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Butter Torts: A Truly Canadian Legal Podcast is a unique podcast that connects listeners to stories of personal injury, recovery and life in the aftermath of an injury. Hosted by our informative and entertaining lawyers, this podcast will take you on a journey exploring everything from legal matters to the human experience of pain and resilience.

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Butter Torts: A Truly Canadian Legal Podcast is a unique podcast that connects listeners to stories of personal injury, recovery and life in the aftermath of an injury. Hosted by our informative and entertaining lawyers, this podcast will take you on a journey exploring everything from legal matters to the human experience of pain and resilience.

    Episode 073: Law and Empathy with Linda O’Brien

    Episode 073: Law and Empathy with Linda O’Brien

    Brenda Agnew, your host, welcomes Linda O’Brien to today’s episode. Linda recently joined the Gluckstein family from a boutique litigation firm where she focused exclusively on civil litigation, defending tort litigants. She is now a key member of our Sexual Abuse group with the Jellinek Ellis Gluckstein team advocating solely for survivors of sexual abuse.
    Over her almost 30 years of practice, Linda has appeared before all levels of courts in Ontario, along with appearances before numerous boards and at private arbitrations.
    Linda is proud to be involved in initiatives to promote policies and practices to retain and advance women in law and to continue to serve as a mentor for many students and lawyers.
     
    Key Takeaways:
    [3:34] Linda talks about her work in the defense field before she started working for Gluckstein Lawyers.
    [7:26] Linda highlights the value of being empathetic with clients.
    [10:26] Brenda shares how she got the chance to speak in court after seven years of waiting.
    [14:14] Linda shares how she chose the type of law she ended up working in.
    [19:35] Linda discusses the importance of caring for clients and ensuring they are not retraumatized throughout the legal process.
    [20:43] Is there a mind shift coming from the defense side to the plaintiff kind of work?
    [25:23] Linda’s defense law background greatly benefits her work as part of the Sexual Abuse Group with the Jellinek Ellis Gluckstein team.
    [26:57] What are some of the most challenging aspects of her work with the sexual abuse cases she takes at Gluckstein?
    [31:21] Linda explains why causation is so complicated.
    [33:10] How long does it take to resolve a historical sexual abuse case?
    [37:45] No client goes to court for the money.
    [42:01] Advocacy is a powerful work.
    [42:57] Linda wishes she had no more work one day because that would mean no one would be suffering this way anymore.
     
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    • 44 min
    Episode 072 The Power of Talking with Adrienne Patterson

    Episode 072 The Power of Talking with Adrienne Patterson

    Brenda Agnew, your host, welcomes Adrienne Patterson to today’s episode. Adrienne is a former client who will share her experience working with the Gluckstein family. Adrianne participated in the Compassion Fatigue Conference of 2023, where she presented her story. Adrienne courageously shares her journey from recovering from a head injury and losing her career, to becoming a victim of sexual assault perpetrated by one of her physicians. Adrienne found her strength and purpose in speaking up for all of those who could not.
     
    Key Takeaways:
    [4:26] Adrienne shares some about her journey.
    [9:12] Adrienne talks about being pressured to return to work while still recovering from a head injury, which made her sicker.
    [10:59] Adrienne struggled to cope with life and began having suicidal ideations.
    [14:55] Brenda shares how she was impacted by not being allowed at her job to take time to take care of her mental health when she needed it the most.
    [18:30] Adrienne talks about her incredible loss after the injury. 
    [21:11] Adrienne continues sharing her journey after the head injury and the support of her medical team (which kept growing to assist her needs).
    [26:25] Adrienne decided to contact the police to protect herself and others in similar situations.
    [29:55] Adrianne was treated as a lier at her workplace, and that affected her tremendously on a psychological level 
    [32:02] Adrienne talks about dealing with the trauma.
    [33:29] Adrienne pressed charges.
    [38:07] Adrienne discusses sexual assault and her experience as a victim.
    [42:35] Adrienne reach out to Simona Jellinek.
    [46:37] Adrienne points out how differently the rights of the victims and the perpetrators are treated.
    [48:11] Adrienne decided to pursue the civil suit with Jellinek.
    [54:36] Speaking at the Compassion Fatigue Conference.
    [55:55] “I feel I matter as a human when I walk through Gluckstein’s doors.”
    [1:00:18] Adrienne was very mistrustful when first meeting Gluckstein Lawyers.
     
