[The Walrus] It’s been an unusually invigorating year for legal reform activists. After more than a decade of neglect, what they like to call the “silent crisis” — the increasing inaccessibility of the justice system to average Canadians — has finally begun to tug at the edges of the public conscience. Newspapers are writing urgent stories about people like the Vancouver single mother who was forced to represent herself in an ultimately unsuccessful six-year custody battle with an abusive ex, because the $750 a month she earned as a part-time teacher, supplemented by subletting rooms in her house, disqualified her from legal aid.
Oh, come on. There’s a simple solution. Find a human rights angle and all your worries are over. No legal fees, no burden of proof, no problem. Ka-ching.