Ontario Human Rights Commission releases its 2008-09 Annual Report



    TORONTO, Aug. 19 /CNW/ - The Ontario Human Rights Commission continued to
work towards a human rights culture in the province during a year of
transition, according to the Commission's Annual Report for 2008-09, released
today.
    The Report provides a snapshot of successes and challenges of the past
year, new policies and important legal decisions, and sets out the
Commission's priorities for the future.
    During the past year, the OHRC has begun to deliver its new mandate. The
Commission no longer handles the complaints of individuals. It proactively
addresses systemic and public interest issues, getting at the roots of
discrimination and preventing it before it happens.
    "We're taking a stronger role in Ontario's communities," says OHRC Chief
Commissioner Barbara Hall. "By working with transit providers, police
services, school boards and a wide range of community groups we are raising
awareness of discrimination and eliminating barriers to access and success."
    "Hard economic times make life for Ontario's most vulnerable people even
harder," says Barbara Hall. "Nothing is more central to someone's well-being
and health than adequate affordable housing. This past year, we worked with
students, psychiatric survivors and other vulnerable groups to look at
discrimination in rental housing. I am pleased that this work will result in
the release of a new Housing Policy this Fall."
    This year's Annual Report is available from the OHRC's website -
www.ohrc.on.ca. Although the main text is concise, the internet version adds a
story within the story, by providing links to dozens of related publications
and other sources of information on the work of the OHRC.
    "I'm very proud of our accomplishments in the past year," Barbara Hall
says. "The annual report tells some of that story and it also points to how we
plan to use our new and expanded role in the future to help build a truly
equitable and inclusive society for Ontarians."

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