Campaigns and law reform news
The latest news from law reform campaigns across Ontario.
January 31, 2011 ARCH Disability Law Centre newsletter now available
Posted Feb 2, 2011 - This special issue of ARCH Alert looks at ARCH's campaign to improve the Special Services at Home and Passport programs that fall within the mandate of the Ministry of Community and Social Services.
Article source ARCH Disability Law Centre
January 27: Building Bridges Across Barriers: Information Session
Posted Jan 25, 2011 - This is an information session about Building Bridges Across Barriers, which is training on violence against women, community development, and anti-oppression.
Article source Springtide Resources
Pro Bono Law's appeal succeeds in reinstating Temporary Care Assistance to grandmother
Posted Jan 24, 2011 - Legal workers at Pro Bono Law successfully appealed the cancellation of Temporary Care Assistance to Wendy O'Riley, a Chatham woman who has cared for her 15-year-old granddaughter since she was three. Below are the Social Benefits Tribunal's decision to reinstate the benefit, and a Toronto Star editorial on the decision.
Rare win for grandparents: Financial support reinstated
Posted Jan 24, 2011 - Temporary Care Assistance payments to a Chatham woman who has been raising her granddaughter since she was three have been reinstated by Ontario's Social Benefits Tribunal.
Article source Toronto Star
Reminder: Support people in low-wage and precarious work by participating in this survey
Posted Jan 24, 2011 - The Workers' Action Centre (WAC) and Parkdale Community Legal Services (PCLS) work with people in low-wage jobs who face problems getting basic minimum employment rights. We want to document workers' experience of employment standards violations. One of the ways we are doing this is through the attached survey.
Article source Parkdale Community Legal Services
People's Review Panel: Getting the Ontario Social Assistance Review issues straight from people with lived experiences of poverty
Posted Jan 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
U.S. web site observes Stalking Awareness Month
Posted Jan 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.
Spammers face $10 million fine under Canada's new law
Posted Jan 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 Jan 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
Posted Jan 5, 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
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