News from PLE Learning Exchange Ontario

The PLE Learning Exchange aims to support organizations across Ontario in developing and delivering effective public legal education (PLE) for their communities. Our goal is to build a body of expertise and knowledge around the practice of community-based PLE, improve the effectiveness of PLE projects and materials through shared learning and tools, and increase the number of PLE initiatives in Ontario developed through collaborative partnerships.

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Entering the world of plain language

Kim McCutcheon, a plain language editor at CLEO for the past 16 years, shares ways to stay connected and get more involved in the plain language world.

December 12, 2016

Can you prevent legal problems? A fact sheet

CLEO is releasing the first in a series of fact sheets summarizing some key findings from their research comparing health literacy and legal capability.

November 01, 2016

Prescribing legal help: Intervening early to improve patient health

Guest author Michele Leering, Executive Director of Community Advocacy & Legal Centre in Belleville, Ontario, gives us more information about libraries and justice partnerships.

October 26, 2016

Get involved in CLEO's Evolving Legal Services Research Project

CLEO is asking legal professionals, policy-makers, academics, and front-line workers familiar with family law problems for their thoughts and feedback on a survey.

October 19, 2016

A clear design checklist from PLE Learning Exchange

Design principles can make your content - whether it's a flyer to promote an event, or legal information to share with your community - more compelling and easier to understand.

October 06, 2016

What's new from the PLE Learning Exchange: Adventures in PLE, part 1

Guest author Barbara Hurd, a long-time community legal worker, talks about some of her experiences using games in her PLE work.

May 26, 2016

New Connecting Communities web pages

Connecting Communities announces the launch of its new web pages, which include streamlined content and navigation to make it easier to find information and resources.

May 10, 2016

Pinballs no more: Helping clients avoid bouncing from agency to agency

How to keep clients from suffering "referral fatigue" after being bounced from one agency to another is the subject of today's PLE Learning Exchange article.

February 23, 2016

What's new from the PLE Learning Exchange: Next steps to legal health

Guest author Dr. Ab Currie updates on a legal health check project piloted by Halton Community Legal Services in 2014, adopted by 3 other clinics, and now expanding to 9 more.

February 16, 2016

Build on this and take it deeper: reflections on a libraries and justice partnership event

Feedback from a day-long event that explored ways that library and justice organizations can work together to improve access to justice in rural and remote communities.

January 13, 2016

Establish, enhance, engage: reflections on a libraries and justice partnerships event

This event focused on how libraries can be used in rural and remote communities to facilitate access to justice.

December 02, 2015

What's new on the PLE Learning Exchange: The timeliness of early intervention

Preventing legal problems by early intervention among people on low incomes is complicated by the fact that they are more likely to experience multiple legal problems at once.

November 13, 2015

What's new from the PLE Learning Exchange: Lessons learned at local libraries

Guest author Michele Leering, Executive Director of Community Advocacy & Legal Centre in Belleville, Ontario, writes about libraries and justice partnerships.

October 23, 2015

PLE Toolbox: Helping Clients with Public Legal Education and Information

The PLE Learning Exchange hopes to make it easier for you to identify legal issues in your community and share PLE in ways that make the most sense to those you work with.

October 19, 2015

Libraries and justice partnership: Eastern Ontario project

This PLE Learning Exchange article presents highlights from a report on the Libraries and justice partnership Eastern Ontario project and links to the report.

October 16, 2015

What's new on the PLE Learning Exchange: Does an apple a day keep the courthouse away?

The PLE Learning Exchange discusses a difference between the delivery of health information and public legal information (PLE) – the focus on prevention.

October 08, 2015

Librarians, lawyers and justice

In this blog post, guest author Michele Leering talks about the "justice innovation event" for clinics, Legal Aid Ontario, and interested libraries, taking place in Toronto October 29, 2015.

September 21, 2015

What's new at the PLE Learning Exchange: Justice at your library?

Guest author Michele Leering writes about the developing ties between librarians and public legal information.

September 01, 2015

What's new from the PLE Learning Exchange: Innovation and access to justice

The conference on innovation and access to justice will give researchers, lawyers, policy makers, and other stakeholders the chance to explore the future of access to justice in Canada at a critical stage.

August 21, 2015

What's new from the PLE Learning Exchange: Scarcely getting by

A recent article says having to manage with less than one needs literally "taxes the mind" and makes it harder for people with low incomes to cope with intersecting legal problems.

August 05, 2015