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March 11 Toronto At a preliminary […]




March 11 Toronto At a preliminary hearing before the Ontario Supreme Court, lawyers for the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) defended the OHRC's decision of December 5, 1975, not to appoint a Board of Inquiry to investigate the John Damien case. They revealed that the Ontario Minister of Labour, Bette Stephenson, whose department administered the Ontario Human Rights Code, had recommended that the OHRC refuse to appoint the Board of Inquiry. Stephenson's action was seen as an improper intervention to influence the decision of the commission. Damien launched a suit against the OHRC to force a reversal of its decision that his dismissal did not violate human rights legislation, but this was eventually abandoned on June 29, 1976.

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Bette StephensonJohn Damien

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Ontario Human Rights CommissionSupreme Court of Ontario

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