Prisoners’ Justice Day has been observed every year on August 10 since 1975 to call attention to human rights and justice for prisoners. There are many ways that you can participate in prisoners’ justice on August 10 and throughout the year.
April 28th is World Day for Safety and Health at Work – a day to raise awareness that workplace stress has become a global issue. This year, the theme of the International Labour Organization (ILO) is “Workplace Stress: A collective challenge.” To address this theme, the ILO will feature a current global trends report on work-related stress and how we can build a preventative approach to a very large problem.
In February 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada issued its landmark decision in Carter v Canada, which raises questions that are important for people with disabilities. Elsa Ascencio and Nilofar Ahmadi are law students at ARCH Disability Law Centre. Tess Sheldon is a staff Lawyer.
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..
We’ve come a long way since my last blog on financial eligibility, posted in March 2014, in which I noted how far Ontario was lagging behind other jurisdictions in recognizing that financial eligibility for legal aid services must be increased. Nye Thomas is LAO’s Director General, Policy and Strategic Research. Nye has been leading LAO’s financial eligibility project.
Cécile Kazatchkine is a Senior Policy Analyst with the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network.
Janet Butler-McPhee is their Director of Communications and Advocacy. In September 2011, in Canada vs. PHS Community Services Society, the Supreme Court of Canada decided to allow Insite–Vancouver’s life-saving supervised consumption site–to remain open without risk of prosecution.
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.
This is the first of four unique perspectives on prison needle and syringe programs. It explains why such programs are essential, what is happening in Canadian and international prisons and how such a program can work. All were part of a Canadian Harm Reduction Network panel discussion in support of prisoners’ rights and justice at Toronto’s Ryerson University. Julie Thomas is the Program Manager/Executive Director of Healing our Nations, an organization that teaches and supports 31 First Nations communities in the Atlantic region plus northern Labrador in the prevention of HIV/AIDS and related issues.
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: […]
Meeting crises with support as they are unfolding, Hamilton Police Services’ (HPS) Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Team is the first program in Canada to pair police officers with mental health workers for frontline response. Every week, Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., a team goes out on patrol together in a marked cruiser…
Ann McRae, Director of Legal Services at Rexdale Community Legal Clinic, writes about Rexdale’s FOCUS crime prevention model. “Today’s crime fighters wear jeans and sweaters, carry a cell phone and work for a vast network of modestly funded agencies…”