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Canada's human rights agencies choose new association president

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August 6, 2010

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Barbara Hall, Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, has been selected as President of the Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies (CASHRA). She takes over the post from Mary Pat Short, Chair of the Northwest Territories Human Rights Commission.

CASHRA, founded in 1972, is a network that brings together Canada’s territorial, provincial and federal human rights agencies. Members share information on their work to help other agencies protect, promote and advance human rights across the country.

“I am delighted to take on this new role,” Barbara Hall said. “CASHRA members share a common goal – to protect, advance and promote human rights. Each jurisdiction has different statutes and procedures but we learn from the experiences and best practices of our colleagues within their communities”.

The Association’s annual conference and general meeting was held June 20-23 this year in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. Plenary sessions included discussion of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which was recently ratified by Canada, mental health issues, freedom of association as a fundamental human right and an address by The Honourable Felix Collins, Minister of Justice and Attorney General for Newfoundland and Labrador on that province’s plans to strengthen its human rights Code.

For more information on CASHRA and its work, and for links to all members of the Association, visit

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