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Continuing the transformation

From: Annual report 2008-2009

A changed Commission, a changed annual report

As part of the changed Commission, we are looking at new ways of presenting our annual report. Respect for the environment has led the Commission, wherever possible, to use means other than paper to send its message. This year’s report has been shortened to include a high-level overview of the Commission’s progress in the past year and future directions. An expanded online version will provide many helpful links to descriptions of Commission activities.

Sharing what we learn: CASHRA 2008 conference

From: Annual report 2008-2009

The OHRC was pleased to host the 2008 conference of the Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies (CASHRA) at Niagara College. Under this year’s theme, Collective Strength: Commission to Communities and Back, over 200 people (including representatives from human rights commissions across Canada and community representatives) shared experiences and expertise on a number of key human rights issues ranging from national security and profiling, working with policing services and other public institutions for systemic change, to the accommodation debate.

Focusing on family: updating the pregnancy/breastfeeding policy

From: Annual report 2008-2009

In April 2009, the OHRC published an updated Policy on Discrimination Because of Pregnancy and Breastfeeding. The revised Policy reflects recent changes to the human rights system. It includes new legal cases about pregnancy and breastfeeding, more examples of discrimination based on pregnancy and breastfeeding, and more information on preventing discrimination in housing, services, goods and facilities.


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