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Latest Resources

Do I need a guarantor or co-signer?
A guarantor or co-signer is someone who agrees to pay your rent for you in case you are not able to pay. This Settlement.org page explains that landlords are legally allowed to ask about your income and credit as well as landlord references, and it has links to websites with more information.

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Consumer Protection Toolkit: Consumer Reporting and Credit Repair
One of the largest sources of complaints to the Ministry of Consumer Services is consumer (credit) reporting agencies.

Produced by:
Community Law School (Sarnia-Lambton) Inc.

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Latest News and Events

May 23: Lawyer-as-Healer Workshop
This event will bring together like-minded legal professionals and law students to explore ideas and start a conversation about how the legal community in Canada might follow some US lessons in positioning lawyers as healers.

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University of Toronto Faculty of Law

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May 15: Webinar on New Directions in Resettlement: implications for refugees and the settlement sector
Information from the Canadian Council for Refugees:

*Rescheduled! This webinar has been rescheduled from 26 March. Those who had previously registered will receive an email with information to join this new session.*

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Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR)

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On the Radar: Public holidays and workers’ rights
On the Radar: Public holidays and workers’ rights

In anticipation of Victoria Day and other upcoming long weekends, this month’s On the Radar looks at what the law says about public holidays. Topics include who is eligible, what is holiday pay, and what workers can do if employers aren’t following the law.

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CLEO – Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario

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Ottawa to support bill giving victims more access to parole hearings
The Conservative government has thrown its support behind a private member’s bill aimed at giving victims better access to parole board hearings and limiting the frequency of reviews for violent offenders.

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The Globe and Mail

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CLEO announces a new edition of ‘Do you know a woman who is being abused?’
CLEO is pleased to announce a new edition of Do you know a woman who is being abused? A Legal Rights Handbook.

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CLEO – Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario

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UWindsor study highlights plight of self‐represented litigants Many report humiliation and red‐tape
Individuals who represent themselves in court find the process far more complex and overwhelming than they ever imagined, says a new report by the National Self‐Represented Litigants (SRL) Project.

The following is taken from a press release from the University of Windsor, Ontario, Tuesday, May 7, 2013.

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The Law Foundation of Ontario

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‘Window of opportunity’ closing to fix country’s access to justice
Fixing Canada’s justice system has to come from a sustained collaboration at the grassroots level, one of the country’s top jurists says.

Supreme Court of Canada Justice Thomas Cromwell issued a call to arms, urging stakeholders at every level of the system to get involved in addressing Canada’s “serious and pressing problem with access to justice.”

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The Lawyers Weekly

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Ontario Works recipients could be back to work sooner under changes proposed in provincial budget
In a city struggling with Canada’s highest big-city unemployment rate, proposed changes to Ontario’s welfare system could get more Londoners back into the workforce, say anti-poverty advocates.

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London Free Press

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Sprinkler in seniors homes to be mandatory in Ontario
Sprinkler systems will be mandatory in all seniors’ homes under new rules coming later this week, says Premier Kathleen Wynne.

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Toronto Star

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Mental health groups protest not criminally responsible bill
Representatives from mental health organizations will be on Parliament Hill Tuesday afternoon advocating for the government to change course on its proposed reforms to laws dealing with those found not criminally responsible for alleged crimes.

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Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

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Once-in-a-generation chance to modernize welfare lost: Goar
Ontario’s best hope of creating a modern, humane social assistance system has expired.

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Toronto Star

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Child Abuse Ad Uses Lenticular Printing to Help Children While Remaining Invisible to Adults
The ANAR Foundation and Grey Group Spain have created a unique advertising campaign that only kids can see.

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Most Canadian sex assault victims have little faith in justice system, survey says
A majority of sexual assault victims have little to no confidence in the police, the courts or the criminal justice system, according to a new government survey that echoes what advocates have been saying for years.

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Toronto Star

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Canada Border Services Agency slaps restrictions on documentary film shoot
The Canada Border Services Agency has imposed restrictions on what a documentary film crew can shoot following heavy criticism it allowed cameras to roll during an immigration raid at a Vancouver construction site that ensnared several undocumented workers, newly released records show.

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Ottawa Citizen

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Canada’s shift to a nation of temporary workers
It’s not just a perception: Temporary work really is growing at a faster pace than permanent positions.

The number of temporary workers in Canada hit a record two million last year, according to Statistics Canada. That amounts to 13.6 per cent of the work force compared with 11.3 per cent in 1997, when such record-keeping began.

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The Globe and Mail

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Latest Training

The New Basis of Claim Form (BOC) for Refugee Claims
Recorded on March 28, 2013 – In the wake of recent changes to the refugee determination process, this webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series looks at the first step in making a refugee claim, the new Basis of Claim (BOC) form, introduced in December 2012.  METRAC’s Legal Director Tamar Witelson is joined by lawyer and former Immigration and Refugee Board adjudicator Su

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METRAC

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Re-blogged from YOURLEGALRIGHTS.ON.CA; A project of CLEO, Your Legal Rights is a website of legal information for people in Ontario. This site has free, practical, and easy-to-find legal information produced by hundreds of organizations across Ontario.
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