Last year, The Action Group on Access to Justice, also known as TAG, organized Ontario’s first Access to Justice Week. It presented a unique opportunity to bring together diverse problem solvers from across the province to examine different elements of access to justice crisis.
Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services policy requires all calls from inmates to be collect calls. The cost of these calls are passed along to families and lawyers.
Before you can get legal aid help, there are two important questions that need to be answered…
Whether you’re released by the police or on bail, you will get a piece of paper that gives you the date, time and location of your first court date.
National Aboriginal Month call to action challenge: LAO calls upon you all to read the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Upon reading, please think of a way you can contribute to the calls to action on a personal level.
Over the last several months, Legal Aid Ontario has been talking to people in the community about issues related to its Racialized Communities Strategy. Through it all, we have heard one concern raised again and again by community members, community agencies and staff at community legal clinics: more needs to be done to support children in conflict with the education system.
As we celebrate National Aboriginal Day, LAO remains committed to the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We are proud to repost this piece about the TRC and the work that was still ahead when it was written in 2015, and that still remains ahead even today.
On June 20, World Refugee Day, we pay tribute to the courage, strength and determination of those forced to flee their homelands.
The school laws in Ontario have evolved to follow a much more progressive approach that recognizes a one punishment fit all system is not effective. However, there is not enough oversight in place to ensure all suspensions/expulsions are completely justified; not when the access to justice is nowhere near the standard it should be.
Access means more than just removing physical barriers. It means changing attitudes and support that allows all people with visible or invisible disabilities to be part of community life.
What the numbers tell is: 1 in 5 racialized families live in poverty in Canada, compared to 1 in 20 non-racialized families…