Barbara Hall, Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, has been selected as President of the Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies (CASHRA). She takes over the post from Mary Pat Short, Chair of the Northwest Territories Human Rights Commission.
CASHRA, founded in 1972, is a network that brings together Canada’s territorial, provincial and federal human rights agencies. Members share information on their work to help other agencies protect, promote and advance human rights across the country.
“I am delighted to take on this new role,” Barbara Hall said. “CASHRA members share a common goal – to protect, advance and promote human rights. Each jurisdiction has different statutes and procedures but we learn from the experiences and best practices of our colleagues within their communities”...CASHRA members share a common goal--to boss us (especially Christians, the sassy-tongued and small business owners) around like officious schoolmarms and compel us to measure up to some never-to-be-reached (because then they'd be out of a job) "human rights" standard.
Update: This one made me chuckle: On the CASHRA site, the "featured agency" is the Yukon Human Rights Commission. In an effort to stay au courant (which, being in the "human rights" game, with its ever-changing standards of what constitutes PCness is pretty much a mug's game), the YHRC has announced some changes to its
Definitions have been updated by eliminating the offensive term “mental retardation”, replacing “seeing eye dog” with “service animal” and eliminating a discriminatory definition of “sexual orientation”. The Act will now protect people of all ages from discrimination based on their sexual orientation.M'kay. I'm sure that "sexual orientation" one is ever so much more "sensitive" and "inclusive" than it was before, but I have no idea what it means.