Ontario attorney general seeks Ottawa's help to speed up justice system

The requests come following a landmark Supreme Court of Canada decision on the constitutionally guaranteed right to be tried within a reasonable time.

Posted:
February 23, 2017
Article source:
CTV News

Hundreds of Canadian children held in immigration detention, report shows

Canadian citizens cannot be detained under the IRPA; these children became de facto detainees because they were in the care of a parent who was detained and is a foreign national or permanent resident.

Posted:
February 23, 2017
Article source:
The Globe and Mail

Ontario Introduces Legislation to Protect Human Trafficking Survivors

The Ontario government has introduced legislation that would, if passed, increase protection both for survivors and for those at risk of human trafficking.

Posted:
February 23, 2017
Article source:
Government of Ontario - ServiceOntario

'Excited over the simple things': First Nation enjoys turning on the taps after 10 years without clean water

Pic Mobert is one of 18 Indigenous communities that got off the federal government's long-term drinking water list last year — a designation for reserves that have had advisories in place for more than a year.

Posted:
February 22, 2017
Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

Ontario government speeds through bill to ban winter disconnections for non-payment of hydro bills

The legislation will get royal assent later in the day and gives the Ontario Energy Board power to end disconnections during cold weather.

Posted:
February 22, 2017
Article source:
Toronto Star

With accused killers poised to walk free, Ottawa urged to take action on court delays

Lawyers across Canada have asked for criminal proceedings to be dismissed in more than 800 cases because of unreasonable delay, a Globe and Mail review found.

Posted:
February 22, 2017
Article source:
The Globe and Mail

Leaders in vulnerable Hamilton neighbourhoods will be taught about legal rights

The program will provide legal education about tenant rights and bylaws to social service providers and community leaders in the Beasley and Riverdale neighbourhoods.

Posted:
February 21, 2017
Article source:
Hamilton Spectator

No fixed address: How I became a 32-year-old couch surfer

CBC reporter Shannon Martin's rent shot up nearly $1K a month, now she bounces around between family and friends.

Posted:
February 21, 2017
Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

Every inmate at Kenora, Ont., jail has addictions, mental health issues: human rights commissioner

"Many of the people I spoke to, English is not their first language," she said. "Their families are sometimes hundreds of kilometres away, so they weren't able to have regular visits with family."

Posted:
February 21, 2017
Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

Momentum building for HIV law reform

Police and crown attorneys have aggressively pursued aggravated sexual assault charges against people even when they don't transmit the virus, says Ryan Peck, HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario.

Posted:
February 21, 2017
Article source:
NOW