Children and youth


Ontario unveils blueprint to reform troubled group and foster care

A long-awaited blueprint to reform Ontario's troubled group home and foster-care system vows to boost quality, increase oversight and ensure children and youth have a voice in helping to plan their care...


New tool to report sexual assaults coming to TTC riders

From a Globe and Mail article: The subway car was crowded. As usual during evening rush hour, everyone had bunched up at the doors, including Dai Williams, a content manager for an app in Toronto.


Legal Aid Ontario lends support to black youth facing suspension from school

Legal Aid Ontario, the non-profit group of lawyers that specializes in representing low-income clients, is providing a major financial boost to a program designed to help black students who are in conflict with the education system.



Ontario school closings will be put on hold as province reviews process

The government has put a temporary halt on any future school closings across the province, saying it plans to overhaul the entire process after hearing concerns from hard-hit rural and northern...


School disciplinary hearings: Know your rights

This is information Legal Aid Ontario has developed to help you understand what your school can suspend or expel you for and what you can do if it happens to you. Topics covered are:

  • What can I be suspended or expelled for?
  • What...

Forced marriage in Canada 'more prevalent' than thought: ex-child bride

Samra Zafar was just 16 years old when her mother told her she would be marrying a 28-year-old man in Canada.

Against her wishes, Zafar left her Pakistani family's home in the United Arab Emirates and started a new life with her husband in...


Safe Streets Act to be challenged in court

Gerry Williams spent almost a decade without a place to call home, trapped, as he puts it, by alcoholism and undiagnosed mental health issues as he was slowly buried under a mountain of debt.


Adult literacy gets $185 million funding boost from province

Some 80,000 more adult learners will be able to hit the books — upgrading their literacy, math and computer skills — with a $185 million boost from the Ontario government.



Students Should Be Free From Religious Coercion

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association welcomes the acknowledgement by two Catholic educational bodies that certain students in Catholic schools have the right to opt out of religious programs, courses and activities, free from religious or creed-...


Ontario to roll out details of $533M autism program

All children and youth who have an autism diagnosis will get the treatment they need for as long as they need it until they reach age 18, under a new Ontario autism program to be announced Thursday....

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