Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update-

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The tribunal that adjudicates asylum claims in Canada is sounding the alarm over the Ford government's 30 per cent cut to legal-aid funding in Ontario.

The Immigration and Refugee Board has issued a notice saying the cut to Legal Aid Ontario will affect its operations due to an expected rise in the number of refugee claimants who don't have lawyers.

The board says it's taking steps to help unrepresented migrants understand Canada's refugee-determination processes.

But it says it won't be able to fully mitigate the legal aid cuts -- which it says will lead to longer refugee hearings, more postponements and adjournments of hearings and more missed deadlines for paperwork. (The Canadian Press)



A northern Ontario First Nation has declared a state of emergency over the quality of its water supply.

The chief of Eabametoong First Nation says the move comes after tests showed high levels of chemicals in the water that have been associated with cancer.

Chief Harvey Yesno says residents are being warned to avoid long showers and reduce the amount of time they use to wash dishes.

Residents in the community roughly 360 kilometres north of Thunder Bay obtain drinking water separately from three stations in the community or use bottled water. (The Canadian Press)



A second man has been charged with first-degree murder in a fatal stabbing attack that began in a Hamilton barber shop in May.

Police allege 33-year-old Carel Douse was attacked by three suspects who chased him when he ran out of the shop and continued to stab him outside a home on May 18th.

Officers with the Hamilton and Peel police forces say Daniel Wise was charged in the fatal attack on Friday.

A 22-year-old suspect arrested in mid-June also faces a charge of first degree murder and police continue to search for a third suspect. …

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