irregular' not 'illegal,' 'asylum seekers' not 'queue jumpers': Demystifying the Canada-US border crossings and exploring the City of Ottawa's role

When: Thursday, June 28, 2018, 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Where: University of Ottawa Faculty of Law Building (Fauteux Hall), 57 Louis-Pasteur Private, Room 302, Ottawa K1N 6N5

This panel will demystify the situation at the Canada-US border, explain the Safe Third Country Agreement, and explore ways Ottawa can support those seeking safety in Canada.

Article source:
Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership (OLIP)
Posted:
June 20, 2018

Canada aims to avoid detaining migrant children, but it happens

Canada has also detained migrant children — and in some cases, restricted access to their asylum-seeking parents — despite its stated policy to do whatever possible to avoid it.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
June 20, 2018

Canadians can't light up yet, justice minister warns after 'historic' bill to legalize pot passes

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould says the progressive policy that passed will replace the failed model that made criminals rich.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
June 20, 2018

September 26: Elder Law Issues

When: Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Where: Lillian H. Smith Branch, Toronto Public Library, 239 College Street, Toronto, ON  M5T 1R5

Presentations will address a variety of considerations, different forms of elder abuse, legal rights, and ways a lawyer can help you and your family. 

Article source:
Ontario Bar Association (OBA)
Posted:
June 19, 2018

Toronto company criticized for job ad saying 'men are preferred' for 25-pound lifting

Stating a preference of men over women is still potentially grounds for the company to be brought to the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, say advocates.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
June 19, 2018

Jury selection report shows system biased, say lawyers

A report by a judge in Ottawa is making waves among lawyers because it reveals the statistics about the composition of juries in two Eastern Ontario regions.

Article source:
Law Times
Posted:
June 19, 2018

'We made some terrible mistakes': What Canada can learn from Colorado's cannabis legalization

When marijuana stores open across Canada later this year, things will look very different from what happened in Colorado when pot was legalized there in 2014.

Article source:
Financial Post
Posted:
June 19, 2018

CLEO Job Postings: Quality Assurance (QA) Analyst and Access to Justice (A2J) Services Analyst

CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario) is seeking a Quality Assurance (QA) Analyst and an Access to Justice (A2J) Services Analyst to help develop...

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
June 19, 2018

Should Canada scrap immigration deal with the U.S. over safety concerns?

The Safe Third Country Agreement is based on both countries being safe for refugees. If Canada cannot remove migrants to the U.S. without safety concerns, some say the deal should end.

Article source:
CBC Radio - The Current
Posted:
June 18, 2018

New Thunder Bay program helps people save money on electricity

Applicants can qualify for everything from LED lights to new appliances and insulation in Thunder Bay Hydro's new program. 

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
June 18, 2018

June 20: Annual Law Society of Ontario program honouring Pride Month

When: Wednesday, June 20, 2018, Panel discussion: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m., Reception: 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Where: Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen Street West, Toronto

Join the Law Society of Ontario and the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law (SOGIC) Section of the Ontario Bar Association for our annual program honouring Pride Month.

Article source:
Law Society of Ontario
Posted:
June 18, 2018

LSO has responsibility to legal aid: Schabas

Outgoing treasurer Paul Schabas says that a deeper relationship with Legal Aid Ontario is one of the most enduring things he accomplished in the role.

Article source:
Law Times
Posted:
June 18, 2018

ISAC's Media & Policy News: 15 June 2018

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:
June 15, 2018

July 11: Retiring On A Low Income

When: July 11, 2018, 6 p.m.

Where: Lillian H. Smith Library, 239 College St., Toronto, Ontario

John Stapleton from Open Policy Ontario shares how to get the most from income security programs like OAS, GIS, CPP, and ODSP.

Article source:
Toronto Public Library
Posted:
June 15, 2018