Author Archives: Sarah Eadie

About Sarah Eadie

LL.B. (U of A), M.A. (U of A), B.A. (McGill). Sarah Eadie is a staff lawyer at the Edmonton Community Legal Centre, where she is part of a team of lawyers who practice poverty law in the area of civil litigation. Prior to her work at the ECLC, Sarah worked as a criminal defence barrister. She has a strong interest in poverty law, particularly in the areas of access to justice, human rights, and employment law including the rights of migrant and temporary foreign workers.

Making a List and Checking it Twice: Barriers to Access to Justice

Here’s a link to a SLAW post by Manitoba lawyer Karen Dyck: http://www.slaw.ca/2016/03/23/making-a-list-barriers-to-access-to-justice/ In this blog post, the writer presents an itemized list of “barriers that stand between ordinary people with legal problems and their effective access to justice,” but … Continue reading

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Repost from ABlawg: Status of Women Deputy Minister Visits the University of Calgary

This is a repost of University of Calgary Professor Jennifer Koshan’s recently published wishlist of matters for the new provincial Status of Women Ministry (together with the Ministry of Justice) to address. http://ablawg.ca/2016/01/15/status-of-women-deputy-minister-visits-the-university-of-calgary-a-wish-list/ A suggestion of key interest to us … Continue reading

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Repost from Richard Zorza’s Access to Justice Blog: New York Making Big Progress on Multi-Lingual Court Orders

Please find below a link to a post from accesstojustice.net, authored by internationally-renowned access to justice expert Richard Zorza. In it, Mr. Zorza, who coordinates the (American) national Self Represented Litigation Network, comments on the compliance and efficiency benefits of … Continue reading

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Online Self-Help Resources No Panacea for Access to Justice Crisis

Co-Authored by Sarah Eadie and Kaila Eadie Online, plain language, self-help resources are commonly touted as important tools in our efforts to increase access to justice. British Columbia has created a web portal (Clicklaw), designed to be the primary electronic … Continue reading

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Employment Standards Appeals Are Lengthy and Difficult, Yet Meant to Protect the Vulnerable: Case Comment on 639299 Alberta Ltd v Meganathan

This post comments on a recent Employment Standards Umpire decision, 639299 Alberta Ltd v Meganathan, 2013 CanLII 87001 [Bistro India], which was unusual in that it required seven days of hearing. The employer, a numbered company which operated a restaurant, … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Panhandling and Robbery: A Response to McKay-Panos’ ABlawg Post of January 18, 2013

Two weeks ago, ABlawg.ca published an interesting case comment by Linda McKay-Panos on a recent Alberta Court of Appeal decision clarifying the distinction between aggressive panhandling and robbery. McKay-Panos examines the Court’s reasoning and findings, and concludes that the line … Continue reading

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A Summary of Free Client-Ready Legal Resources in Alberta

There are many occasions when poverty law advocates, including lawyers, would benefit from written legal information to provide to clients: for example, when they meet clients with several presenting issues, but can address only 1 or 2; or just to … Continue reading

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