NAWL endorsed Luke’s Place brief on BILL 207: An Act to amend the Children’s Law Reform Act, the Courts of Justice Act, the Family Law Act and other Acts respecting various family law matter

NAWL endorsed the brief by Luke’s Place presented to the Ontario legislature’s Justice Committee, on October 13, 2020, on BILL 207: An Act to amend the Children’s Law Reform Act, the Courts of Justice Act, the Family Law Act and other Acts respecting various family law matter. The link to the brief and list of endorsements on…

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Rao: Parental sponsorship rules are antifeminist

The author, Aditya Rao is a common law student at the University of Ottawa. She is enrolled in the Feminist Law Reform course lead by Professor Martha Jackman, NAWL co-chair, and Suki Beavers, NAWL’s Project Director.  Can you imagine being required to show proof of income of $39,000 a year for three years just to be able to have…

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NAWL Submission to the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs

NAWL Submission to the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs Présentation de l’ANFD au Comité sénatorial permanent des Affaires juridiques et constitutionnelles Submission by Pam Cross on behalf of the National Association of Women and the Law to the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs on possible amendments to Bill S-202,…

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New SCC decision on economic rights in the family

On January 25th, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that not extending spousal support and the division of property upon relationship breakdown to common-law couples, or de facto spouses, is constitutional. The case of Quebec (Attorney General)v. A, otherwise known as “Eric” v. “Lola”, involves a heterosexual couple in Quebec who lived together for…

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Mother’s Day Statements

NAWL celebrates Mother’s Day by bringing a message to Parliament Hill on behalf of women across the country. Mother’s Day 2007 – Mothering in Law: Defending Women’s Rights in 2007 – What Women in Canada Need! Mother’s Day 2006 – On Mother’s Day, we celebrate our mothers and all they have done for us. Yet…

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Same-Sex Marriage

My partner Carolyn Moffat and I (Carolyn Rowe) decided to participate in the Ontario test-case on marriage for same-sex spouses. This past spring, we drove down to Toronto’s City Hall where we applied for a marriage license. We were not granted or denied our marriage license, but were asked to wait for further clarification. The Clerk at the Marriage Registry Office is now seeking direction from the Superior Court of Justice by way of an application.…

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Mothering in Law: Defending Women’s Rights in 2007

This May, NAWL, in collaboration with the University of Ottawa, will be hosting Mothering In Law, its biennial national conference. The Conference will take place on Friday, May 11 and Saturday May 12 — Mother’s Day weekend. The conference will provide an opportunity for discussion about policies, programs, and legal reforms that will promote the…

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Challenging the Nuclear Family, Protecting Lesbian Mothers: A Legal Catch-22

Despite the enormous increase in the number of lesbians choosing to parent, as well as the numerous legal victories they have achieved in recent years, lesbian mothers remain legally vulnerable. Non-biological mothers in particular are subject to the whim of both biological mothers and the courts, while the legal status of known sperm donors remains…

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The Protection of Family Assets in Quebec

This document is only available in French. Les ententes «prénuptiales» deviennent de plus en plus populaires en Amérique du Nord. Ces contrats privés permettent aux parties de mettre de côté les dispositions égalitaires des lois sur le droit de la famille. Elles visent généralement à protéger le patrimoine de l’époux le plus riche, qui se…

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The Mothering in Law Conference

A conference to discuss some of the policies, programs and reforms that will really promote the equality rights of mothers: improved maternity and parental benefits, universal childcare, family law reforms that promote women’s safety and equality, access to matrimonial property for Aboriginal women living on Reserve, parental rights for lesbian mothers, spousal sponsorship of immigrant…

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Mother’s Day Message to Parliament 2007

In celebration of Mother’s Day, the National Association of the Law brings to Parliament Hill a message on behalf of women across Quebec and the rest of Canada. For Mothers at Work: Improve Maternity and Parental Benefits for women living outside of Quebec. NAWL recommends that the Federal Government expand the current maternity and parental…

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No Religious Arbitration Coalition: What Have We Learned?

Measuring the success of law reform advocacy is often difficult. In assessing success, are we to look only at outcomes – did the government make the change that was being advocated for? – or should we also look at process – did we organize well, establish positive working relationships with our partners, get positive public…

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Urgent Action Fund

Since its inception in 1997, the Urgent Action Fund has promoted the rights of women and girls around the world through rapid response grantmaking and by sharing the unique knowledge and experience of its grant-recipients through research and publications. Although UAF’s main office is located in Boulder, Colorado, it makes grants to women’s human rights…

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Ontario: One Family Law for All

At issue was a proposal to bring faith-based arbitration to family law in Ontario. Thanks to the power of grassroots activism, encouragement from international organizations, and strong support from prominent and ordinary citizens, the coalition of organizations for No Religious Arbitration including the National Association of Women and the Law was able to convince the…

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