- Published on Wednesday, 05 April 2017 08:30
- Written by editor
CFSC is pleased to share a new double-sided flyer Parole and its role in rehabilitation and community safety. While the term "parole" may be familiar, most of us don't actually know much about it, including why it matters, or how it helps or harms people. This handout explains parole and answers key questions about its place within Canada's criminal justice system.
Please contact CFSC to request free print copies of the flyer or find it at: http://quakerservice.ca/parole
American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
A newly updated analysis written by CFSC associate member Paul Joffe examines recent developments in the Americas with respect to Indigenous Peoples' human rights. The paper looks at the establishment of the American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and comments made by Canada, the United States, and Colombia. http://quakerservice.ca/AmericanDeclaration
Joint letter on court challenges
Canada’s Court Challenges Program has historically provided funding for challenges under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms that advance the rights of marginalized and disadvantaged groups.
CFSC applauds the recent reinstatement of the program but has joined in a joint letter raising specific concerns. These concerns include: challenges that are in opposition to the rights of marginalized groups could now be funded; and Aboriginal and Treaty rights (Section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982) are not included in the list of claims that can be funded. Read the joint letter at http://quakerservice.ca/CourtChallenges
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Weak oversight of national security
A recent blog post by the coordinator of the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group (CFSC is a member), highlights the major problems with Bill C-22. http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/tim-mcsorley/liberals-bill-c-22_b_15695114.html
The Bill is seeking to establish a parliamentary oversight committee for Canada's national security agencies. Amendments to give the oversight committee sufficient powers to do its job have been removed from the Bill, effectively proposing an oversight committee with so many limitations that it seems not much better than no oversight. It may in fact be worse than nothing, creating a false sense that true oversight exists.
This is concerning to Friends as we recommended in our submission on national security that greatly strengthened oversight is urgently needed (read out submission at http://quakerservice.ca/nationalsecurity). The present government came to power promising increased oversight of national security, and to repeal the "problematic elements" of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015 (Bill C-51). To date this has not happened.
Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities For many years, CFSC has been enthusiastic about Quaker peacebuilding work in the Great Lakes region of Africa. This has included supporting multiple Canadians to attend international training sessions in Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities (HROC).
The 10th international training to be an HROC facilitator is being offered in Rwanda from June 25 to July 15, 2017. HROC is a powerful way of bringing together communities that have experienced deep trauma, by beginning to reestablish care and trust. Learn more at: http://quakerservice.ca/news/healing-rebuilding-communities-training/
Note: CFSC does not run this program and as such is unable to accept responsibility for security risks if you choose to participate.