Human Rights

Toronto Public Library in breach of its own policy: Imai

Allowing a controversial figure to speak at a public library based on a determination that the topic wasn’t hate speech may have violated the Ontario Human Rights Code and the facility’s own policy, says Toronto human rights lawyer Mika Imai. Read more

Remove chief justice’s name from law school building: Howden

FREDERICTON — Pressure is mounting to have the University of New Brunswick (UNB) remove George Duncan Ludlow’s name from its law faculty building in Fredericton because of his connections to slavery and Indigenous abuse. Read more

Gender-neutral change room for barristers now open at OCA

TORONTO — The Law Society of Ontario says a gender-neutral space has now been created at the province’s top court for barristers needing to change into their robes. Read more

Transgender case could open new avenues in law: Marshall

The issue of transgender rights has created new challenges when it comes to human rights protections, says Toronto employment and human rights lawyer Kevin Marshall. Read more

New sex-ed curriculum doesn't move the dial enough: Imai

The revised sex-ed curriculum for Ontario elementary students won’t please social conservatives or progressive parents upset with Premier Doug Ford after he scrapped the version introduced by the former Liberal government, says Toronto employment and human rights lawyer Mika Imai. Read more

Nova Scotia human rights board awards nearly $600,000 for racist discrimination

HALIFAX — A human rights board has ordered the City of Halifax to pay almost $600,000 in damages after a former bus mechanic suffered racist discrimination. Read more

Family status discrimination case law in flux: Howden

Family status discrimination claims could be on the rise, Toronto employment lawyer Deborah Howden tells Read more

Delays at Ontario human rights tribunal could undermine cases: lawyers

TORONTO — A shortage of adjudicators at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) is causing widespread delays that some lawyers say could undermine cases, prolong conflicts and discourage vulnerable people from seeking relief. Read more

Cannabis-related human rights claims on the horizon

Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod tells Law Times it’s likely the courts will see more human rights challenges related to claims an employer failed to accommodate marijuana addiction issues or cannabis use disorder, which is a recognized disability. Read more

Systemic discrimination could now be ‘immune from review’

A Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) ruling that supports the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) decision that it does not have the authority to determine if Canadian laws are discriminatory is "counter-intuitive," says Toronto litigator Stephen Moreau. Read more

Selective application of prepay policies a risky business

Restaurants with prepay policies should apply them to everyone or risk exposing themselves to a human rights complaint, Toronto human rights lawyer Andrew Carvajal tells Read more

LSO mandates training on workplace sexual harassment

As the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) highlights the importance of equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) — and there's a growing awareness of the need to tackle sexual harassment in the workplace — training for lawyers and paralegals is more essential than ever before, says Toronto human rights and employment lawyer Bay Ryley. Read more

PTSD bill a positive step: Achkar

A private member's bill that would establish a federal framework to address post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a positive step in recognizing mental health issues faced by first responders, Toronto employment and human rights lawyer Christopher Achkar tells The Lawyer's Daily . Read more

Human rights: protecting the individual or the community?

The closure of a respected research and treatment program at Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) raises serious questions, says Toronto human rights and employment lawyer Kevin Marshall. Read more

Employers should take steps to accommodate SAD

Although winter will soon be over, some individuals may continue to suffer from the mood disorder formerly known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD) — and employers who dismiss a request to accommodate it do so at their peril, Toronto employment, human rights and civil litigation lawyer Sean O’Donnell writes in The Lawyers Weekly . Read more