Ontario's new technological road map for ensuring access to justice called 'positive step'

Ontario's new action plan to improve access to justice by harnessing technology is being called a "positive step," but LFO's CEO says work is needed to ensure more people are included in the system.

December 07, 2017

Employers need to review policies in wake of Ontario's labour law changes: experts

Bill 148 raises the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2019 but also makes a number of changes to provincial employment laws.

December 06, 2017

Federal prisoners across Canada call for reform through inmate journal

Prisoners were asked to share their perspectives on what has changed in the nation's penitentiaries and what still needs to be done in way of reform at Correctional Service of Canada (CSC). 

November 27, 2017

Pro Bono Ontario offers free legal advice over phone

The help line is designed to assist lower and middle-income Ontario residents quickly resolve common legal problems, including employment, housing, consumer, and debt and estate issues.

November 27, 2017

Disagreement on legal remedies for ongoing bad tenant problem

Advocates for landlords and tenants alike have no problem recognizing these frauds as an ongoing blight. What they can't agree on is how to deal with them.

November 22, 2017

Discussion on medically assisted death should be extended to youth: pediatric group

The CPS is recommending the government undertake a consultation about MAiD involving parents of severely disabled or terminally ill children and youth and health care professionals.

November 06, 2017

MPs' recommendations for legal aid give hope to stakeholders fighting for reform

The Commons Justice Committee report containing 10 recommendations to change the legal aid system in Canada is being called a "good first step" by legal clinic stakeholders.

November 01, 2017

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