Family violence increases risk for many diseases while harming mental health, Canada’s top doctor warns

More than 230 Canadians a day are victims of family violence that are reported to police, Canada’s chief public health officer says in releasing a new report on a seldom discussed issue. Dr. Gregory Taylor’s 2016 report on the state of public health focuses on family violence, including sexual, emotional and financial abuse, as well…

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Family Law Topics in American Sign Language (ASL)

Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) is a coalition of organizations who have come to gether to ensure all women in Ontario the right to access public family law to resolve their family law disputes. They have produced a number of Family Law videos in American Sign Language (ASL) including the following titles: Understanding The…

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HERE’S WHAT YOU SHOULD DO AFTER A BICYCLE ACCIDENT

All cyclists in Ontario involved in car accidents have access to accident insurance benefits, even if the accident was their fault. Ontario roads can be dangerous for bicyclists, especially on our busy Toronto streets. Most people don’t know what to do after a car accident, especially cyclists. People are usually not thinking clearly, or they…

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Credit counselling and debt settlement services

Credit counsellors and debt settlement companies offer to help you get out of debt and stop creditors from bothering you. This publication will explain: the differences between credit counsellors and debt settlement companies how each type of service works the rules these services must follow what your legal rights are when you use them http://www.cleo.on.ca/en/publications/credebts#full

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Has children’s aid contacted you?

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) has created a client-geared fact sheet meant to be used by clinics and community agencies to build awareness about LAO’s services. It includes topics such as, What is children’s aid? When does children’s aid become involved with a family? What are my rights? Why call LAO? What’s a legal aid certificate,…

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The War At Home: Canada’s failure to help women flee partner violence

In Canada, a woman is murdered by her intimate partner once every six days. In Canada’s last decade, more women were killed by their partner than soldiers killed in Afghanistan. These two statistics are in the new documentary, The War At Home, which premieres tonight on CBC. The stories of women like Cristin Hepting and Lani Elliott, who know the fear of not feeling…

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New Ontario bill says no to workplace sexual harassment  

Under the new OHSA requirements, restaurants would now be forced to ensure the scantily dressed waitresses be protected from sexual harassment. Photo credit: Shutterstock. An important new law about sexual harassment and sexual violence in the workplace was passed yesterday to surprisingly little fanfare. Bill 132 was introduced to add sexual violence and harassment prohibitions…

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