News items tagged as Equality relate to treatment received by Canadian organizations, individuals and institutions by the federal government.

Case study #109: Refugee access to welfare benefits

Refugee claimants in Canada are already living in some of the most precarious conditions in the country. With regulatory changes in the last omnibus budget bill, though, the federal government has opened wide the door for provinces to restrict their access to welfare benefits. For all the details, make sure to read our latest case study.

First Nations children still face delays in accessing health care: report

By CBC News, 10 February 2015

First Nations children in Canada still face obstacles in accessing health and social services as quickly as other children due to continuing "bureaucratic confusion" and red tape on the part of governments, according to a new report.

How Ottawa’s new terrorism act could chill free speech

By Kent Roach and Craig Forcese, The Globe & Mail, 5 February 2015

Kent Roach teaches at the University of Toronto law faculty and worked with both the Arar and Air India commissions. Craig Forcese is a law professor teaching national security law at the University of Ottawa and a participant in the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society.

Case study #103: Thalidomiders

For fifty years, the survivors of thalidomide, one of the worst health disasters in Canadian history, have been fighting for justice and compensation. While the Canadian government has made recent overtures to the Thalidomiders, significant questions remain as to whether a fair and just reparation will be made. Make sure to read our latest case study for the history and ongoing repercussions of the thalidomide disaster on it's survivors and on public health in Canada.

To read the full case study, click the link below.


Case study #102: Universal Child Care Program

Are you wondering about the recently resurrected debate on implementing a national subsidized childcare program? Make sure to read our latest case study on the issue, published today. In it, we examine the failings of the Conservative government's Universal Child Care Benefit in improving the accessibility and quality of childcare in Canada, and how a Canada-wide, subsidized childcare program could help improve gender equality and reduce poverty.

Read the full report by clicking the link below.

Missing, Murdered Native Women: International Rights Group Urges National Inquiry

By The Canadian Press, 12 January 2015

OTTAWA — An international body has joined Canadian domestic calls for a national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls.

A report from The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, an arm of the Organization of American States, says an inquiry or national action plan is needed to get at the root of the problem. (...)

2014: The Year in Association and Assembly Rights

By Maina Kiai, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Jan. 9, 2015

It is still too early to tell just how 2014 will be remembered from the perspective of assembly and association rights: The year of the protest; the year of the revolution, the year of shrinking space. 

But one thing is certain: It will be a year that we remember. 

Harper continues to resist calls for missing aboriginal women inquiry

By Steven Chase and Gloria Galloway, The Globe & Mail, 17 December 2014

Stephen Harper is rejecting further calls for a formal federal inquiry into more than 1,100 aboriginal women murdered or gone missing since 1980, saying he’s satisfied the matter has been sufficiently studied and prefers that police investigate the underlying crimes.

Workshop on Civil Society: Dissent, Democracy, and the Law

“Civil Society: Dissent, Democracy, & the Law” was a one-day workshop hosted by the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism of the Faculty of Law (CHRLP) at  McGill University on October 23, 2013. 

The workshop aimed to create a forum and an opportunity for civil society leaders, practitioners, and members of the academy to discuss, theorize and strategize new and emerging challenges to civil society in Canada and to understand these challenges in a global context. Participants examined emerging norms with respect to an enabling environment and its connection to fundamental freedoms, including freedoms of expression, peaceful assembly, and association. It also attempted to address these challenges using norms, including through policy and regulatory reform.