Achieving a gender-based violence free Canada

Roadmap for the National Action Plan on Violence Against Women and Gender-based Violence

After several months of intense work, Women’s Shelters Canada (WSC) today launches its Roadmap to a National Action Plan on Violence Against Women and Gender-Based Violence.  Its report to guide the implementation of the NAP was submitted to Minister for Women and Gender Equality Maryam Monsef at the end of April, and the advocacy campaign…

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Case summary: Attention to the best interests of the child test

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Stoughton v O’Ney 2019 ONSC 1531: This case is interesting primarily because, in his use of the best interests of the child test in the Children’s Law Reform Act, Justice Edwards meticulously examines and comments on each of the criteria. Sarah Stoughton and Jessica O’Ney were married and have a son who, at the time of the proceeding…

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Should Canada criminalize coercive controlling behaviour?

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As Crystal Giesbrecht recently wrote in The Lawyer’s Daily, coercive control in situations of intimate partner abuse is often unidentified or misunderstood. While, as she noted, coercive control is not a criminal offence in Canada, that could change if MP Randall Garrison has his way. Last fall, he introduced a private member’s bill – Bill…

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