Children’s Rights and Governance

25th Anniversary of Ratification of CRC in Canada: How Are We Doing?

October 26, 2016

2016 is the 25th Anniversary of Canada’s Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child – time to ask about progress in implementation.  Substantive progress in some areas is combined with no action in others, based on recommendations to Canada in the last review of children’s rights in 2012.  The CCRC offers this […]

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Evolving Capacity, Age, and Assisted Dying

April 15, 2016

Assisted Dying: Alternatives to Arbitrary Minimum Age The government has announced that they will hold further consultations on the question of the age of eligibility in the new legal framework for assistance in dying. For now, the proposed bill includes age 18 as a minimum age requirement. The use of arbitrary age limits in many […]

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Bill C-10 and Young People

October 20, 2011

Changes to the youth justice system should not be part of the omnibus crime bill. They will put more young people in jail for longer times for lesser crimes. Jails are schools of crime for young people more than they teach young people to be responsible adults. We need a separate debate on youth justice that makes the best interests of children a top priority.

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Children in the 2011 Throne Speech and Budget

June 13, 2011

This analysis of the Throne Speech and Budget focuses on longer-term issues for children. Support for families is positive; how that support is delivered over the coming years will make a big difference for children and for Canadian society. Giving priority to children in program review is important for next year’s budget.  Immediate attention is needed for […]

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First Call for Children in Budget & Program Review

May 25, 2011

The CCRC proposes that the First Call for Children principle be applied in the upcoming program review and budget cuts to reduce the deficit.  A letter to the Prime Minister also proposes the use of child impact assessments before the adoption of new policies that affect children.  Read letter: letter-to-pm-on-first-call-for-children.

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Silenced Citizens: Senate Report on Children in Canada

March 27, 2007

In 2007 the Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights released a report entitled Children: Silenced Citizens.  It contained 24 recommendations to improve children’s rights in Canada.  Unfortunately its recommendations have not been implemented. It remains a well-researched study on the status of children in Canada. Read the Senate Report CCRC Submission to the Senate Committee […]

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