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06/2017  Our Program Coordinator, Kerri-Ann Mitchell (below), represented mediate393 to promote mediate services at the 2017 Health & Information Fair on June 7, 2017.


05/2017 We have a new series of radio ads, now active on 680 news. Listen below:

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01/20/2017 – mediate393 inc. is currently seeking qualified professionals for the role of Information Referral Coordinator (IRC), and accredited or certified family mediators, to work in Toronto’s courts, particularly 47 Sheppard Avenue and 311 Jarvis St. locations. For further information, please view the flyer.


11/11/2016 – mediate393 roster member Shely Polak and Gregg Fenten were recent guests on “Los Vecinos” a CHHA 1610 AM radio program. With Shely speaking in Spanish, and Gregg in English, they discussed family mediation, options to going to family court, as well as responding to callers regarding their challenges with high conflict situations and about the refusal of a parent to pay court-ordered child support and in dealing with Family Responsibility Office. “It was a productive conversation conducted in two languages,”, said Gregg.


10/26/2016 – Popular Toronto radio personality Barb DiGiulio speaks with Hilary Linton of Mediate393 about the benefits of mediation rather than going to court when ending a marriage, plus the Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario (FDRIO), and Family Dispute Resolution Week (www.FDRweek.ca), Nov. 21 – 25, 2016.


“The Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario (FDRIO) is doing important work to raise awareness of alternative dispute options and to change the way that people think about conflicts and how to resolve them..”
– Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Greeting video for FDRweek and FDRIO Conference:

Check out www.fdrio.ca for more information on FDRweek 2016. Join the#FDRevolution!


In a recent article published in the Toronto Star and the National post, entitled “Help for those going it alone in family court”, MSC (MySupportCalculator) mentioned mediate393’s subsidized services.


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Snapshots from mediate393’s “Annual Staff Get-Together”. July 2016.

Promoting Ontario’s Subsidized Family Information and Mediation Services!

We spoke with Val Cole of Roger’s TV about what Ontario’s family mediation service providers have to offer! Val described it as “one of the best-kept secrets out there”. View the full interview below:


We want to let you know that Justice Canada has produced a new video (see below) to help families going through divorce or separation. The transcript and accessible version of this video are available on the Department of Justice Canada’s website.


mediate393 led the way by drafting this submission to the Family Legal Services Review. It was revised and approved by nearly all of Ontario’s family mediation and information service providers! Great team work by the province’s most dedicated family mediators. Our President, Hilary Linton, met with Justice Bonkalo to discuss the submission on behalf of the service providers. (06/2016)


 

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On January 29, 2016, mediate393 roster member Shely Polak was a guest on Voces Latinas, a Spanish radio talk show in Toronto to talk about Mediate393 and what it is like being a roster mediator. During the interview, Shely also discussed the types of services offered by mediate393, and their team of roster mediators.


The 2015-2016 schedule for the 311 Open Bar Series available here!


Our Family Law Resources reference document was released December 2015. The resources document is exclusively available to the mediate393 website. Click here to view it.


Our court-connected mediation and information services were featured in the ADR Update (Summer 2014).


Announcement: LAO introduces separation agreement certificates and independent legal advice certificates.

Starting on July 3, 2014, Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) will issue certificates to cover up to 10 hours for the negotiation and creation of a separation agreement to settle custody, access, support and property issues.

LAO is also expanding the availability of independent legal advice certificates for mediation clients across the province. This service can now be provided by any family panel lawyer, and in some cases, may be available to both parties.

For more information, please visit the “Information for Lawyers” section on LAO’s website and select “Family Law Services” on the side panel.


Our court-connected mediation and information services were featured in the latest ADR Update.


Read all about us in the Lawyers Weekly!


Announcement: Independent Legal Advice for Mediation Clients through Legal Aid Ontario

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is piloting the use of special duty counsel authorizations for mediation clients to receive independent legal advice (ILA).

The pilot, which will be available in this district and 13 other locations, will have LAO covering the cost of a Family Law Information Centre duty counsel family panel lawyer for up to six hours before, during and after mediation to help reach a sustainable agreement and transform it into a legally-binding document.

Call LAO’s toll-free number at 1-800-668-8258 for further information. LAO will direct eligible clients to a list of available panel lawyers.

For more information, please visit LAO’s website.


The Family Law Bench and Bar Committee at 393 University Avenue formally unveiled some fabulous new art on the 9th Floor. Students from Claude Watson School for the Arts created acrylic canvas pieces representing the 10 provinces and 3 territories of Canada. These pieces were inspired by Canadian artist Ted Harrison. Students from the younger grades (Lower School) at The York School contributed 20 multi-media pieces. There are bold, Mondrian-inspired pieces, colourful 3-D representations of Canada’s geological diversity as well as Lawren Harris inspired works, brightening up the newly renovated 9th floor.

Being in court is hard for many families, and the introduction of these new pieces is a part of achieving the goal in ensuring that the Superior Court of Justice Family Court in Toronto is as welcoming as possible. The pieces were all done collaboratively, mirroring much of the efforts that are strived for amongst those in the Family Court in Toronto.

The artwork was sponsored by lawyers or legal/mediation firms, which are recognized by the Bench and Bar through a plaque beside each piece. One of the paintings featured here (bottom row, center) was sponsored by mediate393 inc., which was done as a representation of Toronto’s skyline. Be sure to walk the halls and admire all the wonderful pieces on your next visit to the 9th floor.


(Left) Christine Kim and (Right) Elizabeth Hyde with host Gregg Fenten of Mediation Station

On April 29th, Roster mediator Christine Kim was a guest on 1610 AM radio show hosted and produced by one of the Family Law Information Centres Information Referral Coordinator’s, Gregg Fenten. The topic was on Parenting Coordination and high conflict families. The Mediation Station program is live on Sundays 8 to 9 p.m. on CHHA 1610 AM Voces Latinas. Executive Director Elizabeth Hyde was also a guest on the show back in January.

 

 

Family Law Information Centres (FLIC)

You can learn much more about available services, mediation, court process, separation,
divorce and the law by visiting us at one of our Family Law Information Centres (FLIC)

416-977-0718

393 University Avenue, Suite 900 Toronto, Ontario M5G 1E6

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416-326-1694

311 Jarvis Street Toronto, Ontario, M5B 2C4

(Between Gerrard and Dundas)

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416-250-6161

47 Sheppard Avenue East Toronto, Ontario M2N 5X5

Main Floor (Just east of Yonge, south side of Sheppard)

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