Thursday, 12 December 2013

Criminal Injuries Compensation Board

Recorded on December 12, 2013 - A victim of a violent crime may be eligible for a Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (CICB) award. This webinar gives an overview of the CICB process, including who is eligible, how to apply, common myths, timelines, the hearing process, offender notification, award amounts, and reasons to apply.
 For more information on this webinar visit the Training section of the Your Legal Rights website at: www.yourlegalrights.on.ca/training

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Advocating for Refugee and Other Precarious Status Clients on Social Assistance Matters

Recorded on December 11, 2013 - A growing number of immigrant and refugee clients are having their benefits illegally terminated based on a misapplication of social assistance regulations. This webinar looks at how immigration status and/or a removal order impacts eligibility for Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program and how recent changes to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act are being interpreted by some caseworkers. It also covers ways to advocate with caseworkers, how to request information, what information to include in an internal review of a decision to terminate benefits, and where to get additional help. For more information on this webinar visit the Training section of the Your Legal Rights website at: www.yourlegalrights.on.ca/training

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act

Recorded on November 28, 2013 - The Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act has caused significant changes to the law in regards to the impact of criminality on the immigration system. This webinar examines the new state of the law and how different criminal convictions can impact different immigration statuses in Canada. The consequences can include inadmissibility, deportation, and the removal of appeal rights to the Immigration Appeal Board amongst others.

For more information or to download copies of presentation materials visit:
http://yourlegalrights.on.ca/webinar/faster-removal-foreign-criminals-act

For more information visit www.yourlegalrights.on.ca/training

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Your Day in Family Court: How to prepare and what to expect

Recorded on November 12, 2013 at 12:30 PM EST - This webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series takes a look at the Family Court process, and reviews which court to go to depending on your family law issue, some common court terms, the steps leading up to trial, and how to work with your lawyer outside and inside the courtroom. METRAC’s Legal Director is joined by practicing family law lawyer, Jenna Beaton, from the law firm Martha McCarthy & Company.
For more information or to download copies of presentation materials or to watch an archived video version of the webinar visit: http://yourlegalrights.on.ca/webinar/your-day-family-court-how-prepare-and-what-expect

For more information visit www.yourlegalrights.on.ca/training

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

New rules for Ontario nonprofits - the basics

Recorded on November 5, 2013 (28 minutes) - The Ontario government is modernizing the law that governs how nonprofit organizations operate. The new law is called the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, or the ONCA. If your nonprofit organization is incorporated in Ontario, this webinar can help your board members or senior staff to prepare for the ONCA. The webinar briefly covers the following topics:
  • why it’s important
  • what’s in the bylaws and articles
  • members and voting requirements for directors
  • requirements for public benefit
  • corporations audits and financial review engagements
  • steps to prepare for the ONCA
An archived version of this webinar will be made available for viewing (along with copies of presentation materials), on the webinars and events page of http://nonprofitlaw.cleo.on.ca. Subscribe to the "Get Ready for the ONCA" ebulletin to get notice when the webinar and handouts are available online.


For more information visit www.yourlegalrights.on.ca/training

Monday, 4 November 2013

Considering Young Aboriginal Women, Family and Legal Issues

Recorded on November 4 2013 - This webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series looks at the family and social context of young  Aboriginal women, and some legal considerations to help the social service providers they may work with.  METRAC’s Legal Director, Tamar Witelson, is joined in conversation with Emily Hill, Senior Staff Lawyer at Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto.
For more information or to watch an archived version of this webinar or to download presentation materials visit:
http://yourlegalrights.on.ca/webinar/considering-young-aboriginal-women-family-and-legal-issues

For more information visit www.yourlegalrights.on.ca/training

Thursday, 26 September 2013

ODSP: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities

Recorded on September 26, 2013 - This webinar, presented by the ODSP Action Coalition, describes recent updates and changes to the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP). It is a follow-up to the Coalition's first webinar ODSP: Know Your Benefits. It is recommended that you watch ODSP: Know Your Benefits first. For more information or to download copies of presentation materials visit: http://yourlegalrights.on.ca/webinar/odsp-know-your-rights-and-responsibilities

For more information visit www.yourlegalrights.on.ca/training

ODSP and Aging

Recorded on September 26, 2013 - This webinar, intended for community workers, gives information on maximizing income and benefits for Ontario Disability Support Plan (ODSP) recipients approaching 65. Topics covered include ODSP after 65, senior's pensions and rent subsidies, Canada Pension Plan (CPP) early retirement benefits, income fluctuations, and Old Age Security (OAS) . For more information or to download copies of presentation materials visit:
http://yourlegalrights.on.ca/webinar/odsp-and-aging

