Education

Miller Thomson’s Education Law Group appreciates that putting students’ needs first must be the cornerstone of your legal strategies.  Legal issues in education arise in the context of ongoing relationships, so even when providing advice to facilitate a short term resolution, we consider the need to develop the foundations for long term problem-solving.  Our Education lawyers will get to know your specific needs, staff and culture, in order to support your organization with timely, effective advice, drawing on our extensive experience working with publicly funded English public and Catholic school boards, private schools, private career colleges, colleges and universities as well as education associations.  We will help you understand how the legislation, case law, policy and best practices impact you, in an approachable, pragmatic and collaborative manner.

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Miller Thomson’s Education Law group announces Morning Recess, a complimentary webinar series

Miller Thomson’s Education Law group is pleased to announce the launch of Morning Recess, a complimentary monthly webinar series.  Created to support board and school-based personnel with their self-directed learning goals, the webinars, each about 45-minutes, will address some of...

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Nadya Tymochenko speaks on Education Law Section

Nadya Tymochenko is presenting on “Exploring the School Board Perspective” at the 2017 OBA Institute.

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Nadya Tymochenko will be speaking to Administrators from Simcoe County District School Board regarding Social Media and Other Legal Issues on March 23, 2015 in Barrie.

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Gillian Tuck Kutarna presents “Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation – What Does This Mean for School Boards” to Superintendents of Business and School Board Privacy and RIM Officers at the Waterloo District School Board

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Gillian Tuck Kutarna and Nadya Tymochenko participate in a panel discussion on “Managing Cyber-Bullying and Social Media in our Education System”

PROGRAM CHAIR Gillian Tuck Kutarna, Associate, Miller Thomson LLP SPEAKERS Nadya Tymochenko, Partner, Miller Thomson LLP Suzette Clark, Director, Educational Services Department, Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation Scott Moreash, Associate Director, Instructional Support Services, Peel District School Board Areas of...

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Social Media in Our Schools

Nadya Tymochenko will speak at the OBA’s program “Social Media in Our Schools” in Toronto. Gillian Tuck Kutarna be chairing.

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Nadya Tymochenko will be speaking at the Ontario Principals’ Council and Thames Valley District School Board’s Principal’s Conference on “Current Legal Issues in Education”.

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Nadya Tymochenko and Gillian Tuck Kutarna are presenting on the topic of Internet and Social Media in Classrooms at the Canadian Association for the Practical Study of Law in Education’s Annual Conference.

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Aiyaz Alibhai speaks on “Copyright and Intellectual Property” at Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Ready or Not: Managing Risks in the Education Sector Conference.

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Gerald Chipeur presents at the Economic Club of Canada on David & Goliath: How Canada can Win more US Trade

Gerald Chipeur presents at the Economic Club of Canada in Toronto on Wednesday, June 13, 2012.

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Gillian Tuck Kutarna, Nadya Tymochenko and Sylvain Rouleau present at the Canadian Association for the Practical Study of Law in Education.

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Morning Recess: An Education Industry Seminar Series

Miller Thomson hosts the second session of its Morning Recess complimentary webinar focused on School Foundations, entitled “Common Pitfalls in Receiving Charitable Gifts”. This webinar is a 45-minute session addressing the challenges faced by charitable foundations supporting schools and school...

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Morning Recess: An Education Industry Seminar Series

Miller Thomson hosts a complimentary presentation of Morning Recess, entitled “Off Duty Conduct in a Social Media Savvy World”, an informative 45-minute webinar, addressing the challenges of responding to the off-duty conduct of employees, including when their behaviour is made public using...

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Morning Recess: An Education Industry Seminar Series

Miller Thomson hosts a complimentary presentation of Morning Recess, entitled “Protecting Personal Privacy in an Era of Social Media”, an informative 45-minute webinar, addressing the duties and responsibilities of school boards with respect to the personal privacy of students and what...

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Morning Recess: An Education Industry Seminar Series

Miller Thomson hosts a complimentary presentation of Morning Recess, entitled, “Social Media User Contracts: Terms and Conditions,” an informative 45-minute webinar, addressing the terms and conditions of social media and mobile app service agreements used by school boards and teachers for...

