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Taking it local - Sudbury: A municipal update on human rights

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The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) and
Greater Sudbury Police Service (GSPS) present: 

Taking it local
A municipal update on human rights*

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Steelworkers Union Hall and Conference Centre
66 Brady Street,
Sudbury, Ontario P3E 1C8

This one-day event features plenary and concurrent sessions on what’s happening in human rights across Ontario.
Featured speakers include guests from the Ontario Human Rights Commission and  Greater Sudbury Police Service.

*Registration is now closed.


Opening remarks

Morning plenary: Human rights, mental health disabilities and addictions

Learn about the OHRC’s Policy on preventing discrimination based on mental health disabilities and addictions. This session offers details about the human rights of people with mental health disabilities and addictions, and the responsibilities employers, housing and services providers have to protect and promote these rights.

Morning concurrent sessions

Please choose one when you register

C1: Human rights essentials

This session offers you a basic 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: Systemic discrimination and inclusive design

Organizations often have rules or procedures that may not appear to discriminate on their face, and may not be intended to, but that disproportionately affect or cause barriers for groups who identify with Human Rights Code grounds. In this session, you will learn some steps for identifying and reworking these rules. For example, you will learn the importance of collecting data to identify issues.

C3: Human rights and Indigenous peoples

Learn how human rights legislation (federal and provincial) applies to Indigenous peoples in the context of Indigenous, federal and provincial jurisdictions. The session will focus on human rights protections under the Ontario Human Rights Code and how these operate for Indigenous Ppeoples and organizations. Indigenous peoples include First Nations, Métis, Inuit and non-status individuals.

Afternoon concurrent sessions

Please choose one when you register

C4: Identifying and overcoming racism and racial discrimination

You will 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.

C5: Disability and the duty to accommodate  

Through scenarios, you will learn how the Ontario Human Rights Code and other laws apply to persons with disabilities in employment, services and housing. You are encouraged to ask questions and share experiences.

C6: 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 gives a background on how to identify sexual and gender-based harassment and how organizations can prevent and respond to it. This session is based on the OHRC’s Policy on preventing sexual and gender-based harassment.

Afternoon plenary: Competing human rights and how to address them

When one right appears to conflict with another, what do we do? In this session, you will learn how to identify when rights are competing, and how to analyze and resolve this conflict. You’ll learn about the OHRC’s Policy on competing human rights, and how to apply its framework to your own scenario.

Human rights town hall (question and answer session)