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Sharing Land Acknowledgement: Respecting Indigeneity within Learning Journeys - January 19, 2022

Sharing Land Acknowledgement: Respecting Indigeneity within Learning Journeys - January 19, 2022

Presented by Daniol Clair Coles To build mainstream awareness as an early step on the forever journey of learning andIndigenous reconciliation, this interactive presentation will review and enhance understandingof the Land Acknowledgement, and discuss how broader acknowledgements respectingIndigeneity and each other may be situated authentically. We will also converse on basicterminology and definitions from an […]

Are the Depressed Capable of Rational Suicide? - January 20, 2022

Are the Depressed Capable of Rational Suicide? - January 20, 2022

Presented by Ariane Bakhtiar In this paper, I argue that some of the suicidally depressed have decision-making capacity and can commit what is known as “rational suicide”. Rational suicide, while having different definitions, generally means that a person makes a decision about dying while not impaired by a psychiatric disorder. There is some consensus in […]

Ethics: The Impact of COVID-19 on the Courts in Canada - January 18, 2021

Ethics: The Impact of COVID-19 on the Courts in Canada - January 18, 2021

Presented by Bruce Preston Canadian courts have struggled with delay for decades. The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic added to an already difficult situation. Courts were required to take swift action, which they did. Despite this, they have faced criticism concerning the approach taken. I find that this criticism is not warranted and has more […]

UN International Day of Human Rights Commemoration and Special Panel Presentation - December 10, 2021

UN International Day of Human Rights Commemoration and Special Panel Presentation - December 10, 2021

2021 Theme: EQUALITY - Reducing inequalities, advancing human rights This year’s Human Rights Day theme relates to 'Equality' and Article 1 of the UDHR – “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” The principles of equality and non-discrimination are at the heart of human rights. Equality is aligned with the 2030 Agenda and with […]

Docs for Schools - 'Learning to Skateboard in a War Zone (If you are a girl)' - December 8, 2021

Docs for Schools - 'Learning to Skateboard in a War Zone (If you are a girl)' - December 8, 2021

A documentary film presented by Lesley Sparks Docs For Schools is the education program of the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival.   The programs offer documentary content across a variety of subjects and grade levels.  Docs can inform, offering insight and new perspectives to students about our world.   Teachers can then use docs as […]

Workshop on Human Rights and the Environment - December 9, 2021

Workshop on Human Rights and the Environment - December 9, 2021

Presented by Rachel LaFortune and Stephen Northfield “This session will look at how human rights intersect with our environment in the context of climate change. Join a conversation with Human Rights Watch about their recent work to document how climate change is already impacting human rights in Canada and how they use digital advocacy to […]

McLaughlin College Holiday Celebration - December 8, 2021

McLaughlin College Holiday Celebration - December 8, 2021

You are cordially invited to attend our McLaughlin College Holiday Celebration Please wear your festive holiday sweater, hat, (upload a festive virtual background) etc. for a chance to win a  PRIZE!   >Random raffle prizes for all in attendance >Entertainment from our McLaughlin College Community Choir >A Holiday Quiz contest prepared by Professor Emeritus David […]

The UNHCR and the Enforcement of Refugee Protection before International Courts: Amicus and Third-Party Submissions before the ECtHR - December 7, 2021

The UNHCR and the Enforcement of Refugee Protection before International Courts: Amicus and Third-Party Submissions before the ECtHR - December 7, 2021

McLaughlin College International Lecture Presented by Hilkka C. Becker This presentation will outline the potential wider application of UNHCR’s  amicus role in refugee cases before international courts. Using the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), as the prime example, it will explore the impact of the UNHCR's interventions on the evolution and development […]

The Development of American Gender Asylum Law; Cross Border Collaboration Between US and Canadian NGOs - November 29, 2021

The Development of American Gender Asylum Law; Cross Border Collaboration Between US and Canadian NGOs - November 29, 2021

McLaughlin College Annual Public Policy Lecture delivered by Professor Deborah E. Anker The last twenty years have witnessed the development of the body of U.S. gender asylum law, or asylum claims of women subject to persecution.  Forms of such gender-based persecution include sexual and related violence of women because of their gender, by, for example, […]

Is it the End for Refugee Protection? - November 1, 2021

Is it the End for Refugee Protection? - November 1, 2021

McLaughlin College International Lecture Presented by Professor David James Cantor The global refugee protection regime is under attack as no longer ‘fit for ‘purpose’. Implicit in some of the more trenchant critiques is the contention that the underlying structure of refugee law has outlived its utility in articulating a shared vision of the fundamentals of refugee […]