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Lawsuit Against Schools for the Deaf

There is a class action lawsuit against the Province of Ontario on behalf of the students in three schools for the deaf across Ontario. The schools are Ernest C. Drury School for the Deaf in Milton, Robarts School for the Deaf in London, and the Sir James Whitney School for the Deaf in Belleville.

The students of these three schools allege that they were psychologically, physically, and sexually abused at these three schools and the Province of Ontario failed to care for and protect them. This lawsuit started on August 23, 2016. It includes anyone who has attended or resided at the schools for the Deaf from September 1, 1938 to August 23, 2016.

To be involved in the lawsuit, you do not have to do anything. If benefits occur from this lawsuit, you will be contacted regarding your share. If you wish to be removed from this class action lawsuit you must send a letter to School Abuse Class Action Administrator, c/o Crawford & Company Inc., 3-505 133 Weber St. N., Waterloo ON N2J 3G9 or go to The deadline to opt out is September 1, 2017.

To get legal advice and further information about the class action suit, contact the law firm Koskie Minsky LLP at or you can call their office toll free at 1-877-309-9111 (if through Bell Relay dial 711 first).

CALC's 35th Anniversary & Forum

Missed our November 2015 Forum, "Journeying Towards Justice: Future Directions for CALC 2016-2010"?  View our forum presentation, our Year in Review presentation and the remarks by Professor Mary Jane Mossman.


Watch Professor Mossman's speech here:

Librarians and Access to Justice Outreach

Read the report on our librarian outreach project, entitled Librarians & Access to Justice Outreach: Project Report & Resources.  We co-hosted an event for librarians and legal clinics on October 29, 2015, called "Librarians and Justice: Innovative Access for Rural and Remote Communities."  View our presentation, the Community Snapshot powerpoint, the handout "Ten Lessons," and the report about the event. 

Important Changes to Early Tax Refunds

Low cost computers available to low income earners

As a pilot program of RCT (Renewed Computer Technology, a not-for-profit, charitable organization), RCTech OUTREACH enables low income earners to access affordable quality refurbished computers and computer set up training.  Visit their website for details, pricing and an application form.

LEARN LAW - Monthly Newspaper Column

A new legal information column called LEARN LAW has been launched. Provided as a public service by the Legal Aid Ontario Five County Service Coordination Network, this monthly feature covers topics like family law, rights at work, consumer problems, wills and powers of attorney, and rental housing issues. Column writers include local lawyers who have volunteered their time and the staff of community legal clinics and Legal Aid Ontario.

This column is provided as a public service to advance our goal of improving access to justice and legal information for people who live in small urban and rural and remote areas that make up Northumberland, Hastings, Prince Edward, Lennox & Addington, and Frontenac Counties in Eastern Ontario. The idea for monthly newspaper columns was one of the recommendations in our report: Paths to Justice: Navigating with the Wandering Lost, which was released in March 2011.

About 25 newspapers throughout the 5 counties were contacted by email and phone to see if they would carry the column. Eight confirmed interest in publishing the columns and receive them monthly. So far, we have seen the column published in 6 newspapers, and have received positive feedback.

Columns are written monthly by different members of the Five County Network, or by private bar partners. Each column contains referrals to applicable and credible resources for more information for those interested.

Due to the legal information content, the article cannot be edited or amended without our written consent and it must not be published any later than 6 weeks after it has been submitted. Additionally, it must always be published with the “disclaimer” paragraph.

For more information, or if you wish to use one of our articles, please contact Michele Leering, Executive Director of the Community Advocacy & Legal Centre. 

See our LEARN LAW page for a complete list of articles.

Five County Connecting Region Project - Final Report Available

The Five County Connecting Region project has released their final report. To read more about this project to develop a regional strategy for providing legal services to people who live in rural and remote areas or speak languages other than French or English, read our May 2011 newsletter



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