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Justice fellowships to research the potential effects of smart cities and how to support the role of community-based justice partners

The Fellowships have been awarded to Julie Mathews and Jean-Noé Landry. Congratulations to Julie, CLEO's Executive Director, on this exciting opportunity!

Article source:
The Law Foundation of Ontario
Posted:
September 10, 2018

Landlord illegally collected $5K in rent from college students while listing their rooms on Airbnb

Karen Andrews, staff lawyer at ACTO, said students are frequently taken advantage of because they're seen as a community that doesn't have legal resources and won't fight back.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
September 07, 2018

No Child Should Live in Poverty: New report calls for end to discrimination in the Canada Child Benefit

A new report details how some low-income families are excluded from a government program that would help them afford school supplies, as well as rent and food for their children.

Article source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)
Posted:
September 07, 2018

Complete a short survey on Access to Justice needs of Arabs in Ontario

Are you a member of the Arab community in Ontario, or work or associate with the Arab community? We want to hear your views on the legal system, even if you've never used it.

Article source:
University of Windsor Faculty of Law
Posted:
September 07, 2018

Register today: Tools for helping people find good legal information - A webinar for community workers

When: Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 12 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Where: Online

This is a webinar for community workers who help users find legal information. It will explain the difference between legal information and legal advice and also cover Steps to Justice.

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
September 07, 2018

North Bay police chief hopes new approach helps curb rash of unfounded sexual violence cases

An investigation looking into unfounded sexual assault cases across Canada has led to change in the North Bay Police Service.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
September 05, 2018

What every renter needs to know about tenant's insurance

About 50 percent of renters in Canada don't have insurance, says the Insurance Bureau of Canada.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
September 05, 2018

Call for applications: Technology and empirical research are the focus of two new granting opportunities

The Law Foundation of Ontario has launched calls for applications for two new granting opportunities....

Article source:
The Law Foundation of Ontario
Posted:
September 05, 2018

As legalization nears, the hardest marijuana question for universities is edibles

Cannabis isn't a novelty on Canadian campuses, but with legality comes the need for rules that are more complicated than when it was simply illegal. 

Article source:
Global News
Posted:
September 04, 2018

New Episode of Architects of Justice Podcast: Episode 5: Beyond Tweets

Recent high profile cases have sparked new dialogue about sexual violence. Three advocates speak about this critical moment and what needs to happen next.

Article source:
The Action Group on Access to Justice (TAG)
Posted:
September 04, 2018

New edition: Moving out (June 2018)

This edition includes new information on how a tenant can end their lease early if their landlord won't use the provincial standard lease form.

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
September 04, 2018

How Toronto landlords use renovictions to force out tenants

Renovations are the latest tactic landlords are using to illegally evict renters. Here's how some have fought back – and won.

Article source:
NOW
Posted:
August 31, 2018

On the Radar: The right to appeal a decision about social assistance

This month's On the Radar talks about appeal rights and the appeal process. CLEO's Steps to Justice has more detailed information about OW and ODSP appeals.

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
August 31, 2018

Helping people with mental health disabilities access ODSP: An expert report on the complexity of mental health treatment in Ontario

A new report by medical experts from the University of Toronto's Collaborative Mental Health Care Working Group will help applicants establish their eligibility for ODSP benefits.

Article source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)
Posted:
August 31, 2018

What students need to know before signing a rental housing lease

As of April 30, 2018, most residential tenancy agreements in Ontario must use a standard form lease, to ensure that both tenants and landlords understand their rights and responsibilities.

Article source:
Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO)
Posted:
August 30, 2018

New edition: What tenants need to know about the law

What tenants need to know about the law (July 2018) is now available. This edition includes a new section on the provincial standard lease and what to do if a landlord does not use it.

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
August 30, 2018

Canadian Environmental Law Association's August 2018 Bulletin

Topics in this issue include nuclear waste disposal, CELA’s presentations in Timmins and Thunder Bay, Lake Ontario and the Great Lakes, and Environmental Law Workshop 2018.

Article source:
Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA)
Posted:
August 30, 2018

October 2: Environmental Law Toolkit Workshop 2018

The session is designed to educate nonprofits active in the environmental field about the legal tools available to protect our air, water, land, and human health.

Article source:
Sustainability Network
Posted:
August 30, 2018

Landlord revises legal form for displaced Parliament Street apartment residents

Residents of 650 Parliament are again able to access the fire-damaged building on Tuesday.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
August 29, 2018

Ontario judge restores defence of extreme drunkenness in sexual assaults

The defence of extreme intoxication in sexual-assault cases is back in Ontario, after a judge ruled that a federal law removing it violates the constitutional rights of the accused.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
August 29, 2018