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Transforming rights : reflections from the front lines /
Maxwell Yalden.
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Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c2009.
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xiv, 265 pages ; 24 cm.
ISBN
1442640073, 9781442640078
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Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c2009.
isbn
1442640073
9781442640078
catalogue key
6869499
 
Includes bibliographical references (pages [253]-259) and index.
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"I have long admired Max Yalden's career of public service. His book Transforming Rights: Reflections from the Front Linesis an excellent, comprehensive and candid review of universal themes as they have evolved both in Canada and internationally."
'I have long admired Max Yalden's career of public service. His book Transforming Rights: Reflections from the Front Lines is an excellent, comprehensive and candid review of universal themes as they have evolved both in Canada and internationally.'
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Maxwell Yalden began his career in the Department of External Affairs; he was posted to Moscow and Paris, and later as ambassador to Belguim. As Canada's Language Commissioner from 1977-1984, he worked to reinforce the Official Languages Act, and language equality, encouraging Canadians to become more inclusive in their attitudes towards both official languages. Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission from 1987-1996, he also served for eight years as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee. Transforming Rights draws on Yalden's extensive experience in rights work to provide a personal assessment of how issues of human rights and language rights have evolved over the past forty years, both within Canada and internationally.Transforming Rights contends that Canadian rights principles reflect a unique history and character and examines the interplay of historical and contemporary Canadian standards with comparable international norms. Yalden argues that Canada's rights achievements demonstrate that though it may not be possible to change beliefs and attitudes through policy and legislation, it is certainly possible to change behaviour - facilitating the expansion of rights. Authoritative and anecdotal, Yalden offers an informed insider's opinion on continuously evolving human rights norms and the impact they have had on the way that people live their lives.
Main Description
Maxwell Yalden began his career in the Department of External Affairs; he was posted to Moscow and Paris, and later as ambassador to Belguim. As Canada's Language Commissioner from 1977-1984, he worked to reinforce the Official Languages Act, and language equality, encouraging Canadians to become more inclusive in their attitudes towards both official languages. Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission from 1987-1996, he also served for eight years as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee. Transforming Rightsdraws on Yalden's extensive experience in rights work to provide a personal assessment of how issues of human rights and language rights have evolved over the past forty years, both within Canada and internationally. Transforming Rightscontends that Canadian rights principles reflect a unique history and character and examines the interplay of historical and contemporary Canadian standards with comparable international norms. Yalden argues that Canada's rights achievements demonstrate that though it may not be possible to change beliefs and attitudes through policy and legislation, it is certainly possible to change behaviour - facilitating the expansion of rights. Authoritative and anecdotal, Yalden offers an informed insider's opinion on continuously evolving human rights norms and the impact they have had on the way that people live their lives.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Personal Filep. 1
School, University, Graduate Studiesp. 1
A Public Service Careerp. 7
The Department of External Affairsp. 7
The Secretary of State's Department and the Department of Communicationsp. 16
Official Languages Commissionerp. 19
Canadian Ambassador to Belgium and Luxemburgp. 21
Human Rights Commissionerp. 22
Member, United Nations Human Rights Committeep. 23
Language Rightsp. 25
The Background to Language Reformp. 27
The Origins of the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalismp. 30
The Royal Commission Recommendations and Government Reactionsp. 32
Preliminary Reportp. 32
General Introductionp. 36
The Official Languagesp. 39
Educationp. 66
The Work Worldp. 75
Other Ethnic Groupsp. 93
The Federal Capitalp. 100
Voluntary Associationsp. 104
Summary of Commission Proposals and Government Reactionsp. 107
Human Rightsp. 115
Introductionp. 115
The University of Human Rights Normsp. 117
Perspectives on Human Rightsp. 118
Narrow and Broad Approachesp. 119
Rights and Responsibilitiesp. 120
The Pendulum Effect and the Rights Industryp. 122
Rights and the Pressp. 123
Conflicting Rightsp. 125
The Canadian Experiencep. 130
Policy Objectivesp. 130
Implementationp. 133
The Charter, Legislation, and the Courtsp. 134
Ombudsman Offices and Human Rights Commissionsp. 141
Discriminationp. 144
Women's Rights and Sex Discriminationp. 147
Sexual Orientationp. 150
Age Discriminationp. 154
Disabilityp. 158
Race, Ethnic Origin, and Religionp. 161
Multiculturalismp. 165
Employment Equityp. 178
Pay Equityp. 183
Aboriginal Rightsp. 186
Human Rights and International Relationsp. 197
Terminologyp. 197
International Human Rights Machineryp. 198
The High Commissioner for Human Rightsp. 202
Regional Human Rights Machineryp. 203
The Human Rights Covenants and the Treaty Bodiesp. 204
Canada and International Human Rights Machineryp. 209
Canada and Human Rights Violationsp. 215
Summing up and Conclusionsp. 219
Language Rightsp. 219
Human Rightsp. 223
Appendix: Official Languages and Human Rights Commissionersp. 231
Notesp. 233
Select Bibliographyp. 253
Indexp. 261
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