Adoption and non-spousal relationships: Marta’s groundbreaking case

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September 20, 2018
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Earlier this week, a ground-breaking decision was released that involved our very own Marta Siemiarczuk. Marta assisted two women in a non-romantic relationship to apply to adopt a foster child in their care. She successfully argued that this law is discriminatory and infringed their rights guaranteed under section 15 of the Charter.

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Vriend v Alberta

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March 29, 2018
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April 2, 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of Vriend v Alberta, the landmark equality rights case that is among the most important civil rights moments in Canadian history. Delwin Vriend fought an uphill battle on his journey to the Supreme Court of Canada to challenge discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

Aboriginal Heritage and Cultural Identity: Should These be “Super-Weighted”?

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September 7, 2017
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Only months after Ontario voted to adopt sweeping changes to the child protection and public adoption regime to take into account unique Indigenous relationships, a decision by the British Columbia Court of Appeal makes one wonder just how meaningful this reform will be in Ontario.

Co-Mommas: A Historic Declaration of Parentage

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February 23, 2017
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What happens when two people who are not in a romantic relationship want to raise a child together? Does the law recognize these kinds of parents? In a Canadian first, our very own Marta Siemiarczuk assisted Natasha Bakht and Lynda Collins in asking the court to declare them as co-mothers of Natasha’s son, Elaan.

Three Parent Babies – What is the Law?

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October 6, 2016
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Our very own Erin Lepine was featured this week on CBC Radio’s Ontario Today, talking about the baby boy born earlier this year who was the product of a ‘three parent’ fertility technique. Embryologists used a process called spindle nuclear transfer, which uses genetic material from three different people, in an attempt to produce an embryo without the genes for Leigh syndrome.