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Complaints about nosy landlords on the rise

A growing number of people in the GTA are concerned about landlords asking for too much personal information as they hunt for affordable housing in a red-hot real-estate market.

Posted:
June 12, 2018

Black women are getting more political than ever — and it's good for all of us

Zanana Akande, the first Black woman to sit in Ontario's legislature, will be a crucial part of establishing the Black Action Legal Clinic (BLAC). 

Posted:
June 11, 2018

Federal government unveils changes to its strategy for fighting homelessness

Cities will be given leeway to spend money on local initiatives and experiments if they can meet Ottawa's goal of cutting in half the number of chronic homeless people on their streets.

Posted:
June 11, 2018

Rental legislation review rests on election outcome

Nearly half of all households in Toronto rent, so candidates in Thursday's election are making a pitch to reform tenancy laws critics say put too much power in the hands of landlords.

Posted:
June 06, 2018

Income security reform at stake with Thursday’s election

We must demand that whoever forms the next government create an income security system that works towards full economic and social inclusion for all, writes George Thomson.

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June 06, 2018

Women's legal clinic fears loss of anti-violence funding in election aftermath

The Barbra Schlifer Clinic for female victims of violence fear more than $350,000 in provincial support for programs approved as the campaign began may disappear after the election.

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June 05, 2018

Cutting off workers from benefits at 65 unconstitutional, human rights tribunal rules

The tribunal found that excluding a teacher from the board's benefit plan when he turned 65 was age discrimination.

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June 05, 2018

Understaffing at Ontario workers' compensation board creates 'toxic' work environment, union survey says

Some 90 per cent of the 263 employees who responded to the survey said work-related stress was impacting their personal lives and 92 per cent attributed the workload issues to understaffing.

Posted:
June 04, 2018

She called her doctor to get a pregnancy test. Two days later she was fired

A Toronto woman has filed a wrongful-dismissal lawsuit against her employer, claiming her pregnancy is what motivated the credit union to terminate her.

Posted:
June 01, 2018

New Canadian accessibility standard for buildings benefits everyone, disability advocates say

Disability advocates hope the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification will become the new industry standard and do for accessibility what LEED did for sustainability.

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May 31, 2018

Two groups seek intervener status at former child refugee Abdoul Abdi’s judicial review

Lawyers for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and Justice for Children and Youth argue that their groups would offer unique perspectives about the issues surrounding Abdi's case.

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May 30, 2018

Migrant workers sue recruiter, employer in small claims court

The workers allege they were charged thousands of dollars in fees for legal advice and "labour market impact assessments," a prerequisite for work permits they never received.

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May 29, 2018

Former caregiver wins severance pay in rare temporary foreign worker lawsuit

It's a rare case that deals with the question of what employers are obligated to do when they terminate migrant workers employed in their homes.

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May 24, 2018

Report outlines 'ambitious' housing strategy for Ontario

"An Affordable Housing Plan for Ontario" was created through a partnership between the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association and the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada (Ontario).

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May 17, 2018

New TTC and GO stations difficult, dangerous for people with disabilities, advocacy group says in new video

In a 30-minute video, David Lepofsky, chair of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance, demonstrates problems at Union Station, and some GO and Line 1 stations.

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May 16, 2018

Bedbugs lead to legal woes for Syrian refugee families

Twelve refugee families are embroiled in two separate battles stemming from their time living in a Hamilton highrise.

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May 14, 2018

This temp agency worker shows up at the same office every day. But his agency says he's not a real employee

George Fawcett has filed a complaint with the Ministry of Labour to shine light on an issue he believes is a growing problem in an increasingly precarious economy.

Posted:
May 11, 2018

Provincial government to review holiday pay rules after business backlash

New public holiday pay provisions welcomed by worker advocates will now be re-examined amid an outcry from small business owners who called changes "unfair."

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May 09, 2018

Law protecting Ontarians from disclosure of police records finally gets green light

The Act will become law on Nov. 1, fundamentally changing the rules around what police can tell prospective employers, volunteer agencies, and foreign governments about Ontarians.

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May 08, 2018

Ontario government passes gender pay transparency law

Bill 3 will force firms to post salary ranges and forbid questions on pay history, says Labour Minister Kevin Flynn.

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May 02, 2018