Roger Burrill Recipient of 2021 CBA Legal Aid Leader Award

Congratulations to Roger Burrill for being recognized with the CBA’s National Legal Aid Leader Award for 2021. The Award distinguishes legal aid lawyers who have made notable contributions to advancing access to justice for those in need. Roger was chosen by the CBA Access to Justice Subcommittee for this Award. The honour is well deserved. Roger is currently part of the Presenting Counsel Team of the Mass Casualty Commission, a joint initiative of the federal and provincial governments led by Michael MacDonald, former Chief Justice of Nova Scotia. Details regarding the Award and his accomplishments during his 35 years of service, can be found in the CBA announcement and the Canadian Lawyer article:

CBA National

Canadian Lawyer

 

 

Free Income Tax Clinics

For the 2021 tax season, many community organizations are hosting free virtual tax clinics. Volunteers may be able to complete and file your taxes for free, by videoconference or by phone. Find further information and locations on Canada Revenue Agency’s website at:

https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/campaigns/free-tax-help.html

 

2021-22 Business Plan

We are pleased to share the Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission’s 2021-22 Business Plan:  NSLAC Business Plan 2021-22. The Business Plan can also be found in Legal Aid Publications under the About Us tab.

2021 Home Warming Program for Low-Income Nova Scotians

Below please some information regarding the 2021 Home Warming Program.  Further details can be found here:  https://www.efficiencyns.ca/residential/programs-services/homewarming/?gclid=eaiaiqobchmiv-jt37mo7wivkk1ych2_uqf5eaayasaaegjnvpd_bwe

 

HomeWarming offers home energy assessments and upgrades for income-qualified homeowners, at no cost. The goal is to have people living on lower incomes benefit from energy efficiency and feel comfortable in their homes. For qualifying homeowners, if upgrades like draft-proofing and insulation will help reduce heating and power bills, upgrades will be installed at absolutely no cost to you. The application can be found here:  HW Application March 2021

The Evolution of Legal Aid in Nova Scotia

Below please find a copy of a Canadian Bar Association Nova Voce article by Megan Longley, QC, Chief Executive Officer, regarding Legal Aid in Nova Scotia.

CBA-NS Nova Voce – The Evolution of Legal Aid in Nova Scotia

Chronicle Herald Article: “Vulnerable women in Nova Scotia ending up on the streets or behind bars”

Below please find a link to the above-noted opinion article by Ashley Avery & Emma Halpern:

https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/opinion/local-perspectives/ashley-avery-emma-halpern-vulnerable-women-in-nova-scotia-ending-up-on-the-streets-or-behind-bars-523422/

Efforts by Emma and Ashley in educating and advocating regarding the challenges faced by individuals is greatly appreciated. The work of The Elizabeth Fry Society and Coverdale Courtwork Society is essential to our clients and to Nova Scotia.

Heating Assistance Rebate Program

The Nova Scotia Heating Assistance Rebate Program helps low-income Nova Scotians with the cost of home heating. Rebates range from $100 to $200. You can apply until March 31, 2021. For details and to apply please visit their website at:  2020 Heating Assistance Rebate Program

2019-2020 Annual Report

The Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission’s 2019-20 Annual Report is now available and can be found on the About Us, Legal Aid Publications page, or at this link:  2019-20 Annual Report

Video – Crisis. Change. Reform. – Access to Justice: People First

The recording of the Crisis. Change. Reform. session is now available to watch online.

CBC’s Duncan McCue hosted a conversation between Beverley McLachlin, Bob Rae and Megan Longley, about the A2J impacts of the pandemic. The session, in English, can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/AIVyrG8vrTw

Tenants Rights Eviction Workshop Hosted by Nova Scotia ACORN – August 15, 2020

On Saturday, August 15, 2020, Tammy Wohler, Social Justice Office, participated in the above-noted workshop. If you missed the workshop, you can view the video here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozlOyYCwgL8&feature=youtu.be