News from CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)

Produces free legal information in many formats and languages that help low‑income and disadvantaged communities understand their legal rights. A project of CLEO, Your Legal Rights, provides legal information produced by organizations across Ontario, in a variety of languages and formats.

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New services at CLEO? Tell us what you think!

CLEO is considering hosting a free service to help front-line workers help clients with legal problems, or help community organizations produce better legal information.

November 14, 2018

On the Radar: A snapshot of the new cannabis laws

This month, On the Radar looks at the new cannabis laws: Buying, growing, selling, possessing, using, or giving it to someone for free in Ontario, and more.

November 05, 2018

New services at CLEO? Tell us what you think!

Tell us through a 4-question survey if Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) should start an "Ask CLEO" service for community workers.

November 05, 2018

November 20: Helping people find good legal information and address their legal problems

Morning session:

  • When: Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Where: Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre, 1365 Richmond Road, 2nd Floor

Afternoon session:

  • When: Tuesday, November 20, 2018, 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Where: YMCA of Ottawa, 180 Argyle Avenue

This is a free workshop for front-line and community workers presented by CLEO and Connecting Ottawa. It's presented twice, morning and afternoon, on November 20.

November 05, 2018

Steps to Justice now has updated information on police checks and applying for a job

"Can an employer ask me if I have a police record?" is the latest addition to the Steps to Justice "Employment and Work" topic area.

November 02, 2018

Steps to Justice has new information about finding legal help

Steps to Justice now has information about finding, working with, and complaining about a lawyer or paralegal

October 30, 2018

Steps to Justice now has information about getting help in criminal law

There are now questions and answers on Steps to Justice about how to find a lawyer or paralegal to help you with your criminal law case.

October 24, 2018

CLEO Job Posting: Director of Community Support Programs

Applications will be reviewed and considered on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. Please apply as soon as possible. The first date of review will be November 12, 2018.

October 23, 2018

Steps to Justice now has information about the new cannabis laws

Steps to Justice now has information about the new cannabis laws: What do the new laws mean? and rules about cannabis and driving.

October 17, 2018

Latest updates from Steps to Justice

Steps to Justice now has information about what happens when a Children's Aid Society gets involved with a family.

October 15, 2018

On the Radar: New protections when getting payday loans

Some of the rules for payday lenders have changed to give borrowers more protection. This month's On the Radar outlines some of the main rules and highlights what's new.

October 04, 2018

Steps to Justice now has information about getting developmental services and supports from the government

CLEO has added new information to Steps to Justice about getting developmental services and supports, what your rights are, and what to do if you are told you don't qualify.

October 02, 2018

New online tool helps people fill out divorce forms in Ontario

People who want to apply for a divorce can now get online help to work through the application process and complete the required court forms using CLEO's Guided Pathways to Divorce Forms.

September 19, 2018

Register today for an upcoming webinar - Social Assistance in Ontario: What's happened and what's next?

When: September 27, 2018 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (E.S.T)

Where: Online

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Register today for an upcoming webinar on September 27, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (E.S.T.) - On July 31, 2018, while scrapping the Basic Income pilot, the Ontario government announced that a number of improvements to Ontario Works (OW) and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) would not take place in the Fall of 2018 as scheduled. Minister MacLeod also announced that her ministry will reveal a new social assistance program after a 100 day review. In this webinar, Jennefer Laidley and liz walker of ISAC review these decisions and many of the improvements that were slated for the Fall of 2018, as well as the government’s stated priorities for changing the social assistance system and what they could mean. The webinar looks at the kinds of principles that the government should use to create an effective and compassionate social assistance system. The webinar also discusses actions that each of us can take before November 8, 2018 to ensure the provincial government hears from us about what a good system should be. 

September 17, 2018

September 18: CLEO's Fall Forum 2018 - register now!

When: Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: The 519, 519 Church Street, Toronto ON M4Y 2C9

Registration closes this week - book your spot now for only $20! We will provide a light breakfast and lunch.

September 12, 2018

Register today: Tools for helping people find good legal information - A webinar for community workers

When: Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 12 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Where: Online

This is a webinar for community workers who help users find legal information. It will explain the difference between legal information and legal advice and also cover Steps to Justice.

September 07, 2018

New edition: Moving out (June 2018)

This edition includes new information on how a tenant can end their lease early if their landlord won't use the provincial standard lease form.

September 04, 2018

On the Radar: The right to appeal a decision about social assistance

This month's On the Radar talks about appeal rights and the appeal process. CLEO's Steps to Justice has more detailed information about OW and ODSP appeals.

August 31, 2018

New edition: What tenants need to know about the law

What tenants need to know about the law (July 2018) is now available. This edition includes a new section on the provincial standard lease and what to do if a landlord does not use it.

August 30, 2018

October 18: Legal Capability workshop in Timmins

When: Thursday, October 18, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (and possibly another from 1:30-4:30 if there's enough interest)

Where: Collège Boréal, Conference room 117, 395 Thériault Blvd., Timmins, ON

To register:

CLEO will be offering a free Legal Capability workshop to community and front-line workers in Timmins on Thursday, October 18.

August 24, 2018