1. Divorce and Separation, What are my Options

Location: Northern District Library, 40 Orchard View Blvd, Toronto, ON M4R 1B9, Main Floor Program Room

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Time: 6:30-8:00 pm

Speakers: Eva Di Giammarino, Laura Tarcea

Many people tie divorce with going to court. In fact, there are other ways to go through a divorce other than traditional litigation. Laura Tarcea, Eva Di Giammarino and Heather Hui-Litwin will compare the processes of going to court in family law, versus mediation and collaborative lawyering, both of which provide much less antagonistic and more cost effective approaches.

2. “You can’t fire me, I quit!” What you need to Know About Employment Termination.

Location: Northern District Library, 40 Orchard View Blvd, Toronto, ON M4R 1B9, Main Floor Program Room

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Time: 6:30-8:00 pm

Speaker: Samuel Michaels

Many people have experienced discontent at their jobs, and wished they could quit. However, most do not understand the legal implications of quitting versus being fired. For example, an employee who quits their job could forego compensation such as severance pay.

3. How a Judge Decides ‘guilty or not guilty’.  A Conversation between Heather Hui-Litwin and Justice (retired) Lloyd Budzinski

Location: Toronto Reference Library. Hinton Learning Theatre, 3rd Fl.

789 Yonge St. Toronto. Ontario. M4W 2G8

Date: Feb 5, 2020.

Time: 6:30-8:00 pm

Speakers: Heather Hui-Litwin, Justice Lloyd Budzinski (retired)

Eventbrite registration:https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/judge-budzinski-deciding-guilty-or-not-guilty-tickets-88415508165?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

 In this talk, Heather will ask Justice Budzinski some of the questions that baffle many litigants, such as how does a judge decide on whether a witness is lying? What is meant by the “standard of proof”?  How does a judge prevent himself or herself from being biased? How does a judge decide on the sentence?

4. How to do basic Legal Research on CanLII. (Workshop)

Location: Toronto Reference Library, LC1 (Learning Centre 1)

789 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario

Date: Feb 29, 2020

Time: 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Speaker: Heather Hui-Litwin

Please register on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/how-to-do-basic-legal-research-on-canlii-workshop-tickets-88520714841?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Heather Hui-Litwin takes you on a hands-on tour of CanLII, a free database which contains statutes and case law. Participants will work along on their individual computer terminals.

(Note: If you would like to book a one-to-one session for a more in-depth version of this particular workshop, please contact Heather at hh@litigation-help.com.)

5. Marriage or Common Law: What’s the Difference Anyway?

Location: Toronto Reference Library, Hinton Learning Theatre, 3rd Fl.

789 Yonge Street. Toronto, Ontario.

Date: March 18, 2020

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Speakers: Samuel Michaels and Eva Di Giammarino

Lawyers Samuel Michaels and Eva Di Giammarino will discuss the rights and obligations of married and common law couples in family and estate law.

6. We have TWO programs on March 24, 2020!

(a)  Incorporation Basics

Location: North York Central library

5120 Yonge St, North York, ON M2N 5N9

Room: Auditorium

Date: March 24, 2020

Time: 6:30 pm- 8:00 pm

Speaker: Samuel Michaels

More and more people are opening up their own businesses these days. However, there is more to be done than just getting a website, or having inventory ready! Before starting a business, it is important  to be aware of basic legal requirements, such as how corporations are set up,  what legal documents have to be filed with the government, and what the pros and cons are in setting up a corporation. 

6. (b) Divorce and Separation: What are my Options?

Location: Brentwood Library

36 Brentwood Road North.

Toronto, Ontario.

Community Room

Date: March 24, 2020.

Time: 6:00 pm

Speakers: Laura Tarcea and Eva Di Giammarino

Many people tie divorce with going to court. In fact, there are other ways to go through a divorce other than traditional litigation. Family Mediator Laura Tarcea and Family Lawyer and Mediator Eva Di Giammarino will compare the processes of going to court in family law, versus mediation and collaborative lawyering, both of which provide much less antagonistic and more cost effective approaches.

7. Copyright for Artists

Location: Toronto Reference Library

789 Yonge Street. Toronto, Ontario.

Room: Hinton Learning Theatre

Date: March 26, 2020

Time: 6:30 -8:00 pm

Speaker: Tom Kurys

Eventbrite registration: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/copyright-law-for-artists-tickets-88253836601?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

It’s so easy to copy and distribute artistic works on the internet at the touch of a button, such as music or film videos, audio recordings, and photos/images. As a creator/artist, what can you do to protect your work from being copied without your permission? Or, as a consumer, how can you be sure to use images on the internet without infringing on copyright? Do you have to register your copyright? Intellectual property lawyer Tom Kurys will clarify the basics of copyright law.

8. Employment Standards Minimum-What you need to know to protect your rights as an employee

Location: Richview library

1806 Islington Ave, Etobicoke, ON M9P 3N3

Date: April 6, 2020

Time: 6:30 pm- 8:00 pm

Speaker: Samuel Michaels

Eventbrite registration: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/employment-standards-what-you-need-to-know-to-protect-your-rights-tickets-88262733211?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

 Did you know that Ontario’s Employment Standards Act protect employees by setting out minimum wages, hours of work, overtime pay, etc.?  Make sure your rights are not violated by attending this important presentation. This talk is especially appropriate for young people starting out their careers, or those returning to work after a break. 

