Image: METRAC team members “flipping their wigs” for justice at the launch event
On January 8, we celebrated the launch of Flip Your Wig for Justice, a campaign to promote access to justice in Ontario led by METRAC and five other non-profit partners (Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted, Canadian Civil Liberties Association, Community Legal Education Ontario, Ontario Justice Education Network and Pro Bono Students Canada).
Dean Lorne Sossin of Osgoode Hall Law School (pictured above), one of the campaign’s many notable Ambassadors and supporters, presented at the launch event at the Law Society of Upper Canada. He addressed the need for public action on this often unrecognized problem – only a small fraction of legal problems reaches the justice system because most Canadians can’t afford legal assistance, but statistics show how important legal assistance is in getting better results. For women and youth experiencing violence and other community members in dire circumstances, this reality severely increases their vulnerability and traps them in dangerous situations.
There’s a unique appeal to an initiative like Flip Your Wig for Justice. Far from abstractions and simple awareness-raising, it’s profoundly practical. Are you concerned that Ontarians can’t afford justice? Then give your money and support to six long-standing organizations that help people know their rights and get the legal assistance they need.
Lend your efforts right now by signing up to “flip your wig” on the main campaign day, February 26, or by donating to the cause directly. Visit the Flip Your Wig for Justice website to learn more and connect via social media.