An independent human rights board of inquiry has found BayLanding Dining Room and Lounge in Prospect Bay and formeremployee Tommy Duggan liable for sexual harassment. The board awarded former employee, Jan Slaunwhite of ProspectBay, $3,500 in general damages and $6,760 in lost wages. BayLanding Dining Room and Lounge has also been ordered to develop asexual harassment policy acceptable to the Nova Scotia HumanRights Commission within six months. The policy must beimplemented two months after that occurs. The board of inquiry found that Ms. Slaunwhite was sexuallyharassed by her co-worker on Nov. 5, 2000 while she was tendingbar at the Bay Landing Dining Room and Lounge. Board chair BonitaSmall also found that the employer was liable for the behaviourof its employee, Mr. Duggan. Ms. Small wrote that Bay Landing managers did not take adequatesteps in accordance with the Human Rights Act to “send a propermessage to the complainant that this was being taken seriouslyand to the general public that such behaviour would not betolerated.” Ms. Slaunwhite alleged Mr. Duggan stayed after hours to help herclose the bar and sexually harassed her by making lewd remarks,touching her and trying to make her touch him in a sexual way. A complaint is referred to a board of inquiry when the NovaScotia Human Rights Commission believes a prima facie case ofdiscrimination is made after an investigation by a human rightsofficer. The chief judge of the Provincial Court selects anominee to chair the hearing from a roster and the commissionersratify the nomination. The decision on the complaint is then inthe hands of the independent board. Evidence collected during the investigation of a complaint ispresented at the hearing by the commission’s legal counsel. Thecomplainant and respondent can make submissions and questionwitnesses. The board chair then decides whether or notdiscrimination has occurred. All parties have a right to appeal decisions of boards of inquiryto the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal. A copy of the independent board decision is available on thecommission’s website athttp://gov.ns.ca/humanrights/decisions/2005decisions.htm .
Casablanca — King Mohammed VI attended the inauguration of the Ettedgui Synagogue and the adjacent El Mellah Museum in Casablanca on Friday, following their rehabilitation, according to a statement issued by the Maghreb Arab Presse (MAP).Serge Berugo, Secretary-General of the Council of Moroccan Jewish Communities, tells the MAP that the restoration of the synagogue and the museum, “where are exhibited paintings retracing the history of Judaism in Morocco, will also preserve the authentic Moroccan identity.”The synagogue and museum’s restoration display the King’s commitment to conserving spaces of cultural dialogue and coexistence, Berugo added. These restorations were carried out as part of the second phase of the rehabilitation program of Casablanca’s old medina, which also restored the Sidi Allal Al Karaouani Mausoleum, the Dar Annassij (weaving house) and the July 9 Health Center. The program, so far, has invested 3.1 million dirhams in the rehabilitation of these important and historic cultural spaces.“All these projects,” adds the statement, “are part of the Grand Royal Plan for Casablanca Metropolis Development.”The Jewish community in Morocco has always been an important one, as they’ve been present in the country for over 2,000 years, and Morocco has always been a model of peaceful coexistence between Muslims and Jews, and King Mohamed VI’s commitment to restoring these historic and cultural spaces is a symbol of that.