Renewed International Solidarity: The New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants

(Disponible en français : Une nouvelle solidarité internationale : la Déclaration de New York pour les réfugiés et les migrants) The United Nations (UN) reports that, between 2000 and 2017, the total number of people moving internationally and living in a country other than their country of birth rose from 173 to 258 million, a 49%…

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…

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…

Federal Legislation affecting People with Disabilities: Where We Are Today

(Disponible en français : Législation fédérale concernant les personnes handicapées : la situation actuelle) Note: This publication was updated in December, 2018: Update — Federal Legislation affecting People with Disabilities: Where We Are Today A Move towards a Canadians with Disabilities Act While there is currently no overarching federal disability legislation in Canada, the idea…

Canada’s Third Universal Periodic Review Before the United Nations Human Rights Council

(Disponible en français : Troisième examen périodique universel du Canada devant le Conseil des droits de l’homme des Nations Unies) On 11 May, Canada’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General will lead a delegation of senior federal civil servants and representatives from the governments of Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador to appear before a working group…

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.…

Official languages: modernizing the regulatory framework

(Disponible en français : Les langues officielles : vers une modernisation du cadre réglementaire) Renewed focus on the offer of services in French across Canada Clearly the past 15 months saw an unprecedented renewal of focus on the offer of French-language services across Canada. In October 2015, for the first time in its history, the…