This year Canada is marking National Child Day by pushing through changes to the youth criminal justice system that completely violate the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of Child. National Child Day celebrates adoption of the Convention more than 20 years ago. The CCRC laments that it is being totally ignored in the rush to pass Bill C-10.
Sunday, November 20, is National Child Day. We celebrate adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. How well are we putting it into practice? A new CCRC report shows that too many children in Canada lack the support they need to develop their full potential. It also shows why it would be smart for …
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.
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 …
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.
The Government’s response to the Supreme Court decision on Omar Khadr must reflect the Court’s confirmation of the Best Interests of the Child as a matter of fundamental justice
Prevention of sexual exploitation through effective protection of the rights of children is the focus of CCRC at Senate Committee hearings.