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[Friday January 24] After Bedford v. Canada: What next for regulating sex work in Canada?

Poster_PrintI’m* going to moderate this panel, which takes on some very difficult issues in the wake of an important Supreme Court decision.

After Bedford v. Canada: What next for regulating sex work in Canada?
Come and hear an array of panelists discuss the new legal landscape and the challenges that now face us after the Supreme Court struck down many – but not all – of Canada’s criminal laws about sex work.
What happens when legal doctrine tries to address street realities? Six experts offer different visions of the road ahead.

  • Cheryl Auger Board Member, Maggie’s: The Toronto Sex Worker Action Project
  • Christa Big Canoe Legal Advocacy Director, Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto
  • Jamie Cameron Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School
  • Brenda Cossman Professor & Director, Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies
  • Katrina Pacey Legal Director, Pivot Legal Society
  • Kim Pate Executive Director, Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies

Friday, January 24, 2014
3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
University College, Room 179
15 King’s College Circle, University of Toronto


Generously supported by the Scotiabank University of Toronto Faculty of Law Lecture and Conference Fund and the Institute for Feminist Legal Studies, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University,
and co-sponsored by the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies and the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, University of Toronto

PDF poster here with map.


* sonia lawrence, ifls director

Story of last night's Slutwalks panel at the OBA

Journalist Peter H. Martyn has collected many of the tweets from this event (see info about the event here) using the Storify tool.  Neat, because if you read it through, it gives you a fair bit of info about what happened at the session.

One of the most stunning moments of the evening was when Ronda Bessner, assistant dean of Osgoode Law School’s JD program, who had organized the original safety session with Toronto Police, praised panelist and SlutWalk co-founder Sonya Barnett for her consciousness-raising efforts. Barnett responded that Bessner’s words were the first feedback that the SlutWalk organizers had heard from York University.

Which opens up other questions, naturally – what feedback would have been appropriate and who should have delivered it.  Anyway, we here at Osgoode have definitely been following the story for a while.  See here, for instance.  As you can see, at the time, I was focused on the campus safety discourse, which I tend to find problematic.  But when Slutwalk started, I wasn’t sure what I thought of it, and I think at least some students felt the same.  I certainly appreciated getting the message out about the bad police behaviour – but other parts of the message….were either concerning to me or just of less interest.  Others here at Osgoode no doubt had different opinions.

Back to the session: Lots of IFLS tweets, by our guest tweeter Osgoode student @samarabrooke.  You might also be very interested in Slutwalk Toronto’s anti racism statement [better late than never, so brava to them] and the very positive reception it received from Akiba Solomon at Colorlines.

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Happy weekend everyone, and don’t forget about those clocks.