The Franco-Ontarian Day Act adopted unanimously by the Legislative Assembly proclaims September 25 of each year as Franco-Ontarian Day. This Day officially recognizes the contribution of Ontario’s Francophone community to the cultural, historical, social, economic and political life of the province.
It seems almost paradoxical, but online communities require a lot of offline work. Although they exist in virtual space, digital communities are created and maintained through the hard real-world work of people like Brenda Rose, project manager for PLEI Connect, an interactive online public legal education (PLE) website. Rose works at Courthouse Libraries BC, one of four partners along with PovNet, Éducaloi, and CLEO , who have made PLEI (pronounced ‘plea’) Connect a reality.
I recently had the opportunity to talk with Louise Toone, staff lawyer at Ottawa’s bilingual Student Legal Aid Service Society (SLASS), about the hands-on legal experience her law students are getting by working at the university’s legal clinic.