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Taking it local: An update on human rights (North Bay)

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The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC), Nipissing University, and the City of North Bay invite you to join us at:

Taking it local: An update on human rights

Thursday, November 24, 2016
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Nipissing University
100 College Drive, North Bay

This FREE one-day event features plenary and concurrent sessions on a variety of human rights topics.

Featured speakers include guests from the OHRC, HRLSC, Nipissing University and the City of North Bay.  

Registration is now closed.

 


Program 

Opening remarks
Plenary

Identifying and overcoming racism and racial discrimination
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 type of discrimination.

Plenary

Updates on disability and the duty to accommodate
Learn about new developments in the law regarding disability accommodation in employment, housing and services (including education). Understand your rights and obligations under the Ontario Human Rights Code; how to design your facilities, policies and procedures inclusively; how to respond appropriately to accommodation requests and how to address complaints related to disability. This session will draw on the OHRC’s newly updated Policy on ableism and discrimination based on disability as well as its Policy on preventing discrimination based on mental health disabilities and addictions.

Concurrent sessions: Please choose one when you register

C1: Human rights essentials (delivered in English)
This introductory session offers a primer on human rights, including an overview of Ontario’s Human Rights Code, the grounds and social areas the Code covers, forms of discrimination, the duty to accommodate, and how Ontario’s human rights system works.

C2: Human rights essentials (delivered in French)
This introductory session offers a primer on human rights, including an overview of Ontario’s Human Rights Code, the grounds and social areas the Code covers, forms of discrimination, the duty to accommodate, and how Ontario’s human rights system works. This is session covers the same materials as C1 but is delivered in French.

C3: Preventing sexual and gender-based harassment 
What is sexual and gender-based harassment? Who is affected? How can employers, housing providers, service providers and others address it when it happens? This session is based on the OHRC’s Policy on preventing sexual and gender-based harassment. It will help you identify sexual and gender-based harassment and provide information on how organizations can prevent and respond to it.

C4: Systemic discrimination
Organizations often have rules or procedures that may not appear to discriminate or intend to discriminate, but that negatively affect or cause barriers for groups who identify with Human Rights Code grounds. Learn about ways to identify and rework these rules including the importance of collecting human rights-based data. Participants should already have a basic knowledge of the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Concurrent sessions: Please choose one when you register

C5: Preventing discrimination based on creed
Learn about the OHRC’s Policy on preventing discrimination based on creed.  Explore examples of creed-based discrimination as well as how to accommodate creed beliefs and practices in employment, housing and service contexts.
If you are also attending the full-day training on the OHRC creed policy on November 25, we do not recommend that you attend this session.

C6: 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 scenarios. Participants should already have a basic knowledge of the Ontario Human Rights Code. 

C7: Human rights, gender identity and gender expression 
This session features an overview of the OHRC’s Policy on preventing discrimination because of gender identity and gender expression. Learn about the two newest grounds of the Human Rights Code, and what the law requires you to do to accommodate people with diverse gender identities and expressions.

C8: How to file an Application with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario
What do you do if you believe your rights under the Human Rights Code have been violated? This session will provide practical advice and in-depth instruction on how to complete and file an Application (Form 1) with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. You will also learn about how to deal with potential issues that can arise after filing an Application, what to look for when you receive the Response (Form 2) and information about when and how to file a Reply (Form 3).

Human rights town hall (question and answer session)