Self-representing defendants, like Dellen Millard, bring challenges to justice system: experts

The spectacle of an accused murderer grilling the father of his alleged victim is unusual, but self-representated litigants in courtrooms is an increasingly common occurrence.

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October 25, 2017

Hamilton politicians approve 'ground-breaking' poverty reduction spending

Hamilton will spend $50 million to repair affordable housing at CityHousing Hamilton, building new affordable residential units, and addressing Indigenous poverty needs over the next decade.

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September 22, 2017

Legal challenge targets rejected chronic mental stress workers' compensation claims

Hundreds of Ontarians who say they have suffered chronic mental stress due to their job may be awarded workers' compensation if a new charter challenge is successful.

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August 24, 2017

Fighting bad landlords: Tenants network pushing renters to organize

Success depends on "collective pressure" applied by many tenants acting together, said Campbell Young of the Hamilton Tenants Solidarity Network.

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August 16, 2017

Should police always be called when a student reports a sex assault to a university or college?

Mandatory policies on how Ontario's colleges and universities deal with allegations of sexual assault will be in place this fall. Advocates say the guidelines fall short, critics say it's a job for police.

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August 09, 2017

Legal challenge targets rejected chronic mental stress workers' compensation claims

The legislation that comes into effect next year won't include people whose claims arose before January 1, 2018.

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July 11, 2017

Ontario plans big boost to minimum wage, update of labour laws: Cohn

Sweeping labour reforms could soon target companies relying unfairly on part-time or contract work that deprives many Ontarians of decent wages from steady employment.

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May 15, 2017

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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August 10, 2015