Steps to Justice News

CLEO’s On the Radar: Changes to Family Law

On March 1, 2021, several changes to family law took effect. Besides revising parenting terms and defining family violence, the changes say:

partners must think about using an alternative dispute resolution process or family dispute resolution process to resolve their issues out of court
courts must consider the more detailed best interests of the child test
parents with a court order about parenting must usually give notice before they move or relocate with their child

Ontario’s family court forms have been revised to reflect these changes.

Updated information on family law

Steps to Justice‘s family law content and CLEO’s Guided Pathways have been updated to reflect changes that took effect on March 1, 2021. The changes include:

new and revised family law court forms
a more detailed best interests of the child test
a new definition of family violence that includes psychological and financial abuse
replacing the terms custody and access with decision-making responsibility and parenting time
requiring partners to think about using an alternative dispute resolution process or family dispute resolution process to resolve their issues out of court
requiring a parent to give notice before relocating with their child where there is a court order about parenting

Steps in a Family Law Case and CLEO’s family print series have also been updated.

New information on Powers of Attorney

Steps to Justice now has information about Powers of Attorney for Property and Personal Care, including:

why it’s important to have one
how to make one
how to change or cancel one
the role of an attorney

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CLEO New and Revised CLEO Publications – February 18, 2021

CLEO has 3 new publications on Indigenous rights with information about:

Diversion
Bail
Sentencing

All CLEO resources are once again available free of charge. For a complete list of our publications and to order, please visit www.cleo.on.ca.

On the Radar: Getting COVID-19 benefits while on OW or ODSP

When the Canada Emergency Relief Benefit (CERB) ended, the Canadian government created 3 new Recovery Benefits and made changes to Employment Insurance (EI). There are special rules about these programs for people who are on Ontario Works (OW) or the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).
This month’s On the Radar looks at how COVID-19 benefits interact with OW and ODSP.

CLEO’s On the Radar: Getting a fair tribunal hearing during COVID-19

At the beginning of COVID-19, tribunals across Ontario were forced to close. Many have now re-opened using remote or virtual hearings by video or telephone. This includes the Landlord and Tenant Board, the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Immigration and Refugee Protection Board,

New information on education law / Nouveaux renseignements en droit de l’éducation

Steps to Justice has new information about legal issues students may experience in school, including information about:

bullying
school attendance
suspensions and expulsions

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New information on youth criminal justice

Steps to Justice has new information about the youth criminal justice system including information about:

out-of-court options for youth accused of a crime
how youth records work
how to deal with a youth record when applying for a job
what to consider if travelling with a youth record

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