IRLRC conference – Child rights implications of the legalization of cannabis—Youth, the floor is yours!

Posted on Friday, April 6, 2018

By L. C. Bissonnette

Since the Interdisciplinary Research Laboratory on the Rights of the Child (IRLRC) was created in 2007, it has held about 10 conferences bringing together academics, individuals in the field, members of the University community and members of the public. In keeping with this tradition, the IRLRC held this year’s event on March 27. 

Panel moderator Professor Valerie Steeves from the Department of Criminology of the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Social Sciences, Heather D’Alessio and Kira London-Nadeau

Since the Interdisciplinary Research Laboratory on the Rights of the Child (IRLRC) was created in 2007, it has held about 10 conferences bringing together academics, individuals in the field, members of the University community and members of the public. In keeping with this tradition, the IRLRC held this year’s event on March 27. Attended by some 100 people, the conference included something novel—a panel of youth, all from different backgrounds and fields of study. After having listened carefully to the eight speakers—all experts in their respective fields—talk about topics such as Bill C-45, scheduled to come into force in July, and policies, health and education, members of the youth panel were unanimous in their position—remove the stigma surrounding cannabis and legalization, raise awareness and never stop educating our youth on these issues. Through education, young people will be able to make informed choices.

Panel members were Heather D’Alessio, member of the Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy’s executive board; Kira London-Nadeau, a psychology student at the Université de Montréal’s art and sciences faculty; Andie Storozuk, a psychology student at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Social Sciences; and three civil law students from the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law, Gabriel Darquenne, Bianca Lessard and Zohra Bouzitoun. Ms. Lessard and Ms. Bouzitoun are also chair and vice-chair, respectively, of the University of Ottawa chapter of the Canadian Student Association for Children’s Rights.

 

Above: Bianca Lessard, Andie Storozuk and Gabriel Darquenne
Below: Zohra Bouzitoun et Bianca Lessard

 

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