Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights

Studies & Bills

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Bill S-232, An Act respecting Canadian Jewish Heritage Month
(2017-04-13)
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 11:32 AM
  • Shimon Fogel, CEO (Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs)
  • The Honourable Senator Linda Frum, Sponsor of the bill
  • Michael Mostyn, Chief Executive Officer (B'Nai Brith Canada)
Study the issues relating to human rights and, inter alia, to review the machinery of government dealing with Canada’s international and national human rights obligations
(2017-03-28) Link to the briefs of this witness/study
Monday, October 2, 2017 at 4:02 PM
  • Jean-Nicolas Beuze, UNHCR Representative in Canada (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees)
  • Don Bobiash, Assistant Deputy Minister, Asia Pacific (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Ian Burchett, Director General, Southeast Asia (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Zaw Wai Kyaw, Founding President and Coordinator (Canadian Burma Ethnic Nationalities Organization)
  • François Lafrenière, Director, Myanmar and Philippines Development Division (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Pri Lwan, Secretary (Canadian Burma Ethnic Nationalities Organization)
  • Robert McDougall, Executive Director, South Asia (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Stephen Salewicz, Director General, International Humanitarian Assistance Operations (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Matthew Smith, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer (Fortify Rights)
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 11:33 AM
  • Nayem Uddin Ahmed, Minister (High Commission for the People's Republic of Bangladesh)
  • Anwar Arkani, President (Rohingya Association of Canada)
  • Farida Deif, Canada Director (Human Rights Watch)
  • Kevin Malseed, Program Manager, Burma (Inter Pares)
  • Alex Neve, Secretary General (Amnesty International Canada)
  • His Excellency Mizanur Rahman, High Commissioner (High Commission for the People's Republic of Bangladesh)
  • Ahmed Ramadan, Outreach Coordinator (Justice for All – Burmese Task Force)
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 11:35 AM
  • Christopher Pullen, Director, Environmental Advisory Services (Export Development Canada)
Study on the issues relating to the human rights of prisoners in the correctional system
(2016-12-15) Link to the briefs of this witness/study
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 11:30 AM
  • Luketa M'Pindou, Executive Director (Alliance Jeunesse-Famille de l'Alberta Society)
  • Margaret Parsons, Executive Director (African Canadian Legal Clinic)
  • Robert Wright (As an Individual)
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 11:34 AM
  • Roderick Brereton, Director, Founder (Urban Rez Solutions)
  • Farley Flex, Director, Founder (Urban Rez Solutions)
  • Aundre Green-Telfer, Managing Director, Ethnocultural Programs and Services
  • Maxcine Telfer, Director General (Audmax Inc.)
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 11:34 AM
  • Mary E. Campbell, Sentencing and Corrections Expert (Former Director General, Corrections and Conditional Release, Public Safety Canada) (As an Individual)
  • Janet-Sue Hamilton, Retired, Warden, Edmonton Institution for Women (As an Individual)
  • Kelly Hannah-Moffat, Vice-President Human Resources & Equity and Professor of Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, University of Toronto (As an Individual)
  • Nancy Wrenshall (As an Individual)
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 11:37 AM
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 11:28 AM
  • Marcella Daye, Senior Policy Advisor, Policy, Research and International Division (Canadian Human Rights Commission)
  • Fiona Keith, Legal Counsel, Legal Services Division (Canadian Human Rights Commission)
  • Marie-Claude Landry, Chief Commissioner (Canadian Human Rights Commission)
  • Tabatha Tranquilla, Senior Policy Advisor, Policy, Research and International Division (Canadian Human Rights Commission)
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 11:30 AM
