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UpcomingAdjusting to the New Normal


  • June 22, 2021
    5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

For Lawyers, Mediators, Social Workers, Psychologists, and interested professionals

  • What different agencies and professionals in the family justice system expect for the Fall of 2021
  • Which technologies and changes that were a result of the pandemic will endure?
  • Which families and children involved in the family justice system have been especially harmed by the pandemic, and how can their needs be better addressed?

Chair: Karla McGrath – Queen’s Family Law Clinic:

– Tina Tom – Director of Legal Services, Family and Children’s Services (FACSFLA)

– Alicia Rogerson – Director of Services, Family and Children’s Services (FACSFLA)

– Tina Fasano, Mediator & Family lawyer, Kingston

– Steven M.P. Starbuck, East Region Manager of Legal Services, Legal Aid Ontario

– Alicia Lambert, Program Coordinator, Supervised Access Centre.

– Jean-Anne Wyborn, Trial Coordinator, Kingston Family Court

– Queen’s Family Law Clinic – Kim Heath and Jamie LaRose (on Self-Represented Litigants)

– Justice Tim Minnema, Local Administrative Judge, Ontario Superior Court (Family, Kingston)

 

Opportunity for questions & comments.  Feel free to send the questions in advance to kingstonafcco@gmail.com

For lawyers, this program is eligible for 1.5 hours Substantive Hours toward CPD requirements.

Admission is without charge, but you must be registered to get the Zoom link.  Those who want to attend are required to register by sending an email to: kingstonafcco@gmail.com


UpcomingMindfulness Practices and Tools: The Most Valuable “.1” of Your Day That You May Ever Docket – SAVE THE DATE


  • August 25, 2021
    1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Save the Date

Presenter

Deborah Zemans

Are you zoomed out? Challenged by zoom calls, zoom courts, zoom meditations, zoom counselling sessions? Self-care is always challenging when you are helping others but it is even more challenging these days. We are here to help. In just over an hour, you will gain an understanding of mindfulness and learn some meditation practices and tools which could be the  .1 of your day that you have been missing and ultimately the most valuable .1 of your that you may ever docket!


ExpiredWalsh Welcome Event

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  • March 12, 2021
    5:30 pm - 6:00 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please RSVP by Wednesday, March 10th

Event link will be sent to attendees on March 11th.


UpcomingChildren’s Rights and the UNCRC: Beyond the Voice of the Child


  • May 20, 2021
    3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Presenters

Justice Freya Kristjanson, Superior Court of Justice

Caterina Tempesta, Senior Counsel, Office of the Children’s Lawyer

Anamika Baijnath, MSW, RSW, Senior Policy Analyst, Ontario Association of Social Workers

It has been 30 years since Canada ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), the most widely ratified international human rights treaty in history.  Many of its core principles are applicable in the family law context, and compel us to shift our approach to providing services to children and families, viewing children as rights-holders and not merely passive subjects of decision-making.  Our panelists will:

  • review key aspects of the UNCRC and its status in Canadian law;
  • focusing on the child’s right to freely express views, discuss ways to promote children’s meaningful participation in family law matters;
  • discuss other aspects of family law that engage children’s rights, such as issues of privacy and consent;
  • suggest how family justice participants can usefully approach challenging family law cases by applying a children’s rights lens;
  • explore how professionals working with children can build a child-centred, rights- based practice, and empower children and youth to participate in decisions about their lives and their care arrangements; and
  • offer practical suggestions for counsel on how to use the UNCRC as an effective advocacy tool

 

This program contains 15 minutes of Professionalism Content and one hour and fifteen minutes of Substantive Content.

 


ExpiredBills C78 and 207: Reforming the Law & Changing the Culture – Webinar

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  • April 8, 2021
    4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

 a joint presentation of AFCC-O and York Region Law Association

Eligible for 1.5 hours of substantive credit

Speakers

Professor Nicholas Bala
Archana Medhekar
Aaron Franks

Moderators

Dr. Shely Polak
Justice Andrea Himel

The parenting provisions of Canada’s Divorce Act (Bill C-78) and Ontario’s Children’s Law Reform Act (Bill 207) are being amended, with new provisions in effect as of March 1, 2021. The reforms introduce new parenting terminology, and encourage the use of parenting plans and non-court family dispute resolution. The new laws include provisions to better recognize family violence and better address parental relocation. The reforms have significant implications for all who work in the family justice field, as they are intended to affect both practice in the courts and the “culture of divorce”

Our esteemed panel will share their opinions in response to the following questions:

  • Will the legislative changes have a significant impact family law professionals and our clients?
  • How can we reconcile parenting plans with the Court’s duty to make “orders”?
  • What factors may be most significant in relocation cases?
  • Will it be more/less difficult for parents to relocate – within Ontario, nationally, internationally?
  • How will domestic violence considerations affect outcomes?
  • What is the role for family law professionals in identifying and responding to risk?

 


ExpiredJustice Online – a Family Law Focussed Presentation – Webinar

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  • March 9, 2021
    3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Registration Deadline: March 9 @ 2:00

Webinar link and any presentation materials will be sent to registrants prior to the event.

The presentation will consist of:

  • An overview of Justice Services Online and its various offerings
  • Focus on Family Claims Online vs. Family Submissions Online
  • Live Demo
  • Questions period


Presenters

Paul Valenti

Consulting Manager of Family Operations with Court Services Division, Ministry of the Attorney General.

Paul has been with Court Services since 2005 and has worked in the courts as well as with the corporate office.

In addition to supporting various modernization initiatives, Paul participates on CSD’s technical and policy tables which consists of management members from across the province, representatives from the Offices of the Chief Justices of the Ontario and Superior Courts and other institutional offices such as the Family Responsibility Office and Office of the Children’s Lawyer.

Elise Cattani

Associate of Family Operations with Court Services Division, Ministry of the Attorney General.

Elise has been with Court Services since 2011 and has worked at various courts as well as the corporate office.

In addition to providing support in managing day-to-day business, Elise also provides technical and procedural support to both the public and court users of our various modernization initiatives.

Justin Di Giacinto

Justin is a Business Process Improvement Analyst with the Project Implementation Branch of the Ministry of the Attorney General (MAG). In his 10 years with MAG, Justin has held a variety of roles in court operations spanning over multiple business lines including Family, Civil, Small Claims and Criminal. His expertise has assisted in the area of service design as MAG aspires to improve its online presence and increase its online service offerings. Through a user-centric design approach, Justin spends the bulk of his time speaking to users, analyzing feedback and making recommendations on how to improve MAG’s digital court services.

 Angela Fajardo

Business Process Improvement Analyst, previously a Subject Matter Expert in Civil since January 2019 at the Project Implementation Branch/Corporate Services Management  Division, Ministry of the Attorney General. Angela has several years experience working as a Client Services Representative at the Civil Intake office with the Ministry of the Attorney General along with other positions in the Civil Trial Office, Family Law office and the Enforcement office.

Angela supports the Civil and Small Claims Court through UAT, process improvement and participates in the Justice Services Online initiatives.

 

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