Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights

Studies & Bills

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Government Response, dated November 25, 2005, to the eighteenth report (interim) of the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights entitled: Canadian Adherence to the American Convention on Human Rights: It is time to proceed, tabled in the Senate on May 17, 2005
(2005-11-25)
Bill S-41, An Act to amend the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Act (human rights reports)
(2005-11-22)
Government Response, dated October 6, 2005, to the seventeenth report (interim) of the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights (study on an invitation to the Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs), tabled in the Senate on May 10, 2005
(2005-10-18)
Examine and report upon Canada’s international obligations in regards to the rights and freedoms of children
(2004-11-03)
Monday, October 24, 2005 at 4:10 PM
Monday, September 26, 2005 at 2:40 PM
  • The Honourable Ken Dryden, P.C., M.P. Minister of Social Development (Social Development Canada)
  • The Honourable Andy Scott, P.C., M.P., Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (As an Individual)
  • Havelin Anand, A/Director General, Social Policy and Programs Branch (Indian Affairs and Northern Development)
  • Joanna Harrington, Professor (University of Alberta)
  • Dan Hughes, Senior Advisor, Treaties, Research, International and Gender Equality Branch (Indian Affairs and Northern Development)
  • Anne McGillivray, Professor (University of Manitoba)
  • Sonia L'Heureux, Director General, Early Learning and Child Care (Social Development Canada)
  • John Connolly, Acting Director, Community Development and Partnerships Directorate, Partnerships Division (Social Development Canada)
  • Deborah Tunis, Director General, Policy and Strategic Direction (Social Development Canada)
Thursday, June 16, 2005 at 1:10 PM
  • Elaine Ferguson, Executive Director (Child Care Connections Nova Scotia)
  • Don Glover, Consultant, Student Services Division (Nova Scotia Department of Education)
  • Fred Honsberger, Executive Director, Correctional Services (Nova Scotia Department of Justice)
  • Ann Power, Director, Student Services Division (Nova Scotia Department of Education)
  • George Savoury, Senior Director (Nova Scotia Family and Children's Services)
  • Linda Smith, Executive Director, Mental Health, Child Health and Addiction Treatment Services (Nova Scotia Department of Health)
Thursday, June 16, 2005 at 9:05 AM
  • Christine Brennan, Supervisor of Youth and Senior Services (Office of the Ombudsman, Nova Scotia)
  • Anne Cogdon, Director for Primary Health (IWK Health Center)
  • Sonya Ferrara, Ombudsman Representative of Youth and Senior Services (Office of the Ombudsman, Nova Scotia)
  • Wayne MacKay, Professor (Dalhousie Law School)
  • Dr. Douglas McMillan, Professor of Pediatrics (IWK Health Center)
  • Jane Mealey, Vice-President, Children's Health (IWK Health Center)
  • Dr. Ryan Thompson, MHSA Resident (IWK Health Center)
Wednesday, June 15, 2005 at 1:10 PM
  • Bridget Cairns, Director (Prince Edward Island Association of Community Living)
  • Jamie Gallant, President and Chief (Native Council of Prince Edward Island)
  • Brenda Goodine, Early Childhood Program Consultant (Early Childhood Development Association of Prince Edward Island)
  • Michele Pineau (Prince Edward Island Association of Community Living)
  • Paula Thomas, Chief Finance Officer (Native Council of Prince Edward Island)
Wednesday, June 15, 2005 at 9:05 AM
  • The Honourable Elizabeth Hubley, Senator, PEI (As an Individual)
  • Cathy McCormack, Early Childhood Consultant (Department of Health and Social Services, P.E.I.)
  • Janice Ployer, Healthy Child Development Coordinator (Department of Health & Social Services, P.E.I.)
  • Carolyn Simpson, Provincial Kindergarten Program Administrator (Department of Education, P.E.I.)
