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Reading this do you think a lawyer or the Attorney General would argue for a persons Constitution Human Rights

Law Society voices support for sustainable legal aid Excerpt from

Tuesday, February 13 Organization: Release: Law Society of Upper Canada TORONTO, Feb. 12 /CNW/ - The Treasurer of the Law Society of Upper
Canada, Gavin MacKenzie, today expressed the Law Society's continuing concern over the need

for a well-funded and sustainable system of legal aid

in Ontario. "We believe that the right of vulnerable citizens to legal assistance is an important
component of the administration of justice in a free and democratic society," the Treasurer said. "Since the Ontario Legal Aid Plan was founded in 1967, the Law Society has recognized that legal aid should be considered a right, not a charitable gift, and that individuals

are equal before the law

if they are assured the option of legal representation."
"More than a million Ontarians benefit from Legal Aid Ontario every year, many of them through our excellent clinic system", he added. "Legal aid also helps many vulnerable Ontarians with family law, criminal law, workers' compensation, immigration, landlord-tenant and other legal issues." But there are still many thousands of individuals in Ontario who cannot afford legal services and do not qualify for support from the system. The income threshold is far too low - if you earn just over $13,000 a year you are too rich to

qualify for legal aid. We are alarmed by the dramatic increase in the number of people who try to represent themselves in court without the benefit of legal representation or advice about their

Others simply give up their right to a fair hearing. For all of these people, access to justice is denied."

What Ontario lawyers perceived in the 1920s, what the Joint Committee expressed in the
1960s, and what many people experience first-hand in Ontario courts every day, is that

individuals are equal before the law only if they are assured
the option of representation by counsel. In a democratic society, everyone should be able to participate fully in society and

have their rights protected.

Canada has an adversarial justice system that anticipates two roughly equal parties

presenting their cases before a judge in a court of law. What happens if there is an imbalance of power between the two parties?
When an Ontarian cannot afford to hire a lawyer, an imbalance of power exists, especially

when the state is one of the parties,

as in criminal law and child protection cases. Legal aid attempts to correct

this imbalance by providing low-income individuals with legal representation. The legal aid system contributes to ensuring the potential for equal protection and benefit of the law for the poor and disadvantaged in our society.

15. (1) Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law

without discrimination
and, in particular,

without discrimination
based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability. Posted on Line

religious freedom . . . a second-hand right
Ontario can look at modern and innovative ways to cut costs in parallel public and Catholic school systems without ending $7 billion in funding for separate schools, says Education Minister Laurel Broten. Her comments came Wednesday as the Green Party and others called for an end to the financial support after the Roman Catholic Church objected to parts of an anti-bullying bill designed to protect gay and lesbian students. The elephant in the room, public funding of Catholic schools, has become so destructive to fundamental rights and equality its impossible to ignore, said Justin Trottier of the Centre for Inquiry, a secular humanist group and registered charity. But Broten and Finance Minister Dwight Duncan insisted that there are no plans to reconsider the funding as the minority Liberal government struggles to eliminate a $15 billion annual deficit. We are not willing to embark on a conversation with respect to seeing an end to Catholic education, which is constitutionally protected, Broten told reporters. We havent looked at that, added Duncan, who noted retired TD Bank economist Don Drummond also did not examine it in his March report on Ontarios cash crunch. Broten said there are other ways to save money, such as the new joint Catholic and public St. Basil/Walter Gretzky elementary school that opened in Brantford in January, easing overcrowding at two nearby schools. Putting two schools in one building saved money on design, construction and other costs as the mirror image institutions share a library, computers and a gym, Broten said. Thats a good example of a modern conversation we can have.

Ontario Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner said Newfoundland and Quebec used constitutional amendments to end denominational school funding. He estimated Ontario could save up to $1.5 billion a year by moving to a single, secular public school regime, and put the money into classrooms instead of administration. The constitutional means are there. Its a matter of do we have the political will to actually have the conversation going forward, said Schreiner, who was raised a Catholic. In 1867, Catholics were a persecuted minority that needed to be protected, he added. I dont feel persecuted. I dont think the reasons that existed 150 years ago exist today. Trottier who was behind controversial bus ads three years ago that proclaimed Theres probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life said the Catholic funding arrangement has reached a breaking point. Cardinal Thomas Collins, president of the Assembly of Bishops of Ontario, accused Broten of making religious freedom . . . a second-hand right with an amendment to her anti-bullying bill requiring Catholic schools to allow students to form anti-homophobia clubs with the word gay in the name. After those remarks, Premier Dalton McGuinty, who is also a Catholic, reminded Collins that the provincial government, not any church, runs education in Ontario and that children need to be respected for who they are.

I am accountable to all faiths. I am accountable to people of no faith, the premier said. May 31 2012 Franky Posts Premier you will immediately cut religious school funding or immediately structure and fund an Anti-religious school system May 31 2012 Franky gets arrested An important part of the Crown's - and thus the Attorney General's - responsibility in conducting criminal prosecutions is associated with the responsibility to represent the public interest which includes not only the community as a whole and the victim, but also the accused. The Crown has a distinct responsibility to the court to present all the credible evidence available.

RUN Responsibly Unaccountable Nuances Attorney General, guardian of the public interest 13. (1) The Attorney General for Ontario shall serve as the guardian of the public interest in all matters within the scope of this Act or having to do in any way with the practice of law in Ontario or the provision of legal services in Ontario, and for this purpose he or she may at any time require the production of any document or thing pertaining to the affairs of the Society. R.S.O. 1990, c. L.8, s. 13 (1); 1998, c. 21, s. 7 (1); 2006, c. 21, Sched. C, s. 13. Admissions (2) No admission of any person in any document or thing produced under subsection (1) is admissible in evidence against that person in any proceedings other than proceedings under this Act. R.S.O. 1990, c. L.8, s. 13 (2); 1998, c. 21, s. 7 (2). Protection of Minister (3) No person who is or has been the Attorney General for Ontario is subject to any proceedings of the Society or to any penalty imposed under this Act for anything done by him or her while exercising the functions of such office. R.S.O. 1990, c. L.8, s. 13 (3); 1998, c. 21, s. 7 (3). Much More

31. Nothing in this Charter extends the legislative powers of any body or authority 32. (1) This Charter applies (a) to the Parliament and government of Canada in respect of all matters within the authority of Parliament including all matters relating to the Yukon Territory and Northwest Territories; and (b) to the legislature and government of each province in respect of all matters within the authority of the legislature of each province.

Rule of Law The Rule of law in its most basic form is no one is above the law. Perhaps the most important application of the rule of law is the principle that governmental authority is legitimately exercised only in accordance with, publicly disclosed laws, adopted and enforced in accordance with established procedural steps that are referred to as due process. The rule of law is hostile to dictatorship and to anarchy. According to modern Anglo-American thinking, hallmarks of adherence to the rule of law commonly include

a clear separation of powers,

legal certainty,
the principle of legitimate expectation and equality of all before the law. The concept is not without controversy, and it has been said that "the phrase the rule of law has become meaningless thanks to ideological abuse and general over- use" GO POE General Over-use Proclamations Only Elusivity publicly disclosed laws 52. (1) The Constitution of Canada is the supreme law of Canada, and any law that is inconsistent with the provisions of the Constitution is, to the extent of the inconsistency,

of no force or effect.