NAWL submits brief on Bill C-5 to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights

NAWL submitted a brief on Bill C-5—An Act to amend the Judges Act and the Criminal Code—to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. 36 feminist and equality-seeking organizations endorsed the brief, including: Accessibility for All Action Ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes Amnesty International Canada AMS Sexual Assault Support…

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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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Update on the Pamela Jean George Case

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. In the early morning hours of April 17, 1995, on the outskirts of Regina, Saskatchewan, Pamela Jean George was beaten to death by two young white men. One of the two men convicted of killing her recently received full parole on November 10, 2000. Once more, this case…

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Final Report on Court-Related Harassment and Family Law “Justice”: A Review of the Literature & Analysis of Case Law

Prepared by Sandra A. Goundry in association with the Vancouver Association of Women and the Law, this reports provides a useful overview of court-related harassment in the family justice system. The report examines the sources of court-related harassment, provides an analysis of relevant case law and offers recommendations for policy and legislative reform.…

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Submissions to the Standing Committee on Bill C-46, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code in Respect of Production of Records in Sexual Offence Proceedings

NAWL congratulates the government for attempting to curb the damaging effects of recent Supreme Court decisions (Behariell and O’Connor). NAWL makes some practical suggestions for improvement. NAWL consulted very thoroughly with front line groups to develop its position.…

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A Brief on Bill C-15, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code and the Canada Evidence Act Regarding Sexual Offences Against Young People

Applauds government’s initiatives regarding child sexual abuse, but shows concern about procedure and evidence provisions. Outlines changes to improve child victims’ access to the courts and proposes changes to new offences of sexual interference, sexual exploitation, and invitation to sexual touching including an additional offence to deal with the problem of repeated sexual offences on…

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