The Evolving Legal Services Research Project

How can public legal education and information help Canadians get justice in our legal system? With the demand for publicly-funded or low-cost legal services far exceeding the supply, public legal education and information (PLEI) is filling an increasingly larger role in meeting the legal needs of people with modest means. Yet we know relatively little about how PLEI can help people deal with their legal problems. examines the effectiveness of PLEI in helping low- and modest-income people address their legal problems.

Accounting for policy transfer in Canadian asylum policy, 1999-2012

In the context of the intern’s postdoctoral project, the research project aims to examine the correlation between the restrictiveness of a reform and the likeliness of its transfer using the IMPALA database. To this aim, the intern, after having received appropriate training, will incorporate the relevant regulatory framework in the International Migration Policy and Law Analysis (IMPALA) database. The IMPALA database includes a wider range of regulatory documents than existing databases, with primary and secondary legislation, administrative directives and relevant case law.

Implementing A Community Model of Policing: A Case Study of Change

Over the past several years, serious concern has emerged in many Western nations over the future and sustainability of public policing. The situation in Canada is no different. Key stakeholders in the Canadian policing community have expressed serious concern about the sustainability of policing. A model of public policing has emerged in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan that may represent a way forward for municipalities as well as larger jurisdictions across the country.

The impact of high frequency offenders on the operation of the criminal justice system in British Columbia

This internship is designed to analyse the impact of high frequency offenders (HFO) on the criminal justice system in British Columbia. Research indicates that HFOs have a substantial impact on police reported offences, the court system and the corrections system. Through a partnership with the Ministry of Justice of British Columbia and Sierra Systems, an IT service and consulting firm, the internship will work on business analytics to support HFO analysis for data experts and business experts within the MOJ.

Amplifying youth voices: A qualitative investigation of Raising the Grade

Raising the Grade is an innovative after-school program launched last year by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada (BGCC) in 35 clubs across Canada. Through the use of online learning tools, mentorship, and the early promise of a scholarship, the program hopes to engage youth at risk of dropping out of high school and help them graduate from high school and enrol in post-secondary education. The proposed internship is part of a long-term developmental, formative evaluation of Raising the Grade currently conducted by the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC).

Leading Transformational Multi-Jurisdictional Change: Managing Mental Health in the Community

Police organizations are facing increasing costs associated with an escalating number of calls to respond to persons with mental illness (PMI). The processes currently in place to manage mental health in the community contribute significantly to the costs associated with law enforcement involvement in PMIs. The existing process is driven by the Mental Health Act and requires a collaborative effort from police and healthcare services.

Access to Health Care in Labrador

This project will examine the barriers to health care services experienced by the people of Labrador. It will be conducted in three stages. First, a literature review will examine health issues facing Labradorians. Included in this will be a literature review of health research

Social network approach to determining privileged information in legal discovery situations

In the discovery phase of a legal action, the records of both litigants are searched for documents responsive (or relevant) to the litigation at hand and, if they are not deemed privileged as a communication providing legal advice, shared with the opposing counsel.

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