    Mentioned in this episode:
    To learn more about the work we do at Gluckstein Lawyers, please visit Gluckstein Lawyers.
     
    Learn more about the 16th Annual Complimentary Compassion Fatigue Conference.
     
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    Episode 071: Post-Settlement Resource Guide: An Essential Tool for Guardians with Jan Marin

    Episode 071: Post-Settlement Resource Guide: An Essential Tool for Guardians with Jan Marin

    Brenda Agnew, your host, welcomes Jan Marin to today’s conversation, where they discuss a new project that Gluckstein Lawyers is launching: The Post-Settelment Resource Guide, a guide for people at the end of their settlement. This guide is meant to assist everyone involved in putting a settlement together for an individual or a family that has been through a case. This tool is crucial for guardians to know how to manage settlement funds more effectively.
     
    Key Takeaways:
    [1:52] Brenda shares how she met Glucksteing  Lawyers and later became part of the team.
    [3:52] Jan provides context about this guide, which aims to assist guardians in administering and managing settlement funds.
    [7:27] Brenda explains what the passing of the account is about.
    [9:40] Jan explains who a guardian is.
    [11:16] Sometimes, being a parent and a guardian can be conflictive.
    [15:48] Jan highlights the most significant difference between a guardian and a parent.
    [17:50] Jan talks about the management plan.
    [18:44] Brenda advises other parents about crucial aspects they should consider when working on their management plan.
    [22:47] Mental health and recreational activities are two aspects all parents/guardians should prioritize in their management plans.
    [26:05] Jan advises allowing flexibility in your management plan and explains how that would look.
    [29:28] Brenda emphasizes the importance of having consideration over mental health care.
    [32:02] Jan explains how passing an account works.
    [34:17] Brenda shares her personal experience on how passing an account looks.
    [41:12] Jan provides additional suggestions on passing the accounts.
    [43:44] This is a business transaction; try to keep the emotional aspect out.
    [45:44] You can be an excellent parent and still have to learn to be a good guardian.
     
    Mentioned in this episode:
    To learn more about the work we do at Gluckstein Lawyers, please visit Gluckstein Lawyers.
     
    Learn more about Jan Marin
     
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    • 48 min
    Episode 070: Sexual Assault in Sports with Simona Jellinek

    Episode 070: Sexual Assault in Sports with Simona Jellinek

    Brenda Agnew, your host,  welcomes Simona Jellinek to discuss the recurrent topic of sexual abuse in sports. This topic has become more prevalent lately as a result of the World Junior Hockey sex assault case, but unfortunately, this is not an isolated event; other disciplines, like gymnastics and taekwondo, among other sports.
     
    Key Takeaways:
    [3:40] Brenda addresses the vulnerability of young people playing sports. 
    [4:20] Simona highlights two different aspects: the sexual assault suffered by players and the sexual abuse perpetrated by them. 
    [6:07] Simona discusses the criminal aspect of the sexual assault that took place during the World Junior Hockey in London, Ontario.
    [9:06] It is unusual to have both civil and criminal cases on the same incident.
    [10:51] In this civil case, players abused someone outside the association. What is the organization's responsibility?
    [15:55] Simona addresses other cases where settlements are reached.
    [16:37] Simona talks about more cases of sexual assault in sports.
    [19:48]  What is the link between elitism and sexual abuse in sports?
    [22:07]  When a civil case is pursued, does this impact the organization?
    [23:40] Sometimes, civil cases can be more effective in finding the truth than criminal cases.
    [26:36] Simona talks about the value of money in civil cases.
    [29:30] Are there fundamental system changes in organizations? 
    [33:11] Simone explains the statute of limitations.
    [35:01] Sexual violence doesn’t mean it is violent, but it is still wrong.
    [35:55] Some people take decades to talk about sexual assault, even when they always knew it was wrong. People come forward whenever they are ready.
    [37:25] What if the sexual assault happens outside of Ontario?
    [40:58] Policies change often after lawsuits point to what people did wrong.
    [43:22] There was a time that no one wanted to talk about sexual abuse. The fact that we are talking about it and bringing awareness about sexual assault is a significant step forward.
    [47:14] As a victim, taking the first step to talk about sexual assault is a huge step; what follows is easier
     
    Mentioned in this episode:
    To learn more about our work at Gluckstein Lawyers, please visit Gluckstein Lawyers.
     
