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Community Development Institute calls for papers for spring conference
Posted January 16, 2009 - How to deal with a recession, job losses, taxpayer-funded bailouts for big banks and transnational corporations and tough times for working families - these are some of the questions planned for discussion at the The Toronto Community Development Institute's Spring Community Development Institute in April.
Article source Toronto Community Development Institute


Poverty group says stimulus package should focus on investment in social programs
Posted January 15, 2009 - The 25 in 5 Network says that investment in social programs and infrastructure makes good economic sense and urges Finance Minister Flaherty to make it the centrepiece of a federal stimulus package.
Article source Poverty Watch Ontario


High cost of lawyers keeping people from accessing Canada's justice system
Posted January 14, 2009 - In the first of a five-part series on the crisis in Canada's legal system, a Macleans.ca article describes how the soaring cost of legal help has forced many people to represent themselves in court.
Article source Macleans.ca


New program aims to keep aboriginal people out of courts and prison
Posted January 14, 2009 - An Ottawa Citizen article reports on funding from the Ontario government for a new community justice program in Ottawa designed to keep aboriginal people charged with relatively minor offences out of the courts.
Article source Ottawa Citizen


Complaint prompts judge to apologize, visit AIDS hospice
Posted January 13, 2009 - A Toronto Star article says an Ontario judge who ordered an HIV-positive witness to be masked in his courtroom has apologized and spent a day at an AIDS hospice, ending a disciplinary proceeding against him.
Article source Toronto Star


Smart meters leading to landlord and tenant disputes
Posted January 13, 2009 - An article on CBC.ca says that although the Ontario government's plan to have smart meters installed in every home is underway, tenants and landlords are arguing over the cost of electricity.
Article source Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)


The Law Foundation of Ontario presents Guthrie Award Medal to A. Alan Borovoy
Posted January 12, 2009 - The Law Foundation of Ontario will present A. Alan Borovoy, General Counsel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, with the Guthrie Award Medal on January 15, 2009.
Article source The Law Foundation of Ontario


Governments' unfinished business denies prosperity to poor and racialized people
Posted January 5, 2009 - A Toronto Star opinion piece by Avvy Go, director of the Metro Toronto Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic, reviews efforts by the federal and provincial governments in 2008 that should have improved the lives of poor and racialized people.
Article source Toronto Star


Poverty activists concerned about unemployment, stress among South Asians
Posted January 5, 2009 - In an article on yorkregion.com, poverty activists express concern that the poverty rate among South Asians is growing disproportionately to other groups.
Article source yorkregion.com


Government expanding dental care for children as part of poverty reduction plan
Posted December 19, 2008 - The Ontario government will expand its emergency dental care to low-income children from birth to age 18 (now age 13), and will provide out-of-hospital anaesthetic coverage for children ages five to 17 as part of its Poverty Reduction Strategy.
Article source Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion


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