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A Dozen Thoughts on the New National Housing Strategy

The Hamilton Community Legal Clinc has compiled positive and negative comments from experts on the new National Housing Strategy.

December 21, 2017

Unanswered Questions about Basic Income

The Hamilton Community Legal Clinic has reviewed a media event held recently in Hamilton to provide an update on the Basic Income project.

October 10, 2017

Clansmothers to Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources: 'Stop spraying the land.'

Clansmothers, grandmothers, and municipal townships of Treaty 3 and 9 traditional territories are standing up against the aerial spraying of their land.

September 28, 2017

December 12: Rally to restore the Housing Stability Benefit, Hamilton

When: Monday, December 12, 2016, 12:30 p.m.

Where: Hamilton City Hall, 71 Main Street West, Hamilton 

The Housing Stability Benefit (HSB) helps low-income people in the city pay emergency costs to obtain or retain housing. The city has announced the HSB has run out of money.

December 09, 2016

There's a Huge Problem In Ontario Schools That We Aren't Talking About

Many public schools persist in using suspensions to deal with students' problem behaviours even though they're largely ineffective in deterring inappropriate behaviours.

August 08, 2016

Clegg vs. Ontario has been settled. What does it mean for former residents?

There are ARCH appointments in Hamilton on Thursday, July 21, at Community Living Hamilton, 191 York Blvd, for help with claims in the Clegg vs. Ontario class action suit.

July 25, 2016

The July 2016 issue of the Hamilton Community Legal Clinic newsletter is now available

Topics in this issue include police checks, Aboriginal Day as a stat holiday, privatizing court services, social assistance bill, Canada's position on UN declaration, and internet access as a basic human right.

July 14, 2016

Six Countries that Believe Access to the Internet is a Basic Human Right

Is access to the Internet a Basic Human Right? Some countries have already decided that it is. There may be lessons for Canada in the approach these countries have taken.

May 03, 2016

January 26: Fostering Healthy Community Relations in Hamilton

When: Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Where: Gymnasium/2nd Floor Central Station, 155 King William Street, Hamilton

Information: Community Relations Co-ordinator, 905-546-4910 or

The Hamilton Police Service welcomes members of the Somali community to engage in dialog fostering healthy community relations.

January 14, 2016

Hamilton Community Legal Clinic releases end of year newsletter

The Hamilton Community Legal Clinic has released their end of 2015 newsletter. This edition includes stories about their ODSP Guided Self Help Guide, Six Fast Facts on “Street Checks” in Hamilton, Aboriginal Leaders Optimistic and Looking Forward to Changes, Fairness Means Paid Sick Days for All, Big Win for Injured Workers 4, Grosse victoire pour les travailleurs Accidents and Working for Change – Clinic Achèvements over the Past Year.

December 21, 2015

What to do about predatory lending?

Advocates have expressed disappointment with Ontario's new legislation that deals with alternative financial services.

December 15, 2015

Big Win for Injured Workers

The Ontario government is proposing amendments to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act that would provide full CPI indexation of benefits for injured workers on an annual basis.

November 27, 2015

Evictions for Landlord's Own Use

The Hamilton Community Legal Clinic has information about what happens when a landlord ends a renter's tenancy because they want the unit for their own use. 

August 27, 2015

What's in the Budget for Working Canadians?

Toby Sanger, Senior Economist for the Canadian Union of Public Employees, lists what's in the federal budget announced on April 21.

April 23, 2015

Social Assistance Rates Must Reflect Costs of Living

Hamilton Community Legal Clinic Staff Lawyer Craig Foye has proposed creating an arms-length expert panel that would recommend social assistance rates and make annual recommendations.

February 17, 2015

Employment Insurance (EI) Changes

This post on the Hamilton Community Legal Clinic blog takes a look at how Employment Insurance has changed over the years and gives some tips for those applying for EI.

November 19, 2014

October 6: 2014 'Listening for Change' Tenant Conversations

What: "Listening for Change" Tenant Conversations

When: Monday, October 6, 2014, 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Where: Dr. Perkins Centre, 1429 Main St. East

All Hamilton tenants are invited to "Listening for Change", a tenant housing conference to be held on World Habitat Day.

September 25, 2014

Ontario Works Changes Impact Young Adults

An Ontario Works amendment will allow for earnings/assets exemptions for employment income of any adult member receiving benefits who is attending high school full-time.

September 12, 2014

What is happening to Canada's Employment Insurance (E.I.) Program? In a word, 'cuts'

What is happening to Canada's Employment Insurance (E.I.) Program? In a word, "cuts." According to the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) these cuts make it harder "to help our most vulnerable, reduce inequality, protect seasonal workers and ensure a more fair and prosperous future for our country."

July 22, 2014

Aboriginal History Month: Who are the Aboriginal Peoples in Canada?

Hamilton Community Legal Clinic looks briefly at who the aboriginal people in Canada are, and profiles Shanawdithit, the last known living member of the Beothuk people of Newfoundland.

June 03, 2014