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February 8: Not Okay: Taking Your First Legal Steps After a Sexual Assault

When: Thursday, February 8, 2018, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Where: A welcoming and safe location in the College and Bathurst Streets area

NOT OKAY is a project for women survivors of sexual assault in Toronto who want more information about the legal system and the options available to them.

Article source:
Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic
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October 27, 2017

'Pensioners are our most vulnerable': Better protection needed for retirees, says advocate

The Current's podcast hears from CARP's Wanda Morris who says bankruptcy legislation should give pensioners "super priority."

Article source:
CBC Radio - The Current
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October 26, 2017

Ontario government makes it illegal to protest outside and near abortion clinics

The ban will also automatically apply to 150 metres around the homes of abortion staff and health professionals who provide the services.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
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October 26, 2017

November 7: Advocate or Adversary? Understanding your Lawyer's Role, Thunder Bay

When: Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Where: Waverly Library Auditorium, 285 Red River Road, Thunder Bay P7B 1A9

This information session is free and open to all members of the community, registration required.

Article source:
Northwestern Ontario Women's Centre
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October 26, 2017

November 24: A Free Workshop on Recent Changes to Housing, Employment, Immigration and Citizenship Law

When: Friday, November 24, 2017, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Where: Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street, Toronto

Information: Minh- Trang Nguyen at (416) 971-9674 ext. 210 or by email to: csalegalclinic@gmail.com

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/a-free-workshop-on-recent-changes-to-housing-employment-immigration-and-citizenship-law-tickets-39260826188

All community service providers and legal clinic caseworkers are welcome to attend. However, since there are a limited number of seats, please register.

Article source:
Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic (CSALC)
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October 26, 2017

New and Revised CLEO Publications - October 26, 2017

CLEO announces the publication of new or updated resources. All CLEO resources are provided free of charge. 

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
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October 26, 2017

Offering services where they're most needed: working within the community

Part of what access to justice means is making legal services better available to people where they can get to them.

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Legal Aid Ontario - Aide juridique Ontario
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October 25, 2017

Self-representing defendants, like Dellen Millard, bring challenges to justice system: experts

The spectacle of an accused murderer grilling the father of his alleged victim is unusual, but self-representated litigants in courtrooms is an increasingly common occurrence.

Article source:
Hamilton Spectator
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October 25, 2017

Judge slams Ottawa for delays over $35-million CSIS lawsuit alleging workplace Islamophobia, racism and homophobia

A federal judge has slammed the Canadian government for not responding faster to a lawsuit launched by five intelligence officers and analysts.

Article source:
Toronto Star
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October 25, 2017

One-third of domestic violence perpetrators contact partner or ex during work, study says

A new report demonstrates the impact of domestic violence on workplace safety and productivity.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
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October 25, 2017

Ontario Government Launches New Program to Help Reduce Electricity Costs

The program is available to those who don't already qualify for low-income energy conservation programs.

Article source:
Government of Ontario - ServiceOntario
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October 25, 2017

Health Canada knew of massive gaps in First Nations child health care, documents show

Health Canada officials were sent scrambling after a human rights ruling last year found the federal government discriminated against First Nation children by underfunding services for them.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
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October 24, 2017

Ashley Smith's mother continues fight for justice 10 years after prison death

Her mother says Ashley spent most of her time alone, in what Correctional Service Canada called the 'Therapeutic Quiet Unit.' In other words, solitary confinement or segregation.

Article source:
CTV News
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October 24, 2017

Ontario bill with vast human rights protections at risk of dying

Ontario needs to pass Bill 164, write Avvy Go, Debbie Douglas, and Shalini Konanur. 

 

 

Article source:
Toronto Star
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October 24, 2017

Ontario's Second Annual Access to Justice Week

No matter where you are in the province, or what role you play in the justice system, there are many ways to participate in Access to Justice Week.

Article source:
The Action Group on Access to Justice (TAG)
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October 24, 2017

November and December 2017: Free workshops at HALCO

When: November and December 2017

Where: Specialty Legal Clinic Co-op, 55 University Avenue, 15th Floor Room C2, Toronto (just south of King Street West and the fully accessible St. Andrew subway

Everyone is welcome to attend these workshops, but space is limited so registration is required. 

Article source:
HALCO - HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario
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October 24, 2017

Race matters when awaiting trial, data shows

Black people in Ontario spend longer in jail awaiting trial than white people facing the same charges, government data shows.

Article source:
Toronto Star
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October 23, 2017

New legal clinic aims to address Black communities' most pressing needs

Individual legal supports and services for the city's most marginalized will mark a departure from its African Canadian Legal Clinic predecessor.

Article source:
NOW
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October 23, 2017

Governments shouldn't tell women what to wear: Trudeau

Bill 62, which was adopted in the Quebec legislature, bans people from providing or receiving public services in Quebec with their faces covered and is widely seen as an attack on Muslim women.

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The Globe and Mail
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October 23, 2017

October 24: Helping your clients find good legal information, Guelph

When: Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Where: University of Guelph, University Centre Room 225 (University Centre is on South Ring Road East. Although you cannot drive right to the University Centre, you can park nearby at South Ring Road East and Christie Lane).

The workshop aims to provide strategies and tools to non-legal community workers on how to find reliable, relevant, current legal information to help their clients solve legal issues

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
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October 22, 2017