Toronto legal clinic launches challenge to mandatory minimum sentence

Toronto's Aboriginal Legal Services (ALS) argues the sentence for a First Nations woman who pleaded guilty to importing cocaine violates protections against cruel and unusual punishment.

Posted:
September 21, 2017
Article source:
The Lawyer's Daily

Legal clinics launch challenges over disability benefit rate

Legal clinics in Ontario have launched human rights challenges regarding the disability benefit rate two clients are receiving.

Posted:
September 20, 2017
Article source:
Law Times

The price of DIY law is too high for everybody

Most people are in courtrooms at their worst times, especially in custody and access cases. Increasingly, even middle-class Canadians are without lawyers to help because the costs are too high.

Posted:
September 19, 2017
Article source:
Vancouver Sun

Time for a Podcast on A2J & Social Justice in Canada

Dr. Julie Macfarlane's podcast will feature lawyers, judges, and SRLs, as well as advocates of all stripes working on social change that they believe dovetails with A2J.

Posted:
September 18, 2017
Article source:
National Self-Represented Litigants Project (NSRLP)

Podcast will focus on issues around access to justice

To shed light on the access to justice issue, TAG manager, Sabreena Delhon, and freelance producer and writer, Jane Kim, started a podcast this month through TAG called "Architects of Justice."

Posted:
September 15, 2017
Article source:
Canadian Lawyer Magazine

Legal aid clinic expands to include help for employment law issues

The Chatham-Kent Legal Clinic is expanding its services to low-income residents to include employment law issues, such as termination and harassment or discrimination at work.

Posted:
September 14, 2017
Article source:
The Chatham Voice

September 27: Legal Aid Ontario hosts community meeting about legal services for Ontario's Black communities

When: Wednesday September 27, 2017, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St, Toronto, ON

LAO wants to hear your views in order to begin the important work of setting up a new, independent, Black-focused and Black-led clinic.

Posted:
September 13, 2017
Article source:
Legal Aid Ontario - Aide juridique Ontario

New centre offers CPD opportunities in French

A new centre is offering CPD opportunities to French-speaking lawyers in Ontario that allow them to complete some or all of their mandatory Law Society CPD hours in French.

Posted:
September 12, 2017
Article source:
University of Ottawa

Why you should care that our civil-justice system is broken

Canada is consistently touted as one of the best countries in which to live, but it ranks an unimpressive 112 out of 190 countries according to the World Bank's enforcing contracts indicator. For good reason: Our civil-justice system is on the fritz. Litigating a civil claim (e.g. contract claim, property rights claim, etc.) can take many years and cost tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Although you may know about some of the problems plaguing our civil-justice system, you probably don't care. In fact, you probably believe that this problem doesn't affect you. You are wrong. An ineffective civil-justice system is bad for our economy, and everyone, including you, is affected by the strength of our economy.

Posted:
September 06, 2017
Article source:
The Globe and Mail

Register for CLEO's Forum: Include, Inform, Inspire: Community Legal Information in 2017: Oct 26, 2017 (Toronto)

When: Thursday, October 26, 2017 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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

Registration link 

CLEO invites you to join us for a forum for community workers and others interested in public legal education and information (PLE or PLEI) that will take place in Toronto on Thursday, October 26, 2017. We will gather at the Chestnut Conference Centre (Dundas St. W. and Chestnut St.) from 10:00 – 4:00 to hone our PLEI skills, connect with new resources, and share strategies for helping our clients and communities. Ontario’s PLE Learning Exchange, a partnership of CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario) and OJEN (Ontario Justice Education Network), is hosting this event as part of Ontario’s Access to Justice week, supported by The Action Group on Access to Justice (TAG).

Posted:
August 30, 2017
Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)