Category: Current events

The Special Needs of Survivors of Family Violence in the Family Court Process: Comments on Justice Bonkalo’s “Family Legal Services Review”

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A significant portion of all cases in family court involve family violence. Any changes to court process must examine the needs of these families. Luke’s Place and the Barbra Schlifer Clinic have a unique perspective on the complex realities of

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What is Ontario doing to address violence against Indigenous women?

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Indigenous communities in Ontario have worked collaboratively with the provincial government to develop Walking Together: Ontario’s Long-Term Strategy to End Violence Against Indigenous Women. Why? The strategy is built on the recognition that First Nation, Metis and Inuit women in

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Paralegals in family courts not the solution

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Pamela Cross and Amanda Dale respond to the recent report by Justice Bonkalo, Family Legal Services Review. Although they applaud the effort, there is a “fatal flaw” in the report — a lack of understanding of the impact of violence

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Unfounded: Police dismiss 1 in 5 sexual assault cases as “baseless”

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Luke’s Place Legal Director, Pamela Cross, is interviewed about sexual assault in response to the Globe and Mail article, “Unfounded.” The Globe investigation, conducted by Robin Doolittle, explores how police respond to sexual assault allegations. The result is a national

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Basic income and gender: An important consultation

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A message from Pam Hanington of Huron County: For those of you who may not have heard about this, the Ontario government is planning to pilot a Basic Income in at least three communities sometime over the next 3-5 years.

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When men kill their partners warning signs often missed

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Luke’s Place Legal Director, Pamela Cross, in The Star on identifying the warning signs of lethality in abusive relationships: Last week, a relative of Dr. Elana Fric-Shamji sat silently in a north Toronto courtroom, watching as Dr. Mohammed Shamji appeared

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From Ghomeshi to Ururyar: Sexual assault as seen through two criminal cases

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Legal Director, Pamela Cross, delivered this speech at the Sexual Assault Awareness Training, “Be Part of the Solution”, in Fort Frances, Ontario, on October 7, 2016. The past year has allowed those of us who pay attention to sexual assault

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Renfrew County murders remembered

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Tomorrow, Thursday September 22, is the first anniversary of the Renfrew County triple homicide. Luke’s Place Legal Director, Pamela Cross, will be doing an interview on CBC radio Ontario Morning at 7:10 AM. Related posts: Luke’s Place Legal Director on

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Sexual assault decision: One judge with profound understanding

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Luke’s Place Legal Director, Pamela Cross, comments in a CBC article on the recent decision by Judge Marvin Zuker in a sexual assault case. “No other crime is looked upon with the degree of blameworthiness, suspicion and doubt as a

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Breaking the Silence to End the Violence

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The pandemic that is violence against women in this country is deeply embedded in our culture. It manifests itself in our music, television programs and movies. But it also shows up in casual conversation, as illustrated by my recent experience

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