Alberta Human Rights Information Service May 20, 2003


The Commission has announced dates for upcoming Human Rights in the Workplace sessions in various locations throughout the province in May and June 2003. These public workshops will address the following topics: duty to accommodate; human rights and the employment process; and human rights and the complaint process.

Recent panel decisions include:
Quintin Johnson v. Music World Ltd., HMV Canada, and A.V.E. Entertainment (formerly known as Top forty Music) (May 7, 2003; Lori G. Andreachuk, Panel Chair)

Cindy Whitnack v. Alberta Bingo Supplies Ltd. (May 6, 2003; Beth Bryant, Panel Chair)

Patricia Repas-Barrett v. Canadian Special Service Ltd. (April 29, 2003; Diane Colley-Urquart, Panel Chair)

PLEASE NOTE: In the following sections of the newsletter, we publish news and information provided by other organizations and we cite other Web sites related to human rights and diversity. The Commission is not responsible for the content provided by other organizations on their Web sites or by other means. Comments or inquiries regarding these organizations or their Web sites should be directed to the organization in question.


New developments

Alberta's legislation to address the legal needs of unmarried, committed relationships becomes law on June 1, 2003. The Adult Interdependent Relationships Act amends 68 Alberta laws and sets out the financial and property benefits and responsibilities for people in unmarried relationships involving economic and emotional interdependency.

As a result of the Adult Interdependent Relationship Act, "adult interdependent partner" will replace "common law spouse" for the purpose of registering under the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan.

The Canadian Race Relations Foundation supports the Chinese Canadian National Council , the Metro Toronto Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic and other participating organizations in their ongoing mission to seek redress for members of the Chinese Canadian community who were gravely affected by racist laws. Read the news release.

Commemorative Days and Months

May is Asian Heritage Month.

June 20 is World Refugee Day, a day to recognize and celebrate the contribution of refugees throughout the world.

Grants and awards

The Human Rights, Citizenship and Multiculturalism Education Fund has published information about grant recipients and their funded projects for the period April 1, 2002 to March 31, 2003. The next deadline for grant applications is October 1, 2003.

Canadian Heritage has announced the winners of its annual Stop Racism video contest. Two of the winning videos were produced by Alberta youth.


In the new book Finders & Keepers: Recruitment and Retention Strategies, Alberta employers share their experiences and tips on how to find and keep valued employees. The book is a publication of Alberta Human Resources and Employment. Visit the ALIS (Alberta Learning Information Service Web site for order information.

The American organization, John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, has published Restricted Access: Work Trends Survey of Employers About People with Disabilities. This survey explores the views of employers regarding workers with disabilities and barriers to employment.

The International Labour Organization has published Time for equality at work. The report is the fourth Global Report under the follow-up to the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. It examines the diverse forms of discrimination at work that have been identified. It gives an update of the various policy and practical responses, with the aim of mobilizing greater support for the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.

The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International teamed up with Easter Seals to produce the publication Are Your Tenants Safe? BOMA's Guide to Security and Emergency Planning. The guide will help both tenants and property managers better understand how to develop emergency plans that include the needs of tenants with disabilities.

Safe and Caring Schools has published a new guide Safe and Caring Schools for Students of All Faiths-A Guide for Teachers. This guide provides teachers with suggestions on how to help students respect religious diversity and appreciate each other's world views and customs.

Educators for Social Responsibility has developed a free 20-page guide called Talking to Children about War and Violence in the World. This guide provides answers to questions most frequently asked by parents and teachers about how to discuss war and other violent events with children.


Visit This site, funded by the Alberta Law Foundation, describes different types of abuse in non-institutional settings and how Canadian law protects older adults.


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