Three Ontario nursing homes ordered to stop new admissions because of substandard care

Jane Meadus of the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly said "cease admissions" orders are considered serious action taken after repeated violations of provincial care regulations.

October 05, 2017

'Canada could do better': United Nations takes us to task on racism

Avvy Go, of the Chinese and South Asian Legal Clinic, said the UN was impressed with some of the work Canada has done so far, including Ontario's plans to collect race-based data.

August 30, 2017

'Things are getting worse, not better': Activists testifying about Canadian racism to UN panel

Representatives from the South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario, the Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic, and Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants are testifying at the UN.

August 15, 2017

Caring for aging parents costs Canadians $33B a year: Study

Caring for aging parents costs Canadians $33 billion a year in direct out-of-pocket expenses and time off work,a new study by CIBC says.

May 08, 2017

Ontario landlords must pay one month's rent or offer new unit to tenants they evict for own use

If your landlord evicts you so that he or she or a family member can live in the unit and then you see it on Craigslist two months later for higher rent, it's on them to explain to the LTB.

April 28, 2017

Toronto councillors call for province to protect tenants from rent increases

Most landlords are limited by provincial law in how much they can increase rent each year. But there's an exemption for buildings built after 1991, where there's no cap on increases.

March 01, 2017

Not quite Canadian: Falling through the cracks of a troubled childhood

Emily Chan, a lawyer with Justice for Children and Youth, said people who were failed in their youth by child welfare agencies or parents are the ones who suffer through no fault of their own.

November 07, 2016

Toronto man says landlord evicting him to rent unit on Airbnb

Kenneth Hale, a legal director of the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario, said the "personal use" eviction – known as an "N12" – has long been open to misuse by landlords.

September 27, 2016

New rules for landlords sound good to tenants of much-lamented building

Bedbugs and elevator buttons covered in saliva are just two of the complaints about 500 Dawes Rd. But city bureaucrats might be backing away from the idea.

August 10, 2016

TCHC residents lose free access to lobby cameras

TCHC apartment tenants can no longer access their building's televised "lobby channel" — what some claim is a vital security feature — unless they purchase a Rogers cable subscription.

July 12, 2016

CAS study reveals stark racial disparities in child protection system

Margaret Parsons, ED of the African Canadian Legal Clinic, says what CAS might not consider abuse or neglect in a white family they will consider abuse or neglect in a black family.

June 23, 2016

Lawyers launch free women's legal clinic in B.C.

The free legal clinic is the first of its kind in B.C. since the province cut back legal aid funding by 40 per cent in 2002.

May 25, 2016

Ontario launches public consultation on tenancy act changes

The public has until June 30 to offer feedback on controversial changes to the Residential Tenancies Act.

May 03, 2016

Canada lacks full picture of issues related to bail: Justice documents

A note drafted to brief the Justice Minister on the state of the criminal justice system suggests that half of those in provincial jails are on remand and have not been convicted of anything.

April 29, 2016

Seizure of crime proceeds often a provincial cash grab, new report finds

Canadian provinces have confiscated tens of millions of dollars in assets as proceeds of crime, but a new report indicates the seizures are often a simple cash grab from innocent parties.

March 09, 2016

Parkdale apartment tenants rally for heat, repairs

Tenants have lodged more than 150 property standards complaints against the buildings in the past two years, according to Toronto's municipal licensing and standards website.

February 25, 2016

Toronto program teaching teens what healthy love means this Valentine's Day

More than just a lesson about sexual consent, the sessions allow participants to understand their emotions and how to control them, said METRAC's program director Andrea Gunraj.

February 12, 2016

Jian Ghomeshi trial an opportunity for Canada to confront our failure on sexual assaults

The statistics that make Ghomeshi's trial so exceptional underline how many untried cases are out there, how many victims are living without a reckoning for what was done to them: Columnist.

February 01, 2016

Ontario human rights watchdog aims to curb discrimination against Syrian refugees

The initiative is to ensure that newly-settled refugees are treated fairly by landlords and employers.

January 12, 2016

Ontario's ombudsman can now investigate municipal, university complaints

Provincial watchdog a ‘last resort’ for city hall, university beefs, says acting ombudsman Barbara Finlay. - Anyone griping about city hall has a new avenue to lodge complaints, now that Ontario’s ombudsman has expanded powers to investigate municipalities. As of Jan. 1 2016, the provincial independent watchdog can now look into complaints about municipalities and universities.

January 05, 2016