Current Projects

Projects are a vital way for LISNS to secure funding to address specific legal issues or to reach specific sectors of the population.

Over the years we’ve undertaken a variety of legal information projects:

  • Projects on specific issues such as youth justice, elder law, the environment, domestic, divorce, child support, criminal;
  • Projects focussed on specific target groups such as youth, seniors, newcomers to Canada, not-for-profits, charities, women, the Black community and persons with mental health issues;
  • We have also undertaken research projects to identify needs or barriers to accessing the justice system.

The optimal result of a project is to have a legal information resource which we can disseminate on-line and/or in print. However, projects also provide an excellent opportunity to raise our profile, reach new audiences, partner with other groups, work with communities both in and outside HRM, provide education on legal issues, do community consultations, and learn about issues and gaps.

Learn more about our projects below.

Raising Awareness of Consent Laws and privacy issues among youth

LISNS recently completed the "Raising awareness of consent laws and privacy issues among youth" project, which was funded by the government of Nova Scotia, as part of its "Acting together on Sexual Violence/Bullying Initiative".

Read more: Raising Awareness of Consent Laws and...

Raising awareness of domestic violence law and resources for newcomers

This 10-month project developed two brochures, a poster, and bookmarks in eight languages and an awareness campaign.

It was funded by the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration. Click here to see these resources.

Post separation abuse

This two year project built on our previous project Safely on Your Way – child custody and access information for women leaving an abusive relationship.  The project sought to raise awareness among front-line workers about the issue of post separation abuse within the context of custody and access, its impact on women and children, and what they can do to better support families in this situation.   We developed and delivered workshops, and an on-line educational tool.  Click here to view the online education tool.

The project was funded by Justice Canada.

Elder abuse awareness for Healthcare Providers

This two year project built on our previous seniors’ project (“It’s in Your Hands”).  The project aimed at better understanding the types of issues and questions that health care providers see or are asked about in relation to seniors and abuse. We consulted with seniors and their families to gain insight into their experience of how health care providers deal with these issues.

Read more: Elder abuse awareness for Healthcare...

Pro bono hub pilot project

This was a pilot project to build a Pro-Bono Legal Services Hub for Nova Scotia.

This 3-year project focused on providing a conduit for lawyers who are interested in providing some form of pro-bono service to connect with those seeking legal help but who are unable to afford a lawyer.

The project was funded through the Access to Justice Fund, administered by the Law Foundation of Ontario.

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