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Tackling human trafficking: Windsor police reach out to sex workers

Windsor police approached 13 sex workers considered at risk of human trafficking, 11 accepted references to WEFiGHT, a project of Legal Assistance of Windsor.

October 19, 2017

Compensation exemption levels raised for Ontario Works, ODSP recipients

Recipients of OW or ODSP payments can now keep more of their government payments following any compensation awards they receive, the province has announced.

August 17, 2017

Website launched to help victims of human trafficking

The Windsor-Essex Anti-Human Trafficking Action Group has launched a new website and has developed brochures and posters it hopes will educate people and reach its victims.

January 25, 2016

Provincial labour laws allow foreign workers to be treated like slaves, say advocates

Ontario's labour laws need a significant overhaul to improve working conditions for migrant workers, say social justice advocates representing employees in Essex County.

July 07, 2015

Temporary foreign worker program under fire after landmark $200K human rights ruling

"I think this indictment is not only against Jose Pratas, but I think this indictment is against Canada's foreign worker program:" Chris Ramsaroop, Justicia for Migrant Workers, which advocated for the women.

May 29, 2015

Who decides when a patient can't? Workshop covers consent, capacity, advanced care planning

The Advocacy Centre for the Elderly's Judith Wahl presented a workshop on patients' rights to make their own health decisions, and the options when they're not capable to understand and make decisions.

April 21, 2015

Windsor police turn to 'blooding' in search of a killer

This writer's view is that until blooding -- going door-to-door asking for DNA samples to find a criminal -- is authorized by an amendment to the Criminal Code or court order, the practice should end.

January 29, 2015

Legal Assistance of Windsor celebrates 40 years

Legal Assistance of Windsor is bringing in guests from across the country for a discussion on community advocacy in celebration of its 40-year anniversary on Saturday.

October 24, 2014

Lost or stolen IDs block homeless from accessing services

Marion Overholt, executive director of Legal Assistance of Windsor, said there need to be simpler ways to ensure people can access social services, whether or not they can prove who they are.

September 08, 2014

Anti-poverty groups push for local living wage in Windsor

Windsor anti-poverty groups will launch a campaign in November calling for a living wage after a StatsCan report showed that minimum wage earners are no better off today than they were in the 70s.

July 28, 2014

Injection program aims to reduce mental health hospitalization

Legal Assistance of Windsor's Marion Overholt says for people with mental illness, the focus is on increasing their access to medical services, whether through injectable medication or regular counselling.

June 25, 2014

Meeting for former Cedar Springs residents entitled to class action payout

Legal Assistance of Windsor is inviting former residents of three homes for the developmentally disabled to learn how to apply for a payout from a class action settlement for abuse they suffered.

May 12, 2014

Underground world of off-the-books migrant work revealed by Windsor Star investigation

Cathy Kolar, a legal worker with Legal Assistance of Windsor who sometimes represents detained migrant workers, said Canada's strict rules have created a demand for a shadowy network of middlemen.

May 06, 2014

Medicinal pot users fear rule changes

While political discussion on both sides of the border addresses the possibility of loosening restrictions on marijuana, Health Canada seems is making medical marijuana harder to obtain.

September 09, 2013

Government reverses legal clinics' funding cut

Marion Overholt of Legal Assistance of Windsor said she is "delighted" with the announcement, but noted that clinics still face funding challenges and that the future remains uncertain.

July 29, 2013

Cutting assistance to Legal Assistance of Windsor

After 39 years of providing legal assistance to the very poorest and most marginalized of Windsor, Legal Assistance of Windsor is threatened with serious cuts to its funding.

July 25, 2013

Injured worker fights 16-year battle with WSIB

A former Windsor department store manager shot by an armed robber is taking to YouTube and the courts after 16 years of fighting the Workplace Safety Insurance Board of Ontario for benefits.

January 11, 2013

Another blow to injured worker

A father whose son has a permanent disability from a work injury writes about the cuts the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board has made to his son's independent living allowance.

November 02, 2011