The Halton Legal Health Check-Up demonstrates what communities can do to address the gap between legal aid resources and the extent and depth of legal need.
As a government agency, it’s one thing to say that you have an obligation under the French Language Services Act to provide French language services. It’s yet another to build a culture in an organization that truly embraces this. Encouraging the spirit of Francophonie is vital for any organization serving Francophone clients.
The Supreme Court of Canada has refused the most vulnerable people in our society the opportunity to have their claims that the government is violating their human rights heard in court. Shocking, but true.Tracy Heffernan was co-counsel in Tanudjaja v. Canada and program director at the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario. Her centre organized the Right to Housing Coalition of people from many backgrounds and expertise, including people with lived experience of homelessness or of being inadequately housed, community organizations, advocacy groups and academics.
Available in paper or electronic form, the Legal Health Check-Up gives trusted intermediaries like Michael a list of questions to ask the client in the areas of income, housing, employment, education and health to identity the common legal problems of people living in poverty. Colleen Sym is the Executive Director/Lawyer at Halton Community Legal Services, a community legal clinic funded by Legal Aid Ontario..
How does legal aid work in other jurisdictions? LAO asked the Montana Legal Services Association for its perspective. Alison Paul is the executive director of MLSA.
The Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth (OPACY) works with young people in the child welfare, youth justice custody settings, or children’s mental health systems. Colleen Gray is a Child and Youth Advocate for the Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth.
The Legal Aid Ontario professionals who work out of the Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre (DPNCHC) in Toronto’s west end help address the access to justice gap in this community. This is why and how they do it. Amy Slotek, a lawyer with experience in anti-discrimination, international and refugee law, coordinates the Legal Aid Ontario services program at the Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood Community Health Care Centre and was co-founder of the first refugee legal aid program in Turkey.
In our view, this case raises critical issues of access to justice under the Charter. Our next step is to seek leave to appeal at the Supreme Court of Canada. Tracy Heffernan is co-counsel in Tanudjaja v. Canada and program director at the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario. Her centre initiated the Right to Housing Coalition. Coalition members are people from many backgrounds and expertise, including people with lived experience of homelessness or of being inadequately housed, community organizations, advocacy groups and academics.
Alia Hogben is the Executive Director of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women. The Quran is clear that the burying of live infant girls is a sin for which the murderers will be held responsible, then why does anyone think the killing of women and girls will not be viewed in the same light?
By Michelle Squires Twenty five years ago on Dec. 6, 1989, 14 women were murdered by an armed man in the name of “fighting feminism.” And every year, to mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women, Women’s College Hospital staff and community partners place a rose in a vase in […]
This past July I was able to sample the views of 167 lawyers and judges attending the Federation’s National Family Law Program in Whistler, British Columbia through a survey designed and implemented by two prominent academics and the Canadian. John-Paul Boyd is the executive director of the Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family.