    Learn more about Simona Jellinek
     
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    • 48 min
    Episode 069: 2023: A Year to Remember!

    Episode 069: 2023: A Year to Remember!

    Brenda Agnew and Charles Glusckstein host today’s episode, where they discuss the extraordinary events that took place and share the highlights for the Gluckstein family in 2023.
     
    Key Takeaways:
    [1:40] Charles shares what 2023 looked like for Gluckstein Lawyers.
    [5:45] The development of the post-settlement resource guide was an outstanding achievement in 2023.
    [7:40] Charles talks about the involvement in the 60s scoop survivors cases.
    [9:25] Brenda shares the growth of Gluckstein Lawyers during 2023.
    [13:17] Charles discusses the importance of Elaine Bright’s inclusion in Gluckstein's Team.
    [15:18] Simona’s Team brought a lot of awareness to the Gluckstein family.
    [20:03] In 2023 Gluckstein opened a new group for survivors of sexual abuse (Sexual Abuse Lawyers Alliance).
    [22:00] What was different in the legal landscape in 2023?
    [27:15] Brenda and Charles discuss the new hybrid working environment, does it really work? Should we go back to a full in-person approach?
    [34:20] Screen fatigue is real!
    [36:12] What is coming out for tech in 2024?
    [46:43] Charles confesses it is a little scary to think about the reach of AI in ten years.
     
    Mentioned in this episode:
    To learn more about the work we do at Gluckstein Lawyers, please visit Gluckstein Lawyers.
     
    Learn more about Charles Gluckstein
     
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    • 53 min
    Episode 068: Survivor of TBI Develops an Innovative Approach to Heal the Brain with Dr. Matthew Gallati

    Episode 068: Survivor of TBI Develops an Innovative Approach to Heal the Brain with Dr. Matthew Gallati

    Brenda Agnew, your host, welcomes Tiffany Lawand-Frasier as the co-host for today’s episode. Joining them is Dr. Matthew Galati, founder of Brain Changes Initiative and a survivor of a Severe Traumatic Brain Injury.  He researched how best to heal and created his own recovery protocol based on revolutionary new science around a brain-supporting lifestyle. Against all odds, he recovered fully to complete his medical training and has come full circle as a physician.
     
    Key Takeaways:
    [3:32] Tiffany shares the story of how she met Dr. Gallati. 
    [5:03] Dr. Gallati narrates the terrible accident he experienced and his miraculous recovery. 
    [8:52] Dr. Gallatitells how his rehabilitation began.
    [10:56] Even though Dr. Gallati knew he could recover from the brain injury, there were many challenges in his healing journey. 
    [13:03] The one organ Dr. Gallati needed to accomplish his goal of becoming a physician was his brain; he needed to find a way of healing.
    [15:23] Dr. Gallati’s pillars were the backbone of his recovery. 
    [19:01]  Dr. Gallati describes the first pillar: Aerobic exercise.
    [19:48] The second pillar is Cognitive activity.
    [20:26] A healthy diet, mindful meditation, and great sleep hygiene are crucially important to memory and cognition.
    [22:02] Mental fatigue was one of Dr. Gallati’s main symptoms.
    [23:01] Dr. Gallati lists the main aspects of a brain-healthy diet.
    [23:56] How did Dr. Gallati get the idea of starting The Brain Changes Initiative? 
    [28:26] Dr. Gallati is a doctor who understands invisible illnesses in a way that only a survivor from TBI would. 
    [32:42] One of Dr. Gallati’s main goals is spreading awareness.
    [34:25] Dr. Gallati explains why neuroplasticity stands at the core of the Brain Changes Initiative..
    [36:40] Why is weekly movement so crucial for brain health?
    [37:31] Dr. Gallati discusses the support work that neuroscientists lead.
    [39:15] Dr. Gallati advises those who are in the early steps of recovering from brain injury.
     
    Mentioned in this episode:
    To learn more about the work we do at Gluckstein Lawyers, please visit Gluckstein Lawyers.
     
    Learn more about Tiffany Lawand-Frasie.r
     
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    Brain Changes Initiative
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    My Stroke of Insight, Jill Bolte Taylor
     
     

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