News from Parkdale Community Legal Services

Parkdale Community Legal Services (PCLS) is a community-based legal clinic for low-income residents of the Parkdale and Swansea neighbourhoods in west Toronto. PCLS provides direct legal services, and engages in community development, public legal education, and law reform activities. 

Reflecting the cultural and linguistic diversity of the neighbourhoods it serves, PCLS also provides interpretation services on select days in eight different languages: Polish, Tamil, Spanish, Tibetan, Portuguese, Hungarian, Mandarin, and Vietnamese.   

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September 14: Take Back the Night 2018: Housing Justice for ALL!

This event includes a community fair, community dinner, rally, and march.

September 11, 2018

A message about overdose prevention and an opportunity to petition the health minister

Parkdale Community Legal Clinic sent a message about the delay of the opening of the Parkdale Overdose Prevention Site and how to contact the minister.

August 17, 2018

January 29: I Am Not Invisible - Panel Discussion

When: Monday, January 29, 2018, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Where: A Different Booklist, 777-779 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario M5S 0B7

This event seeks to raise awareness about the experiences of Inter-Generational Survivors: Indigenous and African men and women over-represented in federal prisons.

January 26, 2018

February 2: Tenant Rights Info Session

When: Thursday, February 2, 2017, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Where: Parkdale Community Legal Services, 1266 Queen Street West, Toronto

This is a free monthly tenant rights information session hosted by Parkdale Community Legal Services. A short presentation followed by time for your questions.

January 23, 2017

November 23: Parkdale Tenants Speak Out

Many people in Parkdale rent units in small buildings and houses and are threatened with eviction. This event is an opportunity to hear their stories and support them in their struggle.

November 10, 2016

The Fall 2016 issue of the Workers' Rights Newsletter is now available

Topics in this issue include Chinese Restaurant-Workers report, Neighbourhood Legal Services providing Employment Law, TFWs and Northumberland CLC, and Bill 132.

September 20, 2016

Public consultations announced for the Review of Ontario's labour laws

Parkdale Community Legal Services offers information about how to register to make a presentation at the consultations, where to get support to participate, and more.

May 26, 2015

Workers' Rights - $1 Million Celebration

When: Feb 1, 2014 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where: Parkdale Public Library Basement Auditorium

Address: 1303 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6K 1L6

Since April 2011, Parkdale Community Legal Services (PCLS) and the workers they represented have recovered over $1 million in unpaid wages, wrongful dismissal damages, and other employment entitlements. Join them on February 1, 2014 to celebrate this victory, while also reflecting on the continuing work that must be done in the area of workers’ rights.

January 22, 2014

Barriers to Citizenship: How ESL teachers can help

This is a presentation made at the Teachers of English as a Second Language Association of Ontario (TESLO) 2012 conference by Geraldine Sadoway of Parkdale Community Legal Services.

November 21, 2012

Reminder: Support people in low-wage and precarious work by participating in this survey

The Workers' Action Centre (WAC) and Parkdale Community Legal Services (PCLS) work with people in low-wage jobs who face problems getting basic minimum employment rights. We want to document workers' experience of employment standards violations. One of the ways we are doing this is through the attached survey.

January 24, 2011

Workers' rights groups seek help tracking impact of Open for Business Act on Ontario workers

Parkdale Community Legal Services, Workers' Action Centre, and the Employment Standards Work Group are asking for help in tracking the impact on Ontario workers of the Open for Business Act, which they believe may result in new barriers and burdens for workers who face unpaid wages.

November 08, 2010

Videos of Community Public Hearing on Bill C-11, Refugee Reform Bill, now available

These are videos of the community public hearing on Bill C-11, the Refugee Reform Bill, that was held on May 6, 2010, at Ryerson University, Toronto.

May 19, 2010