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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
Quarterly Update
April 28, 2021
Posted in:Quarterly Updates

This Quarterly Update highlights:

  • New Legal Rights Literacy Kits
  • Updated CLEO content
  • COVID-19 webinars for community workers
  • Guided Pathways for preparing wills and powers of attorney
  • Guided pathways evaluation research

Read the full Quarterly Update here.

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
New information on human rights
March 31, 2021
Posted in:New Resources

Steps to Justice now has information about discrimination and the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, including information about:

New information on specific criminal offences
March 16, 2021
Posted in:New Resources

Steps to Justice now has information about specific criminal offences, including:

The information can help you:

  • find a lawyer or get legal help
  • understand evidence in a criminal case
  • learn about the possible sentences
  • negotiate with the Crown
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.