Studies & Bills

Orders of Reference

An order of reference is a decision of the Senate authorizing a committee to undertake the study of an issue, bill or other matter. Most committees require an order of reference before they can undertake such work. However, three committees are empowered by the Rules of the Senate to act on their own initiative without a prior order of reference from the Senate. These are the Committee on Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament; the Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration; and the Committee on Ethics and Conflict of Interest for Senators.

Studies & Bills Order of Reference Session  note  note
Bill S-207, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (protection of children)
2006-12-14
Tuesday, June 19, 2007 at 7:03 PM
Monday, June 18, 2007 at 4:01 PM
  • Gillian Blackell, Senior Counsel, Coordonator (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Elissa Lieff, Senior General Counsel (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Dave Quist, Executive Director (Institute of Marriage and Family Canada)
Monday, June 11, 2007 at 4:04 PM
  • Joan Durrant, Department of Family Social Sciences (University of Manitoba)
  • Ron Ensom, Co-author of the Joint Statement on Physical Punishment of Children and Youth (As an individual)
  • Corinne Robertshaw, Founder/Coordinator (Repeal 43 Committee, Toronto)
Monday, June 4, 2007 at 4:07 PM
  • The Honourable Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette, P.C., Sponsor of the Bill ()
  • Cheryl Milne, Staff Counsel (Justice for Children and Youth)
  • Allan O'Brien, Legal Counsel (The Canadian Teacher's Federation)
  • John Staple, Deputy Secretary General (The Canadian Teacher's Federation)
  • Kathy Vandergrift, Chair (Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children)
Examine and report upon Canada’s international obligations in regards to the rights and freedoms of children
2006-04-27
Monday, April 16, 2007 at 4:13 PM
Monday, March 26, 2007 at 4:12 PM
Monday, March 19, 2007 at 4:10 PM
Monday, January 29, 2007 at 1:04 PM
  • Stephanie Clark, Faciliator for Simone, Jeremy, Joel and Nadia (Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement)
  • Chris Derksen-Hiebert, Interim Director for Advocacy and Education (World Vision - Canada)
  • Judy Finlay, Facilitator for Nana, Devi, Lewesi, Cheryl, Lucilia, Marcus, Danielle, Julaine, Sarah and Aisha (Child and Family Services Advocacy)
  • Martha Friendly, Childcare Resource and Research Unit (University of Toronto)
  • Sudabeh Mashkuri, Vice-President of the Board (METRAC (Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children))
  • Faye Mishna, Dean and Professor, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work (University of Toronto)
  • Corinne Robertshaw, Founder/Coordinator (Repeal 43 Committee, Toronto)
  • Laura Rothman, Family Service Association of Toronto (Family Service Association of Toronto)
  • Corinne Rusch-Drutz, Director Advocacy and Communication (YWCA Metro Toronto)
  • Stuart Shanker, Professor (York University)
  • Lisa Wolff, Director, Advocacy and Education (UNICEF Canada)
Monday, November 6, 2006 at 1:01 PM
  • Tamira Cahana, Student (Beutel High School)
  • Janet Dench, Executive Director (Canadian Council for Refugees)
  • Marilou Filiatreault, President (Conseil jeunesse de Montréal)
  • Dr. Gilles Julien, Social paediatrician and President (La Fondation pour la promotion de la pédiatrie sociale)
  • Claude Malette, Director (Programme régional d'accueil et d'intégration des demandeurs d'asile (PRAIDA))
  • Nathaniel Mayer-Heft, Student (Beutel High School)
  • Brent Parfitt, Member (UN Committee on the Rights of the Child)
  • Marian Shermarke, Representative (Programme régional d'accueil et d'intégration des demandeurs d'asile (PRAIDA))
  • Dr. Nicolas Steinmetz, Director General (La Fondation pour la promotion de la pédiatrie sociale)
Monday, October 30, 2006 at 4:10 PM
  • Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians (As an Individual)
  • Margaret Buist, Legal counsel (Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)
