It’s not fair: Why are children and youth not protected from age-based discrimination in Ontario? And what can we do?

This blog post is a continuation from our post on September 21, 2012. Comic made by PLE Team volunteer Shawn Malik What can kids and teens do if they experience age-based discrimination in Ontario? Unfortunately, not much…unless they up for a Charter challenge to the Ontario Human Rights Code. As the law in Ontariocurrently stands,…

Trayvon Martin: Where do we go from here?

This opinion piece was written by JFCY volunteer and PLE Team member Cemone Morlese. The opinions expressed are Cemone’s and not necessarily those of JFCY. The Trayvon Martin case has gained international attention from average people, to celebrities to even the President, himself. At its core is the victim, 17 year-old Trayvon, shot and killed…

The Criminalization of Homelessness

Can I See Your ID?  The Policing of Youth Homelessness in Toronto A report was released this week that explores “the relationship between homeless persons – in particular, street youth – and law enforcement officials”.  Authors of the report: O’Grady, Bill |  Gaetz, Stephen |  Buccieri, Kristy JFCY Street Youth Legal Services lawyer, Johanna Macdonald, is quoted extensively throughout the report.For…

Special education and "exceptionality" explained

 Comic picture courtesy of JFCY volunteer Diana Rozo Blogpost by JFCY volunteer Adrianna P, law student Daniel Lo and JFCY lawyers Johnny is a 16 year-old grade 10 student. Since entering high school he has found that he is struggling with his course work and his grades are falling.  Johnny is having difficulty successfully completing…