Monthly Archives: March 2014

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National Aboriginal Languages Day

“Without the language, we are warm bodies without a spirit…” Mary Lou Fox, Ojibwe elder Language is a vital tool for Aboriginal people as it plays and important role in the transmission of values, spiritual and traditional beliefs, and the entire histories of a people from generation to generation. At one point there were over 300 […]

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Viens vivre en Ontario (Come live in Ontario) – Ontario Government Immigration Website supports Francophone newcomers

By Mélissa Loïzou As bilingual counsel at the Hamilton Community Legal Clinic/Clinique juridique communautaire de Hamilton, I have been witness to many changes in the Francophone community in Ontario. Thanks to increased immigration from French-speaking countries, I’ve seen the Francophone population in the Hamilton area steadily grow over time. Within this population, many of our clients […]

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Ontario’s financial eligibility standard for legal aid: falling behind the rest of Canada

By Nye Thomas Ontario’s financial eligibility standard for legal aid, which has lagged behind other Canadian jurisdictions for many years, is falling even farther behind. Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia are moving further ahead in recognizing that financial eligibility for legal aid services must be increased. What’s happening in Ontario Ontario’s legal aid financial eligibility […]

Megan Pottage

An insider’s perspective on the community legal clinic system challenges

By Megan Pottage In October 2013, I joined Legal Aid Ontario after 12 years of working in the clinic system, most recently as a community legal worker and licensed paralegal in a community legal clinic. My hands-on job familiarized me—intimately—with the pressures faced by the clinic system. Poverty rarely comes alone Ontario’s legal aid clinics […]