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Latest news and events about legal issues and law reform

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"Canada is not, never was, 'soft on crime'"
Posted February 1, 2007 - In an article for the Vancouver Sun, Peter McKnight argues that our most persistent and pernicious myth is overdue for an overhaul and that it may be time to look to the U.S. for guidance.
Article source Vancouver Sun


Thunder Bay group releases report on citywide poverty
Posted February 1, 2007 - The Thunder Bay Economic Justice Committee has brought the issue of citywide poverty to MPP Bill Mauro.
Article source Kinna-aweya Legal Clinic


Ontario's Ombudsman asks who will police the new police complaints process
Posted January 31, 2007 - Ontario Ombudsman André Marin has urged the Standing Committee on Justice Policy to delete a section of the proposed Bill 103, which shields the new Police Review Director from the scrutiny of the Ombudsman's office.
Article source Ombudsman Ontario


Article explores consequences of underreporting workers' compensation claims
Posted January 30, 2007 - An estimated 40 to 50 percent of work-related injuries in Canada go unreported. An article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) explores the consequences of this underreporting both financially and in terms of preventive health and safety measures.
Article source Canadian Medical Association Journal


Challenges made to new adoption information law
Posted January 29, 2007 - The constitutionality of Ontario's new Adoption Information Disclosure Act is being challenged on the grounds that it violates the privacy rights of birth parents and adult adoptees who have opted to remain anonymous.
Article source Law Times


Governor General challenges Canadians about Aboriginal third world conditions
Posted January 29, 2007 - During a speech at the national conference in Calgary of Engineers Without Borders, Governor General Michaelle Jean challenged Canadians to address the third-world conditions that exist in Canada in aboriginal communities.
Article source K-Net News for the North


LEAF's No-Means-No program reaches out to youth
Posted January 29, 2007 - Women's Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) is launching their No-Means-No (NMN) program, designed to raise awareness among young people about key issues surrounding sexual assault and consent.
Article source Women's Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF)


Ontario government gets tough with parents who owe child support
Posted January 29, 2007 - The Ontario government is giving the Family Responsibility Office (FRO) new tools, including a new web site, to track down so-called "deadbeat" parents who don’t pay their court-ordered support payments.
Article source Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services


Residential school settlement clears another hurdle through judiciary
Posted January 26, 2007 - The final court approval for the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement (IRSSA) is one step closer to reality after judges from across Canada met in Calgary yesterday, according to a news release from the Assembly of First Nations (AFN).
Article source First Perspective - National Aboriginal News


Native Women's Association of Canada speaks out regarding the murder trial of Robert William Pickton
Posted January 23, 2007 - Yesterday marked the beginning of the murder trial of Robert William Pickton. In a press release, the Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC) expresses its support and deepest sympathies to all of the families who are grieving over their missing or murdered loved ones.
Article source Native Women's Association of Canada


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