ISAC's Media & Policy News: 20 January 2017 Top Stories

The Income Security Advocacy Centre's bulletin includes news, updates, reports, and events from Ontario, across Canada, and around the world.

Posted:
January 20, 2017
Article source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)

Ontario Justice Partners Launch New Steps to Justice Website: A First of its Kind in the Province

Steps to Justice provides comprehensive and reliable information on everyday legal problems related to family, housing, employment and other areas of law.

Posted:
January 18, 2017
Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)

Got a question about the law? There’s a site for that . . . .

Stepstojustice.ca aims to provide reliable answers to common legal questions and problems. 'It’s sort of like an FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) of law,' says Paul Schabas, the treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Posted:
January 18, 2017
Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)

Ontario should expand legal aid, not cut it: Editorial

Access to legal aid has gotten even worse for the poorest of the poor, a situation which has to change if we care about making equal access to justice more than just a slogan: Toronto Star editorial.

Posted:
January 17, 2017
Article source:
Toronto Star

Community partners survey: PLE presentations

CLEO and OJEN request your help assessing the need among community agencies to access public legal education presentations for their clients and staff. 

Posted:
January 16, 2017
Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)

Request to Fill Out the Community Agency Services Survey

Metro Toronto Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic will launch a province-wide 1-800 number to provide summary legal advice and information to the communities they serve.

Posted:
January 16, 2017
Article source:
Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI)

Attorney general orders probe of Legal Aid Ontario

The attorney general has ordered a third-party review of Legal Aid Ontario after the agency announced last month that it was dramatically cutting back on services due to a $26-million deficit.

Posted:
January 16, 2017
Article source:
Toronto Star

January 17: Helping your clients find good legal information, London, Ont.

When: Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (A additional workshop may be added in the morning if there is enough interest.)

Where: Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre - Library Room 3, 550 Hamilton Road, London, Ont.

To register: Contact Stanislav Rajic at hamroadcd@rogers.com and indicate whether you can bring a laptop/tablet to the workshop. 

A workshop presented by CLEO to help you help your clients when they face a legal issue.

Posted:
January 13, 2017
Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)

Legal Aid Ontario's funding shortages impact immigration, tenancy and disability law, too: Reasonable Doubt

This writer says if you agree that Legal Aid provides crucial legal services to our province's poorest and that more people should qualify financially, contact your local MPP and let them know.

Posted:
January 11, 2017
Article source:
NOW

Honour killings to voting rights: Hot-button issues coming up at Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of Canada's winter session includes several high-profile cases, in two of which the importance of stopping violence against women goes up against competing principles.

Posted:
January 10, 2017
Article source:
The Globe and Mail