Challenges Regarding Freedom of Expression and Access to Information During a Pandemic: International and Domestic Perspectives

27 April 2020, 9:15 a.m. (Disponible en français : Défis associés à la liberté d’expression et à l’accès à l’information en temps de pandémie : points de vue national et international) Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive, and impart…

Federal Measures Related to Pandemic Planning and First Nations Communities

21 April 2020, 9 a.m. (Disponible en français : Mesures fédérales concernant la planification de la lutte contre la pandémie dans les communautés des Premières Nations) Indigenous people are disproportionately affected negatively by factors that influence health and well-being, known as the determinants of health, such as overcrowded and mouldy housing, poverty, unsafe drinking water…

Some Federal and Provincial/Territorial Financial Relief Measures Relating to COVID-19

9 April 2020, 8:45 a.m. (Disponible en français : Quelques mesures de soutien financier des gouvernements fédéral, provinciaux et territoriaux concernant la COVID-19) The outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing financial strain across Canada. This HillNote provides an overview of some measures by federal, provincial and territorial governments to address the financial impact…

Health Outcomes During Pandemics in Different Population Groups in Canada

Revised on 19 May 2020, 10:50 a.m. Any substantive changes in this HillNote that have been made since the preceding issue are indicated in bold print. (Disponible en français : Résultats cliniques dans différentes populations au Canada lors de pandémies) On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) characterized the outbreak of COVID-19, the disease caused…

Human Rights in Emergency Situations

1 April 2020, 2 p.m. (Disponible en français : Le respect des droits de la personne dans les situations d’urgence) In addition to obligations during peacetime, States have duties to respect and ensure human rights during wartime and national emergencies. In situations that represent a severe threat to a nation, however, the International Covenant on Civil…

Federal Authorities During Public Health Emergencies

23 March 2020, 3:20 p.m. (Disponible en français : Les pouvoirs du gouvernement fédéral en cas d’urgence de santé publique) Constitutional Framework Section 91 of the Constitution Act, 1867 sets out areas of jurisdiction exclusive to Parliament under which it may legislate in the event of public health emergencies. Among Parliament’s exclusive powers are those…