Children and youth rights advocate Birdsell to receive 2018 Guthrie Award

Birdsell is the executive director of Justice for Children and Youth (JFCY), a legal aid clinic dedicated to protecting and advancing the legal rights and dignity of children and youth.

October 03, 2018

Trans community faces myriad of legal problems, rarely seeks help, says report

The report is part of a project funded by LAO and the Ontario HIV Treatment Network that also included focus groups with trans participants and focus groups with lawyers and paralegals.

September 24, 2018

Sixties Scoop survivors now eligible for compensation after approval of settlement

Individuals who were affected by the Sixties Scoop are eligible to receive up to $50,000, depending on the number of claims made.

August 22, 2018

CCLA, criminal lawyers raise red flags as Toronto approves increased surveillance

CCLA's Michael Bryant says the city has the right to make its choice on what and how much surveillance it wants, but its citizens need to be consulted.

July 26, 2018

At divorce and separation time, the children want to be heard

Researchers found that children want to be consulted, to be acknowledged, to exercise personal autonomy, and to be better informed about the decisions being made. 

June 07, 2018

Legal aid eligibility increase means greater access to justice for low-income Ontarians

Community legal clinics and student legal aid services in Ontario will receive $7.2 million in funding over the course of 2018-19, says the release put out by the government.

April 17, 2018

Legal professionals would rather deal with sexual harassment quietly, panellists say

A discussion at the LSO observing International Women's Day revolved around what voices are being left out of the conversation when discussing sexual harassment in the workplace.

March 19, 2018

Legal profession overdue for #MeToo movement to end 'inappropriate' conduct by judges, lawyers: litigator

A feminist lawyer tells law students their age and professional inexperience in no way disqualifies them from speaking out, fighting injustice, and leading change.

March 05, 2018

Reports cite heavy toll of legal problems on Canadian society

The price paid for legal problems includes impacts on health, loss of employment, and an increased reliance on social assistance, reports the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice (CFCJ).

February 12, 2018

Provincial government invests funds in eastern Ontario justice system

The provincial government is spending over $7 million in an attempt to improve access to justice in eastern Ontario and the capital region.

February 08, 2018

Ontario's new technological road map for ensuring access to justice called 'positive step'

Ontario's new action plan to improve access to justice by harnessing technology is being called a "positive step," but LFO's CEO says work is needed to ensure more people are included in the system.

December 07, 2017

Employers need to review policies in wake of Ontario's labour law changes: experts

Bill 148 raises the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2019 but also makes a number of changes to provincial employment laws.

December 06, 2017

Federal prisoners across Canada call for reform through inmate journal

Prisoners were asked to share their perspectives on what has changed in the nation's penitentiaries and what still needs to be done in way of reform at Correctional Service of Canada (CSC). 

November 27, 2017

Pro Bono Ontario offers free legal advice over phone

The help line is designed to assist lower and middle-income Ontario residents quickly resolve common legal problems, including employment, housing, consumer, and debt and estate issues.

November 27, 2017

Disagreement on legal remedies for ongoing bad tenant problem

Advocates for landlords and tenants alike have no problem recognizing these frauds as an ongoing blight. What they can't agree on is how to deal with them.

November 22, 2017

Discussion on medically assisted death should be extended to youth: pediatric group

The CPS is recommending the government undertake a consultation about MAiD involving parents of severely disabled or terminally ill children and youth and health care professionals.

November 06, 2017

MPs' recommendations for legal aid give hope to stakeholders fighting for reform

The Commons Justice Committee report containing 10 recommendations to change the legal aid system in Canada is being called a "good first step" by legal clinic stakeholders.

November 01, 2017

Clarification: Legal Aid Ontario commits $850,000 toward new clinic for black community

The ACLC has applied for reconsideration of the decision to defund its clinic. Until a decision on this is made in November, the ACLC is still receiving funding from legal aid.

October 18, 2017

Legal Aid Ontario commits $850,000 toward new clinic for black community

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is establishing a new legal clinic to serve the black community after it decided to pull funding from the African Canadian Legal Clinic (ACLC) in August.

October 06, 2017

Sexual assault reporting goes online in Windsor

The Windsor Police Service has launched a website that allows any victim who meets three basic criteria to notify the police about what happened.

October 04, 2017