Category Archives: Accessibility

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Ed Montigny of ARCH Disability Law Centre talks access to justice

This post is part of our Personal perspectives on access to justice series. At its most basic, access to justice means an appropriate level of assistance with legal issues for people when they need help to protect basic rights or needs.These basic rights include housing, access to social supports and assistance, education, employment, medical care, child custody, spousal or child support, defending one’s autonomy or obtaining protection from abuse…
Ed Montigny has been a staff lawyer at ARCH Disability Law Centre since 2009.

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John Warren of Dying with Dignity Canada on Carter v. Canada

John Warren is vice-chair of the board of directors of Dying with Dignity Canada.The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) has been seeking to change the laws in Canada that govern physician-assisted suicide for people who are terminally ill since they initiated the “right to die with dignity” lawsuit (Carter v. Canada), in which we provided evidence, in 2011. This Wednesday, Oct. 15, we’ll join many interveners to present additional evidence to the Supreme Court of Canada. *Editor’s note: interveners include the LAO-funded specialty legal clinic HALCO, the HIV/AIDS Legal Clinic (Ontario)

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Parkdale Project Read: community-based adult literacy

Pictured above: A group of Parkdale Project Read students saying “thank you”. The relationships between literacy levels, poverty and access to justice are well established (try a quick web search). Knowing this, it’s hardly surprising that a typical learner at Parkdale Project Read – an adult literacy project located in downtown Toronto – struggles with […]

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Connecting Ottawa: Linking people with communications challenges to legal information

When people have difficulty communicating, they have difficulty accessing justice. This is the theme for the recently-established Connecting Ottawa/Connexion Ottawa network. Spearheaded by South Ottawa Community Legal Services (SOCLS), Connecting Ottawa/Connexion Ottawa is comprised of over 42 community agencies across the city. Its goal is to better link agency clients with a communication-related impairment with […]

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Diversity and inclusion: an important piece of the “access to justice” puzzle

By Noëlle Richardson In my view, access to justice is only possible if we in the justice system provide relevant, responsive services to society’s most vulnerable people. Inclusion can help employees in the justice system to understand the needs of clients from across all of Ontario’s communities. Moreover, it can help staff to develop the […]

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Victory at Ontario Court of Appeal protects rights of people receiving social assistance

The Ontario Court of Appeal recently considered a thorny issue: can the director of the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) or the Social Benefits Tribunal ever choose to waive collection of overpayments? The winning team It took a team to achieve this groundbreaking victory in the Ontario Court of Appeal on March 31. The Surdivall v. […]

Image sourced from the Government of Canada’s National Victims of Crime Awareness Week website.

April 6-12 is National Victims of Crime Awareness Week

This week, it’s timely to reflect upon the issues facing victims of crime and the services, assistance and laws in place to help victims and their families. When a crime is committed, the repercussions can ripple out and affect children, partners, entire families and communities. Beyond physical injury, financial loss and property damage, the damages […]

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Achieving inclusion in family law and child protection

What would you do if you had a client with a mental disability who wanted to fight for custody of her child … or a developmentally handicapped adult client who wanted to make decisions about his own care? With the implementation of standards for the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act (AODA), accommodating clients with disabilities […]