Tuesday, June 14, 2005 at 1:05 PM
  • Florian Bizindavyi, Coordinator (Center of Excellence for Youth Engagement)
  • Inga Boehler, Assistant Director of Policy and Planning (Department of Education)
  • Erin Bowlen (Roundtable of children and youth)
  • Ryan Bresson (Roundtable of children and youth)
  • Matt Cavanaugh (Roundtable of children and youth)
  • Jay Clifford, Manager, Policy and Planning (Department of Public Safety)
  • Mike Comeau, Director of Policy and Planning (Department of Justice)
  • Katie Cook (Roundtable of children and youth)
  • Joelle LaFargue (Roundtable of children and youth)
  • Leah Levac, Programme Manager and Coordinator of the New Brunswick Youth Action Network (Partners for Youth)
  • Matt Long (Roundtable of children and youth)
  • Bill MacKenzie, Director Policy and Federal/Provincial Relations (Department of Family and Community Services of New Brunswick)
  • Possesom Paul (Roundtable of children and youth)
  • Jessica Richards (Roundtable of children and youth)
  • Emma Strople (Roundtable of children and youth)
  • Ian Walsh, Senior Policy Advisor (Department of Public Safety)
Tuesday, June 14, 2005 at 9:10 AM
  • Cynthia Kirkby, Law Student (Office of the Ombudsman of New Brunswick)
  • David Kuttner, Law Student (Office of the Ombudsman of New Brunswick)
  • Susan Reid-MacNevin, Director and Associate Professor, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, St. Thomas University (Centre for Research on Youth at Risk)
  • Bernard Richard, Ombudsman (Office of the Ombudsman of New Brunswick)
Monday, June 13, 2005 at 1:10 PM
  • Florian Bizindavyi (Center of Excellence for Youth Engagement)
  • Megan Fitzgerald (Roundtable of children and youth)
  • Rachel Gardiner (Roundtable of children and youth)
  • Shireen Marzouk (Roundtable of children and youth)
  • Ryan Stratton (Roundtable of children and youth)
Monday, June 13, 2005 at 8:05 AM
  • Ivy Burt, Provincial Director, Child, Youth and Family Services of Newfoundland and Labrador (Government of Newfoundland and Labrador)
  • Paule Burt, Advocacy Assessment Officer (Office of the Child and Youth Advocate)
  • Chelsea Howard, Provincial Youth Council (Futures in Newfoundland and Labrador's Youth (FINALY))
  • Jim Igloliorte, Interim Child and Youth Advocate (Office of the Child and Youth Advocate)
  • Mary Mandville, Civil Solicitor, Department of Justice of Newfoundland and Labrador (Governement of Newfoundland and Labrador)
  • Marilyn McCormack, Deputy Advocate (Office of the Child and Youth Advocate)
  • Jay McGrath, Chairperson Provincial Youth (Futures in Newfoundland and Labrador's Youth (FINALY))
  • Roxanne Pottle, Advocacy Education Officer (Office of the Child and Youth Advocate)
  • Kristin Sellon, Executive Director (Charles J. Andrew Youth Treatment Centre)
  • Lynn Vivian-Book, Assistant Deputy Minister, Department of Health and Community Services of Newfoundland and Labrador (Government of Newfoundland and Labrador)
Monday, June 6, 2005 at 4:00 PM
  • The Honourable Ujjal Dosanjh, P.C., M.P., Minister of Health (Department of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada)
  • The Honourable Joe Volpe, P.C., M.P. Minister of Citizenship and Immigration (As an Individual)
  • Brian Grant, Director General, Strategic Policy and Partnerships (Citizenship and Immigration Canada)
  • Daniel Jean, Assistant Deputy Minister, Policy and Program Development (Citizenship and Immigration Canada)
  • Dawn Walker, Special Adviser, Strategic, Planning and Analysis, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (Health Canada)
Monday, May 30, 2005 at 5:00 PM
  • Cindy Kiro, Children's Commissioner of New Zealand ()
Monday, May 16, 2005 at 3:05 PM
  • The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, P.C., M.P., Minister of State (Public Health) (As an Individual)
  • Eduardo Bertoni, Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression (Inter American Commission on Human Rights (by Videoconference))
  • Sarita Bhatla, Director, Human Rights and Participation Division (Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA))
  • David Moloney, Vice-President, Policy Branch (Canadian International Development Agency)
  • Dr. Sylvie Stachenko, Deputy Chief Public Health Officer (Health Canada)
  • Kelly Stone, Director, Division of Childhood and Adolescence (Health Canada)
  • Lisa Yagel, Attorney (Inter American Commission on Human Rights (by Videoconference))
  • Natalie Zend, Senior Child Rights Analyst, Policy Branch (Canadian International Development Agency)
Monday, May 9, 2005 at 4:05 PM
  • Christine Colin, Medical doctor specializing in public health (As an individual)
  • Lorraine Fillion, Social worker and family mediator (As an individual)
  • Alex Himelfarb, Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet (Privy Council Office)
  • Hugues Létourneau, Lawyer (As an individual)
  • Wayne McCutcheon, Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet, Senior Personnel and Special Projects Secretariat (Privy Council Office)
Monday, May 2, 2005 at 4:00 PM
  • Jahanshah Assadi, Representative in Canada (United Nations High Commission to Refugees)
  • Rana Khan, Legal Officer (United Nations High Commission to Refugees)
Monday, April 18, 2005 at 4:05 PM
  • Martha Mackinnon, Executive Director (Justice for Children and Youth)
  • Calie McPhee, Manager, Human Rights Program (Department of Canadian Heritage)
  • Cheryl Milne, Staff Counsel (Justice for Children and Youth)
  • Kristina Namiesniowski, Director General, Multiculturalism and Human Rights Branch (Department of Canadian Heritage)
  • Eileen Sarkar, Assistant Deputy Minister (Department of Canadian Heritage)
Monday, April 11, 2005 at 4:00 PM
  • The Honourable Irwin Cotler, P.C., M.P., Minister of Justice (Department of Justice)
