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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
Posted:
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)
Posted:
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
Posted:
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
Posted:
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)
Posted:
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
Posted:
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

Jan. 30 & 31: The California case against Monsanto and implications for health of Canadians

Canadian Environmental Law Association to co-host two events to learn about the precedent-setting California case against Monsanto (now Bayer).

Article source:
Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA)
Posted:
January 16, 2019

Steps to Justice now has Guided Pathways for children, support, and property issues in separation and divorce

Guided Pathways is an online tool that helps you complete family law court forms in Steps to Justice.

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
January 15, 2019

Supreme Court rejects bid to block court ruling that left dozens of military prosecutions in limbo

Most of the cases currently in doubt — 22 of 35 — involve sexual assault charges.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
January 15, 2019

It's illegal, but many restaurants still ask job seekers to work unpaid trial shifts

Parkdale Community Legal Services' John No says the unpaid shifts issue is likely to get worse because the Ford government’s Bill 47 has reduced penalties for employment standards conventions.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
January 15, 2019

A year of Bill 148: Not what the big business lobby predicted

After 12 months of Bill 148, what happened to Ontario's job market?

Article source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)
Posted:
January 15, 2019

Lawsuit over youth placed in solitary confinement in Ontario allowed to proceed

A lawsuit against the Ontario government on behalf of juvenile inmates placed in solitary confinement has been certified as a class action at an uncontested hearing.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
January 14, 2019

Jan. & Feb. 2019: Injured Workers in the World of Precarious Work: Advocacy and organized resistance

This is a series of seven weekly seminars for workers and advocates, starting January 22, 2019. Registration is free, register for the full series or for individual seminars.

Article source:
Industrial Accident Victims' Group of Ontario (IAVGO)
Posted:
January 14, 2019

Supreme Court rules voting restrictions on expatriate citizens are unconstitutional

In December, a Liberal bill extending voting rights to long-term expatriates received royal assent. But at stake was whether those voting rights could be taken away by a future government.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
January 11, 2019

Long-term care homes are not getting comprehensive annual inspections: NDP critic

ACE's Jane Meadus says annual inspections are crucial because the quality of care at homes can change dramatically from year to year and the complaint system is unlikely to uncover many issues.

Article source:
Ottawa Citizen
Posted:
January 11, 2019

Ontario government's lawyer says teachers can use own judgment in sex-ed lessons

Teachers must teach in a way that's inclusive of all students, an Ontario-government lawyer argued in a hearing that challenges the rollback of the province's sex-ed curriculum.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
January 11, 2019

Activists urge shutdown of Ontario sex-ed curriculum in legal challenge

Under Canada's 1982 Charter of Rights and Freedoms, courts can review government policy, but rarely do they venture into policy matters such as what an appropriate sex-education program is.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
January 10, 2019