April 2012 - The main goal of this policy is to provide clear, user-friendly guidance to organizations, policy makers, litigants, adjudicators and others on how to assess, handle and resolve competing rights claims. The policy will help various sectors, organizations and individuals deal with everyday situations of competing rights, and avoid the time and expense of bringing a legal challenge before a court or human rights decision-maker. It sets out a process, based in existing case law, to analyze and reconcile competing rights. This process is flexible and can apply to any competing rights claim under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, provincial or federal human rights legislation or another legislative scheme.
ISSUE: Input on the International Labour Organization (ILO) Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention 111for Canada’s 2011 Article 22 Report as it pertains to the mandate of the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC).
When a new issue arises, we often hear about it first in the media. And the media is often the best venue for commenting on an issue to a wide audience. Throughout the past year, we continued to use media interviews, releases and advisories, and letters to the editor to respond to issues, correct inaccuracies and educate new audiences about human rights.
Some of the issues where we received significant media coverage in the past year included:
From: Annual report 2005-2006
The following are highlights of some of the significant decisions, settlements, and cases over the past year in which the Commission was involved.
Commission settlements and orders
Toronto District School Board (Commission Settlement)
June 28, 2012 - We’ve spent the past several months looking at the findings from our province-wide policy consultation on the human rights issues experienced by people with mental health disabilities and addictions. The report is scheduled for release in September 2012. (Volume no.2 No. 1.)
1) A vision statement setting out the organization’s commitment to maintaining a fair and equitable environment where everyone’s human rights are respected, and where discrimination, harassment, and competing rights situations are dealt with promptly and effectively.
Affordable housing: Under the Investment in Affordable Housing program, the federal/provincial governments define affordable housing as new rental housing that is rented at no more than 80% of the local average market rent as determined by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.
Arterial road: Major traffic and transit route, intended to carry large volumes of traffic.
As of right use: Land uses that are automatically allowed by laws such as a municipality’s zoning bylaw.
The Ontario Human Rights Commission and the Ontario Ministry of Education have finalized a settlement of a human rights complaint initiated by the Commission against the Ministry and the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) in July 2005. A settlement was reached separately with the TDSB in November 2005.
Under Canada’s federal system of government, legal jurisdiction over human rights, including housing, divides between different levels of government – federal, ten provincial and three territorial governments. Municipal governments are a creation of provincial/territorial legislation. All three levels of government have responsibility to implement human rights norms and standards, including the right to housing.
Overall Change Objective
- The identification and elimination of any discrimination that may exist in all employment and service activities of the Correctional Services Division of MCSCS.
Specific Change Objectives
A. Aboriginal Issues
- Ensure that special focus on the needs and concerns of Aboriginal people, including Aboriginal employees and inmates, is retained in all Human Rights Project activity.
- Enhance ongoing efforts to promote the recruitment, selection, promotion, and retention of Aboriginal employees in MCSCS.