It resembled a courtroom cross-examination, only no question was off-limits, dodging the answer wasn’t an option and the proceedings were webcast live.
The Vatican was compelled to appear before the committee as a signatory to the UN Convention for the Rights of the Child, which among other things calls for governments to take all adequate measures to protect children from harm and ensure their interests are placed above all else.
The Holy See was one of the first states to ratify the treaty in 1990, eager to contribute the church’s experience in caring for children in Catholic schools, hospitals, orphanages and refugee centres.
The 17-year-old — identified as the ringleader of the group — was found guilty Wednesday on counts including human trafficking, forcible confinement, assault, robbery, sexual assault, child luring and distributing child pornography. Halton regional police say they rescued the 15-year-old victim and laid human trafficking charges against a 22-year-old woman. The Associated Press, USA, Published Thursday, Jan.
16 2014, By John Heilprin And Nicole Winfield The dressing down came in the unlikeliest of places, a stuffy United Nations conference room before an obscure human rights committee.
After decades of fending off accusations that its policies and culture of secrecy had contributed to the global priest sex abuse scandal, the Vatican was called to account.
UN experts interrogated The Holy See for eight hours on Thursday about the scale of abuse and what it was doing to prevent it, marking the first time the Vatican had been forced to defend its record at length or in public.
The Toronto Star, by Leslie Ferenc, GTA, Mon Mar 03 2014 Canada falls short of meeting the needs of homeless youth by treating them as adults and expecting shelter care to solve the problem, according to a new report. instead of rushing them to be adults, living in poverty and becoming chronically homeless adults,” says report author Stephen Gaetz, a professor in York University’s education faculty and director of the Homeless Hub (Canadian Homelessness Research Network).
Many youth find themselves “languishing in a shelter for four or five years when they should be in school learning to be an adult with the supports they need . “By continuing to emphasize emergency supports, as important as they are, rather than prevention or rapid rehousing, our strategy is simply to manage the problem,” he said.
Gaetz is author of Coming of Age: Reimagining the Response to Youth Homelessness in Canada which was released Monday. Ontario’s archaic sex-ed curriculum dates from the 1990s, long before Facebook, smart phones and same-sex marriage. The Toronto Star, by Martin Regg Cohn, Provincial Politics, Published on website, Wed Jul 23 2014 and in the newspaper July 24, 2014 A day after winning the premiership in early 2013, Kathleen Wynne promised to fix one of the lingering embarrassments of her predecessor’s reign.
The incoming premier vowed to tackle Ontario’s outdated educational curriculum — a product of the Mike Harris era — by modernizing its pre-Internet approach to sex-education and mental health topics. The Canadian Press, January 29, 2014 OTTAWA - An Ottawa teen who befriended girls on Facebook and other social media, then forced them to work as escorts, has been found guilty of 30 of 33 charges against her. — An investigation into sex trade workers operating from hotels led police to a teenage girl they allege was forced into prostitution in Burlington, Ont.
Initially investigators questioned a person of interest, who was charged late Saturday night.