“There was an understanding that we were bringing forward an act that would be accessible to people across the NWT,” Dent says. “That people would be in a situation where they could tell their story and people would help them resolve their problem.”
“What’s actually happened, and the way the act is being implemented, is a complainant is expected to bring forward precedent and legal argument for why their claim should be upheld. It's really, really difficult for people to understand and participate in the process in a meaningful way.”
Dent says the process has become courtroom-like and complainants and respondents need lawyers to effectively deliver their cases.
But most complainants end up representing themselves because they can’t afford a lawyer.
“The current process doesn’t always fairly resolve human rights issues,” Dent says. “The current process has become too legalized and takes too long. So we just want to make sure we're doing things right and also there may be some things that we're missing.”Hey, Mr. Dent, why not be really cutting edge and call for this quasi/pseudo/phony-baloney court to be abolished? You could blaze a trail that other jurisdictions could follow, thereby saving Canadian taxpayers tons of money and ridding the land of the blight of "human rights" commissions and tribunals.