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The OHRC and York Regional Police invite you to join us at: Taking it local: A municipal update on human rights

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The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) and
York Regional Police invite you to join us at:

Taking it local
A municipal update on human rights

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Community Safety Village of York Region
Bruce’s Mill Conservation Area
3291 Stouffville Road
Stouffville, Ontario L4A 7X5

This FREE one-day event features plenary and concurrent sessions on what’s happening in human rights across Ontario.

Featured speakers include:

Barbara Hall, Chief Commissioner, Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC)
Chief Eric Jolliffe, York Regional Police
Councillor Maddie Di Muccio, City of Newmarket


Registration is now closed.

Please specify your preferred morning and afternoon concurrent sessions. If you need an accommodation based on a
Human Rights Code ground to attend, let us know when you respond.

Register early! Space is limited. 



Opening remarks

Morning plenary: Human rights, mental health disabilities and addictions

Learn about the OHRC’s new Policy on human rights, mental health and addictions. This session offers details on the human rights of people with mental health and addiction issues, and the responsibilities employers, housing and services providers have to support these rights.

Morning concurrent sessions

Please pick one when you register

C1: Human rights essentials

This session offers you a basic primer on human rights, including topics like Ontario’s Human Rights Code, what grounds and social areas are, forms of discrimination, the duty to accommodate, and how Ontario’s human rights system works.

C2: Identifying and overcoming racism and racial discrimination

You will learn about the many ways racial discrimination and racial harassment can harm individuals and communities. This session will also equip you with some critical tools to identify and overcome this discrimination.

C3: Removing the “Canadian experience” barrier

Newcomers to Canada often have a hard time getting work in the field because of arbitrary requirements that they have Canadian experience. This session features an overview of the OHRC’s Policy on removing the “Canadian experience” barrier. It can help you identify and this barrier in your own organization, and can help newcomers advocate for their rights.

Join us for lunch and visit the book store!

Join us and meet our special literary guest Author Pearl Eliadis, who will sign copies of her book Speaking Out on Human Rights: Debating Canada’s Human Rights System. Also, signed copies of 14 Arguments in Favour of Human Rights Institutions, edited by Shelagh Day, Lucie Lamarche and Ken Norman will be available for sale.

Introducing CCMARD

Remarks from the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination (CCMARD) and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCU).

Afternoon plenary: Competing human rights and how to address them

When one right appears to conflict with another, what do we do? In this session, you will learn how to identify when rights are competing, and how to analyze and resolve this conflict. You’ll learn about the OHRC’s Policy on competing human rights, and how to apply its framework to your own scenario.

Afternoon concurrent sessions

Please pick one when you register

C4: Preventing discrimination because of gender identity and gender expression

This session features an overview of the OHRC’s new Policy on preventing discrimination because of gender identity and gender expression. You will learn about the two newest grounds of the Code, and what the law requires you to do to accommodate trans people and people of diverse genders.

C5: Identifying and addressing systemic discrimination

Organizations often have rules or procedures that may not appear to discriminate on their face, and may not be intended to, but that disproportionately affect or cause barriers for groups who identify with Human Rights Code grounds. In this session, you will learn some steps for identifying and reworking these rules. For example, you will learn the importance of collecting data to identify issues.

C6: The latest on creed/religion and human rights

As the OHRC continues its formal process of revising its policy on creed, it has now completed an extensive consultation phase. This session will outline some of the key things we have learned so far, how we will reflect this learning in the new policy, and what the OHRC’s next steps will be.

Human rights town hall (Q&A)