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Ontario's fiscal update projects deficit at $14.5 billion as province slashes watchdogs, creates tax-cut

The government is also eliminating rent control on new rental units to increase housing supply across the province, but says rent control will remain in place for current tenants.

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

Two Big Ideas to Address Toronto's Housing Crisis Now

The city could make serious progress by using surplus land, with the help of real estate tax revenues.

Article source:
The Tyee
Posted:
November 15, 2018

Supreme Court to grapple with murky legal rights of immigration detainees

Should an immigration detainee have the same right to challenge their ongoing detention as their criminally convicted peers?

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
November 15, 2018

Is Ontario failing adults with developmental disabilities?

Some Ontarians with developmental disabilities wait decades for residential placements, so families are calling for change — and taking the province to court.

Article source:
TVO.org
Posted:
November 14, 2018

Indigenous women kept from seeing their newborn babies until agreeing to sterilization, says lawyer

The women would be told that they could not leave until their tubes were tied, cut or cauterized, or that "they could not see their baby until they agreed."

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
November 14, 2018

Bill could allow convicted criminals on juries

MPP Nathalie Des Rosiers, who tabled the bill, says the Juries Act needs reform because it excludes too many people from the jury pool. 

Article source:
Law Times
Posted:
November 13, 2018

November is Make a Will Month

Find out more by attending one of the legal information sessions presented by OBA member volunteers at libraries and community hubs across Ontario during November.

Article source:
Ontario Bar Association (OBA)
Posted:
November 13, 2018

Ontario Basic Income Cancellation Births A Movement In Thunder Bay

Now, a couple dozen locals meet weekly to talk about solutions to poverty and plan demonstrations. They call their group Disrupt.

Article source:
Huffington Post Canada
Posted:
November 13, 2018

Four ways a former crown ward would change Canada's child welfare system

This is an episode from the CBC's point-of-view documentary series. It includes links to the article as well as the documentary.

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

KEYS Job Centre Co-Launches French Version of Community-Produced Comic Book

The project produced an 8-page comic that illustrates key rights and entitlements found in the ESA, OHSA, and employment provisions of the IRPA.

Article source:
Kingston Herald
Posted:
November 12, 2018

Marriage revokes a will, but divorce or separation does not

Failing to update a will following separation or divorce can create confusion and may lead to conflict when it comes to the distribution of assets following death.

Article source:
AdvocateDaily.com
Posted:
November 12, 2018

How a Canadian law meant to protect sex workers is making it harder for them to stay safe

A majority of respondents in the Vancouver study said the PCEPA didn’t improve their working conditions, while over a quarter reported negative changes.

Article source:
Toronto Star
Posted:
November 12, 2018

'Why not me?': People with disabilities in Thunder Bay voice concerns about accessibility act

The height of hotel beds, placement of automatic door buttons, and the little step-up in doorways were issues raised at public hearings into AODA in Thunder Bay.

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

Banks weigh legal action to block Statscan’s plan to obtain consumer records

Canada's banks are considering legal action to prevent Statistics Canada from obtaining their clients' banking records without consent.

Article source:
The Globe and Mail
Posted:
November 09, 2018

What you need to know about the new Police Record Checks Reform Act

On November 1, the Police Records Checks Reform Act (PRCRA) came into force. The new Act standardizes most police record checks in Ontario.

Article source:
Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA)
Posted:
November 09, 2018

November 5: ARCH Presents an Information Session: Accessible Transportation for Persons with Vision Disabilities

When: Thursday, November 15, 2018, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Where: YMCA Windsor, 500 Victoria Avenue, Windsor, ON N9A

ARCH staff lawyers Mariam Shanouda and Jessica De Marini will make presentations at this event. 

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Article source:
ARCH Disability Law Centre
Posted:
November 09, 2018

Employment rights for new Canadians: Reasonable Doubt

The Ontario Human Rights Code prevents employers from discriminating against a job applicant based on his or her citizenship.

Article source:
NOW
Posted:
November 08, 2018

Canada and United States not facing asylum seeker crisis: UNHCR official

Canada's recent spike in irregular migrants is nothing compared to the millions of refugees who pour every year into much poorer countries, according to the UNHCR official.

Article source:
CTV News
Posted:
November 08, 2018

Police-reported sexual assaults in Canada are up - but most are unsolved

The average number of police-reported sexual assaults spiked in Canada after the emergence of the #MeToo movement last fall - but that hasn't led to an increase in criminal charges.

Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Posted:
November 08, 2018

20 leading access to justice organizations receive core funding through new Catalyst program

Catalyst is The Law Foundation of Ontario's new program that offers a three-year cycle of core funding to nonprofits that show they are working to advance access to justice in Ontario.

Article source:
The Law Foundation of Ontario
Posted:
November 08, 2018