  • Thelma Gillespie, Representative (FUJA Unity)
  • Sandra Ginnish, Director General, Treaties, Research, International and Gender Equality Branch (Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)
  • Wendy Grant-John, Ministerial Representative (As an individual)
  • Debra Hanuse, Director, Law and Legislation (Assembly of First Nations)
  • Beverley Jacobs, President (Native Women's Association of Canada)
  • Holly King, Acting Director, Women's issues & Gender Equality Directorate (Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)
  • Agnes Lee (As an individual)
  • Robert Marsh (As an individual)
  • Bob Watts, Chief of Staff (Assembly of First Nations)
  • Linda Youngson, Representative (FUJA Unity)
Monday, October 23, 2006 at 4:05 PM
  • Craig Forcese, Assistant Professor (University of Ottawa - Faculty of Law)
  • Farzana Jiwani, Student (University of Ottawa - Faculty of Law)
  • Mary Mitsios, Student (University of Ottawa - Faculty of Law)
  • Jennifer Stebbing, Student (University of Ottawa - Faculty of Law)
  • Kathy Vandergrift, Chair (Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children)
Monday, October 2, 2006 at 4:09 PM
  • Stephen Benedict, Director, International Department (Canadian Labour Congress)
  • Barbara Byers, Executive Vice-President (Canadian Labour Congress)
  • Barry Stevens, Founding Member (Alliance of People Produced by Assisted Reproductive Technology)
Friday, September 22, 2006 at 8:59 AM
  • Jessica Chant, Executive Director (Society for Children and Youth of BC)
  • Adrienne Montani, Provincial Coordinator (BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition)
  • Sue Rossi, Representative (Community Action Program for Children (CAPC))
  • Krista Thompson, Executive Director (Covenant House)
Thursday, September 21, 2006 at 1:16 PM
  • Chris Buchner, Youth Worker, GAB Youth Services (Community Centre serving Lesbian, Gay, Transgendered and Bisexual People and their Allies)
  • Sister Deborah Isaacs, Representative (Separated Children Intervention Orientation Network)
  • Fiona Kelly, PhD Candidate (University of British Columbia)
  • Victor Porter, Community Outreach Program Manager (MOSAIC)
Thursday, September 21, 2006 at 9:00 AM
  • Angela Cameron, Research Associate (FREDA Center for Research on Violence against Women and Girls)
  • Asia Czapska, Housing Strategy Coordinator (Justice for Girls)
  • Lynda Fletcher-Gordon, Executive Director (Lower Mainland Purpose Society for Youth and Families)
  • Jim Kelly, Legislative Chair (Parent Finders of Canada)
  • Fred Milowsky, Deputy Child and Youth Officer (Government of British Columbia)
  • Hawa Mire, Representative of Go-Girls (FREDA Center for Research on Violence against Women and Girls)
  • Nasra Mire, Representative of Go-Girls (FREDA Center for Research on Violence against Women and Girls)
  • Birgitta von Krosigk, Barrister and Solicitor (As an individual)
Wednesday, September 20, 2006 at 1:58 PM
  • Five youth participants (Roundtable with youth)
  • Will Simpson, Executive Director (The Society for Safe and Caring Schools and Communities)
  • Kristopher Wells, Department of Educational Policy Studies (Faculty of Education, University of Alberta)
Wednesday, September 20, 2006 at 9:00 AM
  • Penny Hume, Executive Director (Child and Youth Friendly Calgary)
  • Fran Hyndman, Tripartite Manager (Métis Nation of Alberta)
  • Yvette Ludwig (Families for Early Autism Treatment (FEAT))
  • Eileen Mustus, Provincial FASD Coordinator (Métis Nation of Alberta)
  • Beverley Smith, Spokesperson for the Unpaid Caregivers Coalition (Care of the Child Coalition)
  • Renée Vaugeois, Executive Manager (John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights)
  • Gail Wilkinson, President (Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT))
Tuesday, September 19, 2006 at 1:05 PM
  • Dexter Kinequon, Executive Director (Lac La Ronge Indian Band, Indian Child and Family Services)
  • Steven McArthur, Representative (Yorkton Tribal Council, Child and Family Services)
  • Jessica McFarlane, Vice-President (Saskatchewan Youth In Care)
