Author: Pamela Cross

One of the most difficult things about working to make an organization inclusive is that every person has to be willing to get uncomfortable. We all learn things about ourselves when doing this work; sometimes things that make us squirm …

The journey towards inclusivity: It’s about people – 3/3 Read More »

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All of the work we do is, or should be, framed by our agency’s policies and procedures. Policies are the guiding principles that set direction in an organization. Procedures are the specific actions or steps that are to be followed …

The journey towards inclusivity: Organizational structures – Part 2/3 Read More »

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The work of inclusivity requires us to look at ourselves, even when that may make us uncomfortable. Some of what is covered in these posts may seem basic to you and other ideas may be more than what your agency …

The journey towards inclusivity: Understanding the concepts – Part 1/3 Read More »

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On Thursday October 17, Pamela Cross, our Legal Director, was honoured with the Guthrie Award by the Law Foundation of Ontario. Her acceptance speech follows. Her speech was also vidoe-taped. Watch it on YouTube. I am deeply honoured to be …

Guthrie Award acceptance speech by Pamela Cross Read More »

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S.H. v. D.H., 2018 ONSC 4506: This case pertains to a property and contract dispute over a viable embryo. While they were married, the two parties purchased eggs and sperm with which neither of them had a biological connection. The …

Recent case tackles the question of who owns a viable embryo Read More »

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Families change over time — kids get older and move out, parents get new jobs, remarry, have more children, lose jobs, want or need to move. Any of these changes could mean a woman or her ex-partner may need to …

Family law issues when families change: When to return to family court Read More »

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Anyone wishing to make a claim for compensation under the CICB must submit their application by September 30th. After this date, some claims can be made to the Victim Quick Response Program (VQRP+). What is the CICB? Ontario’s Criminal Injuries …

Criminal Injuries Compensation Board closes: Victim Quick Response Program (VQRP) starts October 1 Read More »

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A good family court order or agreement about the arrangements for the children can facilitate a workable relationship between a woman and her ex-partner and lessen opportunities for post-separation abuse. The more details that are set out with precision in …

How a detailed family court order can lessen post-separation abuse Read More »

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The new Child, Youth and Family Services Act shifts Ontario from a needs-based child protection system to one that is rights-based and allows all those who work with and serve children to place those children at the centre of decisions …

How will the changes to child protection legislation affect the women I support? Read More »

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Barrett v. Huver, 2018 ONSC 2322: In this case, the father brought a motion for an order requiring the parents and children to attend multi-day family reunification therapy. The parties were married in July 2001 and separated in April 2009. …

Case law: Family reunification therapy and claims of parental alienation Read More »

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