International Women’s Day 2019: A Reflection on Women, Gender Equality and the 42nd Parliament

You may also wish to consult other HillNotes in honour of International Women’s Day (Disponible en français : La Journée internationale des femmes 2019 : une réflexion sur les femmes, l’égalité des sexes et la 42e législature) Women’s participation in Canadian politics and in the Parliament of Canada is longstanding. Over 100 years ago, women…

A Human Rights Approach to Climate Change: What Is the State of the Law in Canada?

(Disponible en français : Les changements climatiques du point de vue des droits de la personne : que dit le droit canadien?) Human rights-based cases challenging governments for insufficient action on climate change are on the rise worldwide. More than 20 cases spanning six continents are being argued in domestic courts and regional tribunals. Many have…

Efforts to Combat Snow Washing: Canada Moves Towards a Beneficial Ownership Registry

(Disponible en français : Lutte au blanchiment à la neige : les premiers pas du Canada vers un registre des bénéficiaires effectifs) Beneficial Ownership and Money Laundering When a criminal activity generates substantial profits, the individual or group involved inevitably attempts to control those funds in a manner that avoids the attention of authorities. This activity…

Update — Federal Legislation affecting People with Disabilities: Where We Are Today

(Disponible en français : Mise à jour — Législation fédérale concernant les personnes handicapées : la situation actuelle) A Move towards a Canadians with Disabilities Act The idea of overarching federal accessibility legislation has garnered attention for decades. Many voices, including a parliamentary committee, a federal task force, and advocates have called for legislative action to…

Precarious Employment in Canada: An Overview

(Disponible en français : Emploi précaire au Canada : un survol de la situation) What is precarious employment? Simply put, precarious employment is a “bad job”. However, problems arise when we try to define and measure more precisely the characteristics that constitute a “bad job”. According to the International Labour Organization, precarious employment refers to…

Changing the Machinery of Government: Indigenous Affairs Portfolio

(Disponible en français : Restructuration de l’appareil gouvernemental : portefeuille des affaires autochtones) More than twenty years ago, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples recommended that “the government of Canada present legislation to abolish the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and to replace it by two new departments: a Department of Aboriginal Relations…