CMHC announces new rules to make it easier for homeowners to rent out property

The CMHC said secondary suites are recognized as a source of affordable housing that is often lower cost than apartments in rental buildings.

Posted:
July 28, 2015
Article source:
National Post

Predatory Lending: The Reality Behind Canada's Shadow Mortgage Lenders

The Bank of Canada warned about the risks inherent in the shadow banking sector in its most recent Financial System Review last month.

Posted:
July 28, 2015
Article source:
Huffington Post Canada

Are you Canadian enough to vote?

The government should be focused on getting more Canadians to participate in elections, not cutting down the pool of eligible voters, says this writer.

Posted:
July 28, 2015
Article source:
The Globe and Mail

Hydro One leads most complained-about government agencies, Ontario ombud says

The Ontario government organizations most complained about are Hydro One, the Family Responsibility Office, ODSP, WSIB, and the government branch responsible for private career colleges.

Posted:
July 28, 2015
Article source:
Toronto Star

The Durham Community Legal Clinic Spring 2015 newsletter is now available

Topics in this issue include new clinic funding, free legal information sessions, new forms at the LTB, ODSP medical reviews, and disability tax credit.

Posted:
July 27, 2015
Article source:
Durham Community Legal Clinic

July & August: Regional information sessions about the Ontario Electricity Support Program

The Ontario Energy Board has scheduled a series of regional meetings to share information about the Ontario Electricity Support Program with its partners, social agencies, and other stakeholders.

Posted:
July 27, 2015
Article source:
Low-Income Energy Network (LIEN)

An Ontario court has just affirmed that cultural norms that excuse violence have no place here: Editorial

The Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that "cultural differences" cannot be used to justify a lighter sentence in criminal cases.

Posted:
July 27, 2015
Article source:
Toronto Star

Tenants work together, receive compensation after superintendents removed

Cole Webber, with Parkdale Community Legal Services which represented the tenants, says the settlement is proof that renters are at risk for having their rights violated if they don't band together.

Posted:
July 27, 2015
Article source:
Toronto Star

Stephen Harper's courts: How the judiciary has been remade

The Conservative government has named 600 of the 840 full-time federally appointed judges, or 3 in every 4 judges on provincial superior courts, appeal courts, the Federal Court, and Tax Court.

Posted:
July 27, 2015
Article source:
The Globe and Mail

Ontario court ruling on expats forgets that voting is a right, not a privilege

A review of Parliament's deliberations reveals that it provided no plausible rationale for why non-residents' right to vote should be restricted or why five years was the expiration date, says this writer.

Posted:
July 24, 2015
Article source:
The Globe and Mail