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ARPA Canada Action Alert: Click here for suggestions on how to respond to the human rights commissions. Employer ordered to compensate fired gay worker, abolish code of conductBy Greg Mercer theRecord.com A provincially-funded Christian group violated the rights of a worker who had to quit her job after revealing she was gay, says the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. The tribunal has ordered Kitchener-based Christian Horizons to compensate Connie Heintz, 39, and to end a prohibitive code-of-conduct contract for its 2,500 employees.The contract, which all staff must sign, forbids workers from cheating on their spouses, having pre-marital sex or homosexual relationships, using pornography and "endorsing" alcohol or tobacco, among other things. That policy violates those workers' basic rights, ruled Michael Gottheil, chair of the tribunal.Heintz's case provided an inside look at the practices of Christian Horizons, an evangelical organization that operates more than 180 residential homes in Ontario for people with developmental disabilities.
By Hilary White (from www.lifesitenews.com) OTTAWA, January 31, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A British Columbia Parliamentarian, Keith Martin, has called for the abolition of the clause in the Canadian Human Rights Act that makes it possible for special interest groups to file petty grievance complaints through the Human Rights Commissions. Martin today presented the motion to Parliament in the face of the ongoing scandals of Human Rights Commissions and Tribunals being used to silence journalists, Christian pastors and political writers on a variety of controversial topics. The motion states, "That, in the opinion of the House, subsection 13(1) of the Canadian Human Rights Act should be deleted from the Act." Subsection 13(1) makes it a "discriminatory practice" for individuals or groups to communicate messages that are "likely to expose a person or persons to hatred or contempt". Critics of this section of the Act have long said that the clause creates the precise equivalent of a "thought crime".
By Peter Veenendaal, May 2002Most of our parents or grandparents were immigrants from Europe. Imagine that when these people were considering moving to a new country, the immigration promoters told them that in this great new country where you are going: child pornography is promoted as acceptable, public schools encourage sodomy, abortion is the most common surgical procedure in the country anddivorce is so common that it is met with shrugs. Do you think they may have had second thoughts about bringing their families to Canada?
By Stan Leyenhorst Human rights complaints related to discrimination as specified in the BC Human Rights Code are appearing more and more in various media and continue to be a source of concern for many. A general overview of the BC Human Rights Tribunal can provide information regarding its history, including recent changes, the establishment of the Tribunal, its role, and the process of complaints resolution.