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Tennessee providing employment, legal aid resources as part of Second Chance Month

  • June 9, 2023

Tennessee groups and agencies are collaborating throughout April to help formerly incarcerated people and justice-involved individuals — a term some agencies use to describe anyone who has ever been charged with a crime — find jobs and get legal aid.

An upcoming event planned in western Tennessee is aimed at providing employment services to people who have encountered difficulties finding jobs because of the stigma that experts say comes with a criminal record. This event is a part of National Second Chance Month, which has been recognized annually every April since 2017 and serves to highlight the roles of individuals, communities and agencies in supporting formerly incarcerated people.

to support justice-involved individualsTennessee’s Office of Reentry (OOR) scheduled multiple Second Chance Hiring and Resource events throughout the state.

The last of the three resource fairs will be at the Clarksville American Job Center on Friday from 9 am to 2 pm

“An event like this one helps address these barriers and more by bringing together not only employers but also local and state supportive services,” Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Chief Communications Officer Chris Cannon said. “The Office of Reentry hopes that these events will also allow conversations and connections to occur between stakeholders in the reentry field to further their effectiveness.”

Cannon said justice-involved individuals can face several barriers to getting jobs, including discrimination due to a previous criminal history, lack of education or job training opportunities, financial barriers, physical or mental health issues and legal restrictions.

At the event, attendees will have a chance to meet prospective employers and connect with community resources and consult with legal aid services about record expungement.

One group that will be represented at Friday’s resource fair is the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission, which provides Tennesseeans

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Legal Aid of the Bluegrass names Robert John’s new executive director; will assume role May 1

  • May 13, 2023

Legal Aid of the Bluegrass (LABG) has announced Robert Johns, Esq. as its new executive director after a nationwide search. Johns, who will begin on May 1 will lead the program that provides free civil legal assistance to low-income and vulnerable Kentuckians in 33 northern, central, and northeastern Kentucky counties.

“LABG provides life changing legal assistance every day, and I am thrilled to join this great program. I have been privileged to spend my entire career in civil legal aid and to stand with people whose rights need to be protected. The work that civil legal aid programs provide is needed everywhere, and I look forward to working in the diverse communities that LABG serves, including sparsely populated rural areas and densely populated urban centers. I’m grateful for my time at AppalReD Legal Aid and for the opportunity to lead that program. My time there allowed me to develop skills that will serve me as I join LABG” said Johns.

Robert Johns

Johns graduated with his BA in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame in 1991 before earning his JD at The George Washington University Law School in 1994. Johns served as an AmeriCorps attorney until 1996 when he became a staff attorney at Southeastern Ohio Legal Services ( SEOLS) in Steubenville, Ohio. In 1999, he became Managing Attorney at SEOLS and served in that position for 15 years. Johns has been the Executive Director of AppalReD Legal Aid for the past 8 years in Eastern Kentucky.

LABG Board President, James Kruer, Esq., said of Johns “Legal Aid of the Bluegrass has been blessed by ‘adopting’ our new Executive Director from one of our Kentucky partners. A lifetime of service to the poverty population makes Johns ideally suited to direct the advocacy that we provide in our 33-county

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BC Attorney General David Eby announces bid to become premiere | iNFOnews

  • August 27, 2022

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BC Attorney General David Eby (right) and then-federal minister of border security and organized crime reduction Bill Blair speak to media following a meeting to discuss money laundering at the Legislature in Victoria on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hippolito

Republished July 19, 2022 – 9:35 PM

Original Publication Date July 19, 2022 – 6:21 PM

VANCOUVER – British Columbia Attorney General David Eby has announced his bid to become the province’s next premier, saying he has secured the support of a large majority of New Democrat members of the legislature.

Eby’s announcement ends weeks of speculation as other high-profile New Democrats have bowed out of this fall’s leadership election, with the winner set to be announced on Dec. 3.

Premier John Horgan announced last month he would resign due to health reasons, following two bouts with cancer, paving the way for a new leader.

Notable cabinet ministers, including Jobs Minister Ravi Kahlon, Finance Minister Selina Robinson and Municipal Affairs Minister Nathan Cullen, have said they will not be vying for the top job, making Eby the contender to beat.

Eby is so far the only candidate running to replace Horgan, who has said he no longer has the energy to seek re-election.

In announcing his leadership bid, Eby told supporters at the Kitsilano Neighborhood House on Tuesday that more housing, affordable childcare and family doctors are needed for communities.

“Building public housing for middle-class families was something government never had to do when I was growing up,” he said, adding that’s needed because pressures in the housing market are pushing people onto the street.

