New Chair For Ontario's Human Rights Legal Support Centre



    McGuinty Government Building A Strong Human Rights System

    TORONTO, March 13 /CNW/ - Respected Toronto human rights lawyer Raj Anand
is nominated as Chair of the Board of Directors of Ontario's new Human Rights
Legal Support Centre.
    The appointment is subject to review by the Standing Committee on
Government Agencies.
    As Chair of the Board of Directors, Anand would lead the new publicly
funded and publicly accountable Human Rights Legal Support Centre. The Centre
is set to open in Toronto on June 30, 2008.
    The Centre will be responsible for administering a province-wide system
to provide legal and other support services related to all aspects of
applications to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.
    Anand is a partner with a major Toronto law firm where his practice
includes human rights and employment law. He is a former Chief Commissioner of
the Ontario Human Rights Commission and has adjudicated complaints under the
Ontario Human Rights Code.

    QUOTES

    "Raj Anand is a recognized expert in the area of human rights law and I
have no doubt that, if appointed, his leadership will help the new Human
Rights Legal Support Centre fulfil its mandate as part of the province's
strengthened human rights system," said Attorney General Chris Bentley.

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -  Ontario's Human Rights Legal Support Centre was established by the
       Human Rights Code Amendment Act to modernize and strengthen Ontario's
       human rights system.
    -  The Centre is the first human rights support agency of its kind in
       Canada.
    -  It will offer independent human rights information and services to the
       people of Ontario.
    -  Ontario's new human rights system will also include the Ontario Human
       Rights Commission and the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.

    LEARN MORE

    Read more about Human rights reform in Ontario.

    Learn more about the Ontario Human Rights Code.

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    BACKGROUNDER
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                       RAJ ANAND NOMINATED AS CHAIR OF
                      HUMAN RIGHTS LEGAL SUPPORT CENTRE
    

    BIOGRAPHY

    Raj Anand is a partner with Toronto law firm WeirFoulds LLP, where his
practice includes human rights and employment law. He is a former Chief
Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission and has adjudicated
complaints under the Ontario Human Rights Code.
    Anand acts for a variety of non-governmental organizations in public
interest litigation. For seven years he was the Advocates' Society
representative on the Equity Advisory Group of the Law Society of Upper
Canada. He also served on the Equality Rights Panel of Federal Court
Challenges Program, the boards of directors of two community legal clinics,
the Advocates' Society and Pro Bono Law Ontario (where he served as President
from 2003 to 2005). He is currently a member of the board of directors of
Legal Aid Ontario and President of the University of Toronto Law Alumni
Council.
    Anand graduated with the Dean's Key in 1978 from the University of
Toronto's Faculty of Law. In 1997, he was the first recipient of the
Advocates' Society Award of Justice. His experience as an adjunct professor
includes "The New Administrative Law" (2000 and 2006) in the LLM program at
Osgoode Hall Law School and "Diversity and the Legal Profession" at the
University of Toronto's Faculty of Law. Anand has spoken and written on
diverse subjects including trial, appellate and administrative advocacy and
human rights.
    In 2003, he received the Law Society Medal, the highest honour awarded by
the governing body of the legal profession in Ontario. In 2007, he was elected
to a four-year term as a bencher of the Law Society. In June 2007, the
Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce named him Professional Man of the Year.

    ONTARIO'S HUMAN RIGHTS SYSTEM

    The government is moving forward to implement a new and strengthened
human rights system consisting of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, the
Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and the new Human Rights Legal Support
Centre. The new system is set to launch on June 30, 2008.
    A new Human Rights Legal Support Centre will offer independent human
rights information and support services to individuals throughout Ontario.
    Anand's appointment as Chair of the centre is subject to review by the
Standing Committee on Government Agencies.

    
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For further information: Sheamus Murphy, Ministry of the Attorney
General, Minister's Office, (416) 326-1785; Brendan Crawley, Ministry of the
Attorney General, Communications Branch, (416) 326-2210

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