Supreme Court strikes down 'cruel and unusual' mandatory victim surcharge

In a landmark group of cases, the Supreme Court today struck down the mandatory victim surcharge, finding that it was cruel and unusual in its effects on people living in poverty.

Posted:
December 14, 2018
Article source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)

'Racist attitudes' contributed to poor Indigenous death investigations by Thunder Bay police, report says

The Ontario police watchdog has recommended that at least 9 deaths of Indigenous people be reinvestigated in Thunder Bay.

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

Bill to curb violence against Indigenous women could hurt those it aims to protect, warns lawyer

An Anishinaabe lawyer is concerned that a bill promoting harsher sentences for people who commit crimes against Indigenous women may end up hurting the group it's trying to protect.

Posted:
December 12, 2018
Article source:
CBC Radio - The Current

Thunder Bay Police Services Board swears in first Indigenous chair

Celina Reitberger, who spent 20 years in private practice, followed by 15 years with Nishnawbe-Aski Legal Services, takes over the leadership of the board.

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

Everything we know about gender violence in one new website

A new government website is bringing together federal programs, research, and information related to gender-based violence across Canada.

Posted:
December 10, 2018
Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

Liberals order Crown attorneys to stop prosecuting some HIV non-disclosure cases

The new rules coming into effect Saturday won't transfer over to provinces — only in the territories where federal prosecutors have jurisdiction.

Posted:
December 10, 2018
Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

OHRC interim report on Toronto Police Service inquiry shows disturbing results

Between 2013 and 2017, a Black person was nearly 20 times more likely than a White person to be involved in a fatal shooting by the Toronto Police.

Posted:
December 10, 2018
Article source:
Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC)

'You will be caught,' ministers vow ahead of compulsory breath tests for drivers

This direct warning comes in light of new drunk driving rules coming into force in two weeks, during peak holiday party season.

Posted:
December 06, 2018
Article source:
CTV News

Justice Department issues new guidelines on prosecution for non-disclosure of HIV status

Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network has welcomed new moves issued by the federal government to limit what it calls unjust prosecutions of people with HIV.

Posted:
December 03, 2018
Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

On the Radar - New rules about police checks

As of November, new rules apply when employers in Ontario ask people for police record checks. This month's On the Radar highlights some of these new rules.

Posted:
December 03, 2018
Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)