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  • 2012 January : Law Union of Ontario
    available The space is barrier free Should people require ASL interpretation or other forms of accommodation please RSVP as soon as possible and before February 18 by email to law of gm It is our aim to have the 2012 conference accredited for CPD by the Law Society if so full day attendance will equal 6 hours of CPD for all members Costs will be 60 for professionals PWYC for community members 100 for those using the conference for CPD credit Victoria College is located at 91 Charles St W University of Toronto Victoria College Old Vic Bldg 2nd floor S side of Charles St W just E of University Ave 1st bldg S of Isabel Bader Theatre a 30 second walk E from Museum subway station across the street from the ROM Accreditation Information This program has been accredited by the Law Society for 1 75 Professionalism Hours This program has been accredited by the Law Society for 7 New Member CPD Hours There is also 5 25 substantive hours available to Experienced Members For more info or to contact us www lawunion ca w u o n r o g i m Twitter LawUnionOntario Facebook event https www facebook com events 239223109486538 LUO Application for Intervenor Status Schaeffer et al v Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Corrections Services et al 2012 01 21 21 Jan 2012 Categories Facta Briefs The Law Union Ontario s application for intervenor status on the matter of costs in Schaeffer et al v Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Corrections Services et al submitted October 26 2010 Law Union of Ontario Endorses Harkat Statement Against Security Certificates 2012 01 16 16 Jan 2012 Categories National Security Mohamed Harkat faces deportation following the recent finding of Federal Court Justice Simon Noel that the

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  • 2012 March : Law Union of Ontario
    in both individual board members and the appointment process An interview with Prof Rehaag about the results of his study was broadcast last night on CBC Radio s As It Happens A podcast of the interview can be accessed online the interview begins around the 8 minute mark Recent Posts 2013 05 14 14 May EVENT Resistance Continues to Harper s Omnibus Crime Bills May 23 6 30 8 30

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  • 2012 May : Law Union of Ontario
    assemblies involving 50 people or more and the various penal sanctions for failing to adhere to this protocol will have a chilling effect on the section 2 c right to peaceful assembly guaranteed in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms The banal naming of the legislation is nothing more than a mask for the further criminalization of dissent Further we ask the Charest government to resume negotiations with students in good faith and call for a moratorium on rising tuition fees We condemn the police brutality the arrests of peaceful protestors and the intensification of policing activity surrounding the ongoing strike Lastly we protest the municipality of Montréal s attempt at hindering protestors by adopting the anti mask bylaw Nous sommes solidaires avec les étudiants Nous sommes ensemble The Law Union of Ontario cc Madame Michelle Courchesne ministre de l Éducation du Loisir et du Sport Fédération étudiante collégiale du Québec Fédération étudiante universitaire du Québec Coalition large de l Association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante Hamilton Police Castigated Roundly by Superior Court in Wrongful Arrest Case 2012 05 26 26 May 2012 Categories Criminal The Hamilton Police Services Board was issued a stinging rebuke by Superior Court Justice Kim Carpenter Gunn as she awarded 46 000 in damages including 10 000 in punitive damages to Michael Dixon after he was wrongfully arrested and jailed on August 15 2003 In her lengthy two hour oral decision Just Carpenter Gunn described the conduct of the Hamilton police as high handed arbitrary and highly reprehensible The case was argued by long time Law Union of Ontario Steering Committee member Vilko Zbogar Read the Hamilton Spectator s coverage of the decision here Law Union of Ontario Statement of Support for No One Is Illegal 2012 05 10 10 May 2012 Categories Announcements The Law Union of Ontario The Law Union is dismayed by recent attacks by the Conservative Government s Immigration Minister Jason Kenney aimed at the grassroots migrant rights group No One Is Illegal No One Is Illegal has a proven track record of working alongside migrant communities and individuals on issues relating to human rights and broader social justice From working to ensure undocumented people living in Canada have access to women s shelters food banks and health care to organizing campaigns against discriminatory immigration laws and continued resource theft from Indigenous communities and the agenda of increased profits on the backs of people s welfare as exhibited by the G8 G20 governments No One Is Illegal is an important and crucial voice of dissent Coming at a time when the Tory government seeks to further erode the human rights of immigrants and refugees through amendments contained in Bill C 31 dubbed the Refugee Exclusion Bill by a growing number of critics the government s attempt to deflect attention from its own record is astonishing Co ordinated national actions on April 4 2012 by No One Is Illegal and their supporters helped to shine the light on the worrisome provisions of

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  • 2012 June : Law Union of Ontario
    for any wrong done to you you may have to take action immediately The deadline for taking legal action with respect to many of the claims arising from the G20 Summit will be June 26 or June 27 2012 If you miss the deadline you may lose your legal right to sue Deadlines for filing a police complaint or a human rights application have already expired but you can still sue the police You can sue the police in either the Small Claims Court if you are seeking monetary compensation up to 25 000 or in the Superior Court if you want to claim a greater amount or ask the Court to do something other than order payment of money You should get advice from a lawyer immediately if you are considering taking legal action and want to make sure that you don t miss the deadlines Some lawyers who will provide a free one half hour consultation about G20 legal claims are listed on pages 87 88 of the Law Union of Ontario s Post G20 Action Guide www lawunion ca g20guide For more information please see the flier Recent Posts 2013 05 14 14 May EVENT Resistance Continues

