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Our Children Need a Commissioner!

Michael Shevell is Pediatrician-in-Chief at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. This op-ed appeared in the National Post this week in response to proposed legislation currently before Parliament to establish – at long last – the office of Children’s Commissioner in Canada.

“‘In the last analysis civilization itself is measured by the way in which children will live and what chance they will have in the world.’

“This quote from the early 20th century American activist Mary Heaton Vorse encapsulates sentiments that are beyond partisan politics. Indeed, these words are another way of stating that societies are ultimately judged by how they treat their most vulnerable members, including children. These words also go beyond morality, as the sustainability and vibrancy of any community ultimately depends on the wellbeing of the next generation.

“These concepts are especially relevant at this point in Canadian history. Bill C-420, 'An Act to establish the Office of the Commissioner for Children and Young Persons in Canada,' is presently before Parliament with a vote expected on Nov. 5. This Act seeks to fulfill our responsibility under the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child, which mandates the creation of such an office in each ratifying nation. . . .” Read more in the National Post.

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Our children need a commissioner [National Post]

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