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Medical and recreational cannabis and its use by staff and students is a new(er) challenge for teachers, school administrators and school boards. This session will provide current and concise information on the law and risk management issues that must guide your actions.

Bringing together educational, legal, health care, law enforcement and other professionals to provide guidance on legal obligations and best practices in dealing with this evolving area. Topics will include:

  • The applicable laws around the use of both medical and recreational cannabis by staff and students in schools
  • What is legal vs. what is not – dispelling any misconceptions
  • What are the different forms of cannabis that can be used? For what purpose? Medical vs. recreational
  • The applicable medical documentation and paperwork that needs to be submitted
  • Questions around storage, possession limits, administration and minimum ages will be discussed
  • The impact on schools with the introduction of legal recreational use of cannabis – student and staff expectations and discipline
  • Duty to accommodate issues – staff and student



  • Wendy Lopez, Counsel, Catholic Principals’ Council Ontario (CPCO)
  • Nicola Simmons, Keel Cottrelle LLP

Faculty Includes

  • Wayne Baker, Superintendent of Education, Grand Erie District School Board
  • Mary Birdsell, Executive Director, Justice for Children and Youth
  • Dr. Darren Courtney, Researcher, Cundill Centre for Child and Youth Depressions; Staff Psychiatrist, Youth Addictions and Concurrent Disorders Service, CAMH
  • Giovanna Di Sauro, Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP
  • Melanie Herbin, Counsel, Ministry of the Attorney General, Civil Law Division, Education/Training, Colleges and Universities Branch
  • Jessica Koper, Shibley Righton LLP
  • Chris McGrath, BA, Med, Vice-President, Student Success, George Brown College
  • Dr. Sharon Pyke, Superintendent of Education, Greater Essex County
    District School Board
  • Emma Rhodes, Lawyer
  • Stephanie Strong, CHRL, Superintendent of Human Resources and Employee Relations, Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board
  • Mandy Wojcik, Goldblatt Partners

Group Discounts for CPD Programs

For boardroom and multi-purchase rates, please email us.
OsgoodePD offers group rates for both on site and webcast formats. Please note these are only available when registering for members of the same organization, at the same time, and payment is made with one invoice.


After your purchase is complete, the course will appear in the Order History of your OsgoodePD account with a link to "Take Online Course". Once you click "Take Online Course" you will be forwarded to the Moodle page with the materials link. The program video link with be unlocked on the day of the program. You will have access to the video for 90 days.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the dates, location, speakers or content with little or no notice. In the event of program cancellation, York University and Osgoode Hall Law School’s liability is limited to reimbursement of paid fees.

Cancellations, Substitutions and Refunds

Substitution of registrants is permitted at any time. If you are unable to find a substitute, a full refund is available if a cancellation request is received in writing 14 days prior to the program date. If a cancellation request is made with less than 14 days notice, a $75 administration fee will apply. No other refund is available.


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Technical Support

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Date Recorded

 October 12, 2018

Program Details

Date & Time

Online Replay
November 21, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. EST


Online - Replay

Fee per Delegate

$545 plus HST

Register now for both this program and 13th Annual Advanced Issues in Special Education Law for $825 plus HST.

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • School Administrators
  • Teachers
  • Supervisory Officers
  • School trustees
  • Directors of Education
  • School board staff
  • Representatives from Federations, the Ministry of Education, and Ontario College of
  • Teachers
  • Advocates for students and parents
  • Legal practitioners – education law practitioners

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This program is an elective towards The Osgoode Certificate in Education Law.

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Muslim Association of Canada



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