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Morning Recess: Important Cases You Need to Know About

For more information about Morning Recess, please click here.

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Morning Recess: An Education Industry Seminar Series

Miller Thomson hosts a seminar entitled “Students Harassing Teachers.” For more information about Morning Recess, please click here.

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Morning Recess: An Education Industry Seminar Series

Miller Thomson presents “The Role of Trustees.” For more information about Morning Recess, please click here.

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Morning Recess: An Education Industry Seminar Series

Dirk Van de Kamer and Nadya Tymochenko present a Morning Recess seminar on “Labour and Employment Updates for School Boards.”

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Morning Recess: An Education Industry Seminar Series

Dražen Bulat presents a Morning Recess seminar on “The Broader Public Sector Purchasing Requirements for School Boards.”

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The Nature of Self-Regulation

The Education Law Group host a seminar featuring Dr. Stuart Shanker, Director of the Milton & Ethel Harris Research Initiative at York University. Dr. Shanker will talk about the nature of self-regulation; the experiences that promote the development of self-regulation...

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Collective Bargaining Rights Affirmed: Putting Students First Act is Ruled Unconstitutional

On April 20, 2016, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice declared the Putting Students First Act, 2012 (the “PSFA”) unconstitutional.  In OPSEU v. Ontario,[1] the Court held that the Ontario government infringed upon the right to freedom of association guaranteed...

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“Official Mark” Protection for School Boards

School boards in Ontario are facing new pressures as a result of declining enrolment and decreases in funding, competition for students from private speciality schools and scrutiny by much more informed and sophisticated local communities.  In response to these pressures,...

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What Should we do for the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act?

Charities incorporated under Ontario law have been waiting on the Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (“ONCA”) to come into force.  The ONCA was passed by the Ontario Legislature in 2010, but comes into force on a day to be named.  Recently, the...

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Mandatory Requirements for Receiving Charitable Donation Tax Credit

As registered charities, school boards and school foundations are able to issue tax receipts for donations received, but in doing so must strictly adhere to Canada Revenue Agency requirements, in order to avoid risking revocation of their charitable status. In...

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Education Foundations – Directors’ Personal Liability

School boards and private schools often choose to establish a separate corporation for the purposes of fundraising, and register the corporation as a charity.  Foundations can generate many benefits for a school or school board and the community they serve,...

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Inaugural “Schools of School Board Foundations” edition

Welcome to the inaugural “Schools of School Board Foundations” edition of Miller Thomson’s Education Law newsletter, which we hope will be a helpful resource for charitable foundations supporting schools and school boards.   You may subscribe here to receive our next...

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Police Record Checks Reform Act, 2015: Potential Impact on School Boards

On December 1, 2015, the Ontario government passed Bill 113 the Police Record Checks Reform Act, 2015 (the “Act”), which will come into force on a date to be determined in the near future.  The Act will apply to persons who...

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TDSB Advisory Panel Report Highlights Structural Governance Issues for School Boards

Last March, the Minister of Education appointed the Toronto District School Board Governance Advisory Panel (“Advisory Panel”), to consult and make recommendations with respect to structural and procedural changes to the Toronto District School Board.  The Advisory Panel was constituted...

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Covert Surveillance Admissible Despite Procedural Errors Following Policy

In a recent grievance arbitration decision between the Ottawa-Carlton District School Board (the “Board”) and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation District 25 Plant Support Staff (“OSSTF”), a preliminary issue regarding the admissibility of covert surveillance records was adjudicated by...

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Oversight of the Education Sector by the Ombudsman’s Office

We reported in December 2014 that new powers were coming to the Ombudsman that would permit the Office of the Ombudsman to investigate and make recommendations regarding complaints with respect to school boards. This new authority began on September 1,...

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Education Law Newsletter

Read the latest issue of Miller Thomson’s Education Law publication

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Morning Recess Webinar Series

Learn about upcoming and complimentary Morning Recess webinars for new school administrators

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