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Commons committee to hold hearings on deporting of illegal skilled workers
Posted May 4, 2007 - MPs will look at the policy of deporting of illegal skilled workers, which critics say makes no sense while the country faces labour shortages in the housing and building sectors.
Article source Ottawa Citizen


Law society welcomes new funding for legal aid
Posted May 4, 2007 - The Law Society of Upper Canada has acknowledged the important contribution to Ontario legal aid in the addition of $51 million to their funding from the provincial government.
Article source Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General


Ontario government brings in new rules to protect users of payday loans
Posted May 3, 2007 - The Ontario government has strengthened the rules governing payday loans. Lenders will now have to disclose the true cost of the loan, use a standardized contract, and hand over the funds as soon as the contract is signed.
Article source Ontario Ministry of Consumer Services


Research project aims to improve access to education for children and youth without immigration status
Posted May 3, 2007 - The Community Social Planning Council of Toronto, in partnership with the ĎDonít Ask, Donít Tellí Campaign, is working to improve access to education for children and youth without immigration status or who have parents without status.
Article source Community Social Planning Council of Toronto


Activist with visual impairment wants Toronto's transit system to announce all stops
Posted May 1, 2007 - Two years ago, human rights lawyer David Lepofsky, who is visually impaired, won a 10-year battle with the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) when an Ontario Human Rights Tribunal ordered the transit authority to begin announcing all subway stops. Now he wants the courts to force the TTC to announce all stops on all its routes.
Article source Toronto Star


First Nation youth council calling for children's advocate
Posted May 1, 2007 - Members of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation Decade Youth Council are calling for the creation of a First Nation youth advocate for children in protective care.
Article source Wataway Online News


Lawsuit launched against the Ontario government regarding sponsorship debt
Posted May 1, 2007 - A CBC radio documentary and an article in the Globe and Mail explore the financial burden immigrants face when the relatives they sponsored end up on social assistance.
Article source CBC Radio - The Current


Supreme Court to rule on importance of location in gun crimes
Posted May 1, 2007 - The Supreme Court of Canada will pronounce on the importance of location in gun crimes after British Columbia's top court ruled that the crime of "use of a firearm" should include situations in which the weapon is nearby, although not directly in hand.
Article source CanWest News Service


Backlog of refugee claims almost doubles
Posted April 30, 2007 - Canada's backlog of refugee claims almost doubled in the first quarter of 2007 as the Federal government continued to "drag its feet" on filling vacancies at the Immigration and Refugee Board.
Article source The Globe and Mail


Deaths spur dad to back ombudsman's bid for powers to investigate Children's Aid Society
Posted April 30, 2007 - His daughters died after the Children's Aid Society allegedly downplayed his worries that his daughters were in danger. Now their father backs the ombudsman in its bid for powers to investigate.
Article source Toronto Star


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