May 13, 2021

Janelle O’Connor

Sexual assault training for judges now mandatory

Significant changes designed to enhance confidence in the criminal justice system among survivors of sexual assault came into force last week. The changes involve amendments to the Judges Act and the Criminal Code and are designed to assist judges in deciding sexual assault cases without the influence of myths and stereotypes.…

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April 12, 2021

Janelle O’Connor

Vicarious liability of school boards for sexual abuse by teachers: Is the school still out?

Vicarious liability of school boards for sexual abuse by teachers: Is the school still out?

The Supreme Court of Canada has recognized that teachers play a key role in society that places them in a direct position of trust and authority towards their students.  Teachers have significant power, authority, and control over their students. They have control over almost all aspects of a student’s day,…

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