Urgent Message to our Community
The recent Ontario budget has cut funding to Legal Aid Ontario by $133 million, which is 30% of LAO’s budget, retroactive to April 1, 2019. The 30% LAO budget cut has already had a direct negative impact on LAW and CLA and the services we provide.
LAW and CLA are committed to enhancing access to social justice by providing integrated face-to-face legal and social work services to marginalized low- income people in Windsor-Essex and through individual and systematic advocacy.
The budget cuts to Legal Aid Ontario will have a devastating impact on our ability to provide legal services to Ontario’s most vulnerable people.
We are calling on Premier Ford and Attorney General Caroline Mulroney to make a commitment to access to justice; to respect the commitment of their government to not decrease front line services; and to confirm that funding for community legal-aid clinics will not be decreased.
HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP STOP THESE CUTS!
1. E-MAIL, CALL OR WRITE to Premier Doug Ford, Attorney General Caroline Mulroney and your local MPP. CONTACT INFORMATION is provided below. Please send them the MESSAGE TO PREMIER FORD AND ATTORNEY GENERAL MULRONEY given below (or compose your own message) urging them to STOP THE CUTS TO LEGAL AID!
A website to facilitate the campaign for community legal clinics has been set up. This site will automatically generate an email message to the Premier, the Attorney General and your local MPP: https://stoplegalaidcuts.nationbuilder.com/
2. TELL US YOUR STORY: Tell us in your own words how LAW or CLA, another legal aid clinic or anyone in Legal Aid Ontario helped you or someone in your life. WE NEED TO HEAR YOUR STORIES of how we helped you, in your words. This will help us defend against the imminent LAO budget cuts that will hurt legal-aid services to Ontarians.
Send us your stories by mail to:
Legal Assistance of Windsor
443 Ouellette Ave, 2nd Floor
Windsor, Ontario N9A 4J2
By fax at 519-256-1387 or
By email L.A.W.CommunityClinic@gmail.com or
Call us at 519-256-7831
E-MAIL, PHONE OR WRITE TO PREMIER FORD:
Phone: (416) 325-1941 or TTY 1-800-387-5559
Fax: (416) 325-3745
Mail: The Hon. Doug Ford, MPP
Premier of Ontario
Room 281, Legislative Building
Toronto, ON M7A 1A1
E-MAIL, PHONE OR WRITE TO ATTORNEY GENERAL MULRONEY:
Phone: (905) 895-1555
Fax: (905) 895-0337
Mail: The Hon. Caroline Mulroney, MPP
Attorney General of Ontario
Ministry of the Attorney General
11th Floor, 720 Bay St.
Toronto, ON M7A 2S9
E-MAIL, PHONE OR WRITE TO YOUR MPP:
E-mail, phone or write to your MPP. You can find their contact information from the following website:
ALWAYS CLEARLY STATE YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS IN YOUR EMAIL, CALL OR LETTER TO THE PREMIER, ATTORNEY GENERAL OR MPP, OR ELSE YOUR STATUS AS AN ONTARIO RESIDENT/ELIGIBLE VOTER WILL NOT BE RECOGNIZED AND YOUR MESSAGE WILL NOT BE PROPERLY ACKNOWLEDGED!!!