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Save Parkdale Community Legal Services from Legal Aid Cuts

Save Parkdale Community Legal Services from Legal Aid Cuts

The provincial government has cut funding to Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) by over 30%. Because of this, LAO is anticipating reduced funding to community legal clinics by $15 million this year.

Parkdale Community Legal Services (PCLS) is under specific threat. The current PCLS lease ends on July 31st, 2019 and we have been busy preparing to enter an adequate new office space in the community on August 1st. LAO had approved the new lease in principle, but has since withdrawn their support. They are unwilling to commit to more than one year of funding or to assist with moving or ...

The provincial government has cut funding to Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) by over 30%. Because of this, LAO is anticipating reduced funding to community legal clinics by $15 million this year.

Parkdale Community Legal Services (PCLS) is under specific threat. The current PCLS lease ends on July 31st, 2019 and we have been busy preparing to enter an adequate new office space in the community on August 1st. LAO had approved the new lease in principle, but has since withdrawn their support. They are unwilling to commit to more than one year of funding or to assist with moving or set up costs.

This decision, mere months before our expected move, puts the continuation of our services in serious doubt. The alternative option presented was for the clinic to move out of our community where we have been situated for nearly 50 years.

We urgently need your support. 

 

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Your support to keep Parkdale Legal in Parkdale

Contact the Legal Aid Ontario Board of Directors and tell them:

1. Why the cuts to legal aid must be reversed;

2. Why community legal clinics must not be cut; and

3. Why they must recommit to keeping Parkdale Community Legal Services as a whole in the community.

You can also tell the Attorney General and Premier to reverse the overall cuts to legal aid. Send messages through this website ...

Contact the Legal Aid Ontario Board of Directors and tell them:

1. Why the cuts to legal aid must be reversed;

2. Why community legal clinics must not be cut; and

3. Why they must recommit to keeping Parkdale Community Legal Services as a whole in the community.

You can also tell the Attorney General and Premier to reverse the overall cuts to legal aid. Send messages through this website: https://stoplegalaidcuts.nationbuilder.com.

Note: Please introduce yourself to the LAO Board as you customize the text of the email below. Though we ask for your title, only your name will show up in the email signature. 

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Please introduce yourself to the LAO Board as you customize the text of the email below. Though we ask for your title, only your name will show up in the email signature. 

Include your personal story of how you, someone in your life, or your organization has been impacted by PCLS or another community legal clinic. Tell the Board members how cuts to PCLS and legal aid will hurt our community.