On June 12, the Province of Ontario implemented cuts to legal aid clinics as directed in Doug Ford’s last budget. These cuts focus on the ability of legal aid clinics to provide marginalized groups with access to justice through legal advice and representation. In particular, the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) had its Provincial funding cut by 30%.
Cutting CELA’s funding removes a primary tool for advancing environmental justice because lower-income communities – who disproportionately are impacted by environmental degradation and pollution – will have less access to the justice system and equitable representation.
In today’s province-wide day of action to reverse the cuts, you can help restore funding so that communities impacted by environmental injustice have access to legal resources as they protect their health and the health of the environment.
Any move toward a Green New Deal must include access to justice for marginalized groups. We need country-wide tools that ensure our environmental and community practices are equitable. We are building community practices that renew the earth and are renewed by it. Tell your MPP that cuts like this have no place in that vision.