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A Question of Commitment: Children's Rights in Canada

A Question of Commitment: Children's Rights in Canada


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In 1991, the Government of Canada ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, requiring governments at all levels to ensure that Canadian laws and practices safeguard the rights of children. A Question of Commitment: Children’s Rights in Canada is the first book to assess the extent to which Canada has fulfilled this commitment.

The editors, R. Brian Howe and Katherine Covell, contend that Canada has wavered in its commitment to the rights of children and is ambivalent in the political culture about the principle of children’s rights. A Question of Commitment expands the scope of the editors’ earlier book, The Challenge of Children’s Rights for Canada, by including the voices of specialists in particular fields of children’s rights and by incorporating recent developments.

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ISBN-13: 9781554580033
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Publication date: 06/15/2007
Series: Studies in Childhood and Family in Canada , #11
Pages: 456
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.15(d)

About the Author

R. Brian Howe is an associate professor of political science and a director of the Children’s Rights Centre at the University College of Cape Breton.

Dr. Katherine Covell, professor of psychology, founder and a director of the Children’s Rights Centre at the University College of Cape Breton, is a well-known researcher and strong advocate for children’s rights.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents for
A Question of Commitment: Children’s Rights in Canada edited by R. Brian Howe and Katherine Covell

Foreword | Senator Landon Pearson

Introduction: A Question of Commitment | R. Brian Howe

Child Poverty: The Evolution and Impact of Child Benefits | Ken Battle

Early Learning and Child Care: Is Canada on Track? | Martha Friendly

A Right to Health: Children’s Health and Health Care Through a Child Rights Lens | Cheryl van Daalen-Smith

Corporal Punishment: A Violation of the Rights of the Child | Joan Durrant

Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation: What Progress Has Canada Made? | Anne McGillivray

Youth Justice and Children’s Rights: Transformations in Canada’s Youth Justice System | Myriam Denov

Restorative Justice: Towards a Rights-Based Approach | Shannon Moore

The Participation Rights of the Child: Canadas Track Record | Kelly Campbell and Linda Rose-Krasnor

Children’s Rights Education: Canada’s Best Kept Secret | Katherine Covell

Aboriginal Children’s Rights: Is Canada Keeping Its Promise? | Marlyn Bennett

The Rights of Children in Care: Consistency with the Convention? | Tom Waldock

Homeless Children and Street-Involved Children in Canada | Sonja Grover

On the Rights of Refugee Children and Child Asylum-Seekers | Sonja Grover

Implementing the Rights of Children with Disabilities? | Richard Sobsey

Conclusion: Canada’s Ambivalence towards Children | R. Brian Howe and Katherine Covell

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