Board Rules in Favour of Insurance Coverage for Medical Marijuana

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 the press release.

Read the decision

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2016 Human Rights Awards Presented

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:

Youth Award

-- 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

Organization Award

-- 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.

Bios of the recipients are available here.

"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.

 

 

 

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2016 Human Rights Awards, Call for Nominations

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-awards

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9th Annual Symposium on Inclusive Education and Employment

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! 

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Canada Post Service Interruption

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.

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Updated "Know Your Rights" brochure & infographic poster

Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 11:52

A recently revised "Know Your Rights" brochure and infographic poster are availble for download below.  This material gives readers a brief overview of the NS Human Rights Act and the function and programs of the Human Rights Commission.

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Mark Thomas v. Halifax Regional Water Commission Complaint Dismissed

Monday, August 8, 2016 - 09:49

An independent human rights board of inquiry into the matter of Mark Thomas v. Halifax Regional Water Commission (HRWC) has concluded with the dismissal of a complaint of discrimination.

Mr. Thomas had alleged that he was discriminated against on the basis of his race, and disability while employed by HRWC. His employment was terminated Oct 31, 2008.

In his decision, board chair Dennis James explained that Mr. Thomas did not file his complaint within the prescribed 1 year window.

“In absence of any evidence from the Complainant or the Human Rights Commission I find that there is no evidentiary basis to suggest discriminatory conduct by HRWC after October 31, 2008, write Mr. James. “ The implication of this finding is that if there was discriminatory conduct as alleged it had to have occurred before October 31, 2008, which means Mr. Thomas’ complaint had to be filed by October 31, 2009. Given these findings I find that the complaint filed by Mr. Thomas was not filed in the time limit prescribed by Section 29 (2) and must be dismissed.”

To read the full decision in this matter and other human rights boards of inquiry, please visit humanrights.novascotia.ca.

More: Read the full Decision.

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Upcoming Human Rights 101 Workshops

Friday, June 24, 2016 - 13:25

The Commission offers human rights education to organizations, business owners, community groups and individual staff members around the province.

You can learn more about  upcoming workshops and register online here.

 

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