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June 1: Injured Workers' Day Rally & March

When & where: 

  • Rally and march, Thursday, June 1, 2017, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. ET, Queen's Park, Toronto, M7A 1A5
  • Panel discussion, Thursday, June 1, 2017, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m., OCAD University Auditorium - 100 McCaul Street, Room 190

A rally and march, followed by a panel discussion, are on the agenda for the June 1 event.

Article source:
Ontario Network of Injured Workers' Groups
Posted:
May 02, 2017

Notice – Government of Canada Eliminates Conditional Permanent Residence

It required sponsored spouses or common-law partners of Canadian citizens and permanent residents to cohabit with their sponsor in a conjugal relationship for 2 years to maintain their PR status...

Article source:
Government of Canada - Gouvernement du Canada
Posted:
May 02, 2017

Focus: Aboriginal approach to child welfare brings results

Currently, Aboriginal Legal Services handles about 50 to 60 child welfare files per year under what it calls AADR — aboriginal approach to dispute resolution.

Article source:
Law Times
Posted:
May 02, 2017

May 16: Landlord and Tenant Rights and Responsibilities

When: Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Where: Barbara Frum branch, 20 Covington Road, Toronto M6A 3C1     

Topics include: Finding the right tenant or landlord, the content of the lease/rental agreement, security and maintenance, privacy, rules of changing the lock, and more. 

Article source:
Ontario Bar Association (OBA)
Posted:
May 02, 2017

Widow takes feds to appeals tribunal after CPP benefits denied due to her age

Anyone under age 35 who loses a spouse receives CPP survivor benefits only if they have children or a disability. Jilian, who was 10 weeks shy of her 35th birthday when Derksen died, has neither...

Article source:
CP24
Posted:
May 01, 2017

Despite justifications, no evidence police stops effective

Anthony Doob and Rosemary Gartner, professors of criminology at the University of Toronto's Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, on carding.

Article source:
The Lawyer's Daily
Posted:
May 01, 2017

On International Workers Day, Migrant Workers are still Precarious and Unsupported

The CCR calls for open work permits, access to permanent residence, access to settlement services, family reunification, and increased and more effective monitoring and enforcement.

Article source:
Canadian Council for Refugees
Posted:
May 01, 2017

Parkdale tenants kick off 'rent strike' to demand repairs, end to rent hikes

About 200 tenants of buildings run by MetCap are expected to withhold close to $250,000 in monthly payments, says Vic Natola, a community legal worker with Parkdale Community Legal Services.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
May 01, 2017

Landlords who evict tenants for their own use will have to offer compensation, proposed legislation says

Under the new legislation, landlords would have to give tenants a new unit or compensate them with one month's rent.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
May 01, 2017

Ontario Budget 2017: ISAC response and analysis

ISAC says Ontario's 2017 Budget does very little to address the deep poverty experienced by people relying on support from Ontario Works (OW) and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).

Article source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)
Posted:
April 28, 2017

OFL Statement on the 2017 Day of Mourning

On April 28, thousands of workers, friends and families of those killed and injured on the job commemorate the labour movement's most solemn occasion, the annual Day of Mourning. 

Article source:
Ontario Federation of Labour
Posted:
April 28, 2017

Social assistance recipients see boost in asset limits in Ontario budget

ISAC's Jennefer Laidley and other anti-poverty activists had called for a significant hike in social assistance rates, but the budget essentially flat-lines payments with a 2 per cent inflationary...

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
April 28, 2017

Ontario landlords must pay one month's rent or offer new unit to tenants they evict for own use

If your landlord evicts you so that he or she or a family member can live in the unit and then you see it on Craigslist two months later for higher rent, it's on them to explain to the LTB.

Article source:
Metro
Posted:
April 28, 2017

New and Revised CLEO Publications - April 26, 2017

CLEO is pleased to announce the following new or updated resources. All CLEO resources are provided free of charge. 

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
April 28, 2017

Ontario Energy Support Program to benefit more consumers, increase credits by 50%

Support for lower-income electricity consumers will increase by 50 per cent and more consumers will be eligible for assistance under changes to the OESP, which take effect May 1, 2017.

Article source:
Ontario Energy Board
Posted:
April 27, 2017

Two groundbreaking studies of Covenant House youth

The largest-ever sample of homeless youth in the United States and Canada reveals that nearly one-fifth are victims of human trafficking, including those trafficked for sex, labor, or both.

Article source:
Covenant House
Posted:
April 27, 2017

ISAC's Media & Policy News: 27 April 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:
April 27, 2017

Statscan to phase in changes to crime-reporting protocols in wake of Unfounded investigation

One of every five sexual-assault allegations reported to Canadian law enforcement goes undocumented because officers have dismissed them as unfounded.

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

Ontario's Basic Income Pilot Project: What will it mean for people on social assistance?

ISAC has put together a backgrounder to give people on social assistance, low-income people, and groups/agencies that work with them information on what the pilot project will mean.

Article source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)
Posted:
April 27, 2017

Toronto lawyer suspended over handling of Roma refugee cases

Advocates for Roma refugees have for years blamed the group's low asylum acceptance rates on the poor legal representation they received during the asylum process.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
April 26, 2017