Doug Ford's massive legal aid cuts "devastating" for Toronto clinics - 2019-06-19
On June 12, LAO announced it will be cutting around $14.5 million to the province's clinic system. Critics say the cuts disproportionately targets Toronto clinics that work with low-income residents and have actively pushed back against Conservative government policies.
In Toronto, 13 neighbourhood clinics will lose close to $1 million in funding. Parkdale Community Legal Services (PCLS), which has an annual budget of $2.4 million, will see its funding slashed by 45 per cent cut over two years.
"It's absolutely devastating for our community," says clinic director Johanna Macdonald, whose clinic specializes in everything from wage theft to unlawful evictions.