Ford's cuts to legal aid will end up costing Ontario way more than they save - 2019-06-11

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F182.png Ford's cuts to legal aid will end up costing Ontario way more than they save June 11, 2019, Michael Spratt, Opinion, CBC News

Ontario has made deep cuts to the legal aid system. Deep cuts — to the tune of $133 million — that mean that many impoverished and marginalized Ontarians will now face prosecution, conviction, and the possibility of jail time without the assistance of a lawyer.

They include a 70-year-old woman with no criminal record who lives on a meager pension. She had too much to drink one night and got into a fight with her abusive partner. The police were called and now the Crown wants to brand her a criminal.

And man on disability who only has one lung and uses an oxygen tank. He was charged with failing to provide a breath sample because he could not blow enough air into the breathalyzer. Prosecutors want to give him a criminal record and ban him from driving.

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{{cite news | first = Michael | last = Spratt | title = Ford's cuts to legal aid will end up costing Ontario way more than they save | url = https://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/legal-aid-1.5169428 | work = Opinion | publisher = CBC News | date = June 11, 2019 | accessdate = June 11, 2019 }}