Tina Fontaine, Bill C-92, and Provincial Child Welfare Reform

March 17, 2019

Tina Fontaine’s story and the report by the Manitoba Children’s Advocate show once again that the systems designed to help children are failing many of them.  Will this be another investigative report shelved after a few superficial changes or will federal and provincial governments finally make the fundamental reforms required to treat children as persons […]

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Government Report on Children’s Rights in Canada Needs More Analysis

February 1, 2019

Canada’s 5th-6th report on implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Canada is now filed with the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.  Copies of the report and annexes are available here for your reference.   The report shows some progress since the last review.  Missing is information on outcomes […]

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The Right to Know Rights, Curriculum Reform, and Parental Rights in Education

December 17, 2018

Children’s right to learn about their rights was identified as a top priority during the recent Raise the Bar for Children’s Rights conference, hosted by the CCRC.  The benefits of teaching children and parents about children’s rights are evident in research and practice.  Fulfilling the Convention in Canada requires scaling up existing good practices so […]

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Raise the Bar for Children’s Rights: Next Steps

November 23, 2018

More than one hundred people gathered for two days of learning about children’s rights in Canada.  “It was good to come together,” said one participant, “to connect our own work with others and think about all rights for all children in Canada.”   The conference brought together people from a wide range of ages, positions, and […]

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Children and youth have a right to an advocate

November 16, 2018

November 15, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Children and youth have a right to an advocate – they also desperately need one  Ottawa, ON – As organizations deeply committed to the well-being of children and children’s rights, we express our concern with the decision of the Ontario government to eliminate the position of the Provincial Child Advocate. […]

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Children at the Center of New Family Law

October 29, 2018

Bill C-78 proposes significant changes in the laws that affect children caught up in the separation and/or divorce of their parents and related family court processes.  Legislative changes that will make the best interests of the children the paramount consideration for all actors is positive.  It makes Canada’s laws more consistent with the Convention on […]

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Children’s Rights in Canada’s Response to the UPR

September 30, 2018

Canada received 245 recommendations from other countries to improve how it implements human rights, including children’s rights.  The response is a missed opportunity to make and show progress in Canada.  It shows that not much has changed in practice, in spite of ministerial level statements about improving implementation in Canada. The forthcoming review of children’s […]

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