  • Amanda George (As an Individual)
  • Debbie Kilroy (As an Individual)
  • Stuart Wuttke, General Counsel (Assembly of First Nations)
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 11:31 AM
  • Kim Beaudin, National Vice-Chief (Congress of Aboriginal Peoples)
  • Michelle Mann-Rempel, Lawyer/Consultant (As an Individual)
  • Shane Partridge (As an Individual)
Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 6:51 PM
  • Rene Callahan-St John (As an Individual)
  • Parker Finley (As an Individual)
  • Pharaoh Hamid Freeman, Executive Director (DESTA Black Youth Network)
  • Ruth Gagnon, Director General (Elizabeth Fry Society of Quebec)
  • Isabelle Parent, President of the Board of Directors (Relais Famille)
  • Kim Parisé, Coordinator (Relais Famille)
  • Will Prosper (DESTA Black Youth Network)
  • Maggie Smith (As an Individual)
Monday, May 15, 2017 at 6:10 PM
  • Lawrence DaSilva, Former Federal Prisoner (John Howard Society of Canada)
  • Sean Ellacott, LL.B., Director, Prison Law Clinic, Faculty of Law, Queen's University (As an Individual)
  • Margaret Holland, Ontario Co-ordinator, Visitor Resource Centres (Canadian Families and Corrections Network)
  • Julie Langan (As an Individual)
  • Catherine Latimer, Executive Director (John Howard Society of Canada)
  • Katheryn Wabegijig (As an Individual)
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 11:30 AM
  • Michael Ferguson, Auditor General of Canada (Office of the Auditor General of Canada)
  • Teneisha Green, Masters student, Department of Criminology, University of Ottawa (As an Individual)
  • Jasmine Hébert, Masters student, Department of Criminology, University of Ottawa (As an Individual)
  • Ana Kovacic, Masters student, Department of Criminology, University of Ottawa (As an Individual)
  • Carol McCalla, Principal (Office of the Auditor General of Canada)
  • Justin Piché, Associate Professor, Department of Criminology, University of Ottawa (As an Individual)
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 11:34 AM
  • Anita Desai, Executive Director (St. Leonard's Society of Canada)
  • Suzanne Brisebois, Director General, Policy & Operations (Parole Board of Canada)
  • Michelle Van De Bogart, Regional Director General, Prairies Region (Parole Board of Canada)
  • Rick Sauvé, Lifeline In-Reach Worker, Collaborative Lifeline Program (St. Leonard's Society of Canada)
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 11:35 AM
  • Christopher Pullen, Director, Environmental Advisory Services (Export Development Canada)
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 11:31 AM
  • Bonnie Brayton, National Executive Director (DisAbled Women's Network of Canada)
  • Sarah Turnbull, Lecturer in Criminology, School of Law, University of London (As an Individual)
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 11:38 AM
  • Anthony Doob, Professor Emeritus of Criminology, Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, University of Toronto (As an Individual)
  • Akwasi Owusu-Bempah, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto (As an Individual)
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 11:34 AM
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 11:32 AM
  • Jason Godin, National President (UCCO-SACC-CSN)
  • Ivan Zinger, Correctional Investigator (Office of the Correctional Investigator of Canada)
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 11:30 AM
  • Kelley Blanchette, Deputy Commissioner for Women
  • Lawrence DaSilva, Former Federal Prisoner (John Howard Society of Canada)
  • Anne Kelly, Senior Deputy Commissioner (Correctional Service Canada)
  • Catherine Latimer, Executive Director (John Howard Society of Canada)
  • Diana Majury, President (Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies)
  • Larry Motiuk, Assistant Commissioner, Policy
  • Alia Pierini, Regional Advocate (Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies)
  • Jennifer Wheatley, Assistant Commissioner, Health Services
Government Response to the fourth report of the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights, entitled: The Forgotten Many: Human Rights and North Korean Defectors, tabled in the Senate on June 20, 2016.
