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Ontario's child support law faces constitutional challenge

If a couple is divorced, a disabled child is eligible for support into adulthood. But if the parents were never married, support ends when the child is 18 or no longer in school full-time.

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March 24, 2017

Ending racial discrimination means overhauling our employment laws: Opinion

Modernizing these laws is a fundamental issue of racial justice and equity for Ontarians. And our economy prospers when more workers have access to decent jobs and make decent incomes.

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March 24, 2017

Budget provides some relief for precarious workers

The Liberal government has proposed a ban on most forms of unpaid internships and has pledged $13 million to crack down on wage theft.

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March 23, 2017

Apply rent controls on newer buildings: Editorial

MPP Peter Tabuns will introduce a bill to close a loophole that exempts landlords who own units in buildings constructed after 1991 from rent-control guidelines.

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March 20, 2017

Hamilton judge skewers legal aid system in decision

Justice Alex Pazaratz says the Ontario legal aid system is wasting taxpayer dollars.

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March 20, 2017

Bosses who broke law haven't learned their lesson, labour ministry blitz finds

The government should crack down on companies who simply shutter and open up under a new name to avoid paying workers wages owed, says John No, Parkdale Community Legal Services.

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March 15, 2017

Health-care workers face 'epidemic of violence'

The Ontario Council of Hospital Unions is urging the ministry of labour to do more to protect health-care workers who face daily threats of violence on the job.

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March 13, 2017

More women in leadership roles where pay equity is the law, StatsCan report says

The Statistics Canada report says that gender parity existed in the public sector in 2015, when 54 per cent of legislators and senior government managers and officials were women.

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March 10, 2017

Ontario government unveils 3-year plan to battle racism

Michael Coteau, minister of children and youth services, unveiled a strategic plan to fight systemic racism, including the collection of race-based data.

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March 09, 2017

U of T aims to attract more black med students

When Dr. Lisa Robinson graduated from the U of T med school in 1991, she was one of 2 black students in her class. 26 years later, only one first-year in a class of 259 identifies as black.

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March 09, 2017

Ontario urged to overhaul power of attorney laws to improve 'accountability'

The Law Commission of Ontario says the system around substitute decision-making is complex and lacks co-ordination.

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March 08, 2017

Why did it take this woman an entire year to get paid?

It's been a source of simmering frustration for Huang, a mother of one originally from China. By the time she got her paycheque from the company, she was owed about $8,000.

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March 08, 2017

TTC expands Wheel-Trans eligibility to include people with cognitive, sensory, or mental health disabilities

The TTC made the change to ensure it was complying with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the provincial Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. It took effect Jan. 1.

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March 08, 2017

Judge's report urges Ontario to let paralegals appear in family court

The recommendations come as the family court system is facing a crisis, with a majority of litigants representing themselves due to the high cost of getting a lawyer.

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March 07, 2017

New guidelines help accommodate workers with addiction issues

Human rights law now considers substance dependency to be a disability, and grants sufferers the protections that go along with that designation.

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March 03, 2017

Criminalization of opioids is costing lives: Cole

If we're going to use every available resource to treat this epidemic, we have to stop criminalizing it, says Desmond Cole in a Toronto Star opinion piece.

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March 02, 2017

Premier Kathleen Wynne to cut hydro rates by 25 per cent

Most of the reduction will come from the Ontario government stretching out the costs of electricity generation contracts. The savings impact should be immediate. 

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March 01, 2017

App lets students make anonymous reports about bullying, unsafe behaviour

An initiative launching Wednesday for 30,000 teens at 32 Catholic high schools in Toronto gives them another tool aimed at improving safety.

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February 28, 2017

Toronto must enforce its 'sanctuary city' status: Editorial

In 2013, city council declared Toronto a sanctuary city. Three years later, undocumented migrants still have plenty to fear: Toronto Star editorial.

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February 24, 2017

Pot dispensary workers question what legal rights they have

The unlawful nature of the dispensary business has this worker wondering what her workplace rights are and what recourse, if any, is available to her when management lets her down.

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February 24, 2017