Campaigns and law reform news
The latest news from law reform campaigns across Ontario.
Study urges B.C. government to make employment possible for more people with significant disabilities
Posted Feb 28, 2008 - A study released in Vancouver urges the provincial government to adopt a series of recommendations that would make employment possible for many more British Columbians with significant disabilities.
Article source Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)
Judge's comments spark call for education on HIV/AIDS
Posted Feb 24, 2008 - The HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic (Ontario) and Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network have filed complaints after a judge told a sexual assault trial that an HIV-positive witness with Hepatitis C was a danger to the court.
Article source Xtra.ca
Fight for lower energy bills for poor goes to Divisional Court
Posted Feb 21, 2008 - The Low-Income Energy Network (LIEN) will appear before a Divisional Court panel to argue that the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) does have the authority to set affordable gas rates for low-income energy consumers.
Article source Low-Income Energy Network (LIEN)
Income security advocates call for stronger anti-poverty measures in pre-budget submissions
Posted Feb 20, 2008 - In their Ontario pre-budget submission, the Income Security Advocacy Centre is calling for a meaningful increase in social assistance rates, inflation indexing, better Ontario Child Benefit provisions, and increases to the minimum wage.
Article source Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)
Human Rights Commission seeks consultation on mental health discrimination and police record checks policy
Posted Feb 11, 2008 - The Ontario Human Rights Commission has released a "Draft Policy on Mental Health Discrimination and Police Record Checks" for public consultation.
Article source Ontario Human Rights Commission
Policy paper calls for a medium-term sickness/disability income benefit
Posted Feb 4, 2008 - This paper from the Caledon Institute of Social Policy focuses upon a serious weakness in Canada’s income security system for millions of Canadians whose work and earnings are interrupted on a temporary or recurring basis by illness or disability.
Article source Caledon Institute of Social Policy
Toronto releases plan to combat homelessness
Posted Jan 15, 2008 - The City of Toronto has released a 10-year affordable housing plan, entitled "Housing Opportunities Toronto." It is a road map of what ought to be spent on homelessness and affordable housing in Toronto over the 2008-2018 period.
Article source Toronto Star
HRSDC launches web site to present indicators of well being in Canada
Posted Jan 14, 2008 - Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC) has introduced a new web site called "Indicators of Well-being in Canada", which aims to "systematically present measures and report on various aspects of well-being that are important to Canadians".
Article source Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
Class-action suit over visa fees to proceed
Posted Jan 7, 2008 - The Immigration Department is being accused of inflating the costs of visa fees for as many as three million immigrants and foreign visitors in a case that could ultimately cost the federal government hundreds of millions of dollars.
Article source The Globe and Mail
Fellowship provides sabbatical leave to leaders in the non profit sector
Posted Jan 4, 2008 - The Alan Thomas Fellowship to Promote Civil Society and Voluntary Action will be awarded for the first time in 2008 to a leader in the NGO/non-profit sector. It is intended to allow the recipient, at a transitional moment in his or her career, to make a significant contribution to the sector, through research and reflection.
Article source Carold Institute
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