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…

Youth engagement in the City of Toronto

Anika Tabovaradan, thank you for your brave and strong words.  What an amazing display of youth engagement and empowerment! Anika made a deputation, at 2am, during Toronto City Council’s marathon public consultation. Watch the video and read and about this impressive 14 year-old here.

Upcoming Event: the law and youth workshop!

An upcoming full day workshop on the law and youth. The workshop will be led by lawyer Jeffery Wilson, actress Kate Trotter, and psychiatrist Clive Chamberlain. The workshop will be a meeting of youth with lawyers and judges.  The workshop is free to youth 18 years and under. Teachers of life and law are exempted. Enrollment is…

More on Youth Records

Back in August, this blog had information on youth records: who can see your youth record and when are youth records destroyed? Today we bring you some more information about other issues a Youth Record may present. 1) A Youth Record may prevent you from being admitted into another country such as crossing the US-Canada…

Youth and the Police

What to do if you are being questioned by the police:Ask if you are free to go and why you are being questioned. If you are being searched, ask why. State that you want to speak to your lawyer. Make the telephone call right then if you have a cellphone. The Justice for Children and…