Commission news archives 2012
Here you will find an archive of Commission news entries from 2012 that have previously been posted on the Commission's home page.
CHIEF OF THE COMMISSION AND TRIBUNALS, AND DIRECTOR OF COMMISSION REAPPOINTED
(December 19, 2012)
The Honourable David Blair Mason, Q.C., has been reappointed as a Member of the Commission and redesignated as Chief of the Commission and Tribunals of the Alberta Human Rights Commission for a term to expire on December 31, 2013.
Donald W. Smallwood has been reappointed as Director of the Alberta Human Rights Commission for a term to expire on April 1, 2014.
You can read the Orders in Council reappointing the Chief and the Director. DECEMBER 10 IS HUMAN RIGHTS DAY
(December 10, 2012)
International Human Rights Day marks the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by United Nations members on December 10, 1948. The Declaration arose directly from the experience of the Second World War and represents the first global expression of rights to which all human beings are entitled. You can read more about Human Rights Day in the December 4, 2012 issue of the Commission's newsletter and also read about upcoming Alberta events to celebrate the day. You can also read the news release from the Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies.
FORUM: ACCOMMODATING MENTAL AND PHYSICAL DISABILITIES IN THE WORKPLACE
(December 10, 2012)
The Alberta Human Rights Commission, the Human Resources Institute of Alberta and the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce are offering a breakfast forum for employers to discuss potential challenges in accommodating employees with physical and mental disabilities. The forum takes place in Edmonton on January 30, 2013.
Keynote speaker, Janice Ashcroft, Senior Legal Counsel, Office of the Chief of the Commission and Tribunals for the Alberta Human Rights Commission, will provide an overview of the duty to accommodate, including rights and responsibilities during all stages of the accommodation process. A panel of industry and agency experts will be available to address questions from the participants.
To learn more about the forum, see Accommodating Mental and Physical Disabilities in the Workplace (PDF). You can register online at https://www.eply.com/accommodatingdisabilities. For more information, call Jane Maze at 780-427-4533 in Edmonton. You can call toll-free from Alberta locations outside Edmonton. Registration is limited to 50 participants.
COMMISSION RELEASES 2011-12 ANNUAL REPORT
(November 23, 2012)
The Commission has released its 2011-12 Annual Report. The report provides a summary of results achieved in the three areas of activity undertaken by the Commission: education and engagement, complaint settlement and resolution, and complaint adjudication. It also includes information about the legislative framework for the Commission, the legislative framework for the Human Rights Education and Multiculturalism Fund, biographies of the Members of the Commission, and listings of tribunal decisions made in 2011-12 and of judicial reviews of decisions made by the Chief of the Commission and Tribunals. Read the report.
THE PARDEEP SINGH GUNDARA MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
(October 17, 2012)
In tribute to one of Alberta's human rights champions, the master's level Alberta Award for the Study of Canadian Human Rights and Multiculturalism has been named the Pardeep Singh Gundara Memorial Scholarship. Pardeep Gundara was the embodiment of compassion, care and respect, and these characteristics were exemplified in his daily life through his commitment and dedication to human rights in Alberta. Pardeep began his service with Alberta Government in September 1978, and ultimately became the Director of the Southern Regional Office of the Commission. He passed away in October of 2011 and is sadly missed and remembered with great fondness by his Commission colleagues.
You can read more about Pardeep and the scholarship in the September 27, 2012 issue of the Commission's newsletter.
Graduate students attending an Alberta public post-secondary institution whose studies will contribute to the advancement of human rights and multiculturalism are encouraged to apply. Read more and learn how to apply for the award.
COMMISSION CONGRATULATES TRIBUNAL MEMBER
(April 25, 2012)
The Commission congratulates Geeta Bharadia, Q.C., the full-time member of the Alberta Human Rights Commission, on being named by Alberta Family Mediation Society as this year's recipient of the Dr. John Haynes Memorial Award. The late Dr. John Haynes was a pioneer in the field of family mediation and world renowned as a mediator and trainer. This award was presented by the Deputy Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Alberta, the Honourable Ray Bodnarek, Q.C. to Ms. Bharadia for her outstanding contribution to the field of family mediation in Alberta. A part of Ms Bharadia's current work as full-time member of the Commission involves mediation in the Commission's Tribunal Dispute Resolution (TDR) process.
HATE CRIME AWARENESS DAY
(April 18, 2012)
The Alberta Hate Crimes Committee (AHCC) invites all Albertans to participate in the third annual Hate Crime Awareness Day on April 24, 2012, when communities, governments and police unite to send the message that hate crimes will not be tolerated. This year's theme is "Supporting Victims of Hate/Bias Crime and Activities." This event is part of National Victims of Crime Awareness Week, April 23 to 27, 2012. Workshops and events will be hosted in six centres across Alberta, including Calgary, Lethbridge, Brooks, Red Deer, Edmonton and Fort McMurray. Blair Mason, Chief of the Commission and Tribunals, Alberta Human Rights Commission, will be speaking at the Calgary event. Mr. Moosa Jiwaji, member of the Commission, Alberta Human Rights Commission, will be speaking at the Edmonton event. In addition, on April 24, 2012, the AHCC will officially release its latest document, Beyond Hate: A Resource Toolkit for Building a Community Response Plan to Counter Hate. Read more about Hate Crime Awareness Day and planned events.
The AHCC was formed in 2002 to develop a province-wide framework to support a collaborative and integrated approach to prevent, enforce, and respond to hate and bias motivated activities in Alberta. AHCC members include government and community sectors who work together to reduce the number of hate and bias crimes in Alberta. The Alberta Human Rights Commission is a member of this committee.
MARCH 21 IS THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION
(March 21, 2012)
On March 21, Alberta communities will join the world in recognizing the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Read the information bulletin and the special issue of the Commission newsletter. Read the message from the Director-General of UNESCO.
GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA APPOINTS NEW COMMISSION DIRECTOR
(March 8, 2012)
The Government of Alberta has appointed Don Smallwood as Director of the Alberta Human Rights Commission for a one-year term, beginning on April 2, 2012. Mr. Smallwood holds a Masters of Business Administration Degree (Honours) and Advanced Graduate Diploma in Management (Honours). He has served as Director of Business Services with Alberta Justice since 2007 and is currently enrolled in the Arbitration Program with the Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society. Read the Government of Alberta news release.
FEBRUARY IS BLACK HISTORY MONTH
(February 3, 2012)
Black History Month provides an opportunity for people of all cultures to gain insight into the experiences of Black Canadians and Albertans, and the vital role this community has played throughout our shared history. The Government of Canada has designated this year's theme for Black History Month, The Contributions of Black Soldiers in the Fight for Canada. For more information, read the Commission information bulletin.
COMMISSION RELEASES 2010-2011 ANNUAL REPORT
(January 10, 2012)
The Commission has released its 2010-11 Annual Report.
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