Human Rights

Childcare Advocacy Association of Canada (CCAAC)

Amidst numerous government cuts to groups that campaign on women’s issues, the Childcare Advocacy Association of Canada (CCAAC) saw its advocacy and lobbying funding decreased first in 2006, and its entire budget eliminated in 2009.

IRFAN-Canada

In April 2011, Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) revoked the charitable registration of IRFAN-Canada. IRFAN-Canada challenged the revocation and its appeal was scheduled to be heard before the Federal Court of Appeal in May 2014. 

Edgar Schmidt

Edgar Schmidt

In December 2012, Edgar Schmidt sued Harper’s Conservative government for failing to take adequate steps to verify whether proposed bills violate the Canadian Bill of Rights and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care

Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care

Health care and professional services organizations across Canada opposed to the cuts formed the group Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care in the spring of 2012.

Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network

Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network

In April 2012, the Public Health Agency of Canada severely cut funding from the Federal Initiative to Address HIV/AIDS, turning down 16 out of 20 activities proposed by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network on the basis that it might produce resources that co

Canadian Council on Learning

Canadian Council on Learning

The Canadian Council on Learning (CCL) was given a five-year grant in 2004 by the Liberal government, worth $85 million.

Law Commission of Canada

Law Commission of Canada

The Law Commission of Canada had its budget cut in September 2006. It was forced to close down shortly after the announcement. Treasury Board President, John Baird, said the government was not interested in funding an organization that had opposed the government’s legislation.

Cindy Blackstock

Cindy Blackstock

After Blackstock’s organization filed a discrimination complaint against Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, she was excluded from important meetings, and she claims that government employees systematically monitored her professional and personal life.

Adil Charkaoui

Adil Charkaoui

The federal government accused Adil Charkaoui of being a terrorist and detained him without charge for two years. He was required to live under restrictions for more than six years. The government claimed to have evidence against him, but his lawyers could not see it.

Steven Schnoor

Steven Schnoor

Steven Schnoor, a communications professor in Montreal, made a film that showed dirty deeds of mining companies in Guatemala against local indigenous people. He was slandered by a Canadian Ambassador and won damages from the government for behaviour the judge deemed reckless, spiteful and oppressive.

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