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Low rent cap doesn't satisfy either side
Posted July 4, 2007 - The provincial benchmark that caps most rent increases has been announced for 2008, and it's the lowest in 20 years. But both the Federation of Metro Tenants' Associations and the Greater Toronto Apartment Association have reasons for disliking the new formula used to set the cap.
Article source The Globe and Mail


Ontario rent increase guideline lowest in history
Posted July 4, 2007 - The rent increase guideline for the year 2008 will be 1.4 per cent, the lowest guideline in the history of rent regulation in Ontario. The 2008 guideline was calculated for the first time under the new Residential Tenancies Act, and is based upon the Ontario Consumer Price Index.
Article source Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing


Province announces new funding to fight hate crimes
Posted July 4, 2007 - The provincial government has announced that it is providing $1.35 million to fund new projects to address hate crimes through the Community Hate-crime Response Grants Program (CHARG).
Article source Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General


Toronto bylaw to protect renters from condo conversion
Posted July 3, 2007 - A proposed Toronto bylaw would require landlords to obtain the city's permission before demolishing rental apartments or converting them to condominiums. Tenant advocates applaud the proposed bylaw and encourage the city to get tough on landlords who harass tenants to induce them to move.
Article source Toronto Star


Government 'puffery' undermines public trust, Ombudsman warns in annual report
Posted June 28, 2007 - In releasing his second annual report, Ontario Ombudsman André Marin laments the litany of government organizations whose grandiose promises were exposed as “puffery” under his office’s scrutiny.
Article source Ombudsman Ontario


Human and civil rights groups call for end to 'no-fly list'
Posted June 25, 2007 - Human and civil rights groups throughout Canada are calling on the federal government to immediately halt the implementation of the Canadian "no-fly list." The groups say that the program, dubbed "Passenger Protect," is ripe for abuse and represents an unprecedented assault on the rights of Canadian citizens and residents.
Article source Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR)


Legal representation for human rights complainants may be missing in revamped system
Posted June 25, 2007 - The Ontario government is reforming its human rights system with Bill 107, abolishing the screening process and sending complainants straight to a tribunal. Avvy Go, director of the Metro Toronto Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic, worries that many complainants will be without legal representation in the new system and fall into a "sort of la-la land, where nobody is going to help them."
Article source Metro Toronto Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic


B.C. Supreme Court rules that Indian status can now be traced through mother
Posted June 21, 2007 - The British Columbia Supreme Court has wiped out one of the most contentious aspects of the federal Indian Act, striking down part of Ottawa's definition of a status Indian and opening the door to hundreds of thousands of new applications for native services.
Article source K-Net News for the North


Conference on Truth Telling and Reconciliation Commission
Posted June 21, 2007 - A conference was held June 14-17, 2007, at the University of Calgary to discuss and prepare for the Truth Telling and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in Canada. The TRC is set to take effect August 20, 2007.
Article source First Perspective - National Aboriginal News


ODSP coalition seeks endorsement of pre-election demands
Posted June 20, 2007 - The ODSP Action Coalition met recently with members of the Conservative, NDP, and Liberal parties to discuss their plans for reducing poverty in the upcoming provincial election on October 10, 2007. The coalition is seeking endorsements from organizations, anti-poverty groups, or legal clinics that support their demands .
Article source ODSP Action Coalition


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