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People's Review Panel: Getting the Ontario Social Assistance Review issues straight from people with lived experiences of poverty
Posted January 10, 2011 - The Caledon Institute has release a report on the activities of the People's Review Panel, composed of 18 members from across Ontario who will provide input into Ontario's Social Assistance Review.
Article source Caledon Institute of Social Policy


Study ranks Canada's freedom-of-information laws dead last
Posted January 10, 2011 - A new study ranks Canada dead last in an international comparison of freedom-of-information laws -- a hard fall after many years being judged a global model in openness.
Article source Toronto Star


January 12: Panel on Social Justice and Human Rights
January 12, 2011 - This panel discussion includes Roy McMurtry, chair, and Professors Robert Latham, Lesley Wood, and Sara Horowitz.
Article source York University


U.S. web site observes Stalking Awareness Month
Posted January 7, 2011 - To observe Stalking Awareness Month in the U.S., a web site has been created featuring information for victims, law enforcement officers, and the public.


Deadbeat parents' credit rating could suffer
Posted January 6, 2011 - P.E.I. has added another method to its toolbox for getting people to make support payments to children and ex-spouses: the threat of a bad credit rating.
Article source Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)


Spammers face $10 million fine under Canada's new law
Posted January 6, 2011 - Businesses that send unsolicited e-mails or other digital messages could face fines as high as $10 million when Canada's new anti-spam law starts being enforced later this year.


Agency charged woman $10,000 for tax claim she could have filed for free
Posted January 5, 2011 - A Hamilton woman agreed to give National Benefit Authority a 25 per cent share, plus HST, of her retroactive disability tax credits, not realizing it was a service H&R Block offers for just $27.
Article source Toronto Star


January 11: Forum on human smuggling
January 11, 2011 - The South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario and No One Is Illegal - Toronto invite you to join in a public conversation with Barbara Jackman (Lawyer), Kamala Kempadoo (Professor), Graciela Flores Mendez (No One Is Illegal - Toronto) and Macdonald Scott (Immigration Consultant and No One Is Illegal - Toronto).
Article source No One Is Illegal


Judge rips Saskatchewan couple over dog custody fight
Posted January 5, 2011 - A Saskatchewan judge has called a court custody battle over a Moose Jaw Labrador retriever a demeaning waste of public resources, noting simply: "A dog is a dog."
Article source National Post


People with mental illness face chronic discrimination
Posted January 5, 2011 - In a Toronto Star column, Carol Goar says that in spite of equality laws, human rights codes, commissions, and tribunals, people with mental illness continue to be rejected by landlords, excluded from stores, restaurants, schools, and gathering places, and forced to conform to workplace procedures that aggravate their condition.


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