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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January 16: What's new with CLEO and with you in 2019?

PLE Learning Exchange Ontario invites you to join the next Community of Practice call on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, from 12 noon to 1 p.m. EST.

January 03, 2019

CLEO is seeking newcomer interviewees for legal information podcasts

Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) is creating podcasts to help newcomers in Ontario understand when a problem they face has a legal element and what they can do.

July 06, 2018

PLE Learning Exchange's top tip for this week: Does your information have a date?

Users need to know the date the information was last reviewed by a qualified legal expert ("legal currency date") to help them assess whether the information is up to date and reliable.

May 23, 2018

PLE Learning Exchange's top tip for this week: Have a legal expert review your information

To ensure that it is up to date and reliable, legal information must be written or reviewed by a legal expert with knowledge and experience relating to the area of law.

May 17, 2018

June 13: PLE Community of Practice conference call

When: Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. ET

Where: Online

You're invited to join the PLE Community of Practice at noon on June 13 to hear from the Access to Justice Lab at Harvard Law School about the unique research they're conducting.

May 13, 2018

Guidelines for Better Legal Information

The PLE Learning Exchange Ontario presents guidelines that offer practical tips for creating and maintaining high-quality legal information in print or on the web.

April 27, 2018

Youth-Police Dialogues: A chat with Ontario Justice Education Network

Guest author Michelle Thompson joins PLE Learning Exchange Ontario to share an interview she conducted about an innovative project that brings police and marginalized youth together.

April 12, 2018

February 27: Webinar on new Guidelines for Better Legal Information

When: Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 12:30 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Where: Online

To learn more about the new Guidelines for Better Legal Information and how they apply to your work, you can join CLEO's webinar on Tuesday, February 27, 2018.

February 09, 2018

New Guidelines for Better Legal Information - now available on PLE Learning Exchange

The guidelines describe good practices for creating and maintaining high-quality legal information in print or on the web.

January 31, 2018

Does your client need to find a lawyer?

If your clients are looking for a lawyer, this tip sheet can help them understand what a lawyer can do for them, how to find a lawyer, and what to ask before hiring a lawyer.

January 25, 2018

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