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All adult children in parental care to be eligible for child support

Ontario is tweaking its proposed amendment to provincial child support legislation so any adult child — not just those who are ill, disabled or still in school — is eligible, the Star has learned.

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December 08, 2017

'Multi-use courthouses' needed, says report on Canadian justice

A new report on Canada's justice system says there needs to be more focus on early resolution, including mediation, to keep disputes out of the courts.

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December 05, 2017

Ontario will limit its prosecution of HIV non-disclosure cases

Ontario's Crown attorneys will not prosecute cases of HIV-positive individuals who do not disclose if they meet specific conditions including treatment, suppressed viral load, and safe sex practices.

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December 01, 2017

Ontario basic income pilot project under close watch as people receive new supports

The province will provide a basic income to 4,000 people to evaluate whether providing more money to people on public assistance or low incomes will make a difference in their lives.

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November 30, 2017

Ontario courts looking to move beyond the fax machine era

Among the proposed changes: Wi-Fi in the province's 74 major courthouses by 2019, with the government saying that due to the fact that many are old buildings, Wi-Fi installation will take time.

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November 30, 2017

Toronto cops recorded mocking woman with Down syndrome plead guilty to misconduct

Two police officers captured on their cruiser's dash camera mocking a woman with Down syndrome pleaded guilty to professional misconduct Tuesday, both apologizing for their behaviour.

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November 28, 2017

Workplace violence plagues personal support workers

A new study shows at least 40 per cent of personal support workers face workplace violence on a daily basis.

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November 27, 2017

Province to cover daycare fee hikes due to wage bump

A special provincial fund will ensure child-care workers get their wage hike without impacting parent fees.

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November 24, 2017

TDSB votes down police presence in high schools

The program was launched after the shooting death of a student, but critics said the program was flawed because the police were at schools in only the most racialized and marginalized areas. 

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November 23, 2017

Sweeping updates to workplace protections become law

The bill follows years of advocacy from workers' rights groups who have long pointed to inadequate protections for Ontario's growing body of precarious workers.

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November 22, 2017

Toronto child poverty divided along racial lines

The child poverty rate in Toronto is twice as high in racialized families, according to a new study based on the 2016 census.

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November 21, 2017

Inmates allege systematic negligence at southern Ontario prison

The class action lawsuit against the Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre in London is arguing for the rights of more than 9,000 inmates who allege "cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment."

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November 20, 2017

Law society initiative to improve diversity is about justice not politics, lawyers say

In recent weeks there has been a flurry of open letters and op-eds in newspapers decrying an initiative from the law society to improve diversity and inclusion in the Ontario legal profession.

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November 20, 2017

Province to include adult children with disabilities in child support law

A Brampton single mother's successful Charter challenge has prompted the Ontario government to amend the child support law.

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November 16, 2017

There is a prescription for poverty's punishing impact on health in Ontario

Ontario should adopt a minimum income standard, expand and extend universal health benefits for low-income persons, and transform the culture of social assistance programs: Opinion.

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November 16, 2017

Why the history of poverty keeps repeating itself: Cohn

Politicians know voters want to help the poor. But they want to help themselves more, says this columnist.

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November 14, 2017

Jordan Peterson says website plan on hold

The University of Toronto professor says the online list of courses to be avoided that he was going to post "might add excessively to current polarization."

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November 14, 2017

Paid time off for victims of domestic violence, province promises

Changes to provincial labour legislation will include five days, with salary, and another five unpaid.

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November 13, 2017

Law Society recommendations take aim at 'You don’t pay unless we win' cases

A Star investigation into Ontario's personal injury lawyers found that, for years, lawyers working on contingency have been taking more money from injured clients than the law allows.

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November 13, 2017

Ontario must make bail reform meaningful

For those charged with a criminal offence, being wealthy and white is still the best guarantee of avoiding a prolonged stay in a decrepit jail cell awaiting your day in court.

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November 08, 2017