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On the Radar - Access to vaccines and new ways to get permanent resident status
May 5, 2021
Posted in:On the Radar

This month's On the Radar looks at two important updates to immigration and refugee law. These are:

  • access to COVID-19 vaccinations for people without health coverage and people without immigration status
  • a new federal government pathway to permanent resident status for some essential workers and international students that starts May 6, 2021
On the Radar - Changes to tenants' rights continue during the pandemic
April 1, 2021
Posted in:On the Radar

The fast pace of change to housing laws and processes at the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) continues into 2021. This month's On the Radar looks at 3 noteworthy changes:

  • the end of the second eviction freeze
  • a different video conferencing tool for the LTB's online hearings
  • a new rule that forces people to accept the first rent-geared-to-income (RGI) unit they're offered
In Memoriam: Meruba Sivaselvachandran
March 10, 2021
Posted in:CLEO News
Meruba Sivaselvachandran

It is with great sorrow that CLEO learned of the passing of Meruba Sivaselvachandra, an analyst in our online interactive projects group.

Meruba joined CLEO part time in September 2020, assisting with the development of Guided Pathways that help people complete legal documents for family law court and work permit applications. In this time she made a valuable and lasting contribution to CLEO in its mission to help people understand and exercise their legal rights.

While serving with distinction at CLEO, Meruba was also a highly engaged law and MBA student at the University of Toronto, in the combined JD/MBA program.

Meruba's colleagues at CLEO describe her as highly intelligent and thoughtful, an uplifting presence who projected warmth and positivity to everyone with whom she worked. Meruba is remembered for her deep empathy and commitment to helping people who face barriers to accessing the justice system.

CLEO's board and staff extend deepest condolences to Meruba's family. Meruba will be remembered in our hearts.

On the Radar - Changes to family law
March 8, 2021
Posted in:On the Radar

On March 1, 2021, several changes to family law took effect. Besides revising parenting terms and defining family violence, the changes say:

  • partners must think about using an alternative dispute resolution process or family dispute resolution process to resolve their issues out of court
  • courts must consider the more detailed best interests of the child test
  • parents with a court order about parenting must usually give notice before they move or relocate with their child

Ontario's family court forms have been revised to reflect these changes. People going to court must use the new forms as of March 1. Old forms won't be accepted after this date. CLEO's Family Law Guided Pathways can be used to complete the new family court forms.

This month's On the Radar looks at some of these changes.

Updated information on family law
March 4, 2021
Posted in:New Resources
Updated information on family law

Steps to Justice's family law content and CLEO's Guided Pathways have been updated to reflect changes that took effect on March 1, 2021. The changes include:

Steps in a Family Law Case and CLEO's family print series have also been updated.

This month's On the Radar (coming this week) will have more information about the changes.

New information on Powers of Attorney
March 2, 2021
Posted in:On the Radar

Steps to Justice now has information about Powers of Attorney for Property and Personal Care, including:

  • why it's important to have one
  • how to make one
  • how to change or cancel one
  • the role of an attorney
New and Revised CLEO Publications
February 18, 2021
Posted in:New Resources

CLEO has 3 new publications on Indigenous rights with information about:

Getting COVID-19 benefits while on OW or ODSP
February 3, 2021
Posted in:On the Radar

When the Canada Emergency Relief Benefit (CERB) ended, the Canadian government created 3 new Recovery Benefits and made changes to Employment Insurance (EI). There are special rules about these programs for people who are on Ontario Works (OW) or the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).

This month's On the Radar looks at how COVID-19 benefits interact with OW and ODSP.

On the Radar - Getting a fair tribunal hearing during COVID-19
January 15, 2021
Posted in:On the Radar

At the beginning of COVID-19, tribunals across Ontario were forced to close. Many have now re-opened using remote or virtual hearings by video or telephone. This includes the Landlord and Tenant Board, the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Immigration and Refugee Protection Board, and the Social Benefits Tribunal.

This month's On the Radar looks at what a fair hearing means and what people can do to protect their rights.

COVID-19: Updates on the law and benefits
January 14, 2021
Posted in:New Resources

CLEO has updated information about the law as a result of the second state of emergency.

Click here to read more.

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