Rape Shield Provisions Upheld

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. The Supreme Court of Canada upheld the rape shield provisions of the Criminal Code (s. 276, 276.1and 276.2) in R. v. Darrach, 2000 SCC 46, released October 12. Except in one respect, the decision does not extend protections to women; its importance lies in the fact that it…

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A Brief on Bill C-72: An Act to Amend the Criminal Code

This brief addresses the government’s legislative response to the Daviault decision that created a defence of extreme intoxication for offences such as sexual assault and manslaughter. It outlines the history of the law before the Daviault decision and section by section, analyses Bill C-72 and its constitutionality. [pdf-embedder url=”https://nawl.ca/wp-content/uploads/1995/06/ABriefonBillC-72.pdf” title=”A Brief on Bill C-72: An…

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Section 213 of the Criminal Code – Prostitution

This brief was written in response to recommendations by the Committee on Justice and the Solicitor General to make prostitution an indictable offence, in order to permit fingerprinting of all prostitutes. Happily, the federal government agreed with NAWL’s comments, and did not implement the Committee’s recommendation.…

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Prostitution: Bill C-49 Four Years Later

Outlines NAWL’s concerns with the 1985 anti-soliciting law. Prostitutes’ safety and enforcement inequities between prostitutes and their customers are highlighted. Also shows how the law did not achieve the purpose for which it was enacted which was to clean up Canadian streets. NAWL advocates decriminalization of soliciting.…

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Bill C-31, An Act to Amend the Indian Act

Shows how Bill C-31 has had the effect of pitting native women and men against each other and that the entire Indian Act is riddled with difficulties. [pdf-embedder url=”https://nawl.ca/wp-content/uploads/1988/03/ISBN0920853897.pdf” title=”Bill C-31, An Act to Amend the Indian Act”]…

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Women and Criminal Justice Issues

Contains summaries of workshops on procedure and evidence, sentencing and punishment, criminal justice resources and the legislative agenda and a paper intended for promoting discussion. [pdf-embedder url=”https://nawl.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/ISBN0920853862-compressed.pdf” title=”Women and Criminal Justice Issues”]…

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Bill C-49: An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (Prostitution)

States that government concern with traffic congestion, nuisance and the quality of neighbourhood life ignores the real problems of drug trafficking, pimping and juvenile prostitution. Emphasizes NAWL’s position that use of the Criminal Code is not the answer and that the economic and social causes of prostitution must be addressed instead.…

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