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On the Radar: Many workers in Ontario have no right to paid sick leave
April 12, 2016
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Recent reports point to the many negative effects that lack of paid sick time has on workers. Illnesses spread because workers can't afford to take time off and hospital emergency departments see people who can't get to their doctors during office hours.

This month's On the Radar talks about the personal emergency leave available to people covered by rules in Ontario's Employment Standards Act and how these rules fail to meet the needs of many workers.

On the Radar: Filing tax returns after separation or divorce
March 17, 2016
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Many things change after separation or divorce, including what tax credits and benefits someone might get. By filing a tax return, some benefits apply even if a person has little or no income.

This month's On the Radar talks about some of the things that a person who is newly separated or divorced should think about when doing their tax return.

On the Radar: Income support options for people with disabilities
February 23, 2016
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The two main public income support programs for people with disabilities are Canada Pension Plan disability (CPPD) benefits and Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) benefits.

This month's On the Radar talks about key differences between these programs, and how some people may be able to get benefits from one or both of them.

On the Radar: Misclassifying employees as independent contractors
January 15, 2016
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Recent reports show that labelling workers as "independent contractors" rather than employees has become widespread in many sectors of the labour market. This leaves many workers with little job security, no benefits, and working conditions that don't meet minimum standards.

This month's On the Radar describes what it means for workers if they've been misclassified as independent contractors.

On the Radar: Keeping the heat on
December 8, 2015
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With temperatures dropping, this month's On the Radar has some information to help tenants stay warm.

On the Radar: Creative services make family law legal help more affordable
November 6, 2015
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Getting separated or divorced can be one of the most stressful times in a person's life. And more than half of the people in Ontario's family courts are representing themselves, often because they can't afford a lawyer.

To help address this problem, some lawyers now offer "unbundled" or "limited scope" services for people who can't afford to hire them for the whole case.

This month's On the Radar explains how this works.

On the Radar - Getting out the vote
October 6, 2015
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It's almost time to elect the next federal government. But people who are young, homeless, have been evicted, or have no permanent address may not be on the voters' list.

This month's On the Radar looks at what they can do if they want to vote.

On the Radar - Court strikes down rule denying appeal rights to refugee claimants from "safe countries"
September 10, 2015
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There was good news this summer for refugees from countries on the government's Designated Country of Origin (DCO) list.

The Federal Court said that DCO claimants can now appeal to the Refugee Appeal Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board, if the Refugee Protection Division refuses their claim.

This month's On the Radar explains why this is an important decision.

On the Radar: Government looking at changing rules for payday lenders
July 22, 2015
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Many people with low incomes have little access to regular types of credit like bank loans and credit cards. So when they can't pay the rent or have an unexpected expense, they're often forced to get short-term loans from payday lenders.

Until August 14, the provincial government is asking for public input on whether the rules about payday lenders should be changed. This month, On the Radar looks at some of the problems with the current rules.

On the Radar - Beat the heat: Air conditioners in rental housing
July 3, 2015
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It's that time of year when keeping cool at home can become a challenge – at least on some days and in some parts of the province.

This month's On the Radar looks at some of the legal issues that tenants can face when trying to stay cool.