Human Rights – May 5, 2014

In Committee from the Senate of Canada

Human Rights – May 5, 2014

The committee continues its study on the Hague Abduction Convention and other international mechanisms which look to resolve cross-border child custody disputes and international child abductions. The first panel features Deputy Chief Murray Stooke of the Calgary Police Service who provides examples of recent international child abduction cases.

The second panel consists of representatives from British Columbia’s Office of the Representative for Children and Youth, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, and Ontario’s Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth, Irwin Ellman and Laura Arndt. The children and youth advocates speak on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the importance of including the views of the child.

The third panel includes Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario’s Shane Foulds and Ministry of Justice of British Columbia’s Penelope Lipsack. Both witnesses describe the role of provincial central authorities in charge of implementing the provinces’ obligations to the Hague Convention. (May 5, 2014)