Vladimir Putin

Norton, Keith

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A joint meeting of The Empire Club of Canada and The Canadian Club of Toronto. An exploration of the observation that business leaders are often in a unique position to advance human rights causes. A couple of minutes challenging a few common misconceptions that often stand in the way of a clear discussion of human rights issues. First, a discussion of the misconception that often forms around the very term "human rights." Drawing our attention to three important, well-defined aspects of the human character. Recognising the pursuit of well-defined human rights as a journey without end. The limitations of language. Efforts to codify individual rights and responsibilities. The rights enforcement system, perceived as a means for victims to retaliate against their victimisers. The spread of this as the second misconception. The last misconception - one that relates to the widely acknowledged and remarkable diversity of our society. Our amazing success in getting along with one another. Diversity as one of our greatest strengths. Deep differences present among the cultures of Ontario. The importance of having a forum to which we can turn. One of the most important jobs of the Human Rights Commission. The danger that diversity stress poses to the protection of human rights. Leaders. Chipping away at our sense of burden. Redirecting our attention to the inherent advantages of being in the lead. The pervading idea of the global economy. Some fundamental arguments in favour of diversity as a competitive advantage, as set out by Dr. Geoffrey Gandz. A letter to the editor of the Toronto Star with regard to Canada's relationship with the aboriginal populations. The need to be perceived as a good corporate citizen, with examples. Progressive private-sector employers and unions frequently taking the initiative in social reform. The trend to judge corporations by their ability to turn a social profit. Rights and responsibilities as a matching set. The sense of individual responsibility, as captured in "Judgment at Nuremberg." The legacy of the University Declaration of Human Rights.

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