CP v Her Majesty the Queen [YCJA, right of appeal to SCC]

Court: Supreme Court of Canada, 2020

JFCY intervened in this appeal, which concerns the provision of the Youth Criminal Justice Act that requires a young person to seek leave to appeal of a finding of guilt to the Supreme Court of Canada where an adult would have an automatic right to appeal. Appeals to the Supreme Court of Canada are an…

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Minister of Employment and Social Development v SS

Court: Social Security Tribunal – Appeal Division, 2020

JFCY has intervened in the appeal of a matter before the Social Security Tribunal. As a result of her disability, SS (the parent) is unable to work and for many years has been the recipient of the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) disability benefit. SS was unaware that her children were also entitled to apply for…

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LS v YouthLink Youth Services [transitional housing eviction]

Court: Superior Court of Justice, Divisional Court Branch, 2020

LS is an 18 year old who was living in transitional housing provided by YouthLink Youth Services. Transitional housing is a type of supportive housing that provides residents with a place to live as well as supports to help them build the skills needed to obtain more independent, long-term housing. As the pandemic broke in…

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JFCY v JG [young person’s right to legal advice]

Court: Divisional Court Branch, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, 2020

In December of 2019, the father of JFCY’s fourteen and a half year old client (“the child”) urgently sought and was granted a restraining order preventing JFCY from communicating with our client, effectively terminating our solicitor-client relationship. The child was not a party to the child protection proceeding that was before the Court, and was…

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Her Majesty the Queen v RV and TCHC [access to youth records for eviction]

Court: Superior Court of Justice, 2020 ONSC 251

JFCY intervened in a judicial review where the Toronto Community Housing Corporation  (TCHC) sought the youth records of RV, a young person and TCHC resident, for use in an eviction proceeding against RV and his family under the “illegal act” provisions of the Residential Tenancies Act. RV had been charged with an offence on TCHC…

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R v KJM [Unreasonable delays in Youth Criminal Justice system]

Court: Supreme Court of Canada, 2019

JFCY intervened in this appeal, which concerned the interpretation and application of section 11(b) of the Charter, the protection against unreasonable delay in bringing matters to trial in the criminal justice system. The Court was asked to consider how the “presumptive ceilings” for delay concerning adults, as established in the previous case of R v…

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ETFO et al v Her Majesty the Queen [Sex Ed Curriculum]

Court: Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Divisional Court, 2019

JFCY intervened in this judicial review, brought by the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO), and joined to a similar case brought by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA).  This case challenged the decision of the Ontario Government to repeal the 2015 Health and Physical Education Curriculum, and direct elementary teachers to teach an older…

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R v Le [Arbitrary Detention in Backyard]

Court: Supreme Court of Canada, 2019

JFCY intervened in an appeal where a 19 year old was charged after the police entered the backyard of his 17 year old friend where a group of people were gathering. This case challenged the constitutionality of the detention and search of young people. JFCY made submissions about the way the Charter rights of young…

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Ontario Children’s Lawyer v Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner [Privacy of OCL Records]

Court: Ontario Court of Appeal, 2018

JFCY intervened in this case. The background to this case is that a child was represented in a custody and access dispute before the family court by the Children’s Lawyer for Ontario (Children’s Lawyer). Following the family court process, the father made an application to the Ministry of Attorney General (MAG) under the Freedom of…

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