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It’s time for Canada to improve its grades when it comes to children’s rights

Our schoolchildren are not the only ones with report cards on their progress this fall. The government of Canada has just received a report card from the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child on how it is fulfilling its commitments to protect children’s rights. Our country’s record is mixed and Canada is not keeping up with gains being made in other industrialized countries.

By accepting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1991, Canada accepted a duty to realize the rights of its seven million children. The UN committee reviewed Canada’s record last September and issued a report card (in the form of concluding observations) last week.

The results of this report card should come as no surprise to those of us in Canada.

Read more in the Toronto Star.

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