Most mothers take leave after childbirth, most fathers take ‘invisible leave’

Friday, August 10th, 2012

30 July 2012
Most Canadian mothers with young children took some form of maternity leave after childbirth, Statistics Canada reported Monday, while an expert says fathers are taking more of what she calls ‘‘invisible leave.’’… It’s a lot harder to claim it or even ask for it in the provinces outside of Quebec, she said, where workplace family policies and expectations on men differ greatly. Fathers’ uptake of parental leave hovers around 12% across Canada, Quebec excepted. But in Quebec, fathers took leave in the case of 76% of children…

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Five things about crime and doing the time in Canada

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Dec 3, 2011
Of the 262,616 cases put before the courts in 2009-10, 183,204 of the defendants were deemed guilty under the Criminal Code. Of that figure, 71,417 were sent to prison, 100,956 were put on probation, 8,281 received a conditional sentence, 6,699 were ordered to pay restitution, 28,757 were fined and 88,019 received some other kind of sentence… Ontario is also doing a lot more screening of cases to see if some can be handled out of court. “The ones that go forward in a jurisdiction that screens out a lot of cases tend to be more likely to have a prison sentence associated with them

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Ontario closer than ever to legalization of marijuana

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Apr 18, 2011
… the Ontario Superior Court struck down two key parts of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act that prohibit the possession and production of pot. The court declared the rules that govern medical marijuana access and the prohibitions laid out in sections 4 and 7 of the Act “constitutionally invalid and of no force and effect” on Monday, effectively paving the way for legalization.

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Landlords face no punishment for discrimination in online ads

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Oct 6, 2011
Only Muslims need apply. It’s the exact kind of specifications the Ontario Human Rights Commission recently warned landlords against putting in their online classified ads —any denial of a prospective tenant due to race, ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age and disability, among other things, is grounds for discrimination according to the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s housing policy and the Ontario Human Rights Code.

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