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Overhaul immigration detention system: Editorial

The case of refugee claimant Ricardo Scotland proves yet again that Canada must make drastic changes to how it deals with unwanted migrants: Toronto Star editorial.

August 21, 2017

In human experiment, Ontario miners say they paid devastating price

"We were used like guinea pigs," retired miner says of exposure to toxic powder meant to protect their lungs.

August 17, 2017

Legal Aid Ontario defunds the African Canadian Legal Clinic over allegations of financial mismanagement

The decision follows years of tension between the two organizations, LAO citing concerns about financial mismanagement and the ACLC claiming it was under greater scrutiny than other clinics.

August 17, 2017

Ontario Indigenous education agreement hailed as step towards self-governance

The historic deal gives full educational authority to Indigenous communities. Twenty-three member nations of the Anishinabek Nation have signed the agreement.

August 16, 2017

5 lessons for tenants from the successful Parkdale rent strike

Concessions from the landlord include reductions in planned above-guideline rent increases, relief for tenants facing financial hardship, and a program of maintenance and repair.

August 15, 2017

Parkdale rent strike over repairs, above-guideline increases ends with tenants declaring victory

Parkdale Community Legal Services said MetCap staff reached out at the end of June to talk about tenant demands and how to end the strike, and negotiations began shortly after.

August 14, 2017

The hypocrisy of opposing a minimum wage hike: Coren

We never hear that bonuses added to already astronomical executive salaries will lead to inflation or the need to reduce the number of bosses, says the writer of this opinion piece.

August 11, 2017

Police must focus on de-escalation when dealing with people with mental illness: Editorial

Why are police forces failing to implement recommendations from other coroner's juries, the Ontario Ombudsman, and even a former Supreme Court justice?

August 08, 2017

Should Toronto push to decriminalize all drugs? The city's medical health officer ready to consider it

The city is convening a committee of health and drug policy experts to explore "a different approach that puts the health of the community first," Dr. Eileen De Villa said.

August 04, 2017

As Toronto rents near Brooklyn-level prices, tenants grow desperate

Apartment-seekers are driving the streets looking for rentals and creating web profiles, similar to dating bios, to attract landlords.

August 03, 2017

The economic case for a higher minimum wage: Editorial

The arguments against the $15 minimum wage don't hold up — and the choice between social and economic ends is a false one, says this Toronto Star editorial.

August 02, 2017

An Ontario court has just affirmed that cultural norms that excuse violence have no place here: Editorial

The Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that "cultural differences" cannot be used to justify a lighter sentence in criminal cases. 

July 27, 2017

Dangerous rape myths persist in our courts: Opinion

The Ururyar case reinforces the need for judicial sexual assault education and support for survivors, say Deepa Mattoo and Pam Hrick.

July 24, 2017

Ontario unveils blueprint to reform troubled group and foster care

Provincial residential care reforms aim to give children and youth the right services at the right time as close to home as possible.

July 20, 2017

Groundbreaking project explores Black experience in the GTA

The Black Experience Project posed 205 open questions to participants about their daily experiences as Black people in the GTA.

July 19, 2017

Ottawa says female genital mutilation is 'abhorrent,' but offers no commitment on tracking cases

Practitioners of FGM are "almost certainly" entering Canada to perform the procedure, according to an internal report from the Canada Border Services Agency.

July 18, 2017

Five CSIS employees are accusing the spy agency of Islamophobia, racism and homophobia in a $35-million lawsuit

The lawsuit follows three scathing reports on RCMP harassment, including the May federal auditor general's report on the police force's failure to manage the mental health needs of its employees.

July 17, 2017

Ontario's children's aid societies grappling with how to monitor privacy breaches

Inappropriate searches can happen without anyone knowing about it, says Irwin Elman, the provincial advocate for children and youth.

July 17, 2017

Families of those shot by police can now get publicly funded lawyers at coroner's inquests

The government will also reimburse families who had to pay for lawyers at inquests going back to April 1, 2015. 

July 14, 2017

Judge blasts OPP officers for 'egregious' strip search of impaired driving suspect

Strip searching can be done only when there are reasonable grounds, yet police continue to conduct strip searches, resulting in lawsuits against police and criminal cases being tossed.

July 13, 2017