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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.

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April 27, 2017

Three Ontario cities to test basic income in three-year pilot project

Residents of Hamilton, Lindsay and Thunder Bay will be the first Ontarians to receive a guaranteed minimum income as part of a new provincial pilot project.

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April 24, 2017

Criminal pardon fee a 'significant' barrier, feds told in consultation

Eighty per cent of those responding indicated the fee is a significant barrier while 16 per cent considered it a modest barrier, says a newly released briefing note about the consultation results.

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April 20, 2017

Liberals table marijuana bill that includes crackdown on impaired drivers

The bill was tabled in the House of Commons shortly after noon on Thursday, with the government hoping to officially legalize marijuana for recreational use by July 1, 2018.

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April 13, 2017

Ontario police force includes external advocates in sex-assault audit

To date, only 8 forces have said they are open to including outside advocates in the review process, despite mounting public pressure from politicians and VAW agencies to involve external eyes.

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April 10, 2017

Housing is a human right, not a commodity

Government decisions must be guided by the needs of residents for adequate, affordable, and secure housing, as opposed to the financial security and gain of investors: Leila Farhani.

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April 06, 2017

Fear of delay prompts bid to remove lawyer from first-degree-murder trial

If the move succeeds, it would be the first time the Crown has had a defence lawyer removed to prevent delay since a SCC ruling last summer set new time limits for criminal proceedings.

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April 04, 2017

How to access police documents connected to your sexual-assault complaint

This is information published in the Globe and Mail about how to file a freedom-of-information request.

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April 03, 2017

Unfounded: Mishandling of sex-assault cases violates right to equality, lawsuit alleges

The claim argues that systemic police mishandling of sexual-assault cases violates a woman's Charter right to equality.

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April 03, 2017

More federal action needed to restore lost Canadian citizenship rights

A little-known 2006 amendment to the Citizenship Act limits Canadian citizenship to just the first-generation of children born to or adopted by Canadians who live outside Canada.

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March 28, 2017

Study to examine resilience of victims of violent crime

The study, conducted by researchers from Algonquin College and the U. of Ottawa, is asking participants how they coped after trauma and tragedy, and how they found support and inner strength.

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March 28, 2017

Rent asunder: Landlords using evictions, hikes to circumvent rent control, Toronto tenants say

A growing number of tenants say their landlords are forcing them out to charge higher rent, according to data from Ontario's rental-dispute board.

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March 27, 2017

Supreme Court loosens grounds for bail pending appeal of a conviction

The decision could affect hundreds of convicted offenders each year across Canada, according to the Criminal Lawyers' Association.

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March 24, 2017

Federal budget vows $100-million for strategy on gender-based violence

Wednesday's federal budget also proposes $2.7-million over five years for education, ethics, and conduct programs for Canadian judges, including training.

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March 23, 2017

To fix the sexual assault unfounded rate, start right here: Globe editorial

Canadian police dismiss 1 in 5 cases as unfounded, one result of which is that many women choose not to report sexual assaults to police out of fear they will not be taken seriously.

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March 22, 2017

Ottawa pushed to collect data on unfounded sex-assault cases

The committee specifically recommended that Statistics Canada resume collecting national numbers on unfounded cases of sexual offences, which it stopped collecting in 2006.

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March 21, 2017

A portable housing benefit could ease our homeless crisis

The National Housing Collaborative proposes a subsidy paid directly to tenants who cannot afford rent.

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March 20, 2017

Study urges Liberals to overhaul parental leave benefit

A new study says the Liberal government should rethink federal parental benefits and overhaul a system that is leaving out too many families and women.

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March 15, 2017

Toronto health officials recommend prescribing heroin to opioid addicts

Health Canada moved last year to allow the practice for people suffering from severe opioid addictions after other treatments had failed.

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March 13, 2017

On this Women's Day, women should strike – for someone else

If you call yourself a feminist, says this writer, get behind the push to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour, for the women cobbling together a living from poorly paid, precarious jobs.

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March 09, 2017