CLEO is making changes to Your Legal Rights as part of an overall strategy to simplify our websites and services. As of January 24, 2019, we will no longer be posting news to Your Legal Rights website but will continue to post this information on CLEO’s Twitter feed and Facebook page.  We encourage you to follow us there for information on CLEO’s work and news & events about the law and access to justice in Ontario.

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CLEO is making changes to Your Legal Rights as part of an overall strategy to simplify our websites and services. We will no longer be posting news to Your Legal Rights website but will continue...

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
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January 24, 2019

Toronto landlord owes man with disabilities, daughter $60K after 'campaign' of harassment

The HRTO adjudicator found Smith was discriminated against in housing because he is a person with a disability and because he is in receipt of social assistance.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
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January 23, 2019

Survey results from basic income project reveal housing, mental health struggles

Data from a survey examining the lives of the participants at the start of the basic income program shows the intense stress many of them were living under every single day.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
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January 23, 2019

'Changing lives through law' goal of new outreach program for Indigenous youth in Thunder Bay

The education and mentorship program aims to help children between the ages of 11 and 14 learn more about the justice system and maybe even consider a career in law.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
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January 23, 2019

Human rights tribunal hears challenge to Ontario's repeal of sex-ed curriculum

Schools are currently using a curriculum based on a version from 1998 while the government develops and tests a new document.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
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January 22, 2019

Mobile legal clinics coming to rural Wellington

The project is called the Wellington County Mobile Legal Service, or WellCoMs. It's targeting low-income residents who face barriers getting access to free legal advice.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
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January 22, 2019

Court of Appeal for Ontario to hear matter re patients' rights to accessible health care

Organizations are intervening in a landmark case before the Court of Appeal regarding whether doctors can put their personal religious beliefs ahead of patients' rights to health care.

Article source:
Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
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January 22, 2019

New information on child protection / Du nouveau sur la protection de l'enfance

Steps to Justice now has information for families involved with children's aid societies.

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
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January 22, 2019

At least 29 Ontario long-term care residents killed by fellow residents in 6 years

Reports from family members, workers, and health professionals say that violence levels in long-term care homes are intolerable and unacceptable: Ontario Health Coalition.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
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January 21, 2019

Help for low-income energy consumers from the Ontario Energy Board

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

Article source:
Ontario Energy Board
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January 21, 2019

Provincial cuts leave adults with disabilities ‘hanging on a ledge’

The Ford government decided late last year to axe the $3.1 million demonstration project March 31, and families across the province are mobilizing to save it.

Article source:
Toronto Star
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January 21, 2019

Ontario government cuts tuition fees by 10%, eliminates free tuition for low-income students

The Tories are in the midst of trying to trim a deficit they peg at $14.5 billion – though the financial accountability officer says it's closer to $12 billion.

Article source:
Global News
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January 18, 2019

Families of people with developmental disabilities fighting cuts to program

Just before Christmas, about 100 families that depend on the service learned the province will be cutting $3.1 million in funding on April 1.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
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January 18, 2019

January 30: Community information session, Thunder Bay: Proposed Changes to Social Assistance

A discussion of recently proposed changes to social assistance and what these changes would mean for people receiving OW and ODSP.

Article source:
Northwestern Ontario Women's Centre
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January 18, 2019

Legal Assistance of Windsor program helps human trafficking victims get back on their feet

WEFIGHT helps those fleeing human trafficking by providing shelter, counselling services, basic food and clothing necessities. 

Article source:
Windsor Star
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January 17, 2019

Landlord illegally collected $5K in rent from college students while listing their rooms on Airbnb

The Landlord and Tenant Board has ordered a landlord to pay students back after she collected the students' rent while renting their rooms on Airbnb at the same time.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
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January 17, 2019

Minister hopes national standards will stop sexual violence on campuses

The minister for women and gender equality is meeting with an advisory committee to develop standards for how Canada’s colleges and universities should deal with gender-based violence.

Article source:
Montreal Gazette
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January 17, 2019

'It's gotten out of hand': Toronto area taxi fare scam has defrauded victims of millions, police say

Some taxi drivers are using customized debit machines to steal financial information from customers. Police stressed that cab companies are "not directly involved" in the scam.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
January 17, 2019

February 28: Access to Justice for Trafficked Persons Legal Case Study Hack

This in-person networking and training meeting presented by the Canadian Council for Refugees will explore legal strategies for responding to trafficked persons cases.

Article source:
Canadian Council for Refugees
Posted:
January 16, 2019

Hamilton senior says LHIN bullying her to put husband in long-term care 'dump'

Advocacy Centre for the Elderly's Jane Meadus says the centre has had numerous difficulties dealing with the HNHB LHIN, and it gets hundreds of complaints about it.

Article source:
Hamilton Spectator
Posted:
January 16, 2019