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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

Police in Canada can now demand breath samples in bars, at home

Police officers no longer need to have a "reasonable suspicion" the driver had consumed alcohol. Now, an officer can demand a sample from drivers for any reason at any time.

Article source:
Global News
Posted:
January 10, 2019

February 20: Free session on Disability Tax Credit

A Canada Revenue Agency representative will talk about: new changes, eligibility, the process of applying, how to access, what to do if an application was denied, and more.

Article source:
NOW
Posted:
January 10, 2019

Airbnb draining 6,500 homes from Toronto housing market, group says in new report

Fairbnb group says returning "even a fraction" to the market would help families seeking homes.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
January 10, 2019

Reminder - January 16 lunch and learn call

CLEO's PLE Learning Exchange hosts a Community of Practice for community and legal workers in Ontario, Wednesday, January 16, 2019 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. EST.

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
January 09, 2019

Justice Pas-À-Pas: Bringing Key Perspectives to Bear on the Common Legal Problems of Franco-Ontarians

Justice pas-à-pas has easy-to-understand, step-by-step information on common problems such as family, housing, employment, consumer, and criminal law issues.

Article source:
Slaw
Posted:
January 09, 2019

Advocates for students with disabilities call on Ontario to stop school exclusions

Autism advocates are saying a principal's power to exclude students from school is being misused as a disciplinary measure that disproportionately targets children with special needs.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
January 08, 2019

Ontario post-secondary schools expected to now have free-speech policies in place

Ontario’s colleges adopted a universal free-speech policy late last year. The province’s 22 universities, meanwhile, have opted to each come up with their own policy.

Article source:
Global News
Posted:
January 08, 2019

Lawyers say accessibility legislation needs timelines

ARCH Disability Law Centre's Robert Lattanzio says that timelines should include benchmarks on when certain aspects of the bill will be completed.

Article source:
Law Times
Posted:
January 08, 2019

She was grabbed, endured sexual taunts and followed into the washroom. The WSIB says this wasn't workplace harassment

Injured Worker Consultants' Laura Lunansky says the decision shows "a complete lack of understanding of the human rights code, and of what a toxic workplace might look like."

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
January 07, 2019