CanWest – A gay rights group on Friday criticized Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty’s decision to shelve a retooling of the province’s sexual education curriculum.
Egale Canada’s executive director, Helen Kennedy, said McGuinty’s reversal on the policy, which would have introduced discussions on sexuality in Grade 3 and anal intercourse in Grade 7, was “very disappointing,” adding that “kids with same sex partners are being left out again.”
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Deborah Gyapong – Political correctness, media feeding frenzies charging “raaaaacism!,” ‘human rights’ commissions undermining fundamental rights, have also played their role in hamstringing the police departments. Who is to blame? We are for not demanding political accountability and for not insisting on free speech and association rights without the threat of violence or bullying tactics to shut it down.
Toronto Star – Ontario’s newly streamlined human rights watchdog is swamped with allegations of sex, race and disability discrimination, the Starhas found.
“We are really overwhelmed by our volume of cases now,” said Katherine Laird, the senior official whose job it is to support people who say they are victims. “Our phones are ringing off the hook.”
The Ontario Attorney General created a new human rights system nearly two years ago, making it easier for people with claims to get a hearing before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario…
Ontario Human Rights Commission chair Barbara Hall believes only a small number of cases are ever reported. “This is the tip of the iceberg,” she says.
Toronto Star – Ontario is scrapping the Special Diet Allowance that helps people on social assistance pay extra food costs related to specific medical conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure…
The Ontario Human Rights Commission ruled last month that the allowance program discriminates against people with certain conditions. It ordered the province to increase payments for three complainants and boost benefits for everyone under similar circumstances within three months.
But the budget’s plan to kill the allowance in favour of a new program, effectively allows the government to side step the ruling, officials said.
Guelph Mercury – Matt Wozenilek can’t wait to try out the wheelchair-accessible door at his neighbourhood 7-Eleven store after taking the company to the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal and winning…
He filed an application with the tribunal Jan. 7, 2009 and later amended it, asking for $25,000 for pain and suffering, a public letter of regret from 7-Eleven and the installation of automatic doors at all 7-Eleven stores in Canada…
The tribunal decided the company did not have to write a public letter of regret but it would have to pay $6,000 to Wozenilek.
“I asked for $25,000 to get their attention,” Wozenilek said Wednesday. “I’m happy with the $6,000. It will cover my expenses.”
National Post – Police are probing Salman Hossain’s recent postings on the Arizona-based Internet site…
Abbee Corb of the Hate Crimes Extremism Investigative Team, which is made up of representatives of 13 Ontario municipal police forces, confirmed yesterday that an investigation was underway.
“We are, as a team, collectively looking at this individual. As far as what investigations we have underway, of course that information I can’t release because that could compromise any investigations that are ongoing.
“However, you can rest assured that the hate crimes extremism investigative team – again 13 police services – is looking into him and investigating him as we speak.”
Vancouverite: Tyrell Duffus is the seventh Toronto murder victim of 2010…There is no description of the suspect.
Maybe some politicians are listening after all, at least in the Progressive Conservative party. May we suggest contacting Munro at firstname.lastname@example.org to give her a pat on the back. Tell her keep it up. We are especially psyched that she framed it as a “freedom of the press case.”
However, note that the appointees had few answers regarding the Steyn case. So these appointees either didn’t know about it, or didn’t care to talk about it. In other words, the merry little Star Chamber learned nothing from 2008, and it’s business as usual.
[The Scope] The second role of the committee is to review intended appointments to agencies, boards and commissions. One of the most interesting developments this summer has been the multiple appointments by the government to the Human Rights Tribunal. PC members of the committee repeatedly questioned the potential appointees about their opinion of the Mark Steyn freedom of the press case, receiving little in the way of answers. Holding potential appointees to account is important because many of these individuals will hold decision making powers that greatly affect the lives of Ontario citizens.
[National Post] The OHRC’s conclusion, though couched as mere friendly advice, states barefaced that “doctors, as providers of services that are not religious in nature, must essentially ‘check their personal views at the door’ in providing medical care.”
The gall of such a statement is stunning. Abortion? Contraception? Fertility counselling for same-sex couples? How are those not services that are “religious in nature”? Every one of the world’s major religions has had views on these actions for hundreds of years.
They could only be considered non-religious in nature if you were a detached, disconnected, pompous human rights twit who was convinced you had the power to provide written-in-stone, immutable definitions that were binding on all concerned.
[Canwest] A woman who organized a “nurse-in” to protest at a Vancouver store filed a complaint to the BC Human Rights Tribunal on Thursday, the second such complaint in Canada in a week.
