Ontario Human rights Reform - A call to Action

The Toronto Star March 22 2006
Involve community in policy decisions
Who will benefit from rights plan

Much of the current and growing furor over the future of Ontario's Human Rights Commission could have been avoided if the Ontario government had conducted

an open and inclusive consultation with the community. Persons with disabilities file by far the largest percentage of complaints to human rights commissions

across Canada and we insist on being involved in all policy decisions that affect us. Instead the government has been working with a number of human rights lawyers and excluding us.

If the Ontario government would only provide adequate funding, real will and involve the communities most affected, other ways might be found to make the

Ontario Human Rights Commission the envy of all human rights supporters.

John Rae, President,
Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians, Toronto