By Julia Beazley and Beth Hiemstra (post revised as of Oct. 20, 2016) Please pray for three very positive initiatives in the House of Commons this fall. These are private member’s bills or motions, brought forward by individual MPs, and they will be debated and voted on in the next few months. 1. Palliative care… Read More

The EFC just made a four-page submission to the standing parliamentary Committee on the Status of Women, which is studying violence against girls and young women in Canada. Over the last several years, as we have researched, consulted and networked broadly on prostitution and human trafficking, we realized that these issues are part of a… Read More

We don’t allow children to drive, vote or drink alcohol before certain legal ages, not because we want to arbitrarily restrict the actions of young people, but because it has long been accepted that there are developmental considerations to our ability to handle certain responsibilities. Yes, much of the human brain is fully developed by… Read More

By Julia Beazley Last night, it was my privilege to participate on a panel discussing the protection of young people from the harms of pornography. Hosted by MP Joy Smith (Kildonan-St. Paul), the evening on Parliament Hill featured Dr. Gail Dines, an internationally-acclaimed speaker and author (Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked our Sexuality, 2011). The… Read More

As originally published in the National Post, June 17, 2013 By Julia Beazley Last week, an article in these pages (Legalize the Sex Trade, Kate Shannon and Sandra Ka Hon Chu, June 11), saw the authors declare that “the science is unequivocal: criminalization of sex work in Canada, and globally, has been an abject failure… Read More

by Julia Beazley On February 26, in a rare and vitally important show of non-partisanship, Parliament voted unanimously in favour of Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett’s (St. Paul’s) motion to establish a special parliamentary committee to study the disappearance of far too many aboriginal women and girls in Canada. When I heard the news, my heart… Read More

By Julia Beazley Millions of Canadians live in core housing need – housing that doesn’t meet their needs or those of their family. Upward of 300,000 are homeless. The United Nations has identified that Canada falls short in a key area: homelessness is a domestic human rights crisis. The UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing… Read More