Minister hopes national standards will stop sexual violence on campuses

The minister for women and gender equality is meeting with an advisory committee to develop standards for how Canada’s colleges and universities should deal with gender-based violence.

January 17, 2019

Opinion: Decriminalization of sex work is essential

Rather than seek to "save" sex workers, we need to address systemic inequalities that create poverty, homelessness and lack of access to services: Opinion piece.

April 25, 2018

Opinion: Canada should introduce needle programs for prisoners

17 per cent of men and 14 per cent of women in prison reported injecting drugs in the past 6 months, yet there is little or no access to sterile injection equipment in prisons.

May 15, 2017

Aboriginal education woefully underfunded, Paul Martin says

The Conservative government's "discrimination" in funding of First Nations education is "contrary to every single value this country has stood for," says former prime minister Paul Martin.

July 10, 2015

Opinion: Canada is failing in its responsibilities to refugees

Quietly and systematically, in collaboration with European, Australian and U.S. allies, Canada has been closing every possible avenue of access for refugees, say two refugee lawyers.

May 08, 2015

Spy watchdog may become super-sized: experts

The federal budget appears to have responded to widespread public concern about oversight of federal spies by upping annual spending for the Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC).

April 23, 2015

Every day, 40 refugees deported

About 40 refugee claimants are being deported daily from Canada, immigration lawyers and human rights activists say, including families with children who were born in Canada.

September 16, 2014

Proposed elections law will hurt aboriginal voting: First Nations

Credit cards, bank accounts, vehicles, mortgages, residential leases, and insurance policies, which might provide voter ID, are rare among low-income people on reserves.

April 04, 2014

Rehtaeh's law: What will change about sharing intimate photos

Sharing intimate images without the subject's consent could soon become a crime.

January 13, 2014

What are your rights when dealing with police?

According to the CCLU, educating the public is important, but the onus remains on the police officer to respect the rights of citizens and to behave in a professional manner.

January 10, 2014

Canadian Bar Association urges federal government to boost legal aid funding

The Canadian Bar Association has called on the federal government to restore legal aid funding to the level it was at in the mid-1990s as part of an overhaul to be completed by 2030.

August 21, 2013

Doctors, lawyers to challenge Conservative refugee health-care cuts

Doctors, patients, and refugee lawyers are teaming up to legally challenge the Conservative government's recent cuts to refugee health care.

February 25, 2013

Commemoration of Polytechnique massacre more sombre this year

The imminent abolition of the long-gun registry will cast a shadow over commemoration of the École Polytechnique massacre on Tuesday, but the survivors are keeping their fight alive.

December 06, 2011

Court chief justice backs protest against minister's comments

The chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada has added her voice to the legal profession's condemnation of Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, who sparked an uproar earlier this year on the issue of judicial independence.

August 14, 2011

Refugee bashing: The government bills its refugee-law changes as getting tough on smugglers, but the law does much more than that

An op-ed piece in the Montreal Gazette says that, under the cover of anti-smuggling efforts, Bill C-49 includes harsh measures for the victims of human smuggling, that is, the refugees themselves.

November 03, 2010

Remove niqab ban from Bill 94, Civil Liberties Association says

A Montreal Gazette article says the Canadian Civil Liberties Association is calling for removing the niqab ban from Bill 94, explaining that the law already requires a niqab-wearing woman to lift her veil, for instance, when she takes a driver's test.

November 02, 2010

Proposed Ontario law could let abused women break leases early

According to a Montreal Gazette article, women fleeing abusive relationships will have one less barrier if Ontario passes a proposed law allowing them to break their leases early.

August 10, 2010

Ottawa may add 'honour killing' to Criminal Code

An article in the Montreal Gazette reports that the minister responsible for the status of women is taking gender-based violence "very seriously" and called on women's groups and members of the immigrant community to help tackle these "heinous abuses."

July 13, 2010

Tories tackle refugee backlog while opening door to those in camps overseas

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney is tabling a reform package in the Commons, kicking off a debate about how to improve a system that many agree needs fixing in the face of a backlog of 60,000 claims, according to the Montreal Gazette.

March 29, 2010

Ottawa to unveil proposals to reform refugee system

The Montreal Gazette reports that Immigration Minister Jason Kenney will unveil proposals to reform Canada's refugee system this week in a bid to speed the approval process for legitimate asylum-seekers while clamping down on abuse of the system.

March 28, 2010