Ontario government cuts tuition fees by 10%, eliminates free tuition for low-income students

The Tories are in the midst of trying to trim a deficit they peg at $14.5 billion – though the financial accountability officer says it's closer to $12 billion.

January 18, 2019

Police in Canada can now demand breath samples in bars, at home

Police officers no longer need to have a "reasonable suspicion" the driver had consumed alcohol. Now, an officer can demand a sample from drivers for any reason at any time.

January 10, 2019

Ontario post-secondary schools expected to now have free-speech policies in place

Ontario’s colleges adopted a universal free-speech policy late last year. The province’s 22 universities, meanwhile, have opted to each come up with their own policy.

January 08, 2019

People with mental disabilities win class status over loss of services at age 18 in Ontario

In his decision, Superior Court Justice Edward Belobaba agreed the plaintiff had made a strong enough case to allow the as-yet untested claim to proceed to trial on its merits.

December 14, 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.

October 16, 2018

Will your cannabis credit card purchases be visible to U.S. border officials? (Some might, some won't.)

A U.S. border guard could put a Canadian in an impossible position — admit to marijuana use and be banned for that, or deny it and be banned for lying.

September 20, 2018

400 legal professionals oppose Ontario's use of notwithstanding clause

Family lawyer Will Hutcheson, author of the letter, says the provincial government's use of the clause violates the rights of both the candidates in the election and the citizens of Toronto.

September 17, 2018

Why we shouldn't glorify the 'starving student' stereotype

A report says students are shrugging off skipped meals, trips to the campus food bank, and choosing between textbooks and nutrition, as yet another part of the student experience.

September 10, 2018

As legalization nears, the hardest marijuana question for universities is edibles

Cannabis isn't a novelty on Canadian campuses, but with legality comes the need for rules that are more complicated than when it was simply illegal. 

September 04, 2018

There's a new legal protection for sexual harassment complainants

A woman witness in a wrongful-dismissal lawsuit will be able to have her own lawyer, thanks to a novel decision by an Ontario Superior Court of Justice master.

August 20, 2018

Ontario's decision to halt new overdose-prevention sites could 'lead to more death': experts

Experts on the frontlines of the opioid epidemic say there is overwhelming evidence that overdose-prevention and safe injection sites save lives and help get people into treatment.

August 16, 2018

Teenage boy denied entry to Toronto cat café because of his wheelchair

Yun said in the past a cat was injured by a patron in a wheelchair. She denied ever saying the cafe has a permit from the government to deny wheelchair access, but said the city told her they could.

August 10, 2018

Reality check: does social assistance disincentivize people from working?

That argument doesn't hold up if you look at previous pilot projects, like the one Evelyn Forget spearheaded in Manitoba in the 1970s.

August 03, 2018

'He's ready to live life in peace': Federal Court overturns Abdoul Abdi's deportation but future still uncertain

Justice for Children and Youth was granted intervenor status at the judicial review. Lawyer Jane Stewart said the case was a chance for the court to correct what had happened to Abdi.

July 17, 2018

57 women killed in Canada this year — experts link misogyny to femicide

The data relies largely on media reports for its data and said the 57 women count is only an estimate, as many of the homicides may have not yet been reported or discovered.

May 04, 2018

How Toronto police officers are trained to 'de-escalate' active situations

During training, police officers "... discuss and look at real-time scenarios, they talk to people that are mental health professionals, professionals that deal with people in crisis."

April 26, 2018

Father of son with autism calls Canada's new immigration policy a 'blessing for all of us'

But the HIV/AIDS Legal Network, Council of Canadians with Disabilities, and the Migrant Workers Alliance said the government should have eliminated the law altogether.

April 19, 2018

Accessibility advocates express cautious optimism about Ontario budget

Accessibility advocates have commented about measures in Ontario's budget that fund programs for developmentally disabled people, enhance social assistance, and boost mental health support.

April 03, 2018

Why telling a U.S. border guard you've smoked pot could be dangerous, even once it's legalized

An American immigration lawyer says more Canadians could be banned for life from the U.S. if they admit to smoking pot, even after pot becomes legal in Canada.

March 21, 2018

Canadian government to investigate whether Facebook violated privacy act

In response to the allegations involving Cambridge Analytica and Facebook, the privacy commissioner says they're investigatiing "unauthorized access and use of Facebook user profiles."

March 21, 2018