(2016-11-15)
Study on steps being taken to facilitate the integration of newly-arrived Syrian refugees and to address the challenges they are facing, including by the various levels of government, private sponsors and non-governmental organizations
(2016-04-14) Link to the briefs of this witness/study
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 11:36 AM
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 11:13 AM
  • Reverend Brian Cornelius, Chair of the Finance Committee, First United Church (United Church of Canada)
  • Dawn Edlund, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Operations (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada)
  • Catherine Fleming, Outreach (Ottawa Centre Refugee Action)
  • Bruce Grundison, Senior Director (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada)
  • Andrew Harvey (Ottawa Centre Refugee Settlement Group)
  • Angela Keller-Herzog, Core Organizer (Ottawa Centre Refugee Action)
  • Dr. Asmat Khan (As an Individual)
  • Ümit Kiziltan, Acting Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic and Program Policy (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada)
  • Corinne Prince St-Amand, Director General, Integration and Foreign Credentials Referrals Office (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada)
  • Saleem Spindari, Manager, Refugee Settlement Support Projects, Family and Settlement Services (MOSAIC)
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 11:32 AM
  • Vu minh Khanh, Human Rights Advocate (As an Individual)
  • Evelyn Puxley, Director, South East Asia and Oceania Relations Division (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Hoi Trinh, Executive Director (VOICE Canada)
Monday, May 30, 2016 at 9:03 AM
  • Witness 3 (As an Individual)
  • Witness 4 (As an Individual)
  • Witness 5 (As an Individual)
  • Witness 6 (As an Individual)
  • Zena Al Hamdan, Programs Manager (Arab Community Centre of Toronto)
  • Mario J. Calla, Executive Director (COSTI Immigrant Services)
  • Bayan Khatib, Board Member and Head of the Social Committee (Syrian Canadian Foundation)
  • Dr. Meb Rashid, Medical Director, Crossroads Clinic, Women’s College Hospital and Assistant Professor, DFCM, University of Toronto (As an Individual)
  • Muhammad Rehan, General Manager (Muslim Welfare Centre of Toronto)
  • Malaz Sebai, Board Director (Lifeline Syria)
  • Alexander Vadala, Senior Coordinator, Policy & Research (Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants)
  • Annette Wilde, refugee sponsor (As an Individual)
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 11:34 AM
  • The Honourable John McCallum, P.C., M.P., Minister (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada)
  • Michael Casasola, Resettlement Officer (United Nations High Commissioner to Refugees)
  • Dawn Edlund, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Operations (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada)
  • David Manicom, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic and Program Policy Sector (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada)
  • Corinne Prince-St-Amand, Director General, Integration and Foreign Credentials Recognition Office (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada)
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 11:33 AM
  • Witness 1 (As an Individual)
  • Witness 2 (As an Individual)
  • Gerry Mills, Director, Operations (Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia)
  • Louisa Taylor, Director (Refugee 613)
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 12:05 PM
Issues relating to human rights and, inter alia, to review the machinery of government dealing with Canada’s international and national human rights obligations
(2016-02-03) Link to the briefs of this witness/study
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 11:06 AM
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 11:33 AM
  • Richard Arbeiter, Director General, Office of Human Rights, Freedoms and Inclusion (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Dr. Andrew P.W. Bennett, Senior Fellow (Cardus)
  • Giuliana Natale, Director, Inclusion and Religious Freedom, Office of Human Rights, Freedoms and Inclusion (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Pamela O'Donnell, Director and Deputy Head, Peace and Stabilization Operations Program (PSOPs) (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Patricia Pena, Director General, Economic Development (Global Affairs Canada)
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 11:31 AM
  • Richard Botham, Assistant Deputy Minister, Economic Development and Corporate Finance Branch (Department of Finance Canada)
  • Ronald J. Deibert, Professor of Political Science (University of Toronto, Munk School of Global Affairs)
  • Jean-Denis Fréchette, Parliamentary Budget Officer (Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer)
  • Harriet Jackson, General Director, Economic and Fiscal Policy Branch (Department of Finance Canada)
  • Martine Lajoie, Senior Advisor, Economic Development and Corporate Finance Branch (Department of Finance Canada)
  • Walter Van Holst, , Vrijschrift (European Digital Rights)
  • Peter Weltman, Senior Director, Costing and Program Analysis (Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer)
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 11:35 AM
  • Shelagh Day, Chair, Human Rights Committee and Co-Founder (Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action )
