Forced marriage in Canada 'more prevalent' than thought: ex-child bride

In September 2013, the South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario released a report that counted 219 confirmed or suspected cases of forced marriage in Ontario and Quebec from 2010 to 2012.

Posted:
June 23, 2017
Article source:
CTV News

June 28: Family Mediation in the Context of Violence

When: Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Where: Waverly Library Auditorium, 285 Red River Rd., Thunder Bay

This community information session is FREE and open to ALL – but please reserve a seat.

Posted:
June 16, 2017
Article source:
Northwestern Ontario Women's Centre

ISAC's Media & Policy News: Friday 16 June 2017

The Income Security Advocacy Centre's bulletin includes news, updates, reports, and events from Ontario, across Canada, and around the world.

Posted:
June 16, 2017
Article source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)

June 22: Early termination by tenants experiencing domestic or sexual violence – issues and implications

When: Thursday, June 22, 2017, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. ET

Where: 55 University Ave., Toronto, 15th floor, and remotely via webinar

This session is for community legal clinic staff and students, private bar, and legal staff of organizations providing services to tenants or to victims of violence or abuse.

Posted:
June 07, 2017
Article source:
HALCO - HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario

Ottawa spent $707,000 in legal fees fighting decision that protects Indigenous children

Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruled the government was discriminating against First Nations children by not giving them equitable health and social services payments.

Posted:
June 02, 2017
Article source:
Toronto Star

Pregnancy Drastically Increases Domestic Violence Risk

Pregnancy should be a time when a woman receives extra care and attention. While some women feel great throughout their pregnancy, others face health complications. Whatever the pregnancy experience, growing a baby is hard work and this is a time when women needs all the support they can get. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen. Many women not only lack support, but are also dealing with abusive relationships while they are pregnant. Although it’s hard for some of us to imagine, pregnancy puts women at an increased risk of experiencing violence from an intimate partner. If she is already experiencing abuse, this domestic violence often intensifies when a woman is pregnant.

Posted:
June 02, 2017
Article source:
The Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children (CREVAWC)

Women's Justice Access Project: Having your back

For many people, navigating the Canadian justice system can be overwhelming, but for some clients at Toronto’s Fred Victor 24-Hour Women’s Drop-in, it can feel hopeless. The Women’s Justice Access Project, a collaborative effort between CAMH’s Provincial System Support Program (PSSP) and 10 community partners, is working to change that by bringing free legal supports to the drop-in.

Posted:
May 30, 2017
Article source:
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

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."

Posted:
May 30, 2017
Article source:
The Lawyer's Daily

EI parental benefits denied aunt caring for orphaned nephew

Only parents who are caring for a newborn or newly adoptive parent are eligible. 

Posted:
May 29, 2017
Article source:
CTV News

Property rights not automatic for separating common-law spouses

Separating common-law spouses don't share the same property rights as married couples going through a divorce, says Toronto family lawyer Lisa Gelman.

Posted:
May 25, 2017
Article source:
AdvocateDaily.com