I’m not a lawyer — I’m a doctor. But I was near stunned by the announcement of deep cuts to Ontario’s legal aid system.

I have worked closely with legal aid clinics and legal aid-funded practitioners for more than a decade, to improve the health of my patients and of our society.

Many of my patients have legal needs that require expert intervention to maintain their social and medical stability. This is not news. Almost every doctor is asked to help their patients navigate the legal system, for issues ranging from family discord to accessing disability supports.