OTTAWA, April 5 /CNW/ - The Canadian Human Rights Commission has
released its Annual Report for 2010. In addition to describing the
activities of the Commission, the report tells the stories of how the
Commission's work has made a difference for Canadians. These stories
highlight human rights issues that appear in the news virtually every
day. They demonstrate how human rights play a part in our daily lives.
"As citizens we share a common responsibility to speak out against
discrimination," said Jennifer Lynch, Q.C. "The cases discussed in this
year's Annual Report provide examples of Canadians who have taken this
responsibility to heart."
Many of the complaints that Canadians bring to the Commission illustrate
that while equality, dignity and respect are strong Canadian values,
discrimination still exists. After screening a complaint, the
Commission may seek to resolve it through mediation, or refer it to the
Canadian Human Rights Tribunal for investigation. Only a relatively
small number of cases are referred to the Tribunal every year.
This past year, the Commission represented the public interest in
hearings at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal into some of these
cases. The Commission intervenes in this way when the outcome has the
potential to clarify or influence the law, or prevent future
The Commission also works to prevent discrimination and raise awareness
of human rights. Through the National Aboriginal Initiative and the
Human Rights Maturity Model, the Commission offers expertise to
Canadian workplaces and First Nations communities interested in
improving their ability to address human rights issues.
The 2010 Annual Report is available on the Commission's website at:
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