TORONTO, June 15 /CNW/ - This June 15th, marks the 45th anniversary of
Ontario's Human Rights Code, which came into effect in 1962. Equally historic,
was the appointment of Dr. Daniel G. Hill, as the first Director of the Human
To recognize the life, work and legacy of Dr. Hill, the Archives of
Ontario, in collaboration with his son, Lawrence Hill, has produced an online
exhibit that serves as a tribute to his struggles and successes. He is also
known for his many contributions to human rights in Ontario and his pioneering
writings on black history in our province.
"Archives of Ontario is proud to hold records relating to Dr. Hill's
personal life and professional work, spanning over a century," said the
Archivist of Ontario, Miriam McTiernan.
Since the early beginnings of the Commission, society's understanding of
human rights has evolved, and protections under the Code have expanded to
reflect these changes. Commissioners and staff, like Dr. Daniel Hill, have
been instrumental in building an Ontario in which everyone is valued and
treated with dignity and respect.
"Dr. Hill was a true visionary and social activist. Both his personal and
professional life attest to a dedicated commitment to social justice issues
and it is truly fitting that we honour and celebrate his many
accomplishments," said Chief Commissioner Barbara Hall.
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For further information:
For further information: Jeff Poirier, Manager, Communications, Ontario
Human Rights Commission, (416) 314-4539; Lisa Singer, Outreach and Partnership
Development Officer, Archives of Ontario, (416) 212-2035