The OHRC at 60

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On March 29, 2021, the OHRC marked its 60th anniversary with a virtual celebration. This YouTube event on March 29 marked the start of a 15-month period of commemoration and celebration of both the OHRC’s 60th anniversary and the 60th anniversary of Ontario’s Human Rights Code in June 2022.

The video features a variety of visionaries from the past and the present, who share their personal experiences advancing human rights in Ontario, and add their thoughts on what the future holds.

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Photo credits in the order they appear:
  1. Daniel G. Hill was the first director of the Ontario Human Rights Commission. (Photo: Daniel G. Hill fonds, Archives of Ontario)
  2. Walter Currie was one of the first two members of Ontario's Human Rights Commission (OHRC), and served from 1972 to 1974. (Photo: The Canadian Encyclopedia)
  3. Thomas Symons served as chairman of the OHRC from 1975 to 1978. (Photo courtesy of the Symons family)
  4. Dorothea Crittenden, first woman to head the OHRC from 1978 to 1982. (Photo: Toronto Public Library)
  5. Borden Purcell holding the OHRC’s 1980 annual report. He was the chair of the OHRC from 1978 to 1982. (Photo: Toronto Star Photograph Archive, courtesy of Toronto Public Library)
  6. Fran Endicott was chief commissioner from Sept. 1992 to Nov. 1992. (Photos courtesy of Barb Thomas, D'Arcy Martin)
  7. Catherine Frazee was chief commissioner from 1989 to 1992. (Photo: Wikipedia)
  8. Rosemary Brown was chief commissioner from 1993 to 1996. (Photo: from Being Brown, by Rosemary Brown)
  9. Keith Norton was chief commissioner from 1996 to 2005.
  10. Renu Mandhane served as chief commissioner from 2015 to 2020.
  11. Hugh Burnett was one of the leading activists in a collective charge to embed anti-discrimination and anti-racism in Ontario’s legislation and society. (Photo 1: Amherstburg Freedom/Twitter; Photo 2: The Candian Encyclopedia)
  12. Bromley Armstrong, Ruth Lor in 2012 at the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Ontario Human Rights Code.
  13. Bromley Armstrong from 1979, member of the OHRC and ex-president of the Jamaican Canadian Association (Photo: Toronto Star Photograph Archive, courtesy of Toronto Public Library)
  14. Alan Borovoy in 2012 at the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Ontario Human Rights Code.
  15. Bromley Armstrong, Alan Borovoy and Ruth Lor reminisce about their days as activists at the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Ontario’s Human Rights Code, 2012.
  16. Daniel G. Hill, co-founder of the Ontario Black History Society, and the first director of the Ontario Human Rights Commission. (Photo: Daniel G. Hill fonds, Archives of Ontario)
  17. Daniel G. Hill and his three sisters when they were teenagers, ca. 1937–1939. (Photo: Daniel G. Hill fonds, Archives of Ontario)
  18. Daniel G. Hill (left) and Attorney General Roy McMurtry (right) at a reception for the Ontario Black History Society on February 16, 1981. (Photo: Daniel G. Hill fonds, Archives of Ontario)
  19. Daniel G. Hill at home with family, ca. 1958. (Photo: Daniel G. Hill fonds, Archives of Ontario)
  20. Life Together OHRC report, 1977.
  21. 1974 A ‘psychology of fear' is growing among black and Asian immigrants in Toronto because moderate citizens seem indifferent to extremist attacks on minorities, says Robert McPhee, director of the Ontario Human Rights Commission. (Photo: Toronto Star Photograph Archive, courtesy of Toronto Public Library)
  22. Wheel Trans van #703 heads eastbound on Queen Street in front of City Hall on August 27, 1980. (Photo: L. Swanson, courtesy of the John Knight Collection).
  23. Assistant helping person who uses a wheelchair onto an accessible van ramp. (Photo: Getty Images)
  24. Justine Blainey in 1995. (Photo: Toronto Star Photo Archive, courtesy of Toronto Public Library)
  25. Justine Blainey in 1988. (Photo: Toronto Star Photo Archive, courtesy of Toronto Public Library)
  26. Indian bridegroom holding a kirpan, a ceremonial dagger. (Photo: Getty Images)
  27. Classroom in blur background (Photo: Getty Images)
  28. Harbhajan Singh Pandori displays his kirpan, a ceremonial dagger, in front of a Mississauga skyline (Photo: Toronto Star Photo Archive, courtesy of Toronto Public Library)
  29. Peel Board of Education, H.J.A. Brown Education Centre (Photo: Toronto Star Photo Archive, courtesy of Toronto Public Library)
  30. Human Rights Board of Inquiry decision, Harbajan Singh Pandori and the Ontario Human Rights Commission v The Peel Board of Education (Internet Archive: archive.org/details/boi90_008/page/2/mode/2up)
  31. Rev. Brent Hawkes, pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church photographed in 1985. (Photo: Toronto Star Photo Archive, courtesy of Toronto Public Library)
  32. Pride Parade Flags (Photo: Getty Images)
  33. Photos from Selwyn Pieters/Twitter
  34. Sharmaine Hall, Executive Director of the Human Rights Legal Support Centre, speaking at the launch of the OHRC’s Policy on eliminating racial profiling in law enforcement in 2019.
  35. Photos from Human Rights Legal Support Centre/Twitter
  36. Barbara Hall in 2012 at the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Ontario Human Rights Code.
  37. Barbara Hall speaks at the launch of Minds that Matter, the OHRC consultation report on human rights, mental health and addictions, 2012.
  38. Photos from the launch of Fishing without Fear, the OHRC’s final report on its inquiry into assaults on Asian Canadian anglers, 2009.
  39. OHRC Commissioner Maurice Switzer displays key objects related to Ontario’s Treaty relationship with Indigenous peoples at an OHRC staff training event, 2017. 
  40. Sylvia Maracle, Executive Director of the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres, speaks at the launch of Under Suspicion, the OHRC’s research and consultation report on racial profiling in Ontario, 2017. 

