Youth Employment Rights

The Relevant Legislation The Employment Standards Act (ESA) sets out the rights and responsibilities of both employees and employers in Ontario. Minimum Age to Work According to the ESA, young workers have the same rights as other employees in most Ontario workplaces. It is important to know that the minimum age for working in Ontario…

Cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) & its implications on child & youth refugee claimants

Scenario Jasmine and Robert came to Canada on July 12 of 2011 as refugee claimants. Their older son Paul is twelve years old and Jasmine is pregnant again. When they arrived in Canada, they felt good, because they were safe and they had all that they needed: They received help for food and shelter from Ontario…

Evidence in the Criminal Law

In crime dramas like CSI, we often notice police officers gathering large amounts of weapons and shell in clear plastic bags. These bags have ‘evidence’ clearly marked on their cover, and are later used to convict the suspect. Driving past a real world crime scene, we similarly observe police officers sectioning off pieces of land…

Theft in a Shopping Mall

http://images.clipartof.com/small/76396-Royalty-Free-RF- Clipart-Illustration-Of-A-Brunette-Girl-Shoplifting-In-A-Store.jpg Shirley is a 18 year old high school student.  Both her parents work during the day, so they only see her at night. She makes her own breakfast and dinner, and travels to school on her own. She is always studying and receiving good marks for her studies. On her birthday, she wanted…

Child Protection: How you can help a friend in need

Daniel is fourteen years old and in grade nine.  He is on his school’s junior basketball team, and practices in the mornings before school.  One morning Daniel and his teammates are in the change room, suiting up for their basketball practice.  They are all talking about an upcoming game against their rival school.  Daniel’s friend…

Children’s Rights & Divorce

Claire’s parents seem to be fighting a lot lately, and aren’t sleeping in the same room anymore. She thinks that her parents might be getting a divorce. Claire being 16 understands that this is for the better and in the long run will improve her family dynamics, but her younger sister Eli seems to be having…