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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Bill C-68: An Act Respecting Firearms and Other Weapons

NAWL views gun control as one important component of a multi-faceted strategy to reduce violence against women. In our brief, we identify the policy considerations that make the issue of gun control an important one for women, and we address the major provisions of Bill C-68.…

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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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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.…

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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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Update on the Abortion Law in Canada

An analysis of the legal issues arising out of Dr. Morgentaler’s trial in Toronto. Includes a chronological review of events that explain the 1985 state of the law, and the potential impact of the Charter on future challenges to anti-abortion laws.…

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