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Making sense of Ontario's social assistance reforms

The Star has looked at government statements and websites and asked advocates and social policy experts to find out how the reforms will affect people receiving OW and ODSP.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
December 03, 2018

December 6: Register for upcoming webinar: Social Assistance in Ontario: What's happened and what's next?

When: December 6, 2018 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time
Registration Link: https://cc.readytalk.com/registration/#/?meeting=vjkazm7ltp9r&campaign=a5ymhg95rabg

December 6, 2018 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time - On November 22, 2018, the Ontario government announced a number of changes to Ontario Works (OW) and the Ontario...

Article source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)
Posted:
November 30, 2018

December 3: Webinar on Supporting and Empowering Women Victims and Survivors with Disabilities

When: Monday, December 3, 2018, from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Where: Online

Registration: Pre-registration is required. Please email or call the Policy Centre for Victim Issues (PCVI) to register pcvi-cpcv@justice.gc.ca or 613-952-3629.

Women with disabilities are nearly twice as likely as women without disabilities, and about 14 times more likely than men without disabilities, to be sexually assaulted.

Article source:
Policy Centre for Victim Issues
Posted:
November 30, 2018

Ottawa to hand over child welfare services to Indigenous governments

In an effort to drive down the massive number of Indigenous children in foster care, the federal government will hand over child welfare services to Indigenous governments.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
November 30, 2018

Ontario Justice Partners Launch French language website to help people understand their legal problems

Led by Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO), Justice pas-à-pas and Steps to Justice are collaborative projects of leading justice sector organizations. 

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
November 29, 2018

People told to pick up ODSP payments at local office due to 'postal delivery uncertainty'

The Ontario government is advising that Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities (ACSD) Nov. payments must be picked up in person.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
November 29, 2018

Hate crimes reached all-time high in 2017, Statistics Canada says

The number of police-reported hate crimes reached an all-time high in 2017, largely driven by incidents targeting Muslim, Jewish, and black people.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
November 29, 2018

Ban on Disconnection of Homes this Winter for Customers of Electricity Distributors

The OEB has Frequently Asked Questions about the ban on disconnecting residential customers for non-payment during the winter.

Article source:
Ontario Energy Board
Posted:
November 29, 2018

Have you been hacked or phished? The Mounties want to know

RCMP officials say they are encouraging people to call the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre or go online to make a complaint using their secure reporting system.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
November 28, 2018

Rental vacancy rate dips to 2.4% across Canada, CMHC says

The average monthly rental cost was $987 this year, a figure that rose by 3.4 per cent from 2017, CMHC says.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
November 28, 2018

December 4: Role of the lawyer in the Office of the Children's Lawyer, Thunder Bay

When: Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Where: Waverley Library Auditorium, 285 Red River Road, Thunder Bay P7B 1A9

To reserve a seat: Reservations required: (807) 345-7802 or gfb@nwowc.org

This session will focus on the role of the Lawyer in the OCL. No need to have attended Part 1 to participate in this session.

Article source:
Northwestern Ontario Women's Centre
Posted:
November 28, 2018

Pro Bono Ontario secures funding to keep Law Help Centres open another year

Pro Bono Ontario has announced it will be keeping its Law Help Centres for unrepresented litigants open throughout 2019.

Article source:
Pro Bono Ontario
Posted:
November 28, 2018

How Justin Clark's fight for independence transformed disability rights in Canada

Clark, who was born with cerebral palsy, sued his parents for the right to make his own decisions.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
November 27, 2018

Five Ideas to Ease the Big City Housing Crisis

From building more affordable housing to giving youth a voice, Toronto advocates on a panel at the Wellesley Institute offer solutions during National Housing Week.

Article source:
The Tyee
Posted:
November 27, 2018

TVO's The Agenda: The PC Plan for Social Assistance:

The Agenda looks at the reforms and how they will affect the nearly one million Ontarians who rely on Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program.

Article source:
TVO.org
Posted:
November 27, 2018

Taxpayer Ombudsman makes her way to northeastern Ontario in taxpayer town halls

A series of town halls are scheduled in Sudbury and Timmins this week to provide people with information regarding taxpayer rights and CRA service issues.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
November 27, 2018

First-time shoplifters won't be charged by Toronto police in pilot project

The six-month pilot will run in divisions 51 and 52, which encompass the area south of Bloor St. from Spadina Ave. east to the Don River.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
November 26, 2018

Proposed criminal law changes threaten vulnerable, legal clinic head warns

Amendments to Canada's criminal law may end up barring law students from representing vulnerable clients in criminal courts, warns the head of Western University's legal clinic.

Article source:
London Free Press
Posted:
November 26, 2018

Here are 10 changes from the Minister's announcement about the Ontario social assistance system

Hamilton Community Legal Clinic has condensed the information contained in the Minister's announcement of last week.

Article source:
Hamilton Community Legal Clinic / Clinique juridique communautaire de Hamilton
Posted:
November 26, 2018

Ford's move to axe child advocate office 'a nightmare,' children's rights lawyer says

"You're silencing a whole bunch of people who were afraid to speak before. You created and nurtured this environment where it was safe to speak up and now you're taking that away."

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
November 26, 2018