Changes to Human Rights Act Come Into Effect

first_imgUpdates to the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act, passed in the fall 2007 sitting of the legislature, come into effect on Monday, June 30. The updates include changes to key definitions and terms in the act to ensure they are consistent with the federal Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and with human rights legislation in other jurisdictions. New language in the act will ensure uniform use of gender-neutral terms. A one-year time limit to file complaints after the last alleged discriminatory act will be put in place, consistent with other jurisdictions. An additional year may be granted in exceptional circumstances. There is also greater clarity of the commission’s ability to finalize cases, such as where a complaint is frivolous or lacks sufficient grounds for action. Under the amendments, a board of inquiry now must issue its decision within six months of the conclusion of a hearing. “These changes to the act help to modernize Nova Scotia’s statute and bring it in line with those in other provinces and at the federal level,” said Krista Daley, director and CEO of the commission. “They also continue to ensure that fairness and transparency are hallmarks of the commission’s investigation of complaints.” Nova Scotia’s Human Rights Act affirms every person is free and equal in dignity and rights without regard to age, race, colour, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, ethnic, national or aboriginal origin, family or marital status, source of income, irrational fear of contracting an illness or political belief, affiliation or activity. The act previously prohibited sexual harassment, however, the amendments extend the scope of prohibited harassment to all protected characteristics. The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission is an independent government commission that is charged with the administration of the province’s Human Rights Act. Commission staff investigate and resolve complaints of discrimination and conduct public education and outreach to promote dialogue and respect for human rights.last_img read more

Le gouvernement appuie le transport durable au CapBreton

first_imgLe gouvernement appuie deux projets de transport durable dans la région Strait, projets qui aideront à rapprocher les carrefours communautaires et à favoriser la vie active. Le ministre de l’Énergie, Michel Samson, a annoncé aujourd’hui, 8 septembre, les premiers projets financés dans le cadre de Connect2, le programme de subventions au transport durable de la Province. « Ces projets ajoutent merveilleusement aux localités de la Nouvelle-Écosse, d’indiquer M. Samson, et le gouvernement est heureux de s’associer ainsi à des groupes communautaires, aux municipalités et à nombre de bénévoles. Ce sont des initiatives de ce genre qui fournissent aux résidents un accès sûr et pratique aux carrefours et aux installations communautaires, et qui encouragent les visiteurs à se prévaloir des attractions et des activités locales. » Le Hero Trail Connector, un sentier polyvalent de 1,2 kilomètre, sera aménagé à partir d’un bout de Port Hawkesbury jusqu’au nouveau parc communautaire où l’on trouve des terrains de sport, des courts de tennis, un nouveau terrain de jeu et un jardin communautaire. Le sentier polyvalent permettra aux élèves de l’école élémentaire Tamarac Education Centre de se rendre facilement et de manière sûre au terrain de jeu. Le gouvernement finance ce projet à hauteur de 15 000 $. Les autres 15 000 $ proviendront de la ville de Port Hawkesbury et de la Strait Area Trails Association qui mène le projet. « Le sentier Hero Trail Connector a été conçu pour les enfants et les familles, indique Larry MacKeigan, directeur général de la Strait Area Trails Association. Nous sommes certains que cet aménagement important encouragera les résidents et les visiteurs à sortir et à profiter des possibilités de vie active qui existent dans notre localité. » M. Samson a aussi annoncé le soutien de la Province à l’égard du sentier du chemin Old Boudreauville Road qui relie Petit-de-Grat à ses installations communautaires principales. Le gouvernement fournit 1 700 $ pour la fabrication de nouvelles enseignes qui encourageront plus de touristes et de gens de la localité à utiliser le sentier comme autre moyen de transport actif. D’autres projets seront annoncés dans les prochaines semaines et ils seront tous terminés d’ici le 10 mars 2016. Pour plus d’information, consultez notre page (en anglais seulement) sur le transport durable à l’adresse http://novascotia.ca/sustainabletransportation/.last_img read more

Gary Lineker says it is a disgrace Chris Evans is paid more

first_imgThis whole BBC salary exposure business is an absolute outrage…I mean how can @achrisevans be on more than me?— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) July 19, 2017 The BBC has been forced to make public the names of 96 presenters and actors who earn over £150,000.While John Humphrys earns £600,000-£649,999, his Radio 4 Today colleague Sarah Montague does not make the list at all.Emily Maitlis of Newsnight, Louise Minchin of BBC Breakfast and the Radio 4 Woman’s Hour presenters Jenni Murray and Jane Garvey are also absent, yet men who do similar jobs are revealed to have larger salaries.Of the 96 names, only 34 are women – the majority in the lower salary bands. Happy BBC salary day. I blame my agent and the other TV channels that pay more. Now where did I put my tin helmet?— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) July 19, 2017 Previously, Mr Lineker told critics to blame his agent and the salary rates of other TV channels for the amount he is paid.Mr Lineker wrote: “Happy BBC salary day. I blame my agent and the other TV channels that pay more. Now where did I put my tin helmet?” Claudia Winkleman is the only woman in the top 10 highest-earners, according to salary details published today which lay bare a glaring gender pay gap. Lord Sugar, who presents The Apprentice on the BBC, sprung to Mr Lineker’s aid.He said: “You should not worry. You are in a market where presenters are paid at going rates ITV CH 4 pay more than the BBC. You have shown loyalty”. You should not worry. You are in a market where presenters are paid at going rates ITV CH 4 pay more than the BBC. You have shown loyalty https://t.co/BY54MsR1kj— Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) July 19, 2017 Television presenter Gary Lineker has tweeted that he thinks it is a “disgrace” that Chris Evans is paid more than him.Mr Lineker, who is paid £1,750,000-£1,799,999 for his work with the BBC and is the broadcaster’s second-best paid star, said: “This whole BBC salary exposure business is an absolute outrage…I mean how can @achrisevans be on more than me?”Chris Evans is the BBC’s best-paid on the list, which doesn’t include those paid through production companies.He takes in £2,200,000-£2,249,999 per year for his work with the broadcaster. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more