Ralph Capocci

November 17, 2009 07:01 ET

Human Rights Proceedings Against School Board & Trustees Go Forward

Standing up for Rights of Marginalized at Issue before Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario

Attention: Assignment Editor, Education Editor, Media Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor VAUGHAN, ONTARIO, PRESS RELEASE--(Marketwire - Nov. 17, 2009) - A Human Rights Complaint of Discrimination filed by an advocate of children with disabilities against the York Catholic District School Board and its Board of Trustees will be adjudicated by the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario at hearings scheduled for November 23rd, December 4, December 10, and December 18, 2009.

The complaint was filed by Human Rights advocate Ralph Capocci who has alleged that he was subjected to a series of acts of discrimination because of his association and advocacy on behalf of children with disabilities.

"This matter before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario is very important to everyone. This critical case will determine if , under the Ontario Human Rights Code, an individual can stand up for the rights of those who are marginalized and may not have a voice without being subjected themselves to discrimination and harassment," stated Mr. Capocci.

In 2007 and 2008, Mr. Capocci played a role in challenging officials and supporting children at St. Stephen's Catholic School who were seeking the restoration of accommodations and filed complaints with the Ontario Human Rights Commission.

In a communication from the Board's Director of Education, Ms. Susan LaRosa, his fears as to why he had been banned indefinitely from his children's school and school Council meetings over a period of close to 2 years, was confirmed.

"Your return to Council meetings and committee meetings will continue to be processed.....the joint resolution of the Human Rights complaints will be the catalyst to the removal of that portion of the restriction".

The Human Rights complaints referred to in the e-mail were filed by the litigation guardians of a group of disabled children collectively known as "The St. Stephen Six."

In an attempt to avoid the level of public scrutiny that this case deserves, during a preliminary hearing on June 25th, 2009, the School Board requested a publication ban of the hearings which was refused by the Tribunal. They also requested the children whom Mr. Capocci advocated for, be barred from the hearing. This request was also refused.

The Hearings will take place at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, 655 Bay Street, 14th Floor, Toronto, Ontario commencing at 9:30 A.M.
/For further information: Ralph Capocci at (416) 722-2141 or rcapocci@danjus.com/ IN: EDUCATION, INTERNATIONAL, MEDIA, RELIGION, SOCIAL

Contact Information

  • Ralph Capocci
    Primary Phone: 416-722-2141
    Secondary Phone: 905-893-9117
    E-mail: rcapocci@danjus.com