Today’s Session Poses Important Questions for Canada

Canada restated its commitment to promote and protect children’s rights.  Questions from members of the UN Committeee on the Rights of the Child, however, highlighted that Canada will need to make changes to put that into practice.  How, asked the committee, can Canada make sure that actions by all levels of government work together in the best …

Live blog of Child Rights Committee Hearing

CCRC and our child rights experts provided live blogging of Canada’s appearance before the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child on September 26 and 27. The live webcast of the review was from 9am to 12pm EST on September 26th and 4am to 7am/9am to 12pm EST on September 27th at www.treatybodywebcast.org . The …

Canada Ranks Low in Investments for Children

Did you know that Canada spends less on child development than most similar countries? Smart countries see spending on child development as an investment.  Research shows that it is good economics to invest in a country’s young people.  Canada considers spending on children as a financial drain that needs to be minimized to reduce budgets.  Helping children develop …

National Children’s Advocate before Parliament

MP Marc Garneau introduced a private member’s bill to establish a National Children’s Commissioner in Canada.  This is one tool for children’s rights that has worked well in other countries.  The CCRC advocates for such an office with a strong mandate that includes investigating complaints from young people.  Garneau’s bill will be debated in the …

Polygamy ruling advances children’s rights

The BC Supreme Court upheld the prohibition against polygamy to prevent harm against women and children.  The ruling gives high priority to  children’s right to protection from harm.  It  reinforces the positive obligations of the state to prevent violations of children’s rights.  And it establishes a strong link between children’s rights under the Charter and the Convention on the …

National Child Day: How is Canada celebrating?

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.