  • Deborah Parker-Loewen, Vice-President of Programs North for Ranch Ehrlo (Ranch Ehrlo Society)
  • Geoff Pawson, Founder (Ranch Ehrlo Society)
Tuesday, September 19, 2006 at 8:58 AM
  • Marvin Bernstein, Children's Advocate (Saskatchewan Children's Advocate Office)
  • Glenda Cooney, Deputy Children's Advocate (Saskatchewan Children's Advocate Office)
  • Deb Davies, Executive Director (Saskatchewan Foster Family Association)
  • Sue Delanoy, Executive Director (Saskatoon Communities for Children)
  • Otto Driedger, Professor Emeritus (University of Regina, School of Human Justice)
  • Larry Evans, Family Support Coordinator (Saskatchewan Foster Family Association)
  • Kearney Healy, Lawyer (As an individual)
  • Marilyn Hedlund, Executive Director, Child and Family Services (Department of Community Resources)
  • Bob Kary, Executive Director, Young Offender Programs (Saskatchewan Corrections and Public Safety)
  • Betty-Anne Pottruff, Executive Director of Policy Planning and Evaluation (Department of Justice - Saskatchewan)
  • Bill Thibodeau, Executive Director (EGADZ (Saskatoon Downtown Youth Centre Inc.))
Monday, September 18, 2006 at 9:00 AM
  • Joan Durrant, Professor, Department of Family Social Sciences (University of Manitoba)
  • Yude Henteleff, Lawyer (As an individual)
  • David Matas, Lawyer (As an individual)
  • Dr. Susan Prentice, Advocate (Child Care Coalition of Manitoba)
  • Billie Schibler, Children's Advocate (Province of Manitoba)
  • Jane Ursel, Director (RESOLVE - Manitoba)
Monday, June 19, 2006 at 4:03 PM
  • Jonathan Thompson, Director, Social Development, Education and Languages (Assembly of First Nations)
  • Angus Toulouse, Ontario Regional Chief (Assembly of First Nations)
Monday, June 5, 2006 at 4:03 PM
  • Havelin Anand, A/Director General, Social Policy and Programs Branch (Indian Affairs and Northern Development)
  • Sandra Ginnish, Director General, Treaties, Research, International and Gender Equality Branch (Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)
  • Bruno Steinke, Acting Director, Social Programs and Reform Directorate (Indian Affairs and Northern Development)
Monday, May 29, 2006 at 4:04 PM
  • Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director (First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada)
  • Jennifer Lamborn, Research and Policy Support (Native Women's Association of Canada)
Monday, May 15, 2006 at 4:04 PM
  • Paul Aterman, Director General - Operations (Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada)
  • Micheline Aucoin, Director General, Refugees Branch (Citizenship and Immigration Canada)
  • Mark Davidson, Director of Citizenship (Registrar) (Citizenship and Immigration Canada)
  • Claudette Deschênes, Vice-President, Enforcement Branch (Canada Border Services Agency)
  • Brian Grant, Director General, International and Intergovernmental Relations (Citizenship and Immigration Canada)
  • Micheal Montgomery, Senior Child Rights Analyst (Canadian International Development Agency)
  • Elspeth Ross (Adoption Council of Canada)
  • Dr. Margaret Somerville, Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law (McGill University)
  • Stephen Wallace, Vice-President, Policy Branch (Canadian International Development Agency)
Examine cases of alleged discrimination in the hiring and promotion practices of the Federal Public Service and to study the extent to which targets to achieve employment equity for minority groups are being met
2006-04-27
Monday, April 23, 2007 at 4:07 PM
  • Maria Barrados, President (Public Service Commission of Canada)
  • Isabelle Duplessis, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law (University of Montreal)
  • Linda Gobeil, Vice-President, Policy Branch (Public Service Commission of Canada)
  • Paula Green, Director General, Equity and Diversity (Public Service Commission of Canada)
  • Lloyd Lipsett, Senior Assistant to the President (Rights and Democracy)
  • Jean-Louis Roy, President (Rights and Democracy)
Monday, February 12, 2007 at 4:02 PM
  • Payam Akhavan, Associate Professor (Faculty of Law, McGill University)
