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Old arrest records centre of debate

A panel discussion at a national mental-health conference says that many, if not most, police forces in Ontario still keep decades-old medical arrests on record.

Article source:
London Free Press
Posted:
November 03, 2010

Web site has information on child welfare across Canada

The Canadian Child Welfare Research Portal has information on the latest research on Canadian child welfare programs and policies.

Article source:
Centre of Excellence for Child Welfare
Posted:
November 03, 2010

Refugee bashing: The government bills its refugee-law changes as getting tough on smugglers, but the law does much more than that

An op-ed piece in the Montreal Gazette says that, under the cover of anti-smuggling efforts, Bill C-49 includes harsh measures for the victims of human smuggling, that is, the refugees themselves...

Article source:
Montreal Gazette
Posted:
November 03, 2010

Research: Family violence and the need for Prevention Research in First Nations, Inuit, and Metis communities

This paper describes the elements necessary to develop research into prevention of family violence in First Nations, Inuit, and Metis communities.

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Posted:
November 03, 2010

Mental Health Court making difference

Judges in two of Canada's mental-health courts say the specialized courts are making a difference in dealing with mentally ill people who come in conflict with the law.

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November 03, 2010

Ontario lawyers challenge 'truth in sentencing' law

Legislation slashing the credit offenders get for time served in pre-sentence custody infringes charter rights, disproportionately affecting black and aboriginal offenders, and should be struck...

Article source:
CTV News
Posted:
November 03, 2010

Public has right to court exhibits, appeal judges rule

The Ontario Court of Appeal has knocked down a long-standing barrier to full public access to the courts, ruling the CBC could see and make copies of exhibits in the Ashley Smith case.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
November 03, 2010

November 10: Refugees and Human Smuggling: Bill C-49 Forum

Date November 10, 2010
Time 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Where University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, Bennett Lecture Hall, Flavelle House, 78 Queen's Park Crescent West (just south of Museum Subway station)

Panelists will discuss the impacts of Bill C-49 on refugee claimants and reflect on Canada's international obligations towards refugees, past, present and future.

Article source:
Amnesty International
Posted:
November 02, 2010

Legal organization fights for rights of people with disabilities

MyKawartha.com reports on the workshop hosted by Community Legal Clinic, Simcoe, Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes, on rights for people with disabilities.

Article source:
MyKawartha.com
Posted:
November 02, 2010

Remove niqab ban from Bill 94, Civil Liberties Association says

A Montreal Gazette article says the Canadian Civil Liberties Association is calling for removing the niqab ban from Bill 94, explaining that the law already requires a niqab-wearing woman to lift...

Article source:
Montreal Gazette
Posted:
November 02, 2010

Disability Poverty: An Unacknowledged Reality

Few people, unless they have a family member with a disability, understand that disability and poverty are largely synonymous - disability can lead to poverty and poverty can lead to disability,...

Article source:
Council of Canadians with Disabilities
Posted:
November 01, 2010

Catholic school boards need anti-homophobia policies

A "courageous conversation" needs to happen at Ontario's Catholic schools to combat homophobia as boards implement the provincial government's new equity policy, says a prominent educator.

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Posted:
November 01, 2010

Amnesty International urging action to defeat Canada's Bill C-49

Amnesty International is concerned that Canada's Bill C-49 falls far short of international human rights and refugee protection obligations and is urging action to defeat it.

Article source:
Amnesty International
Posted:
November 01, 2010

December 2: Introduction to Family Law and Family Law Legal Services

Date December 2, 2010
Time 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Where HALCO Boardroom, 65 Wellesley Street East, Suite 207, Toronto (one block east of Yonge Street/Wellesley Subway Station)

Part of HALCO's Public Legal Education Program Workshop series, this workshop is presented by Emma Barz, Legal Aid Ontario Family Law Duty Counsel Lawyer.

Article source:
HALCO - HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario
Posted:
October 31, 2010

December 7: HIV & Private Insurance Issues

Date December 7, 2010
Time 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Where HALCO Boardroom, 65 Wellesley Street East, Suite 207, Toronto (one block east of Yonge Street/Wellesley Subway Station)

Part of HALCO's Public Legal Education Program Workshop series, this workshop is presented by Renée Lang, HALCO Litigation Lawyer.

Article source:
HALCO - HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario
Posted:
October 31, 2010

Community Advocacy & Legal Centre Fall 2010 newsletter now available

Topics in Bafflegab include responsibility for bedbugs in rental units, update on energy poverty, the Registered Disability Savings Plan, and National Housing Strategy Day activities.

Article source:
Community Advocacy & Legal Centre (CALC)
Posted:
October 31, 2010

Law Society of Upper Canada seeks input on unbundling of legal services and limited legal representation

The Law Society of Upper Canada has begun a review of the ethical and procedural issues relating to the "unbundling" of legal services and is seeking input on those issues.

Article source:
Law Society of Ontario
Posted:
October 27, 2010

October 2010 Toronto Workers' Health & Safety Legal Clinic newsletter now available

Topics include random drug testing of safety-sensitive workers, Sunrise Propane update, Ministry of Labour's new exposure limits, Ontario designated substances, and articles in the press.

Article source:
Workers' Health and Safety Legal Clinic
Posted:
October 26, 2010

November 9: Holding Power Accountable (and more)

Date November 9, 2010
Time 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Where Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street, Toronto

This is a training session on how to file complaints against the police, the City of
Toronto, and the Government of Ontario, plus information on the injury compensation system for victims of...

Article source:
Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic (CSALC)
Posted:
October 26, 2010

New OW and ODSP rate information now available

The Income Security Advocacy Centre has prepared fact sheets on the new Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program rates, which take effect in November / December.

Article source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)
Posted:
October 26, 2010