Proposed criminal law changes threaten vulnerable, legal clinic head warns

Amendments to Canada's criminal law may end up barring law students from representing vulnerable clients in criminal courts, warns the head of Western University's legal clinic.

November 26, 2018

London police finalize carding policy, require FOI request for in-writing reason

Police will give a verbal reason and receipt to anyone they stop. But that document won't include the reason for the interaction - you'll have to file a freedom-of-information request for that.

February 17, 2017

Food bank users unable to afford rising hydro rates, group says

The food bank association wants the government to expand both the OESP and LEAP, which provides a one-time emergency payment of up to $500 for people behind on their bill.

November 28, 2016

London council committee unanimously backs citizen group's demand that city cops stop street checks

City politicians Tuesday endorsed a citizen group's demand that London police stop carding, or street checks — with Mayor Matt Brown pledging to take the message to the force's brass.

November 17, 2016

Homelessness: Family about to lose their homes can avoid shelters, a London project proves

The project also revealed a disturbing factor sending families into homelessness: unscrupulous or fake landlords scamming people.

November 09, 2016

New anti-poverty initiatives in London, Belleville

Plans and programs are underway in London and in Belleville to deal with the high rates of poverty in those regions. 

March 31, 2016

Payday loan companies agree to pay $10M to settle class-action lawsuits

People who borrowed from payday loan companies could be in line for cash after the settlement of class-action lawsuits initiated by a London law firm.

October 16, 2015

Canadians will weigh in on issue of assisted death, justice minister says

Canadians will get a chance to weigh in on the issue of assisted death, as promised, before the next federal election, Justice Minister Peter MacKay says.

July 16, 2015

Province hikes funding for local legal clinic, threshold to receive aid

Not only is Neighbourhood Legal Services of London and Middlesex receiving $179,000, the government has also raised the low-income cutoff for help at provincial legal aid clinics.

March 23, 2015

Fatal fire at unregulated London group home was crisis in the making for decades

The province has known about gaps in services for people with mental illness since it starting moving psychiatric patients into the community without sufficient oversight or funding.

November 26, 2014

Ontario Works recipients could be back to work sooner under changes proposed in provincial budget

In a city struggling with Canada's highest big-city unemployment rate, proposed changes to Ontario's welfare system could get more Londoners back into the workforce, say anti-poverty advocates.

May 08, 2013

Senior with mental illness dogged by government screw-ups

"Everyone I know on disability has at some point received a letter that terrified them," said Naomi Ives Peak, co-chair of the ODSP Action Coalition and a community legal worker at Parkdale Community Legal Services in Toronto.

October 19, 2012

OPP tactic raises ire of privacy advocate

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association argues that more needs to be done to ensure the enormous amount of information police store is being used responsibly and to the letter of the law. 

July 31, 2012

Rights groups blasts eviction

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association says London, Ontario's decision to forcibly remove Occupy protesters from Victoria Park on November 9 violated the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

November 15, 2011

Supreme Court: Key farm decision Friday

Canada's highest court will announce a decision on Friday which will allow or deny Ontario's 80,000 farm workers the right to join a union.

April 26, 2011

Gay custody battle could set standard

The fight between two Calgary gay ex-lovers over custody of their daughter could advance same-sex parenthood rights in Alberta, says one of the litigants.

November 24, 2010

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.

November 03, 2010

Ruling strengthens consumer protection law in Ontario

A newspaper article reports on a recent Ontario Court of Appeal ruling that confirms a trend to protecting consumers from enforcement of mandatory arbitration clauses in consumer agreements.

March 01, 2010