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Rally Calls for End to Legal Aid Cuts

Owen Sound | by Cody Misner  

The clinic set up a a pop up legal clinic in front of Owen Sound City Hall.

The Grey Bruce Community Legal Clinic is hoping to change the provincial government's mind when it comes to cuts to legal aid funding.

The clinic set up a a pop up legal clinic in front of Owen Sound City Hall. While there, they intended to provide advice to the community on personal legal issues as well as raise awareness about the impacts of the legal aid cuts.

Katie Remington, a staff lawyer says so far the Grey Bruce Legal Community Clinic has been able to avoid most of the larger cuts that were announced for this year's provincial budget but it's the cuts planned for next year that has them breaking a sweat.

"We were able to absorbe the cuts using our own operating budget. However, that does take away from our current budget," Remington states, "Further cuts could see an impact on personnel that would limit our services."

The provincial government cut about 30 per cent of the Legal Aid budget back in April with more planned in the future.

The Attorney General's office claims more money has been spent in the last five years without getting results it says taxpayers should expect. According to the Province, these cuts will allow for efficiencies to be found that will streamline Legal Aid services.

Remington says that they welcome discussion and policy review but hope that further cuts can be reversed.

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