Climate Change in Canada and Children’s Rights

June 28, 2019

Update on June 28, 2019:   Today the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled that the federal government has a  mandate to address climate change on behalf of all the people in Canada and that a national carbon pricing program falls within the legitimate constitutional powers of the federal government.  This ruling reflects the evidence presented by […]

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Healthy Conditions for Growing Up in Canada

June 19, 2019

The right to health in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 24, is helpful in Canada because it highlights the importance of the social determinants of health for children.  Canada’s report for the 5th/6th review of children’s rights recognizes vulnerable groups of children but pays too little attention to the conditions in […]

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Closing Gaps: All Rights, All Children

May 24, 2019

Canada has a patchwork of policies for children.  The result is that some children fall through the cracks of fragmented support systems.  Children need a more coherent approach to public policies that affect their ability to develop their full potential.  The Convention on the Rights of the Child, which all governments in Canada have ratified, […]

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Children’s Commissioner: Accountability in Children’s Rights

April 2, 2019

The Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children (CCRC) welcomes a renewed focus on the need for a national children’s commissioner, which re-started today with the introduction of a private member’s bill by MP Anne Minh-Thu Quach.  “The current lack of accountability for implementation of children’s rights across Canada is a major gap in good […]

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Pieces Need a Coherent Plan for Children: Budget 2019

March 20, 2019

Children will benefit from some of the new initiatives included in the 2019 Federal Budget.  But the lack of a coherent policy framework means that children will also continue to fall through the cracks of a patchwork of programs.  Each one addresses a part of what children need to develop their full potential; there is […]

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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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