Same-sex parents’ names to both go on birth certificates

Ontario’s Liberals, picking up on an NDP private members’ bill, will modernize a registration system that forced same-sex mothers or fathers to adopt their own children.

Posted:
May 31, 2016
Article source:
Toronto Star

Save the date: Connect, Create, Communicate: Public Legal Education and the Access to Justice Movement

When: October 20-21, 2016
Where: Toronto, ON

LawConnect Ontario (a collaboration of CLEO and OJEN) and The Action Group on Access to Justice (TAG) will be hosting a conference in Toronto on October 20-21 about public legal education and information (PLEI) and access to justice. This conference is open to legal professionals, community workers, students, and other people working in access to justice and doing PLEI.

Posted:
May 31, 2016
Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)

How students can help more people afford access to our justice system

When Pro Bono Students Canada was founded at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 1996, it was the first such organization to set up shop in this country. What started as a local program with a few passionate law students and a handful of community partners has expanded, 20 years later, to include 21 law schools in eight provinces in Canada.

Posted:
May 30, 2016
Article source:
Ottawa Citizen

Full text of Kathleen Wynne's formal apology to indigenous peoples

'As Premier, I apologize for the policies and practices supported by past Ontario governments and for the harm they caused,’ the premier said in response to the Truth and Reconciliation report.

Posted:
May 30, 2016
Article source:
Toronto Star

CCR calls for a refugee resettlement plan reflecting equity for all regions

The Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) urges the Government of Canada to uphold the principles of fairness and equity in responding to refugees around the world. The CCR commends the government for significantly increasing the immigration targets for refugees and for the mass resettlement of Syrian refugees. In the interests of justice, this needs to be complemented by a commitment to eliminate the backlogs in Africa and other regions, within a clear timeline.

Posted:
May 26, 2016
Article source:
Canadian Council for Refugees

Ontario Human Rights Commission calls for big changes in policing

Ontario is in the midst of a once-in-a-generation opportunity as the provincial government cracks open the laws governing policing. With an exclusive look at submissions for change from Ontario’s human rights watchdog, the Toronto Star begins a series looking at the future of policing.

Posted:
May 26, 2016
Article source:
Toronto Star

What's new from the PLE Learning Exchange: Adventures in PLE, part 1

Guest author Barbara Hurd, a long-time community legal worker, talks about some of her experiences using games in her PLE work.

Posted:
May 26, 2016
Article source:
PLE Learning Exchange Ontario

Liberals to repeal anti-strike legislation that redefined 'essential service'

The 2014 budget omnibus bill made it illegal for any federal bargaining unit to strike if 80 per cent or more of the positions in that unit are declared necessary for providing an essential service.

Posted:
May 26, 2016
Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

Ontario government takes Halton Catholic board to task on anti-bullying policy

The province will contact the Halton Catholic school board after trustees voted against updating an anti-bullying policy over concerns about mentioning sexual orientation and gender identity.

Posted:
May 26, 2016
Article source:
Toronto Star

May 31: Access Awareness Event on Developmental Services and Legal Rights

When: Tuesday, May 31, 2016, Panel Discussions: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., Reception: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Where: Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen St. W., Toronto - Please enter through east-side doors facing Nathan Phillips Square

ARCH Disability Law Centre and the Law Society of Upper Canada present an event about community inclusion and full citizenship of persons labelled with intellectual disabilities.

Posted:
May 26, 2016
Article source:
ARCH Disability Law Centre