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Steeped in Social Justice from a Young Age, Aidan Johnson Continues to Find Inspiration Working in Ontario’s Community Legal Clinic System

  • November 18, 2022
  • Kirsti Mathers McHenry

In 2018, as a newly minted executive director, Aidan Johnson’s first task was to facilitate the merger of two established legal clinics into one, larger, entity that would respond to the legal needs of poverty-affected Ontarians in the Niagara region. Johnson didn’t know it at the time, but the formal merger would happen only one year before COVID-19 – and the onset of a whole new set of challenges, tied to the pandemic.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law, Student Forum
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Julie DeWolf: an Unsung Legal Hero

  • November 18, 2022
  • Tamara J. Sylvester (one/they/them)

It is often said that “the wolf does not walk alone; she always carries her pack.” Indeed, one is left to wonder whether Julie DeWolf, the SOGIC Executive’s outgoing Chair, derives her unwavering commitment to service to the legal and broader community as well as her democratic and affiliative leadership style from her surname!

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law, Student Forum
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Condos Could Give Queers the Boot! A discussion of the Single-Family Rule’s discriminatory impact on the 2SLGBTQ+ Community

  • November 18, 2022
  • Kirsti Mathers McHenry (she/her) and Tamara J. Sylvester (one/they/them)

In this article, the authors discuss the discriminatory impact of the Single Family Rule on the grounds of sexual orientation, the HRTO’s unsettled jurisdiction over the issue, and the broader implications for the 2SLGBTQ+ community.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law, Student Forum
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Pride Month Statement from SOGIC

  • June 01, 2022
  • The SOGIC Executive

We note the tragic events in Buffalo, Orange County, Uvalde, and too many more around the world, and recognize the importance of focusing on the unique life experiences of those who live and practice in the far too often precarious space where sexual and racial identity intersect. We note the ongoing struggles of the trans community, particularly those facing oppressive exclusionary laws.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law, Student Forum
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The Future is Femme, Black Femme Legal!

  • February 27, 2022
  • Tamara J. Sylvester (one/they/them)

Allow me to reintroduce you to Samantha Peters (she/her/they/them) – no stranger to the spotlight. Samantha, who proudly identifies as a black queer femme, was called to the bars of Alberta and Ontario in 2020. In that short time, she has made a palpable impact on the legal profession because of her innovative and rebellious approach to the practice of law and the seemingly fearless way in which she navigates the margins that contemporary Canadian society imposes on her intersecting identities.

Women Lawyers Forum, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law, Student Forum
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What’s in a Pronoun? Two human rights tribunals find that misgendering in the workplace amounts to discrimination in employment

  • November 14, 2021
  • Giovanna Di Sauro (she/her), Tamara J. Sylvester (one/they/them) and Nicky Kim (she/her)

This article summarizes two recent Human Rights Tribunal decisions that, for the first time, considered the issue of misgendering of gender non-conforming employees in the workplace as well as their employers' failure to address their complaints of discrimination seriously or at all. In addition to highlighting the Tribunals' key findings, the article also provides practical tips for organizations in light of these decisions.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law, Student Forum

Message from your SOGIC Chair and Vice-Chair

  • September 20, 2021
  • Julie DeWolf and Gregory Ko

Julie DeWolf and Gregory Ko, SOGIC chair and vice-chair for 2021-2022, respectively, provide an update on the Section’s activities from last year and a preview of what they have in store this year.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law, Student Forum

Canada Christian College and Charles McVety: SOGIC's Perspective

  • May 18, 2021
  • Julie DeWolf, Jessie Gomberg, Adrian Ishak, Eric Sadvari, and Daniel Vollmer

Canada Christian College, by virtue of Bill 213, was granted University status on December 8, 2020. SOGIC publicly condemns any institution that discriminates against members of the 2SLGBTQA+ community.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law, Student Forum

Considerations for Serving LGBT2SQ Clients as They Age

  • April 30, 2021
  • Cassandra Martino and Amelia Yiu, Elm Law Professional Corporation

Elder law practitioners should be aware of the special circumstances that may impact the lives of their LGBT2SQ clients as they age, as these circumstances will have a direct impact on how legal practitioners may want to advise their clients in planning for incapacity or death.

Elder Law, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law, Student Forum