The United Nations at 75: “Imperfect but indispensable”?

(Disponible en français : Les Nations Unies, 75 ans plus tard : « imparfaites, mais indispensables »?) At a 21 September 2020 high-level meeting of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the United Nations’ (UN’s) member states adopted a declaration commemorating the organization’s 75th anniversary. The declaration noted that no other global organization has the…

Executive Summary – The Sentencing of Indigenous Offenders in Canada

(Disponible en français : Résumé – La détermination de la peine pour les délinquants autochtones au Canada) Indigenous people are incarcerated at a much higher rate than non-Indigenous individuals in Canada, and the gap between the incarceration rates for these two groups continues to grow. The problem of the overincarceration of Indigenous people has been…

Ensuring access to quality education for students enrolled in minority language schools

(Disponible en français : Assurer l’accès à une éducation de qualité aux élèves inscrits dans les écoles de la minorité) The constitutional right to an education in one’s own language Under section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (the Charter), parents are entitled to have their children educated in a minority language…

Rebuilding Better: Calls for a Green, Inclusive, Sustainable Economic Recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic

14 September 2020, 8:55 a.m. (Disponible en français : Reconstruire en mieux : appels en faveur d’une relance économique verte, inclusive et durable après la pandémie de COVID‑19) Since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been numerous calls from international institutions, civil society, researchers and the private sector for countries to avoid…

COVID-19 and Humanitarian Crises

26 August 2020, 10:30 a.m. (Disponible en français : La COVID-19 et les crises humanitaires) At the beginning of 2020, millions of people around the world were already in a state of significant vulnerability as a result of armed conflicts, disasters and state failure. This HillNote discusses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on humanitarian…

Employment Equity in Canada’s Federal Public Service

(Disponible en français : L’équité en matière d’emploi dans la fonction publique fédérale du Canada) Employment Equity: The Legal Framework The federal public service strives to achieve employment equity in its workforce; that is, it aims to correct disadvantages that particular groups face in employment. As the largest employer in Canada, the public service’s employment…

What We Know About a Potential Second Wave of COVID-19

Revised on 14 September 2020, 11:50 a.m. Any substantive changes in this HillNote that have been made since the preceding issue are indicated in bold print. (Disponible en français : Ce que nous savons au sujet d’une possible deuxième vague de COVID-19) Scientists have been warning of a potential second wave of COVID-19 since soon after…