Open Letter: Strengthening Bill C-87, An Act respecting the reduction of poverty

NAWL signed the Open Letter to Minister Jean-Yves Duclos prepared by Canada Without Poverty Campaign 2000 and Citizens for Public Justice to strengthen Bill C-87, An Act respecting the reduction of poverty. The Honourable Minister Jean-Yves Duclos Minister of Families, Children, and Social Development House of Commons Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2 February 1, 2019 Open…

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Working Together for Women on Parliament Hill

The Coalition for Women’s Equality (CWE) is made up of autonomous equality seeking women’s organizations that came together before the last election to advocate for stable and effective federal mechanisms to achieve women’s equality. Coalition Members include the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL), Womenspace, the Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA), the…

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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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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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Poverty is a Human Rights Violation

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. Longtime members and supporters of NAWL, Gwen Brodsky and I have launched a new project dedicated to strengthening the rights of the poorest people, to have the right to social and economic security recognized by law. As well, this project is intended to increase the capacity of legal…

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Kim Rogers: Death in the Modern Day Pauper’s Prison

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. Kim Rogers, eight months pregnant and serving a sentence of house arrest in Sudbury, Ontario, died in her small apartment on August 9, 2001 during the course of a record-setting heat wave. Two days passed before her body was found. Many see Kim Roger’s death as the result…

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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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Budget 2000: Entering a New Millennium ?

In the fall of 1999 one might have thought that fixing the focus of the 2000 budget would be a battle between advocates pushing for increased investment in Canada’s social programs on one side, and business lobbyists and high?income earners pushing for tax cuts on the other side. But the terrain had dramatically narrowed by…

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Canadian Women and the Social Deficit: A Presentation to the International Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights on the Occasion of the Consideration of Canada’s Third Report on the Implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

The NAWL presentation to the United Nations seeks to bring to the attention of the International Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights the impact on Canadian women of Canada’s failure to realize the social and economic rights guaranteed by the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.…

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