John Schuman, Ontario Family Lawyer/Divorce Lawyer and Children’s Rights Advocate, on Television

John Schuman, Certified Specialist, Toronto Lawyer, appearing on Television


As an expert in family law and children’s rights, Certified Specialist, John Schuman, does many television appearances to speak about family law, divorce, custody, access, child support, spousal support and property division issues affecting married, common-law, separating and divorcing couples.  Here are some of those TV appearances that both provided important family law information and show John's skills, knowledge and experience as a family lawyer and divorce lawyer.

Bullying: What Changes Can and Should Schools Make to Stop It?


John Schuman spoke to CTV News so share his expertise in the areas of education law an bullying.  He discussed what schools are legally required to do about bullying, how that differs between public and private schools, and what schools should bedding regardless of legal requirements.


This story comes in the wake of the release of the report into bullying at St. Michael’s College School in Toronto.  That report was the result of a scandal that hit the school after Toronto Police arrested several students after a severe hazing incident.  The fall-out and media investigations revealed just how widespread bullying was at the prestigious school and how important it is to stop bullying in every school.


This video gives parents valuable information about what they should expect schools to do to protect children from bullying, harassment and hazing at school - treatment that has long lasting negative impacts on the victims. 


More information about Ontario Education Law is available on this page. For additional information about education law, or to get legal help or protection for your child, contact Education Lawyer, John Schuman, call 416-446-5869 or use the contact form below.  You can also comment on this video, or share it on your social network using the buttons below.  Sharing is one of the best ways to make sure people who need this information get it.


Do Ontario Private Schools Have To Meet Any Standards?


Many children attend Ontario Private Schools. But, does Ontario Law require those schools to meet any standards? Parents should know what they are getting into before enrolling their child. Without careful investigation, and going over the school’s documents carefully, parents may not get what they want for their child from and Ontario Private School.  They may also find they have no legal recourse if things do not work out well for their child at that school.  They should worry about protections from bullying, what academic standards are in place and whether their child can be kicked out for essentially no reason at all.


In this short, informative video, Education Lawyer, John Schuman, explains what standards Ontario Private Schools do, and do not have to follow.  He also gives advice for parents to ensure that their children are protected, and getting everything they expect, from an Ontario Private School.  This video is essential viewing for all parents considering a private school to educate their children. 


More information about Ontario Education Law is available on this page. If your child has been kicked out of school, watch this video. For additional information about education law, or to get legal help or protection for your child, contact Education Lawyer, John Schuman, call 416-446-5869 or use the contact form below.  You can also comment on this video, or share it on your social network using the buttons below.  Sharing is one of the best ways to make sure people who need this information get it.


Are Private Schools Protecting Your Kids? Ontario Education Law Does Not Require It.

Seven percent of Ontario children attend private schools , often because their parents believe they will get a superior education. Those parents rarely understand that  Ontario Education Law allows those private schools to operate outside the standards required of public schools.  Many of the rights that public school students enjoy, such as protection from bullying, certified teachers, standardized discipline and formal assistance for special needs, just do not exist in private schools.  While some private schools exceed public school standards, others do not.  a culture of secrecy can exist at private schools that can hide the suffering of students, even from parents and, as the St. Michael’s College School Scandal showed, from the police. 


The Weekly with Wendy Mesley takes an in-depth look at the difference in protections offers to students in private and public schools and how private schools operate with almost no regulation.  Wendy speaks to Education Lawyer, John Schuman, about just how little education law and government oversight applies to private schools and what that means to the students to attend them.  This is critical information for every parent to understand when considering a private school education for their child. 


More information about Ontario Education Law is available on this page.  For additional information about education law, or to get legal help or protection for your child, contact Education Lawyer, John Schuman, call 416-446-5869 or use the contact form below.  You can also comment on this story and video, or share it on your social network using the buttons below.  Sharing is one of the best ways to make sure people who need this information get it.


Why Ontario Private Schools Don’t Have the Same Requirements as Public Schools - Including the Duty to Report Child Abuse



Hundreds of thousands of Ontario Children attend school at Ontario Private Schools.   Despite how many private schools operate in Ontario and how many children attend them, most parents are surprised to learn that Ontario’s Education Act creates almost no rules for private schools.  They do not have to create safe environment for the students, they do not have to hire certified teachers, they do not have to combat bullying.   After covering events in the scandal at St. Michaels’ College School, the Global News Team, explains the very few requirements Private Schools do have to meet.  Then at 28 minutes, Education Lawyer,  John Schuman, explains why private schools may not even have to report some types of child abuse (including sexual child abuse). 


For more on how the rules are different for public and private schools, read this page, which has even more videos explaining these issues. 


Parents frequently do not understand what rights there children have in private schools, or public schools, or how to best protect their children while at school. To contact Education Lawyer, John Schuman, call 416-446-5869 or use the contact form below.  You can also comment on this story and video, or share it on your social network using the buttons below.  Sharing is one of the best ways to make sure people who need this information get it.


