What COVID-19 has taught us about the nature of the way we work, and what we must do to fix it for the safety and betterment of us all

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020

… the important lessons of this pandemic, which is people doing even the most humble jobs in society — the cleaners, the care aides and the retail clerks — actually have a critical role in public health and public safety, and we have to recognize that and start to value that properly.” … “A key ingredient in building a better future for work after the COVID-19 pandemic must be a stronger role for mechanisms of voice, representation and bargaining power for workers in all industries and all statuses,”

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Can legal aid be improved while its budget is slashed? Ontario’s attorney general says yes

Friday, October 25th, 2019

“We’re not talking about doing more with less, we’re talking about doing things differently… how we can deliver service to more people, the vulnerable population, in a really different way… The cuts have meant that Legal Aid Ontario will generally no longer fund private criminal lawyers to handle bail hearings… As a result, duty counsel services have been reduced in other areas at courthouses.

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Legal Aid Ontario to cut jobs, impose hiring freeze after provincial budget cutbacks

Monday, April 29th, 2019

Cutting the positions, along with other administrative changes including a hiring freeze, salary freeze for management, and delaying implementation of IT projects, are projected to save the agency about $16.6 million… there would also be a compensation funding freeze for legal clinics, and putting a stop to funding for one-time clinic projects… Changes to how it deals with the private bar are expected to save the agency $13.9 million

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