Vulnerable Children

Children in the National Poverty Reduction Strategy

February 27, 2017

The CCRC welcomes the next step in the development of a National Poverty Reduction Strategy. Ending child poverty should be a strong focus in the process and the final strategy. A discussion paper and on-line consultations invite input from across Canada.   The deadline for consultation is June. Release of the strategy is expected in […]

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Good News for Rights of Children with Disabilities

December 5, 2016

The federal government has announced that it will begin discussions with provinces and territories to adopt the optional protocol that establishes a complaint mechanism under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. When Canada ratified that Convention it excluded the provision for a complaints process. This is good news for several reasons: […]

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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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Children and New Law on Physician Assisted Dying

March 11, 2016

Child Rights and Physician Assistance in Death The CCRC made a submission to the parliamentary committee that studied physician assisted death before introduction of a new law. Its recommendation that criteria be based on principles in the CRC rather than an arbitrary age criterion is reflected in the committee report.  The committee recommended a two-stage […]

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Physician Assisted Dying and Children

February 8, 2016

Posted on behalf of LeeAnn Chapman, CCRC board member and triage lawyer at The Hospital For Sick Children, Toronto UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, Article 12 States Parties shall assure to the child who is capable of forming his or her own views the right to express those views freely in all […]

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Court Endorses Jordan’s Principle

April 8, 2013

NEWS RELEASE FROM PICTOU LANDING HEALTH CENTRE AND LAWYER PAUL CHAMP IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 4, 2013 OTTAWA: In a landmark ruling for the rights of First Nations children, the Federal Court of Canada has found that Jordan’s Principle is binding on the Government of Canada, and ordered Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development to reimburse the […]

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Reintegration Focus for Omar Khadr

October 5, 2012

Now that Omar Khadr is back in Canada, a reintegration plan should be the top priority.  The first step is a full assessment of health and education needs, working with him to develop a plan that will allow him to develop his skills, and then implementing it. Canada was the first country to ratify the Optional […]

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