Day of Action on budget cuts slated July 30

Submitted by
Northwest Community Legal Clinic

The provincial budget of April 11, 2019, made significant cuts to programs and services throughout Ontario. Local impacts are being felt from these cuts.
Legal Aid Ontario’s budget was cut by 35 percent this year, with further cuts planned on April 1, 2020, to a total cut of 45 percent.
Our local legal clinic has seen a small budget reduction this year, because of one-time surplus and other funds held by Legal Aid Ontario. Local impacts are inevitable if the planned reduction of 45 percent goes ahead on April 1.
Already, we cannot provide specialized services to injured workers because of the elimination of the Injured Workers Lawyer serving the 11 northern legal clinics, combined with significant cuts to the injured workers’ clinics in Toronto.
We are joining our partners all around the province on Tuesday, July 30 for a Provincial Day of Action to highlight the need for services in our communities, and to talk about how we can all take action and send our message to the provincial government.
“Cuts to Legal Aid Ontario have already hurt our communities. Further cuts would be devastating,” said Trudy McCormick, executive director of the Northwest Community Legal Clinic (NCLC).
“We hope our Day of Action will show the Attorney General, Doug Downey, that people care about these cuts, that access to justice is important to us all,” she added.
In Fort Frances, there will be a free community BBQ and information event in front of the Northwest Community Legal Clinic (206 Scott St.) from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on July 30.