Ontario Human rights Reform - A call to Action

STILL TIME TO SIGN UP TO PRESENT AT PUBLIC HEARINGS ON THE CONTROVERSIAL BILL 107 FOR THIS FALL IN TORONTO - ACT NOW!

August 22, 2006

SUMMARY

Itís more important than ever that as many of you as possible, either organizations or individuals, sign up as soon as possible to make an oral presentation this fall at the continued public hearings on the controversial Bill 107 before the Legislatureís Standing Committee on Justice Policy. Bill 107 is the McGuinty Governmentís proposed new law that will take away from the Ontario Human Rights Commission most of its power to investigate and publicly prosecute discrimination cases. Below we help you with information on how to sign up.

MORE DETAILS

We urge as many of you as possible to now contact the Legislatureís Standing Committee on Justice Policy to ask to make an oral presentation at this fallís resumed public hearings on Bill 107. This is the most important way you can help with the campaign to prevent the weakening of the Human Rights Commission. Details on how to submit your request are set out below.

We still donít know when the Toronto hearings will take place, or how many days of hearings will be held. All we know about the hearings is:

HOW TO SIGN UP FOR PUBLIC HEARINGS

Itís easy and quick to sign up to ask to make a presentation at the continued hearings! For the steps to take, visit:

http://www.aodaalliance.org/reform/controversial-approval-bill107.asp

The Standing Committee hasnít yet fixed a deadline for requesting an opportunity to make an oral presentation. We have heard word that as many as 80 requests to present have already been made.

AN INTERESTING TWIST AT THE THUNDER BAY HEARINGS ON AUGUST 10, 2006

At the August 10, 2006 Thunder Bay hearings, the Standing Committee passed an important motion, proposed by NDP MPP Peter Kormos, about its upcoming hearings, namely:

ďI move that the standing committee on justice policy invites former chairs/commissioners of the OHRC and current Commissioner Barbara Hall and commission managers and staff to attend before the committee during its consideration of Bill 107, and that they be allowed adequate time for their submissions and responses to questions.Ē

This motion is very significant. Itís important for the Standing Committee to hear not only from politically-appointed commissioners, but also from Human Rights Commission staff to get each of their perspectives on the bill.

WANT TO READ WHAT WAS SAID AT THE FIRST THREE DAYS OF PUBLIC HEARINGS ON BILL 107?

You can read all the proceedings to date at the Standing Committee on Justice Policyís public hearings on Bill 107. visit: