Miners shine spotlight on broken WSIB system

Approximately 10,000 in Ontario were exposed to neurotoxic aluminum dust clouds at the start of every work shift, on the unproven theory that inhaled aluminum would prevent silicosis.

March 23, 2017

Leaders in vulnerable Hamilton neighbourhoods will be taught about legal rights

The program will provide legal education about tenant rights and bylaws to social service providers and community leaders in the Beasley and Riverdale neighbourhoods.

February 21, 2017

Hamilton Outreach Project helps marginalized in their own spaces

The idea behind the LAO/Hamilton Community Legal Clinic project is to get the lawyer out from behind the desk and into the communities clients are familiar with and feel safe.

November 29, 2016

September, October: Legal advice for refugee sponsors, Oakville & Burlington

When: September and October 2016

Where: Oakville and Burlington

Halton Community Legal Services is hosting free workshops to refugee sponsors, groups and organizations supporting refugees.

September 01, 2016

Postal banking is worth a look to help the working poor

About 15 per cent of Canadians do not have a bank account. They are easy prey for payday lenders that charge 300 per cent interest rates, continuing the cycle of debt for people.

August 16, 2016

It's not legal aid that needs fixing in Ontario

"We agree with [Superior Court Justice] Nordheimer: the gap between legal aid eligibility and the low-income measure is much too wide": David Field, CEO of Legal Aid Ontario

June 22, 2016

Human rights battle costing Hamilton public board at least $790,000 in costs and back pay

The Hamilton public school board has lost an appeal in a costly, drawn-out human rights case. "This decision is heavily in favour of enforcing human rights in Ontario and giving them some teeth," said Sharon Fair's lawyer, Ed Canning.

Fair's case was first brought before the then Ontario Human Rights Commission in 2004. In 2013, nine years after the original complaint, the tribunal came to the conclusion that the board had failed to accommodate Fair's disability, and she was to be awarded $419,284 in lost wages plus interest, $30,000 for loss of dignity, and a job at the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board.

June 02, 2016

It's time for evidence-based social assistance

Hamilton Community Legal Clinic's Craig Foye and Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction's Tom Cooper call on the Ontario Legislature to create a Social Assistance Research Commission.

April 13, 2016

'Sexy' uniforms at work must go, says Ontario Human Rights Commission

Chief commissioner Renu Mandhane says employers must make sure their dress codes don't reinforce sexist stereotypes.

March 08, 2016

Closing Ontario's gender wage gap

It is difficult to comprehend why a stubborn 31.5 per cent pay difference between women and men has barely budged in more than a decade: Patty Coates, OFL secretary-treasurer.

March 08, 2016

Halting trusteeship funding will put more homeless on Hamilton streets, agencies warn

Hamilton is under mounting pressure to maintain its trusteeship program, which has agencies manage the daily finances of those struggling with mental health and addiction.

January 18, 2016

What are your rights if stopped in a police 'street check'?

The practice is currently under review at the Peel Regional Police and the subject of provincewide public consultations launched by the Ontario Government to help rewrite regulations.

August 31, 2015

Hamilton police carding policies target vulnerable minorities

The Hamilton Police Service have admitted that they track race-based statistics, giving proof that black people and aboriginals are disproportionately carded in Hamilton, according to this opinion piece.

August 10, 2015

Hamilton tenants say low-income housing under threat

Low-income tenants are forming associations and calling on senior levels of government to help them retain their homes, and affordable housing in general, in the Beasley neighbourhood.

July 30, 2015

'Predatory' lenders an embarrassment to Hamilton: Councillor

Matthew Green, Hamilton's Ward 3 councillor, calls payday lenders "...a cause and not an effect of poverty."



July 29, 2015

Hamilton and province looking at tightening rules around payday loans

Hamilton could be the first city in Ontario to limit and regulate the stores at a municipal level, after a notice of motion last week to have city staff assess the feasibility of such a move.

July 14, 2015

Sweeping Legal Aid changes will help Ontario's poorest

A range of new services will help tackle a crisis in access to justice that has been building for decades.

June 08, 2015

McMaster hospital helping families get legal aid

McMaster has partnered with Pro Bono Law Ontario, which already runs similar programs in all of Ontario's other children's hospitals.

June 05, 2015

Ontario still has prostitution law concerns

A review by Ontario's attorney general may have concluded that Canada's new prostitution law is constitutional, but the premier still has concerns about how it affects sex-trade workers.

April 10, 2015

Residents of Hamilton high-rise mobilizing to fight 'disgusting' conditions

Frustrated by inaction by building management or ownership, a group of tenants have mobilized, trying to eliminate fire hazards and cleaning up piles and piles of garbage. But, "Why is it our job?" they ask.

January 12, 2015