TORONTO, June 11, 2012 /CNW/ -
|Date:||Friday, June 15, 2012 at 1:30 p.m.|
|Location:|| The Great Hall, Hart House
7 Hart House Circle
University of Toronto
|Directions:||From the Museum subway station, travel south along Queen's Park Crescent. Turn right onto Hoskins Avenue. Turn left onto Tower Road. Limited metered parking is available on Tower Road and Hart House Circle.|
|Special Guests:|| The Honourable John Gerretsen, Attorney General
The Honourable Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
The Honourable Jean Augustine, PC, CM, Fairness Commissioner, Province of Ontario
Barbara Hall, Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission
|Photo opportunity:||Unveiling of a provincial plaque|
Join the Ontario Heritage Trust and the Ontario Human Rights Commission for the unveiling of a provincial plaque commemorating the Ontario Human Rights Code.
On June 15, 1962, the Ontario Human Rights Code was signed and became the first legislation of its kind in Canada. The Code was written under Bill 54 after decades of activism by numerous individuals, groups and organizations who demanded that equal rights and freedom from discrimination be enshrined into law. It consolidated previous anti-discriminatory statutes into one unified body, ensuring competent administration and enforcement. The Code has continued to evolve since 1962 through the continued efforts of human rights activists; it has established Ontario as a leader in human rights advocacy and protection, and safeguards against human rights violations in the province.
This event is part of the Ontario Heritage Trust's program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Ontario Human Rights Code, in partnership with the Ontario Human Rights Commission.
The Ontario Heritage Trust's Provincial Plaque Program commemorates significant people, places and events in Ontario's history. Since 1956, over 1,200 provincial plaques have been unveiled.
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Ontario Heritage Trust
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