Day: October 26, 2018

Convention Refugees and Protected Persons: Access to LARC Services

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Joint Media Release by CLASSIC and International Women of Saskatoon (IWS)

International Women of Saskatoon (IWS), the organization that manages and operates the Language Assessment and Referral Centre (LARC) Saskatchewan Program, would like to announce that the Canadian Language Benchmarks Placement Test (CLB-PT) and Canadian Language Benchmarks Literacy Placement Test (CLB-LPT) are now available to Convention Refugees and Protected Persons residing within the province.
IWS has clarified its mandate in an example of collaboration with CLASSIC Inc. (Community Legal Assistance Services for Saskatoon Inner City Inc.) and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). IWS, through the LARC-Sask. Program, now offers placement testing to Convention Refugees and Protected Persons. This is particularly exciting given the vulnerability of Convention Refugees and Protected Persons who are not yet Permanent Residents. This opportunity to access placement testing means that Protected Persons and Convention Refugees now, after completing the testing, will be able to access free language courses paid for by the Government of Canada thereby making it easier to enter the workforce and more fully participate in life in Canada.
Any Convention Refugees and Protected Persons residing in Saskatoon, Regina or elsewhere in the province, who wish to improve their English-language skills should contact IWS to register for the LARC Program.

Seven Ways the Law Society Library is Improving Access to Justice

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By Alan Kilpatrick, Reference Librarian

It is widely recognized that access to justice is inadequate and legal services are becoming increasingly inaccessible.  Fortunately, libraries across Canada are working together to improve access to legal information and create solutions to the barriers self-represented litigants face.

What are we doing at the Law Society of Saskatchewan Library?  In the past four years, the Law Society Library has participated in a multitude of innovative access to legal information partnerships with justice, community, and library stakeholders.  As an accessible source of legal information and an access to justice entry point, we:

  1. Are a founding partner of the Saskatchewan Access to Legal Information Project
  2. Provide the public with legal information assistance
  3. Host weekly family law clinics
  4. Provide Pro Bono Law and CLASSIC lawyers with free legal research assistance
  5. Teach public librarians in Saskatchewan how to provide legal information
  6. Teach self represented litigants about legal research at the Regina Public Library’s Legal Resource Fair
  7. Have doubled the coverage of Saskatchewan case law on CanLII

Click here to learn more about what the Law Society Library is actively doing to improve access to legal information and justice in Saskatchewan:

Do you participate in access to legal information and justice initiatives?  Post a link or picture on Twitter using the hashtags #SKA2J and #SKA2J2018.