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Ontario lawyers challenge 'truth in sentencing' law
Posted November 4, 2010 - Legislation slashing the credit offenders get for time served in pre-sentence custody infringes charter rights, disproportionately affecting black and aboriginal offenders, and should be struck down, lawyers argue in documents filed with the Ontario Court of Justice.
Article source CTV News


Public has right to court exhibits, appeal judges rule
Posted November 4, 2010 - The Ontario Court of Appeal has knocked down a long-standing barrier to full public access to the courts, ruling the CBC could see and make copies of exhibits in the Ashley Smith case.
Article source Toronto Star


Refugee bashing: The government bills its refugee-law changes as getting tough on smugglers, but the law does much more than that
Posted November 4, 2010 - An op-ed piece in the Montreal Gazette says that, under the cover of anti-smuggling efforts, Bill C-49 includes harsh measures for the victims of human smuggling, that is, the refugees themselves.
Article source Montreal Gazette


Research: Family violence and the need for Prevention Research in First Nations, Inuit, and Metis communities
Posted November 4, 2010 - This paper describes the elements necessary to develop research into prevention of family violence in First Nations, Inuit, and Metis communities.


Web site has information on child welfare across Canada
Posted November 4, 2010 - The Canadian Child Welfare Research Portal has information on the latest research on Canadian child welfare programs and policies.
Article source Centre of Excellence for Child Welfare


Legal organization fights for rights of people with disabilities
Posted November 3, 2010 - MyKawartha.com reports on the workshop hosted by Community Legal Clinic, Simcoe, Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes, on rights for people with disabilities.
Article source MyKawartha.com


NDP proposes quicker solution to human smuggling: put onus on ship captains
Posted November 3, 2010 - A Winnipeg Free Press article says that NDP critic Olivia Chow wants to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act so the onus is on ship captains to prove they are not involved in human smuggling.
Article source Winnipeg Free Press


November 10: Refugees and Human Smuggling: Bill C-49 Forum
November 10, 2010 - Panelists will discuss the impacts of Bill C-49 on refugee claimants and reflect on Canada's international obligations towards refugees, past, present and future.
Article source Amnesty International


Remove niqab ban from Bill 94, Civil Liberties Association says
Posted November 3, 2010 - A Montreal Gazette article says the Canadian Civil Liberties Association is calling for removing the niqab ban from Bill 94, explaining that the law already requires a niqab-wearing woman to lift her veil, for instance, when she takes a driver's test.
Article source Montreal Gazette


Amnesty International urging action to defeat Canada's Bill C-49
Posted November 2, 2010 - Amnesty International is concerned that Canada's Bill C-49 falls far short of international human rights and refugee protection obligations and is urging action to defeat it.
Article source Amnesty International


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