HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION–Commission Chooses New Champion for theWorkplace Nova Scotia businesses have to be leaders in promoting workplacediversity to remain competitive and prosperous, according to theNova Scotia Human Rights Commission. This message was delivered to more than 70 industry executiveswho gathered today, Feb. 1, at Halifax’s Casino Nova Scotia tolearn how respect for diversity and human rights can improvetheir corporate bottom lines and promote healthy workplaces foremployees. “We need to ask ourselves why one of every two new Canadians whoarrive in Nova Scotia move to another place. Why do they not seea future for themselves and their families in our communities?”said commission CEO, Mayann Francis. The commission named Convergys Corporation as its third championfor the workplace. The Champions in the Workplace program began in January 2004. Itchallenges businesses to examine their commitment to diversitywithin their workplaces. “Champion” businesses host a breakfastmeeting for industry colleagues to encourage dialogue anddiscussion about the role of human rights in creating healthyworkplaces. “I believe global businesses, like Convergys, understand theimportance of attracting a diverse employee base. They are alsocoming to realize that finding employees is only one element of astrategy to increase the diversity of the workforce. Keeping themand providing them with opportunities for promotion to managementis another challenge,” said Ms. Francis. “Convergys believes individual differences produce genuinecompetitive advantages in a global market. Leveraging thediversity of our workforce allows Convergys to maximize ourproductivity and enhance the quality of service we are able tooffer to all of our clients,” said Curt Stoll, vice president ofinternational human resources for the customer management groupfor Convergys. The commission is looking for more human rights champions inprovincial workplaces. “I challenge each of you to be champions for your workplace,”commission vice-chair Lance Hale told the audience. “Take theinformation you have garnered this morning and put it topractical use in your day-to-day business activities. ” As part of its mandate, the commission delivers public educationand training programs to help businesses and community groupswith policy development and recruitment practices that open upemployment opportunities for all Nova Scotians, particularlygroups that have traditionally been disadvantaged.
HMS Defender is a Type 45 Destroyer, built in the United Kingdom and is one of the world’s most advanced warships. The British High Commission said the Ship’s visit now is a welcome signal of the closer defence relations the two countries are developing. She is equipped with the Principal Anti Air Missile weapon system, a medium-range gun, close-in weapon systems and carries a maritime helicopter that is equipped to engage surface and sub-surface targets.While in Sri Lanka the Ship’s company will meet with counterparts from the Sri Lankan Navy and also play them at selected sports. (Colombo Gazette) The British war ship HMS Defender is paying a routine visit to Colombo to take on stores and fuel before continuing with her duties in the Indian Ocean.This is the first time in four years that a RN warship has visited Sri Lanka, a country with which the United Kingdom shares a long military history, the British High Commission in Colombo said.