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Chip O’Connor, criminal lawyer, talks access to justice

This post is part of our Personal perspectives on access to justice series. Justice is not something you can hold in your hand, or put in the bank. It is neither concrete nor constant. The essence of justice is a proper balance between or among opposing or competing interests.Kingston lawyer Fergus J. (Chip) O’Connor was called to the bar in 1974. He opened his practice in Kingston a year later, and has dedicated his career since then to providing legal services to – and advocating for – prisoners at every level of Canada’s courts, often on a pro bono basis.

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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 […]

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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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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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Happy blog birthday to us! Celebrating our first year.

We’re celebrating this blog’s one-year birthday, and (at the risk of being self-congratulatory,) happy birthday to us! We didn’t get here alone. We’re thankful to every guest author who has contributed to this blog, every person and organization who has shared our posts online, and every visitor who’s joined our growing audience. Thank you for […]

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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 […]

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Law students help fill growing gaps in legal services

by Nikki Gershbain The access to justice crisis There has been much discussion in the profession recently about what the Chief Justice of Canada has referred to as a crisis in the justice system. This crisis is shorthand for a number of systemic problems, including long delays, overly complex procedures, an erosion in legal aid […]