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Injured veterans get free legal help
Posted December 16, 2010 - Some members of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association are now offering free legal service for injured military veterans seeking disability benefits from the federal government.
Article source Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)


January 13: TRAC Seminar on Humanitarian and Compassionate Applications
January 13, 2011 - This presentation is designed for front-line staff, those who regularly work with applications to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) on a day-to-day basis.
Article source Toronto Refugee Affairs Council (TRAC)


Quebec to take 'Lola' to Supreme Court
Posted December 16, 2010 - Quebec will appeal a decision concerning the rights of unmarried couples to the Supreme Court of Canada, Justice Minister Jean-Marc Fournier announced Wednesday.
Article source Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)


Can YOU Live on Ontario Social Assistance? Do the Math
Posted December 15, 2010 - The STOP Community Food Centre, located in Toronto's west end, has issued an online challenge to Ontarians to take action on inadequate social assistance rates in the province.
Article source Canadian Auto Workers (CAW)


Law Union Releases 'Post-G20 Action Guide'
Posted December 15, 2010 - This guide is a resource to help people understand what their rights are and what actions they can take if their rights were violated during the G20 Summit in Toronto in June 2010.
Article source Law Union of Ontario


MPs urge 'serious' money for mental health to keep ill people out of prison
Posted December 15, 2010 - Governments must make a "serious investment" in the mental-health system to prevent the vulnerable from ending up in prison, says a House of Commons committee that calls for co-ordinated action on a complex set of problems.
Article source The Globe and Mail


Advocacy Centre for the Elderly Fall/Winter 2010 Newsletter
Posted December 14, 2010 - Topics include discharge from hospital to long-term care, GIS benefits for employed low-income seniors, Retirement Homes Act, fire safety in residences for seniors, and no legal duty for adult children to supervise parents living independently.
Article source Advocacy Centre for The Elderly (ACE)


B.C. labour board backs 2 firings over Facebook comments
Posted December 14, 2010 - Two workers at a B.C. car dealership were sacked for what they wrote about their employer and their managers on Facebook, and the B.C. Labour Relations Board has upheld their dismissal.
Article source Toronto Star


Human rights success: disabling a system of discrimination
Posted December 14, 2010 - In this fifth of a 10-part series on Human Rights Commissions in Canada, the author discusses the case brought before the Canadian Human Rights Commission by a man who complained about discriminatory barriers for people with disabilities when trying to vote in a federal election.


OAS Reform Passed
Posted December 14, 2010 - A change to the Old Age Security Act will keep people in prison from receiving OAS benefits, while maintaining entitlement to benefits for their spouse or common-law partner.


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