Province amends Bill 161; confirms legal clinics access to justice and poverty law mandate

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.

Canadian Environmental Law Association Turns 50 This Year

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.

Response to Smarter and Stronger Justice Act, 2020 (Bill 161)

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.

40 Years of Law in the Public Interest, Selected Highlights from the First Decades of CELA’s Work

 ... 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…