Over the last several months, Legal Aid Ontario has been talking to people in the community about issues related to its Racialized Communities Strategy. Through it all, we have heard one concern raised again and again by community members, community agencies and staff at community legal clinics: more needs to be done to support children in conflict with the education system.
The school laws in Ontario have evolved to follow a much more progressive approach that recognizes a one punishment fit all system is not effective. However, there is not enough oversight in place to ensure all suspensions/expulsions are completely justified; not when the access to justice is nowhere near the standard it should be.
Ontario becomes first province to ban ‘conversion therapy’ for LGBTQ children “Ontario has passed a landmark law banning so-called “conversion therapy” on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender children and preventing medical practitioners from billing OHIP for it.” Read more at: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2015/06/04/ontario-becomes-first-province-to-ban-conversion-therapy-for-lgbtq-children.html Gender identity to guide housing of Ontario’s transgender inmates “Transgender inmates in Ontario will […]
The Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth (OPACY) works with young people in the child welfare, youth justice custody settings, or children’s mental health systems. Colleen Gray is a Child and Youth Advocate for the Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth.
We have known about the issue of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer, questioning, and two-Spirit (LGBTQ2) youth homelessness in Canada for over twenty years, but we have only recently started to have serious conversations about this problem nationally. This is an issue that has been neglected and left out of important dialogue on youth homelessness for far too long. Dr. I Alex Abramovich has been working in the area of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, and queer (LGBTQ) youth homelessness for almost 10 years. Alex is a nationally recognized leader in the area of LGBTQ youth homelessness and is one of few Canadian researchers studying the phenomenon of queer and trans youth homelessness.
Ann McRae, Director of Legal Services at Rexdale Community Legal Clinic, writes about Rexdale’s FOCUS crime prevention model. “Today’s crime fighters wear jeans and sweaters, carry a cell phone and work for a vast network of modestly funded agencies…”
by Nikki Gershbain The access to justice crisis There has been much discussion in the profession recently about what the Chief Justice of Canada has referred to as a crisis in the justice system. This crisis is shorthand for a number of systemic problems, including long delays, overly complex procedures, an erosion in legal aid […]
By Jeff Plain This piece originally appeared on our Aboriginal Justice Strategy policy page. As an indigenous Aboriginal person myself, I understand that feelings of apprehension and hopelessness can arise in seeking and accessing justice. These feelings can stem from distrust in justice systems —whether criminal, family, civil or administrative. Meeting an important need We […]
Long before his tenure as Dean of Law at the University of Ottawa, Bruce Feldthusen played an active role in poverty law services. A strong advocate for the provision of french-language legal services and a tireless supporter for Student Legal Aid Services Societies, he has worn many hats. And now, after 13 years, Dean Feldthusen stepped down on June 30.