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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What I learned: question assumptions and listen to the client

Miscia Sullivan, a project associate with Connecting Communities, attended a training session on the legal rights of migrant sex workers and writes about what she learned.

December 11, 2017

Do you know when your client's problem is legal?

Figuring out if your client has a legal problem, or an issue that could turn into a legal problem, is important because it can help them take action or avoid more serious problems.

December 07, 2017

Cumulative Action: How NOT to reinvent wheels

Creators of legal information sometimes create new materials, workshops, or teaching techniques, when there is already perfectly good stuff out there, even within their own organization. 

December 01, 2017

October 26: Include, Inform, Inspire: Community Legal Information in 2017

When: Thursday, October 26, 2017, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Where: Chestnut Conference Centre, Dundas St. W. and Chestnut St., Toronto

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This is a forum for community workers and others interested in public legal education and information (PLEI) that will take place in Toronto.

August 23, 2017

June 20: Training on legal information, Sault Ste. Marie

When: Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Where: Sault College, Room #M1230

Contact: Rayna at 705-256-7476 ext. 206 or to register by noon Monday, June 19.

This is a Lunch and Learn for service providers to be held at Sault College in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

June 15, 2017

Calling all community workers!

CLEO is part of a research team seeking input on the role of community workers in helping people with legal problems. As part of the research, the team is conducting a short survey.

June 12, 2017

Learn more about the great work of Connecting Communities projects

Connecting projects offer legal information training to frontline workers who serve diverse communities across Ontario on a variety of legal topics, 33 funded so far by the LFO.

May 24, 2017

Many ways to help tenants

The PLE Learning Exchange Ontario presents a sampling of current Connecting Communities legal information training projects that deal with housing law.

May 09, 2017

CLEO's new 'how to' resource: Using social media effectively

CLEO's Centre for Research & Innovation is pleased to launch our newest "how to" public legal education and information (PLE) resource.

May 04, 2017

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