  • Lise Lafrenière-Henri, Senior Counsel and Coordinator for Family Law Policy (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Elaine Menard, Counsel, Human Rights Law Section (Department of Justice Canada)
  • Carole Morency, Senior Counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section (Justice Canada)
Monday, March 21, 2005 at 4:00 PM
  • William A. Schabas, Director (Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway)
  • Max Yalden, Former Commissioner, United Nations Human Rights Committee (As an individual)
Monday, March 7, 2005 at 4:00 PM
  • Agnes Casselman, Executive Director (International Social Service Canada)
Monday, February 21, 2005 at 4:05 PM
  • Judy Finlay, Chief Advocate and Manager, Office of Child and Family Service Advocacy, Toronto, Ontario (Canadian Council of Provincial Child and Youth Advocates)
  • Peter Leuprecht, Professor, UQAM (As an individual)
  • Janet Mirwaldt, Children's Advocate (Office of the Children's Advocate, Manitoba)
  • Jean-François Noël, Director General (International Bureau for Children's Rights)
  • Deborah Parker-Loewen, President of the Council and Children`s Advocate, Children`s Advocate Office, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (Canadian Council of Provincial Child and Youth Advocates)
  • Suzanne Williams, Managing Director (International Institute for Child Rights and Development)
Monday, February 14, 2005 at 4:05 PM
  • David Agnew, President and CEO (UNICEF Canada)
  • Sara Austin, Policy Analyst, Child Rights & HIV/AIDS (World Vision - Canada)
  • Claire Crooks, Associate Director (CAMH Centre for Prevention Science)
  • Peter M. Dudding, Executive Director (Child Welfare League of Canada)
  • Kathy Vandergrift, Chair Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict (World Vision - Canada)
Monday, February 7, 2005 at 4:00 PM
  • Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director (First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada)
  • Katherine Covell, Professor (University College of Cape Breton, Children's Rights Centre)
  • Rita Karakas, Executive Director (Save the Children Canada)
Monday, December 13, 2004 at 4:00 PM
  • Tara Ashtakala, Acting Coordinator (Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children)
  • Nicholas Bala, Professor (As an individual)
  • Dianne Bascombe, Executive Director (National Children's Alliance)
  • Peter M. Dudding, Executive Director (Child Welfare League of Canada)
  • Maryellen Symons, Counsel (As an individual)
  • Jefferey Wilson, Counsel (As an individual)
Invite from time to time the President of Treasury Board, the President of the Public Service Commission, for the purpose of examining cases of alleged discrimination in the hiring and promotion practices of the Federal Public Service
(2004-11-03)
Monday, November 21, 2005 at 4:10 PM
  • Maria Barrados, President (Public Service Commission)
  • Gerry Boulet, Director General, Executive Resourcing (Public Service Commission)
  • Linda Gobeil, Senior Vice-President, Policy Branch (Public Service Commission)
Monday, May 9, 2005 at 4:05 PM
  • Christine Colin, Medical doctor specializing in public health (As an individual)
  • Lorraine Fillion, Social worker and family mediator (As an individual)
  • Alex Himelfarb, Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet (Privy Council Office)
  • Hugues Létourneau, Lawyer (As an individual)
  • Wayne McCutcheon, Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet, Senior Personnel and Special Projects Secretariat (Privy Council Office)
Tuesday, December 7, 2004 at 4:04 PM
  • The Hon. Reg Alcock, P.C, M.P., President of the Treasury Board ()
  • Glen Bailey, Vice-President, Human Resources Planning and Accountability (Public Service Human Resources Management Agency of Canada)
  • Wally Boxhill, Director, Employment Equity (Public Service Human Resources Management Agency of Canada)
  • Diana Monnet, Vice-President, Official Languages (Public Service Human Resources Management Agency of Canada:)
Monday, November 29, 2004 at 4:00 PM
  • Maria Barrados, President (Public Service Commission)
  • Greg Gauld, Vice-President, Merit Policy & Accountability (Public Service Commission)
  • Paula Green, Director General, Equity and Diversity (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
(2004-11-03)
Monday, November 22, 2004 at 4:05 PM
  • The Honourable Andy Scott, P.C., M.P., Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development ()
  • The Honourable Susan Barnes, P.C., M.P., Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians)
  • Wendy Cornet, Special Advisor (Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development)
  • Sandra Ginnish, Director General, Treaties, Research, International and Gender Equality Branch (Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development)
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
(2004-11-03)
Monday, May 16, 2005 at 3:05 PM
  • The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, P.C., M.P., Minister of State (Public Health) (As an Individual)
  • Eduardo Bertoni, Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression (Inter American Commission on Human Rights (by Videoconference))
  • Sarita Bhatla, Director, Human Rights and Participation Division (Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA))
  • David Moloney, Vice-President, Policy Branch (Canadian International Development Agency)
  • Dr. Sylvie Stachenko, Deputy Chief Public Health Officer (Health Canada)
  • Kelly Stone, Director, Division of Childhood and Adolescence (Health Canada)
  • Lisa Yagel, Attorney (Inter American Commission on Human Rights (by Videoconference))
  • Natalie Zend, Senior Child Rights Analyst, Policy Branch (Canadian International Development Agency)
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