Legal Aid Ontario congratulates Neighbourhood Legal Services on 40 years of service

Friday, January 31, 2014

LAO President Bob Ward, with NLD Director of Legal Services, Jack de Clerk

LAO President, Bob Ward, with NLS Director of Legal Services, Jack de Klerk
Photo courtesy of NLS

Neighbourhood Legal Services (NLS) marked 40 years of providing legal services in the east downtown Toronto community on January 30, 2014 with an all-day symposium to discuss access to justice for low-income Ontarians.

“NLS is much more than a hard-working and positive force for community change,” Legal Aid Ontario’s CEO, Bob Ward, said in a panel discussion. “It is a beacon of both light and solace in what remains for many a dark world of pain and suffering both for clients and those brave and courageous souls who work to improve the circumstances of their fellow men and women.”

As one of the older community legal clinics in Ontario, NLS has delivered immigration services and poverty law services in areas such as housing, social assistance and income security, and employment standards and employment insurance to more than 1,500 clients each year.

With the demand for legal services growing and becoming increasingly complex, NLS has joined with 15 other GTA community legal clinics to form the GTA Glinic Transformation Project. The project, supported by LAO, is based on recommendations in the discussion document, "Refining the delivery of client-centred poverty law".

This document examines the current realities of Ontario’s growing and changing demand for legal services and how best to address that demand.

“Neighbourhood Legal Services, along with its fellow GTA clinics, has demonstrated a commitment to finding better ways to serve the complex legal needs of clients in a time when access to justice is a vital issue,” says John McCamus, Chair of LAO. “We are proud to fund this clinic and congratulate its staff for its hard work.”



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