Campaigns and law reform news
The latest news from law reform campaigns across Ontario.
New federal government awareness-raising campaign
Posted Nov 10, 2010 - The federal government has launched an ad campaign aimed at victims and survivors of crime to raise awareness of support services across Canada.
Article source Government of Canada
Report: A Basic Income Plan for Canadians with Severe Disabilities
Posted Nov 9, 2010 - The Caledon Institute of Social Policy has published a report which describes the current situation facing Canadians with severe disabilities and sets out a detailed plan to revolutionize income support and services.
Article source Caledon Institute of Social Policy
Crisis? What crisis? Toronto Star investigates Broken Peoples, Broken Policy
Posted Nov 8, 2010 - The national chief's renewed call to "move beyond the Indian Act" comes in the wake of "Broken Peoples, Broken Policy," a Toronto Star investigation into Canada's broken Indian Act system.
Article source Toronto Star
Workers' rights groups seek help tracking impact of Open for Business Act on Ontario workers
Posted Nov 8, 2010 - Parkdale Community Legal Services, Workers' Action Centre, and the Employment Standards Work Group are asking for help in tracking the impact on Ontario workers of the Open for Business Act, which they believe may result in new barriers and burdens for workers who face unpaid wages.
Article source Parkdale Community Legal Services
'Advance' sexual consent up for debate
Posted Nov 8, 2010 - The notion of "advance" sexual consent will be up for debate Monday as a women's group appears before the Supreme Court in an effort to protect assault victims.
Article source Canadian Press
Old arrest records centre of debate
Posted Nov 4, 2010 - A panel discussion at a national mental-health conference says that many, if not most, police forces in Ontario still keep decades-old medical arrests on record.
Article source London Free Press
Ontario lawyers challenge 'truth in sentencing' law
Posted Nov 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 Nov 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 Nov 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
November 10: Refugees and Human Smuggling: Bill C-49 Forum
Posted Nov 3, 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
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