Category Archives: International


In honour of Pride, highlights from the last year in LGBTQ news in Ontario

Ontario becomes first province to ban ‘conversion therapy’ for LGBTQ children “Ontario has passed a landmark law banning so-called “conversion therapy” on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender children and preventing medical practitioners from billing OHIP for it.” Read more at: Gender identity to guide housing of Ontario’s transgender inmates “Transgender inmates in Ontario will […]


Access and justice

This post is part of our Personal perspectives on access to justice series. True access to justice requires reflection on justice as much as on access Shibil Siddiqi is a lawyer at Neighbourhood Legal Services, a community legal clinic serving Toronto’s Downtown Eastside. He is also a Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Global Power and Politics at Trent University.


Dr. Meb Rashid of Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care: How healthcare cuts are failing refugees

Dr. Meb Rashid is a Toronto-based physician who specializes in refugee healthcare. He is a co-founding physician of Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care. Healthcare leadership in Canada has come together to oppose the changes to our refugee healthcare system announced in April 2012 and implemented in June 2012. As physicians, we know that these cuts: […]

James Lockyer

James Lockyer on Wrongful Conviction Day

Wrongful convictions are an international problem. Our Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted decided there was a need for an International Wrongful Conviction day. Wrongful Conviction Day informs the general public, on an international level, that wrongful convictions have occurred, are occurring and will continue to occur in the future. There’s a need to change our system to uncover them and avoid them in future. James Lockyer, a principal at Lockyer Posner Campbell, is co-founder and lead counsel of the Association in Defense of the Wrongfully Convicted, an organization that advocates for the wrongly convicted.


What will you do for Prisoners’ Justice Day?

Prisoners’ Justice Day has been observed every year on August 10 since 1975 to call attention to human rights and justice for prisoners. This year, the theme is mental health, and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, LAO and the John Howard Society of Toronto will be hosting several leading legal activists for a day of […]

Kirsti Mathers McHenry on navigating the workplace as a member of the LGBT community

This piece was originally published in the MyHR LAO internal newsletter. World Pride Month is here! Pride refers to a world-wide celebration incorporating activism, education, and the history and culture of global LGBT communities. It’s also a time to highlight Canada’s continued progress in human rights, and the diversity and dynamism of our people. We […]

International Legal Aid Group 2013 conference: navigating with the wandering lost

Michele Leering, Executive Director and Lawyer at the Community Advocacy & Legal Centre, recently attended the International Legal Aid Group conference in Den Haag, Netherlands. Here, she discusses her presentation on “trusted intermediaries”, and what she learned from legal aid partners across the world.

Taking stock, taking action: A conversation with Ugandan rights activist Frank Mugisha

Frank Mugisha is one of Uganda’s leading activists in the struggle for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights. Executive director of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) and founder of Icebreakers Uganda, Mugisha received the 2011 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award and the Thorolf Rafto Memorial Prize for his activism in combating homophobia throughout sub-Saharan Africa. The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network recently hosted a conversation with Mugisha as part of its 5th Annual Symposium on HIV, Law and Human Rights.

Interview with CEO of Legal Aid in Australia

I recently had the opportunity to interview Anthony Reilly, CEO of Legal Aid Queensland, Australia. I was keen to learn more about how legal aid operates within a country analogous to Canada in many ways: Commonwealth history, common law legal system, diverse population and vast geographic size. Now if only our climate was more similar…

CIDA project sends Legal Aid to China

Through a special project funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), LAO and clinic staff have been working to help develop and improve legal aid for ethnic minorities, migrant workers, women and disabled people in rural China.