News from Hamilton Spectator
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.
The program will provide legal education about tenant rights and bylaws to social service providers and community leaders in the Beasley and Riverdale neighbourhoods.
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.
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.
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.
"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
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.
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.
Chief commissioner Renu Mandhane says employers must make sure their dress codes don't reinforce sexist stereotypes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Matthew Green, Hamilton's Ward 3 councillor, calls payday lenders "...a cause and not an effect of poverty."
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.
A range of new services will help tackle a crisis in access to justice that has been building for decades.
McMaster has partnered with Pro Bono Law Ontario, which already runs similar programs in all of Ontario's other children's hospitals.
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.
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.