Summer law student reflection

By Mithea Murugesu As my placement at Justice for Children and Youth (JFCY) draws to an end, it feels like an opportune time to reflect on my experiences. I was initially drawn to JFCY because I wanted to further explore my interest in children’s rights. Prior to this placement, I knew very little about what I…

JFCY’s 40th Anniversary Celebration on Nov 15, 2018

Dear JFCY members and supporters, This fall, we celebrate 40 years of protecting and advancing the legal rights and dignity of children and youth in Canada. It’s a milestone we are proud of, and would love to celebrate with you on November 15 at The Pilot on 22 Cumberland Street. Come with friends and rock…

Cannabis Laws in Ontario – Starting Oct 17, 2018

NEW: visit our Legal Wiki page on Cannabis for more information. PNG version of JFCY infographic below and click here for PDF version Note: original infographic stated that use in public space will not be allowed; the Ontario government has changed their position and has restricted public use in ways similar to alcohol and tabacco restrictions. Please…

Sex Education in Ontario: A Human Rights Challenge?

JFCY and HALCO will be hosting an information session on August 29 at 5:30pm at The 519, where people (especially youth!) can learn more about opportunities to participate in a legal challenge. Please contact Athena Caldarola at 416.920.1633 x8221 or caldara@lao.on.ca for more info and/or to register. Download this blog post in PDF format: Sex Ed…

Student Summer Employment

David Macauley, Harvard Law School, JFCY summer student — As summer approaches and many students prepare for summer employment, it is a good time to share a few reminders about student employment rights in Ontario and recent changes to the minimum wage. Minimum wage: The minimum wage was increased this year, but the minimum wage…

Starting Jan 1, 2018: 16 & 17 year olds can enter into a “Voluntary Youth Service Agreement” with CAS for protection services

A young person who is under the age of 18 can contact a Children’s Aid Society (CAS) if they are at risk of harm or facing harm. Harm can be physical, emotional, sexual harm, or neglect. It is new that 16 and 17 year olds who are not already getting help from CAS can now…

JFCY media statement regarding Police Record Checks Act

~ Media Release ~ Police Record Checks Act, 2015 introduced today by Ontario’s Minister for Community Safety and Correctional Services. Justice for Children and Youth (JFCY) welcomes provincial legislation that will clarify what police records information can be released, and how such information can be released.  Clear provincial standards are long overdue. JFCY has long…

Accusations of Bullying

What Happens If I’m Accused of Being a Bully? Informal Accusations Accusations of bullying don’t necessarily have to come from the authorities to be taken seriously. Whether you are warned by a simple e-mail from a friend or a concern raised by a teacher, you should be taking these warnings seriously. If you are not…

New Cyberbullying provisions now in effect

The Protecting Canadians From Online Crime Act went into effect on March 9, 2015. The new legislation makes it an offence punishable by indictment under the Criminal Code to share intimate images without the consent of the person in the image. The purpose of this offence is to protect an individual’s right to privacy. Children…

Cyberbullying, Social Media Networks And Sentencing of Adults Preying on Children : Court Strikes a Hard Blow

Guest Blogger: Brock Jones, Crown Law Criminal How should the courts address appropriate sentences for online predators who prey on vulnerable children through various forms of cyberbullying? This was the question put squarely to the Alberta Court of Appeal in R v Mackie (2014 ABCA 221). Background Statistics Canada reported this summer that the traditional…