Category: Legal news & strategy

On February 9th, four-year-old Keira Kagan and her father, Robin Brown, were found dead at the foot of a cliff near Milton, Ontario. There seems little doubt that this was a murder-suicide: Keira’s father had been abusive to her mother, …

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COVID-19 has shone a light on many issues across the province/country/world: issues that existed before the pandemic and that will remain with us after it is over. We have learned (and continue to learn) a great deal during this experience, …

Technology can create problems as well as solve them Read More »

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June 25/20 Update: Luke’s Place Support and Resource Centre wants everyone supporting women fleeing abuse to have up-to-date information about what family law services and supports are available across Ontario at this time. Family Courts Please note: This information applies …

Supporting women to access family law supports during COVID-19 Read More »

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Our Legal Director, Pamela Cross, appeared before Standing Committee on Justice Policy – Bill 161:  The Stronger and Smarter Justice Act on June 10, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. Thank you very much for this opportunity to speak with you about …

The Smarter and Stronger Justice Act could jeopardize access to justice for women fleeing abuse Read More »

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Since Gabriel Wortman killed 22 people in Nova Scotia in April, there has been much talk about what needs to be done to stop anything like this from happening again. While the police were slow with their acknowledgement, it is …

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The revised Divorce Act, coming into effect on July 1, 2020, offers both pros and cons for survivors of family violence. The pros outweigh the cons, and create the potential for parents who have left an abusive relationship and who …

Will Canada’s new Divorce Act keep women and children fleeing abuse safe? The gaps – Part 3/3 Read More »

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While the amended Divorce Act will, without question, materially improve the situation of those fleeing abuse (if they use the Divorce Act to resolve parenting issues), it is not perfect. This article explores two criteria in the best interests test, …

Will Canada’s new Divorce Act keep women and children fleeing abuse safe? The cons – Part 2/3 Read More »

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As we continue to find our way through the strange new world of life in a pandemic, it is easy to lose sight of things that seemed important to us just a few months ago. The significantly revised Divorce Act, …

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  36 feminist and equality-seeking groups from across Canada, including Luke’s Place, endorsed the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) brief submitted to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights on Bill C-5 – …

NAWL Brief Submitted to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights on Bill C-5 Read More »

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This webinar looks at family law, family court and safety issues for women leaving abusive relationships while COVID-19 containment measures are in place. Topics covered include: why it is more difficult for women to leave, why incidents of abuse may …

COVID-19 Webinar: Supporting women with family violence & family law issues Read More »

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