Youth Medical Rights

A person can encounter many healthcare problems over the course of his or her life. From broken arms, mental health needs, to unwanted pregnancies, there are many scenarios in which youth require healthcare services. While many believe that youth health issues are up to their parents and/or legal guardians, young people have many rights that…

New Video: Age of Consent

Check out JFCY’s new video on age of consent.  For those of you who want the details in brief, there’s a quick summary of the law below: Consent to sex is always your decision – The Canadian law requires that all people participating in sexual activity must give their own consent: you decide whether you…

Behind the Scenes with the PLE Team

On December 20 some members of the YouTube Subcommittee of the PLE Team shot a public legal education video. The topic: Age of Consent for Sexual Activity, an area of law that is commonly misunderstood. The volunteers worked with Andrea to come up with a script and plan. Stay tuned for the release of this…

Leaving Home (legal info for youth in Ontario)

Scenario by PLE Team Member Inez Leutenegger, legal info by JFCY   To her peers, Lukie has appears to have had a typically ‘normal’ teenage life. Just having turned sixteen two months ago, she has recently received her driver’s permit. She is in grade 11 and enjoys being a part of the school’s cross country…

Youth Leaving Care Hearings – Nov. 25, 2011

On Fri. Nov.25th, at 10:15 a.m., JFCY lawyers will make submissions at the hearings at the Provincial Legislature, proposing recommendations for child welfare reform. JFCY’s efforts are led by Staff Lawyer, Niamh Harraher and Street Youth Legal Services Lawyer, Johanna Macdonald.Niamh and Johanna will be joined by young people who are former Crown Wards and kids who lived in foster…

Late Night Swims in Public Pools: Legal?

Scenario by PLE Team volunteer Stefan Vernier (perhaps dreaming of summer days…) Photo used with permission from Alyssa Katherine Faoro, akFAORO.com  On a warm summer night, three friends are hanging out in the parking lot of their local pizza shop. After spending a couple of hours talking to each other, Todd, who is 15, says…

Having Fun on Halloween

– Scenario by Lindsey Erickson and Ouran Li, Legal Information by JFCYAt fifteen years old, Jamie and her friends all agreed they were much too old to be trick-or-treating. This was the first year that they would have a real “grown-up” Halloween: co-ed, costumes, and, of course, alcohol. The group decided that they should definitely…

The Legal Rules of Youth and Work

Starting your first job? Did you know there are laws about young people in the workforce?  Consider these scenarios Mandeep is 14 years old and just started a summer job working at a construction project lifting supplies. Jillian, age 15 decides to start a part time job which requires her to work during school hours.…