Category Archives: Poverty

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LGBTQ2 youth homelessness

We have known about the issue of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer, questioning, and two-Spirit (LGBTQ2) youth homelessness in Canada for over twenty years, but we have only recently started to have serious conversations about this problem nationally. This is an issue that has been neglected and left out of important dialogue on youth homelessness for far too long. Dr. I Alex Abramovich has been working in the area of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, and queer (LGBTQ) youth homelessness for almost 10 years. Alex is a nationally recognized leader in the area of LGBTQ youth homelessness and is one of few Canadian researchers studying the phenomenon of queer and trans youth homelessness.

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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: […]

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Voices for Change

By Colleen Sym “I am not alone.” This is what participants told us they learned in a series of Town Hall meetings held across Halton Region in the winter of 2011. One participant in particular, Cathy, found the experience of solidarity compelling. She joined with other participants to form Voices for Change Halton(Voices), a peer-led, anti-poverty […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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Dean Feldthusen: “This is my Canada”

Long before his tenure as Dean of Law at the University of Ottawa, Bruce Feldthusen played an active role in poverty law services. A strong advocate for the provision of french-language legal services and a tireless supporter for Student Legal Aid Services Societies, he has worn many hats. And now, after 13 years, Dean Feldthusen stepped down on June 30.

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Nova Scotia Legal Aid’s Lonny Queripel visits LAO

Lonny Queripel, Managing Lawyer, Duty Counsel at Nova Scotia Legal Aid recently came to the Toronto-area for a three-day visit and tour with Legal Aid Ontario (LAO), with the goal of gathering information on record-keeping for benchmarking purposes. Here, Lonny talks to LAO about what lessons he took from this experience and about legal aid in the Maritimes.