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Supreme Court of Canada Hearing on Corporal Punishment

On Friday, June 6, the Supreme Court of Canada will hear a constitutional challenge to section 43 of the Criminal Code. This 1892 section of the Code justifies corporal punishment of children in the name of correction and is being challenged by the Canadian Foundation for Children, Youth and the Law (CFCYL) as a violation of the Charter. The Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies, the Child Welfare League of Canada and the Quebec Human Rights Commission have intervened to support the CFCYL. Over seventy five other NGOs have urged the government to end this license to hit children. The Repeal 43 Committee website at http://www.repeal43.org lists these supporting NGOs and provides other information on the issue and the Supreme Court hearing. The hearing is in Ottawa and is open to the public. It begins at 9:00 a.m. sharp and is expected to end by 1:00 p.m.