Racism still an issue in Ontario, says outgoing human rights chief Barbara Hall


(CBC) Ontario has made progress in combating the scourge of racism and other forms of discrimination but the fight is far from over, the outgoing head of the province's human rights commission says.

In an interview at commission headquarters, Barbara Hall said she strongly believes the very success of our society depends on ensuring the disadvantaged or marginalized are able to contribute fully.

"The most discouraging part of this work is the persistence of racism, particularly as it impacts black Ontarians and aboriginal people," said Hall, whose 10 years as chief commissioner ends Friday.

"We see progress on issues but we need to — as a commission, as a society — be vigilant about these issues. It requires constant pushing."


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