Friday, November 17, 2017

Human Rights Concerns From Job Interview Lead To $56,000 Ruling - MONDAQ

by Ridout Barron 
Originally published: November 16, 2017
Publisher: Mondaq.com

Workplace discrimination is an issue faced by many people across Canada. Many know that there is legal recourse for human rights concerns related to termination, but what happens when a person doesn't even get a job for discriminatory reasons? A Cold Lake, Alberta, resident was recently awarded $56,000 in lost wages and damages from a company that refused to hire him due to his sexual orientation and race.

The male complainant is married to another man, who serves as an RCMP officer in the area. In the summer of 2014, he was interviewed for an office assistant job at a local auto body shop. During the 75-minute interview, the applicant was asked questions about religion, marriage, race and sexual orientation. The interviewer, who also happened to be the mayor of Cold Lake, advised the interviewee that he did not want to be politically correct and asked very direct questions about these topics. He also mentioned that he was Catholic and alluded to his beliefs on homosexual marriage.

The complainant brought these human rights concerns to a tribunal. He stated that the interview had made him depressed, anxious and withdrawn. Since he was interviewed by the mayor, he said he felt uncomfortable going into town or attending community events.


Airbnb takes steps to welcome travelers with disabilities - SILICONBEAT

by Marissa Kendall 
Originally published: November 16, 2017
Publisher: SiliconBeat.com 

In response to complaints that its platform isn’t always accommodating of guests with disabilities, Airbnb on Thursday revealed new steps to address that problem.

The San Francisco-based home-sharing company has acquired Accomable, a London-based home-sharing site that caters specifically to disabled travelers. (I previously wrote about Accomable for The Mercury News here.)

Accomable was founded in 2015 by Srin Madipalli and Martyn Sibley — frequent travelers with Spinal Muscular Atrophy who became frustrated with the lack of accessible accommodations. The company will wind down its platform and integrate its home listings into Airbnb, providing accessible homes in more than 60 countries.


Newly formed committee meeting targets racism in the workplace - CBC

by Talia Ricci
Originally published: November 16, 2017
Publisher: CBC.ca

The workplace is supposed to be a safe space, but Arlene Wallace says that's not the case for people who experience anti-black racism.

"These stories have gone on systematically for generations for years," said Wallace, who is part of a new group called the Expose Toronto Committee, which is holding the first of a series of meetings Thursday night on racism in the city.

Ken Jeffers, the only black member of the Toronto Police Services Board, is the keynote speaker.



The Percentage Of Black Writers & Writers Of Color In Television Writing Rooms Is Shockingly Low, According To A New Study - BUSTLE

by Mia Mercado 
Originally published: November 16, 2017
Publisher: Bustle.com 

The lack of racial representation in media is a problem that extends beyond who we see on our screens. As a new study on race in writers’ rooms shows, there are alarmingly few people of color behind-the-scenes in television. This recent report specifically reveals just how few black writers there are in TV writers’ rooms.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the racial justice organization Color of Change commissioned Darnell Hunt, a professor and dean of social sciences at UCLA, to conduct this study. Hunt’s report, entitled “Race in the Writers’ Room: How Hollywood Whitewashes the Stories That Shape America” examined 234 scripted shows during the 2016-17 TV season. The study looked at representation among TV showrunners as well as 3,817 total writers and found that both positions are predominantly occupied by people who are white.



We’re one big diverse nation, according to Census data, but there is more to consider than just numbers By Margaret Jetelina

by Margaret Jetelina
Originally published: November 16, 2017
Publisher: CanadianImmigrant.ca

Canada is “one big social experiment.” That’s what former citizenship judge Sandra Wilking — one of the first people profiled in Canadian Immigrant magazine — once told me. Her words have stuck in my head. The image they evoke is an apt one — mixing and blending people from different backgrounds, cultures, faiths and perspectives together in one place, and calling them compatriots.

Today, the metaphor remains just as relevant; after all, the population continues to evolve in this so-called nation of immigrants. Recently released data from the 2016 Census reveals a vivid multicultural mixture; 21.9 per cent of Canada’s total population, or one-fifth, is made up of immigrants. It’s the highest number among G7 countries.

This number has been steadily rising, from about 15 per cent in the 1950s, to 19.8 per cent in 2006 to 20.6 per cent in 2011. It’s a result of increasing immigration levels, combined with the gradual rise in the number of deaths and the relatively low fertility levels in Canada.



New poll finds religious diversity continues to divide Canadians - NATIONAL POST

by Graeme Hamilton
Originally published: November 16, 2017
Publisher: NationalPost.com 

Canadians are divided over whether religious diversity is healthy for the country, but they consider Islam in particular to be a negative force, a new poll has found.

In the survey, conducted the same week Quebec adopted a law prohibiting niqab-wearing women from receiving government services, 26 per cent of respondents said increasing religious diversity is a good thing while 23 per cent said it is bad. Nearly half — 44 per cent — said diversity brings a mix of good and bad; the remaining seven per cent were unsure.



Universal "Accelerates Efforts to Promote Diversity and Inclusion' with New Initiative - MUSIC BUSINESS WORLDWIDE

Originally published: November 16, 2017
Publisher: MusicBusinessWorldWide.com 

Universal Music Group is participating in a new initiative which sees it commit to creating ‘measurable change for representation of women and underrepresented racial/ethnic groups’.

The Annenberg Inclusion Initiative has been launched by Professor Stacy L. Smith at global research and advocacy think tank USC Annenberg in Los Angeles.

It builds on the work of the previously launched Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative.

An Advisory Board has been appointed to reflect the new initiative’s expanded mandate. It includes Universal Music Publishing Group Chairman & CEO Jody Gerson.