Category: Current events

Changing Canada’s Divorce Act: Luke’s Place remarks on Bill C-78

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The Bill C-78 hearing Luke’s Place and NAWL have submitted a Joint Brief on Bill C-78 and will testify as witnesses before the Standing Committee in Ottawa on Wednesday November 22 at 5:30. Our brief was endorsed by over 40 organizations,

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Femicide is the crisis we’re all ignoring

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Luke’s Place Legal Director, Pamela Cross, talks with Sarah Boesveld, senior writer of Chatelaine, in a podcast about femicide. There’s been an increasing focus on violence against women in recent years, but that hasn’t resulted in a drop in the

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Count Us In: Women will vote on June 7

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From an article by Pamela Cross, Lieran Docherty, Amanda Dale, Farrah Khan, Marlene Ham, Lenore Lukasik-Foss and Margaret MacPherson in the Toronto Star Violence against women services are waiting with bated breath to see who will win this election. Despite

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Active consent: Consent in the age of #MeToo

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Recently The Walrus looked at sexual assault and consent. Luke’s Place Legal Director, Pamela Cross, was interviewed. Experts say the 1992 changes put Canada among the leaders in sexual-assault law internationally. “It requires active consent, as opposed to an absence

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What Cosby’s conviction means for sexual assault survivors

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Luke’s Place Legal Director, Pamela Cross, was interviewed by CBC’s Metro Morning today on the conviction of comedian Bill Cosby of three counts of aggravated indecent assault. Listen to the interview on CBC’s Metro Morning. Related posts: Ghomeshi case highlights

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Provincial All-Candidates Forum in Durham: Issues important to women & their families

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A Durham region Provincial All-Candidates Forum will be held on Thursday May 3. Hosted by The Violence Prevention Coordinating Council of Durham (VPCC) in collaboration with The Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) and The Business & Professional Women’s Club of Durham,

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“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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