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Without funding for Law Help Centres, not all Ontarians will have access to justice

Thursday, November 22nd, 2018

In straightforward economic terms, it has been estimated that the $500,000 required of the government to support the existence and operation of Law Help Centres results in more than $5-million in cost savings and economic benefit associated with promoting access to justice for the citizens of Ontario. Law Help Centres have generated over $2-million of value in pro-bono lawyer time from the private sector.

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Child advocate is a cruel target for Tory cuts

Monday, November 19th, 2018

… t an advocate isn’t the same thing as an ombudsman. “It outrages me that we’ve removed somebody who (people) can call who will stand beside them,” says Elman — “not an ombudsman, who’s going to look at both sides and decide whether the policy was adhered to properly, but somebody is going to stand beside that parent and be with them, or beside that child in the group home and say, ‘We’ve got you.’”

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Years after landmark case, some Ontario inmates with mental health issues still segregated for months at a time, ministry data dump reveals

Sunday, November 18th, 2018

Last month, the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services quietly posted an unprecedented volume of data on 3,086 inmates who spent time in segregation in Ontario jails over a two-month period earlier this year. It was part of a five-year-old settlement in an Ontario human rights case… The bad news is nothing much has changed in five years. In fact, it has grown worse for people with mental illness

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B.C. advances on child care while Ontario takes a step back

Sunday, November 18th, 2018

In 2016 the Ontario government began its plan to help create 100,000 new child care spaces. Then in early 2018… there was finally movement on making these spaces more affordable for Ontario families — who current pay the country’s highest child care fees… But oh, the difference an election makes… the prevailing Ford PCs have promised only a small tax credit that will do almost nothing to alleviate the financial pressure faced by families…

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Axing Ontario’s child advocate puts our most vulnerable kids at even greater risk

Saturday, November 17th, 2018

Ontario had the first child advocacy office in Canada, created in 1978, the International Year of the Child. It received its first legislated mandate in 1984… The child advocate now has powers of investigation… [with] an impressive advocacy office, trusted by children and youth and the people working in the sector. Now this government wants to tear it down, buried in a budget bill.

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Fixing solitary isn’t enough. Canada’s prisons need to be reformed top to bottom

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

… progress on the issue of reducing solitary confinement is halting at best, in spite of heightened public attention… the broader question of getting Canada’s prison system back on its intended course – that is, rehabilitating convicted criminals and preparing them for their eventual and in most cases inevitable release – has not been addressed. The overuse of solitary confinement is, in fact, a symptom of a larger problem.

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Ontario’s child protection system fails children, again

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

Just yanking kids from their homes, especially when they are placed into a system that has repeatedly proven incapable of dealing with their complex needs, isn’t a solution. The panel was struck by how often these kids were classified as “safe with intervention.” The tragedy is that they were far from safe because they didn’t get the constructive intervention they needed.

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Some law schools are developing tools to improve access to justice

Friday, September 21st, 2018

Increasingly, Canadians go to court without a lawyer. Roughly 50 to 80 percent of family-law litigants and 30 to 40 percent of civil litigants represent themselves… some Canadian law schools are undertaking initiatives to improve access to justice. The NSRLP publishes on its website resources prepared specifically for self-represented litigants, or SRLs… Its most widely used resource is Coping with the Courtroom… the most intimidating part of the legal process: participating in a hearing.

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Judicial appointments a process that can’t be rushed

Monday, September 17th, 2018

When I became minister I committed to creating a better judicial appointment process — one that would be open, transparent and ensured that the best possible candidates became judges. I also wanted a judiciary that more accurately reflected the country it served… Among the judges I have appointed or promoted to new roles, more than half are women, eight are Indigenous, 18 are members of visible minority communities, 12 identify as LGBTQ2, and three identify as people with disabilities.

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Ontario shouldn’t open the door to ‘big-box’ child care

Sunday, September 2nd, 2018

… in a troubling regulation change last month, Premier Doug Ford’s government lifted the for-profit maximum thresholds, essentially opening the door to big-box corporate child care in Ontario. The government argues that lifting the cap will address shortages by allowing more daycares to open… The real concern was around international child-care chains. And that’s why the Ford government’s change is so troubling.

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