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 […]

An Introduction to the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum

On January 15, 2016, in Democracy, Human Rights, Women and Politics, Women's Rights, by senjaffer

This weekend I am excited to be preparing for the beginning of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF) that will be taking place in Vancouver from January 17th-21st 2016. This year is the first time that the APPF will be hosting a Meeting for Women Parliamentarians, of which I am humbled to be a co-chair along […]

Your Question Period

On April 22, 2014, in Canada, Citizen Engagement, Democracy, Feedback, Senate of Canada, by senjaffer

Do you want your question asked to the Government in the Senate? Now is your chance! The Senate Liberal Caucus wants Canadians of all political stripes to submit questions for us to ask the Government in the Senate. For the first time, you can have a direct voice in Parliamentary deliberations. This is just one […]

Where is the Freedom in Vietnam? The Story of Din Dang Din

On Monday April 7th 2014, the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights held a meeting to discuss the Freedom of Expression in Vietnam. Hoi Trinh, a Vietnam-Australian lawyer and also the Executive Director of VOICE, started the discussion by telling us a story about a Vietnamese teacher, Din Dang Din. Din was sentenced to serve […]

Where is the Freedom? A Look at Free Speech in Vietnam

On Monday April 7th 2014, the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights held a hearing to discuss the freedom of expression in Vietnam.  The Vietnamese human rights advocates visited Ottawa after attending Vietnam’s United Periodic Review (UPR) before the United Nations Human Rights Council during its session in Geneva from January 27 – February 7 […]

Increasing the Capacity of Women in Afghanistan

Sabrina Saqeb spoke at the University of Ottawa on October 22. Born in Afghanistan, Ms. Saqeb’s family fled to Iran as political refugees. She returned to Afghanistan as a young adult, eventually becoming the youngest elected Member of Parliament at the age of 25. I was also invited to speak at this event. Ms. Saqeb […]

31st Anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

On April 17, 2013, in Canada, Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Democracy, by Senator Jaffer

Today marks the thirty-first anniversary of the adoption of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Charter entrenched four fundamental freedoms: freedom of conscience and religion; freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication; freedom of peaceful assembly; and freedom of association. It protects the […]