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Your community legal clinic 158 George Street, Level 1 Belleville, ON K8N 3H2 Tele: (613) 966 8686 Toll Free: 1 877 966 8686 Fax: (613) 966 6251 TTY: (613)

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1 Your community legal clinic 158 George Street, Level 1 Belleville, ON K8N 3H2 Tele: (613) Toll Free: Fax: (613) TTY: (613)

2 A non-profit community legal clinic Funded by Legal Aid Ontario and other partners Governed by a community-based Board of Directors Employs lawyers, legal workers, and intake staff Strong volunteer program Provide FREE referrals, legal information, advice, assistance and representation to people living on a low income Who We Are

3 CALC provides access to justice through quality legal services, advocacy, and information for people living on a low income or in poverty Mission Statement

4 Vision We strive to achieve social justice with dignity by influencing change in our community, our institutions and the law. Values We believe: Justice is a right for individuals and communities In being client centered and accessible Every person is of infinite value In being responsive to, and collaborative with, our community In creative, innovative and effective services and work Vision and Values

5 Direct client services Community Development Law Reform & Systemic Advocacy Types of Services

6 Referrals Legal information and summary advice Self-help Brief services Duty counsel Representation before courts and tribunals Triage and holistic service delivery approaches Direct Client Services

7 Community Outreach Speaking engagements and legal education workshops Media Work (print, radio, television) Producing newsletters Community participatory action research Community organizing Developing public legal education (PLE) materials Developing coalitions & campaigns Systemic advocacy Enhancing community capacity building: relationships and social capital Working with community groups and networks Popular Education Building awareness about social injustice Hosting conferences Developing Websites Social Networking Spectrum of Strategies Community Development

8 Meeting with politicians at all levels of government Appellate work and test case litigation Advocating for changes to laws and program delivery Creating awareness about need for law reform Working with groups on law reform projects Preparing briefs and submissions to government bodies Law Reform and Systemic Advocacy

9 There are no fees for our services Clients must meet financial eligibility and case selection criteria Clients may be asked to pay for legal disbursements Conditions of Service

10 Legal Help Some examples of the legal services we offer

11 Legal Help Areas of Law Housing rights: Tenants rights and obligations Residential Tenancies Act Property Standards Social Housing Income Security Welfare/Ontario Works Ontario Disability Support Program Canada Pension Plan Disability Employment Insurance

12 Legal Help Areas of Law Employment Rights Occupational Health & Safety Employment Standards Wrongful dismissal, sexual harassment Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Criminal Injuries Compensation Human Rights & Vulnerable Communities Special Education Consumer Law

13 Tenant Hotline On Home page And Tenant Page

14 Services in Rural and Remote Communities Satellite offices in: Bancroft Madoc Napanee Picton Trenton

15 Special Services & Outreach to Deaf Community Deaf intake guide Interpreters and Video Remote Interpretation TTY availability and text access

16 Public Legal Education

17 Legal Education

18 Community Action Research Interviewed 781 households: Homeless; At risk of being homeless; Precariously housed; Low income households Action Plan developed: comprehensive recommendations including property standards enforcement, homelessness prevention, and creation of an Action Network with diverse partners Two task forces established: Community Capacity Building, Advocacy & Awareness Task Force; Bricks and Mortar Task Force Current information: Communities Taking Action - April 2005 Led to creation of Affordable Housing Action Network (AHAN)

19 Law Reform

20 We do not handle the following areas of law: Real Estate, Family Law, Criminal law We do not issue Legal Aid Certificates For criminal and family law issues call the Legal Aid Customer Service Centre: What We Dont Do

21 Legal Aid Ontario Customer Service Centre Duty Counsel Advice Counsel Certificates JOT Staff Lawyer Family Law Information Centre Resources

22 Your Legal Rights Ministry of the Attorney General More Resources

23 Contact Us Our Service Area and Contact Information Head Office (Belleville): 158 George Street, Level 1 Belleville, ON K8N 3H2 Phone: Toll Free: Fax: TTY: Toll Free TTY: Service Area Hastings County Prince Edward County Southern half of Lennox & Addington County Office Locations Belleville Bancroft Madoc Napanee Picton Trenton


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