ISAC's Media & Policy News: 27 April 2017

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

Posted:
April 27, 2017
Article source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)

Toronto lawyer suspended over handling of Roma refugee cases

Advocates for Roma refugees have for years blamed the group's low asylum acceptance rates on the poor legal representation they received during the asylum process.

Posted:
April 26, 2017
Article source:
Toronto Star

Law society discovers 'systemic weaknesses' in protecting Indigenous people from unscrupulous lawyers

A recent case involving a lawyer from Kenora "exposed serious systemic issues" in the law society's regulatory and hearing process when to comes to dealing with Indigenous complainants.

Posted:
April 26, 2017
Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

May 11: Information session on Steps to Justice, Thunder Bay

When: Thursday, May 11, 2017, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

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

This information session features Rebecca Stulberg, Steps to Justice project manager, and is intended for service providers and community advocates. Reservations required.

Posted:
April 26, 2017
Article source:
Northwestern Ontario Women's Centre

We Need to Help Family Litigants – Now

The National Self-Represented Litigants Project's Julie MacFarlane writes about the Bonkalo Report and urges readers to sign the petition supporting its recommendations. 

Posted:
April 26, 2017
Article source:
National Self-Represented Litigants Project (NSRLP)

May 4: Indigenous Peoples' Court in Thunder Bay

When: Thursday, May 4, 2017, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Where: Italian Cultural Centre, 132 Algoma St S., Thunder Bay, ON P7B 3B7

The topic of this presentation is, "Indigenous Peoples' Court in Thunder Bay: How a new approach to the Criminal Justice System could improve outcomes for women & their families."

Posted:
April 19, 2017
Article source:
Northwestern Ontario Women's Centre

Legal clinic to challenge Safe Streets Act

Lawyers say the act criminalizes homeless people and that proceedings concerning Safe Streets Act tickets unnecessarily suck up valuable time and resources in provincial courts, adding to delays.

Posted:
April 10, 2017
Article source:
Law Times

Mandatory education on sexual assault law a hot topic at school for new judges

Dozens of judges appointed to Canada's superior courts last fall and this spring are attending classes this week in Quebec, to which CBC News was granted rare, limited access.

Posted:
April 07, 2017
Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

On the Radar: Suing in Small Claims Court

This month's On the Radar highlights information about making a claim in Small Claims Court, as featured on the Steps to Justice website.

Posted:
April 06, 2017
Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)

Supreme Court of Canada to revisit trial delays ruling in upcoming session

An unusually swift revisiting of a contentious 5-4 decision offers the high court a chance to clarify the ruling that could see serious cases tossed.

Posted:
April 05, 2017
Article source:
Toronto Star