Over the past few months, CERA, the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario and COSTI Immigrant Services have been holding housing rights workshops for front line workers that provide housing assistance for recent immigrants and refugees. We provided a session in Ottawa in October, Toronto in November and London in December. We’ll be holding our fourth […]Read More What can we do about housing discrimination?
The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario recently released its 2009-2010 annual report and, not surprisingly, it contains both good and bad news. Let’s start with the good news. People are using the human rights system. In 2009-2010 3,551 applications were filed with the Tribunal. Three years ago, the corresponding number was just over 2,300. This […]Read More The State of Human Rights Enforcement in Ontario
At CERA we do a lot of advocating for our clients. In fact, we rely quite heavily on the power of our one-on-one advocacy to change or influence landlords’ policies, and in doing so to effect real, measurable and timely change in the lives of Ontarians facing discrimination. When I am on the phone with […]Read More Advocates: Bringing the Law to Life