News from Justice for Children and Youth

Justice for Children and Youth (JFCY) provides summary advice, referrals, and legal education. Offers case service and test case litigation for children and young people under 18 years of age.

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September 22: Street Law Smarts 2017 Forum

When: Friday, September 22, 2017, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (doors open at 9:30 a.m., starts at 10 a.m. sharp!)

Where: Artscape Youngplace, Lower Level, 180 Shaw Street (near Queen W. & Ossington Streets), T.O., ON

Cost: $20 (Hearty vegetarian lunch provided on site.)

This forum is geared towards frontline workers who work with youth and anyone else who is interested in learning to support young people in navigating the legal system.

Posted:
August 28, 2017

June 15: Street Law Smarts Training

Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (doors open at 9:30 a.m., starts at 10 a.m. sharp)

Place: Artscape Youngplace, Lower Level, 180 Shaw Street (near Queen West and Ossington Streets), Toronto

Cost: FREE…and so is the hearty vegetarian lunch provided on site

This training is to provide relevant legal education and practice in advocacy for community professionals working with homeless and street involved youth ages 16-24.

Posted:
May 12, 2016

Justice For Children and Youth submissions: Assisted Dying Bill C-14

JFCY is concerned about the exclusion of capable people under the age of 18, "competent minors", from the protections and benefits provided for other capable people under Bill C-14.

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May 04, 2016

December 8-9: 2015 Street Law Smarts Training Days

When: Tuesday, December 8 and Wednesday, Dec 9, 2015, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (attendance at both days is not necessary)

Where: Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street, Lower Level, Toronto (near Queen and Ossington)

An opportunity for professionals working with and advocating for homeless and street-involved youth, ages 16-24, to learn relevant legal education and practices.

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November 25, 2015

Coalition Formed for the Repeal of Ontario's Safe Streets Act

The SSA is provincial legislation that prohibits panhandling – or soliciting by the very poor – that is "aggressive" or to a "captive audience", and prohibits "squeegeeing".

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December 10, 2014

Refugee health care - changes to take place this week

Emily Chan of Justice for Children and Youth gives an update following the Federal Court of Appeal decision of last week on the provision of refugee healthcare coverage.

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November 03, 2014

New Website - Justice for Children & Youth

Justice for Children and Youth announces the launch of their new website. It features a Legal Rights Wiki, Ask A Lawyer, and a Research and Resources section.

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November 03, 2014

MPP's: Vote Yes for Bill 88 - Access to Child Welfare Services for ALL Children!

Bill 88 will enable 16 and 17 year olds who don't have the support of family to voluntarily access child welfare support services. Sign the petition to urge your MPP to vote Yes for Bill 88.

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March 18, 2014

JFCY requests your support for a petition urging MPP's to Vote Yes for Bill 88 - Access to Child Welfare Services for ALL Children

This petition from Justice for Children and Youth asks your help to urge MPPs to support Bill 88, which will make it possible for 16 and 17 year olds who have no other help to access child welfare support services.

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December 02, 2013

Justice for Children and Youth Votes 'Yes' to Bill 88 - Access to child welfare for all children

JFCY urges you to join them at Queen's Park Thursday, September 19, at 1 p.m. to support child welfare reform for older youth.

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September 17, 2013

The Supreme Court of Canada Combats Cyber-Bullying

This blog reviews the case in which the Supreme Court decided that victims of cyber-bullying can take legal action against bullies without having to reveal their own identity.

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November 02, 2012

It's not fair: Why are children and youth not protected from age-based discrimination in Ontario? And what can we do?

Justice For Children & Youth explains its position that the Ontario Human Rights Code violates the Charter because its definition of age discriminates against people under the age of 18.

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October 02, 2012

New Bullying Law

In comments on their blog, Justice for Children and Youth approves of the new bullying law, saying all students have the right to feel safe and supported in school.

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June 07, 2012

Bullying in the news: consequences and responses

Responding to a story of bullying in the news, this blog post discusses bullying, school bullying and the law, and lists resources where people can seek help and information.

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February 14, 2012

How do I talk to a lawyer at JFCY, and what do I say?

Justice for Children and Youth has a blogpost with Frequently Asked Questions about getting legal help at JFCY If you are under 18 and have a legal problem.

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January 30, 2012

Competing Legal Rights in the News

In a case before the Supreme Court of Canada, the right to a fair trial versus the right to exercise one's religion by wearing a niqab while giving testimony are at issue.

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December 20, 2011

Winter 2011 Justice for Children and Youth newsletter now available

This issue of the Justice for Children and Youth newsletter looks at legal issues that might arise for young people at shopping malls, such as shoplifting, trespass, and Civil Recovery Demand Letters.

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November 22, 2011

The Policing of Youth Homelessness in Toronto

A report, published by Justice for Children and Youth and Homeless Hub, explores "the relationship between homeless persons -- in particular, street youth -- and law enforcement officials."

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November 10, 2011

Sexting and the law

This blogpost from Justice for Children and Youth says there are important legal issues involved around sexting, including child pornography and privacy.

Posted:
November 07, 2011

That's Mine: personal property and leaving home

Justice for Children and Youth has created a comic that explores the legal rights youth have when they try to take their belongings with them when they are leaving home.

Posted:
July 24, 2011