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Children before federalism

September 27, 2012

Today marked the end of Canada’s third and final session in Geneva in front of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. Canadian delegates had a final opportunity to answer and clarify questions from the committee. The committee posed questions on Canada’s education system, universal childcare, the over representation of Indigenous and minority […]

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Today’s Session Poses Important Questions for Canada

September 26, 2012

Canada restated its commitment to promote and protect children’s rights.  Questions from members of the UN Committeee on the Rights of the Child, however, highlighted that Canada will need to make changes to put that into practice.  How, asked the committee, can Canada make sure that actions by all levels of government work together in the best […]

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Education for All Children in Canada

September 24, 2012

Is it acceptable that some children in Canada cannot go to school, while most children do? Most children in Canada can go to school, but some Aboriginal children can not.   The Auditor General did an investigation and showed that less money is spent on education for First Nations children than for comparable non-Aboriginal children. The government […]

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Too Many Children Wait for Adoption

September 24, 2012

Is it acceptable that Canada has a lower rate of domestic adoptions than comparable countries? Finding permanent family-like care for children who cannot stay with their birth families should be a top priority.  All children deserve to grow up with the love and support of a permanent family, whether a birth or adoptive family. Canada […]

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Canada Ranks Low in Investments for Children

September 23, 2012

Did you know that Canada spends less on child development than most similar countries? Smart countries see spending on child development as an investment.  Research shows that it is good economics to invest in a country’s young people.  Canada considers spending on children as a financial drain that needs to be minimized to reduce budgets.  Helping children develop […]

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Canada Ranks Low on Child Well-being Indicators

September 19, 2012

Did you know that Canada ranks low when indicators of children’s well-being are compared internationally? Canada has ranked near the bottom in international comparisons of the well-being of children in industrialized countries in recent years. Following are examples: Infant Mortality – 24th of 30 countries Health and Safety – 22nd of 30 countries Child Poverty […]

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Children Miss Out on Basic Needs in Canada

September 17, 2012

Is it acceptable that a higher percentage of Canadian children live in poverty than in other countries similar to Canada? On September 26 the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child will question Canada about its record on child poverty.  Canada has not made substantive progress in reducing child poverty since the last review. […]

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