Report shows rental market 'out of control' in Hamilton

The report compares the rental landscapes in Hamilton and Quebec City — two cities of comparable size and growth but with different tenant protection policies. 

June 04, 2018

Ontario lawyers receive guide to Indigenous legal rights, history and culture

The regulatory body for Ontario's lawyers and paralegals has released a guide to help legal professionals better understand the legal rights, history and culture of Indigenous people.

May 24, 2018

RENTAL CRISIS: It costs $18 an hour to afford average Hamilton apartment

"We wanted to remind voters we are facing a crisis and to remind politicians they have a responsibility to make sure the crisis doesn't get any worse," Kenneth Hale, ACTO's legal services director, said Tuesday.

May 23, 2018

Stoney Creek Towers rent strikers gird for long haul

Expect rent strikes to continue to pop up as residents grow more disenchanted with the Landlord and Tenant Board, said Kenneth Hale, of the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario in Toronto.

May 16, 2018

Residents of east Hamilton buildings declare rent strike

Brendan Jowett, a lawyer with the Hamilton Community Legal Clinic, called it "absurd" that large landlords would need to tap renters for costs.

April 26, 2018

McMaster clinic bridges legal and health gaps

Medical professionals have teamed with lawyers from Legal Aid Ontario and the Hamilton Community Legal Clinic to provide care those living in poverty.

March 12, 2018

Spotlight shines on Basic Income poverty pilot project in Hamilton

Hamilton's participation as a test community in Ontario's Basic Income Pilot Project is receiving international media attention.

March 09, 2018

The Spectator's view: Canada needs Indigenous jurors

If there had been Indigenous members on that jury in Battleford, Canadians would have had more confidence that they had just witnessed justice being done: Hamilton Spectator opinion piece.

February 13, 2018

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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