He said rent-to-own, long-term

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Consumers increasing concerned with EV insurance

  • August 25, 2022

Canadians are becoming increasing interested in getting an electric vehicle (EV) for their next purchase on one hand, but consumers also seem concerned about the cost of insuring electric vehicles, according to data from rate comparison site My Choice.

Seventy-seven per cent of respondents in British Columbia and 74% in Ontario would consider buying an EV the next time they’re in the market for a vehicle, according to survey results from KPMG. Further to that, over three-quarters of millennials are looking at EVs for their next purchase (77% between 25-34 years old and 76% aged 35-44 years).

But cost, driving range and charging are often cited concerns that consumers have when it comes to EV uptake—and drivers are particularly concerned with the cost of insuring their green vehicle.

Drivers looking for EV insurance increased by 240% year over year and 89% in the last three months, according to a recent study by My Choice.

Consumers should also heed that insurance premiums depend on the model of the car, rather than the vehicle’s fuel source. The cost of Replacing a vehicle is largely what determines the insurance cost.

Reasons that EVs may cost more to insure than gas cars include: replacement parts, electric vehicle batteries and specialized repair shops.

The basic insurance requirements for EVs are the same as any car, and include the mandated third-party liability insurance, accident benefits insurance, uninsured auto insurance, and direct compensation for property damage.

Add-ons may include collision insurance and comprehensive insurance that protects parked cars from flood or fire events.

However, certain policies may provide relief for EVs. “Some insurance providers provide green vehicle discounts for EVs so it’s important to ask,” said Aren Mirzaian, CEO of My Choice in a press release.

A comparison by My Choice shows the annual auto premiums

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Ky. Attorney General asks state Supreme Court to halt abortions amid lawsuit

  • July 5, 2022

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron has asked the state’s Supreme Court to lift a restraining order that allows abortions to resume temporarily amid an ongoing lawsuit.

Kentucky’s only two abortion providers are suing the state for banning the procedure. Attorneys for Planned Parenthood and the EMW Women’s Surgical Center say that Kentucky’s two bans on abortion are illegal under the state’s constitution, because they threaten people’s lives.

Cameron urged Kentucky’s highest court to reinstate the bans on abortion on Sunday, saying there is no more important issue than protecting human life.

“We are exhausting every possible avenue to have Kentucky’s Human Life Protection Act and Heartbeat Law reinstated,” Cameron said.

The Kentucky Human Life Protection Act is what’s known as a “trigger law” that took effect after the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. The law bans abortions in every case, including rape and incest, unless a pregnant person is at “substantial risk of death.”

The other law bans abortions after physicians can detect embryonic cardiac activity, which usually occurs around six weeks, before many people learn they are pregnant.

Cameron’s filing with the Kentucky Supreme Court followed a Saturday ruling from an appellate court judge that allowed abortions to continue, at least temporarily.

Planned Parenthood and EMW Women’s Surgical Center, both in Louisville, resumed appointments for the procedure as of Friday.

A hearing is scheduled next week in Jefferson County Circuit Court to decide whether to block enforcement of the bans for the duration of the case.

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Minnesota lawmakers voted to legalize THC edibles. Some did it accidentally

  • July 5, 2022

A new Minnesota law lets people 21 and over buy and consume food and beverages with a small amount of hemp-derived THC, but some legislators might not have fully understood the bill before passing it.

The new law says food and beverages cannot contain more than 5 milligrams of hemp-derived THC per serving and no more than 50 milligrams per minnesota” class=”Link”package.

Although marijuana-derived THC is still illegal in Minnesota, THC derived from hemp is chemically the same. Marijuana and hemp come from the same cannabis plant, though the plants are bred differently, with marijuana plants high in THC and hemp plants very low in THC.

THC, or delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, is the chemical that causes the high of marijuana.

The nature of the Republican-controlled Senate, which has opposed recreational marijuana legalization efforts in the past, raises questions about whether the legalization was accidental.

Minnesota state Mon. Jim Abeler, a Republican from Anoka, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune he did not realize this law would allow THC-infused edibles of any kind and thought it would only apply to delta-8 THC products.

Delta-8 THC, which is similar to the standard delta-9 THC, has not been extensively researched or understood, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Delta-8 is found naturally in cannabis plants but in trace amounts. Delta-8 also does not produce the same amount of “high” as delta-9.

But because of a technicality, delta-8 is considered federally legal and is often available at gas stations and convenience stores. Lawmakers in Minnesota had sought to regulate this market.

after an amendment passed unanimously during a Minnesota legislative session in May, state Sen. Abeler jokingly said: “That doesn’t legalize marijuana — we just didn’t do that, did we?”

When Abeler proceeded to laugh, Rep. Tina

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