Clarification: Legal Aid Ontario commits $850,000 toward new clinic for black community

The ACLC has applied for reconsideration of the decision to defund its clinic. Until a decision on this is made in November, the ACLC is still receiving funding from legal aid.

October 18, 2017

Legal Aid Ontario commits $850,000 toward new clinic for black community

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is establishing a new legal clinic to serve the black community after it decided to pull funding from the African Canadian Legal Clinic (ACLC) in August.

October 06, 2017

Sexual assault reporting goes online in Windsor

The Windsor Police Service has launched a website that allows any victim who meets three basic criteria to notify the police about what happened.

October 04, 2017

Ontario Unified Family Court proposal calls for province-wide expansion by 2025

The Unified Family Court allows all family law issues, whether under provincial or federal legislation, to be dealt with in one court, rather than to the Ontario Court of Justice or the Superior Court of Justice.

September 25, 2017

Toronto legal clinic launches challenge to mandatory minimum sentence

Toronto's Aboriginal Legal Services (ALS) argues the sentence for a First Nations woman who pleaded guilty to importing cocaine violates protections against cruel and unusual punishment.

September 21, 2017

Groups call for increased police oversight in Ontario, but some say it is not enough

A coalition of advocacy groups is joining the OHRC to call on the provincial government to implement recommendations on police oversight made after a public review.

August 23, 2017

Chief justice's rare order in Trinity Western case ensures 'all voices could be heard'

The Chief Justice's decision to allow LGBTQ groups to have intervenor status stemmed from a desire to hear more points of view, say several SCC observers.


August 09, 2017

Legal Aid Ontario to hold consultations on challenges faced by racialized groups

The "school to prison pipeline" starts with suspensions and expulsions of racialized students and can lead to involvement with the criminal justice system later on.

August 08, 2017

Human Rights Tribunal charges Ottawa still failing Indigenous children

The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has had to issue a third compliance order after finding Canada is still failing to provide adequate services to Indigenous children as outlined by "Jordan’s Principle."

May 30, 2017

Parliament passes drug possession immunity for 'Good Samaritans' seeking help for overdoses

The act aims to remove fear of prosecution for possessing (or consuming) illegal drugs, the top reason people cite for not seeking aid for a drug overdose, or for not remaining at the scene.

May 03, 2017

Despite justifications, no evidence police stops effective

Anthony Doob and Rosemary Gartner, professors of criminology at the University of Toronto's Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, on carding.

May 01, 2017

Motion seeks stronger protections for Ontario temp agency workers

The motion is an effort to ensure that the government will make changes to labour and employment laws to put an end to long-term assignments for temporary employees.

April 19, 2017