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Slaw: New anti-bullying laws across Canada

Following the increased occurrence of bullying in schools among Canadian youths aged 11 to 16, and high-profile suicides of young persons due to bullying, several jurisdictions in Canada are in the process of enacting anti-bullying laws. The aim of the laws is to make educational institutions safer by bringing awareness of the issue and consequences of bullying, and promoting tolerance in all public schools.

According to BullyingCanada.ca, a national anti-bullying charitable organization:

Bullying happens when someone hurts or scares another person on purpose and the person being bullied has a hard time defending themselves. So, everyone needs to get involved to help stop it. …

Approximately 1 in 10 children have bullied others and as many as 25 percent of children in grades 4 to 6 have been bullied. A 2004 study published in the medical Journal of Pediatrics found that about 1 in 7 Canadian children aged 11 to 16 are victims of bullying. Studies have found bullying occurs once every 7 minutes on the playground and once every 25 minutes in the classroom.”

So what is being done to stop it? To find out read my latest post on Slaw.

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Managing Editor at First Reference Inc.
Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., is a trained lawyer called to the Quebec bar in 1988 and is still a member in good standing. She practiced business, employment and labour law until 1999. For over 15 years, Yosie has been the Managing Editor of the following publications, Human Resources Advisor, Human Resources PolicyPro, HRinfodesk and Accessibility Standards PolicyPro from First Reference. Yosie is one of Canada’s best known and most respected HR authors, with an extensive background in employment and labour across the country. Read more
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