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Thunder Bay Establishing Indigenous Peoples Court

The proposal to establish an Indigenous Peoples Court has been approved by the Chief Justice's Office, Ontario Court of Justice. 

Article source:
Net News Ledger
Posted:
November 10, 2016

November 23: Parkdale Tenants Speak Out

Many people in Parkdale rent units in small buildings and houses and are threatened with eviction. This event is an opportunity to hear their stories and support them in their struggle.

Article source:
Parkdale Community Legal Services
Posted:
November 10, 2016

National Database of Professionals Assisting Self-Represented Litigants

The National Self-Represented Litigants Project is launching the National Database of Professionals Assisting SRLs to help SRLs looking for affordable legal assistance.

Article source:
National Self-Represented Litigants Project (NSRLP)
Posted:
November 10, 2016

Transforming Justice: Trans* Legal Needs Assessment Ontario

Transforming Justice wants to document the legal needs of trans* people, identify access to justice barriers they face, and determine the needs of their legal service providers.

Article source:
Transforming Justice
Posted:
November 09, 2016

The Cost of Uncertainty: Navigating the Boundary Between Legal Information and Legal Services in the Access to Justice Sector

This article highlights the challenges that the unclear distinction between "legal information" and "legal services" creates for access to justice initiatives.

Article source:
Journal of Law and Social Policy
Posted:
November 09, 2016

Homelessness: Family about to lose their homes can avoid shelters, a London project proves

The project also revealed a disturbing factor sending families into homelessness: unscrupulous or fake landlords scamming people.

Article source:
London Free Press
Posted:
November 09, 2016

Durham Community Legal Clinic October 2016 newsletter is now available

Topics covered in this issue include social work service at the clinic, domestic violence and immediate legal advice, changes to social assistance, and changes to RTA for sexual and domestic...

Article source:
Durham Community Legal Clinic
Posted:
November 08, 2016

On the Radar - Shorter notice for tenants dealing with domestic or sexual violence

This month's On the Radar outlines when and how tenants dealing with domestic or sexual violence can now give only 28 days' notice.

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
November 08, 2016

Ontario teachers college raises concerns over bill to protect students

The college says the bill could lead to teachers found guilty of serious misconduct remaining on the job, and the deletion of hundreds of disciplinary decisions.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
November 08, 2016

CRTC wants phone companies to offer tools to help block telemarketers

The CRTC is giving telecoms a 90-day deadline to come up with technical solutions for their customers.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
November 08, 2016

Call for utilities to help tenants figure costs

Utility companies should be required to tell incoming tenants how much it may cost them for heat and hydro: A suggestion to Ontario's Long-Term Energy Plan consultations.

Article source:
Owen Sound Sun Times
Posted:
November 08, 2016

Peart Family continues quest for justice for deceased migrant worker: Ontario Superior Court to hear appeal

Intervenors from the African Canadian Legal Clinic, Industrial Accident Victims Group of Ontario, and the South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario...

Article source:
Justicia for Migrant Workers
Posted:
November 07, 2016

Not quite Canadian: Falling through the cracks of a troubled childhood

Emily Chan, a lawyer with Justice for Children and Youth, said people who were failed in their youth by child welfare agencies or parents are the ones who suffer through no fault of their own.

Article source:
Metro
Posted:
November 07, 2016

Traumatized Ontario jurors get new program for free counselling

The attorney general says the Juror Support Program will be in place by January.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
November 07, 2016

Law committee reverses call to end Ontario articling alternative

The Law Practice Program (LPP) began in 2014 as a way to help an increasing number of people who could not find an articling placement, which is essential to becoming a licensed lawyer.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
November 04, 2016

ISAC's Media & Policy News: 4 November 2016

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:
November 04, 2016

CSIS broke law by keeping sensitive metadata, Federal Court rules

The metadata kept is said to have included data trails related to people such as friends or family members who knew targets of surveillance but were not themselves under investigation.

Article source:
CTV News
Posted:
November 04, 2016

Injured worker 'broken down' by 10-year battle with WSIB

A backlog is adding a 3-4 year wait to the independent appeal process, the WSIB president says.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
November 04, 2016

Ontario Government Seeking Input on Basic Income Pilot

The Ontario Government is seeking public input to help inform the design of a basic income pilot, a new approach to providing income security.

Article source:
Government of Ontario - ServiceOntario
Posted:
November 03, 2016

Liberal Immigration Changes Bad News for Caregivers, Says Advocate

The Liberal government's immigration plan is a blow to thousands of people — mostly women — who came to Canada as live-in caregivers, say advocates for the workers.

Article source:
The Tyee
Posted:
November 03, 2016