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Harassment and violence should never be part of the job

The case of Eric Donavan of P.E.I. represents one of the rare glimpses into understanding the toll that workplace bullying and harassment can have.

Posted:
April 25, 2018

Bill C-75 reforms too little, too late to respond to domestic violence

In this opinion piece, the writers say Canada needs a national agency to review all domestic homicides and create an integrated domestic violence safety system.

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April 24, 2018

Judge lambastes Legal Aid Ontario after it foots bill for woman who married her ex-boyfriend after he suffered a 'catastrophic' brain injury and then spent years fighting his family in court

An Ontario judge has ruled that Legal Aid's support of a woman was an "abuse of process" that wasted precious judicial resources meant for low-income Ontarians.

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April 23, 2018

Community justice hubs to offer addiction, mental health support under same roof as courts

New community hubs will offer offenders mental health, housing, and addiction supports under the same roof as courts in Toronto, London, Kenora.

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April 23, 2018

Federal plan would kick paralegals, law students out of provincial courtrooms, critics say

If the maximum penalty for summary offences changes to 2 years less a day, paralegals and law students will be left out as they can only act in cases where the maximum penalty is six months.

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April 20, 2018

There's a 'noticeable increase' of hate crimes in Mississauga and Brampton, report says

The 2017 annual Hate/Bias Motivated Crime Report reveals hate crimes in Peel shot up last year with 158 incidents compared to 59 in 2016.

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April 19, 2018

Quebec justice minister voices concern over lawyers using jurors' Facebook pages

Lawyers say public information in social media could help them craft defence strategies.

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April 18, 2018

Judges denounce 'egregious' delays at one of Canada's busiest courthouses

In less than two years, 21 narcotics cases in Brampton have collapsed. Judges and defence lawyers point to problems in the federal prosecution office.

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April 17, 2018

If your neighbour's tree falls in your yard, who pays?

When it comes to storm damage, it's not always clear cut about who pays for the cleanup.

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April 16, 2018

Federal government to relax restrictions on immigration applicants with disabilities

The government will change the policy that bars prospective immigrants deemed medically inadmissible to Canada, as part of their aim to build an inclusive society.

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April 16, 2018

Immigrant women in Canada earn less, face more employment challenges: government report

Immigration department data shows a persistent gap between female immigrants and both their Canadian-born counterparts and male immigrants.

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April 13, 2018

Indigenous, Black children over-represented in foster care and group homes, inquiry says

An Ontario Human Rights Commission report says underlying social issues involved in over-representation of the children are "multi-faceted" and "need a multi-pronged approach."

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April 12, 2018

Celebrated Indigenous law school dean resigns claiming systemic racism

Angelique EagleWoman, who became first Indigenous dean of a Canadian law school, says efforts to bring meaningful change “thwarted” by Lakehead University.

Posted:
April 12, 2018

This temp worker was being strangled by a machine. Her co-worker didn’t know how to help

A "review of the training documents provided do not support that either Amina Diaby or her co-worker ... had received training in the location and use of the emergency safety buttons."

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April 11, 2018

Eliminating peremptory challenges make trials less fair

Bill C-75's elimination of peremptory challenges will make it harder for Indigenous people and people of colour to get a fair trial in this country: Nader R. Hasan is a criminal and constitutional lawyer.

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April 11, 2018

GoodLife Fitness settles unpaid wages class action

Last year, the scope of the suit was expanded nationwide -- so the settlement, which is pending court approval, will impact thousands of current and former non-managerial employees across Canada.

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April 10, 2018

Companies that collect data must be held to account

Facebook’s initial approach was to defend itself by saying no systems were hacked and no information was stolen. At least that was honest: this was simply business as usual.

Posted:
April 10, 2018

There's nothing 'illegal' about asylum seekers

Amid a global refugee crisis, the misuse of the term 'illegal' carries a real cost, say two law students writing on behalf of the Immigration Division students at Parkdale Community Legal Services.

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April 09, 2018

Toronto General Hospital removes bars from vent after backlash over displacing homeless people

The bars installed over a grate made it next to impossible to sleep comfortably across the vent. Homeless advocates say it is an all too common example of hostile architecture.

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April 05, 2018

Toronto launches discounts for low-income TTC riders

The first phase of the Fair Fare Pass program will cut the price of transit by as much as one-third for eligible residents.

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April 04, 2018