Upcoming events

Just a quick note to point out a couple of upcoming events, HRC-wise – based upon what I could glean from a quick glance-through of most of the HRC websites across the country.

First off, in PEI, the PEI HRC will be seeing this complaint in October:

Nilsson et al. v. University of Prince Edward Island et al.

This matter is scheduled to be heard October 13 – 15, 19 – 22 and 26 – 28, 2009, at the IRAC hearing room, 134 Kent Street, 5th Floor, Charlottetown, PE.

Complainants: Thomy Nilsson, Richard Wills, and Yogi Fell

Counsel For Respondent – UPEI: Murray L. Murphy

Counsel For Respondent – UPEI Faculty Association: Donald Keenan

Counsel For Respondent – CUPE Local 1870: Glen S. Gallant

Counsel For Commission: David Larter

Counsel For Panel: Maria McQuaid

So that might be somewhat interesting to follow. I don’t know the story behind this complaint*, although a University is involved, so I would be interested if anybody knows what that’s all about and has the time to share the info. Also, if anybody lives in PEI and would like to maybe check that out when it happens, I’d be happy to publish any results or reports.

Second, the Yukon’s HRC may have a new mandate coming – relatively – soon:

Improving Human Rights for Yukoners

The Yukon Legislature established the Select Committee on Human Rights on April 9, 2008. The mandate of this all-party Committee included holding public hearings to receive the views and opinions of Yukon citizens and interested groups on legislative options for amending the Yukon Human Rights Act (150Kb PDF). Also see Yukon Human Rights Regulations (30Kb PDF). The Committee members were Chair Marian Horne (Minister of Justice), and MLA’s Don Inverarity and Steve Cardiff. See their webpage via the link at www.legassembly.gov.yk.ca

The Yukon Human Rights Commission’s final submission and recommendations to the Select Committee of October 17, 2008, “Improving the Yukon Human Rights Act” (158Kb PDF) and “Improving the Yukon Human Rights Act – French Version” (216Kb PDF) represents the collective knowledge and experience of members and staff of the Commission.

The Select Committee on Human Rights presented their report to the Legislative Assembly on November 20th. See “Report of the Select Committee on Human Rights – November 2008” (1225Kb PDF). Bill 71 was passed on May 14, 2008. Regulations will be developed. Watch for further developments.

Third, and finally, here’s a list of the BC Human Rights Tribunal’s hearing schedule, if anybody would like to check any of ’em out.

[ *UPDATE: My thanks to Kevin Kindred in the comments, for pointing me toward this, which provides a good summary of what the complaint going to hearing before the PEI HRC is about – namely: a mandatory retirement policy; although one complainant had tried to amend her complaint to include discrimination based upon sex as well as, I guess, age. I still mean what I said though: if anybody wants to take the time, I’d be more than happy to publish an account of how the hearing goes. ]


7 Responses to Upcoming events

  1. Kevin Kindred says:

    The UPEI thing relates to a mandatory retirement policy–kind of a hot topic among employment and human rights lawyers, though I’m not sure how sexy it is to the general public. Here’s a preliminary document from the case:

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