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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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?

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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.

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November 17, 2016

Reasonable Doubt: The lawyer-client relationship

This week's Reasonable Doubt column has tips on how to work effectively with your legal counsel.

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October 28, 2016

Reasonable Doubt: Why we need jury trials

It's difficult to imagine an alternative to jury trials that provides a similar guarantee of careful consideration before permitting a conviction to be entered, says this writer.

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October 18, 2016

Reasonable Doubt: Why we should reduce the number of civil trials decided by juries

This columnist asks, Would you want six people with no medical or vocational training deciding the nature of your injuries or what treatment and income you need for the rest of your life?

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October 17, 2016

Reasonable Doubt: Are my neighbours allowed to rent their condo units through Airbnb?

Are condominium unit residents legally permitted to rent their units through Airbnb? Can condominium corporations do anything to control the practice?

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October 07, 2016

Reasonable Doubt: Changes to Ontario tenancy law designed to help survivors of domestic abuse and violence

Jonathan Robart of Scarborough Community Legal Services explains how changes to the RTA affect persons experiencing sexual or domestic violence and/or abuse.

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September 28, 2016

Reasonable Doubt: Why you should attend your disability hearing

Guest columnist Rachael Lake, a staff lawyer with Waterloo Region Community Legal Services who practises in the areas of Disability and Employment Insurance Law, wrote this column.

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September 27, 2016

Reasonable Doubt: No Dependents or a Spouse? You Can Do What You Want With Your Will

At what point, if ever, is one free to dispose of property as one sees fit, without being obliged to support children or spouses who we feel are undeserving?

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September 08, 2016

Woman with spina bifida filing human rights complaint against Danforth bar

Haily Butler-Henderson was denied access to the washroom after a worker at the bar expressed concern the business could be liable if Butler-Henderson fell en route to the toilet.

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September 01, 2016