Celebrate Ontario’s first Access to Justice Week

Events designed to seek public input, share key learnings, increase awareness and advance access to justice initiatives

Toronto: Five exceptional events will mark Ontario’s inaugural Access to Justice Week (A2J), which will be held in Toronto from October 17-21, 2016. This week will include a range of engagement and learning opportunities for the public, legal professionals, community workers, students and other access to justice advocates — including remarks from The Honourable Yasir Naqvi, Attorney General of Ontario.

Organized by TAG, The Action Group on Access to Justice, along with the Law Society of Upper Canada and other partners, the week will feature key access to justice issues including technology, child welfare and public legal information.

A2J Week Events are below:

Redesigning Justice: How would you do it?
Date: Monday, October 17
Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Location: Law Society of Upper Canada, 130 Queen St. West

Technology, Inclusion and Access to Justice: Broadening the Conversation
Date: Tuesday, October 18
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Location: Barristers’ Lounge, Law Society of Upper Canada, 130 Queen St. West
Special Presentation: A Vision for an Inclusive Justice System
Special Guest Speaker: The Honourable Yasir Naqvi – Attorney General of Ontario will speak from 2:00pm – 2:45pm

Connect, Create, Communicate: Public Legal Education and the Access to Justice Movement
Date: Thursday, October 20 & Friday October 21
Time: 8:00am – 5:00pm (Thursday) 8:00am – 3:00pm (Friday)
Location: Chestnut Conference Centre, 89 Chestnut Street
Keynote Presentation: Enveloping the Law in a Social Movement for First Nations Children’s Equity
Keynote Speaker: Cindy Blackstock, PHD – Executive Director, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada will speak from 8:45am – 9:30am on Thursday, October 20

Re-imagining Child Welfare Systems in Canada: A Symposium
Date: Friday, October 21
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Location: 1014 Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, 4700 Keele Street

Stories From the Justice System with Raconteurs Storytelling
Date: Friday, October 21
Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Location: Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle
Confirmed Storytellers:
Jagmeet Singh – Deputy Leader, Ontario New Democratic Party
Mandi Gray – PhD Student, York University
Scott Cowan – Lawyer
Aurina Chatterjee – Lawyer

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Members of the Media:
Please confirm your attendance in advance by contacting:
Aliya Jiwan-Thawer, AJT Communications