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Welcome to our community page. Don Valley Community Legal Services actively participates in a variety of community activities, public legal education workshops, trainings, and community networking tables. One key component that allows members to be self-empowered is knowledge of what is happening around them. This page will allow us to share with you what is happening in our community. We will post information on local law reform campaigns, and information about our clinic including our Annual General Meeting. If you wish to be on our mailing list, please sign our Membership form.

Included are links to a community calendar for the Flemingdon – Thorncliffe Park area and for the City of Toronto.

For Legal Advice please call our Legal Advice Telephone Line – 416-441-1764, ext 36 – on leaving your information you will receive a return call within 24 business hours.  We will not provide legal advice through this email contact.  For all community connections, workshop and public legal education information or membership, please contact our office or email us at info@donvalleylegal.ca.


Legal Resources during COVID-19

Steps to Justice website offered by Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) will provide updates to necessary legal information – follow the link https://stepstojustice.ca/covid-19#.XnUEZcHc3aE.link

COVID 19 Tip Sheets for Housing and Social Assistance

Thank You to Scarborough Community Legal Services; Clinique juridique de Prescott et Russell; and the HIV & Aids Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO) for providing 1 page Tip Sheets to help us navigate housing and social assistance For Tenants: Tenant-Tip-Sheet-COVID-19 – Tenant Tip Sheet – French :  Ce-que-les-locataires-doivent-savoir-COVID-19 For Social Assistance: HALCO_ODSP-OW Emergency Benefit_11May2020 (1)

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Woodgreen Newcomer Programs & Services

Woodgreen Newcomer Program invites you to join them Wednesday May 20, 2020 from 2 to 3 pm for a Webinar “Using Mindfulness to Promote Wellness and Relieve Stress”.    Presented by Ellen Katz, Phd., MSW, RSW, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream at the Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto – A Computer is not required –

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Ontario Government Extends Emergency Measures

May 6th, 2020 – New Provincial Announcement Current Information on Essential Businesses:   https://www.ontario.ca/page/list-essential-workplaces Frequently Asked Questions: https://www.ontario.ca/page/frequently-asked-questions-about-essential-businesses

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Free Online Webinars of Interest -housing, immigration, employment

Federation of Metro Tenants – Tenant School Registration -Joeita@torontotenants.org Free online workshops for tenants on their rights under the law. Workshops will be delivered over Zoom. Invitations will be sent out the night before. You do not have to attend all the workshops. Please email Joeita@torontotenants.org to sign up (clicking on Facebook won’t register you,

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Toronto – Ontario Works – 3 Offices Open

Emergency Financial Assistance Applications for Ontario Works financial assistance will continue online  and through the City’s Application and Support Centre from Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. The Application and Support Centre will be accessible by phone only: 416-338-8888;   1-888-465-4478 (toll free) Currently receiving Financial Assistance –

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Video – Housing Protections during COVID-19

Thank you to West Scarborough Community Legal Services for providing their 12 minute video – Housing Protections during COVID-19 COVID-19: Housing Protection for Tenants –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tM6nZJc7DE  

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Thorncliffe and Flemingdon Park Response to COVID 19

DEAR COMMUNITY MEMBERS: TNO and local health authorities are suggesting everyone in Thorncliffe and Flemingdon wear face coverings when they leave their home. So in addition to all standard measures of protecting yourself (washing hands, social distancing, cleaning commonly used surfaces in your home and building, etc.), we are encouraging all persons to wear a cloth mask or any other fabric to cover their mouth and nose (for example: scarves,

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Paying Rent During COVID-19

Paying the Rent during COVID-19 . Despite COVID-19, tenants are still contractually obligated to pay their rent, and landlords are still legally entitled to serve notices of termination on their tenants for non-payment of rent. If you are losing income due to COVID-19 and are unable to pay all or some of your rent,

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COVID 19 Resources

Where to look for Up to Date and Trusted Information: City of Toronto https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/ Social Planning Toronto https://www.socialplanningtoronto.org/covid_19_resources        

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Clinic Response to COVID 19

DON VALLEY COMMUNITY LEGAL SERVICES RE: March 11, 2020: World Health Organization declares the Coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic The novel-coronavirus, COVID 19, has been declared a global pandemic. The Health Agency of Canada, working closely with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Toronto Public Health, has provided public health measures (PHM) to minimize serious illness and overall deaths in Canada and to minimize societal disruption among Canadians.

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