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PBSC Prepares to Flip Our Wigs for Justice on March 6th!

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Left to right: Treasurer Thomas G. Conway, Law Society of Upper Canada; Executive Director Wendy Komiotis, Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children; and Dean Lorne Sossin, Osgoode Hall Law School wear colourful wigs.

Ontario justice leaders and community prepare for ‘Flip Your Wig for Justice’, an awareness campaign in support of access to justice on March 6, 2014. Left to right: Treasurer Thomas G. Conway, Law Society of Upper Canada; Executive Director Wendy Komiotis, Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children; and Dean Lorne Sossin, Osgoode Hall Law School (CNW Group/Flip Your Wig for Justice)

Originally posted on CNW, Feb. 27, 2014

The countdown to Flip Your Wig for Justice is on, as members of the justice community and public prepare to “flip their wigs” on March 6, 2014 to spark dialogue about Canada’s access to justice crisis and raise funds to support non-profit organizations committed to providing resources and access to legal support in Ontario.

2014 marks Flip Your Wig for Justice’s first year, an awareness and pledge-based fundraising campaign founded by seven non-profit organizations across Ontario. Members of the justice community and public can now register for the campaign as a participant or in teams and begin collecting donations by visiting flipyourwigforjustice.ca. Participants are encouraged to wear a traditional judicial or wacky wig on March 6, 2014, marking the day Ontarians took action for access to justice.

“The access to justice crisis in Canada needs to be addressed within the halls of courtrooms, classrooms, boardrooms and around the dinner table,” says Treasurer Thomas G Conway, Law Society of Upper Canada. “Flip Your Wig for Justice, happening March 6, 2014, is a great way to raise awareness of the urgent need to improve access to justice for all Canadians.”

The “big wigs” endorsing this campaign include the Law Foundation of Ontario, Law Society Treasurer Thomas Conway, Deans of all Ontario Law Schools, Humber College’s School of Community Services and law firms including Dentons Canada LLP, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Sack Goldblatt Mitchell, Paliare Roland, McCarthy Tetrault, Weir Foulds and Westlaw, a division of Carswell.

Canada’s Access to Justice Crisis

  • Of the 12 million Canadians who will experience a legal dispute or injustice in a given three year period, 65% believe nothing can be done with respect to their legal problems.
  • Almost 40% of people with one or more legal problems reported having other social or health related issues that they directly attributed to a justiciable problem.
  • Statistics indicate that individuals who receive legal assistance are between 17% and 1,380% more likely to receive better results than those who do not.

How to Flip Your Wig

  1. Wear a traditional judicial or wacky wig on March 6, 2014, marking the day Ontarians took action for access to justice. Visit flipyourwigforjustice.ca to register as a participant or team and begin collecting donations.
  2. Make a direct donation to a registered participant or team on the website or offline. Donations are eligible for a charitable tax receipt.
  3. Join the conversation on Twitter (twitter.com/FlipWig, #FlipYourWig), Facebook (facebook.com/FlipYourWigforJustice) and Instagram (instagram.com/flipwig).

The seven founding non-profit organizations are: Association in the Defense of the Wrongly Convicted (AIDWYC);Canadian Civil Liberties Association Education Trust (CCLA); Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO); The Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children (METRAC); Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN/ROEJ); Pro Bono Law Ontario (PBLO); and Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC).

About Flip Your Wig for Justice
Flip Your Wig for Justice is an awareness and pledge-based fundraising campaign in support of access to justice inOntario. Flip Your Wig for Justice was founded by seven non-profit organizations all committed to improving access to justice by raising awareness, providing resources, and access to legal support. By March 6, 2014, register, donate, or sponsor a Flip Your Wig for Justice participant or team by visiting flipyourwigforjustice.ca.

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