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Holding Refugees Hostage at Legal Aid Ontario

Slaw guest blogger Sean Rehaag says that, faced with budgetary pressures across all their programs, senior managers at LAO have decided that holding refugees hostage is their best bet.

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June 20, 2017

Default vs Diversity in Access to Justice

From October 17 to 21, the first Access to Justice Week will feature a range of initiatives from across Canada, including CLEO's Steps to Justice.

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September 30, 2016

Scarcity and Justice

How can justice procedures connected with housing, separation, employment, consumer protection, land use, violence against persons, be designed for people in scarcity situations?

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August 24, 2016

Access to Justice? Yes in My Back Yard.

Sabreena Delhon, Manager of The Action Group on Access to Justice (TAG) at LSUC, blogs about the work being done with librarians to increase their opportunities to be access-to-justice agents.

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July 22, 2016

October 29: The Role of Libraries in Access to Justice Initiatives

When: Thursday, October 29, 2015, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Where: Law Society of Upper Canada, Queen St., Toronto

Registration: Free, but places are limited, deadline is September 30

This event will be held to discuss how justice partners and librarians can together enhance access to legal services in Ontario's rural and remote communities.

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September 14, 2015

New Criminal Background Check Legislation Introduced in Ontario

This new legislation comes as a response to criticisms of the release of non-criminal information creating barriers for people's education, employment, volunteering, and other opportunities.

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June 09, 2015

Bully Lawyers & Shoplifting Civil Recovery Letters: Who's Going to Stop Them?

There is nothing wrong with a lawyer writing a demand letter on behalf of a client, but materially misleading demand letters are wrong.

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April 14, 2015

The Bogus Rhetoric About Bogus Refugees

The rush to tar refugee claimants with the ugly notion of being bogus, before anyone even knows whether their claim is real or fake, genuine or false, clearly points to this being about politics, says Alex Neve.

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March 24, 2014

Collaborating to Fill the Gaps

Instead of legal services and supports provided in "justice silos," such supports need to be integrated or provided in concert with other social services, says this Slaw columnist.

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March 13, 2014

Accessing Legal Information in Our Evolving Digital World

This article in Slaw features CLEO's work in the area of public legal education and information (PLEI), and highlights the Centre for Research & Innovation's report on multiple paths for the delivery of PLEI.

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February 05, 2014

Yes, These Canadian Laws Actually Exist

Many very surprising laws are contained in documents such as the Canadian Criminal Code.

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January 16, 2014

Bridging the Gap: Access to Justice Through Legal Intermediaries

This Slaw article discusses CLEO ED Julie Mathew's recent article and CLEO's August report, in addition to other publications, on the importance of community-based intermediaries in the justice system.

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October 30, 2013

A Plea for More PLEI

On the occasion of Law Day (April 17), this writer discusses the importance of public legal education and information (PLEI) in meeting access to justice needs.

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April 19, 2013

The Launch of the New Social Security Tribunal

The new Social Security Tribunal aims to simplify the process of appealing government decisions related to EI, CPP, and OAS benefits.

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April 08, 2013

Privacy Commissioner Explains Problems With Proposed Lawful Access Law

This Slaw writer says that Ann Cavoukian, the Ontario Privacy Commissioner, does an excellent job in a CBC interview of explaining the issue with the proposed lawful access law.

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February 01, 2012

Federal Government Launches Workplace Mental Health Standards Initiative

Since the economic burden of mental illnesses in Canada is estimated at $20-billion from workplace losses, the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) has launched a project to create a voluntary national standard for mentally healthy workplaces.

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June 23, 2011

Access to Justice in Rural and Remote Communities: Where to From Here?

This blog post describes how technology might provide at least a partial solution to the problem of supplying legal services to rural and remote communities in Canada.

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May 09, 2011