Raymond Sheppard comments on the Gyasi Symonds human rights tribunal: “let’s not throw our hands up in celebration based on this one decision by the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission.”
Supporters of Equity Watch rallied outside of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission to urge the Commission to do its job. You read that right – what the demonstrators demanded was that the Commission do its job. Judy Haiven explains.
Judy and Larry Haiven tackle non-disclosure agreements. Some argue that everybody wins, they write. The complainant gets some compensation. The perpetrator and the employer are protected from all the bad publicity. But it’s a big defeat for the cause of justice. It’s as if the bad incident never happened.
Press release: On 3 February 2021, Kathy Laird, a long-time human rights activist and former CEO of the Ontario Human Rights Legal Support Centre, appeared on an Equity Watch webinar touting the benefits of Ontario’s tripartite human rights regime for Nova Scotia.
Raymond Sheppard: Since our August Black Human Rights Matter rally I have been contacted by 32 African Nova Scotians who all give the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission a failing grade.
Earlier this week we reported how Equity Watch calls for major structural changes to the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission to deal with the many complaints about its fairness and timeliness that have been raised over the years. We also published the transcribed remarks by Liane Tessier and Connor Smithers-Mapp.
The final speaker at the virtual report launch was Larry Haiven, who summarized some of the report’s recommendations. Here are his remarks.
Earlier today we reported how Equity Watch calls for major structural changes to the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission to deal with the many complaints about its fairness and timeliness that have been raised over the years. The press conference and report launch was timed to roughly coincide with the third anniversary of the apologies issued to former firefighter Liane Tessier by the NSHRC and the Halifax Fire Service. This is what Liane said at this morning’s press conference.
Equity Watch calls for major structural changes to the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission (NSHRC) to deal with the many complaints about its fairness and timeliness that have been raised over the years. The organization lays out its critique and recommendations in Justice Impeded, a well-researched and detailed 50-page report that was launched through a virtual press conference this morning.
Raymond Sheppard nominates Eddie Carvery for African Nova Scotian of the year, and makes some wishes for 2021: Fire Chief Dan Kinsella, reparations, collect race-based data, a CBC that pays attention to the African Nova Scotian community and more.
Wayne Desmond: “Something that is not often talked about are tenancy disputes and discriminatory practices carried out by landlords here in Nova Scotia. This continues to be one of Nova Scotia’s best kept secrets.”