How Will “Zero Tolerance” Impact Women? Forum

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Date(s) - 15/04/2015
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Friends' Meeting House


This forum focuses on the practical implications of the proposed Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act (Bill S-7)

Register: online through Eventbrite

More information: phone 416-392-9138 | email


  • Silmi Abdullah, Lawyer, METRAC
  • Benjamin L. Berger, Associated Professor and Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal of Law and Society, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
  • Raoul Boulakia, Barrister and Solicitor
  • Janet Mosher, Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University

Description: The federal government tabled the Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act (Bill S-7) in November 2014, and the Bill is currently making its way through the House of Commons. This Bill proposes significant changes to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, the Criminal Code of Canada and the Civil Marriage Act. If passed, it will have important and negative implications for women – especially racialized and immigrant women – and particularly those at risk of violence and abuse.

On April 15, METRAC is hosting a forum geared towards service providers, to discuss the various provisions of the Bill and to work through the potential impact it will have on women, if it becomes law. This interactive forum will engage service providers and draw on their experience working with vulnerable women. We will provide an explanation of the proposed changes in law. Then participants will break into groups and explore different fact scenarios to navigate through under the scheme proposed in Bill S-7. We expect that front line knowledge of service providers will highlight practical concerns with the many elements of the Bill, affecting immigration, forced marriage and the criminalization of complex family-related issues. A panel discussion with legal experts on immigration and criminal law will follow, focussing on the impact on women.

Come learn more about the controversial proposed changes in law from legal staff at the Community Justice Program at METRAC, practicing lawyers and academics.

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