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Fellowship provides sabbatical leave to leaders in the non profit sector
Posted January 4, 2008 - The Alan Thomas Fellowship to Promote Civil Society and Voluntary Action will be awarded for the first time in 2008 to a leader in the NGO/non-profit sector. It is intended to allow the recipient, at a transitional moment in his or her career, to make a significant contribution to the sector, through research and reflection.
Article source Carold Institute


Ontario government introduces consumer protection initiatives for 2008
Posted January 4, 2008 - The Ontario government has introduced consumer protection initiatives including the banning of expiry dates on gift cards, steps to combat identity theft, and new payday lending requirements.
Article source Ontario Ministry of Consumer Services


Injured worker benefits increased as of January 2008
Posted January 2, 2008 - Workers who have been injured on the job in Ontario will receive the second of three increases in their benefits of two-and-a-half per cent as of January 1, 2008, Labour Minister Brad Duguid said.
Article source Ontario Ministry of Labour


Nishnawbe-Aski Legal Services Talking Together program aims to restore harmony to families and community
Posted December 21, 2007 - An article in the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice profiles this method of dispute resolution. The goal of the program is be an alternative to the court process and to return control over protection of First Nations children to their communities.
Article source Nishnawbe-Aski Legal Services Corporation


Ontario government returns Ipperwash Provincial Park to First Nation communities
Posted December 21, 2007 - The province is returning Ipperwash Provincial Park to an aboriginal community over a decade after Dudley George was shot by a police sniper. Aboriginal Affairs Minister Michael Bryant says the return of the park to the Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation shows the Liberals are serious about building a new relationship with aboriginal people.
Article source Toronto Star


Human Rights Tribunal upholds duty to accommodate mental health disability
Posted December 19, 2007 - The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal has upheld the right of persons with a mental health disability to be accommodated in the workplace under Ontario’s Human Rights Code.
Article source Ontario Human Rights Commission


Paper looks at impact of paralegal licensing on community agencies
Posted December 18, 2007 - On May 1, 2007, the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) became responsible for regulating the paralegal profession in Ontario. This paper, prepared by the HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic (Ontario), focuses on the implications of paralegal regulation for the work of community agencies.
Article source HALCO - HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario


CMHC rental survey: low-income renters shut out
Posted December 17, 2007 - The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's (CMHC) national survey of the rental housing market reveals that 36% of Ontario's tenant households are living at or below the poverty line.
Article source Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO)


National Seniors Council recommends more action on elder abuse
Posted December 17, 2007 - The National Seniors Council, an advisory body to the Government of Canada, has released its report on elder abuse. The report includes a call for increased efforts to raise public awareness and to help those who work with seniors to share information.
Article source Government of Canada


Trans hate crimes bill introduced in the House of Commons
Posted December 17, 2007 - Inciting hatred or advocating genocide against transgendered people may soon become illegal if a private member's bill, introduced in the House of Commons by NDP Bill Siksay on December 11, passes in the new year.
Article source Xtra.ca


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