Imagine the dilemma of a mentally handicapped refugee claimant who commits a crime, or a developmentally handicapped immigrant in detention at the airport. The ARCH Disability Law Centre and the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Equity Initiatives Department put together legal professionals at a recent seminar to discuss these scenarios and provide lawyers with strategies to deal with them.
Niagara region lawyers, judges and social service workers gathered recently to mark the official opening of the new Welland Family Law Service Centre. The centre provides enhanced services to low-income people struggling with family law matters such as separation, child custody and access and support payments. Clients can visit the centre, located across from the Welland courthouse, for assistance in filling out paperwork, preparing documents and obtaining summary advice. The centre was established to help meet a growing need for family law services in Niagara and across the province.
Move over smartphones, 2013 is the year of the tablet computer. Lightweight, easy to use and slickly designed, tablets are now ubiquitous in business meeting rooms, lecture halls, and living rooms. And despite being slightly unwieldy, on a recent holiday I even witnessed young and old alike brandishing their iPads at waterfalls and canyons as they snapped scenic photographs.
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.
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.