Two years after Jordan, the Ottawa courthouse remains beset by delays

More than 20 per cent of criminal cases in Ottawa are at risk of breaching Supreme Court limits on "unreasonable delay" two years after the Jordan decision set new standards for swift justice.

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July 31, 2018

When being stopped is no longer cool

The Violence 360 campaign is designed to prevent incidents of violence by sharing stories on social media about people's experiences.

 

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March 26, 2018

Ontario health ministry keeps secret list of high risk long-term care homes

A home's risk level is determined by its record for complying with, or violating, the provincially mandated rules that govern long-term care.

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January 10, 2018

Health ministry falls short on long-term care home inspections, auditor general reports

While the government has made multiple fixes, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has made "little to no progress" on eight recommendations made in 2015.

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December 21, 2017

Farooqi and Elghawaby: Nothing honourable about violence against women

Calling some abuse against women "honour-based" violence sensationalizes rather than describes the actions involved, says this opinion piece.

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November 15, 2017

Uber launches new plan to stop illegal refusals to service-animal users

Canadian Uber drivers have been warned it's against the law to deny rides to people who use service animals and that doing so will get them kicked off the ride-sharing platform.

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November 15, 2017

Chu and Elliott: Why no needle and syringe program in our federal prisons, Mr. Trudeau?

This opinion piece says implementing needle and syringe programs in federal prisons could prevent numerous new HIV and Hep C virus infections each year, saving tens of millions of dollars.

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November 07, 2017

Ontario eyes ban of door-to-door sales on furnaces, AC, water-softening systems

Ontario is considering the outlawing of door-to-door sales of home-service products after receiving thousands of complaints about expensive, contracts signed under questionable circumstances.

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September 19, 2017

Long-term care inspection reports: 'What we know is the tip of the iceberg'

Advocacy Centre for the Elderly's Jane Meadus says the province already has "enforcement tools" it can apply in LTC, it just rarely chooses to use them, and new ones likely won't make any difference.

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July 07, 2017

'I had nothing': Ontario needs to do more for inmates on release, new report says

In a new report released Thursday, the John Howard Society said there isn't enough being done in Ontario to help reintegrate inmates back into society after they finish serving their sentences.

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November 03, 2016

Muscati: Stop detaining child migrants. Canada has alternatives.

Canada has held hundreds of children in immigration detention over the past several years, documented in a new report released by the U of T's International Human Rights Program.

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September 22, 2016

How students can help more people afford access to our justice system

When Pro Bono Students Canada was founded at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 1996, it was the first such organization to set up shop in this country. What started as a local program with a few passionate law students and a handful of community partners has expanded, 20 years later, to include 21 law schools in eight provinces in Canada.

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May 30, 2016

Reform bail system to reduce pressure on Ontario jails, minister says

The bail system has been in the news this week in Ottawa after a sitting justice of the peace called the current system "dysfunctional" and a "disgrace."

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March 17, 2016

Ottawa bail court a 'disgrace', justice of the peace alleges

A justice of the peace says Ottawa's main bail court and others like it across the province "have devolved into dysfunctional and punitive bodies."

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March 16, 2016

Victim surcharge discriminates against those with mental disabilities, judge rules

The surcharge is either $100 or $200 per offence depending on its severity, or an amount equal to 30 per cent of any fine imposed by the judge.

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March 02, 2016

Supreme Court of Canada grants four-month extension to federal government to draft laws for assisted suicide

The Supreme Court of Canada has announced a decision that grants lawmakers a four-month reprieve but also supports suffering Canadians who might ask to end their life in the meantime.

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January 18, 2016

New Ontario legislation standardizes use of police checks

In a long-awaited move, the Ontario government has passed legislation that standardizes what information is released in police record checks. The legislation – the first of its type in Ontario – impacts hundreds of thousands of people and eliminates what had been inconsistent, arbitrary rules among the province’s police services..

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January 05, 2016

Province proposes safeguards for payday loan borrowers

The Ontario government has introduced legislation it says will increase protection for people using payday loan outlets and other “alternative financial services.”

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December 22, 2015

Immigration lawyer lobbying government to reopen Ottawa IRB office

Arghavan Gerami is calling on the government to reopen an Immigration and Refugee Board office in Ottawa that was closed in 2014, forcing already-stuggling families to travel to Montreal for their hearings.

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December 14, 2015

Bill to ban employers from taking a cut of tips finally set to become law in Ontario

It's taken five years, four versions of the bill and two MPPs to bring it forward, but tips in Ontario will soon be protected from employer clawbacks.

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December 01, 2015