The Other Kids of 311 Jarvis

-by Niamh Harraher, Staff Lawyer and Jeffrey Rosekat, Chair of JFCY Board of Directors The prevailing wind of federal government policy and much media discourse seems focused on presenting youth as dangerous, out of control and in need of a highly punitive justice system. David Bruser’s series on the kids of 311 Jarvis Street which…

Skipping School and Smoking Pot

Scenario Fourteen year-old Rachel had never really thought about skipping class before. She knew her friends skipped once in a while, but she had never done so herself. Then, one fall day, during lunch hour, Emily and Mike asked Rachel if she wanted to skip the next period, get something to eat, and hang out…

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,…

Concerts, Drug Use and Underage Drinking

Blogpost by JFCY volunteer Lucas Treleaven, law student Daniel Lo and JFCY lawyers.Fred is 17 and loves music. He goes to all his favourite bands concerts and owns all their T-shirts. One night he decided to go to a Blink 182 concert alone because his friends don’t really like Blink 182. He was having a great…

EXTRAJUDICIAL MEASURES (DIVERSION): KEEPING YOUNG PEOPLE OUT OF COURT

The Youth Criminal Justice Act says it is better to deal with less serious offences outside the court system. Extrajudicial measures include all consequences imposed by someone other than a judge. The police can give warnings, cautions, or referrals to a community program. When the police think those measures are not adequate, an extrajudicial sanction…