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Canada blasted for 'needlessly punitive' immigration detention system

A group of human and civil rights organizations has filed a submission to the UN Human Rights Council, saying Canada's treatment of immigration detainees violates international law.

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October 17, 2017

In Sarnia's Chemical Valley, is 'toxic soup' making people sick?

Experts and documents cast doubts on whether industry and Ontario government are revealing levels of benzene in areas where residents live right near oil and gas facilities.

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October 16, 2017

New WSIB policy on mental health will set workers back decades, critics say

Workers making claims for chronic mental stress must meet a different standard of proof in the new policy than other injured workers.

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October 16, 2017

Ontario pledges $1M to help ailing miners exposed to toxic dust

Labour ministry funding will help assess whether neurological illnesses suffered by miners are linked to use of McIntyre Powder, once hailed as a miracle antidote to lung disease.

Posted:
October 11, 2017

He's worked legally in Canada for 37 years but the government considers him 'temporary'

Low-wage migrant farmworkers are a crucial and growing part of Canada’s economy. Yet in most cases it’s impossible for them to get permanent status.

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October 05, 2017

New language and residency rules for Canadian citizenship kick in next week

Shorter residency requirement and new age requirements for language and knowledge tests will soon take effect in the revamped citizenship system.

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October 04, 2017

People with mental illness too often landing in prison instead of hospitals, experts say

The misconception lingers that a "not criminally responsible" ruling is a "get out of jail free" card.

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October 03, 2017

Ontario Government is complicit in precarious employment: Cohn

Temp agencies can close up shop only to start up again under another name on another website with a new post office box, or in another strip mall storefront.

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September 28, 2017

Human Rights Commission calls on province to end segregation for prisoners with mental health disabilities

The Ontario Human Rights Commission has filed for an expedited application with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.

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September 26, 2017

Recycling plant ordered to pay $1.33M in fines, back wages

The factory with two municipal contracts were found to be in violation of the City of Toronto's fair wage policy.

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September 26, 2017

The law says refugee claims must be heard in 60 days. So why are people waiting 16 months?

Canada has a backlog of more than 30,000 refugee claims, a tally that's growing at roughly 1,400 cases per month.

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September 21, 2017

Toronto councillors to landlords: Keep the air conditioning on

Warm temperatures and a misunderstood Toronto bylaw have left some residents baking in their units, councillors say.

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September 21, 2017

Fiera Foods hires independent auditor to review use of temp workers, health and safety practices

Fiera Foods' announcement of an internal audit came after the company pleaded guilty to Ministry of Labour charges related to the death of temp agency worker Amina Diaby.

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September 15, 2017

Toronto to get 2,000 market-rent and affordable units

The city and the province are moving forward with the development of mixed-income rental units. At least 30 per cent will be affordable housing, or at or below market rent.

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September 14, 2017

Segregation a last-resort to keep prisons and inmates safe, feds argue

The federal government says in response to the CCLA's constitutional challenge that administrative segregation is only used when there is no other alternative and that it recognizes its harms.

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September 14, 2017

Would a lawyer in 2017 advise a woman to report a rape?

Linda Silver Dranoff wrote a column in 1980 in which she outlined options for rape victims, but did not give a definitive answer to that question. Now she has one.

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September 13, 2017

Ontario must toughen law to protect temporary workers: Editorial

The legislation now before the Ontario legislature does not address issues that affect temp workers' rights, safety, and earnings: Toronto Star editorial.

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September 12, 2017

Ontario a 'world leader' in unjustly prosecuting people living with HIV, advocates say

HIV-positive individuals are being "criminalized" when it comes to disclosing their status to sexual partners, by a criminal justice system that is outdated on the topic, critics argue.

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September 11, 2017

Under cover in temp nation

Amina Diaby died last year in an accident in one of the GTA's largest industrial bakeries. The Star's Sara Mojtehedzadeh went undercover for a month at the factory where Diaby worked.

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September 11, 2017

Landlords can no longer evict tenants without compensation

Starting Friday, September 1, 2017, when a landlord ends a tenancy to have family members move in, people evicted must receive compensation.

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September 01, 2017