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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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January 05, 2016

Harm reduction 'back on the table' with Trudeau win

A Liberal majority government will open the door for more supervised injection sites in Canada, says Liberal Senator Larry Campbell, Vancouver's mayor when Insite became the first in North America.

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October 21, 2015

Students living in 'unacceptable' conditions at Toronto's Parkside Residence could get rent reduction

If they want to attract international students, Queen's Park should take note of what's happening at downtown's Parkside Student Residence, says ACTO's Kenneth Hale.

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September 25, 2015

Fair Elections Act changes create hurdles for vulnerable voter groups

Critics say the prohibition of voter information cards and vouching could lower voter turnout among students, the homeless, and First Nations.

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August 24, 2015

Two women challenge law allowing Ottawa to give info to U.S. tax collectors

Two Canadian women have begun their Federal Court case, seeking to have a judge declare that Canada's cooperation in supplying financial information to U.S. tax collectors is unconstitutional.

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August 06, 2015

Canadian expats turning to Supreme Court over vote ban

Two Canadians stripped of the right to vote because of their lengthy stay abroad are hoping the Supreme Court of Canada will hear the case, their lawyer said Wednesday.

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July 30, 2015