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e.317 - #StopTheCuts: Challenging Cuts to Legal Aid Ontario & Building Power Across Local Movements

Season 3, Ep. 17

Legal Aid Ontario, an organization providing low-income families with access to legal resources and representation, was hit with major cuts in April as the Provincial Government pulled $133 million. This first round of cuts represents almost 30% of Legal Aid’s operating budget, with an additional $164 million in cuts expected in the 2021-2022 budget. In addition the Province now says the organization can no longer use provincial funds for refugee and immigration cases.


On Tuesday, May 14th No One Is Illegal Toronto and the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty rallied outside of the Ontario Attorney General’s Bay Street Offices in downtown Toronto to pressure Caroline Mulroney and Premier Doug Ford to act as vital services are cut for poor and working class communities across the province.


We’re joined by MacDonald Scott, an immigration lawyer in Toronto and organizer with the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty and No One is Illegal Toronto. Mac discusses what these cuts mean for Legal Aid in Ontario, the consequences for immigration and refugee cases and a call to resist these targeted attacks.


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