Wintertime and the Learning is Online – Updated Jan. 9

Photo: William & Mary

Photo: William & Mary

Hankering for legal information and training, to fill those long winter days and nights? Webinars can fill the void, offering insight into potential practice areas you may not have considered, or giving tips for dealing with certain types of clients.

These videos seminars and downloadable resources are available FREE. Yes, free.


Enterprise Toronto Seminars


    Register by e-mail: or leave a message at 416-395-7416
    Planning for Success – A Business Plan that Works
    Tue., Jan. 14
    10 – 11:30 a.m.
    Toronto City Hall
    How to Build Your Business and Yourself Through Public Speaking
    Tue., Jan. 28
    10 – 11:30 a.m.
    Toronto City Hall
    Best Practices in Preparation of Your Business Tax
    Thur., Jan. 30
    10 – 11:30 a.m.
    North York Civic Centre
    SEO: Past – Present – Future
    Tue., Feb. 11
    10 – 11:30 a.m.
    Toronto City Hall

    Mobile Marketing for Small Businesses
    Thur., Feb. 27
    10 – 11:30 a.m.
    North York Civic Centre

Rules and Procedures

    New rules for Ontario nonprofits – the basics

    Recorded Nov. 5, this half-hour video explains how the Ontario government is modernizing the law that governs how nonprofit organizations operate. The Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA) affects nonprofit organizations incorporated in Ontario.

    Evidence in the Criminal Law

    This post on the Justice for Children and Youth blog looks at the law of evidence and the rules that control the proof of facts in legal proceedings. It describes three different forms of evidence including “real evidence,” “documentary evidence,” and “testimonial evidence.” Useful reminders, presented in a VERY accessible style.

    Home Renovations and Repairs

    Ministry of Consumer Services information for homeowners and contractors, available online. This site includes information about estimates and contracts; and rights and responsibilities.

    Considering Young Aboriginal Women, Family and Legal Issues

    Recorded Nov. 4, 2013, this webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series looks at the family and social context of young Aboriginal women. It includes some legal considerations. Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children (METRAC) Legal Director, Tamar Witelson, and Emily Hill, Senior Staff Lawyer at Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto, present the webinar, which was produced in partnership with Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO).


Tenants’ Rights Workshop, Kapuskasing
    Jan. 28 – Kapuskasing – The Disability Resource Centre for Independent Living presents a workshop on tenants’ rights. Guest Speaker is Joseph W. Richards II, Staff Lawyer at the Clinique juridique Grand-Nord Legal Clinic in Kapuskasing. Participants must register. This session is free and bilingual.

    1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.
    Clinique juridique Grand-Nord Legal Clinic
    29 Byng Avenue, Suite 5

    For more information: 705-335-8778

    Or visit the clinic’s Facebook page.

    Criminal Injuries Compensation Board

    Recorded Dec. 12, 2013, this video describes how victims of a violent crime may be eligible for a Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (CICB) award. It offers 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.

    Writing an effective grievance

    This booklet can be downloaded. It explains the process for making a complaint with the Correctional Service of Canada. It looks at the grievance procedure, time lines, what issues can be grieved, points to include, and frequently asked questions and concerns. Written for prisoners in British Columbia, by the West Coast Prison Justice Society, the information is relevant throughout Canada.

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

    Recorded in August, 2013, this webinar provides advocates with 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 tips to protect workers. This webinar was produced by the Industrial Accident Victims’ Group of Ontario, in partnership with CLEO.

Basic Rights, Human Rights

    Discrimination is Against the Law! A Primer on Human Rights Law in Ontario

    Recorded in December, 2012, this webinar is presented by the Human Rights Legal Support Centre, and Hamilton Community Legal Clinic. It provides an overview of the Human Rights Code and describes the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario’s process.

Youth-Related Issues

    Drugs at school: Expulsions and other legal issues in Ontario

    Justice for Children and Youth produced this video. It discusses what can happen to young people if they are found with controlled substances on school property.

    Employment Standards and Youth

    This Justice for Children and Youth post looks at how the Employment Standards Act (ESA) affects rights and responsibilities. It includes the minimum age to work, the minimum wage, and the rights of workers when asked to work on public holidays.

    Racial Profiling & Your Rights

    Justice for Children and Youth looks at racial profiling. The post defines and describes racial profiling, and a person’s rights when stopped or searched by police. The role of the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) is also described.

    Facebook & the Law

    This post outlines possible consequences of posting too much information on social media. It discusses how employers and universities can use social media searches, how posts can be used as evidence in criminal and civil law, and how students who bully other students on social media can be suspended or expelled.

Seniors, Disabled, Low-Income: Advocacy

    Long Term Care Services Public Meeting

    Judith Wahl E.D., of Advocacy Centre for the Elderly (ACE), speaks about Health Care Consent; advance care planning; hospital discharge and transfers; retirement homes and long-term care facility advocacy.

    Thur. Jan. 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    Woodgreen Health and Wellness centre, 721 Broadview Ave. (south of Danforth Ave. – Use Broadview Station by TTC)

    Free Legal Support for People with Disabilities

    Developed by ARCH Disability Law Centre, this webinar was developed for Accessibility Ontario, as a resource for people who want to know where to refer someone with a disability.

    Tip sheets on Health Care Consent and Advance Care Planning

    Developed by the Advocacy Centre for The Elderly (ACE), these tip sheets cover Health Care Consent, Advance Care Planning and Substitute Decision Makers.

    Advocating for Refugee and Precarious-Status Clients for Social Assistance Matters

    This webinar, recorded in December, looks at how immigration status affects eligibility for Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and how recent changes to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act are being interpreted by some caseworkers. It has suggestions for advocacy and provides links to resources.

    Take care of your income!

    This brochure has information about income supports, tax credits, and benefits for people on low incomes and people with disabilities, to help them maximize their incomes. It also lists useful websites and phone numbers. Noting that income affects health, the Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP) produced the brochure in 2013.

    Bills, Debt, Collections… All About Debtors and Collectors

    “I owe money… I am having trouble paying my bills” is a comprehensive PDF booklet that explains the ins and outs of owing money. Developed in 2013 by HALCO – HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario, the Resources section includes how to find a paralegal representative. It includes links to legislation, rules, procedures and litigation options.

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