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Latest news and events about legal issues and law reform

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Backlog of refugee claims has grown under Conservatives
Posted December 8, 2009 - The backlog of people waiting to have their refugee claims heard has tripled since the Conservatives came to power, statistics show.
Article source Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)


Apology Act signals cultural shift
Posted December 7, 2009 - Ontario's recent enactment of its Apology Act, introduced as Bill 108 and passed last spring, aims to allow professional organizations and individuals to simply apologize for incidents gone awry while waiving the confession as a bona fide admission of guilt.
Article source Law Times


Family Violence in Canada: A Statistical Profile 2009 is now available
Posted December 7, 2009 - The 2009 edition of Family Violence in Canada: A Statistical Profile is a profile of shelters that provide residential services to women and children fleeing abusive situations. The 2009 edition also presents fact sheets, data tables and figures on spousal violence, family violence against children and youth, family violence against seniors aged 65 and older, and family-related homicides.
Article source Statistics Canada


The Law Foundation of Ontario continues Connecting Articling Fellowships for a second year
Posted December 7, 2009 - The Law Foundation of Ontario has announced that it is continuing its Connecting Articling Fellowships program for a second year. It is awarding eleven Fellowships for the 2011 articling year to community legal clinics and Legal Aid Ontario to provide legal information and services to linguistic minorities and residents of rural and remote communities.
Article source The Law Foundation of Ontario


Call for abstracts: Healthcare for the Undocumented and Uninsured
Posted December 4, 2009 - This is a call for abstracts for papers to be presented at a one-day research conference in Toronto February 10, 2010, on Healthcare for the Undocumented and Uninsured: Systems, Policies, Practices and Consequences. Abstracts due Friday, December 18, 2009.
Article source The Wellesley Institute


Training available for service providers to LGBTQ newcomers
Posted December 4, 2009 - The Ontario Coalition of Agencies Serving Immigrants is seeking agencies which serve or have an interest in serving LGBTQ newcomers to participate in new training on December 8 and December 11.
Article source Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants


Advisers aim to fix Ontario's welfare 'quagmire'
Posted December 2, 2009 - The Ontario government has appointed the head of Toronto's Daily Bread Food Bank to head a panel of anti-poverty advocates to advise the government on a long-awaited review of its welfare system.
Article source Toronto Star


Annual Christmas demonstration for injured workers
Posted December 2, 2009 - The Ontario Network of Injured Workers Groups 18th annual Christmas demonstration will be held at the Ministry of Labour in Toronto on Friday, December 4, at 11 a.m.
Article source Ontario Network of Injured Workers' Groups


Landlord and Tenant Board releases new accessibility and human rights policy
Posted December 2, 2009 - The Landlord and Tenant Board has released a new policy titled "Accessibility and Human Rights at the Board."
Article source Landlord and Tenant Board


Opposition filibuster scuttles SCAN bill
Posted December 2, 2009 - The Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act was defeated by filibuster on the grounds that it called for draconian measures that would be used to evict tenants.
Article source Ottawa Citizen


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