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2015 Guthrie Award Recipient - Julie Mathews
November 5, 2015
Posted in:CLEO News

CLEO's Board of Directors is pleased to announce that our executive director, Julie Mathews, is this year's recipient of the Guthrie Award. The Guthrie is awarded by The Law Foundation of Ontario, and acknowledges the contribution of individuals and organizations to access to justice and excellence in the legal profession.

On the Radar - Getting out the vote
October 6, 2015
Posted in:On the Radar

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
Posted in:On the Radar

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
Posted in:On the Radar

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
Posted in:On the Radar

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.

On the Radar: Taking time off work for illness and emergencies
June 9, 2015
Posted in:On the Radar

Many workers in Ontario have the right to take time off work for illness or other urgent situations without losing their jobs.

This month's On the Radar highlights rules in the Employment Standards Act (ESA) about taking an unpaid leave from work.

On the Radar: When can a landlord legally take a tenant's belongings?
May 6, 2015
Posted in:On the Radar

For centuries, landlords had a legal right called "distress" which let them take a tenant's personal property if the tenant failed to pay the rent. While Ontario banned this in 1970, there are still situations where landlords can take or throw out a tenant's belongings.

As the spring moving season is upon us, this month's On the Radar reviews some of the legal rules that protect tenants' belongings.

On the Radar: New rules about making claims for unpaid wages
April 17, 2015
Posted in:On the Radar

Many workers in Ontario are owed money by employers who have not followed the law, sometimes paying less than minimum wage or failing to pay overtime or vacation pay.

This month's On the Radar talks about recent changes to the Employment Standards Act that increase the amount an employer can be ordered to pay and give workers more time to make a claim.

On the Radar: Door-to-door water heater sales and rentals
March 11, 2015
Posted in:On the Radar

Water heater rentals are among the top 10 types of consumer complaints received by the Ministry of Consumer Services.

So, starting on April 1, 2015, some new rules come into effect just for door-to-door water heater contracts. This month's On the Radar explains some of these rules.

On the Radar: Changes delayed for people on ODSP who work
February 12, 2015
Posted in:On the Radar

The Ontario government is planning to change the rules about benefits for people who work while getting income support from Ontario Works (OW) or the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).

This month's On the Radar highlights the plan to eliminate the Work-Related Benefit and replace it with a new Employment-Related Benefit. Advocates say this will result in many people on ODSP getting less money. Changes first planned for April would now take effect in October 2015.