Canada blasted for 'needlessly punitive' immigration detention system

A group of human and civil rights organizations has filed a submission to the UN Human Rights Council, saying Canada's treatment of immigration detainees violates international law.

Posted:
October 17, 2017
Article source:
Toronto Star

Canada's first national accessibility law should be ready by next spring: Hehr

The federal minister responsible for crafting Canada's first national accessibility legislation says the law should benefit not only people with disabilities, but their caregivers.

Posted:
October 17, 2017
Article source:
The Globe and Mail

It is stressful to be poor, and that stress can keep people in poverty

Researchers studying the cognitive mechanisms behind scarcity say their findings may explain why some people who are living in poverty can't seem to get themselves out of it.

Posted:
October 17, 2017
Article source:
VICE News

In Sarnia's Chemical Valley, is 'toxic soup' making people sick?

Experts and documents cast doubts on whether industry and Ontario government are revealing levels of benzene in areas where residents live right near oil and gas facilities.

Posted:
October 16, 2017
Article source:
Toronto Star

New WSIB policy on mental health will set workers back decades, critics say

Workers making claims for chronic mental stress must meet a different standard of proof in the new policy than other injured workers.

Posted:
October 16, 2017
Article source:
Toronto Star

Mind the Gap: Repairing Canada's Social Safety Net with Human Rights

Although the rights to an adequate standard of living and housing are human rights, as codified in international treaties, it's virtually impossible to claim these rights.

Posted:
October 13, 2017
Article source:
Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO)

Toronto council committee to tackle what some claim is a new loophole for landlords

Councillor Davis says tenants with suite meters are saddled with "exorbitant administration fees and rates that seem to be completely out of whack."

Posted:
October 13, 2017
Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

'Rent control vs. housing supply' is the debate landlords and developers want us to have

The key fact of today's rental market is that the majority of renters cannot afford new-construction apartments.

Posted:
October 12, 2017
Article source:
torontoist.com

Ontario won't fix its jails until it fixes bail

In this opinion piece, John Michael McGrath says the province must end its overreliance on pre-trial incarceration: More than 60 per cent of the people currently in jail are simply awaiting trial.

Posted:
October 12, 2017
Article source:
TVO.org

People With Disabilities in Poverty Trap, Says Report

The faith-based organization's annual report on poverty trends shows people with disabilities are more likely to be living in poverty than other Canadians.

Posted:
October 12, 2017
Article source:
The Tyee