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Bill 68 would modernize municipal councils, school boards

New legislation under consideration in Ontario would allow more flexibility for those seeking elected office, says Windsor public law lawyer Sheila MacKinnon . Bill 68 , ... Read more

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Should service dogs be allowed in schools?

Requests to have service dogs in schools are becoming increasingly challenging and complex, says Windsor education lawyer  Jessica Koper . While in an employment ... Read more

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Students with special needs aged 18 and older falling between the cracks

School boards and parents are grappling with a gap in services for children with special needs between the ages of 18 and 21, says Windsor education law lawyer Sheila MacKinnon . ... Read more

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New managing partner at Shibley Righton LLP’s Windsor office

Sheila MacKinnon ,   a public law lawyer who first joined Shibley Righton LLP more than 30 years ago, has been named managing partner of the firm’s Windsor office. ... Read more

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Internet use at schools must be monitored to ensure safety

As schools continue to evolve with technology by offering expanded wi-fi access and more digital educational tools, it’s important to also stay up to date with rules around ... Read more

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NOTL's last elementary school to close: Divisional Court

An Ontario Divisional Court has upheld a school board decision to close Niagara-on-the-Lake’s last elementary school in a ruling that acknowledges how difficult and heart ... Read more

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Workshop to outline guidelines, policies protecting students

Education lawyer Sheila MacKinnon will present a workshop on the regulations and policies in place to protect students at the upcoming Ontario Public School Boards’ ... Read more

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Dress code rules unlikely to be black and white: MacKinnon

The creation of a school dress code requires the often delicate balance between the right to freely express oneself and the need for school environments to be respectful and ... Read more

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Law to require schools to permit asthmatic kids to keep inhalers

TORONTO – Asthma advocates believe Ontario is set to become the first province in which children can legally carry their inhalers with them at school. A bill known as ... Read more

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Administrators looking to use personal info must consult privacy laws

A Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta decision highlights the fact that school administrators should consult privacy law experts before using documents containing personal ... Read more

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High school dare costs B.C. parents more than $48,000

A recent British Columbia Supreme Court decision involving a $48,000 prank highlights the fact that a "kids will be kids" argument does not absolve students from behaving ... Read more

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Transgender guidelines helpful to schools, staff, students

New guidelines released by the Nova Scotia government to help schools, staff and students support transgender and gender non-conforming students are certain to help stakeholders ... Read more

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Ombudsman’s oversight expanded to cover school boards

The Ontario ombudsman’s new powers over school boards appear to be unnecessary given the built-in oversight and appeal processes already encompassed in the province’s ... Read more

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Questions raised over trustees' scope of power

Principals of a school have a duty to ensure the safety of students and others while on school premises, says education lawyer Sheila MacKinnon . MacKinnon, partner with ... Read more

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Violent students to be part of discussion at annual program

The difficult issue of how to balance the rights of students with special needs who pose a risk of harm to others with the rights of other students and staff to a safe environment ... Read more

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