Articles 2020

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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

Survey: The LGBTQ2A Action Plan

  • December 14, 2020
  • Erfan Bhuyian

The Government of Canada has prepared a survey to gather information on lived experiences of LGBTQ2+ community members. We invite community members to take part in this important initiative by filling out the survey.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law, Student Forum
SOGIC logo with Rainbow on O. Man looking through binoculars

SOGIC: Celebrating History, Setting New Goals

  • December 07, 2020
  • Teddy Weinstein

SOGIC leaders tell us about the opportunities that involvement in this vital community offers lawyers today, and where they see the section making an impact – in the profession and in the advancement of equality – in the future.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law, Student Forum
Canada Proposes Criminalization of Conversion Therapy for LGBTQ2S Persons

Canada Proposes Criminalization of Conversion Therapy for LGBTQ2S Persons

  • November 13, 2020
  • Rebecca Hines

Conversion therapy is a blight on Canadian society, causing arguably irreparable harm to the LGBTQ2S community. According to the Canadian Department of Justice, lower income, Indigenous, and transgender people are disproportionately represented amongst those who have been exposed to conversion therapy. The recent Bill C-6 attempts to bring criminal law reform in line with LGBTQ2S rights to ban the harmful practice across the country.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law, Student Forum
Professional Development: Finding Myself in the Pandemic

Professional Development: Finding Myself in the Pandemic

  • November 04, 2020
  • Teddy Weinstein

COVID-19 brought chaos to all corners of the globe. After the pandemic forced an early return home from a legal internship in South Africa, my professional journey in Canada had a slow and painful start. Meanwhile, I was also on a more personal journey: discovering and understanding my gender identity.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law, Student Forum
Professional Development: A Lawyer in Recovery

Professional Development: A Lawyer in Recovery

  • October 30, 2020
  • Jessie Gomberg

In my recovery from depression and alcoholism, I found purpose in life when I once found none. Once deeply ashamed, I now hope my recovery story can help others.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law, Student Forum
Remembering the Late Master Robert Muir, Beacon of the Bench and Founding Member of SOGIC

Remembering the Late Master Robert Muir, Beacon of the Bench and Founding Member of SOGIC

  • September 20, 2020
  • Teddy Weinstein

The first openly gay Master ever appointed in Canada, Master Robert Muir is remembered by friends and colleagues as a model of professionalism and mentorship whose legacy will live on in the many members of the justice community who benefitted from his thoughtful leadership and instrumental support.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law, Student Forum
Unafraid of Controversy: An Interview with Douglas Elliott

Unafraid of Controversy: An Interview with Douglas Elliott

  • June 27, 2020
  • Teddy Weinstein

In the second article in a series celebrating SOGIC’s 25th anniversary, Douglas Elliott, one of the section’s first co-chairs, talks about his part in producing lasting change in the fight for equality, from his time working on the OBA’s report on AIDS, up to the final decisive vote in Mont Tremblant that created SOGIC’s national section.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law, Student Forum