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After Bedford : Off the Streets? November 24 at Osgoode

Come and join us for this.  I know, law students – it’s late in the semester. But still, it is going to be really interesting. .

What might the Canada v. Bedford decision mean for the future of sex work and sex workers in Canada?  This panel will explore the litigation, the decision, and the “what next” questions around regulation and vulnerability.


Christa Big Canoe, B.A., J.D. First Nations and feminist Lawyer

Valerie Scott Sex worker, Litigant in Bedford v. Canada and Director of Sex Professionals of Canada

Dr. Emily van der Meulen Community-based researcher and Post-doctoral Fellow at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health

Prof. Alan Young Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School and Lawyer for Terri Jean Bedford in Bedford v. Canada

24 November · 12:30 – 14:30

Osgoode Hall Moot Court (Rm 101), York University, Keele Campus

Light refreshments will be provided.  This event is wheelchair accessible.

Moderated by Professor Sonia Lawrence Director, Institute for Feminist Legal Studies at Osgoode Hall Law School

From Bedford v. Canada:

“Prostitution is not illegal in Canada. However, Parliament has seen fit to criminalize most aspects of prostitution. The conclusion I have reached is that three provisions of the Criminal Code that seek to address facets of prostitution (living on the avails of prostitution, keeping a common bawdy-house and communicating in a public place for the purpose of engaging in prostitution) are not in accord with the principles of fundamental justice and must be struck down. These laws, individually and together, force prostitutes to choose between their liberty interest and their right to security of the person as protected under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. I have found that these laws infringe the core values protected by section 7 and that this infringement is not saved by section 1 as a reasonable limit demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.”

Organized by:

Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women (METRAC) Community Justice Program, www.metrac.org
Ontario Women’s Justice Network, www.owjn.org
Institute for Feminist Legal Studies at Osgoode Hall Law School, http://ifls.osgoode.yorku.ca/