  • Paul Heinbecker, Distinguished Fellow, Intenational Relations (Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI))
Monday, June 12, 2006 at 4:08 PM
  • Dan Coffin, Director General, Resourcing Services (Public Service Commission of Canada)
  • Linda Gobeil, Vice-President, Policy Branch (Public Service Commission of Canada)
Invite the Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs concerning the recommendations contained in the Committee’s report entitled "A Hard Bed to lie in: Matrimonial Real Property on Reserve", tabled in the Senate November 4, 2003
2006-04-27
Monday, May 14, 2007 at 4:05 PM
  • Yvonne Boyer, Legal Advisor (Native Women's Association of Canada)
  • Wendy Cornet (As an individual)
  • Mary Eberts, Legal Advisor (Native Women's Association of Canada)
  • Wendy Grant-John, former Ministerial Representative to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (As an individual)
  • Debra Hanuse, Director, Law and Legislation (Assembly of First Nations)
  • Sherry Lewis, Executive Director (Native Women's Association of Canada)
Monday, October 30, 2006 at 4:10 PM
  • Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians (As an Individual)
  • Margaret Buist, Legal counsel (Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)
  • Thelma Gillespie, Representative (FUJA Unity)
  • Sandra Ginnish, Director General, Treaties, Research, International and Gender Equality Branch (Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)
  • Wendy Grant-John, Ministerial Representative (As an individual)
  • Debra Hanuse, Director, Law and Legislation (Assembly of First Nations)
  • Beverley Jacobs, President (Native Women's Association of Canada)
  • Holly King, Acting Director, Women's issues & Gender Equality Directorate (Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)
  • Agnes Lee (As an individual)
  • Robert Marsh (As an individual)
  • Bob Watts, Chief of Staff (Assembly of First Nations)
  • Linda Youngson, Representative (FUJA Unity)
Monitor issues relating to human rights and, inter alia, to review the machinery of government dealing with Canada’s international and national human rights obligations
2006-04-27
Monday, May 7, 2007 at 4:07 PM
Monday, April 23, 2007 at 4:07 PM
  • Maria Barrados, President (Public Service Commission of Canada)
  • Isabelle Duplessis, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law (University of Montreal)
  • Linda Gobeil, Vice-President, Policy Branch (Public Service Commission of Canada)
  • Paula Green, Director General, Equity and Diversity (Public Service Commission of Canada)
  • Lloyd Lipsett, Senior Assistant to the President (Rights and Democracy)
  • Jean-Louis Roy, President (Rights and Democracy)
Monday, February 26, 2007 at 4:10 PM
  • Adèle Dion, Director General, Human Security and Human Rights Bureau (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
  • Christopher Kenneth Penny, Assistant Professor of International Law (Norman Paterson School of International Affairs)
  • Alex Neve, Secretary General (Amnesty International Canada)
  • Sandeep Prasad, Human Rights Advisor (Action Canada for Population and Development (ACPD))
  • Elizabeth Riddell-Dixon, Professor, Department of Political Science (University of Western Ontario)
  • Robert Sinclair, Deputy Director, Human Rights (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
Monday, February 12, 2007 at 4:02 PM
  • Payam Akhavan, Associate Professor (Faculty of Law, McGill University)
  • Paul Heinbecker, Distinguished Fellow, Intenational Relations (Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI))
Monday, November 27, 2006 at 3:56 PM
Monday, October 23, 2006 at 4:05 PM
  • Craig Forcese, Assistant Professor (University of Ottawa - Faculty of Law)
  • Farzana Jiwani, Student (University of Ottawa - Faculty of Law)
  • Mary Mitsios, Student (University of Ottawa - Faculty of Law)
  • Jennifer Stebbing, Student (University of Ottawa - Faculty of Law)
  • Kathy Vandergrift, Chair (Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children)
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