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Stay of Safe Third Country decision puts refugees' lives at risk
Posted February 1, 2008 - The Canadian Council for Refugees and Amnesty International Canada have expressed deep dismay at the decision of the Federal Court of Appeal to stay the Federal Court ruling that strikes down the Safe Third Country Agreement.
Article source Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR)


Safe Schools amendments to come into effect February 1
Posted January 30, 2008 - Changes that aim to make Ontario's schools safer by more effectively combining discipline with opportunities for students to keep learning take effect February 1, 2008.
Article source Ontario Ministry of Education


Law students at community legal clinic fill overwhelming need
Posted January 23, 2008 - Downtown Legal Services, one of six legal clinics operated by Ontario law schools, is at the cutting edge of the province's access to justice crisis.
Article source Toronto Star


Paralegals ask court to rule on constitutionality of Access to Justice Act
Posted January 23, 2008 - A group of Ontario paralegals has filed an application for judicial review in Divisional Court, claiming that sections of the Access to Justice Act dealing with the regulation of paralegals are unconstitutional and contrary to the public interest.
Article source Law Times


Another aid worker threatened with prosecution for assisting refugees
Posted January 18, 2008 - The Canadian Council for Refugees reports that another humanitarian refugee worker has been threatened by the Canadian government with prosecution for assisting refugees. The threats follow charges for people-smuggling laid and then dropped last fall against Janet Hinshaw-Thomas, a US-based refugee worker.
Article source Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR)


Report proposes expanded, redesigned Canada Child Tax Benefit
Posted January 17, 2008 - In a new report, the Caledon Institute proposes an expanded and redesigned Canada Child Tax Benefit that would boost federal child benefit payments to $5,000 for every child in low-income families.
Article source Caledon Institute of Social Policy


Ontario government seeks input on how to make civil justice system faster, cheaper
Posted January 16, 2008 - Ontario is looking for input from legal associations, lawyers, and judges on how to make the civil justice system faster and less expensive.
Article source Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General


Toronto releases plan to combat homelessness
Posted January 15, 2008 - The City of Toronto has released a 10-year affordable housing plan, entitled "Housing Opportunities Toronto." It is a road map of what ought to be spent on homelessness and affordable housing in Toronto over the 2008-2018 period.
Article source Toronto Star


HRSDC launches web site to present indicators of well being in Canada
Posted January 14, 2008 - Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC) has introduced a new web site called "Indicators of Well-being in Canada", which aims to "systematically present measures and report on various aspects of well-being that are important to Canadians".
Article source Human Resources and Skills Development Canada


Class-action suit over visa fees to proceed
Posted January 7, 2008 - The Immigration Department is being accused of inflating the costs of visa fees for as many as three million immigrants and foreign visitors in a case that could ultimately cost the federal government hundreds of millions of dollars.
Article source The Globe and Mail


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