SCC Justice Abella to Speak at Osgoode

Photo: Supreme Court of Canada

Photo: Supreme Court of Canada

The Honourable Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella of the Supreme Court of Canada is the keynote speaker at an Osgoode Hall event on Mon., April 28.

Justice Abella will speak at a Holocaust Remembrance Day event co-hosted by the Law Society of Upper Canada and the League for Human Rights of B’nai Brith Canada.

Justice Abella is the first Jewish woman to have been appointed to the Supreme Court. She was born in a Displaced Person’s Camp in Stuttgart, Germany in 1946.

Alti Rodal, a historian and co-director of the Ukrainian Jewish Encounter Initiative, will also speak.
Cantor Aaron Bensoussan will perform at a reception afterward.

This public event is free, but space is limited.

Also known as Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day commemorates the lives of Jewish people who died in the Holocaust between 1933 and 1945.

Justice Abella was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada in 2004. She attended the University of Toronto, where she earned a B.A. in 1967 and an LL.B. in 1970. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 1972 and was appointed to the Ontario Court of Appeal in 1992.

Justice Abella was the sole Commissioner of the 1984 federal Royal Commission on Equality in Employment, creating the term and concept of “employment equity.” The theories of “equality” and “discrimination” she developed in her report were adopted by the Supreme Court of Canada in its first decision dealing with equality rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, in 1989.

Event Details

    Mon., April 28, 5-7:30 p.m.
    Osgoode Hall
    130 Queen St. W. Toronto
    Enter at the eastside doors, facing Toronto City Hall
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