Facebook & the Law…

It is no secret that teenagers have come to rely on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to document every aspect of their lives. It is easy to get lost in the online world of social media and think that because you’ve set your profile to “private”, what you post online will have no repercussions. This blog…

New video: Drugs at School – Expulsions and other legal issues

Check out our new YouTube video on legal issues that can arise when students are caught with drugs at school.  This can lead to charges under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, as well as a possible suspension and/or expulsion from school. For more on the making of this video, check out this past blog post…

Sex and Booze on Prom Night: Legal Issues

Scenario Andrew just turned 20 years old and graduated from high school this week.  This Saturday he is going to prom with his 14-year-old girlfriend, Maria, who is in grade 9. Andrew and Maria have been dating for about six months and Maria has decided that she would like to lose her virginity to Andrew…

In the news: the Child Advocacy Project

Check out this Toronto Star article on the Child Advocacy Project (CAP).  CAP, a program run by Pro Bono Law Ontario, matches volunteer lawyers with children and families experiencing legal issues at school. The free lawyers provide assistance with suspensions, expulsions, special education, etc. JFCY is happy to work quite closely with CAP; we provide training on…

Education Law and the Youth Criminal Justice Act – JFCY staff write for Briefly Speaking

The most recent issue of Briefly Speaking features two articles by JFCY lawyers.  Check it out online! Martha Mackinnon is the executive director of JFCY.  Her article, “The Legality of Education,” discusses the legal structures that govern the education system in Ontario – key issues she addresses are the legal processes that relate to suspensions, expulsions,…

SUSPENSIONS

Your school’s Code of Conduct and the Education Act tell you what conduct can result in a suspension. Suspensions are recorded in your Ontario Student Record – if you change schools they will know what happened. How long can I be suspended for? · Suspensions can last from up to 20 school days. If it…