On September 28, Calgary Legal Guidance hosted the annual Advice-a-Thon free legal advice clinic and fundraiser at Calgary City Hall. Volunteers braved a snowy day to provide free legal advice to Calgarians in need in areas such as family law, civil law, immigration, wills and estates, and criminal law. The Advice-a-Thon also include an ID clinic, providing individuals with a statutory declaration of identification that can assist in accessing services that require ID including obtaining an Alberta Health Care card, government ID or birth certificate, or filing taxes, applying for jobs, or applying for housing.
Throughout the day, volunteers assisted over 80 members of the public. A total of 79 volunteers, including 51 volunteer lawyers, provided a total of 197 volunteer hours.
You can read more about the event, and the challenges of keeping up with demand for legal services for low-income Calgarians, in this article in The Star.