Vulnerable Children

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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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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Appeal to Senate to Keep Youth Out of Jails

January 12, 2012

Proposed changes to the youth justice system, part of the omnibus crime bill, will mean more young people go to jail, where they are more likely to learn about crime than about how to be rights-respecting, law-abiding citizens. These changes violate the Convention. The Convention makes sense. Bill C-10 needs to be changed.

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