A Spotlight on Expanding Engagement Lecture: The Promise of Justice and Health Partnerships

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By Erin Wolfson, Community Engagement Specialist, Division of Social Accountability, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan  

The College of Medicine was delighted to be a part of the Second Annual Saskatchewan Access to Justice Week! On October 18th, 2017 at noon in the College of Law, we had the pleasure of co-coordinating the lecture, Expanding Engagement: Creating Connections Between Delivery of Justice and Health Service, delivered by Michelle Leering, Executive Director of the Community Advocacy and Legal Centre in Belleville, Ontario. Michelle spoke about the promise of justice and health partnerships, and the vital role justice and health partnerships have to play in increasing access to justice in Saskatchewan. As Michelle described, justice and health partnerships have emerged as a holistic and proactive approach to address intersecting health and justice issues, the social determinants of health and health disparities in communities. While such partnerships are commonly seen in the United States and Australia, justice and health partnerships are only just beginning to appear in Canada, with one excellent example being the Rural Justice and Health Partnerships Project founded by Michelle in Ontario.

The lecture helped to continue the dialogue that began at the College of Law’s Dean’s Forum on Access to Justice and Dispute Resolution in March of this year. On March 1st, 2017, the College of Law hosted their Fifth Annual Dean’s Forum on Access to Justice and Dispute Resolution. Again, the College of Medicine participated as one of the topics centered on expanding engagement between justice and health services here in Saskatchewan. Three common themes arose during the meeting: (i) the focus of all collaborations should be benefits to patients or clients; (ii) more research must be done regarding all connections between health and justice and the types of collaborations best able to serve patients and clients; and (iii) the interdisciplinary education of students and active professionals should be prioritized. The group also identified key goals/principles and options for steps moving forward, which can be viewed here.

We hope to continue the collaboration between the College of Medicine and the College of Law with events in the future and would like to extend a special thanks to the 60 + people in attendance from both justice and health sectors – faculty, practitioners, students and administrators. We look forward to what we might see in terms of future interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaborations here in Saskatchewan. We hope this is just the beginning and look forward to many more conversations to come.

This lecture was made possible by the Office of the Vice-President Research Visiting Lecture Fund at the University of Saskatchewan, with support from CREATE Justice, and the Division of Social Accountability, College of Medicine.

Photo credit: Pro Bono Students Canada – Saskatchewan

Announcing SK A2J Week Events for the Public

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By Brea Lowenberger
Access To Justice Coordinator & Director of CREATE Justice, University of Saskatchewan, College of Law

Legal Sourcery is home to Saskatchewan Access to Justice Week announcements and highlights. In the days leading up to the week, we are announcing events that may be of interest to the public, lawyers, members of disciplines outside of law, and law students.

Today’s post highlights events that (i) invite the public to participate in a conversation on how to improve access to justice, or (ii) provide information for the public on resources and services that can be accessed which aim to improve access to justice for Saskatchewan residents.

MON. OCT. 16

Town Hall on the Future of Legal Services Provision in Saskatchewan (Saskatoon)
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“Spin for Access to Justice” Fundraiser* – Registration required
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Town Hall on the Future of Legal Services Provision in Saskatchewan (Regina)
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WED. OCT. 18

Lecture on Expanding Engagement: Creating Connections Between Delivery of Justice and Health Services with Michele Leering – Registration required
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Free Legal Resource Fair

  1. Tradeshow
  2. McKercher Lecture Series Presents “How can your library help you access legal information?” with Janet Freeman
  3. Walk-in Family Law Information Clinic

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FRI. OCT. 20

SALI Conference Keynote Public Lecture on,Legal Information, Legal Advice, and Access to Justice – The Distinction as it is Understood in the United States” with John Greacen
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Join the conversation!
Visit for more information and registration details for select events.

We want to hear from you!  Share your access to justice ideas, work, announcements, photos, reports on social media using the hashtag #SKA2J2017.


Control  in the Age of Information

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Ron Kruzeniski
Saskatchewan Information and Privacy Commissioner

Each year, Canada recognizes Right to Know Week. This year that is September 25th to 29th. In particular September 28th is designated Right to Know Day. To recognize this, the Canadian Bar Association, The Regina Public Library and the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner have invited David Common, host of CBC “World report” and  co-host on Marketplace to speak. He will speak on “Control  in the Age of Information” On Thursday, September 28th at 4:00 pm. For details see poster below:


Free Family Law Assistance Clinics at Moose Jaw Today

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On the first Thursday of the month, free family law clinics for the public will be held at the Court of Queens Bench in Moose Jaw from 1:30 to 3:30:

  • Are you applying to court for child support, custody/access or divorce?
  • Do you need help with the court forms and process?
  • Do you wonder if you have options to going to court?

You can get help with your questions, and to use the court forms available on Family Law Saskatchewan (PLEA).

There is no cost to attend and no registration is required.

More information: Moose Jaw Sessions

Family Law Assistance Clinics, Regina

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The Family Law Information Centre will be offering free family law assistance sessions for the public every Wednesday morning between 9:30 – 11:30 starting September 6. If you answer ‘yes’ to any of the following questions, drop in for free assistance at the Regina branch of the Law Society Library:

  • Are you applying to court for child support, custody/access or divorce?
  • Do you need help with court forms or the process?
  • Do you wonder if you have options other than going to court?

We can help answer your questions, and use the court forms available on Family Law Saskatchewan (PLEA).


In Case You Missed It – Panel Discussion on Technology and the Changing Legal Landscape

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

On June 15th, the Law society hosted esteemed practitioners from across Canada for a CPD panel discussion on Technology and the Changing Legal Landscape. Speakers included:

  • Fred Headon, Assistant General Counsel, Labour & Employment, Air Canada
  • Karen Dyck, Executive Director, Manitoba Law Foundation
  • Dan Pinnington, Vice Presidents, Claims Prevention & Stakeholder Relations, LAWPRO
Left to right: Dan Pinnington, Karen Dyck, Fred Headon, and Craig Zawada (moderator)

If you missed it, the recorded version still qualifies for 2 ethics CPD hours. To order the recorded version of the webinar, please contact Linda Euteneier (CPD Administrator) at (306) 569-8242 or

Please also see the CPD website for a listing of other available recorded versions of webinar or seminar materials.