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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

Canada's family doctors push to ban solitary confinement in prisons

The College of Family Physicians of Canada specifies three groups for whom isolation is particularly "inappropriate": youth, inmates with medical problems, and inmates with mental illnesses.

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February 28, 2017

Hundreds of Canadian children held in immigration detention, report shows

Canadian citizens cannot be detained under the IRPA; these children became de facto detainees because they were in the care of a parent who was detained and is a foreign national or permanent resident.

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February 23, 2017

With accused killers poised to walk free, Ottawa urged to take action on court delays

Lawyers across Canada have asked for criminal proceedings to be dismissed in more than 800 cases because of unreasonable delay, a Globe and Mail review found.

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February 22, 2017

Unfounded sexual assault cases: A human-rights issue

"Like much of the systemic discrimination in the criminal-justice system, failure to properly investigate and prosecute sexual offences likely begins with an overreliance...on stereotypes."

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February 16, 2017

Lawyers who overcharged in residential-school cases have fees reduced

Over the past decade, more than 50 lawyers saw their fees reduced by an adjudicator of the Independent Assessment Process (IAP) on 10 or more occasions - one lawyer had to pay back more than $2 million.

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February 16, 2017

Lawyers want to toss hundreds of criminal cases for unreasonable delays

Lawyers across Canada have sought to suspend more than 800 criminal cases for unreasonable delay – including more than a dozen murder, attempted murder, and manslaughter cases.

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February 15, 2017

Ontario safety minister urges oversight in sex-assault reviews

The minister says she is open to implementing the Philadelphia Model, an oversight program in which frontline advocacy groups review sex-assault files with senior officers once a year.

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February 15, 2017

Unfounded: Over 10,000 sexual-assault cases to be reviewed

In light of an investigation that exposed serious flaws in law-enforcement practices across the country, 32 police forces serving more than 1,000 communities have launched investigations.

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February 13, 2017

Did a Canadian court just establish a new right to be forgotten online?

The Federal Court of Canada has issued a landmark ruling that paves the way for a Canadian version of the right to be forgotten.

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February 08, 2017

Liberals revive funding for groups that take government to court

Ottawa has reinstated a program that allows groups to get federal funding to challenge laws they believe go against their Charter rights, after its abolition by the previous Conservative government.

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February 08, 2017

Editorial: Why are police calling so many sexual-assault complaints 'unfounded'?

The 5,500 sexual-assault complaints the police call "unfounded" every year aren't included in statistics about sexual assault, which in turn inflates the already low percentage of complaints that lead to charges.

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February 06, 2017

Why police dismiss 1 in 5 sexual assault claims as baseless

More than 5,000 allegations of sexual assault are closed as unfounded by Canadian law enforcement every year, according to a Globe and Mail investigation.

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February 06, 2017

Prison visitors petition Ottawa to scrap sensitive drug scanners

The U.S. Bureau of Prisons stopped using ion scanners on visitors in 2009 after a study found the rate of false positives was as high as 91 per cent.

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February 03, 2017

Toronto tenants crushed by rent hike exemptions

There is no yearly rent cap for properties built after 1991 because of a controversial exemption in RTA that was designed to spur the development of rental properties.

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February 02, 2017