restricted access “Life Together”: Public Debates over Human Rights Legislation in Ontario, 1975-1981

Between 1975 and 1981, government, activist groups and the larger public took part in a review of Ontario’s Human Rights Code, negotiating a new human rights framework for the province. This article addresses three questions: how were human rights understood in 1970s Ontario, to what extent did public debate influence government policy, and did legislative changes represent a genuine shift towards a code that could more effectively address discrimination? While this review period represents an important step in Canada’s so-called rights revolution, it also demonstrates the limits of this revolution.

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