West End Legal Services of Ottawa's Fall 2015 newsletter is now available

Topics in this issue of The Advocate include Low Income Electricity Support Program, clinic transformation project, WSIB pre-existing conditions, LAO financial guidelines, and Canada Learning Bond.

Posted:
October 12, 2015
Article source:
West End Legal Services of Ottawa / Services juridiques de l'ouest d'Ottawa 

Social media's hazards include phoney likes and opportunistic malware

This article lists a number of basic steps you can take to ensure your social media accounts are secure.

Posted:
September 17, 2015
Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

Kid-friendly websites, mobile apps often putting children's privacy at risk, probe finds

Websites and mobile applications that appeal to children are often not taking adequate steps to protect their those children's privacy, according to a global investigation.

Posted:
September 02, 2015
Article source:
The Globe and Mail

Ontario Government Modernizing Financial Aid for Students

The Ontario government is making changes to the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) with the aim of making it more flexible and transparent. 

Posted:
September 02, 2015
Article source:
Government of Ontario - ServiceOntario

New ID bank in Thunder Bay, Ont., keeps ID papers safe for vulnerable people

Kinna-aweya Legal Clinic, which provides poverty law services in Thunder Bay, provides a fire-proof safe in a back office to store government identification for vulnerable people.

Posted:
August 28, 2015
Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

Canadian police chiefs seek Internet subscriber data without warrants

A new administrative scheme that would allow police to obtain basic information about Internet subscribers without a warrant is being considered by federal officials, Canadian police chiefs say.

Posted:
August 25, 2015
Article source:
The Globe and Mail

How parties ask for your vote but help themselves to your data

Privacy law expert and University of Ottawa professor Michael Geist says that political parties fall through the cracks when it comes to privacy law.

Posted:
August 19, 2015
Article source:
iPolitics.ca

Help for Low-Income Consumers

A number of special programs are available in Ontario from the Ontario Energy Board to help low-income energy consumers. You need to meet certain criteria to qualify for these programs.

Posted:
August 13, 2015
Article source:
Ontario Energy Board

The other Scott Gilmore and the cruelty of payday loans

Canadian usury laws ban more than 60% interest on loans, but the Conservatives passed a law exempting payday lenders from criminal sanctions and effectively removing the interest cap.

Posted:
August 12, 2015
Article source:
Macleans Magazine

'Predatory' lenders an embarrassment to Hamilton: Councillor

Matthew Green, Hamilton's Ward 3 councillor, calls payday lenders "...a cause and not an effect of poverty."

 

 

Posted:
July 29, 2015
Article source:
Hamilton Spectator