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Gender identity lessons for grade one student (and her teddy bears) not discriminatory

Earlier this month the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario dismissed an application brought on behalf of an elementary school student. The application alleged that the public school board had discriminated against a student on the basis of sex and (ironically) gender identity when her grade one teacher taught the class about gender identity. Specifically, the …

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History of Labour Day in Canada – The Fight for Fairness

Imagine working 66-hour work weeks or more, having no time for family, friends, or even yourself, and where 25 cents an hour was considered good pay. These were the working conditions of the common working class in the late 1800s. Labour conditions were at an all-time low, and the workers were struggling to keep up (Ok, maybe not so hard to imagine in 2022). Hamilton, Ontario workers played an important role in the development of labour rights in Canada in response to these conditions.

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Is your teen worker safe? Occupational health and safety for young workers

You might be surprised to learn that teen workers are at a higher risk of workplace injury than adults. The stereotypical image of an injured worker certainly doesn’t conjure up visions of a teen! But, inexperience and inadequate occupational health and safety training leaves young workers at risk. So, too, can the type of jobs they are more likely to perform. In fact, boys aged 10-17 working in food and beverage services made up more than a third of all work-related emergency department visits according to a 2016 study. This same group of boys made up more than 10% of work-related hospital admissions.

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Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board: Why it Matters

In Ontario, the Landlord and Tenant Board deals with questions involving an individual’s rights as a tenant or landlord. The Purpose of the Landlord and Tenant Board The Landlord and Tenant Board of Ontario was created by the Residential Tenancies Act , 2006 (the “RTA”). The RTA contains the rules about all things related to landlords …

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MMH case affirms that misgendering, outing employees is workplace discrimination

In a recent decision, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario affirmed the rights of trans workers to be treated with respect in the workplace. Sarah Molyneaux represented 3 workers who quit their jobs after their employer repeatedly misgendered them by failing to use correct pronouns, outed them as trans and used a transphobic slur in …

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Working from Home: Health & Safety After the Pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic drags on, working from home or telecommuting has become a widespread practice for many workers in Ontario. As people and workplaces mobilized to contain COVID-19, a greater number of workforces began to merge their home life with their work life. For some, this was an easy transition; for others, combining child-care …

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