The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms: Fundamental Freedoms, Part 2 The Living Tree

Last week, this blog provided an overview of the fundamental freedoms granted by Section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. However, the freedoms within Section 2 go far beyond their most literal meaning. Our Charter is interpreted by what is known as the Living Tree Doctrine. Our world has changed considerably since […]

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms: Fundamental Freedoms, Part 1

April 17th marked the 35th anniversary of The Canadian Charterof Rights and Freedoms. To celebrate this milestone we will be sharing with you 35 blogs that highlight the profound impact of this document. Check in every week to learn about the fact, evolution, advocates, and effect The Charter has had in Canadian society! Our country […]

French-Language Learning Opportunities in British Columbia

On October 18, 2016, in British Columbia, Canada, Canadian Heritage, Official Languages, by senjaffer

Earlier this month, the Senate Committee on Official Languages met with government officials, schools staff and young students to learn more about the opportunities to learn French as a minority language in British Columbia. For many years, Senators heard Canadians raised concerns about the limited access to French services and immersion programs. The Senate Committee […]

What Happens if Bill C-14 is Not Passed by June 6?

Monday, June 6 is a day that has been circled on many Canadians’ calendars. On June 6 it will no longer be a crime for a physician to provide medical assistance in dying to those who fit the criteria as they were set out in the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in Carter v. Canada. Many […]

Climate Change and the Right to Self Determination

Last week the United Nations Conference on Climate Change concluded, but now our work begins. I encourage you to learn more about what came of the conference, and look at some of the progress that was made: http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/paris-agreement-key-climate-points-1.3362500 . One thing we need to keep in mind is the fact that climate change is largely […]

Climate Change and the Right to Life

Check out the infographic below This is the final week of the Paris Climate Change conference. As such, I will be writing my last two blog posts on the topic of human rights and climate change. The remaining two rights I will examine are more broad than the previous ones. So far, I have examined the right […]

Climate Change and the Right to Housing

Check out the infographic below This week the Paris Conference on Climate Change has begun.For all those who are attending, many logistical plans went into their trip. One of which was inevitable was where they would stay during their trip. For so many people in our world, having a place to stay is not a guarantee. The […]

Climate Change and the Right to Health

Check out the infographic below This series of blog posts is exploring how human rights will be affected by the impact of climate change. This week I am looking at the right to health. The right to health is not the same as the right to being healthy – it means that everyone should have access to […]

Climate Change and the Right to Food

On November 19, 2015, in Canada, Climate Change, Human Rights, International Cooperation, Poverty, by senjaffer

Check out the infographic below Two weeks ago, I wrote about how the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights found multiple links between climate change and how its effects stand to violate human rights, particularly those already living in poverty.  One of those links is the threat climate change poses to the right […]

Climate Change and the Right to Water

On November 13, 2015, in Canada, Climate Change, Human Rights, International Cooperation, Poverty, by senjaffer

Check out the infographic below Last week I wrote about how the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights found multiple links between climate change and how its effects stand to violate human rights, particularly by those already living in poverty.  One of those links is the threat climate change poses to the right […]