On June 12 Legal Aid Ontario announced the details of funding cuts to community legal clinics, following LAO’s changes to the certificate system and its elimination of funding for refugee and immigration cases.
In a statement on the announced retrospective cutbacks, the Association of Community Legal Clinics of Ontario (ACLCO) condemned the targeting of law reform and community development activities within the clinic mandate and of deeper cuts to clinics located in Toronto.
Three “worker clinics” (Injured Workers Community Legal Clinic, IAVGO and Workers’ Health & Safety Legal Clinic), specialty clinics located in Toronto that serve workers across the province, are among those facing drastic cuts. In the Statements below, read the impact on the services they and other community legal clinics deliver to Ontarians in times of need.
What can you do?
- Tell new Attorney General Doug Downey [go to online petition] to reverse legal aid cuts!
- Send a personal email or use the #Justice4All form to Premier Doug Ford and Attorney General Doug Downey – or telephone them about the need for these legal services and why the cuts must be reversed. Make sure that you include your name and address in your email or phone call so that your message doesn’t get treated as spam.
- And let your MPP ( find their contact info here) know that you care about these cuts.
- More suggestions on taking action (Ontario Federation of Labour)