EQUITY WATCH CONDEMNS NOVA SCOTIA HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION FOR DROPPING THE BALL ON SEXUAL HARASSMENT CASE

RALLY TO TELL HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION – DO YOUR JOB!

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When: Thursday, April 8, Noon to 1 pm

Where: Park Lane Mall, 5657 Spring Garden Rd (MASKED AND SOCIAL-DISTANCED!)

Three and a half years ago, Christine Shupe of Halifax left her job at Beaver Enviro because of what she claims was sexual harassment by the boss.

She filed her complaint at the NS Human Rights Commission, but the Commission dragged its feet – as usual — in pursuing the case.  Finally the case moved forward after Shupe contacted the NS Ombudsman’s office.

The Commission sent her case to a public Board of Inquiry. But last month the Board dismissed her complaint because the company had not been named correctly.  Though Beaver Enviro is the name on the building, the company’s registered name is 2557617 Nova Scotia. In fact, the problem with the name was identified just 3 months after Shupe approached the Commission.

Because of this technical mistake, Shupe’s case of sex discrimination was tossed. The Commission is not allowed by law to alter its original complaint, and because the harassment incidents had taken place more than 12 months before, the Commission could not file a new complaint.

Says Equity Watch spokesperson Judy Haiven, “That would not have happened, for example, in New Brunswick whose Human Rights Act allows: ‘18(2) The Commission may extend the time for the filing of a complaint if, in the opinion of the Commission, the circumstances warrant it.’

“Equity Watch is not happy to hear of yet another case of the NS Human Rights Commission dragging its feet, and losing the chance to pursue violators. This shows that Nova Scotia’s human rights regime is way past due for an overhaul.”

Equity Watch’s report Justice Impeded: A Critique of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Regime details case after case of the NS Human Rights Commission not doing its job – and dismissing cases on a technicality, or through sloppiness or ignoring timelines.  

Equity Watch is asking the NS Human Rights Commission and the Nova Scotia government to simply do their job. That is the least they owe Nova Scotians. 

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For more information, contact Judy Haiven, jhaiven@gmail.com, (902) 718-7445.

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Opposition parties willing to work on improving human rights processes

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/christine-shupe-follow-political-reaction-1.5973058

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It should come as little surprise to Nova Scotians that the NS Human Rights Commission has once again failed to protect the rights of a working woman.

Three and a half years ago Christine Shupe of Halifax left her job at Beaver Enviro because of what she claims was sexual harassment by the boss and owner, Wyatt Redmond.

She filed her complaint of discrimination based on sex at the NS Human Rights Commission, but the Commission dragged its feet – as usual — in pursuing the case.  Finally, after Shupe contacted the NS Ombudsman’s office, it pushed the Commission to act on her complaint.

Just after the Commission agreed the case could go to a public Board of Inquiry, there was an about-face. In March, the Commission dismissed her complaint because it had not named the company correctly.  Though Beaver Enviro is the name on the building, the company’s registered name is 2557617 Nova Scotia. This should have been stunningly easy to find out.

Because of this technical mistake, Shupe’s case of sex discrimination was dropped, and because the harassment incidents had taken place more than 12 months before, the Commission could not (as stipulated by the NS Human Rights Act) pursue her case.

Says Equity Watch spokesperson Judy Haiven, “That would not have happened in New Brunswick whose Human Rights Act allows: ‘18(2) The Commission may extend the time for the filing of a complaint if, in the opinion of the Commission, the circumstances warrant it.’

“Equity Watch is not happy to hear of yet another case of the NS Human Rights Commission dragging its feet, and losing the chance to pursue violators. This shows that Nova Scotia’s human rights regime is past due for an overhaul.”

Equity Watch’s report Justice Impeded: A Critique of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Regime details case after case of the NS Human Rights Commission not doing its job – and dismissing cases on a technicality, or through sloppiness or ignoring timelines.    We find it hard to believe that in 50 years, the NS Human Rights Commission has never before had to check the legal names of companies.

“Justice Impeded,” published in January 2021, details complaints and human rights cases which the Commission never adequately pursued.  Equity Watch is asking the NS Human Rights Commission to simply do its job, that is the least they owe Nova Scotians. 

For more information, contact Judy Haiven, jhaiven@gmail.com, (902) 718-7445.

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To register for this webinar, go to https://zoom.us/j/97159466203?pwd=M3IzQUk1aXdwVlAyb3ZxWWV5MzRKQT09

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The recording of the March 9 Equity Watch webinar on non-disclosure agreements is available at:

The transcript of this webinar is available here.

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A recording of this webinar is available at https://vimeo.com/508453519

A transcript of this webinar is available at

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Equity Watch Critique of the Nova Scotia human rights regime

Liane Tessier with Equity Watch document at Human Rights Commission office

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Recording for this webinar is available at https://vimeo.com/491431176

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Human rights inquiries stacked against complainants, says advocate

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/nova-scotia-human-rights-inquiries-stacked-against-complainants-1.5825513

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Read Judy Haiven’s blog about a Nova Scotia Human Rights Board of Inquiry into “Walking Across the Road While Black”

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A recording of this webinar is available at https://vimeo.com/480884201

The slideshow accompanying this webinar is availalbe at http://equitywatch.ca/equitywatch/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/SickWorkers_Final2.pdf

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Recording of this webinar available at https://vimeo.com/user37227130/review/465968316/5ec6b479dc
Read the Nova Scotia Advocate at https://nsadvocate.org/

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Equity Watch holds rally to protest Sobeys and Superstore clawing back of “hero pay”

https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/news/protesters-decry-sobeys-superstore-clawback-of-workers-covid-19-pay-top-up-466946/

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A recording of this webinar is now available at https://vimeo.com/441127372

Read more about Gus Reed at https://nsadvocate.org/2020/06/19/letter-to-the-ns-human-rights-commissioners-on-a-failure-to-enforce-the-accessible-washrooms-decision/

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A recording of this webinar is available at https://vimeo.com/431035663

Read about Lisa Cameron – “The lessons of bad bosses and toxic workplaces” by Suzanne Rent (from Halifax Examiner, 9 June 2020)

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A statement by Equity Watch

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Equity Watch supports an independent public inquiry which would include a feminist analysis into the Nova Scotia mass shootings.

https://nsadvocate.org/2020/05/16/psa-petition-for-a-feminist-based-public-inquiry-into-the-nova-scotia-massacre/

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To watch a recording of the above webinar, go to https://vimeo.com/user37227130/review/422826457/84dc2d72ae

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To view a recording of the above webinar, go to: https://vimeo.com/413775349

Welcome to Equity Watch.

Equity Watch is a diverse group of concerned citizens, campaigning to make Nova Scotia governments (provincial and municipal) and employers more accountable concerning workplace bullying, harassment and discrimination.

We are an educational and campaigning organization that raises awareness of these issues.

Our vision is to promote reform of government and business institutions to bring them into line with the realities and needs of a modern, inclusive workforce.

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