Monthly Archives: May 2011

Women and the Canada Social Transfer: Securing the Social Union

Gwen Brodsky & Shelagh Day, Women and the Canada Social Transfer: Securing the Social Union, (Ottawa: Status of Women Canada, 2007) Social assistance and civil legal aid are in trouble in Canada. These social programs are vital to the realization of women’s rights to equality and security of the person. Since the repeal of the […]

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Human Rights and Poverty: A Twenty-First Century Tribute to J.S. Woodsworth and a Call for Human Rights

Gwen Brodsky, “Human Rights and Poverty: A Twenty-First Century Tribute to J.S. Woodsworth and a Call for Human Rights, in Human RIghts, Human Welfare and Social Activism: Rethinking the Legacy of J.S. Woodsworth, J. Pulkingham ed., (Toronto:U of T Press, 2010) The Canada for which J.S. Woodsworth and the Co-operative Common- wealth Federation (CCF) party […]

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The Subversion of Human Rights by Governments in Canada

Gwen Brodsky, “The Subversion of Human Rights by Governments in Canada” in M. Young, S. Boyd, G.Brodsky and S. Day, eds. Poverty: Rights, Social Citizenship and Legal Activism (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2007) Rights to equality and life, liberty, and security of the person in our modern Canadian Constitution must be understood to encompass an obligation […]

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Access to Justice at Issue in R v. Caron

The Poverty and Human Rights Centre intervened as a member of the Equality Rights Coalition in the Supreme Court of Canada case R v. Caron 2011 SCC 5.  The other members of the coalition were the Council of Canadians with Disabilities, the Charter Committee on Poverty Issues and the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund. […]

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Victoria (City) v. Adams: Advancing the Right to Shelter

Victoria (City) v. Adams is an important B.C. case about social and economic rights. The issue in this case was whether a City bylaw which required homeless people to remove tents and any overhead protection, while sleeping in Cridge Park, violated their right to life, liberty and security of the person. This is a key case […]

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