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Editor: Maryellen Symons


Effective and Ethical Representation of Young People

  • December 14, 2015
  • Carina Chan and Jessica Walsh

On November 19, 2015, the OBA held an event titled “Effective and Ethical Representation of Young People”. The program was co-chaired by section executive members Mary Birdselland Emma Rhodes. This article summarizes the program.

Ontario Passes Protecting Child Performers Act

  • August 05, 2015
  • Bob Tarantino

On April 30, 2015, Ontario passed Bill 17, entitled the Protecting Child Performers Act. It comes into force in February 2016. The Act changes in critical ways the obligations of Ontario employers of children in the entertainment industries.

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A Review of the Law of Parens Patriae

  • July 08, 2015
  • The Hon. Justice Heather McGee

Justice McGee addressed the Child and Youth Law section at our year end event about the doctrine of parens patriae and its development in Canadian jurisprudence.

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“Merging” And The Principles of Fundamental Justice

  • June 08, 2015
  • Brock Jones

How should the principles of fundamental justice provided under section 7 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms be applied when an offender co-exists in both the youth and adult criminal justice systems? In Erasmo v Canada (Attorney-General) 2015 FCA 129 the Federal Court of Appeal was asked to decide the constitutionality of the “merger provisions” of the Criminal Code, R.S.C. 1985, c. C-46 and the Corrections and Conditional Release Act, S.C. 1992, c. 20.

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When Can Children Waive Their Constitutional Rights?

  • May 01, 2015
  • Brock Jones

Can children waive their constitutional rights? And if so, under what circumstances? A review and commentary of Gillies et al. v Toronto District School Board 2015 ONSC 1038

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