Join the staff at the Chatham-Kent Legal Clinic for an Open House on Tuesday, July 30th, anytime from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Located at 6 Harvey Street, in Chatham, this drop-in event will include sharing information about what the clinic does and about how provincial Legal Aid cuts will affect its services and the community. Free pizza, Timbits and drinks will be provided.
On July 30, 2019, communities across the province will stand united for justice by sending a strong message to the Ontario Government: Save Legal Aid.
In April 2019, the Ontario Government announced devastating drastic cuts to Legal Aid Ontario. These cuts have already impacted legal aid services, including those offered by community legal clinics. Further cuts have been announced for next year, as well as a review that could lead to the community legal clinic model disappearing altogether.
Community Legal Clinics were created as a cost-effective method of providing legal services and to support community-based systemic advocacy. They are each governed by a board of local volunteers that guide clinic work. These clinics use a wide range of tools to seek justice for clients – casework, law reform, community development, community organizing, public legal education and more. Each one of these tools allow legal clinics to provide services based on the needs of the communities they serve.
The attack on legal aid and community legal clinics is an attack on low income communities, an attack on access to justice, and an attack on equality. The clinic’s Open House will amplify the powerful voice of community as we urge the provincial government to protect access to justice, reverse the cuts, and save legal aid.
Thank you for the opportunity to provide you with information about our Community Legal Clinic services. Should you have any questions, please contact:
Walter Van de Kleut
Chatham-Kent Legal Clinic