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  1. Commission-initiated advice, inquiry and complaints

    From: Annual report 2005-2006

    The Commission favours a voluntary and cooperative approach to protecting and promoting human rights and resolving complaints.  The Commission uses its broad mandate under section 29 of the Code to provide advice to organizations, review legislation for compliance with the Code, and inquire into situations that may have a negative impact relating to a Code ground.

  2. Competing human rights – new guidance for everyday challenges

    From: Annual report 2012-2013 - Rights, Partners, Action!

    In April 2012, the OHRC launched its Policy on competing human rights. This policy outlines steps that sectors, organizations and individuals can take to address everyday situations of competing rights and help to avoid the need for legal action. The policy may also give guidance to the HRTO and the courts to address cases where litigation cannot be avoided.

  3. 10. Other limits on the duty to accommodate

    From: Policy on preventing discrimination because of gender identity and gender expression

    10.1 Failing to participate in the accommodation process

    Everyone involved in the accommodation process has a duty to cooperate to the best of their ability. In some cases, an organization may have met its procedural and substantive duty to accommodate where the person requesting accommodation did not sufficiently take part in the process, refused or otherwise could not take part at all. While a person may ask for a certain type of accommodation, both sides should be willing to explore options that appropriately meet the person’s needs.

  4. OHRC Commissioners

    From: Annual report 2013-2014: OHRC Today

    Barbara Hall, Chief Commissioner – Appointed November 2005

    Barbara Hall has more than 40 years of experience as a com­munity worker, lawyer and municipal politician. She served three terms as a Toronto city councillor from 1985 on and as Toronto’s mayor from 1994 to 1997. From 1998 to 2002 she headed the Canadian government’s National Strategy on Community Safety and Crime Prevention. She was appointed Chief Commissioner of the Province of Ontario’s Human Rights Commission in 2005.

  5. End segregation, says Ontario Human Rights Commission

    March 7, 2016

    by Renu Mandhane

    In 2007, Ashley Smith died in federal custody in Kitchener, Ont., after spending extended periods of time in segregation (or solitary confinement). In 2010, Edward Snowshoe died by suicide while in custody in Edmonton, Alta., after spending 162 days in segregation. These cases have become emblematic of the incredible problems with the continued use of segregation in prisons.

  6. Policy on preventing discrimination based on creed

    This policy is a complete revision and update of the OHRC’s original Policy on creed and the accommodation of religious observances first published in 1996. It sets out the OHRC’s position on creed and accommodating observances related to a person's creed. The policy offers Ontario citizens and organizations ways to address and prevent discrimination and conflict based on creed in an informed, proactive and principled way.

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