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Taking it local Timmins: An update on human rights

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The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC)
and the City of Timmins invite you to join us at:

Taking it local: An update on human rights

Timmins

Tuesday, June 19, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

McIntyre Community Centre
85 McIntyre Road, Timmins, Ontario P4N 8R8 

This FREE one-day event features plenary and concurrent sessions on a variety of human rights topics.

Featured speakers include guests from
the Ontario Human Rights Commission, the City of Timmins and other community leaders.

Breakfast, lunch and light refreshments will be provided.

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Registration is now closed.

Please indicate your preferred concurrent sessions when you register.
See the session descriptions below.

If you need an accommodation based on a Human Rights Code ground to take part,
let us know when you respond.

Space is limited, so register early!

Unless otherwise indicated, sessions will be delivered in English
with print materials available in French.


Program

Opening remarks

Morning plenary:

Presentation: Identifying and overcoming racism and racial discrimination
Learn about the many ways racial discrimination and racial harassment can harm individuals and communities. This session will also equip you with some critical tools to identify and overcome this type of discrimination.

Morning concurrent sessions: (choose one when you register)

C1: Human rights essentials (delivered in English)
This introductory session offers a primer on human rights, including an overview of Ontario’s Human Rights Code, the grounds and social areas the Code covers, forms of discrimination, the duty to accommodate, and how Ontario’s human rights system works.

C2: Human rights essentials (delivered in French)
This introductory session offers a primer on human rights, including an overview of Ontario’s Human Rights Code, the grounds and social areas the Code covers, forms of discrimination, the duty to accommodate, and how Ontario’s human rights system works. This is session covers the same materials as C1 but is delivered in French.

C3: Updates on disability and the duty to accommodate
Learn about new developments in the law regarding disability accommodation in employment, housing and services (including education). Understand your rights and obligations under the Ontario Human Rights Code, including how to respond appropriately to accommodation requests. This session will draw on the OHRC’s newly updated Policy on ableism and discrimination based on disability as well as its Policy on preventing discrimination based on mental health disabilities and addictions.

C4: Preventing discrimination based on creed
Learn about the OHRC’s Policy on preventing discrimination based on creed.  Explore examples of creed-based discrimination as well as how to accommodate creed beliefs and practices in employment, housing and service contexts.  

Afternoon concurrent sessions: (choose one when you register)

C5: Preventing sexual and gender-based harassment
What is sexual and gender-based harassment? Who is affected? How can employers, housing providers, service providers and others address it when it happens? This session is based on the OHRC’s Policy on preventing sexual and gender-based harassment. It will help you identify sexual and gender-based harassment and provide information on how organizations can prevent and respond to it.

C6: Duty to accommodate (delivered in French)
This session will provide an overview of the duty to accommodate for a variety of reasons including disability, creed, family status and other grounds in the areas of employment and professional associations, housing and services. Participants will learn about their rights and responsibilities under the Ontario Human Rights Code including how to respond to accommodation requests. The session will rely on OHRC policies. [The session will be delivered in French with print materials available in English.]

C7: Systemic discrimination
Organizations often have rules or procedures that may not appear to discriminate or intend to discriminate, but that negatively affect or cause barriers for groups who identify with Human Rights Code grounds. Learn about ways to identify and rework these rules, and the importance of collecting human rights-based data. Participants should already have a basic knowledge of the Ontario Human Rights Code. 

C8: Human rights and family status
What is protected under the Code ground of family status? What are ways discrimination based on family status happens? What responsibilities do employers, housing and service providers have to accommodate family status-related needs? This session will focus on the OHRC’s Policy and guidelines on discrimination because of family status as well as relevant case studies.

Afternoon plenary:

Presentation | Reconciliation: We are all Treaty People
Treaties between European immigrants and First Nations made possible the peaceful settlement of Canada. This country's political leaders have pledged to renew the spirit of those agreements between equals as a foundation for Canada's future.

Human rights town hall (question and answer session)