COMMISSION NEWSLETTER
You can read the April 19, 2017 issue of the Commission newsletter.

RECENT TRIBUNAL DECISIONS
(May 2017)

  • Jennifer Sylvan v. A.B.W. Management Ltd. o/a South Calgary Oral and Maxilliofacial Surgery (SCOMS) (Procedural Matters Decision; April 18, 2017; D. Jean Munn, Q.C., Tribunal Chair)
  • Diane White and Kerry White (on behalf of K.W. (minor son)) v. Lethbridge Soccer Association
    Diane White v. Lethbridge Soccer Association
    Kerry White v. Lethbridge Soccer Association
    Diane White and Kerry White (on behalf of K.W. (minor son)) v. Lethbridge Soccer Association
    Diane White and Kerry White (on behalf of K.W. (minor daughter)) v. Lethbridge Soccer Association
    (March 23, 2017; Melissa Luhtanen, Tribunal Chair)
  • Renee Mandziak v. Taste of Tuscany and Medhat Salem (March 21, 2017; Kathryn Oviatt, Tribunal Chair)
  • Stuart Jobb (on behalf of C.J.) v. Parkland School Division No. 70 (Decision on Costs; March 8, 2017; Joanne Archibald, Tribunal Chair)

These tribunal decisions can be accessed free of charge through the Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII) website.

AGE WILL BE ADDED AS A PROTECTED GROUND UNDER SECTIONS 4 AND 5 OF
THE ALBERTA HUMAN RIGHTS ACT
(January 2017)

A court application, pursuant to the equality provisions of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, was brought against the Alberta Government on January 6, 2017. The application alleged that with the omission of “age” as a protected ground under sections 4 (goods, services, accommodation or facilities) and 5 (tenancy) of the Alberta Human Rights Act, certain rights of seniors in Alberta are not protected. Alberta Justice consented to the application, but requested a 12-month reprieve to allow the government time to change the legislation. The Court granted the 12-month time frame as part of the Consent Order. In following the direction of the Court, the Commission will not accept complaints on the ground of age under sections 4 and 5 until such time as the legislation is amended or January 6, 2018, whichever occurs first. 

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.

PLEASE NOTE:
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.

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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: May 10, 2017


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