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Criminal Sentencing of Bullies in the St. Michael’s College Scandal

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CBC Here and Now on Sentencing in St. Michael’s Case



Three boys who committed violent physical and sexual assaults as part of hazing rituals at St. Michael’s College School and then shared a video of the assaults on social media have been sentenced pursuant to the Youth Criminal Justice Act.   Justice Weagant sentences the three boys to two years of probation each.  All three boys had already been expelled from the elite private boys' school.  One of the victims alleges he also had to leave the school because of ongoing bullying centred around his victimization.  Education Lawyer, John Schuman, has been involved in many legal cases about students being bullied at school.  He discussed the the sentencing of the boys in the St. Michael’s case, the ramifications of that and the civil court case against the school in this segment from CBC Toronto’s Here and Now with Gill Deacon (Find the player at left or below on some mobile devices)


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41 - How to Prepare for Family Mediation

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41 - How to Prepare for Family Mediation

Many people choose family mediation to resolve the issues in separation and divorce, including parenting, child support, spousal support, and property division.  Often they chose family mediation to save money or get everything resolved more quickly or to avoid the difficult arguments and fights.  Mediation is more important, even required in some cases in the changes to the Divorce Act in 2020.  But to really save money, to get through the mediation more quickly, and to avoid unnecessary arguments, it is really helpful to do some preparations before going to family mediation. 


In this episode of the Ontario Family Law Podcast, Certified Specialist in Family LawJohn Schuman, goes over what every separated spouse or parent should do to prepare for family mediation.  That preparation includes taking important steps to get ready to discuss parenting matters (formerly custody and access) and financial matters.  It also involves getting emotionally prepared to resolved matters at mediation.  This podcast explains it all and provides valuable Family Law Tips to not only allow mediation to go more smoothly, but to help it proceed much more quickly, and at a lower cost, while making it more likely that the mediation will be successful in reaching a resolution.  This podcast can even help a separated parent or spouse use the mediation to get a result that he or she will like better.  


Anyone going through a separation should consider mediation and other forms of ADR to resolve all the related matters.  That makes this episode of the Ontario Family Law Podcast essentially listening or viewing.


The goal of any mediation is to reach a lasting separation.  Consequently, it is also worth checking out Episode 24 of the Ontario Family Law Podcast on how to get a Valid and Enforceable Separation Agreement. 


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The Ontario Family Law Podcast is a companion to the book, Guide to the Basics of Ontario Family Law, which is available  as a $9.99 Kindle eBook, Kobo eBook, or iBook for your iPad or iPhone and as a a paperback from Amazon and better bookstores.   Anyone who has to deal with issues related to child custody, child access or parenting after separation should rely on both of them for  give easy-to-understand information and advice about how the law applies to their case and what are the best ways to address their concerns.  The book also covers all the other related family law issues, such as child support, spousal support, property division and restraining orders.  To get your copy of the book, click on the picture of the book above and to the left.

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Thousands of people tune into the Ontario Family Law Podcast to get valuable pointers on family law, divorce and separation issues.  Please feel free to share this podcast with your social network using the sharing buttons below.  The host of the Ontario Family Law Podcast, John Schuman, is a Certified Specialist in Family Law, practicing in Toronto.  if you would like to contact him, either call 416-446-5869, email us,  or fill out form below and click “send.”


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