Luke’s Place Receives 2020-21 Victim Services Award of Distinction

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Luke’s Place has been recognized with the 2020-21 Victim Services Award of Distinction by the Ministry of the Attorney General for the expansion of its innovative Virtual Legal Clinic in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the third time that Luke’s Place has been honoured with this award; we were also acknowledged in 2008 and 2014.   The Attorney General’s Victim Services Awards of Distinction recognizes the dedication…

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Case summary: Attention to the best interests of the child test

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Stoughton v O’Ney 2019 ONSC 1531: This case is interesting primarily because, in his use of the best interests of the child test in the Children’s Law Reform Act, Justice Edwards meticulously examines and comments on each of the criteria. Sarah Stoughton and Jessica O’Ney were married and have a son who, at the time of the proceeding…

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Important court proceedings update

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The below notice was issued by Chief Justice Morawetz of the Superior Court of Justice April 20th, effective immediately. Please note that Courts will be deferring as many matters as possible, including virtual hearings. We have been told that implementation will be local, so if you or your clients have questions about what proceedings will…

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Court notice finder: Up-to-date information about family court

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A new website, Court Notice Finder, put together by a number of Ontario family law legal professionals, organizes the: “voluminous – and often changing – information found in the various Court Notices issued on behalf of Family Law courthouses across Ontario since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.” This is a very useful tool for…

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What will it take to end gender-based violence in Canada?

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Answer: A National Action Plan on Violence Against Women and Gender Based Violence would certainly help. Women’s Shelters Canada was asked and funded by the department of Women and Gender Equality (WAGE) to develop a strategic engagement with anti-violence leaders across Canada to inform the development of a National Action Plan (NAP) on Violence Against…

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Where can women’s advocates get support during the pandemic? The Pandemic Community of Practice

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Virtual meetings for support, training and information sharing and an online resource hub to get VAW advocates through the pandemic Peer support and resources The past year has presented those of us providing frontline services to women fleeing abuse with unprecedented challenges. Meeting the needs of women and their children remotely, managing pandemic protocols at…

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Supporting women to access family law supports during COVID-19

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Luke’s Place offers a variety of supports to women and their advocates in Ontario during the pandemic For women If you are in Durham Region (Ajax, Brock, Clarington, Oshawa, Pickering, Scugog, Uxbridge and Whitby) Contact us at 905-728-0978 x 221 Monday to Friday 9 am to noon and 1 to 4:30 pm for: Individual consultations…

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Case summary: Mother seeking access to child in CAS care

Children’s Aid Society of the Districts of Sudbury and Manitoulin v. C.H., 2018 ONCJ 453 In this matter, the mother did not have the care of her children and was seeking access to one of the children. The mother had several mental health issues, a drug dependency problem, and a succession of relationships that resulted in…

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