MARCH 21: INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION
Read the Chief's Message and the Commission newsletter marking International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

HUMAN RIGHTS IN EMPLOYMENT FORUM SERIES:
ACCOMMODATING MENTAL DISABILITIES IN THE WORKPLACE
The Commission is offering a forum on Accommodating Mental Disabilities in the Workplace.
Edmonton: May 3, 2017
Calgary: May 10, 2017
Read more about the forum and learn how to register.

RECENT TRIBUNAL DECISIONS
(March 2017)

  • Kathalin Horvath v. Rock View School Division No. 41 (Supplementary Decision on Remedy Re Production of Documents; February 28, 2017; William D. McFetridge, Q.C., Tribunal Chair)
  • Timothy Duncan (on behalf of Ruth Duncan) v. Alberta Health Services (February 28, 2017; Sharon Lindgren, Tribunal Chair)
  • Stuart Jobb (on behalf of C.J.) v. Parkland School Division No. 70 (February 17, 2017; Joanne Archibald, Tribunal Chair)
  • Miladinka Kovacevic v. City of Red Deer (Interim Decision; January 18, 2017; Melissa Luhtanen, Tribunal Chair)
  • Chris Pelletier v. Timberwolf Hearth Products (1979) Ltd. (a.k.a. Timberwolf Hearth Products Ltd.) AND John Richard Knight (January 9, 2017; Duncan Marsden, Tribunal Chair)

These tribunal decisions can be accessed free of charge through the Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII) website.

AGE WILL BE ADDED AS A PROTECTED GROUND UNDER SECTIONS 4 AND 5 OF
THE ALBERTA HUMAN RIGHTS ACT
(January 2017)

A court application, pursuant to the equality provisions of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, was brought against the Alberta Government on January 6, 2017. The application alleged that with the omission of “age” as a protected ground under sections 4 (goods, services, accommodation or facilities) and 5 (tenancy) of the Alberta Human Rights Act, certain rights of seniors in Alberta are not protected. Alberta Justice consented to the application, but requested a 12-month reprieve to allow the government time to change the legislation. The Court granted the 12-month time frame as part of the Consent Order. In following the direction of the Court, the Commission will not accept complaints on the ground of age under sections 4 and 5 until such time as the legislation is amended or January 6, 2018, whichever occurs first. 

CHIEF OF THE COMMISSION AND TRIBUNALS OFFERS MESSAGE REGARDING
QUEBEC CITY MOSQUE SHOOTING
(January 31, 2017)
You can read the Chief's message.

GENDER IDENTITY AND GENDER EXPRESSION NOW EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED GROUNDS OF DISCRIMINATION
Bill 7 is now in force. The Bill amends the Alberta Human Rights Act to add gender identity and gender expression to the Act as expressly prohibited grounds of discrimination.

PLEASE NOTE:
The Commission is in the process of updating its publications and website to reflect the amendments to the legislation. In the meantime, if you are reading a Commission publication or web page dated before December 11, 2015, please note that the amendments have not yet been incorporated into the publication or web page.

For more information, see the Notice of Changes to Alberta's Human Rights Legislation.

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ABOUT THE COMMISSION
The Alberta Human Rights Commission is an independent commission of the Government of Alberta. Our mandate is to foster equality and reduce discrimination. We provide public information and education programs, and help Albertans resolve human rights complaints.

The Human Rights Education and Multiculturalism Fund has provided funding for this website.

Revised: March 21, 2017


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