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Legal Aid Update – August 2019 - FOLA

Aug 27, 2019
FOLA has been busy this month with a series of important meetings with both the Attorney General and the Chair of Legal Aid Ontario. Below is a brief overview of those meetings.

1). Association for the Sustainability of Legal Aid (ASLA) meeting with Ontario’s Attorney General at the Ministry – Aug 14, 2019

FOLA Executive Director Katie Robinette attended in person while FOLA LAO Chair Terry Brandon was present by teleconference to discuss the recent cuts to Legal Aid Ontario and the upcoming review of the Legal Aid Services Act.

List of organizations at the table:
Chair of Legal Aid Ontario
Legal Aid Ontario staff
Attorney General of Ontario
Minister’s staff
Law Society of Ontario
Refugee Lawyers Association
Criminal Lawyers Association
Association of Community Legal Clinics of Ontario
Ontario Bar Association
Advocates’ Society
Mental Health Legal Committee
FOLA

Each stakeholder group presented 2-minute oral submissions for consideration by the Attorney General and, given the short amount of time offered to each, the Minister did welcome additional written submissions as follow up.

FOLA stressed the negative impact that these cuts have on the public, plus the resulting negative impact on the operation of the judicial system. We also stressed the importance of both the role of duty counsel and the certificate program. FOLA echoed many comments put forward by the Criminal Lawyers Association and the Family Law Lawyers Association, as our members overlap and the concerns regarding legal aid are shared.

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Message from the President

COWAN Kanata 2019

Kanata Cowan, President 2020-2021

Thank you for my acclamation as the 78th President of The Hamilton Law Association during these unprecedented, challenging, and uncertain times. Having spent a number of years in various roles and positions volunteering with The Hamilton Law Association, I am honoured to now lead the organization through the global COVID-19 pandemic and ensure its continued strength and vibrancy. It is more important than ever that The Hamilton Law Association continue to play the significant and robust role, in the legal traditions of the City of Hamilton and the Province of Ontario, that it has for one hundred and forty-one years.

As a Family Lawyer tucked away in the outskirts of Hamilton, I recognize that some of the membership may not have had a chance to meet me. I am a Henderson Hospital born Hamiltonian. I attended both public school and high school on the mountain and I am a proud graduate of McMaster University. I studied Law at the University of New Brunswick and I have practised in Hamilton since articling and my call to the bar.

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