Evolving Capacity, Age, and Assisted Dying

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 …

Children and New Law on Physician Assisted Dying

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 …

Court Endorses Jordan’s Principle

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 …

Education for All Children in Canada

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 …

Too Many Children Wait for Adoption

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 …