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…

What is the Youth Criminal Justice Act?

For those of you in search of an understanding of what exactly the YCJA is, or what it even stands for, you’ve come to the right place! http://images.clipartof.com/small/226120-Royalty-Free-RF-Clipart-Illustration-Of-A-Handcuffed-Man.jpg Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) is the governing code in Canada for youth that came into effect in 2003. It covers the prosecution of your case if you are…

Year in Review: JFCY and the PLE Team!

Both JFCY and the PLE Team had a great year in 2012.JFCY’s work in 2012 JFCY lawyers assisted hundreds of young people this year with various legal issues, ranging from defending youth on charges under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, representing youth in family court in making claims for financial support, advocacy around entitlement to social…

House Party Gone Wrong…

Bianca’s parents are going out of town this weekend and with a bit of convincing from her friend Hailey she decides that she should throw a party Saturday night. Hailey even promises that she can get the alcohol for the party; she assures Bianca that her older sister will make an LCBO trip for them…

LGBT Rights in Ontario Schools

Scenario: Mark is a 17 year old student who attends a co-educational high school. Having ‘come-out’ to his school about his sexual orientation, he takes pride in being gay. Yet life hasn’t been so easy for him. Constantly teased by his peers, he feels ostracized by former friends and shunned by his classmates. One day,…

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…