Legal Aid Ontario’s mental health strategy misses the mark

Recently the Toronto Star posted an article on a new mental health strategy announced by Legal Aid Ontario. This is our Association’s response:

Letter to the Editor – Re: Legal Aid Ontario releases pioneering mental health strategy: Goar

Legal Aid’s sudden commitment to improving the level and quality of legal services it provides to the mentally ill is encouraging, but sadly long overdue, and, ultimately, flawed.

The Criminal Lawyers’ Association membership, which is made up of over 1000 private defence counsel, many of whom take Legal Aid files, sees this announcement as window dressing to hide the grossly underfunded resources that are required to actually address the legal problems of the mentally ill on the ground.

As anyone who has spent years representing the mentally ill before courts and tribunals will tell you, the real solution to the actual legal needs of the mentally ill is patience and commitment, and that requires time and money.

The one thing conspicuously absent from this announcement is the additional money for it, from the provincial government. Without new money, existing funds for indigent defence must be diverted and this necessarily means reducing funding to other vulnerable groups who depend on Legal Aid’s assistance. These groups include refugees, child protection matters, and persons asserting their innocence–groups who are brought into the legal system largely in response to the same government, one might add, that funds both their prosecution and their defence.

Indeed, we question whether this initiative is the wisest use of Legal Aid monies. In the age of specialization, the proclaimed expanded use of existing untrained staff lawyers at Legal Aid, for example, in an attempt to bring them up to speed to fill a hole does not make sense. Counsel of choice, with many more years of experience actually fighting for the rights of the mentally ill, are already out there, at the hospitals and at hearings and trials, taking these cases daily. Private counsel, taking Legal Aid matters are better, already specialized, and more cost-effective

at dealing with legal problems than this creation of a new, soon to be entrenched bureaucracy. Legal Aid’s own studies have borne this out in the past.

One would have wished for a more balanced reporting of this issue.

160 responses to “Legal Aid Ontario’s mental health strategy misses the mark”

  1. mbit casino no deposit bonus https://casinoxsplay.com/ hollywood casino toledo play for fun

  2. highstakes casino slot wins https://casinoxsbonus.com/ usa no deposit casino bonus codes

  3. i play bingo casino https://casinoxsbest.com/ no deposit casino bonuses 2017 usa

  4. casino arizona bingo https://casinoxsonline.com/ diamond reel casino no deposit casino codes

  5. what is zithromax 250 mg used for https://zithromaxes.com/ how do you take zithromax

  6. generic viagra order canada https://canadaviagrastore.com/ generic viagra canada

  7. I’ve lеaгn ѕome excellent stuff here. Certainly value bοokmarking fօr revisіting.
    I surprise how much effort you put to cгeate this kind of еⲭcellent informative ᴡebsite.

    My blog; payday loans in ohio

  8. erectile booster method book https://plaquenilx.com/ will erectile dysfunction go away

  9. is chloroquine phosphate the same as hydroxychloroquine https://chloroquineorigin.com/ side effects of chloroquine

  10. azathioprine says:

    chloroquine malaria https://chloroquineorigin.com/# – aralen chloroquine phosphate chloroquine phosphate side effects

  11. azithromycin for staph infection https://zithromaxes.com/ zytromax

  12. chloroquine https://chloroquineorigin.com/# – chloroquine sulfate chloroquine tablets amazon

  13. Kevincic says:

    ezra felton gay dating
    gay gamers dating
    dating gay interracial

  14. Kevincic says:

    gay bear site dating
    korean gay dating sites
    jesse hereford gay dating

  15. RonaldSoync says:

    viagra from china red viagra onlen – viagra onset

  16. Kevincic says:

    gay free online dating
    gay people smaller dating pool
    gay furry dating site

  17. Kevincic says:

    dating gay how reddit
    gay dating match.com
    hiv positive gay dating sites

  18. Kevincic says:

    gay bear dating free
    chsitey gay dating site
    philippines gay dating

  19. Kevincic says:

    meetup.com gay men dating
    is tinder a gay dating site
    gay catholic dating website

  20. chloroquine phosphate vs chloroquine sulphate https://chloroquineorigin.com/# hydroxychloroquine sulfate

  21. how does plaquenil work does hydroxychloroquine cause hair loss chloroquine phosphate vs hydroxychloroquine

  22. Patrickhoogy says:

    dating a mormon gay guy
    gay dating 101
    [url=”http://gaychatgay.com?”]irish gay dating sites[/url]

  23. Patrickhoogy says:

    gay speed dating san francisco
    lesbian gay dating
    her gay dating 2021 statistics

  24. HenryStinc says:

    dating websites gay
    gay dating first over 25
    gay dating scams in ukraine

  25. HenryStinc says:

    gay dating scene in seattle wa
    dating memphis gay
    gay sex dating cumpig

  26. HenryStinc says:

    is dating a trans gay?
    gay bear site dating
    asian gay dating site dragons

  27. HenryStinc says:

    “gay dating sites”
    gay daddy dating sim
    gay guys dating older men

  28. Психологи онлайн. Рейтинг психологов
    Консультация и лечение психотерапевта (психолога) Психолог Онлайн.
    Психолог в Харькове, консультация.
    Услуги психолога. Опытные психотерапевты и
    психологи. Психолог,Психолог онлайн.

  29. cialis price cialis without a doctor prescription

  30. Joferfesy says:

    generic chloroquine https://hydroxychloroquinex.com/ hydroxychloroquine plaquenil hydroxychloroquine side effect

  31. тнт новые танцы смотреть онлайн 2021 бесплатно новые танцы на тнт 1 выпуск новые танцы на тнт 2021 смотреть новые танцы 1

  32. Битва экстрасенсов 22 сезон когда выйдет
    смотреть битву экстрасенсов лучшие смотреть битва
    экстрасенсов все серии

  33. Joferfesy says:

    hydroxychloroquine vs chloroquine https://hydroxychloroquinex.com/ plaquenil over the counter hydroxychloroquine sulfate 200mg

  34. Joferfesy says:

    chloroquine hydroxychloroquine https://hydroxychloroquinex.com/ aralen medicine hydrocholoroquine

  35. hydroxychlor side effects https://plaquenilx.com/# hydroxychloroquine drugs

  36. What dose of co- trimoxazole is used in a patient with a UTI? trimoxazole syrup

  37. Поиск фильмов, новости кино форсаж 9 смотреть онлайн скачать тысячи фильмов в
    хорошем качестве 1080.

  38. Смотреть фильмы онлайн бесплатно Игра в кальмара 1 серия смотреть онлайн смотреть фильмы 2021 года онлайн

  39. Michaelpsymn says:

    cialis dosage https://cialiswithdapoxetine.com/# – cialis tablets

  40. Вот шесть самых популярных сериалов для поклонников фантастика.
    Чики смотреть онлайн на hoLJmmFt ТВ.
    Размещайте по жанру, Сериалы
    в HD. Дополнительно наш проект даёт
    таблицу различных каналов 1+1, HD Звезда, 4K
    ТЕТ, прямой эфир 1+1, трансляция Ю.

  41. Michaelpsymn says:

    cialis generic https://cialiswithdapoxetine.com/# – cialis 20 mg

  42. boomamnuvab says:

    hydroxychloroquine over the counter hydroxychloroquine cost

  43. boomamnrkmg says:

    generic chloroquine phosphate chloroquine buy

  44. mydomdomnow says:

    That is a really good tip especially to those fresh to the blogosphere.
    Brief but very accurate info… Thank you for sharing this one.
    A must read post!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

For security, use of Google's reCAPTCHA service is required which is subject to the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

I agree to these terms.