OUTGOING HUMAN RIGHTS CHIEF SAYS RACISM FIGHT FAR FROM OVER

Feb 25, 2015

By Bob Komsic

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As she prepares to step down as head of Ontario’s human rights commission, Barbara Hall says she’s seen progress in the combating racism and other forms of discrimination.

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”The most discouraging part of this work is the persistence of racism, particulary as it impacts black Ontarians and aboriginal people.  We see progress on issues but we need to — as a commission, as a society — be vigilant about these issues.  It requires constant pushing.”

Looking back over her term, Hall’s especially proud of what the commission’s done for the mentally challenged.

The 68-year old former city councillor and Toronto mayor says, ”Unless we’re able to eliminate discrimination and create a situation where all people are respected, all our lives are diminished.”

Hall’s 10 years as chief commissioner ends Friday.

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