The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has invited citizens to submit short papers (six to eight pages) toward a dialogue on human rights, specifically relating to religious belief and practice as shaped by the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Several papers that make the final selection will be presented in January 2012 at a community dialogue, featuring diverse communities, academics and human rights lawyers and practitioners, hosted by the OHRC in partnership with the University of Toronto’s Religion in the Public Sphere Initiative and the Faculty of Law.
The commission is accepting brief proposals (one to three pages) until October 14, 2011. The topics include:
- Human rights and the protection of religious belief and practice in a secular society.
- The general exemption in Section 24(1)(a) of the Ontario Human Rights Code that applies to religious, philanthropic, educational, fraternal or social institution or organization:
The right under section 5 to equal treatment with respect to employment is not infringed where:
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