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How community legal clinics are breaking down barriers for Indigenous people: Reasonable doubt

Legal Aid Ontario has hired five Indigenous justice coordinators (IJCs) to work in the community legal clinic system with the goal of improving access to justice for Indigenous people.

July 25, 2017

Changes to bail in Canada make it fairer for those with low income: Reasonable Doubt

It came as welcome news to criminal defence lawyers across the country when the Supreme Court of Canada issued its decision in R v Antic last month, says this columnist.

July 20, 2017

Changes to bail in Canada make it fairer for those with low income: Reasonable Doubt

People have the right to a reasonable bail and the right to be presumed innocent.

July 12, 2017

What you need to know about Ontario's rent control changes: Reasonable Doubt

It used to be that anything built since 1991 was exempt from the province's rent control guidelines. Now, that has changed.

June 20, 2017

When marijuana is legal, can I grow it (and smoke it) in my condo?

Soon, cannabis will be legal for recreational use. But that doesn't mean you can smoke or grow it wherever you want: Reasonable Doubt

June 15, 2017

Sexual assault and intoxication: Reasonable Doubt

In the eyes of the law, being drunk doesn't mean you can't consent to sex – trial judges are required to consider the extent of the complainant's intoxication.

June 05, 2017

Toronto police 'flagrantly' ignoring Sanctuary City policy

The chief has few answers on how police are abiding by the city's don't ask, don't tell policy on undocumented immigrants, says Alok Mukherjee, former chair of the Toronto Police Services Board. 

April 13, 2017

Why we may not want to close Ontario's rent control 'loophole': Reasonable Doubt

Forcing a landlord to choose between operating a unit at a loss or selling it isn't an appropriate balancing of rights and obligations in Ontario's Residential Tenancies Act: Columnist.

March 30, 2017

Why you should file your income taxes – especially if you don't make a lot of money

In the Reasonable Doubt column, Waterloo Region Community Legal Services' Rachael Lake says filing your taxes is the single greatest annual opportunity to boost your income.

March 21, 2017

Rental housing squeeze leaving racialized renters out in the cold in the GTA

Toronto's housing bubble has created a landlord's market, to the disadvantage in particular of Black renters.

March 17, 2017

Momentum building for HIV law reform

Police and crown attorneys have aggressively pursued aggravated sexual assault charges against people even when they don't transmit the virus, says Ryan Peck, HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario.

February 21, 2017

The best places to get free legal information in Ontario: Reasonable Doubt

Rachael Lake of Waterloo Region Community Legal Services says Community Legal Clinics and even private practice lawyers offer free information – you just need to know where to look.

February 14, 2017

How to legally organize a demonstration in Toronto: Reasonable Doubt

Keep these tips in mind: apply for permits or notify the proper authority weeks in advance; keep it peaceful; be polite and calm with police; know your rights; and bring your cell phone.

January 27, 2017

Ontario landlords, here's what to do if your tenant won't pay rent: Reasonable Doubt

An eviction order by the Landlord and Tenant Board doesn't necessarily mean that a tenant will be evicted promptly.

January 26, 2017

HIV is not a crime

Failure to disclose one's HIV status is prosecuted as aggravated sexual assault, yet at least half the prosecutions in cases of HIV non-disclosure have involved no transmission of the virus.

January 12, 2017

Legal Aid Ontario's funding shortages impact immigration, tenancy and disability law, too: Reasonable Doubt

This writer says if you agree that Legal Aid provides crucial legal services to our province's poorest and that more people should qualify financially, contact your local MPP and let them know.

January 11, 2017

Reasonable Doubt: when litigation is frivolous or vexatious

Courts are hesitant to restrict any person's ability to access the courts, but there are exceptions if a person abuses this rule by repeatedly bringing forward frivolous claims.

December 16, 2016

Reasonable Doubt: winter tips for tenants

Who is really responsible for snow removal, the tenant or landlord? And can you be evicted in the chilly months?

December 07, 2016

Reasonable Doubt: legal aid in Ontario is far from perfect

NOW Magazine's Reasonable Doubt column asks, is the minimum salary qualification much too low? And are legal aid lawyers paid enough?

November 22, 2016

Reasonable Doubt: Are some lives worth more than others?

Unequal awards in personal injury actions are not the real problem: they reflect Canada's social ills and demonstrate that despite progress, we're far from a merit-based economy.

November 17, 2016