Welcome to CLEO's PLExchange Digest!

Happy spring from CLEO's PLE Learning Exchange! Here are some highlights from our work over the past few months.


What's new from CLEO 


New resource for community workers 

We recently released Module 2 of our PLE Toolbox, "Developing content". Intended to help community workers and agencies prepare public legal education and information (PLE) materials, it's full of writing and design tips for print and online formats. It also includes a series of handy checklists.  

Last year, we launched the PLE Toolbox to share tools and resources about good PLE practices. Module 1 of the Toolbox, "How to help your clients", provides tips and checklists on various aspects of finding good legal information.

Stay tuned for Module 3, "Training community workers and leaders", in autumn 2016. 

New research report 

Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) recently released a new report, Public Legal Education and Information in Ontario: Learning from a Snapshot. We researched the availability of legal information materials in Ontario, and offered several recommendations to extend the reach and availability of legal information.


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Our top three PLExchange blog posts  

  • Pinballs no more
    Guest author Robert Routh joined us to tell us about an award-winning interagency referral initative
  • Next steps to legal health
    Guest author Dr. Ab Currie joined us with an update on the progress of a "legal health check" project in southwestern Ontario. 
  • Build on this and take it deeper: reflections on a libraries and justice partnership event
    Guest author Sabreena Delhon joined us to share her reflections on an event that brought library staff and legal professionals together to brainstorm ways to improve the flow of legal information to rural and remote communities. 


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New and notable additions to our research database

Looking for research on reaching people with legal information, or new thinking on current issues in PLE and access to justice? Below, you'll see some of the latest additions to our research database. Or, you can check out the whole searchable database


Legal Health Check online portal for community workers: Project Report June 2015
This report describes an Australian project which led to the establishment of an online suite of "legal health check" tools designed to help community workers identify their clients' legal needs. 

An evaluation of the Clicklaw wikibook "JP Boyd on Family Law": final report
This report evaluated a wikibook produced for Courthouse Libraries BC.

Paths to Justice and the Resolution of Consumer Problems: Findings from the 2014 Everyday Legal Problems and the Costs of Civil Justice in Canada National Survey
This report outlines the findings of a comprehensive five-year legal needs study that focused on the steps people do and don't take to deal with consumer law problems. 


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Connecting Communities update


Since our last digest, two new Connecting Communities training project have been developed and have received approval from the Law Foundation of Ontario:
  • A project led by South East Grey Support Services will train community leaders and front line workers at developmental service agencies. The training will focus on the Ontario Disability Support Program and on tenants' rights, and will be delivered by videoconference via the Ontario Telemedicine Network so that users from different locations can participate.
  • A project led by The Table Community Food Centre will train front line workers and college students on tenant and housing rights. Training will be delivered using an innovative technique called the “Homelessness Maze”, which will allow participants to experience the kinds of legal issues that many low-income people face. 


A fresh look for Connecting Communities

Connecting Communities is pleased to announce the launch of its new web pages on the PLE Learning Exchange. We've streamlined the content and navigation on the pages to make it easier to find information and resources.

We've also added a new tool - a searchable Training materials database - to help community workers find legal information and training materials developed by Connecting projects. And, there's now a closed captioned version of our video that describes Connecting Communities in a nutshell.

Please stop by and take a look - and stay tuned for more new content in the months to come!


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May 2016


CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario / Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
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