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November 23: Free workshop for legal clinic and community caseworkers

When: Friday, 23 November 2018, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET

Where: Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street, Toronto, ON M5T 1N1

This year's topics include legalization of cannabis, refugee determination myths & facts, Social Assistance updates, and what’s new in Ford Nation.

Article source:
Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic (CSALC)
Posted:
October 31, 2018

Disability groups from across Canada write open letter to government calling for improvements to Bill C-81-Accessible Canada Act

Provincial and national disability rights organizations have written to express significant concerns regarding Bill C-81.

Article source:
ARCH Disability Law Centre
Posted:
October 31, 2018

Interview with JFCY’s Mary Birdsell, Guthrie Award winner

Mary Birdsell is the recipient of this year's Guthrie Award from the Law Foundation of Ontario. She was interviewed by Matt Galloway on the CBC's Metro Morning.

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

Steps to Justice has new information about finding legal help

Steps to Justice now has information about finding, working with, and complaining about a lawyer or paralegal

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
October 30, 2018

Canadian Environmental Law Association October 2018 bulletin is now available

Canada bans asbestos, amending CEPA, nuclear news, upcoming events, and more, from CELA.

Article source:
Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA)
Posted:
October 30, 2018

November 6: Upcoming event in Thunder Bay: Using the law to protect air, water, land and human health

When: Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Waverley Library Auditorium, 285 Red River Rd., Thunder Bay

Learn how you can find out about environmental issues in your community and projects that might have bad effects on air, water, and land.

Article source:
Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA)
Posted:
October 30, 2018

Stressed-out tenant says his apartment has been treated for cockroaches 18 times in 18 months

Geordie Dent, the executive director of the Federation of Metro Tenants' Associations, says it's not the first time he's heard of pest problems harming a tenant's mental health.

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

More than 1,100 individual Ontarians and nearly 100 organizations call on Minister MacLeod to use Five Principles as basis for changes to social assistance

The Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC) has released an Open Letter that was sent to Children, Community and Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod today.

Article source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)
Posted:
October 29, 2018

November 12: Justicia for Migrant Workers

Join Chris Ramsaroop, Min Sook Lee, and others, for a discussion of the issues and struggles facing migrant workers in the fields, farms ,and greenhouses of Southern Ontario.

Article source:
Justicia for Migrant Workers
Posted:
October 29, 2018

Why 100 CEOs are asking Doug Ford to bring back basic income

"If the economy fails to grow because people are stuck in precarious or low-income jobs," we're all kind of in trouble," says one of 100 CEOs who wrote to the premier.

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

Parkdale group seeks commitments from developers on affordable housing, rent increases

Parkdale People's Economy is a network of over 30 community groups whose goal is to bring benefits to the neighbourhood's residents.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
October 26, 2018

Accredited training for lawyers at Luke's Place

Designed for family law lawyers in Ontario, Luke's Place offers "Effective Lawyering with Clients Leaving Abusive Relationships."

Article source:
Luke's Place
Posted:
October 26, 2018

New pot, impaired driving penalties could bar newcomers from Canada

The federal government is warning newcomers that stiffer impaired driving and cannabis-related penalties could lead to their removal from Canada.

Article source:
FindLaw.ca
Posted:
October 25, 2018

November 15: Community forum on Pursuit Of Justice And Equality In Ontario

Featured speaker is Avvy Go of the Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic. Preceded by the 2018 Annual General Meeting of Kensington-Bellwoods Community Legal Services.

Article source:
Kensington-Bellwoods Community Legal Services
Posted:
October 25, 2018

Ministry of Labour puts hold on proactive workplace inspections, internal memo says

Proactive inspections, which the ministry initiates, are far more effective at recovering unpaid wages, holiday pay, and overtime, than when individual workers file complaints. 

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Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
October 25, 2018

New U.S.-Canada-Mexico trade pact promises to strengthen LGBTQ rights

The provision, if it survives in the final text of the deal, is seen as a victory for Canada.

Article source:
Politico.com
Posted:
October 24, 2018

Training trusted intermediaries creates a ripple effect of good information in the community

The [Dis]placement Project, funded by the Law Foundation of Ontario, provided training on housing law to people who support new Canadians in Hamilton.

Article source:
The Law Foundation of Ontario
Posted:
October 24, 2018

Steps to Justice now has information about getting help in criminal law

There are now questions and answers on Steps to Justice about how to find a lawyer or paralegal to help you with your criminal law case.

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
October 24, 2018

October 27: Toronto Tenant Summit

When: Saturday, 27 October 2018, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET

The FMTA Tenant Summit is a gathering of tenants and tenants associations to discuss strategies for organization and advocacy in the city of Toronto.

Article source:
Federation of Metro Tenants' Associations (FMTA)
Posted:
October 24, 2018

CLEO Job Posting: Director of Community Support Programs

Applications will be reviewed and considered on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. Please apply as soon as possible. The first date of review will be November 12, 2018.

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
October 23, 2018