Public Health Agency of Canada Webinar Series on Ending Violence Against Children

Check out this message from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) on Ending Violence Against Children on their new webinar series, and how to sign up for the first webinar on May 6. As part of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children’s Together to #ENDviolence global campaign, the Public Health Agency of …

Good News for Rights of Children with Disabilities

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: …

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 …

Canada Ranks Low on Child Well-being Indicators

Did you know that Canada ranks low when indicators of children’s well-being are compared internationally? Canada has ranked near the bottom in international comparisons of the well-being of children in industrialized countries in recent years. Following are examples: Infant Mortality – 24th of 30 countries Health and Safety – 22nd of 30 countries Child Poverty …