Has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted your employment or housing situation? Have you had trouble finding out what your rights are during this unprecedented time?

Join our informational webinars where legal professionals will be covering rights and responsibilities related to employment and housing (provincial laws) and immigration (federal law) during the COVID-19 pandemic.

There will be six webinars covering region-specific issues and one national webinar that will cover immigration and refugee protection during the pandemic. All webinars will address LGBTQI2S specific issues. See the below schedule to save the date for the webinar that addresses your region! ASL interpretation will be provided.

Watch our next live webinar on Facebook or YouTube on March 2, 2021 at 1 PM EDT / 2 PM ADT!
Check back here for recordings of each webinar.

Webinar Schedule

  • Feb 16: National COVID-19 LGBTQI Immigration Webinar 
  • Feb 23: Western Canada - BC  
  • Mar 2: Eastern Canada – NS, PEI, NFLD
  • Mar 9: Central Canada – ON
  • Mar 16: Prairies
  • Mar 23: Questions juridiques pour francophones
  • Mar 30: Northern Canada 

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Webinars

Mar 2: COVID-19 Legal Info Webinar | Eastern Canada (NS, PEI, NFLD) 

Also available on Facebook.

Feb 23: COVID-19 Legal Info Webinar | Western Canada (BC) 

Also available on Facebook

Feb 16: National COVID-19 LGBTQI Immigration Webinar 

Also available on Facebook.

Panelist Bios

Mar 2: COVID-19 Legal Info Webinar |Eastern Canada

Douglas Hill

Douglas Hill (he/him) is a Grievance and Adjudication Officer who has 17 years of experience in litigation and mediation from working in the Representation and Legal Services Branch of the Public Service Alliance of Canada. His duties and responsibilities include representing PSAC members across Canada before various arbitration and adjudication tribunals on issues concerning their grievances and human rights complaints. Douglas is a proud father of 3 children and a former basketball player at Dalhousie University where he obtained a BA degree. His love of golf and advocating for people’s rights led him to be one of the founding members of the Black Lives Matter Golf initiatives in 2020.

David McQuillan

David McQuillan (he/him) is the Tenant Support Worker with Community Legal Information (CLI) in Charlottetown, PE. In his role, David supports tenants by providing direct client service, creating plain-language legal information resources, and delivering legal information workshops.

Jude Benoit

Jude Benoit (they/them) a proud Mi’kmaq Two Spirit person, barista and artist. Living in Ktaqmkuk (Newfoundland) currently in St. John’s as an urban native and currently working as quadrangle’s project coordinator, they also co-founded the 2SLGBTQIA+ neighboring pod which is a grassroots mutal aid group for the queer community. Through the pandemic they helped with several projects with a focus on food security and access to mental health supports.

Feb 23: COVID-19 Legal Info Webinar |Western Canada (BC) 

Mebrat Beyene

Mebrat (she/her) is an Eritrean, born in Ethiopia and raised in Montreal. As executive director of WISH and co-chair of Living in Community, Mebrat supports women and initiatives related to the health and safety of women and gender-diverse people engaged in street-based sex work. She has worked in social justice, and non-profit management and community development for over twenty years. Mebrat has worked closely with women and women-serving organizations as a Programs Officer with Status of Women Canada; and served as executive director of PeerNetBC. She is also a recipient of the 2020 YWCA Metro Vancouver Women of Distinction Award in the Non-Profit category. In a volunteer capacity, Mebrat sits on the boards of the Equality Fund and Pivot Legal Society; serves on the City of Vancouver’s Black History Month Planning Committee, and also volunteers with the Vancouver Youth Choir.

TJ Felix

TJ (they/them) is a Secwepemc First Nation artist, musician, activist, and uninvited guest on the unceded lands of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. Their lived experiences with homelessness, addiction, mental illness, and recovery have taught them the importance of community-based outreach, culturally sensitive resources, and peer support. TJ is a graduate of the Indigenous Land Stewardship certificate program at Native Education College, where they were encouraged to learn about their traditional laws, ceremonies, medicines, and language (Secwepemcstin). TJ hopes to incorporate these teachings into his approach to community education. As an urban Indigenous settler, they are dedicated to fostering good relations and learning from the local community. When TJ isn’t working with Pivot he’s usually reading comics, practicing with their band, or out on the land

Kevin Love

Kevin Love is a lawyer in CLAS’ Community Law Program, working primarily in the areas of mental health and workers’ rights. Kevin has represented clients at all levels of court, both federally and provincially, including the Supreme Court of Canada. Prior to joining the Community Law Program, Kevin worked in CLAS’ Mental Health Law Program representing clients who were detained in psychiatric facilities under the Criminal Code. 

Feb 16: National COVID-19 LGBTQI Immigration Webinar 

Swathi Sekhar

Swathi Sekhar (she/her) runs her own immigration and refugee law practice in T’karonto (Toronto), with a focus on issues related to immigration detention and 2SLGBTQIA+ migrant communities. She strives to ground all her work within an anti-colonial, migrant justice framework. 

Meryem Benslimane

A graduate from University of Montreal with a Masters degree in International Studies and Law, Meryem Benslimane (she/her)/elle) is currently working at McGill University as an Equity and Diversity Advisor. Meryem came to McGill after working for many years with both community and international organizations such as UN Women, working tirelessly for women’s rights, as well as 2SLGBTQIA+ migrants and refugees’ rights. She has planned McGill’s very first Queer History Month, the first of its kind in Canada, launched in October 2018.

Michael Battista

Michael Battista (he/him) LL.B. (Queen’s) B.A. (Toronto) was called to the Ontario bar in 1992 and has been practicing immigration and refugee law exclusively since that time. He is certified as a specialist in Citizenship and Immigration law (Immigration and Refugee Protection) by the Law Society of Ontario. His legal practice involves a particular focus on immigration issues for the LGBTQI2S communities. He is adjunct professor at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law and at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, where he was awarded the inaugural Teaching Innovation Award in 2018.