Johnstone v. Canada (Attorney General)
Section 13 repealed
As of June 26, 2014, section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act will no longer be in force. Section 13 prohibits hate messages over the phone and the Internet. The Bill that proposed this amendment received Royal Assent on June 26, 2013.
Human rights justice blocked for Aboriginal women
â€œI have fears of making waves. In my mind, I say it is not going to do any good, you will just be put down again.â€
â€”Aboriginal Women’s Roundtable participant
Fear of retaliation is among the top factors blocking access to human rights justice for many Aboriginal women, the Canadian Human Rights Commission learned over the course of four roundtable discussions held across the country in 2013.
L’inclusion sociale concerne tout le monde. Le moment ne pourrait être mieux choisi pour en parler puisque la Commission canadienne des droits de la personne (CCDP) célèbre cette année son 35e anniversaire.
By law, the Commission must look at every discrimination complaint that it receives. The Commission can dismiss the complaint or refer it to an alternative dispute resolution mechanism.
When possible, the Commission encourages people to try to resolve their disputes informally and at the earliest opportunity.
In the event no agreement is reached, the Commission may conduct an investigation. When warranted, the Commission can refer it to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal for a hearing.
In 2013, the Commission: