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Title: subsidy
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A subsidy is a part of a tenant's rent that is paid by a government agency or a non-profit organization. To get a subsidy, the tenant usually must have a household income below a certain level. Subsidized housing is sometimes called rent-geared-to-income, or RGI, housing because the amount of rent the tenant has to pay depends on their income.

Title: sue
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When you sue a person or an organization, you ask a civil court to award you money. This money is intended to compensate you for something that the person or organization did that was wrong.

Title: summarily
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When the Crown decides to prosecute a hybrid offence as a summary offence they are said to be prosecuting the offence summarily. 

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These offences are more minor than indictable offences. Summary charges must be laid within 6 months of the offence. These proceedings are all in provincial court with a judge alone (no jury). The maximum sentence for a summary conviction offence is usually 6 months in jail. But some hybrid offences prosecuted summarily have a maximum sentence of 18 months in jail.

Title: summons
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A document that requires a person charged with an offence to appear in court at a certain time and place. If you do not appear in court on the date and time given in your summons, you can be charged with the criminal offence failure to appear.

Title: summons
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A summons is a legal document that requires a witness to come to a trial or a hearing on a specific date to tell their part of the story.

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The Superior Court of Justice deals with civil cases and serious criminal cases. Cases that are tried before a judge and jury are heard in the Superior Court of Justice. Judges in the Superior Court of Justice also deal with appeals from decisions made by the Ontario Court of Justice on criminal cases. All civil cases are heard in the Superior Court of Justice, except family law cases within the jurisdiction of the Ontario Court of Justice.

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Supervised access is a kind of access where someone else watches when a parent visits with their child. This might be another relative like the child's grandparent or uncle, or it might be someone from an agency like the Children's Aid Society. The purpose of supervised access is usually to make sure the child is safe.

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A supervised access exchange is when someone watches a parent pick up or drop off the child, but does not watch the access visit. Its purpose is usually to reduce conflict between the parents, or to protect one parent from being abused by the other parent.

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A supervision order is when the court decides that your child can live with you, another parent, or a caregiver, but that the Children’s Aid Society has to regularly check that your child is being cared for.

A supervision order can last between 3 and 12 months. And it can include a number of conditions, such as you:

  • get tested for drugs regularly
  • go for counselling
  • go to parenting classes

 

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