Over the last several months, Legal Aid Ontario has been talking to people in the community about issues related to its Racialized Communities Strategy. Through it all, we have heard one concern raised again and again by community members, community agencies and staff at community legal clinics: more needs to be done to support children in conflict with the education system.
As we celebrate National Aboriginal Day, LAO remains committed to the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We are proud to repost this piece about the TRC and the work that was still ahead when it was written in 2015, and that still remains ahead even today.
On June 20, World Refugee Day, we pay tribute to the courage, strength and determination of those forced to flee their homelands.
The school laws in Ontario have evolved to follow a much more progressive approach that recognizes a one punishment fit all system is not effective. However, there is not enough oversight in place to ensure all suspensions/expulsions are completely justified; not when the access to justice is nowhere near the standard it should be.
Access means more than just removing physical barriers. It means changing attitudes and support that allows all people with visible or invisible disabilities to be part of community life.
What the numbers tell is: 1 in 5 racialized families live in poverty in Canada, compared to 1 in 20 non-racialized families…
If you have reached out to Legal Aid Ontario and we agree to pay for a lawyer to help you prepare your claim and to represent you at the Immigration and Refugee Board, do not pay the lawyer yourself for these services. Legal Aid Ontario will pay for these services.
Courts are overwhelmed by the number of people in custody. Often, bail is only granted when excessive conditions are met. This delays hearings unnecessarily. And, often, the conditions have nothing to do with ensuring someone’s appearance in court or protecting the public.
If you’re a woman who’s experiencing domestic violence and in the process of going through the family court system, you can get free help from a family court support worker.
Islamophobia: Noun. An unfounded hostility towards Muslims, and therefore, fear or dislike of all or most Muslims.
The longer someone spends in custody waiting for a bail hearing or trial, the more likely it is they will plead guilty just to get out of jail – even if they’re innocent.