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Call to Action #6 - Repeal Section 43

6 years after its release, I am finally digging into the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 calls to action. There are 87 days left in the year and the goal is to read and reflect on at least one call to action daily for the remainder of the year. Thank you for joining me on this journey. May our endeavour together be a catalyst for lasting progress and affect meaningful change in Canada.

The sixth Call to Action, and the first under the heading Education is:

“6. We call upon the Government of Canada to repeal Section 43 of the Criminal Code of Canada.”

Once again, Google to the rescue. I am an IT guy, not a lawyer, so I am a little rusty on the details of the Canadian criminal code. For those of you in the same boat as me, Section 43 of the Criminal Code of Canada, sometimes referred to as the Spanking Law, reads as follows:

Every schoolteacher, parent or person standing in the place of a parent is justified in using force by way of correction toward a pupil or child, as the case may be, who is under his care, if the force does not exceed what is reasonable under the circumstances.

Today I would like to spotlight the Elizabeth Fry Society of Saskatchewan as a target for your support:

Fostering a New Future.

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Saskatchewan is a non-profit organization that works with women before, during, and after incarceration in order to end recidivism and the poverty cycle. We proudly give a dignified voice to at-risk women, supporting crime prevention through social development."

- Tallis


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