Campaigns and law reform news
The latest news from law reform campaigns across Ontario.
National Victims of Crime Awareness Week 2011
Posted Apr 13, 2011 - The Ministry of the Attorney General is observing National Victims of Crime Awareness week as an opportunity to honour victims of crime, as well as the thousands of professionals and volunteers who advocate daily on their behalf.
Article source Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General
Marriage of Convenience
Posted Apr 7, 2011 - This editorial by Avvy Yao-Yao Go, director of the Metro Toronto Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic, Anita Balakrishna, staff lawyer, and Atulya Sharma, community legal worker, with the South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario, discusses the recent federal proposal to introduce "conditional visas" on women who come to Canada as sponsored spouses.
Article source Toronto Star
Oppose the proposed 'Conditional Permanent Residence' for sponsored spouses
Posted Apr 6, 2011 - The Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) is urging action on this proposed change -- comments must be submitted by Monday, April 25. The CCR believes this change would be detrimental to the equality, safety, and protection in particular of women and children.
Article source Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR)
Project gives a voice to people living in poverty in Ontario
Posted Apr 5, 2011 - After the Ontario government announced it was undertaking a social assistance review, the People's Blueprint began as a project to listen to the majority of people silently living on social assistance who had not had their voices heard.
Parkdale Community Legal Services deplores proposed conditional permanent residence period of two years or more for sponsored spouses
Posted Apr 1, 2011 - In response to a request for comments on a proposal by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Parkdale Community Legal Services says the proposed conditional permanent residence period of two years or more for sponsored spouses increases the vulnerability and inequality of the sponsored spouse.
Article source Parkdale Community Legal Services
Ontario Hunger Report: Send an email to Ontario party leaders
Posted Mar 31, 2011 - With the publication of its new report on hunger, the Ontario Association of Food Banks is asking everyone to send an email to Ontario's party leaders urging them to make hunger a top priority in their election platforms in October.
Article source Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB)
Income security advocates comment on Ontario budget: Ontario continues to trap social assistance recipients in poverty
Posted Mar 30, 2011 - The Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC) says that the 2011 provincial budget does nothing to free people relying on Ontario Works (OW) and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) from the poverty traps built into those programs.
Article source Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)
Federal 'tough-on-crime' legislation receives Royal Assent
Posted Mar 28, 2011 - Four crime bills, dealing with "serious time for serious crime," white collar crime, Internet child pornography reporting, and ending sentence discounts for multiple crimes, have received royal assent.
Article source Government of Canada
Keep provincial veto on social housing sales: Advocates
Posted Mar 24, 2011 - Queen's Park should not let Toronto Mayor Rob Ford -- or any Ontario municipality -- sell public housing without provincial permission, social housing advocates say.
Article source Toronto Star
Action Alert! Help ensure that Ontario's social housing system changes for the better!
Posted Mar 23, 2011 - The Housing Network of Ontario is urging action by March 31 on significant new legislation that will replace the Social Housing Reform Act.
Article source Housing Network of Ontario (HNO)
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