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Social assistance recipients see boost in asset limits in Ontario budget

ISAC's Jennefer Laidley and other anti-poverty activists had called for a significant hike in social assistance rates, but the budget essentially flat-lines payments with a 2 per cent inflationary increase.

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April 28, 2017

Toronto lawyer suspended over handling of Roma refugee cases

Advocates for Roma refugees have for years blamed the group's low asylum acceptance rates on the poor legal representation they received during the asylum process.

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April 26, 2017

Black students hindered by academic streaming, suspensions: Report

A York University report found that while academic streaming was supposed to have ended in 1999, black students are twice as likely to be enrolled in applied courses, limiting future choices.

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April 25, 2017

Ottawa should fix perversely punitive pardon policy: Editorial

The Conservatives doubled the waiting period to apply and quadrupled the cost, from $150 to $631. 

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April 25, 2017

Northern Ontarians suffer from poor health and access to care: report

Health Quality Ontario says northern communities suffer from remoteness but also from social factors that impact health.

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April 24, 2017

Compelling report must end harmful carding practice by police: Opinion

The Toronto Police Services Board is virtually ignoring a report, paid for and commissioned by the board itself, which clearly implies carding should be abolished.

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April 18, 2017

Ontario opens support centres for families of murdered and missing indigenous women

Ontario has hired Maggie Cywink, whose sister was slain in 1994, as special advisor during the national inquiry, set to start on May 29.

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April 18, 2017

New motion proposes stronger protections for temp agency workers

Give temp agency workers equal pay for equal work, ban "temporary" assignments that turn into long-term gigs, and eliminate unfair fees charged by staffing agencies, a new motion suggests.

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April 13, 2017

Canada's immigration detainees being locked up based on dodgy risk assessments, Star finds

Even Canada's border services officers, who have the sole discretion to decide where an immigration detainee will be held, have said they aren't qualified to make such decisions.

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April 12, 2017

Class action over alleged abuse at Ontario school for the blind ends in $8-million settlement

Former students of the school claim they were subjected to physical, emotional and sexual abuse at the school in Brantford, Ont. The settlement must still be approved by the courts.

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April 11, 2017

Ottawa is rethinking its approach to immigration detention

A new CBSA report outlines its intention to reduce the use of maximum-security jails and "better align" itself with international and domestic standards for immigration detention.

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April 11, 2017

Ontario commits to releasing past and future SIU reports

Justice Michael Tulloch's report into police oversight in Ontario makes 129 recommendations including a call for the release of all future and past Special Investigations Unit director's reports.

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April 07, 2017

Ontario Government to stop disclosure of expired medical suspensions on driver's abstracts

Before, suspensions due to medical reasons remained on a driver's abstract for 3 years; as of Jan. 1, if the suspension is done and a full driver's licence reinstated, that info is removed.

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April 06, 2017

Ontario ends onerous reviews for disabled people on welfare

The new, simplified medical review package is focused solely on determining whether the medical condition that caused the person to require support in the first place has improved.

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April 06, 2017

Supreme Court of Canada to revisit trial delays ruling in upcoming session

An unusually swift revisiting of a contentious 5-4 decision offers the high court a chance to clarify the ruling that could see serious cases tossed.

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April 05, 2017

Court upholds TTC's random drug-testing policy

A judge has upheld the TTC's plan to randomly test its employees for drug and alcohol use, ruling that the need to protect public safety outweighs the risk of infringing on employees' privacy.

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April 04, 2017

Business group discovers being good is good for business

A coalition of private firms, non-profits, and charitable organizations says paying decent wages, supporting fair scheduling, and promoting stable jobs benefits workers — and the bottom line.

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April 04, 2017

As refugee numbers surge, federal legal aid funding shrinks

Despite a big increase in the number of asylum claims, Ontario faces a 37 per cent funding reduction from Ottawa this year for legal services for refugee claimants.

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April 03, 2017

Relief for 401 Richmond tenants on the way, city hopes

Thanks to a little-used city provision, a portion of the building's space is set to be classified as a "community benefit."

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April 03, 2017

Brantford city council bans use of temp agencies to hire workers

In a first across Ontario, Brantford city council will stop using temporary help agencies in a bid to encourage employers to do the same.

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March 31, 2017