Protecting Children From Harm

Criminal Justice Reform and Children’s Rights

March 6, 2018

Children in Canada have less protection against violence than adults do.  Current plans to reform Canada’s criminal justice system provide an opportunity to make the right of children to be free from all forms of violence, Article 19 in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, part of Canadian law.    Stated plans to […]

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Family Law Reform and Children’s Rights

March 6, 2018

Children are affected when their parents go through a divorce, but their rights are not well-protected in Canada’s current family laws.  The CCRC welcomes plans to modernize the law and expand the unified family court system.  Stronger protection for the rights of children should be central to this process.  It is also an opportunity for […]

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Omar Khadr: A Lesson in Children’s Rights

July 6, 2017

The case of Omar Khadr shows the importance of recognizing and protecting the rights of every child.  Early recognition of Khadr’s rights as a child could have prevented harm to him and the need for redress and financial compensation now.  In a public statement the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of the Child (CCRC) explains […]

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Children and Canada’s Poverty Reduction Strategy

May 3, 2017

A specific focus on children and the use of multiple indicators of deprivation are recommendations made by the CCRC for Canada’s Poverty Reduction Strategy.  The CCRC also recommends short-term rolling targets to measure progress, a mix of income support and community programs, and youth participation.  The submission highlights the importance of food security as a […]

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Children’s Rights and Child Welfare in Ontario

April 24, 2017

Bill 89 in Ontario, if adopted, will give the rights of children priority in child welfare and children’s services in the province. It will provide a good example of taking children’s rights seriously in legislation that affects them. It refers to the Convention on the Rights of the Child in the preamble, extends services to […]

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Young People in the Workplace: Rights, Rules, Safety, and Fairness

March 10, 2017

Young people benefit from work experience, but they can also be exploited in the workplace.  Knowing about the rules, their rights, and how to report unsafe working conditions or unfair treatment is essential for all young people.  The Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children (CCRC) is asking all governments, federal and provincial, to ensure […]

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Children’s Rights and Bill S-206

February 27, 2017

The Senate will begin debate on Bill S-206 this week.  The bill, sponsored by Senator Murray Sinclair, will repeal Section 43 of the Criminal Code.  It will protect the right of every child, as well as every adult, to not be hit by anyone.  It is an important step in implementation of children’s right to […]

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