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Latest news and events about legal issues and law reform

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CLEO announces new multilingual text and audio materials
Posted November 26, 2008 - Community Legal Education Ontario announces its new text and audio materials on six high-need legal topics, which are available in Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin and Simplified Chinese), Somali, Spanish, Tamil and Urdu, as well as English and French.
Article source CLEO


Family law changes to strengthen protection of women and children
Posted November 25, 2008 - The Ontario government is introducing family law reforms that will better protect women and children during times of family breakdown.
Article source Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General


Law reform package addresses restraining orders, child custody
Posted November 25, 2008 - A Toronto Star article describes new family law legislation proposed at Queen's Park aimed at reducing family stress during times of marital breakdown.
Article source Toronto Star


Tougher laws prompted by violent incidents during family breakups
Posted November 25, 2008 - In a Toronto Star article, Zahra Dhanani, legal director of the Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children (METRAC), welcomes the new legislation that increases protection for women and children during times of marital breakdown.
Article source Toronto Star


Few applying to new 'Canadian experience' migrant class
Posted November 24, 2008 - The Toronto Star reports that there have been few applications to a new immigration class, called the Canada Experience Class, targeting temporary foreign workers or foreign students with Canadian academic credentials and work experience.
Article source Toronto Star


New centre aims to increase financial literacy of low-income people
Posted November 24, 2008 - The newly-launched Canadian Centre for Financial Literacy seeks to bring together businesses, governments, and not-for-profit organizations to create opportunities for low-income Canadians to increase their financial literacy.
Article source Social and Enterprise Development Innovations


Campaign 2000 releases this year's report on child and family poverty in Canada
Posted November 21, 2008 - This year's Campaign 2000 report shows the nation’s child poverty rate is almost what it was in 1989 when Parliament unanimously resolved to end child poverty by the year 2000.
Article source Campaign 2000


Open letter urges federal government to maintain support of charities during hard times
Posted November 21, 2008 - Canada's charities and nonprofits have published an open letter to Stephen Harper in select Canadian newspapers urging him to consider the important role of charities and nonprofits in assisting Canadians and communities, particularly during periods of economic hardship.
Article source Imagine Canada


Food banks report says poverty costs Ontario billions each year
Posted November 20, 2008 - This report, which offers the first ever cost-benefit analysis of poverty reduction in Ontario, says that poverty costs up to $13 billion per year in lost revenues for the federal and provincial government.
Article source Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB)


Court rules farm workers can unionize
Posted November 19, 2008 - A Toronto Star article says the Ontario Court of Appeal ruling that will allow farm workers to bargain collectively affects an estimated 32,000 agricultural workers in Ontario, including 16,500 migrant farm workers who come from Mexico and the Caribbean each year.
Article source Toronto Star


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