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Seminar for Quinte Region landlords concerned with homelessness

When someone stops paying rent, eviction is often the only tool landlords are aware of. "But evictions don't always go as planned and can be a long, expensive process."

Article source:
Quinte News
Posted:
December 14, 2018

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

Steps to Justice now has information about getting legal help with problems in immigration law, in English and French.

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
December 14, 2018

Supreme Court strikes down 'cruel and unusual' mandatory victim surcharge

In a landmark group of cases, the Supreme Court today struck down the mandatory victim surcharge, finding that it was cruel and unusual in its effects on people living in poverty.

Article source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)
Posted:
December 14, 2018

What Changing the ODSP Definition of Disability Would Mean / Que signifierait changer la définition d'invalidité du POSPH?

This is the third in a series of analyses by ISAC about the provincial government's November 22 announcement regarding social assistance reform.

Article source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)
Posted:
December 13, 2018

February 21: Tax Benefits For Indigenous Peoples

A representative from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will talk about tax benefits and credits for Indigenous peoples, and where to get help filing taxes.

Article source:
Toronto Public Library
Posted:
December 13, 2018

'Racist attitudes' contributed to poor Indigenous death investigations by Thunder Bay police, report says

The Ontario police watchdog has recommended that at least 9 deaths of Indigenous people be reinvestigated in Thunder Bay.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
December 13, 2018

CLEO’s Executive Director on The Agenda -Improving Legal Aid and Access to Justice

CLEO’s Executive Director Julie Mathews participated in a panel on The Agenda discussing the importance of informing low income and marginalized communities about their legal rights and how...

Article source:
TVO.org
Posted:
December 13, 2018

Law Society of Ontario to mandate pay for articling students

The LSO has decided to approve a proposal to mandate pay for articling students and audit the firms where they work beginning May 1, 2021.

Article source:
Canadian Lawyer Magazine
Posted:
December 12, 2018

TVO's The Agenda panel: Landlords, Tenants, and Housing

One of the few growth areas on the supply side of the rental equation has been small landlords. The Agenda discusses this segment of the rental equation.

Article source:
TVO.org
Posted:
December 12, 2018

Bill to curb violence against Indigenous women could hurt those it aims to protect, warns lawyer

An Anishinaabe lawyer is concerned that a bill promoting harsher sentences for people who commit crimes against Indigenous women may end up hurting the group it's trying to protect.

Article source:
CBC Radio - The Current
Posted:
December 12, 2018

WSIB to investigate claims of Kitchener-Waterloo rubber workers

The review will look at both cancer and non-cancer related claims of the former area rubber workers. 300 claims filed since 2002 will be reviewed by a dedicated team.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
December 12, 2018

Thunder Bay Police Services Board swears in first Indigenous chair

Celina Reitberger, who spent 20 years in private practice, followed by 15 years with Nishnawbe-Aski Legal Services, takes over the leadership of the board.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
December 12, 2018

Study highlights 'uncomfortable truth' about racism in the job market

Racialized workers in Ontario are significantly more likely to be concentrated in low-wage jobs and face persistent unemployment and earnings gaps compared to white employees.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
December 11, 2018

Hearst councillor Gaetan Baillargeon says province changing rules on pledging allegiance to the Crown

The province will provide an alternate declaration which will allow publicly elected officials to be sworn in without pledging allegiance to the Crown.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
December 11, 2018

Reviewing the Low-income Energy Assistance Program

The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) is reviewing the Low-income Energy Assistance Program Emergency Financial Assistance, or LEAP EFA, and is encouraging consumers to have their say.

Article source:
Ontario Energy Board
Posted:
December 11, 2018

Lawyer versus consultant? Immigration data shows visa applicants have best shot with former

Foreign nationals who prepare their own Canadian visa applications are nearly as successful in being accepted as those who spend money on a consultant to do the job.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
December 11, 2018

Everything we know about gender violence in one new website

A new government website is bringing together federal programs, research, and information related to gender-based violence across Canada.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
December 10, 2018

WSIB staffers decry chaos caused by 'broken' system that’s putting injured workers at risk

Understaffing, long wait times, and chaotic case management at the WSIB are putting vulnerable accident victims at risk, say the Board's own employees.
Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
December 10, 2018

Liberals order Crown attorneys to stop prosecuting some HIV non-disclosure cases

The new rules coming into effect Saturday won't transfer over to provinces — only in the territories where federal prosecutors have jurisdiction.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
December 10, 2018

OHRC interim report on Toronto Police Service inquiry shows disturbing results

Between 2013 and 2017, a Black person was nearly 20 times more likely than a White person to be involved in a fatal shooting by the Toronto Police.

Article source:
Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC)
Posted:
December 10, 2018