Majority Embraces Stereotype of Poor

There are good news elements in the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in Gosselin v. Québec (Attorney General). Justice Arbour has written an important and fresh decision on section 7, finding that it creates a positive obligation on governments to deal with economic deprivation. In addition, the majority on the discrimination issue is a slim…

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The Gosselin Decision: A Divided Court

The Gosselin Decision: A Divided Court L’arrêt Gosselin: une cour divisée OTTAWA – The National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) is extremely disappointed by the majority ruling of the Supreme Court of Canada in Gosselin v. the Attorney General of Québec. “The majority of the Court did not seem to appreciate that reducing…

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Test-Case Litigation, Social and Economic Rights, and the American Convention on Human Rights: What Difference can it Make?

Summary of a presentation from NAWL’s 14th Biennial Conference In the Fall of 2001, the Supreme Court of Canada heard Louise Gosselin’s Charter claim to an adequate level of social assistance (Gosselin v. The Attorney General of Québec, 27418, decision reserved). Gosselin raises important questions regarding whether states have a positive duty to provide social…

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Consultation Of Women Anti-Poverty Activists

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. In March, in the course of preparing the factum on the Gosselin case, NAWL consulted with women anti-poverty activists. Meetings were held in Vancouver, Ottawa, Montréal and Indian Harbour (Nova Scotia). Over forty women with expertise about living in poverty shared their views on the Gosselin case and…

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Welfare Rights Are Women’s Rights, Consultation Report

In the Fall of 2000, the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) obtained intervener status before the Supreme Court in the Gosselin v. Québec (Attorney General) case. The Gosselin case is about a welfare regulation in force in Québec in the 1980’s that provided drastically reduced benefits (170$ a month) for persons under…

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