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Fix welfare rules, panel urges province

A Toronto Star article reports that a government-appointed panel of poverty experts recommended 13 changes for quick action to social assistance rules last February, but only four have been done...

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
August 17, 2010

A quick way to ease poverty

A Toronto Star editorial says urging people to get jobs and then stripping them of the financial benefits that come with work makes little sense, but that is just what Ontario's welfare system...

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
August 17, 2010

Interactive Welfare Incomes Map in Canada

This interactive social assistance incomes map on the new National Council of Welfare web site makes it possible to see social assistance incomes by household type for 2008 and over time.

Article source:
National Council of Welfare
Posted:
August 17, 2010

Women's Court of Canada offers alternative thoughts on equality judgments

According to its web site, the Women's Court of Canada is an innovative project bringing together academics, activists, and litigators in order literally to rewrite the Canadian Charter of Rights...

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August 16, 2010

Why we can't turn away the Tamil ships

The authors of a Globe and Mail opinion piece discuss the legal and historic reasons for not turning away the Tamil ships.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
August 16, 2010

Settlement approved in Zyprexa (olanzapine) class actions

A notice from The Empowerment Council has information about how to make a claim for money from the settlement of a lawsuit brought on behalf of Canadian patients who used the antipsychotic Zyprexa...

Article source:
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
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August 15, 2010

Ontario mulls law to curb intimidation suits

According to a CBC.ca article, Ontario is investigating whether the province should follow Quebec in adopting laws to discourage large companies from filing lawsuits for the purposes of...

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
August 15, 2010

Update on Bill 68: Workers forced to settle for less

The Workers' Action Centre reports that, despite public outcry, the Ministry of Labour has not introduced any amendments to Bill 68 and it will be going forward to Third Reading in the legislature...

Article source:
Workers' Action Centre
Posted:
August 15, 2010

Helping Anishinabek Victims Of Crime

In a media release, the Attorney General has announced that Anishinabek victims of crime will have access to improved counselling, through the Aboriginal Victims Support Grant Program.

Article source:
Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General
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August 12, 2010

Province to compensate victims of Dr. Charles Smith

A Toronto Star article says that the provincial government will compensate victims of disgraced pathologist Dr. Charles Smith up to $250,000, but that critics decry the amount as outrageously...

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
August 10, 2010

Letter to Minister Clement concerning long-form census

The Canadian Council for Refugees says in a letter to the Minister of Industry that the elimination of the mandatory long-form census will harm the work of the organization, which uses census data...

Article source:
Canadian Council for Refugees
Posted:
August 10, 2010

Proposed Ontario law could let abused women break leases early

According to a Montreal Gazette article, women fleeing abusive relationships will have one less barrier if Ontario passes a proposed law allowing them to break their leases early.

Article source:
Montreal Gazette
Posted:
August 10, 2010

CCLA counsel discusses key legal issues around G20

In a Canadian Civil Liberties Association podcast, Tony Navaneelan, Acting Fundamental Freedoms Program Director, speaks about the the key legal issues around the G20.

Article source:
Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA)
Posted:
August 10, 2010

Queer Ontario to Harper: Back off bawdyhouse provision

An Xtra article reports that Queer Ontario is calling on the Harper government to reverse its recently enacted anti-sex-work provision.

Article source:
Xtra.ca
Posted:
August 10, 2010

Inmates stuck in cycle of jail and homelessness

A Globe and Mail article looks at a new report that has found that the path to prison often begins in homelessness, and the path back to freedom tends to leave former inmates homeless once again...

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August 09, 2010

Colour of Poverty calls out Conservatives on threats to employment equity

The Hook blog reports that comments made by Treasury Board President Stockwell Day and Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney regarding the public service Employment Equity Act are...

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August 09, 2010

October 25-26: Witnessing Victims' Resistance to Violence and Oppression

Date October 25, 2010 to October 26, 2010
Time TBA
Where Ottawa

Participants at this workshop will learn gentle, straightforward, and effective interviewing skills for honouring victims' responses and resistance to violence, identifying offenders' pre-existing...

Article source:
Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime
Posted:
August 09, 2010

Toronto Community Housing Tenants Speakers Bureau is Seeking Applications

Toronto Community Housing Tenants Speakers Bureau/Voices From the Street is holding training for anyone in Toronto Community Housing who wants to gain some advocacy skills.

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Posted:
August 09, 2010

CLEO offers workshops on Your Rights Your Language Project

Do you work with clients who need legal information? Do your clients need access to resources in languages besides English and French? CLEO is now accepting invitations to come introduce service...

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
August 09, 2010

Fiorito: On your mark, get set, stand still

A Toronto Star column reports that the Toronto Community Housing Corporation has not come up with an action plan to improve TCHC's Eviction Prevention Policy, which was thought necessary to...

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
August 09, 2010