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Canada's first national accessibility law should be ready by next spring: Hehr

The federal minister responsible for crafting Canada's first national accessibility legislation says the law should benefit not only people with disabilities, but their caregivers.

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October 17, 2017

Ban 'dungeon' for Ontario inmates in solitary confinement, prisons adviser urges

A recent report on correctional reform by Howard Sapers includes four photos of recreational space partitioned into makeshift pens, whose use Sapers refers to as "troubling" in the report.

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October 11, 2017

OPP overhauls sexual assault investigation process

Ontario Provincial Police officers who investigate sexual assault will soon receive new training, more supervision, additional resources and external scrutiny from local victim-support groups.

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September 15, 2017

Why you should care that our civil-justice system is broken

Canada is consistently touted as one of the best countries in which to live, but it ranks an unimpressive 112 out of 190 countries according to the World Bank's enforcing contracts indicator. For good reason: Our civil-justice system is on the fritz. Litigating a civil claim (e.g. contract claim, property rights claim, etc.) can take many years and cost tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Although you may know about some of the problems plaguing our civil-justice system, you probably don't care. In fact, you probably believe that this problem doesn't affect you. You are wrong. An ineffective civil-justice system is bad for our economy, and everyone, including you, is affected by the strength of our economy.

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September 06, 2017

CPP changes will disqualify 243,000 from Guaranteed Income Supplement: report

The report is the first one to show how higher CPP premiums scheduled to begin in 2019 will ultimately affect the OAS program.

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August 25, 2017

People with mental illness need to be calmed down, not shot

Since 2000, more than 40 "mentally disturbed" people have been shot to death during encounters with police – and that's just in Ontario.

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August 22, 2017

Canadian teachers lack confidence to discuss Indigenous cultures in class, study says

A study suggests that while teachers may want to instruct about residential schools and include Indigenous culture in their classrooms, they are nervous about saying the wrong thing.

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August 21, 2017

Government vows to change fund for parents of murdered, missing children

The federal government will make changes to a largely untapped fund designed to help parents of murdered or missing children after a blistering critique exposed deep flaws in the program.

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August 17, 2017

Ontario judge frees refugee claimant, calls detention Kafkaesque

The judge's ruling raises questions of whether Canada regularly detains refugee claimants and other non-citizens arbitrarily, in violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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August 15, 2017

'Believe the victim' has no place in courts, judge says in sexual assault ruling

"Based on the complainant's evidence, I cannot be sure what happened in that hotel room," Justice Molloy wrote. "It is not safe to convict."

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August 10, 2017

Editorial: Hand the MMIWG inquiry over to Indigenous Canadians

Ottawa would provide a set amount of funding but leave everything to Indigenous Canadians to decide: The inquiry's composition, mission, terms of reference, timelines, methods, objectives.

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August 09, 2017

Ontario's top court finds police violated rights of Hells Angels member

Even biker gangs have privacy rights that need to be respected, Ontario's highest court has ruled, in a case involving guns, drugs, cash, and ammunition in a barn leased to a Hells Angels member.

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August 02, 2017

Bias against black people linked to police use of lethal force, study suggests

New research suggests the way our brains make associations between black people and the physical threat we think they pose is the greatest predictor of police using lethal force against a black person.

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July 27, 2017

Senator Murray Sinclair to investigate Thunder Bay Police Services Board

Sinclair will examine how the board has handled complaints about police investigations into Indigenous deaths.

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July 25, 2017

Indigenous women receive 'harsher punishments' in prison, ex-inmate tells solitary confinement trial

A woman who spent more than 1,100 days in solitary confinement, including one stretch lasting more than two years – says Indigenous prisoners were treated worse than non-Indigenous inmates.

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July 21, 2017

Inmate died in solitary confinement after confrontation with prison officers: coroner's report

A 30-year-old Ontario man suffered at least 50 injuries before dying in a provincial solitary confinement cell last December, the culmination of an hours-long confrontation with prison officers.

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July 21, 2017

What you should know about online used-car sales scams

In most scams involving a mysterious overseas buyer and their shipping agent, you'll likely be left waiting for the shipper to come in – after you hand over your own cash, says this columnist.

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July 20, 2017

Organization aims to make Toronto neighbourhood Canada's most accessible

The CNIB says it's hoping to transform a stretch of one of Toronto's busiest streets into an area that blind or low-vision people can not only navigate easily, but fully engage with independently.

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July 18, 2017

$100,000 fine for TCHC after Scarborough seniors' home fire 'nothing,' victim's daughter says

TCHC admitted on Thursday that it failed to implement an approved fire-safety plan at the home but its lawyer, Graeme Hamilton, said the agency was not at fault for causing the fire.

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July 17, 2017

Families want more resignations from missing, murdered women inquiry

"The national inquiry, in its current form, is not hearing the voices, is not inviting the consultation ... of the families and those that work on a daily basis with families."

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July 13, 2017