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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 161, the Smarter and Stronger Justice Act, will amend more than 20 existing pieces of legislation. Of particular concern to advocates for women fleeing abuse are the proposed revisions to the Legal Aid Services Act 1998. While it is certainly the case that this legislation is long overdue for updating, given that it has…

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A new report published by the Department of Justice Canada describes what many of us already know about family violence and family law processes: In a family law context, violence, abuse and neglect within families can have wide ranging, long-term effects. Family and criminal courts may offer contrary rulings that confuse and frustrate matters and…

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