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April 10 Toronto About one hundred […]




April 10 Toronto About one hundred people attended a rally of gays and people with disabilities, held at Queen's Park, to protest delays in human rights legislation. The event was organized by CLT, and focused on the almost two-year-old report Life Together, submitted to the Ontario government by the OHRC. The report had recommended that human rights protection be extended to people with disabilities, to the elderly and young, and to gays and lesbians. The rally was addressed by leaders of both Ontario opposition parties (Stuart Smith of the Liberals and Michael Cassidy of the NDP), both of whom claimed that controversy over sexual orientation was delaying changes to the code. Ontario's labour minister Robert Elgie, the minister responsible for introducing human rights amendments, was booed by the crowd when he delivered a speech that avoided the issues and stated that change would not come quickly.

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Queen's Park Ontario Legislature Legislative Assembly of OntarioToronto

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Robert ElgieMichael CassidyStuart Smith

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New Democratic PartyLiberal Party of CanadaOntario Human Rights CommissionCoalition for Life Together (CLT)

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Life Together

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A. LaRochelle, "No Tory Rockers" (letter), Body Politic, no. 57 (1979), pp. 4–5.Claire Hoy, "'No Way' Code to be Changed," Toronto Sun, 7 January 1979, p. 4"Gays, Handicapped Rally for New Code," Body Politic, no. 52 (1979), p. 13"Fear of Controversy Delaying Rights Code Changes: Smith," Toronto Star, four star ed., 11 April 1979, p. A9