9. How to do basic Legal Research on CanLII. (Workshop)

Location: North York Central Library, Learning Centre

5120 Yonge St, North York, ON M2N 5N9

Date: April 11, 2020

Time: 11:00 – 12:30 pm

Speaker: Heather Hui-Litwin

Heather takes you on a hands-on tour of CanLII, a free database which contains statutes and case law. Participants will work along on their individual computer terminals.

Please register on Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/basic-legal-research-tickets-90546602325?ref=estw

10. What’s the Difference between Mediation and Litigation

Location: North York Central Library

5120 Yonge St, North York, ON M2N 5N9

Room: 101

Date: April 18, 2020

Time: 11:00 am- 12:30 pm

Speakers: Gregg Fenten and Eva Di Giammarino

Many people assume that when you are involved in a dispute, you must go through the court system. Furthermore, you have no choice but to hire lawyers to represent you throughout the whole process. In fact, you have options! You can also choose to have a neutral, third party professional to help you both reach a resolution through mediation. Eva and Gregg will explain what the major differences are between filing a lawsuit and going through the public process of litigation and resolving differences through the cooperative and confidential mediation. They will discuss when each process is appropriate for what circumstances.

11. “You can’t fire me! I quit!” What you need to know about employment termination.

Location: North York Central Library

5120 Yonge St, North York, ON M2N 5N9

Date: April 20, 2020

Room: Auditorium

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Speaker: Samuel Michaels

 Many people have experienced discontent at their jobs, and wished they could quit.  However, most do not understand the legal implications of quitting versus being fired. For example, an employee who quits their job could forego compensation such as severance pay.  Come and listen to Samuel as he explains to you what you need to know when your job has been terminated.

12. Incorporation Basics

Location: Richview library

1806 Islington Ave, Etobicoke, ON M9P 3N3

Date: April 27, 2020

Time: 6:30 pm- 8:00 pm

Speaker: Samuel Michaels

Eventbrite registration: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/incorporation-basics-for-businesses-tickets-88264646935?ref=estw

More and more people are opening up their own businesses these days. However, there is more to be done than just getting a website, or having inventory ready! Before starting a business, it is important  to be aware of basic legal requirements, such as how corporations are set up,  what legal documents have to be filed with the government, and what the pros and cons are in setting up a corporation.

13. Divorce and Separation: What are my Options

Location: North York Central

Room: 1

Date: April 29, 2020

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Speakers: Laura Tarcea and Eva Di Giammarino

Many people tie divorce with going to court. In fact, there are other ways to go through a divorce other than traditional litigation. Laura Tarcea, Eva Di Giammarino and I will compare the processes of going to court in family law, versus mediation and collaborative lawyering, both of which provide much less antagonistic and more cost effective approaches. Examples of custody and support issues will be used to explain the three approaches.

14. How to get Legal Advice without Breaking the Bank

Location: Runnymede Library, Program Room 2nd Fl.

2178 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON  M6S 1M8

Date: May 11, 2020

Time: 6:30 – 8 pm

Many people who are involved in lawsuits know that they need to hire lawyers to help them. However, due to the huge costs, many are choosing to represent themselves instead. 

Currently, there are some very useful legal information websites that are free to the public. Despite this, most people recognize they still need to have individual assistance and advice from in-person consultations with lawyers. 

One type of live, in-person legal help can be found in legal clinics. Some are located right in court houses. Others are specialized clinics which offer services in specific subject areas, such as family, business etc. I will give examples of these.

Secondly, lawyers are beginning to offer what is known as “unbundled services” or “limited scope retainer” or “limited scope” services. This type of service means that lawyers can help you for discrete parts of your lawsuit. This kind of service is supported by the Law Society of Ontario. It is also acknowledged in the rules governing lawsuits, and in the rules governing the legal profession.

15. Marriage or Common Law: What’s the Difference Anyway?

Location: North York Central Library

5120 Yonge St, North York, ON M2N 5N9

Room 1

Date: May 27, 2020

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Speakers: Samuel Michaels and Eva Di Giammarino

Lawyers Samuel Michaels and Eva Di Giammarino will discuss the rights and obligations of married and common law couples in family and estate law.

16. Divorce and Separation: What are my Options

Location: Runnymede Library, Program Room 2nd fl.

2178 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON  M6S 1M8

Date: June 4, 2020

Time: 6:30 pm- 8:00 pm

Speakers: Laura Tarcea and Eva Di Giammarino

 Many people tie divorce with going to court. In fact, there are other ways to go through a divorce other than traditional litigation. Laura Tarcea, Eva Di Giammarino and I will compare the processes of going to court in family law, versus mediation and collaborative lawyering, both of which provide much less antagonistic and more cost effective approaches. Examples of custody and support issues will be used to explain the three approaches.

We are constantly working to deliver more public legal education programs at the Toronto Public Library and other community centres. If you would like to be notified, there are 3 ways!

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Hope to see you soon!

Heather Hui-Litwin and Mick Hassell presenting at the Toronto Reference Library in 2019.