Positive amendments to the Legal Aid Services Act portion of the Bill added promotion by clinics of access to justice and responsiveness to the needs of low-income and disadvantaged communities in Ontario. Amendments to the Class Proceedings Act did not correct areas of concern thus increasing the difficulty to certify any class actions in Ontario, particularly in relation to environmental claims.
CELA Executive Director Theresa McClenaghan takes a big picture look at CELA's history and contributions to environmental and social justice as we continue to celebrate our 50th Anniversary year. Article originally published in The Lawyer's Daily.
Theresa McClenaghan wrote a brief to support her testimony to the Standing Committee on Justice Policy regading problematic aspects of Bill 161 that affect the Class Proceedings Act, the Judicial Review Procedure Act, and the Legal Aid Services Act.
In the guest blog Marion Overholt, Executive Director of Legal Assistance of Windsor, reflects on what our work in Ontario's legal clinics means to our client communities in the context of the current pandemic.
... This report is organized mostly by chronology, exploring the links over time that CELA has focused on at any given moment. Key campaigns like the battles for the Environmental Bill of Rights, Legal-Aid funding, and dozens of dangerous landfill…