Friday, April 7, 2017 - 14:48
An independent human rights board of inquiry has ruled that the Nova Scotia Health Authority discriminated against Melanie Yuille when it revoked her conditional job offer to work as a registered nurse at the Dartmouth General Hospital.
Read the news release: here
Read the decision: here.Read more about Yuille v. the Nova Scotia Health Authority, Board of Inquiry Decision
Monday, March 27, 2017 - 16:47
The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission has launched a free online course to help businesses address and prevent consumer racial profiling.
The course, Serving All Customers Better, is expected to train thousands of front-line service staff in Nova Scotia.
"This new free training, the first of its kind in Canada, is a definite win-win for businesses and their customers by helping promote inclusive and welcoming environments," said Christine Hanson, director and CEO of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. "We're thrilled by the overwhelming support of Nova Scotia's business community, who partnered with us to create this course."
Serving All Customers Better was officially launched on March 27, at an event at the Halifax Chamber of Commerce.
"Retailers appreciate the steps the commission took to collaborate with the Retail Council of Canada in developing the course, which will complement their existing training," said Jim Cormier, Atlantic Director for Retail Council of Canada. "We're confident this course will give retail employees and other service industry staff a better understanding of the shopping experiences of all Nova Scotians."
Consumer racial profiling is a serious issue in Nova Scotia. Visible minority customers are significantly more likely to be followed, searched and ignored than non-minority customers. Under the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act, it is illegal to deny someone service or discriminate against them by treating them differently because of their race, colour or ethnicity.
"The Halifax Chamber of Commerce is excited to share this announcement with our members and the business community at large," says Patrick Sullivan, president and CEO of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce. "We encourage our members to use this software and consider how they can integrate it into their ongoing skills development for their workforce. The more information we have on how to be a more welcoming business community, the better it is for us all."
You can learn more about Serving All Customers Better by visiting www.servingall.ca.
Read more about New Education Campaign Helps Business Address Consumer Racial Profiling
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 12:56
The year 2017 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. To celebrate the protection and promotion of human rights in the province, the Commission, in collaboration with Partners for Human Rights, is inviting Nova Scotia youth ages 12-24 to submit their original works of art for exhibition and display in Nova Scotia. We call on educators, youth leaders and parents to work with youth to help them make submissions.
Deadline: April 18, 2017
Download the contest guidelines and consent forms, and find out how to make a submission here.
Téléchargez les lignes directrices et les formulaires et découvrez comment présenter une soumission en cliquant ici.
Theme: Human Rights for all Nova Scotians
Top works will be featured:
- On Halifax Transit bus interior signage – July 2017
- At the Halifax Stanfield International Airport – Fall 2017
- In an exhibit at the Halifax Central Library (May 2017) and other locations across the province (dates and locations to be announced).
- On social media channels, including the Nova Scotia Human Right's Commission's Facebook page, Twitter, etc.
- On printed posters (for select submissions).
Questions? Email: HRCEducation@novascotia.ca
Read more about Youth Art Competition - 50th Anniversary of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission
Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 10:33
An independent human rights board of inquiry has ruled that Gordon (Wayne) Skinner's medical marijuana expenses are to be covered by his employee insurance plan. Benjamin Perryman, the board chair, issued his decision on January 30, 2017.Read more about Board Rules in Favour of Insurance Coverage for Medical Marijuana
Monday, December 12, 2016 - 10:21
Recipients of the 2016 Nova Scotia Human Rights Awards were honoured at a ceremony today, Dec. 10, at the Halifax Central Library.
Dec. 10 is the United Nations' International Human Rights Day. Each year the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission honours deserving Nova Scotians nominated by their peers for work in the field of human rights, social justice and advocacy.
The theme this year is, Stand up for someone's rights today!.
"This year's recipients have all answered this call to action, and Nova Scotia is a better province because of them," said Christine Hanson, director and CEO of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. "The people and groups honoured today have impacted the lives of those in their communities and our province.
