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Time to End Carding

Time to End Carding
DCI President Agnes Samler, wrote an opinion piece regarding the carding of Toronto’s youth by police officers. Her letter was published in the Reader’s Letter section of the Toronto Star on October 5th. Click here to be directed to the Toronto Star website or scroll below to read the letter in it’s entirety. Devastating [...]

Words of Reflection for Les

Words of Reflection for Les
I am sorry that I cannot be with you this evening; my hope was that I would be able to participate in this memorial for Les Horne and am grateful for the opportunity to write some words of reflection. It does seem somewhat fitting however that I will be spending my day at Warkworth institution, a federal prison just outside of Campbellford. [...]

Les Horne was always there …...

Les Horne was always there ………Poem by Betty Makoni
There is a time when I meet people with a purpose There are moments when such people are with points and pointers Such people are always there even if my audience be counted as one They fill the space not with numbers, but their love and compassion They are not there as VIP (Very Important People) There are just there with no VI (Very Importa [...]

The Les Horne “Rights in Action” Awar...

The Les Horne “Rights in Action” Award for Children and Youth
In memory of Les, this award of up to $1000 will be presented by DCICanada on an annual basis to a young person or group of young people whose proposal to promote children’s rights is selected. As we launch it this November 17th, we are asking you as friends of Les Horne to contribute to a fund to support this award in his memory. All contri [...]

Celebration of the Life of Les Horne ...

Celebration of the Life of Les Horne – November 17, 2011
    Defence for Children International-Canada is pleased to invite you to attend a Celebration of the Life of Les Horne  6:00 pm on November 17, 2011 at the City of Toronto Archives 255 Spadina Rd., Toronto     So many are grieving the recent loss of Les Horne, first Child Advocate in Ontario, founding member of DCI-Canada and true c [...]

Biography-Les Horne (July 15,1925-Jul...

Biography-Les Horne (July 15,1925-July 31,2011)
Les Horne was passionate about his commitment to children. He believed that the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child was not simply a political document but represented real promises to children, promises they should be able to count on. He also believed that children’s voices should be heard particularly those children who a [...]

April 26th, 2011 – The "Be...

April 26th, 2011 – The "Best Interests of The Child": A Promise Broken
This year’s Lowery Lecturer is Kim Pate, Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies (CAEFS) and part time professor at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law. She is an advocate for the rights of women and girls caught in the criminal justice system, for example, Ashley Smith, the young woman whose life ended t [...]

Ashley Smith

Ashley Smith
Dr. Porter made an astonishing finding in her ruling that the videotapes showing Ashley Smith being forcibly injected with tranquilizers, taunted by professional staff, and strapped to a gurney without food or water cannot be considered essential evidence at the inquiry into the causes of her death.   Ashley could still be alive if she had be [...]


The decision of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal to dismiss the allegation that  the Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs has been guilty of racial discrimination against First Nations children, comes as a huge shock to anyone who knows the history of  mistreatment of aboriginal communities in Canada. The allegation that children on rese [...]


The natural agency for the development and training of children and youth is the family.   The UN.Convention on the Rights of the Child was a heroic effort to provide a framework for the healthy development of young people in every culture.  The present initiatives of the Canadian Government are heretical and unfortunate attempts to re-impose [...]

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