Alberta Human Rights Commission
READ THE QUARTERLY ISSUE OF THE COMMISSION NEWSLETTER
(June 20, 2016)
MESSAGE FROM THE CHIEF OF THE COMMISSION AND TRIBUNALS RE: THE ORLANDO MASS SHOOTING
(June 13, 2016)
"The Orlando tragedy, where 49 people were killed and 53 injured, was committed based on hatred and intolerance, which have no place in our society," says Mr. Robert Philp, Chief of the Commission and Tribunals, Alberta Human Rights Commission.
"Alberta's human rights legislation, the Alberta Human Rights Act, protects against discrimination based on 15 grounds, including sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.
"Alberta is a province that values diversity and inclusion, and Albertans recognize the richness of life that is enhanced by our diversity. We stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ community against hatred, intolerance and violence.
"We must remain committed to protecting our fundamental human rights and creating a society where all people are equal in dignity, rights and responsibilities."
GENDER IDENTITY AND GENDER EXPRESSION NOW EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED GROUNDS OF DISCRIMINATION
Bill 7 is now in force. The Bill amends the Alberta Human Rights Act to add gender identity and gender expression to the Act as expressly prohibited grounds of discrimination.
The Commission is in the process of updating its publications and website to reflect the amendments to the legislation. In the meantime, if you are reading a Commission publication or web page dated before December 11, 2015, please note that the amendments have not yet been incorporated into the publication or web page.
For more information, see the Notice of Changes to Alberta's Human Rights Legislation.
RECENT TRIBUNAL DECISIONS
- Hans Goossen v. Summit Solar Drywall Contractors Inc. (Decision Regarding Quantification of Lost Wages; May 26, 2016; Sharon Lindgren-Hewlett, Tribunal Chair)
- Jennifer Sylven v. A.B.W. Management Ltd. o/a South Calgary Oral and Maxilliofacial Surgery (SCOMS) (Preliminary matters decision; April 20, 2016; D. Jean Munn, Q.C., Tribunal Chair)
- Hoang Nguyen v. Grant MacEwan University (Preliminary matters decision; April 1, 2016; Joanne Archibald, Tribunal Chair)
These tribunal decisions can be accessed free of charge through the Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII) website.
COMMISSION RELEASES NEW INFORMATION SHEET: RELIGIOUS BELIEFS
The Commission has developed a new information sheet to provide Albertans with information on religious beliefs as a protected ground under the Alberta Human Rights Act. Read the Religious Beliefs information sheet.
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ABOUT THE COMMISSION
The Alberta Human Rights Commission is an independent commission of the Government of Alberta. Our mandate is to foster equality and reduce discrimination. We provide public information and education programs, and help Albertans resolve human rights complaints.
The Human Rights Education and Multiculturalism Fund has provided funding for this website.
Revised: June 28, 2016
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