International Women’s Day: Understanding Gender-Responsive Budgeting

(Disponible en français : Journée internationale des femmes : Comprendre la budgétisation sensible à la sexospécificité) International Women’s Day – observed every year on March 8th – provides Canadians with an opportunity to reflect on women’s achievements and to promote the advancement of gender equality. This year, Canada’s theme is #MyFeminism, “inspired by the role feminism…

Aligning the Budget and the Main Estimates — Recent Changes to the Parliamentary Financial Cycle

(Disponible en français : Assurer la cohésion entre le budget et le budget principal des dépenses — Changements récents apportés au cycle financier parlementaire)  The Government of Canada outlines its spending and tax priorities to Parliament and Canadians in its annual budget, and presents its spending plans for parliamentary approval in estimates documents. In the past,…

Joint Action to Reduce Methane Emissions: Canada and the United States

(Disponible en français : Mesure conjointe pour la réduction des émissions de méthane : Le Canada et les États‑Unis) Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a well-known greenhouse gas. However, according to Environment and Climate Change Canada, methane’s impact as a warming agent is estimated to be 86 times greater over a 20-year period and 34 times…

Consent for Organ Donation in Canada

(Disponible en français : Consentement pour le don d’organes au Canada) Every week, five Canadians die waiting for an organ transplant. Deceased donors are an important source of organs for transplantation since each donor can provide up to eight organs. Between 2006 and 2015, the Canadian Institute for Health Information reported a 28% increase in…

Unreasonable Delays in Criminal Trials: the Impact of the Jordan Decision

(Disponible en français : Délais déraisonnables lors des procès criminels : les suites de l’arrêt Jordan) For a summary of the Jordan decision, see Maxime Charron-Tousignant, Unreasonable Delays in Criminal Trials: New Legal Framework, HillNotes, 17 August 2016. The Supreme Court of Canada’s landmark decision on 8 July 2016 in R. v. Jordan “has rocked” the Canadian justice system.…

Update — Violence Against Women in Canada: The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

(Disponible en français : Mise à jour — La violence faite aux femmes au Canada : la Journée nationale de commémoration et d’action contre la violence faite aux femmes) Every year on 6 December, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women provides an opportunity to reflect on how violence affects women in…

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Young Parliamentarians around the World

(Disponible en français : Les jeunes parlementaires dans le monde) Cynics would have you believe that young people are just not interested in parliamentary politics. Despite the conventional wisdom that young people do not want to participate in democracy, statistics say otherwise: around the world, the number of young parliamentarians is on the rise. In…

Canada’s Seal Harvest

(Disponible en français : La chasse au phoque au Canada) In Canada, the seal harvest is managed by the federal government as a fishery and not, as is commonly believed, by provincial/territorial governments as a hunting activity. The Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard is granted this authority through legislation, including the…

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Status and Next Steps for Canada

(Disponible en français : Le Partenariat transpacifique : situation actuelle et prochaines étapes pour le Canada) With the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations frequently in the news, that agreement may be uppermost in the minds of legislators and Canadians. However, for Canada, gaining greater access to growing markets in the Asia-Pacific region would support efforts…