June 21, 2022 – Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day!

Our office will be closed on June 21, 2022 so that our staff can participate in National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations. We encourage folks in Waterloo Region, Guelph-Wellington Region and the City of Mississauga to take part in some of these events!

Our clinic is situated on the traditional lands of‎ the Anishnawbe, Haudenosaunee, and Neutral peoples and we thank them for allowing us to do our work on their traditional lands. Miigwetch!

June 21, 2021 is the national 26th Anniversary celebrating the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples across Canada. Although these groups share many similarities, they each have their own distinct heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs. We encourage everyone to join events as well!
In cooperation with Indigenous organizations, the Government of Canada chose June 21 (the summer solstice) to celebrate National Indigenous Day. For generations, many Indigenous peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on this day due to it being the longest day of the year. National Indigenous Peoples Day (originally called National Aboriginal Day) was announced in 1996 (the same year the last Residential School was closed.)

September 17, 2021 – Basic Income Now Lunch & Learn

WRCLS is pleased to offer a free introduction lunch & learn session on Restorative Justice. Restorative Justice incorporates approaches using a set of principles to respond to harm in a holistic way. This virtual session will briefly discuss formal restorative mediation processes while incorporating Indigenous values, beliefs and traditions.This lunch & learn session will be presented by Waterloo Region Community Legal Services’ Indigenous Justice Coordinator Luane Roberts and Restorative Justice Consultant Garth Bell.

For more information and registration:

September 16, 2021 – Basic Income Now Lunch & Learn

Thank you to those who attended our lunch & learn and thank you to the panelists for presenting!

Waterloo Region Community Legal Services & Basic Income Waterloo Region presented this lunch & learn session discussing what Basic Income is in preparation for the upcoming 2021 Canadian election. This lunch and learn session discussed the federal parties’ platforms for this program with panelists Kristen Thompson, Caterina Lindman, Andrea Kauppinen & Carol Stalker.

The video recording for this session can be found here on WRCLS’ Youtube page.
If you would like to download the Powerpoint slides, please find them here.

August 31, 2021

Federal Election 2021 Participation Guide by ISAC (Income Security Advocacy Centre)

Date News Article
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July 27, 2021Cambridge pledges $15K for tiny home research
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June 1, 2021You can now apply for a permit to build a tiny home in Kitchener
May 18, 2021Advocates urge Ontario to address housing crises in upcoming budget
May 14, 2021Renoviction displaces low-income earners, disabled and racialized people from K-W homes: report
April 28, 2021Ontario details plan for 3 paid sick days after a year of mounting pressure
April 22, 2021Ontario is finally considering paid sick days. As doctors, these are the details we want to see in the plan
April 21, 2021Ontario government plans ‘imminent’ announcement on enhancements to paid sick day program
April 11, 2021Waterloo regional police investigating acts of hate online against trans community
April 8, 2021Report hate incidents online, by phone, text or WhatsApp with new portal
April 6, 20212021 Ontario Budget: ISAC response and analysis
April 5, 2021Trans workshop hit with hateful ‘zoom bombing’
February 17, 2021Kitchener is the 8th most expensive city to rent in Canada: report
January 4, 2021Evictions during pandemic could increase spread of COVID-19: Waterloo region lawyer