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On the Radar: No more rent control for new apartments

The provincial government is allowing landlords of new apartments to raise the rent by any amount. This month's On the Radar explains which units are affected by this change, and what it means for...

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
January 07, 2019

Long-term care homes want end to mandatory inspections

Advocacy Centre for the Elderly's Jane Meadus says mandatory annual inspections may mean more work for staff, but that is part of the trade-off to ensure vulnerable residents are protected.

Article source:
Ottawa Citizen
Posted:
January 07, 2019

Legal assistance clinics get makeovers in Welland and St. Catharines

As of Jan. 1, Niagara Community Legal Clinic is a result of the merger of the St. Catharines site at 8 Church St. and the Welland site at 15 Burgar St.

Article source:
The Standard (St. Catharines)
Posted:
January 04, 2019

Latest updates on Steps to Justice

Steps to Justice now has information about guilty pleas and sentencing.

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
January 04, 2019

January 16: What's new with CLEO and with you in 2019?

PLE Learning Exchange Ontario invites you to join the next Community of Practice call on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, from 12 noon to 1 p.m. EST.

Article source:
PLE Learning Exchange Ontario
Posted:
January 03, 2019

Latest updates on Steps to Justice / L'actualité de Justice pas-à-pas

Steps to Justice has updated information on taking time off work for illness and other personal emergencies.

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
January 03, 2019

Higher drunk driving fines, static minimum wage: These are the changes taking effect in Ontario in 2019

Other changes taking effect Jan. 1 under Doug Ford's government include a tax credit for low-income families, higher political donation limits, and new rules for collection agencies.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
January 02, 2019

Little to no proof police carding has effect on crime or arrests: Ontario report

Police street checks widely known as carding have little to no value as a law enforcement tool and should be significantly limited across Ontario, a judge tasked with reviewing the practice has...

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
January 02, 2019

Hamilton Community Legal Clinic December 2018 newsletter

Topics covered in this issue of the newsletter include manufactured crisis at WSIB, saving French-language services, fighting predatory lending, Canada Child Benefit, and more.

Article source:
Hamilton Community Legal Clinic / Clinique juridique communautaire de Hamilton
Posted:
January 02, 2019

Opinion: Cuts in benefits and worker safety will worsen the opioid crisis in Canada

The Workers Community Legal Clinic (IWC) notes that 40 percent more injured workers were being prescribed opioids for pain management.

Article source:
The Washington Post
Posted:
December 21, 2018

StatsCan planning to ask gender questions in 'pilot' census - and answering is mandatory

About 250,000 Canadian households are being told to fill out "pilot" census or face $500 fines.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
December 21, 2018

Citizenship & Employment Precarity Project Survey

The project includes an online survey of persons living in the GTA who entered Canada without permanent residence. 

Article source:
York University
Posted:
December 21, 2018

Jan. 28, 30, 31: Citizenship Test Prep, Hamilton

This is a 3-day intensive session on what to expect, Canadian history, rights and responsibilities of citizens, and more.

Article source:
Immigrants Working Centre
Posted:
December 20, 2018

Health Canada aims to improve safety of medical devices

Following the Implant Files investigation, countries have said they will better track implants and warn patients of potential problems by creating or expanding medical device registries.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
December 20, 2018

Advocates say Accessible Canada Act is too weak to be effective

One the main concerns raised is the fact that Bill C 81 does not contain timelines to ensure accessibility, contrary to similar provincial legislation on the books in three provinces.

Article source:
CityNews.ca
Posted:
December 20, 2018

Canadian Environmental Law Association December 2018 bulletin

Topics covered in this issue include opposition to rollback of Clean Water Act, climate change and low-income communities, Bill 57 press conference at Queen's Park, and more.

Article source:
Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA)
Posted:
December 20, 2018

New report by Walkerton citizens' lawyers finds Bill 66 threatens Ontario's drinking water

CELA has released a detailed legal analysis, raising the alarm about the Ontario Government's proposed Bill 66 (Restoring Ontario's Competitiveness Act, 2018). 

Article source:
Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA)
Posted:
December 17, 2018

Cross Country Checkup on racism in police forces

The CBC's Cross Country Checkup has interviews and information about racism in Canadian police forces, after 3 reports on the topic appeared last week. 

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
December 17, 2018

Tories cut cultural funding, revamp tribunals in scramble for savings

The environment and land tribunals, the social justice tribunals, and the safety, licensing appeals and standards tribunals will become one cluster, called Tribunals Ontario.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
December 17, 2018

People with mental disabilities win class status over loss of services at age 18 in Ontario

In his decision, Superior Court Justice Edward Belobaba agreed the plaintiff had made a strong enough case to allow the as-yet untested claim to proceed to trial on its merits.

Article source:
Global News
Posted:
December 14, 2018