Police sweeps of cellphone records violate privacy rights, judge rules

In the decision, Justice John Sproat lays out guidelines so that police may only obtain a minimal amount of information about cellphone users directly relevant to their investigation.

Posted:
January 15, 2016
Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

ISAC's Media & Policy News: 11 January 2016

 

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

Posted:
January 13, 2016
Article source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)

Representing yourself in court is popular but costly and risky

'Self-represented litigants are powerless' and that must change, law prof says - There is no consistently reported data on self-represented litigants in Canada's courts, although some provinces have started keeping numbers for individual court appearances. The numbers of self-represented litigants in criminal cases, though not as high, are still on the increase.

Posted:
January 05, 2016
Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

Province proposes safeguards for payday loan borrowers

The Ontario government has introduced legislation it says will increase protection for people using payday loan outlets and other “alternative financial services.”

Posted:
December 22, 2015
Article source:
Ottawa Citizen

Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP)

A new program beginning in 2016 will reduce the electricity bills of low-income customers.

Posted:
December 16, 2015
Article source:
Ontario Energy Board

The HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario Autumn/Winter 2015 newsletter is now available

Topics in this issue of HALCO News include HALCO court interventions, Low-Income Electricity Support Program, and speciality clinics co-location project, and HALCO updates. 

Posted:
December 16, 2015
Article source:
HALCO - HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario

What to do about predatory lending?

Advocates have expressed disappointment with Ontario's new legislation that deals with alternative financial services.

Posted:
December 15, 2015
Article source:
Hamilton Community Legal Clinic / Clinique juridique communautaire de Hamilton

There Has Been a 'Sea Change' in Privacy Rights in Canada, Warns Watchdog

In his annual report, the Privacy Commissioner of Canada looked at Bills C-13, C-44, and C-51, and recommended fixes for each bill.

Posted:
December 15, 2015
Article source:
VICE News

Ontario Government Proposing Changes to Payday Loans, Debt Collection

The Ontario Government will introduce legislation to increase protections for consumers who use payday loans, instalment loans, rent-to-own services, and cheque-cashing services.

Posted:
December 09, 2015
Article source:
Government of Ontario - ServiceOntario

465,000 people may miss start of Ontario's low-income energy rebate

With the sign-up period ending December 31, fewer than seven percent of the eligible low-income households have applied for Ontario's energy rebate.

Posted:
December 09, 2015
Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)