Business and Human Rights Act - Model Legislation for Canada's International Extractive Sector

Model Legislation for Canada's International Extractive Sector

UPDATE July 2018 - In the face of serious allegations of human rights violations linked to Canadian mining companies operating abroad, the Liberal government has finally followed through on its election promise: On 17 January 2018, Trudeau's International Trade Minister François-Philippe Champagne announced the establishment of an independent watchdog, the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE). One of the ombudsman first cases could be the human rights accusations against Tahoe Resources, a Canadian mining company, which is operating the Escobar mine in Guatemala.

Canadian Charities and the Canada Revenue Agency

Update 25 June 2018— To this date, the special review set up by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) under the Harper government to to audit registered charities’ political activities, has only been suspended, but is still not abandoned. While the Senate appointed a special committee on the charitable sector to look at laws and priorities, several Canadian organizations recently started a campaign to demand action by Prime Minister Trudeau.

Access to Information

Access to Information

March 2018 - UPDATE - The Liberal election platform promised to make substantial changes to the Access to Information Act to modernize the process by making it cheaper, more accessible, and broader in scope. The changes that have been made thus far can be viewed as tiny first steps.

Bill C-36: The Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act*

In response to the Supreme Court ruling that Criminal Code provisions pertaining to prostitution violated prostitutes’ Charter rights, the Conservative government introduced Bill C-36 in 2014. Women’s and Indigenous organizations criticize that their voices have not been properly heard, and the Liberal government has not yet fulfilled its promise to review the Bill.

Two Years of Liberal Government: A Voices-Voix Report Card

Decent poll numbers for Trudeau and the Liberals understandably reflect relief they get things occasionally right and equal relief that we aren’t Yanks or Brits. The anniversary of their October 2015 election nevertheless reminds us to consider their, at best, mixed record.

Criminalization of Indigenous Communities

Public Safety Canada disclosed that the Government Operations Centre gathers information on Indigenous rallies for the purpose of “maintaining awareness” of such events. However, there is no evidence that these Indigenous activists present a risk to safety and security. Canadians are concerned that the Trudeau government has continued with the Harper-era surveillance of Indigenous communities.

Omar Khadr

Omar Khadr

On July 7, 2017 the Government of Canada announced a settlement with Omar Khadr. The settlement comes seven years after a unanimous Supreme Court of Canada decision found that the Canadian government was complicit in the violation of Mr. Khadr’s rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Read the update to our case study.

First Nations Child and Family Caring Society

First Nations Child and Family Caring Society - Updated

Updated study: Chronic underfunding of child and family services for 163,000 First Nations children prompted First Nations Child and Family Caring Society to file a discrimination complaint against Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) with the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal in 2007. After almost ten years of litigation and 72 days of hearings, an NDP motion may have forced the Liberal government into action. This is a fully updated version of the study first published in 2011.