For more information visit www.yourlegalrights.on.ca/training

Monday, 23 September 2013

Teenage Mothers and the Children's Aid Society: What Young Mothers Should Know about the Child Protection Process

Recorded on September 24, 2013 - This webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series is the second of two discussions about the Children's Aid Society geared toward the rights of young women. In this discussion, lawyer Seema Jain, of Jain Family Law and Mediation, discusses what teenage mothers should know if the CAS has concerns about the safety of their child(ren), in conversation with METRAC’s Legal Director, Tamar Witelson.
For more information or to download PDF copies of presentation materials visit:
http://yourlegalrights.on.ca/webinar/teenage-mothers-and-childrens-aid-society-what-young-mothers-should-know-about-child-protect



For more information visit www.yourlegalrights.on.ca/training

When the Children's Aid Society Gets Involved: What Can a Child/Youth Expect?

Recorded on September 23, 2013 - This webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series is the first of two discussions about the Children's Aid Society geared toward the rights of young women. This webinar looks at the child protection process, focussing on youth rights and realities when they are the person that the CAS is concerned may be in need of protection.
In this discussion, lawyer Seema Jain, of Jain Family Law and Mediation, discusses what young people should know about being involved in the child protection process, in conversation with METRAC’s Legal Director, Tamar Witelson.
To download archived copies of this webinar, including presentation materials visit: http://yourlegalrights.on.ca/webinar/when-childrens-aid-society-gets-involved-what-can-childyouth-expect

For more information visit www.yourlegalrights.on.ca/training

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Return to Work and the WSIB: What Advocates Need to Know

Recorded on August 22, 2013 - This webinar, intended for experienced workers and advocates, gives information on how to help workers navigate their return to work after a workplace injury. It includes a basic overview of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) return to work scheme and practical tips to protect workers from common pitfalls. To download archived copies of this webinar, including presentation materials visit: http://yourlegalrights.on.ca/webinar/return-work-and-wsib-what-advocates-need-know

For more information visit www.yourlegalrights.on.ca/training

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Threats to Convention Refugee and Permanent Resident Status

Recorded on July 4, 2013 - The unqualified right of Convention Refugees to remain in Canada has been eroded by recent changes to the law. This webinar examines cessation and vacation proceedings where the Minister of Immigration applies to remove a person's Protected Person status. It highlights the significance of the changes to the law and the importance of Convention Refugees and Permanent Residents applying for citizenship as soon as possible. Situations that could trigger cessation or vacation proceedings, as well as ways that service providers can offer support during the citizenship process, will also be covered. To view this webinar and download copies of presentation materials visit: http://yourlegalrights.on.ca/webinar/threats-convention-refugee-and-permanent-resident-status


For more information visit www.yourlegalrights.on.ca/training

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Refugee Claim or an H&C?

Recorded on June 27, 2013 - Under changes to the refugee and immigration system, a Humanitarian and Compassionate application (H&C) and a refugee claim cannot be made at the same time. In fact, if your refugee claim fails, in most cases you are barred from making an H&C application for one year. This webinar, intended for community workers, will provide legal information to highlight some of the factors to be considered when this important strategic decision is made, and offers hypothetical scenarios for discussion.

For more information visit www.yourlegalrights.on.ca/training

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Wrongful Dismissal

Recorded on June 13, 2013. - This webinar, intended for community workers, presents options for workers who have been fired or laid off. It looks at when an employer can fire an employee, what a worker can do if they are wrongfully dismissed, and what the Courts or the Ministry of Labour look for when dealing with dismissal cases.
Watch an archived recording of this webinar and download copies of presentation materials at: http://yourlegalrights.on.ca/webinar/wrongful-dismissal.

For more information visit www.yourlegalrights.on.ca/training

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Employment Standards for Ontario Workers

Recorded on May 30, 2013 - This webinar, intended for community workers, gives an overview of workers' rights under the Employment Standards Act, including overtime pay, illegal deductions, termination pay, severance pay, and public holiday pay. It covers steps a worker can take if the employer violates these standards. Watch an archived recording of this webinar and download copies of presentation materials at http://yourlegalrights.on.ca/webinar/employment-standards-ontario-workers

