Dear Prime Minister….

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. The Coalition for Women’s Equality sent this letter to the Right Honourable Paul Martin in response to his government’s initial Throne Speech on February 2, 2004 and after he responded to that speech in the House of Commons on February 3, 2004. February 13/04 Dear Prime Minister, The […]

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Legal Aid in Nova Scotia

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. Through a series of provincial meetings and focus groups conducted by the Nova Scotia Coalition of Women for Justice between 2000 and 2002, women in Nova Scotia identified access to adequate legal representation and legal aid as a primary focus, along with racism, for equality research and advocacy. […]

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Race(ing) Family Law?: The Challenges

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. The process of responding to the proposed amendments to the once “live” Bill C-22 sparked a series of continued conversations across Canada among Aboriginal women, women of colour, and immigrant and refugee women as to how race would and should be addressed within the Divorce Act. Although it […]

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Disability and Family Law

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. My life as a single parent began shortly after a motor vehicle accident that left me a quadriplegic. My husband was not able or willing to make the commitment to having a wife with a disability. While I was in a rehabilitation hospital, he told me that I […]

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Sharia as Family Law in Canada?

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. Some Canadian Muslims are proposing the implementation of sections of Shariah (Muslim law) to settle family disputes outside the court system through arbitration committees or tribunals. Due to provisions of the Arbitration Act, the arbitrated agreements may be accepted by law, resulting in a bypass of the court […]

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Common Law Partnerships and Marital Property: Time for a Change?

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. Introduction Every family law lawyer is aware of the pervasive, but mistaken, belief that long term common law heterosexual partnerships are now treated in law in the same way as marital partnerships. They can all tell stories of women who learn too late that they cannot rely on […]

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Same-Sex Marriage

Not allowing lesbians to marry sends the message that lesbian relationships are not valuable or worthy of support. Lesbians want the ability to marry to obtain the benefits of marriage and also to change that historical message of exclusion. They also want to be recognized as mothers and co-parents. Briefs on Same-Sex Marriage and Families […]

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How Fair is the MBM to Women?

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. On May 27, 2003, Human Resources Development Canada released its new approach to measuring low income, the so-called Market Basket Measure (MBM). This method calculates the cost of food, clothing, shelter and other essentials deemed necessary for a family of four, and adjusts the amount for different cities. […]

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UN Special Rapporteur Visits Canada, 15-26 September 2003

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. At the invitation of the Canadian government, the Special Rapporteur of the UN Commission on Human Rights, Mr. Doudou Diene, visited Canada from 15-26 September 2003. During his stay, the former Senegalese diplomat and UNESCO delegate went to Ottawa, Toronto, Halifax, Vancouver and Montreal and met with the […]

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Commentary on Canada (Attorney General) v. Lesiuk

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. Before becoming known by a section 15 Charter case bearing her name, Kelly Lesiuk was a registered nurse, and worked part-time in Brandon, Manitoba. She and her husband had a small child, and she was the primary caregiver. In 1997, her husband obtained employment in Winnipeg. Although they […]

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Bill C-22: Update

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. NAWL’s ongoing work in the area of custody and access has been focused on Bill C-22, An Act to Amend the Divorce Act, since Justice Minister Martin Cauchon introduced it into the House of Commons in December 2002. We have prepared a brief responding to the legislation, which […]

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The American Convention on Human Rights is Part of the “Regional Solution”

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. The Preamble to the Declaration of the Summit of the Americas, adopted by the heads of state in Quebec City in 2001, calls on all the states to commit to full respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. To this end, they agree to strengthen and refine the […]

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The Struggle for Equality in the Job Market Goes On: CHRC declines to enforce Supreme Court order against CN

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. In 1984, in response to a complaint filed by Action travail des femmes (ATF), the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) ordered Canadian National Railways (CN) to put an end to its discriminatory practices against women in blue-collar positions. In 1987, in a stunning victory for women’s rights, the […]

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Addressing Trafficking in Women and Children in Canada

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. Trafficking in women and girls is a significant global problem to which Canada is unfortunately not immune. It is an illegal yet highly profitable industry, which recruits, transports and sells human beings for the purpose of exploiting their labour and/or their sexuality. The victims of trafficking are overwhelmingly […]

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World March of Women Plans Worldwide Action in 2005

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. The World March of Women (WMW) is a global network for feminist action that had its genesis in the Quebec women’s movement. WMW focuses on struggles against poverty and violence against women. In 2000, the WMW carried out a series of national actions including popular education, national marches […]

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Reaffirming the Indivisibility of Human Rights at the Roundtable on Women and Politics 2003

Supported by an Advisory Committee of activists and academics with diverse experiences and expertise, the National Association of Women and the Law convened, on March 22-23, a dialogue with 40 women for its Roundtable on Women and Politics 2003 at the symbolic location of Centre Block, Parliament Hill. Participants were drawn from groups comprising the […]

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National Consultation on Transgender and Women’s Substantive Equality

NAWL organized a national consultation on transgender and women’s substantive equality rights, held in Ottawa on February 22 and 23, 2003. The consultation drew representatives from rape crisis centres, women’s equality-seeking groups, unions, government, transgender and transsexual (trans) advocates, and other interested individuals from across Canada. The specific objective for the weekend was to lay […]

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