Toronto Star article: ‘We haven’t come very far’ – YWCA Toronto and women’s shelters call on government to address root causes of Polytechnique massacre anniversary

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Luke’s Place Legal Director, Pamela Cross, was interviewed for a Toronto Star article on the anniversary of the Polytechnique massacre. The article reflects on the massacre and highlights the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women and their safety. “There were a whole lot of factors that combined when the pandemic first hit that put…

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Tips for working with women during the pandemic

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1) Everyone is stressed Remember everyone is more stressed than usual: your client, her children, her extended family, even her lawyer (if she has one). Don’t forget to include yourself on the list of people who are more stressed than usual. You may be working from home, without ready access to your colleagues or files.…

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Violence Against Women Prevention Month: Prevent and respond

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For many, November is now synonymous with “Movember,” an international campaign to raise money for and awareness about men’s health through a wide range of activities, including the growing of moustaches. As the facial hair of men around us blossoms over the upcoming weeks, let’s not forget that November is also Violence Against Women Prevention…

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Brief on Bill 207: An Act to amend the Children’s Law Reform Act, the Courts of Justice Act, the Family Law Act and other Acts respecting various family law matters

Updated endorsements – Brief by Luke’s Place Support and Resource Centre, Durham Region, OntarioPresented by Pamela Cross, October 5, 2020 This brief responds to Bill 207: An Act to amend the Children’s Law Reform Act, the Courts of Justice Act, the Family Law Act and other Acts respecting various family law matters. It expands on…

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Ontario’s Fall 2020 Budget Consultation Submission: Family Court Support Worker Program

Ontario’s Family Court Support Worker Program provides invaluable supports to increasing numbers of domestic violence survivors who are involved in the family court process. It has done so with no funding enhancement since its inception in 2011. The following are speaking notes from a presentation to Honourable Rod Phillips, Honourable Peter Bethlenfalvy, MPP Lorne Coe…

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Bill 207 Justice Committee Hearing: Luke’s Place Submission

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Presented by Pamela Cross, Luke’s Place Legal Director on October 13, 2020, 1:00 p.m. Good afternoon. Thank you for this opportunity to appear before you to talk about Bill 207. I do so on behalf of Luke’s Place Support and Resource Centre in Durham Region, where I am the Legal Director. We are named after…

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Bill 207: Moving Ontario Family Law Forward Act

On September 24th, Ontario’s Attorney General Doug Downey introduced Bill 207, the Moving Ontario Family Law Forward Act.   This Bill is the province’s long-anticipated follow-up to the federal government’s 2019 changes to the Divorce Act, which are to come into effect on March 1, 2021. For that reason alone, Bill 207 is important because,…

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