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July first marks the one year countdown to our country’s 150th birthday. To celebrate this milestone, our lawyers will be writing a special blog on the first of each month for the next year. The blog will have no more than 150 words (#150words) from a case, or a legal document, or just something about our remarkable country that we as employment and workplace human rights lawyers think is important and should be celebrated.

I have chosen the words of Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella of the Supreme Court of Canada. In 2009, she spoke about her work conducting the Royal Commission on Equality in Employment in 1983/84. Justice Abella’s report became the foundation of post-Charter equality rights in this country. To me, her beautiful words are about listening deeply with an open heart and an open mind:

“My opinions changed and I learned how to listen in a different way. Each of us is limited by what others don’t know. With knowledge comes understanding, with understanding comes wisdom and with wisdom comes justice. And to have justice, we must never forget how the world looks to those who are vulnerable. It was an incredible honour for me to have had the opportunity to work on the Report. But I will never forget the people who taught me to see the world through their eyes.” Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella 2009*

Happy Birthday Canada!

Janice Rubin


About the Author: Toronto Employment Lawyer, Janice Rubin, is a co-founder and co-managing partner at Rubin Thomlinson LLP. Janice regularly appears on Best Lawyers and Leading Practioners lists in Canada and is considered one of the country’s foremost experts on employment law.

*Quoted from the sixth Koskie Minsky Lecture in Labour Law on October 30, 2009 at the University of Western Ontario as reported by (then) law student Kamila Pizon in Canadian Lawyer Magazine.