An opinion-editorial piece by Minister of Justice and Attorney General Shirley Bond reminds us that on March 31, 2013, the BC Human Rights Tribunal (BCHRT) will celebrate its 10th anniversary.
From the op-ed:
“Ten years ago, the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal as we now know it was created and the new direct access model – the first of its kind in Canada – strengthened our dispute resolution mechanisms for ensuring that the rights of individuals are protected. Under the direct access model, human rights complaints go directly to the tribunal, which handles the complaint from start to finish. This process is efficient and accountable.”
The piece breaks down the types of discrimination complaints the BCHRT receives, and praises the tribunal’s dedication to continuous improvement, stating that “seventy-four per cent of cases referred to mediation are successfully resolved” and “effective use of preliminary dispute resolution and settlement services has resulted in only four per cent of the complaints referred to oral hearings.”
Bond encourages the province’s residents
“to reflect on how fortunate we are to live in an open and tolerant society, and how important it remains for citizens around the globe to keep challenging the status quo in jurisdictions that don’t have effective human rights protection.”