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October 24: Police Surveillance and Civil Liberties

When: Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Where: Ryerson University, Room 230, Rogers Communication Centre, 80 Gould Street, Toronto, Ontario

The growing number of police technologies may serve legitimate police purposes but raise serious questions about civil liberties and privacy. 

Article source:
Centre for Free Expression
Posted:
October 17, 2018

Steps to Justice now has information about the new cannabis laws

Steps to Justice now has information about the new cannabis laws: What do the new laws mean? and rules about cannabis and driving.

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
October 17, 2018

November 15: Disrepair Despair - CALC Forum 2018, Belleville

When: Thursday, 15 November 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Where: Hastings & Prince Edward Public Health Bldg., Douglas Room, 179 North Park Street, Belleville, ON K8P 4P1

You are invited to the Community Advocacy & Legal Centre's forum exploring the impact of housing disrepair on health.

Article source:
Community Advocacy & Legal Centre (CALC)
Posted:
October 16, 2018

Community Advocacy & Legal Centre's October 2018 newsletter is now available

Topics in this issue include connection between health and housing, sexually harassed at work? Canada's poverty reduction strategy, and more.

Article source:
Community Advocacy & Legal Centre (CALC)
Posted:
October 16, 2018

Ontario Human Rights Commission releases updated policy ahead of cannabis legalization

In its updated guidance ahead of the legalization of recreational weed, the commission says employers can expect workers to be sober at work, particularly in safety-sensitive jobs.

Article source:
Global News
Posted:
October 16, 2018

Canadian Civil Liberties Association has video series on cannabis legalization

Topics in the series include cannabis legalization, cannabis at the border, at home, in the workplace, driving, and when it's legal or illegal.

Article source:
Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA)
Posted:
October 16, 2018

Legalization is only the start: Canada must do right by its 'cannabis criminals'

"Canada has spent far more money on drug-law enforcement than on the investigation, enforcement and prevention of serious crimes of violence": Globe and Mail opinion piece.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
October 15, 2018

October 25: Community Information Session in Thunder Bay

When: Thursday, October 25, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Where: Italian Cultural Centre (Trade Room), 132 Algoma St. S., Thunder Bay

The Northwestern Ontario Women's Centre invites you to a FREE community information session on The Office of the Children's Lawyer (OCL).

Article source:
Northwestern Ontario Women's Centre
Posted:
October 15, 2018

Free legal advice coming to Hamilton Community Food Centre

Mountain residents who have legal questions can get some free help each month at the Hamilton Community Food Centre starting Oct. 26.

Article source:
Hamilton Mountain News
Posted:
October 15, 2018

Latest updates from Steps to Justice

Steps to Justice now has information about what happens when a Children's Aid Society gets involved with a family.

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
October 15, 2018
Article source:
Hamilton Spectator
Posted:
October 09, 2018

New book makes case for Canadian basic income program

Forget is a health economist, and her interest in basic income, which she has been studying for more than a decade, was originally sparked by what she saw first-hand, she said. 

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
October 05, 2018

Indigenous children still being treated unequally by provinces, says advocate

Cindy Blackstock says that the provinces are still denying Indigenous kids access to services that are available to non-Indigenous kids.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
October 05, 2018

October 15: 2018 Toronto Mayoral Forum on Affordable Housing & Homelessness

When: Monday, October 15, 2018, 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. *Doors open at 6 p.m., arrive early to secure a seat

Where: OISE Auditorium, University of Toronto, 252 Bloor St. West, (steps from the St. George subway station)

Find out where Mayoral candidates stand on addressing Toronto's affordable housing and homelessness crisis. This event is open to the public

Article source:
Toronto Housing Pledge Group
Posted:
October 05, 2018

Politicians can't interfere with where and how Tori Stafford's killer serves her time: Opinion

The separation of powers between legislators and judicial and administrative decision-makers is vital to safeguard the rule of law: Columnist.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
October 05, 2018

Childhood trauma can leave scars on DNA, Harvard-UBC study finds

Children who are abused can be left with physical, "molecular scars" on their DNA that last well into adulthood, according to a new study from Harvard University and UBC.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
October 04, 2018

On the Radar: New protections when getting payday loans

Some of the rules for payday lenders have changed to give borrowers more protection. This month's On the Radar outlines some of the main rules and highlights what's new.

Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Posted:
October 04, 2018

Reasonable Doubt: How not to conduct yourself as a witness

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh broke all the rules when it comes to being a credible witness, says this Reasonable Doubt columnist.

Article source:
NOW
Posted:
October 04, 2018

The ARCH Disability Law Centre newsletter is now available

The October 3 issue of ARCH Alert includes Updated Human Rights Commission Policy on Accessible Education, Accessible Canada Act Passes Second Reading, and more.

Article source:
ARCH Disability Law Centre
Posted:
October 04, 2018

Children and youth rights advocate Birdsell to receive 2018 Guthrie Award

Birdsell is the executive director of Justice for Children and Youth (JFCY), a legal aid clinic dedicated to protecting and advancing the legal rights and dignity of children and youth.

Article source:
The Lawyer's Daily
Posted:
October 03, 2018