Winds of Change – Aug 2nd 2012 – The fight for Legal Aid funding, Woodwynn Farms and Camp Compassion

Paul Pearson is one of many lawyers who chose to study law because he cares about justice.  In 2010 a Public Commission on Legal Aid travelled throughout the province and found that “the Legal Aid system is failing to meet even the most basic needs of British Columbians.”  In 2011, a number of lawyers expressed their concern through work action, and by wearing light blue ribbons into the courtrooms.  In the first half, Paul speaks about the need for legal aid to help low income people gain access to the justice system, some of legal aid’s history, and some implications of  the federal crime bill recently passed.  In the second half, Richard LeBlanc from the Woodwynn Farms Therapeutic Community talks about their challenges attempting to provide safe and transitional housing for homeless individuals, some of the farm’s successes including a Saturday market featuring local products and vegetables, and how people can get involved to help.

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About Janine Bandcroft

The Winds of Change airs every other Thursday 11-noon from CFUV listener supported radio in Victoria, on the unceded lands of the Coast Salish peoples. You can listen live anytime at cfuv.ca (it's a great station) and if you're able, we'd really appreciate if you contribute (even 5 bucks) to our annual funding drive.
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