  • Mary Collins, Senior Policy and Advocacy Coordinator (European Women's Lobby)
  • Audrey Park (As an Individual)
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 11:35 AM
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 11:32 AM
  • Shelagh Day, Chair, Human Rights Committee and Co-Founder (Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action )
  • Joanna Maycock, Secretary General (European Women's Lobby)
  • Kate McInturff, Senior Researcher (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 11:30 AM
  • Justine Akman, Director General, Policy and External Relations (Status of Women Canada)
  • Vaughn Charlton, Manager, Gender-Based Analysis (Status of Women Canada)
  • François Daigle, Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, Social Development Policy (Privy Council Office)
  • Renée LaFontaine, Assistant Secretary and Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Services Sector (Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat)
  • Kathleen Lahey, Law Professor, Queen's University (As an Individual)
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 11:32 AM
  • Vu minh Khanh, Human Rights Advocate (As an Individual)
  • Evelyn Puxley, Director, South East Asia and Oceania Relations Division (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Hoi Trinh, Executive Director (VOICE Canada)
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 11:31 AM
  • Sheryl Saperia, Director of Policy (Canada) (Foundation for Defense of Democracies)
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 12:29 PM
  • Milos Barutciski, Co-Head of International Trade, Bennett Jones Law Firm (As an Individual)
  • Wendy Gilmour, Director General, Trade Controls Bureau (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Dominic Gingras, Director, Market Access and Trade Remedies Law Division (Global Affairs Canada)
Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 11:35 AM
  • Andrea Charron, Assistant Professor and Deputy Director Centre for Defence and Security Studies, University of Manitoba (As an Individual)
  • Ken Epps, Policy Advisor, Project Ploughshares (As an Individual)
  • Cesar Jaramillo, Executive Director (Project Ploughshares)
  • Belkis Wille, Yemen and Kuwait Researcher (Human Rights Watch)
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 11:33 AM
  • Mark Dubowitz, Executive Director (Foundation for Defense of Democracies)
  • Houchang Hassan-Yari, Professor, Political Science Department, Royal Military College of Canada (As an Individual)
  • Ahmed Shaheed, PhD, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran (United Nations)
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 11:32 AM
  • Sarita Bhatla, Director General, Refugee Affairs (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada)
  • Christopher Burton, Director, Northeast Asia Division (Global Affairs Canada)
  • Monica Chi, Executive Director (KCWA Family and Social Services)
  • Christopher Kim, Executive Director (HanVoice Support Association)
  • Ross S. Lee, Volunteer Committee Chair (Former) (Light Korean Presbyterian Church)
  • James McNamee, Acting Director General, Operational Management and Coordination (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada)
  • Alex Neve, Secretary General (Amnesty International Canada)
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 11:30 AM
  • Adrian Hong, President (Joseon Institute)
  • Jack Kim, Special Advisor (HanVoice)
  • Hyeonseo Lee, Author of "The Girl With Seven Names" (As an Individual)
Bill S-201, An Act to prohibit and prevent genetic discrimination
(2016-01-27) Link to the briefs of this witness/study
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 11:51 AM
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 11:32 AM
  • Dr. Ronald Cohn, Co-Director, Centre for Genetic Medicine, Sr Scientist, The Hospital for Sick Children, Department of Pediatrics and Molecular Genetics, University of Toronto (As an Individual)
  • Marcella Daye, Senior Policy Advisor, Policy, Research and International Division (Canadian Human Rights Commission)
  • Patricia Kosseim, Senior General Counsel and Director General (Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada)
  • Marie-Claude Landry, Chief Commissioner (Canadian Human Rights Commission)
  • Bruce Ryder, Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School (As an Individual)
  • Stephen W. Scherer, Director, The Centre for Applied Genomics, Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto McLaughlin Centre, Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto McLaughlin Centre (As an Individual)
  • Daniel Therrien, Privacy Commissioner (Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada)
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 11:30 AM
  • Jacques Y. Boudreau, Chair, Committee on Genetic Testing (Canadian Institute of Actuaries)
  • The Honourable Senator James Cowan, sponsor of the bill
  • Bev Heim-Myers, Chair of the Canadian Coalition for Genetic Fairness and CEO of the Huntington Society of Canada (Canadian Coalition for Genetic Fairness )
  • Barbara Kagedan, Senior Policy Advisor (Office of the Leader of the Senate Liberals)
  • Bernard Naumann, Vice-chair, Committee on Genetic Testing (Canadian Institute of Actuaries)
  • Frank Swedlove, President and CEO (Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association)
  • Frank Zinatelli, Vice President and General Counsel (Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association)
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