On December 10th, 2022, the International Commission of Jurists Canada presented the 2022 Walter Tarnopolsky Human Rights Award to Senator Kim Pate during an intimate ceremony hosted out of her Parliamentary office. Thank you everyone who attended virtually and shared the moment with us!
Bill S-211, Fighting Against Forced Labour and Child Labour in Supply Chain Act clears FAAE, on to Third Reading
On November 30th, 2022, the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development (FAAE) completed its study of Bill S-211, Fighting Against Forced Labour and Child Labour in Supply Chain Act, accepting the Bill without amendment. The Bill intends to increase transparency in supply chains by imposing reporting requirements on certain Canadian government institutions and businesses. ICJ Canada congratulates The Honorable Senator Miville-Dechêne on her tenacity and dedication to advancing this cause. We were pleased to contribute to Parliament's study of this Bill.
The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Canada, and the University of Ottawa Professional Development Institute hosted a dinner presentation and conversion with Bill Browder on November 8, 2022 in Toronto, Ontario.
ICJ Canada is pleased to invite you to register for its upcoming event, "Disinformation: Challenges and Dangers to Democracy"! We are excited to be collaborating with the Professional Development Institute and the University of Ottawa's Information Integrity Lab with the Lab's first event. Join us on June 22nd to hear from speakers from academia, civil society, and industry on this challenging and prescient issue. Registration is $20 for the public, but ICJ Canada members with a valid 2022 membership can register free. It's not too late to renew, just click here.
Disinformation has emerged as one of the fundamental challenges facing society. The expression “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth puts on its boots” has never been more accurate – the rapid development of social media and communication technologies has resulted in an environment that not only aids the spread of disinformation but incentivizes its creation. Disinformation has been used to create and exploit social divisions and to manipulate social discourse, including, and perhaps especially, surrounding politics and elections.
Canada’s resilience to disinformation has been tested these past years with concerted campaigns from foreign adversaries and a thriving domestic disinformation ecosystem – not to mention the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. These dynamics were fully on display with the contentious February Freedom Convoy protests against vaccine mandates in Ottawa and other major Canadian cities. Our speakers will discuss the challenges and dangers to Canadian democracy posed by disinformation.
Kevin Sheives, Associate Director at the International Forum for Democratic Studies, US National Endowment for Democracy
Eve Gaumond, Director, Innovative Ideas Incubator Program, International Observatory on the Societal Impacts of AI and Digital Technology, Faculty of Law, University of Laval, Quebec
Chris Tenove, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Political Science, University of British Columbia
Vivek Krishnamurthy, Samuelson-Glushko Professor of Law and Director of the Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC)
Michele Austin, Head of Policy, Twitter, Canada
Rachel Curran, Public Policy Manager, Facebook, Canada
When: 4:00pm - 5:30pm ET, December 10th, 2022 Where: Via Zoom, streamed from Parliament RSVP: bit.ly/tarno-rsvp
ICJ Canada is pleased to announce Senator Kim Pate as recipient of the 2022 Walter S Tarnopolsky Award! Senator Pate has a distinguished career advocating for human rights in the correctional and legal systems and continues to be a powerful voice for vulnerable and marginalized groups in Parliament. Senator Pate will receive the award at a ceremony hosted out of her Parliamentary office and streamed via Zoom on December 10th, 2022. ICJ Canada President Errol Mendes and Correctional Investigator of Canada Dr. Ivan Zinger will provide an introduction, and after receiving the award Senator Pate will speak.
We welcome all to join the celebration of Senator Pate's tireless work. Register for the webinar for free at this link: bit.ly/tarno-rsvp
ICJ Canada is pleased to be hosting its first annual Rule of Law Lecture! The event, hosted with the generous cooperation of Dalhousie University's Schulich School of Law, includes a virtual keynote presentation titled “The Rule of Law in Pandemic Times” by one of the leading authorities on the rule of law in Canada, Dr. A. Wayne MacKay, followed by a virtual panel discussion with Hon. Thomas Cromwell and Dr. Sherry Pictou. Schulich School of Law Dean Camille Cameron and ICJ Canada Vice-President Maillet Monette will provide introductory remarks.
The event will take place via Zoom on October 4th, 2021 at 3:30pm Eastern and 4:30pm Atlantic time. Registration is free at this link: tinyurl.com/rule-of-law-lecture