Protection Orders – Part 2: A Basic Guide to Restraining Orders

If you are afraid that your partner or former partner will hurt you or your children, you can ask a Family Court for a Restraining Order.  A Restraining Order is one type of Protection Order.  Protection Orders are decisions by a judge that put restrictions on someone’s behaviour. Orders are legally binding, which means they have to be…

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Protection Orders – Part 1

If you are afraid of another person, you can try to get a Protection Order (also called a No Contact Order) to protect yourself.  An Order is a decision by a judge that puts restrictions on someone’s behaviour. This article will discuss the different types of protection orders. Introduction If someone’s actions are making you feel unsafe,…

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Crime-related child disappearance leave

Crime-related child death or disappearance leave is an unpaid job-protected leave of absence. It provides up to 104 weeks with respect to the crime-related disappearance of a child. https://www.ontario.ca/document/your-guide-employment-standards-act-0/crime-related-child-disappearance-leave#section-6 Eligibility Employees who have been employed by their employer for at least six consecutive months and who are covered by the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) are entitled…

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Smoke Alarm Information & Maintenance

Most fatal fires occur at night when people are sleeping. A working smoke alarm will detect smoke and sound to alert you.  Effective March 1, 2006, it is the law for all Ontario homes to have a working smoke alarm on every storey and outside all sleeping areas. This covers single family, semi-detached and townhomes,…

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6 ideas to do better if representing yourself in family court

You’re in family court and can’t afford, or don’t want, a lawyer – or had a lawyer and have run out of money. What to do? Acting for yourself sounds scary and intimidating. It is. But it needn’t be. We’re going to set out some steps you can do to make being a self-rep more…

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Scams and how to report

Grandparent or emergency scam In this scam, a con-artist phones and pretends to be your grandchild. The caller will say they are in trouble and need money right away. He or she may say they are in a hospital, stuck in another country or have gotten into trouble with the law. The scammer may have…

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How the worst moments in our lives make us who we are

Writer Andrew Solomon has spent his career telling stories of the hardships of others. Now he turns inward, bringing us into a childhood of adversity, while also spinning tales of the courageous people he’s met in the years since. In a moving, heartfelt and at times downright funny talk, Solomon gives a powerful call to…

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Community Breakfast Fundraiser

Join us for breakfast and fellowship AND support Victim Services! We would love to see you the 2nd Saturday of each month. Goodwill offering graciously accepted. Stratford Community of Christ – 226 Forman Avenue, Stratford, Ontario N5A 6R4

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