'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

Canada Post to halt transition to community mailboxes

Canada Post is temporarily suspending its plans to transition from door-to-door mail delivery to community mailboxes as it works out a way forward with a new Liberal government.

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October 27, 2015

Liberals plan swift overhaul of anti-terror law

The security bill rammed through Parliament by the Conservatives in the spring is expected to be overhauled without delay by the new Liberal government, say party officials and other sources.

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October 22, 2015

Observers arrive to monitor federal vote under changes to election law

An international observer mission will monitor and report on the federal election, including whether controversial changes to Canada's election law help or hurt the democratic process.

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October 13, 2015

Woman with autism cut off ODSP after Ontario eyes her $7,000 bank account

Jennifer is supported by ODSP, which has strict rules about a client's means: you can’t have more than $5,000 in other assets, including cash in hand or funds in a bank account.

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July 10, 2015

Canadians need 'conversation' about residential schools: Murray Sinclair

The residential schools that scarred thousands of aboriginal children were symptomatic of a larger Canadian attitude that treated indigenous people as ethnically inferior, says the head of a commission on the issue.

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May 29, 2015

Kenney promises 'independent body' for military sex misconduct

Defence Minister Jason Kenney has promised the creation of an independent body to deal with sexual misconduct in the military after questions about the senior brass's commitment to dealing with the problem.

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May 14, 2015

Prison watchdog concerned over prisoner in solitary for 17 years

Correctional Service Canada won't say who the prisoner is or where he or she is being held, citing privacy concerns, but Canada's prison ombudsman is troubled by the figure.

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April 24, 2015

Circles of support for high-risk sex offenders deserve funding: Corrections investigator

Howard Sapers says he's puzzled by the federal government's decision to cut off funding to groups that provide support to high-risk sex offenders after their release from prison.

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April 22, 2015

Federal Court strikes down fees for electronic documents

The Federal Court says the government can no longer charge people fees for the search and processing of electronic government documents covered under access to information legislation.

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April 17, 2015