Category: Current events

“Gag orders”: Why sexual assault survivors can’t say #MeToo at some Canadian universities

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Luke’s Place Legal Director, Pamela Cross, joins the discussion on universities’ sexual assault policies and protocols in an article on The Discourse. “These confidentiality orders go far beyond what privacy legislation would require,” agrees Pamela Cross, the legal director of

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Pamela Cross New Co-chair for Ontario Roundtable on Violence Against Women

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Luke’s Place is proud to announce that our Legal Director, Pamela Cross, is the new interim co-chair of the Ontario Roundtable on Violence Against Women. Pamela has been a member of the Roundtable since its inception in March 2015. The

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Enough mourning: We need action!

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Fifteen women, their mothers and their children have been killed in Ontario by intimate partners or family members since January 2018. This is more than the yearly average. Holly Hamilton, 29, Hamilton Baljit Thandi, 32, Brampton Avtar Kaur, 60, Brampton

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#loveshouldnthurt: Do it for love

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Win $100. All you have to do is snap a picture of any sign, t-shirt, post card, poster, community bulletin board, or a creation of your own that says #loveshouldnthurt during the month of February. Upload it to Instagram and

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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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