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As Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare fights to maintain services at its two acute care hospitals, the entire community should be voicing its concern to both the Ministry of Health and North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network.
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#1 Nov 9, 2010
Does the Human Rights Code protect me against discrimination by a police officer?
Yes, the on-duty actions of municipal police (such as the Toronto Police) and Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers are generally covered by the Ontario Human Rights Code as policing "services". A detention centre may also be considered a facility that is covered by the Code.
Discriminatory treatment by a municipal or OPP officer, or by any person in authority in a detention centre, for example, can be the subject of an application to the Human Rights Tribunal.
A person could file an application to the Human Rights Tribunal if he or she believes that something happened during the G20 events that subjected him or her to discriminatory treatment in the "service" of policing...
#2 Nov 9, 2010
What exactly is discrimination under Human Rights Code?
Discrimination is about equal treatment. Not all unfair or inhumane treatment is covered by the Human Rights Code. For example, if you believe that you were held by police during the G20 events without a logical reason, this will not, in itself, constitute a violation of your right to equal treatment in services under the Code. Without evidence of discrimination, you could not effectively challenge your detention by applying to the Human Rights Tribunal. There may be other legal steps that you can take in this situation.
Discrimination is negative treatment that is tied to certain personal characteristics that are listed in the Human Rights Code as prohibited grounds of discrimination, such as race, age, disability, or gender.
Discrimination happens when a person is treated differently and negatively on the basis of a ground of discrimination prohibited in the Human Rights Code.
Discrimination can also occur if a service provider, such as a police officer, fails to consider the special needs of a person, if those needs are linked to one of the Human Rights Code's prohibited grounds of discrimination, such as disability. A person whose special Code-related needs are not accommodated has not been treated equally, even if offered the same treatment as others.
Discrimination can occur even if a service provider, such as a police officer, does not expressly form the intention to discriminate ...
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