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Human Rights Commission welcomes interim Chief Commissioner

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October 31, 2005

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For immediate publication

Toronto - Earlier this month, the Ontario Human Rights Commission the "Commission") welcomed M. Evangelista Oliveira as its new interim Chief Commissioner. He was appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council as interim Chief for the period effective October 17th, 2005, through January 31st, 2006, or until a new Chief Commissioner is appointed.

Mr. Oliveira has been a Commissioner since 2003. A realtor and educator by trade, Mr. Oliveira is a committed member of the Portuguese community in Ontario. He is the founder of the Portuguese Community School of Brampton, and brings to the Commission his experience as a part-time adjudicator with the Ministry of the Attorney General’s Assessment Review Board. Mr. Oliveira was also the recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002.

“I am very honoured to take over as interim Chief Commissioner,” said Mr. Oliveira. “The Commission has always been a leader in human rights protection and promotion, and I look forward to building on that reputation in my new role.”

Mr. Oliveira replaces Mr. Keith Norton, who had served as Chief Commissioner for the past nine years.

More information about the Commission and the Ontario Human Rights Code is available online at www.ohrc.on.ca.