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Clinic partnership reports on A2J Guided Interviews

September 29, 2016

PCLS is pleased to introduce Community legal clinics and A2J Guided Interviews, a final report for the fiscal year 2015/16 by the Clinic Interview Partnership (“Clinic IP”). This is a project exploring how online interactive technology, A2J Guided Interviews, can increase the capacity of legal clinics to serve their communities.

The partnership was formed 2012. Today it includes 17 community legal clinics and is governed by a Steering Committee of clinic managers, Legal Aid Ontario, and the Association of Community Legal Clinics of Ontario. The project team is housed at PCLS

The report gives an overview of the project, from its inception to the present, including envisioned next steps. It describes the project’s challenges and successes and summarizes some promising outcomes. The report also details observations about the technology and its potential as a capacity building tool for legal clinics.


Osgoode Roundtable on Intersections at PCLS

The following message is from the PCLS Board of Directors.

At the 28 October 2015 Board Meeting, the Board received a report from Professor Sean Rehaag, PCLS Academic Director, about a Roundtable held at Osgoode Hall Law School on 7 October 2015.

The Roundtable was facilitated by Professor Janet Mosher. Roundtable participants included students, Osgoode faculty, and PCLS staff. The subject of the Roundtable was intersections at PCLS as a workplace, a university-based educational program, and an organization committed to social justice. Participants discussed how the social justice values that the clinic aspires to in its casework and community work should play out in the clinic’s internal practices.

Professor Rehaag’s report on the Roundtable can be obtained on request by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Parkdale agencies’ A2J Author system honoured with inaugural Toronto South Local Immigration Partnership Collaboration Award


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Toronto, Ontario – Parkdale Community Legal Services (PCLS) is excited to announce that the Parkdale Interagency Referral Network (PIRN) has received the first Toronto South Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) Collaboration Award.

PIRN received the award at a ceremony today at the Parkdale Intercultural Association for its commitment to service collaboration in the Parkdale community and the role it plays in better coordinating services for newcomers through its online Parkdale Common Referral Protocol.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 June 2015 20:43

Board resolution of January 14, 2015 regarding the GTA Legal Clinics Transformation Project

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The Board of Directors considered the GTA Transformation Project and Vision Report at its meeting of January 14, 2015 and passed the following resolution.


Last Updated on Friday, 16 January 2015 14:02

Open Letter to Minister Oliver: Budget Bill Restricts Access to Social Assistance for Refugee Claimants

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The following is an open letter a delegation of 160 organizatiions, including PCLS, delivered to Minister Joe Oliver raising concerns about omnibus Budget Bill C-43.

Open Letter: Budget Bill Restricts Access to Social Assistance for Refugee Claimants

Dear Minister,

As organizations that have an interest in ensuring that everyone in Canada has equal access to income security, we are alarmed by the inclusion of sections 172 and 173 in your recently introduced omnibus Budget Bill C-43. These sections amend the Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act and are essentially Private Members Bill C-585, which was introduced earlier this year.


Last Updated on Thursday, 20 November 2014 22:22
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