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Latest news and events about legal issues and law reform

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Campaign calls for help to keep South Asian Legal Clinic open
Posted June 4, 2007 - Funding for the South Asian Legal Clinic from Legal Aid Ontario comes to an end in September 2007. After that, the fastest -growing community in the GTA - the South Asian community - will be denied access to legal services that are affordable and that meet the community's needs in a linguistically and culturally sensitive manner.
Article source South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario


Community guide for non-status immigrants now available online
Posted June 4, 2007 - A comprehensive guide to social service access for non-status immigrants is now available on the Community Social Planning Council of Toronto (CSPC-T) web site.
Article source Community Social Planning Council of Toronto


Pro Bono Students Canada offer free legal services
Posted June 4, 2007 - Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) is a national public interest organization dedicated to providing critical legal services to community groups, public interest organizations, lawyers doing pro bono work, government agencies and courts and tribunals.
Article source Pro Bono Students Canada


Latest legal aid law review gets underway
Posted May 31, 2007 - Professor John McCamus, after bringing himself up to speed since last fall, is gearing up for a review of Legal Aid Ontario nearly 10 years after his first look into the system.
Article source Law Times


Legal aid decision provokes backlash
Posted May 31, 2007 - Canadians fighting for service in their mother tongue have raised a storm with the country's language watchdog over the Conservatives' decision to end a program aimed at helping fund challenges to discrimination.
Article source The Globe and Mail


Legal aid lawyer's fight for tenants without hydro results in $500 daily fine for landlord
Posted May 31, 2007 - A community legal clinic lawyer's application to the Landlord and Tenant Board has resulted in a $500 daily fine for a landlord whose tenants have been without hydro for more than three weeks.
Article source Hamilton Spectator


People without lawyers in court creating crisis, judge says
Posted May 31, 2007 - An Ontario Court judge says that too many people are trying to represent themselves in court instead of hiring lawyers, and this is creating a crisis in the legal system. Many of these litigants are unfamiliar with court procedures, fail to produce proper documentary evidence, and cannot detach themselves from their emotions.
Article source The Globe and Mail


Poverty activists push for civilian panel
Posted May 31, 2007 - Hamilton poverty activists are tired of waiting for the province to review and revise social assistance rates, so they've drafted a law to give that power to a citizens panel. The project has the support of the city's and province's community legal clinics (McQuesten Community and Legal Services), the Income Advocacy Support Group, and the local Income Support Working Group.
Article source Hamilton Spectator


Province to fund renovations in Toronto-area Aboriginal centres
Posted May 31, 2007 - The Ontario government has announced in a press release that it is giving renovation grants to nine Toronto-area Aboriginal social services organizations.
Article source Ontario Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat


Report says reform of EI and welfare are key to repair of social safety net
Posted May 31, 2007 - Reform of Employment Insurance (EI) and welfare are key to repairing Canada's social safety net, according to the Caledon Institute of Social Policy. This report summarizes their contribution to a roundtable discussion with representatives of the Department of Human Resources and Social Development Canada and other panelists.
Article source Caledon Institute of Social Policy


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