Support Quality Access to the Law Both my father and mother served in the UK military in WWII, ostensibly to defend democracy. Democracy has one purpose, to enable all citizens to have a say in their own law-making. Insofar as we as a society fail in the task of making the law work for all of us, then we shame their memory and that of the many, many fine people like them - both living and past.
A truly healthy democracy is one that we all can participate in - equally. I've always believed that democracy can be so, so much better than it is now and legal access is a huge part of the problem.
But, with 'self-represented' people now showing up in droves in all Canadian courts, driven to defending their rights in the only way they can, it's obvious that we have failed in that task. Whether it's due to the commonly absurdly high cost of lawyers, the hopeless complexity of the legal system or any of the many other factors that drive people to legal desperation - we have failed.
This website - IsThatLegal - is my effort to fight this fundamental crisis. It provides quality, detailed explanations of law that matters to people - real people, not corporate elites - to help them take their own rights in hand and fight directly for themselves.
But I can't maintain and grow the website alone. I need your help.
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Support Democracy As It Was Meant To Be
Step 1 - Can You Afford It?Ask yourself if you can afford to donate. This website started out to help poor people, and if you are still hard up yourself you better keep the money. Reconsider if the website assists you down the road or things improve.
Step 2 - Send an EmailSend an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the phrase "Cleopatra Still Rules" to confirm that you agree with the following statement:
My donation of $ .... is to support Simon for the time and effort he devotes to his public legal access website IsThatLegal.ca. This is a donation, and I do not expect any responding legal analysis, commentary, opinion or service on any fact situation that I may present to him. Simon reserves the right to decline any donation for any reason. [Optional: I do want to discuss the possibility of my donation being added to an IsThatLegal 'List of Donors' link].
Step 3 - Send an Interac to:
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