Over the holiday break I had a chance to get caught up on Justice Harvey Brownstone’s show, Family Matters with Justice Harvey Brownstone.
I have been following the work of Justice Harvey Brownstone for a few years. He is a sitting Justice of the Ontario Provincial Court and has been creating excellent resources for Canadian families that incorporate his unique perspective into the information and advice he gives.
The show is a great resource aimed at providing legal information relating to family law and the Canadian justice system in a unique and approachable way. As described on the Family Matters website the show is a:
TV program with a focus on a multiplicty of issues affecting contemporary North American life, with a particular emphasis on the interplay between relationships and the justice system: internet dating, addictions, prenups, mental health, adoption, surrogate parenting, same-sex relationships, multicultural relationships, parenting after separation and divorce, mediation, child neglect and abuse, child and spousal support – and this is just the tip of the iceberg! Hosted by an actual sitting Ontario family court judge, this exciting show is the first of its kind anywhere. Justice Brownstone provides educational episodes in an informative, compelling and entertaining talk show format, with guests who are experts in their field and who – until now – have never been accessible to the public.
I would suggest taking a look at Justice Harvey Brownstone’s Family Matters episodes that are currently being broadcast. If you missed a 2010 episode, or want a quick reference to a specific topic, the episodes are available online (you have to purchase them). Some of my favorite episodes are “View from the Bench” with retired Judge Michael Porter and “Marriage Confidential”.
There are some free resources you can access as well. An interview with Justice Brownstone is available on YouTube (as seen above) and you can get Justice Harvey Brownstone’s book “Tug of War A Judge’s Verdict on Separation, Custoyd Battles, and the Bitter Realities of Family Court” at a local library or buy it online. This book has been reviewed in the media over the past year including: the Globe and Mail, the CBC, and many others.