For more information visit www.yourlegalrights.on.ca/training

Thursday, 28 March 2013

The New Basis of Claim Form (BOC) for Refugee Claims

Recorded on March 28, 2013 - In the wake of recent changes to the refugee determination process, this webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series looks at the first step in making a refugee claim, the new Basis of Claim (BOC) form, introduced in December 2012.  METRAC’s Legal Director Tamar Witelson is joined by lawyer and former Immigration and Refugee Board adjudicator Sudabeh Mashkuri, to talk about how an adjudicator will consider information in the BOC form, and some issues relevant to women exposed to violence who are making a refugee claim.
This webinar is produced by METRAC as part of the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series in partnership with CLEO.
An archived recording of this webinar, along with copies of all presentation materials, are available for download at http://yourlegalrights.on.ca/training.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Property Rights and Obligations of Married and Co-habiting Partners (Updated March 2013)

Recorded on March 6, 2013 - This webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series looks at the Ontario rules for division of family property, for married and co-habiting couples following relationship breakdown. Topics include the equalization payment, the matrimonial home, and issues for surviving spouses. Presenters are Tamar Witelson, Legal Director at The Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children (METRAC) and Robert Halpern, partner and head of the Family Law Group at the law firm Torkin Manes.

 This webinar is produced by METRAC as part of the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series in partnership with CLEO.

An archived recording of this webinar, along with copies of all presentation materials, are available for download at http://yourlegalrights.on.ca/training.


Thursday, 28 February 2013

Dealing with the Children's Aid Society: What Parents Should Know

Recorded on February 28, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. EST - This webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series is the second of two discussions about the Children's Aid Society. This webinar looks at the child protection process from the point of view of parents who are dealing with the CAS. In this discussion, lawyer Seema Jain of Jain Family Law and Mediation discusses what parents should know before, during, and after a child protection hearing, in conversation with METRAC's Legal Director, Tamar Witelson. Watch an archived recording of this webinar and download copies of presentation materials at http://yourlegalrights.on.ca/webinar/Dealing_with_the_Childrens_Aid_Society_What_Parents_Should_Know

For more information visit www.yourlegalrights.on.ca/training

Thursday, 21 February 2013

The Victim/Witness Assistance Program: A Support for Women Victims of Violent Crime


Recorded on February 21, 2013 - In this webinar in the series on Family Law Education for Women (FLEW), the V/WAP program to support victims and witnesses going through the criminal court process is discussed. Looking at how women complainants of sexual assault and domestic violence may receive support as the victim or witness in the trial process, Carol Nicholson, a Victim/Witness Support Worker from Peel Region joins Tamar Witelson, Legal Director of the Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children (METRAC).
This webinar is produced by METRAC as part of the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series in partnership with CLEO.
An archived version of this webinar along with copies of presentation materials are available for download at http://yourlegalrights.on.ca/training

For more information visit www.yourlegalrights.on.ca/training

Low-Income Energy Network (LIEN) Webinar: Exploring an Electricity Affordability Program for Ontario's Low-Income Consumers


Recorded on February 21, 2013  - With electricity bills projected to increase by 46% from 2010-2015, low-income residential consumers in Ontario (about 733,000 households) may face housing affordability problems and could be forced to make difficult spending decisions such as paying for heat or food. To proactively address this looming crisis, the Low-Income Energy Network (LIEN) is working with a consultant Roger Colton, a U.S. based expert on low-income energy issues, to develop a ratepayer-funded electricity rate affordability program along with a cost estimate for delivering it to Ontario’s low-income consumers.

LIEN has renewed its efforts to advocate for such a program and is working to build public awareness about, and support for, this proposal. The webinar will begin with an overview of LIEN’s advocacy activities and culminate with a detailed presentation of the electricity rate affordability program.
An archived recording of this webinar, along with copies of all presentation materials, are available for download at http://yourlegalrights.on.ca/training.

For more information visit www.yourlegalrights.on.ca/training

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) - Know your rights

This webinar from the ODSP Action Coalition will provide an overview of the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and cover applying for ODSP, ODSP rates, income, earnings, assets & changes, the different types of ODSP Benefits, appeals and tips and strategies for navigating the system.

An archived recording of this webinar, along with copies of all presentation materials, are available for download at http://yourlegalrights.on.ca/training.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Understanding the Children's Aid Society Process - From the Inside

Recorded on January 23, 2013 - This webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series covers the basics of how the Children's Aid Society (CAS) system works, to give service providers and families an understanding of how they may take part in the process. For this discussion, METRAC's Legal Director, Tamar Witelson, is joined by Vicky Lowrey, a Senior Service Manager at the Children's Aid Society of Peel Region.
An archived recording of this webinar, along with copies of all presentation materials, are available for download at http://yourlegalrights.on.ca/training.