By Kevin Nguyen
Poem by Shay States - Roaming these streets alone, With no one’s hand to hold, I wonder why people treat me the way they do, I’m Autistic what can I do?
My name is Ara Poochie and I am a Service Dog.
Here I am, floating among the common world.
It happened on a bitterly cold day in February 1980. More than a thousand Chinese Canadians marched down Bloor Street from the University of Toronto to CTV head office on Charles Street. I was leading the march, together with Dr. Joseph Wong and Dr. Donald Chu. I sensed that we were making history.
Excerpts from a speech at the unveiling of the Human Rights Code commemorative plaque, June 15, 2012…
The Canadian Human Rights Act is an important act which was passed by the Parliament of Canada in 1977. It deals with all types of discrimination which are based on race, colour, religion, age, sex, family status, and much more. It applies to all of the provinces in Canada. Its purpose is to ensure that everyone will be treated equally and to make discrimination disappear.
On behalf of the over 2000 men and women of York Regional Police, I extend our congratulations on the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Ontario Human Rights Code.
I have voted in every federal, provincial and municipal election since becoming eligible in 1965. At that time ironically, I and every other blind person was legally ineligible to sit as a juror.
The Ontario Human Rights Commission and the Ontario Heritage Trust are pleased to announce an upcoming dialogue and expo on human rights in Ontario.