 


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Share in our 60th Anniversary virtual celebrations by exploring these social media resources. We have put together this social media branding kit to raise awareness about the history of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, its key achievements and to commemorate the people that have helped shape human rights in Ontario. 

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Key social media messages

Thank you for helping us promote the OHRC’s 60th Anniversary on social media!

Twitter (tag @OntHumanRights or @LaCODP)

The OHRC is happy to celebrate 60 years of work in preventing discrimination and advancing human rights in Ontario. Join us as we continue to remember and recognize our past milestones. #OHRCat60

 

On March 29, former and current Chief Commissioners, community partners and people who have helped shape the OHRC came together to celebrate 60 years of work in advancing human rights in Ontario. See the full video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZqVC2H2BcQ
#OHRCat60

 

Facebook (tag @the.ohrc or @LaCODP) & Instagram (tag @onthumanrights)

The OHRC turned 60 this year! In 1961, it was established as an arm’s-length agency of government to prevent discrimination and to promote and advance human rights in Ontario. Learn more about the OHRC: www.ohrc.on.ca/en #OHRCat60

 

The OHRC is happy to celebrate 60 years of work in preventing discrimination and advancing human rights in Ontario. On March 29, former and current Chief Commissioners, community partners and people who have helped shape the OHRC came together to commemorate the work in advancing human rights in Ontario.

View the promotional trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4AQtCNUhKM
View the full video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZqVC2H2BcQ
#OHRCat60


Many ways to take part

There are many ways to take part in our celebrations over the coming months, such as joining our social media campaign, contributing videos and artwork along the way, and taking part in various opportunities that are now in the planning stages. We’ll update this page with what is coming up.

 

Celebrate the past, embrace the future

For 60 years, the OHRC has moved forward together with the communities it serves. As important members of those communities, we welcome you to help us celebrate the past and move into the future.

 

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You can also follow us at #OHRCat60 on TwitterFacebook and Instagram to stay tuned to our latest activities. For French, follow Twitter-FR and Facebook-FR.

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About the OHRC

Learn about how the OHRC protects and advances human rights today, and the people who are helping us drive the 60-year vision forward. 

About the Commission

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From the archives

Check out our annual reports from the past that help to tell the story of how the OHRC and Ontario’s Human Rights Code have evolved over the past six decades.

Looking back, moving forward (2010–2011) details many of the key historical moments in the evolution of the OHRC, and includes the thoughts and vision of many of the human rights pioneers in Ontario.

Human Rights: The next generation (2011–2012) charts the history of the Code, and offers an interesting look to the future.

Watch for more archival information, which will be added regularly over the coming months.

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