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Sounds Traumatic: Connecting Ottawa Conference Resources

May 26, 2016
Connecting Ottawa's half-day conference (May 18, 2016) "Sounds Traumatic: Rethinking What Trauma Means for Legal and Social Work" introduced the concept of trauma-informed care and how it may apply to legal, immigration and social service sectors. Trauma-informed care is a strengths-based framework that involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma. Focused on local responses, we explored practical tools, best practices and referral processes to...

NEW SIMPLE WILLS PROGRAM IN OTTAWA

May 11, 2016
We are pleased to share with you information about our Wills Assistance Project. This project closes the gap for low-income individuals, the terminally ill or single parents in the Ottawa area who would like to make a will, but cannot afford a lawyer. Eligible individuals can now have a simple will prepared for free. This service is available to low-income Ontarians in the Ottawa area who do not currently have a will, cannot afford to hire a lawyer to help prepare their will, and cannot obtain...

Connecting Ottawa Supports Innovative Free Mobile Legal Clinic in Lincoln Fields Mall.

April 26, 2016
On Tuesday, April 5, Daniel Tucker-Simmons teamed up with UofO law school professor Dr. David Wiseman and students from his Social Justice Practicum course to set up a free mobile legal clinic in Lincoln Fields mall. The “Free Law” clinic, which was staffed by law students and other local lawyers, was an innovative experiment that aimed to provide free summary legal advice and referrals in a range of practice areas to anyone who stopped by. The idea behind the experimental clinic was...

CALL FOR PHOTOS: World Refugee Day 2016 - DEADLINE APRIL 27

April 21, 2016
  On Monday June 20, The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), in partnership with the Refugee Network of Ottawa, Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership and others, will be hosting an event for World Refugee Day 2016 at the Ottawa City Hall from 8:00 am until 1:00 pm. During this celebration, there will be a tribute to community members and organizations that have assisted in refugee resettlement in any number of ways. This tribute will be through a visual display of photos...

ACLCO Report: Connecting Ottawa Example of Innovation and Growth

March 31, 2016
Connecting Ottawa mentioned as an example of Innovation and Growth in the Association of Community Legal Clinics of Ontario (ACLCO) 2015 Annual Report : Due to high demand and limited funding, Clinics are used to looking for innovative ways to maximize our impact. Many have applauded us for “punching above our weight”. With recent increased funding from the provincial government and Legal Aid Ontario, Clinics across the province are implemen(ng new collaborative and transformative...

Top-Up funds available to sponsorship groups needing to raise money­ DEADLINE APRIL 1ST

March 24, 2016
Have you had difficulties raising money to meet the financial requirement to sponsor your loved ones through Canada’s private sponsorship program?   The United Way, through its United for Refugees campaign, is making funds available to sponsorship groups to help meet the financial requirements to sponsor. How much funding can I get? This is a top-up fund. The United Way may provide up to 50% of the financial requirement for sponsorship to top up existing fundraising efforts...

Video: A Public Forum - Ottawa's local response to a global refugee crisis

March 22, 2016
Refugee 613, UNHCR Canada and the Centre for International Policy Studies joined the New United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Mr. Filippo Grandi for an interactive evening of connecting local to global on March 21, 2016. Mr. Grandi is the man in charge of the UN Agency tasked with maintaining the safety and survival of refugees worldwide. The discussion was moderated by Louisa Taylor, Director of Refugee 613, on the many challenges Mr. Grandi faces in fulfilling his mandate...

Guardianship & Powers of Attorney Presentation

March 09, 2016
Following our March Guardianship & Powers of Attorneys Lunch & Learn, we would like to highlight an exceptional powerpoint presentation (document attached) which covers all the topics presented:  "This webinar is Part I of a two-part review of issues related to mental capacity and substitute decision making presented by Judith Wahl of the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly (ACE). It looks at how life decisions are described in the law, when you have the right to make decisions...

Service Agency in Ottawa? Complete our Access to Services Survey

March 03, 2016
Your agency is invited to participate in our Access to Services Survey.   Those who do not speak English or French are more likely to face challenges accessing immigration status in Canada. The goal of this research is to gain insight into how agencies across Ottawa interact with non-status service users and the challenges community organizations face in serving this population.   Importantly, the results collected will assist Connecting Ottawa...

Immigration and Refugee Law Presentation

February 14, 2016
This presentation was created by Connecting Ottawa, a project funded by the Law Foundation of Ottawa aiming to improve access to justice for linguistic minorities and people with disabilities that impede communication. This presentation offers a guide to Immigration and Refugee Law and referral practices in Ottawa. NOTE: Legal and social services, regulations and policies change frequently. Please call 211 if you require up to date information. Connecting Ottawa - Immigration and Refugee Law...