Responses to homelessness in the time of COVID-19

The Law Union of Ontario invites you to:

Responses to Homelessness in the time of COVID-19

presented by the Law Union of Ontario, Canadian Lawyers for International Human Rights, and Jur-Ed Foundation

Tuesday, August 18, from 12:00 – 1:30 pm  

Online via Zoom 

Panelists will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on homeless populations in Canada and what is being done to hold governments accountable for the violations of encampment and shelter residents’ fundamental human rights.

Our speakers include: 

Leilani Farha, Former United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing
Jessica Orkin, Partner @ Goldblatt Partners
Greg Cook, Outreach Worker @ Sanctuary Ministries

Registration is free, but a $20 donations is suggested and would be appreciated to cover the costs of the webinar and to help charities serving and advocating for homeless people (Charitable donations can be made here: .

A registration link has been sent over the Law Union’s listservs.  If you wish to register but have not received the link, please email:

CPD eligibility: 1.5 Substantive Hours

2020-08-18 Poster re Homelessness webinar

Re-imagining Legal Aid and LUO 2019 AGM

Re-imagining Legal Aid and LUO 2019 AGM

Saturday, November 9, 2019
60 Lowther Avenue, Toronto (Friends House)

Conference 1 PM – 5 PM
Dinner (vegan/gluten free) around 5:30 PM
LUO 2019 AGM : 6 PM
After-party to follow at Gabby’s Bar, 192 Bloor St. W.

A conference organized by Legal Aid for All (, a working group of the Law Union of Ontario.

Join us as we envision alternative forms of legal practice that support social movements, accessibility of the law, and justice for all – a timely conversation in light of the recent cuts and a neoliberal agenda of “modernization” for legal aid announced by the province. #LegalAidForAll

Suggested registration fee: $20-70 (pay what you can). Students and community members free. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

The venue is wheelchair-accessible (the accessible entrance is through the back parking lot). Simultaneous transcription will be provided. Childcare will be available. Light refreshments will be served. The conference may be audio-recorded.


1 PM – Registration

1:30 PM – Legal Aid for Social Change

Confirmed Speakers: Elene Lam, Lindsay Jennings, John Clarke, Lyndon George
Moderator: jasleen kaur johal

In the context of an unjust colonial legal and political system, justice means more than state-funded lawyers representing individuals in courts or tribunals. It requires a challenge to those systems. In this panel we will hear from community organizers experienced in fighting towards a just society. They will share their insights on how lawyers, legal workers and legal aid systems can support the work of social movements in building community power and transforming society. They will also share perspectives on what values should shape radical legal practice, and what approaches and attitudes work or don’t work in empowering communities.

2:45 PM – Visions of Visionaries

Confirmed Speakers: Golta Shahidi, Jackie Esmonde, Swathi Sekhar
Moderator: Sharry Aiken

Building a sustainable legal aid system may feel unimaginable due to our current political climate, but it is in our power. It always has been. The first step is to imagine. If we shed the strictures of our current legal aid system, how would we replace it? What tools could we use to make the justice system serve marginalized communities? Join our panel of visionary legal workers as they share their ideal modes of legal aid and legal service delivery, and help them envision how we could get there.

4 PM – What’s next for Legal Aid? How do we defend it?

Confirmed Speakers: Aidan Macdonald, Michele Leering, Sang-Hun Mun
Moderators: Sheru Abdulhusein

The focus of this panel is addressing the immediate existential threat to Ontario’s legal aid system. We hope to generate an exchange of ideas about what has been done, what is currently being done, and future actions we can take to stop the cuts and prevent further butchery of legal aid. This panel will provide a space for members who work in different sectors and areas of law to collaborate, share information, and draw from each other’s activities to devise new ways forward.

The attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in an interactive photography project intended to facilitate reflection about access to justice throughout the conference.

CPD: 3 substantive hours (Professionalism/EDI accreditation pending).

Resisting Ford: Legal Strategies and Beyond

LUO 2018 Mini-Conference and AGM

November 17, 2018
Friends House, 60 Lowther Ave, Toronto

Registration – 12:30-1:00

Keynote – 1:00-1:30
-Knia Singh

Civil Rights Panel -1:30-2:45
-Nicolas Rouleau (Notwithstanding Clause)
-Jessica Cassell (Free Speech)
-Vanessa Gray (Indigenous Rights/Sovereignty)

Workshops 3:00-4:30
-Anti-Oppression Training
-Mindfulness and the Law
-Legal Observer Training

Social Justice/Equality Panel 4:45-6:00
-Mika Imai (Sex Education)
-Jackie Esmonde (Social Assistance)
-David Bush (Workers’ Rights)
-Jen Ko (Safe Injection Sites)

Dinner 6:00-7:00

AGM 7:00 – 8:30 –

After-Party – 8:30 – Midnight
-Gabby’s Bar and Grill, 192 Bloor St West

CPD – 5 Substantive Hours (Professionalism Hours pending)

Cost – $20-70 – Pay What You Can –
Students and Community Members Free

Workshops are capped and will be available for sign-up at registration (first-come-first-served)

Childcare from 1PM-6PM. Activities for children available during AGM (7:00-8:30PM)

Registration on-site starting at 12:30. LUO Annual Memberships can also be renewed

Please refrain from wearing scents to make the space more accessible.

Questions? email

2017 Annual General Meeting

When: Thursday October 26

Time: doors at 6:00, meeting at 6:30

Location: Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street, Toronto

Light refreshments will be provided. Following the AGM we will proceed to the Free Times Cafe at 230 College Street for the after-party.

We request that participants refrain from wearing scents.

Please contact if you require any accomodations

For many of us, the AGM is when we renew our Law Union memberships. We will have membership forms available at the AGM. If, unfortunately, you cannot make it to this year’s AGM, you are welcome to renew your membership online at

We are looking forward to seeing you there!