"Their passion and commitment to human rights at its most local level represent the qualities we value as Nova Scotians, openness, hospitality and perseverance."
The following are recipients of the awards:
-- Samuel Gregan, Halifax, Grade 9 student at Gorsebrook Junior High, honuored for his work as an LGBTQ advocate
Dr. Allan Burnley "Rocky" Jones Individual Award
-- David Leitch, Halifax, recognized for his work improving access to education for people with disabilities
-- former Halifax Poet Laureate El Jones and Raymond Tynes, Truro, for their commitment to advancing human rights, equity and inclusion
-- Alexa McDonough Institute, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, for its annual Girls' Conference for girls and young women to learn in a safe space about human rights and social justice issues
-- Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia, Halifax, in recognition of its work and the work of all Nova Scotians who assisted in the settlement of more than 1,100 Syrian refugees.
"Human rights play a role in our daily lives," said Ms. Hanson. "Honouring the Immigrant Settlement Association of Nova Scotia represents the incredible work not only of their organization but of all Nova Scotians who assisted in the settlement of more than 1,100 Syrian refugees this year.
"Amid such national and international turmoil, Nova Scotians answered a call to step up and welcome people seeking a safer life in our province. We should all be very proud and continue to seek opportunities together to enrich our province."
The event included award presentations, music and dance performances by local students, poetry and an opportunity for guests to network with this year's winners.
For more information on the Nova Scotia Human Rights Awards visit humanrights.novascotia.ca.
Read more about 2016 Human Rights Awards Presented
Friday, October 14, 2016 - 10:14
Nova Scotians are encouraged to nominate individuals or groups for the 2016 Human Rights Awards.
The awards are presented each year by the Human Rights Commission and Partners for Human Rights, a group of organizations dedicated to creating more respectful communities through promotion of human rights.
"All Nova Scotians have a role in creating more inclusive and supportive communities," said Diana Whalen, Minister responsible for the Human Rights Commission. "During periods of violence, local and international conflict, I urge Nova Scotians to take the time to nominate those who devote themselves to fostering an awareness of human rights and setting an example for others."
Award recipients are chosen in three categories: youth, individual and organization. The individual award has been named the Dr. Burnley Allan "Rocky" Jones Award in honour of the late community leader.
Nominations should include people or groups that support projects which advance human rights.
Past winners include students from Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School, Scott Jones of New Glasgow, Warren (Gus) Reed, Dr. Afua Cooper, Sgt. Craig Smith of Halifax and the Nova Scotia Mass Choir.
The deadline for nominations has been extended to Nov. 9, at 4:30 p.m. Winners will be announced at a ceremony on Human Rights Day, Dec. 10 in Halifax.
For more information and to download the nomination form, visit https://humanrights.novascotia.ca/content/human-rights-awardsRead more about 2016 Human Rights Awards, Call for Nominations
Monday, September 19, 2016 - 11:48
SAVE THE DATE
Join us November 30, 2016 for the Awards Breakfast with the Lieutenant Governor’s Persons with Disabilities Employer Partnership Awards and the David and Kathleen Mooney Altruism Award. Develop disability competent skills through professional workshops and panel discussions for employers, labour organizations, educators, government representatives and service providers. Network with over 300 participants. Visit the Entrepreneurs’ Market. Grow inclusive and accessible employment and educational opportunities for persons with disabilities to fully participate in Nova Scotia’s economic growth.
Register before October 15th for Early Bird Pricing.
Visit www.abilitystartshere.ca today!Read more about 9th Annual Symposium on Inclusive Education and Employment
Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 11:33
ATTENTION: In the event of a Canada Post mail strike and suspension of service, we request that all correspondence be directed to the Commission via emailing HRCINQUIRIES@novascotia.ca or faxing 902-424-0596. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Commission at 902-424-4111.Read more about Canada Post Service Interruption