JFCY in the courts: Special Education

Today the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Moore v. BC, a case about a student (Jeffrey Moore) with dyslexia who was denied appropriate accommodation of his disability, thereby preventing him meaningful access to an education in the public school system. When Jeffrey was an elementary school student, his school board eliminated the remedial program…

As a Victim of Sexual Assault, What Can You Do?

Scenario:Melissa is a 15-year-old girl struggling with math at school. Fortunately, her new math teacher is extremely nice, offering her extra help with her homework after class. One day, when she goes to his office to ask him a question regarding the new assignment, he accidentally brushes her chest. Confused, she does nothing until he…

Are youth protected from age-based discrimination?

Scenario: Jordan, Mary, and John are 16 year-old high school students who are feeling hungry and exhausted after a long day in class! Naturally, a short walk down the road to the local gas station to get some refreshments is agreed upon, and they get going. Upon arrival to the station’s store, however, they see…

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…