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Latest news and events about legal issues and law reform

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March 19: Forum on services for immigrants without full status
March 19, 2010 - This is a professional development and networking forum for service providers working with newcomer communities to help immigrants without full status gain access to essential services.
Article source No One Is Illegal


Homeless shelters should be safe sanctuary, activists say
Posted March 8, 2010 - Women's and refugee rights groups are demanding homeless shelters be declared safe sanctuary from removal enforcement officials, who recently entered a Toronto shelter looking for a Ghanaian woman in hiding.
Article source Toronto Star


Legal group seeking participants in Right to Housing case
Posted March 8, 2010 - The Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario is seeking the participation of individuals and organizations in the Right to Housing case it plans to bring before the Ontario Superior Court in May.
Article source Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO)


Ontario government increases minimum wage
Posted March 8, 2010 - The Ontario government is raising the minimum wage to $10.25 on March 31, 2010.
Article source Government of Ontario


Sexuality a complicated issue for seniors
Posted March 8, 2010 - Judith Wahl, a senior lawyer at the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly, recently spoke on the topic of "Sexuality in Later Life: Legal Views and Professional Issues."
Article source The Sudbury Star


Study finds French-speakers reluctant to ask for legal services in their mother tongue
Posted March 8, 2010 - Ontario francophones are reluctant to ask for French-language services in the province's justice system because they fear being labelled as troublemakers, according to a University of Ottawa study.
Article source Ottawa Citizen


Social Benefits Tribunal reinstates benefits for grandchild
Posted March 4, 2010 - In a recent decision being hailed by advocates, the Ontario's Social Benefits Tribunal has sent a clear message to the Ontario government and municipal social services administrators that their practices are out of step with the law.
Article source Pro Bono Law Ontario


Action needed on Special Diet
Posted March 3, 2010 - The ODSP Action Coalition is concerned that the Special Diet program may be viewed as too expensive and is at risk of being shut down. They are asking members and supporters to call, write, or email their MPP about the importance of the Special Diet allowance.
Article source ODSP Action Coalition


Child custody changes take force in Ontario
Posted March 3, 2010 - Changes to how Ontario courts handle child custody cases came into effect March 1, reforms the government says will provide better protection for children.
Article source Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)


Legal experts warn of rights-clawback as Parliament returns
Posted March 3, 2010 - As Parliament returns, immigration and human rights lawyers fear an escalation of the Conservative government's attacks on immigrants and refugees.
Article source Immigration Legal Committee


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