Placement at JFCY as a JD/MSW Student

By Deborah Willoughby, a JD/MSW student and incoming 3L at the University of Windsor. I would never have expected that during a global pandemic I would have the opportunity to work at an organization which I have admired and hoped to engage with at some point during my law school career. As a summer law…

Reflection: My Summer Experience at JFCY

By Aditi Iyer, University of Victoria, incoming 3L student Despite all of the challenges that came with working remotely through the COVID-19 pandemic, I could not have imagined a better summer experience than my time with Justice for Children and Youth. Students are given countless opportunities for interesting and relevant work in a large variety…

Summer Internship Reflection by Serena Yun

My summer internship at Justice for Children and Youth (JFCY) was a fulsome experience. Under the supervision of staff lawyers, I completed legal research, advocacy letters, client interviews and intake. These assignments engaged many areas of legal practice. On one hand, I was able to apply my knowledge from 1L classes such as criminal law,…

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 Intervention – Toronto Star v AG of Ontario

JFCY was granted intervention status in a case regarding media access to documents filed in Administrative and Quasi-Judicial Tribunal proceedings. In granting leave to intervene, JFCY’s vast experience and expertise was recognized by the Superior Court of Ontario – See paragraphs 21 and 22 of the decision: Toronto Star v AGO 2017 Dec 18