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  • 2012 July : Law Union of Ontario
    Thompson Catherine Shortt Giselle Dias In the aftermath of an Ontario court striking down another mandatory minimum sentence last week Ontario lawyers and legal rights advocates are urging Ontario s Attorney General Hon John Gerretsen to take steps to mitigate the impact of the federal government s new crime legislation before it begins coming into force on August 9 2012 The Law Union of Ontario has written to Attorney General Gerretsen asking for the Minister to comply with the spirit of two Ontario court rulings by resisting the measures implemented under Bill C 10 the Omnibus Crime Bill through provincial policies The letter calls on the Attorney General to Instruct Crown prosecutors to give serious consideration to consenting to probation in place of jail sentences Encourage Crowns to pursue other reasonable offences that preserve judicial discretion in sentencing instead of those carrying mandatory minimums Direct Crowns to seek non custodial sentences for non violent offences and for offenders who do not pose any public safety risk and Promote greater reliance on mental health and addiction diversion strategies similar to measures expected in Quebec that promote treatment over imprisonment For youth in the system the Attorney General should Direct that a young person s name only be made public in exceptional circumstances Relieve prosecutors of the obligation to demand an adult sentence for someone under 16 Ensure that all players in the youth justice system receive proper training on the new provisions and objectives of the Youth Criminal Justice Act and Ensure that alternative measures diversion provisions are available for populations that face special challenges The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services has estimated that the Omnibus Crime Bill will cost Ontario more than 1 billion in infrastructure related costs alone and more than 50 million annually in additional operating

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  • 2012 October : Law Union of Ontario
    For wheelchair access enter from the meeting parking lot on Bedford Road Come hear about the Law Union s successes over the past year and help chart the way forward Please bring your ideas for new projects as well as ways to improve the Law Union With social justice issues under siege a strong Law Union is needed more than ever to fight oppression and to advocate for a more just humane and equal world Good conversation and refreshments to follow agenda to be circulated shortly Join the Steering Committee We will also be forming new Steering Committee to guide us in the year to come We strongly encourage people with diverse experiences backgrounds and perspectives to lend their talents to the Steering Committee and help make the Law Union as inclusive representative and effective as possible Those interested in putting their names forward to become Steering Committee members should do so at the Annual Meeting If there are more than 12 nominations there will be an election in accordance with our constitution though in years past this has not been required Recent Posts 2013 05 14 14 May EVENT Resistance Continues to Harper s Omnibus Crime Bills May 23

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  • 2011 : Law Union of Ontario
    abuse to make an application on Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds placing the onus on her to report the abuse procure counsel and file the application and to then ultimately rely on discretionary decision making authority However it is well researched that immigrant women face numerous barriers in obtaining protection from domestic abuse and are often reluctant to come forward in situations of abuse Not only do they face isolation due to settlement issues that inherently accompany migration but they are also cut off from possible community support as they are often being controlled by the abuser and face isolation Many women are also afraid of the stigma they may experience as a result of reporting abuse to the police along with potential repercussions from the abuser and or his family Creating a further onus on the woman will greatly increase her risk of remaining in an abusive relationship rather than coming forward and reporting the abuse and facing potentially complex and inaccessible means of retaining status Given the vulnerability inherent in sponsorship situations Parliament saw fit to lower the duration of a spousal sponsorship undertaking from ten years to three years in 2001 It would be a giant step backwards to require a two year conditional period following the granting of permanent residence Furthermore in cases where a woman who has survived abuse is able to leave an abusive relationship and retain her permanent residence she may face additional disadvantage through a second proposed regulatory change to the IRPregs introduced in the Canada Gazette on April 2 2011 which prohibits any person who has been landed as a permanent resident by way of a spousal sponsorship from sponsoring another person as a spouse common law or conjugal partner for a five year period from when they obtained permanent residence This creates undue interference in the private personal lives of immigrant communities and undermines the family reunification objectives of Canadian immigration law 2 Stigmatization of Certain Classes of Immigrants The current Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada Jason Kenney has proposed a number of legislative and regulatory changes during his tenure that directly target and stigmatize immigrant and refugee communities Accusatory public comments on Roma and Mexican refugees in particular ultimately led to the passing of the Balanced Refugee Reform Act which will ensure lower acceptance rates of Convention Refugees in Canada The proposed changes to the IRPRegs are the Minister s response to alleged marriages of convenience A CBC News article Marriages of Convenience Problems Persist dated 10 November 2010 stated that India has been identified as a hot spot for allegedly fraudulent marriages However the CBC s own investigation stated that an internal CIC memo from 2007 offered a number of viable procedures to enforce existing regulations including training for CIC officers field investigations consultations with communities that practise arranged marriages etc However the Minister refused to adopt any of these suggestions opting only to rely on better use of technology to allegedly provide service more quickly CBC 10

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  • 2011 January : Law Union of Ontario
    On June 27th at the corner of King St W and University Ave a group of police officers were randomly searching the bags of passersby When one young man had the audacity to insist that as a Canadian he had the right to refuse to a random search of his personal belongings the officer s retort an absolute answer to the individual s assertion was as pithy as it was conclusive This ain t Canada right now he said The protester continued continued to refuse to consent to a bag while at the same time refusing to leave the area stating I just don t like to have my civil rights violated There is no civil rights here in this area the officer replies How many times do you gotta be told that So there you have it I contacted the York Regional Police to determine whether or not sovereignty over the area immediately surrounding King St W and University Ave had returned to Canada or possibly reverted to its original First Nations inhabitants but as of the time of press have yet to receive a response Until confirmation has been received I recommend travelling in pairs in the area and to keep an eye out for unscrupulous pirates They can generally be identified by the distinctive monochromatic jolly roger flag and their use of 17th century shallow draft two mast brigand s ships Law Union of Ontario Endorses Harkat Statement Against Security Certificates 2011 01 06 6 Jan 2011 Categories National Security Mohamed Harkat faces deportation following the recent finding of Federal Court Justice Simon Noel that the security certificate originally issued against him in 2002 is reasonable In response The Justice for Mohamed Harkat Committee has issued a statement against security certificates which it is petitioning individuals and

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