John Schuman on The National


The scandal at St. Michael’s College surprised many parents, and many more were shocked at how basic rules the apply to public schools, do not apply to private school.  John Schuman appeared on CBC’s The National, again, in this continuing coverage of the scandal. 


Parents frequently do not understand what rights there children have in private schools, or public schools, or how to best protect their children while at school. To contact Education Lawyer, John Schuman, call 416-446-5869 or use the contact form below.  You can also comment on this story and video, or share it on your social network using the buttons below.  Sharing is one of the best ways to make sure people who need this information get it.



Bullying at Ontario Private School

Bullying and “hazing” has, unfortunately, been a part of school culture for a long time.  This story from a Global News, featuring an interview with Education Lawyer, John Schuman, discusses not only the incident, but the legal responsibilities of schools and educators.  Education Law does create a responsibility for schools to address bullying.  However, the legal requirements for public and private schools in Ontario are very different. Parents need to understand the differences and be cautious when enrolling children in private schools to ensure their children get benefits of a private school education without any serious downsides. John spoke to CBC News Network’s Andrew Nichols about how schools should respond to bullying and how private schools can take a different approach.  That video is below:



This is not the first time that John Schuman has been involved in a serious bullying case.  He spoke to CBC about the serious harm inflicted on a child by bullying at Ontario Public School.  Bullying is never OK, and it is always important to raise the problem with the school immediately. But, when a child has suffered serious physical, emotional or psychological harm due to bullying, it is time to speak to an Education Lawyer to make sure the student gets the supports he or she needs and is able, not only to attend school, but to feel safe and learn there.


To see more about this particular incident, watch this CityTV News Story.


To contact Education Lawyer, John Schuman, call 416-446-5869 or use the contact form below.  You can also comment on this story and video, or share it on your social network using the buttons below.  Sharing is one of the best ways to make sure people who need this information get it.


Should Paramedics Be Criminally Charged If They Do Not Take Someone to Hospital?



Is not taking a patient to hospital more than just negligence? Should paramedics be criminally charged if they don’t? In a case having far reaching implications for first responders, two Hamilton Paramedics have been criminal charges for failing to take a shooting victim to hospital. In this CBC News story, lawyer and paramedic, John Schuman, discusses the issues under Ontario Law and how this case will impact first responders. 


For more about legal issues affecting first responders, check out this video


In addition to being a lawyer (with a Certified Specialist designation), John is a paramedic, and has been a paramedic for more than 25 years.  He and his team are available to assist first responders with their legal issues.  You can contact him by calling 416-446-4036, emailing him, or using the contract form below.


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Grandparents and Child Support

In a controversial Ontario Family Court Case, a Mother of a child sued the child’s grandparents for child support because they wanted continued access to their granddaughter.   Toronto Lawyer, and Certified Specialist in Family Law, John Schuman, participated in a panel discussion on the CBC about the impact of this case on Grandparents Rights and Ontario Law. 




2017 #ParamedicRide



In addition to being a lawyer (with a Certified Specialist designation), John is a paramedic, and has been a paramedic for more than 25 years.  Although some may think that to be an odd combination, it really is not. Both are helping professions.  People call on both professionals when they are having some of the most difficult times in their lives and looking for help to make things better.   Both professions provide reassurance to those in needs and try to fix problems as quickly as possible. 


One way the two professions are very different is the amount of personal risk.  Since 1988, 39 paramedics have lost their lives doing their job and many more suffer in silence or have died alone suffering from PTSD or other workplace-related mental health injuries.  To honour them, and to raise money for a notional memorial, John participates in the Paramedic Ride. In this video John discusses both the Paramedic Ride and how being a paramedic led to him being a lawyer. 


Click here to donate to the Paramedic Ride.   To contact John for legal assistance, please call 416-446-5080 or use the form below. 


How to Challenge Your Child’s Suspension or Expulsion from School



Suspending or expelling a child from school are the most severe punishments that can be imposed on a pupil.  Not only do these punishments deprive children of their right to an education, but they also can damage the student’s reputation and affect their future educational prospects. Although school principals and boards are required to impose these punishments only for the most severe type of behaviour, and only after considering whether there are mitigating factors that should lead to a less severe punishment, there are times that they make mistakes and children are wrongly suspended or expelled. 


In this video, Toronto education lawyer, John Schuman, goes over the legal rights that students and parents have when facing a suspension or expulsion from school.  He explains the essential education law that they need to know when facing this serious form of school discipline  It is important for pupils and their parents to understand their rights before making any decisions about  when facing a suspension or expulsion from school.


If your child has been suspended or expelled it, is important to speak to an education lawyer immediately.  The time lines for appeals are short - and there may even be things the lawyer can help you do before bringing an appeal to resolve matters.   Suspensions stay on a student’s records and expulsions obviously not only stay on the student’s record but profoundly affect his or her education.  To contact Ontario Education Lawyer, John Schuman, call the 416-446-5847, email him, of the page, or use the form below.


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