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  1. Activity #1: Exploring the concept of discrimination

    From: Teaching human rights in Ontario - A guide for Ontario schools

    In this activity, students explore the concept of discrimination and gain an appreciation of its complexity.

    Break the class into small groups, and have each group develop its own definition of discrimination. At this point, they should not have seen the definition in the Glossary.

    Remind them to think about the points raised in the Preamble.

    Ask them to consider questions like:

  2. Adjudication Boards Built Human Rights into Decisions

    June 18, 2009

    Toronto - Recent settlements of complaints with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing show an emerging commitment to human rights, the Ontario Human Rights Commission reports. The settlements follow the Supreme Court of Canada decision in Tranchemontagne v. the Ministry of Community and Social Services. In that decision, the Court told the Social Benefits Tribunal to apply the Code to resolve the issue before it. The Supreme Court stressed the primacy of the Code over other Ontario laws, unless the legislation governing the body expressly states that the Code will not prevail.

  3. Analytical framework

    From: Whether the para-transit services provided by public transit services in the cities of Toronto, Hamilton, London, and Windsor are special programs under the Ontario Human Rights Code

    General principles regarding the interpretation of human rights legislation

    In considering the interpretation and application of section 14(1) of the Code to the para-transit services in question, it is important to articulate the principles which govern how human rights legislation ought to be interpreted.

  4. Appendix 1: Glossary of human rights terms

    From: Teaching human rights in Ontario - A guide for Ontario schools

    Ableism: attitudes in society that devalue and limit the potential of persons with disabilities. People with disabilities are assumed to be less worthy of respect and consideration, less able to contribute and take part, and of less value than other people. Ableism can be conscious or unconscious and is embedded in institutions, systems or the broader culture of a society.