Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children

Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children

September 26, 2007 11:10 ET

Media Advisory: Politicians, Youth and Child Advocates Hold Forum on the Senate's Call for Federal Government Action on Children's Rights

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 26, 2007) -

Attention: News/Political/Child&Youth Interest/Assignment Editors



WHAT: Young people and children's advocates will engage politicians to
press for stronger government action on child rights in Canada.
Debate will focus on the upcoming government response to the
recommendations in a recent Senate report, entitled Children:
Silenced Citizens.

WHO: Interactive Panel between MPs, youth and organizations:
- Hon. Olivia Chow, NDP, Member of Parliament
- Hon. John Godfrey, Liberal, Member of Parliament
- TBA, Conservative, Member of Parliament
- Nigel Fisher, President & CEO, UNICEF Canada
- Children and youth
- Organizations including UNICEF, World Vision, Justice for
Children and Youth, Defense for Children International,
Children's Rights Centre, University of Toronto Faculty of Law

WHEN: Friday 28 September, 2007
9:30 am - 1:00 pm

WHERE: University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Bennet Lecture Hall, Flavelle
House: 84 Queen's Park Circle, Toronto, ON

WHY: In June 2007, the Senate adopted a report, Children: The Silenced
Citizens, from its Human Rights Committee and requested a formal
response from the government. The report makes 24 recommendations to
bring Canada into compliance with our legal human rights obligations
and improve the status of Canadian children. The government must
respond to the report by mid November.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children
    Kathy Vandergrift
    President
    (613) 820-0272
    or
    UNICEF Canada
    Karen Snider
    Media Relations
    (416) 482-4444 ext. 831
    Email: ksnider@unicef.ca