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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 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.
     
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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
     
     

    • 41 min
    Episode 067: Caring for Mental Health Within the Legal Practice with Lynne Harford

    Episode 067: Caring for Mental Health Within the Legal Practice with Lynne Harford

    Brenda Agnew, your host, has the pleasure of welcoming Lynne Harford to today’s conversation.
    Lynne is a Registered Social Worker with a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto. She is also certified as a Clinical Traumatologist and Art Therapist from the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute. Lynne has maintained a leadership role within The Social Work Consulting Group since she joined in 2008 and is The Director of Pediatrics within the practice. She brings with her almost 20 years of clinical pediatric knowledge and draws upon her vast experience and multitude of approaches, which include art therapy, therapeutic play, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychotherapy, grief and trauma, mindfulness-based approaches, and solution and strengths-based counseling.
     
    Key Takeaways:
    [5:07] Lynne discusses the event where she met Brenda, addressing the importance of caring for professionals' mental health.
    [6:48] Lynne defines burnout.
    [10:05] Brenda highlights the value of connection.
    [11:46] Lynne addresses the stigma of mental health.
    [15:38] Brenda, as a mother of a child with special needs, shares how she physically prepares for what might come and how neglected is the preparedness regarding the mental health aspect.
    [18:29] Lynne explains how often we see mental health from a place of conformity when there is work in building resilience and acquiring healthy habits. 
    [22:07] Be aware of what you are feeding your mind with.
    [24:48] Brenda and Lynne discuss the issue of control. 
    [26:23] Lynne suggests: Do not have an attachment to the outcome.
    [29:54] Lynn explains why we need certainty and also uncertainty.
    [34:01] Anxiety is pretty contagious.
    [35:12] We must find the balance between routine, structure, playfulness, and spontaneity.
    [42:12] Lynne shares healthy communication skills.
    [43:34] Lynne talks about the work she does.
    [46:48] Lynne talks about her upbringing.
    [50:53] Lynne discusses trauma and how it can shape how someone sees the world.
    [54:23] Caring for our mental health starts with embracing vulnerability and authenticity.
    [58:17] Brenda shares the value of the Compassion Fatigue Events.
     
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    To learn more about the work we do at Gluckstein Lawyers, please visit Gluckstein Lawyers.
     
    Learn more about Lynne Harford. 
     
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    The Habit of Breaking Free from Yourself, Dr. Joe Dispenza
     

    • 59 min
    Episode 066: Legal Literacy for Sexual Abuse Survivors with Vanshika Dhawan

    Episode 066: Legal Literacy for Sexual Abuse Survivors with Vanshika Dhawan

    Brenda Agnew, your host, welcomes Vanshika Dhawan to today’s conversation about the importance of legal literacy. 
    Vanshika graduated from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, earning her JD. While at law school, Vanshika volunteered with Advocates for Injured Workers and helped to provide legal support for clients in need. Additionally, she assisted with her expertise in advocacy and education in the areas of constitutional rights at the David Asper Centre. Vanshika was called to the bar in June 2023.
    Prior to joining Jellinek Ellis Gluckstein, Vanshika articled at a litigation boutique in Toronto, assisting with sexual abuse and sexual assault cases. Vanshika received her Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Honours), where she studied medical cell biology, specifically the neurobiology of trauma, and obtained her master's in professional communications from Toronto Metropolitan University. Vanshika was an advocate supporting with the research of sexual assault and survivor discourses in the Canadian criminal justice system, in addition to years of experience advocating for survivors in various non-legal contexts.
    Vanshika’s practice at Jellinek Ellis Gluckstein Lawyers will be focused on representing survivors of sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse. She is passionate about helping survivors better understand and navigate the legal system. When not practicing law, Vanshika enjoys writing, reading fiction novels, going to the theatre, and being by the ocean.
     
    Key Takeaways:
    [4:44] Vanshika shares how she helps clients navigate the difficult journey of being a survivor of sexual assault/abuse.
    [6:11] There are different parts of the healing process, and the civil litigation process can be one of them.
    [7:02] Vanshika highlights the healing power that regaining a piece of control has for the victims.
    [9:50] What does legal literacy mean?
    [13:21] What are the means by which we should be trying to improve legal literacy?
    [15:47] What are we actually doing to improve legal literacy?
    [20:34] Vanshika shares what a campaign to support legal literacy can look like.
    [27:06] What are the tools and resources that people need in order to be able to make informed decisions?
    [29:25]  Vanshika talks about how the legal landscape has changed in the past two decades and how that impacts victims.
    [34:21] The legal system can be a harsh environment for survivors.
    [37:50] What are some actionable steps people can take to make sure the literacy piece is in place?  
    [42:42] Vanshika explains why legal literacy is important.
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    Learn more about Vanshika Dhawan
     
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     Visit AfterMeToo.com
     

    • 46 min

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