“This is actually a case of discrimination. I would like to see other women come out and file their complaints, as well.
“And I would like to see all companies to be educated and made aware of the law in B.C.,” she said.
“This is a right that breastfeeding women need to have so we can do our job.”
Valle said she has accepted H&M’s apology and doesn’t want to see anyone at the store fired over the incident, but the principle is worth filing a complaint over
Allison Loblaw, of London, Ont., launched an online complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario after she said she was humiliated for breastfeeding at a LaSenza lingerie store in Windsor, Ont., last month.
[Canwest] A B.C. man has filed a human-rights complaint alleging religious discrimination after a TV personality flew a plane pulling a “Jesus sucks” banner over Toronto.
Dean Skoreyko of the northern B.C. town of Coldstream filed the complaint against Kenneth Hotz and Showcase TV.
Skoreyko, who viewed the stunt online, said in an online form filed with the B.C. human rights tribunal that “my Christian beliefs and upbringing were publicly ridiculed.”
Of course, you can’t have a say because none of these bureaucrats are elected to anything. But hey, you should feel good for paying their salaries and funding their projects, no questions asked.
[Peterborough Examiner] Ontario should increase availability of supportive housing and appropriate support services and ensure that social housing providers have sufficient funds to meet their duty to accommodate. The Ontario Human Rights Code be amended to explicitly list gender identity and sexual orientation as a prohibited grounds of discrimination and harassment.
All organizations, institutions and individuals involved in developing, planning, approving or giving input to affordable housing for human rights code protected groups take steps to monitor for discriminatory NIMBY (not in my backyard) opposition and modify their policies, practices and actions to prevent and address it.
[CBC] Ontario regulations banning medicinal-marijuana users from smoking on bar and restaurant patios violate the human rights of people with disabilities, alleges an Ottawa man who has filed a complaint over the issue.
Russell Barth submitted the complaint to the Ontario Human Rights Commission on Monday on behalf of himself and his wife, Christine Lowe.
What is it with white, male, middle-aged and older Progressive Conservatives and guns?
Two men face a hate-crime charge after a plastic skeleton was painted black and lynched from a flagpole flying the Confederate flag in Georgina.
York Regional Police announced the charges yesterday after almost seven months of investigating.
[Barrie Examiner] There’s an old wisecrack in the newspaper business that goes: Never let the story get in the way of a good headline. The Ontario Human Rights Commission seems to have adopted this cynical advice as its own.
Last week, the commission released a report entitled Fishing Without Fear: Report on the Inquiry into Assaults on Asian Canadian Anglers. And though the Village of Westport is mentioned as one of the places of conflict in the province last year, the report draws conclusions that do not reflect the basic concerns of villagers, or the truth about illegal fishing in their community.
Many transsexual people live in poverty, and cannot afford the surgery that they need to live happy, healthy lives free from discrimination. The Human Rights Commission see many problems with denying access to surgery: “Presenting as the other sex is especially difficult for birth assigned men transitioning to women. Before hormone therapy has begun, and without a lengthy period of electrolysis, the likelihood a person will “pass” as a women is low…”
More than 5,000 convenience store owners have not yet installed “garage-style” coverings that will hide cigarettes from consumers to meet new regulations, the Ontario Convenience Stores Association says. The group is calling on the government to grant an extension past the May 31 compliance deadline.
“There is so much confusion,” association president Dave Bryans said today. “There are only six or seven companies that can install the covers and there’s many stores who won’t have it done on time.”
“But this is not about punishing the little guy,” Health Promotion Ministry spokesman Rick Byun said. “This is about helping people get healthy.”
True, moron, many store owners will get healthy by doing arm curls all day.
Currently, Ontario is the only province (and, perhaps, the only jurisdiction in the world) that requires Class A drivers to take an on-road retest upon reaching age 65, and annually thereafter. Drivers, therefore, must take their truck off the road for a day (company drivers have to find a truck to take the test with), often at their own expense.
Age is the sole trigger for this requirement, which, as revealed in several articles published by Today’s Trucking, may actually be in conflict with the province’s own age-based human rights legislation.
The province has nominated Gerry McNeilly as Director of Ontario’s new independent police review system, expected to be in place next year. As Director, McNeilly would help build the new system and lead a new, independent civilian organization to handle public complaints about municipal and provincial police in Ontario.
McNeilly is a former Chair of the Board of Inquiry for the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal (now the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario) and has also served as a justice of the peace and deputy judge. For the last nine years he has served as the Executive Director for Legal Aid Manitoba.