Human Rights a Day
  • Language: eng
  • Episodes: 365
  • Last: 31 Mar 2018
Join me every day for Human Rights a Day. It's a journey through 365 Days of Human Rights Celebrations and Tragedies That Inspired Canada and the World. The short 2 minute readings are from my book Steps in the Rights Direction. Meet people who didn't want to be special but chose to stick their neck out and stand up for what they believed and in doing so changed our world. There's still room for you to make a difference. Start each day with something that will inspire and motivate you to take a chance - to make the world better for us all.

Episodes (365)

  • March 31, 1959 - Dalai Lama
    March 31, 1959 - Dalai Lama
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    Published: 31 Mar 2018 Duration: 02:29
    Dalai Lama of Tibet escapes to India. Tibet embraced Buddhism in the 7th century under head of state and spiritual leader Dalai Lama. The present and 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, was identified at the age of two as a reincarnation of the... Read more →
    Dalai Lama of Tibet escapes to India. Tibet embraced Buddhism in the 7th century under head of state and spiritual leader Dalai Lama. The present and 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, was identified at the age of two as a reincarnation of the... Read more →

  • March 30, 1992 - Native Women's Association
    March 30, 1992 - Native Women's Association
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    Published: 30 Mar 2018 Duration: 02:24
    Native women’s group loses discrimination case. In 1991, when the federal government was trying to change the constitution, it gave $10 million to four aboriginal groups to secure their input throughout an extensive consultative process. Un... Read more →
    Native women’s group loses discrimination case. In 1991, when the federal government was trying to change the constitution, it gave $10 million to four aboriginal groups to secure their input throughout an extensive consultative process. Un... Read more →

  • March 29, 1993 - Catherine Callbeck
    March 29, 1993 - Catherine Callbeck
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    Published: 29 Mar 2018 Duration: 02:32
    Catherine Callbeck becomes Canada’s first woman elected premier of a province. Catherine Callbeck spent her life alternating between her love of business and her penchant for politics. Born July 25, 1939 in Central Bedeque, Prince Edward Is... Read more →
    Catherine Callbeck becomes Canada’s first woman elected premier of a province. Catherine Callbeck spent her life alternating between her love of business and her penchant for politics. Born July 25, 1939 in Central Bedeque, Prince Edward Is... Read more →

  • March 28, 2002 - Arab Peace Plan
    March 28, 2002 - Arab Peace Plan
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    Published: 28 Mar 2018 Duration: 02:14
    Arab countries propose peace plan to Israelis. Even before Israel became an independent country, its citizens and neighboring Arabs were prone to battle. Every peace plan put forward evaporated in the heat of violence. Arabs refused to reco... Read more →
    Arab countries propose peace plan to Israelis. Even before Israel became an independent country, its citizens and neighboring Arabs were prone to battle. Every peace plan put forward evaporated in the heat of violence. Arabs refused to reco... Read more →

  • March 27, 1905 - Elsie MacGill
    March 27, 1905 - Elsie MacGill
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    Published: 27 Mar 2018 Duration: 02:33
    Elsie MacGill was a woman of unusual capability and resilience. Born in Vancouver on March 27, 1905, she was the first woman to graduate with an electrical engineering degree from the University of Toronto, then the first woman to receive h... Read more →
    Elsie MacGill was a woman of unusual capability and resilience. Born in Vancouver on March 27, 1905, she was the first woman to graduate with an electrical engineering degree from the University of Toronto, then the first woman to receive h... Read more →

  • March 26, 1984 - Bora Laskin
    March 26, 1984 - Bora Laskin
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    Published: 26 Mar 2018 Duration: 02:35
    Bora Laskin dies while Chief Justice of Canada’s Supreme Court. Born in Fort William (Thunder Bay), Ontario on October 5, 1912, Bora Laskin pursued education in a big way: He earned his bachelor of arts, masters of arts, and bachelor of law... Read more →
    Bora Laskin dies while Chief Justice of Canada’s Supreme Court. Born in Fort William (Thunder Bay), Ontario on October 5, 1912, Bora Laskin pursued education in a big way: He earned his bachelor of arts, masters of arts, and bachelor of law... Read more →

  • March 25, 1994 - Simon Thwaites
    March 25, 1994 - Simon Thwaites
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    Published: 25 Mar 2018 Duration: 02:32
    Can’t fire HIV-positive naval seamen, federal Court of Canada warns. After enlisting with the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in 1980, Simon Thwaites spent six years progressing to the rank of master seaman, where he spent most of his time on n... Read more →
    Can’t fire HIV-positive naval seamen, federal Court of Canada warns. After enlisting with the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in 1980, Simon Thwaites spent six years progressing to the rank of master seaman, where he spent most of his time on n... Read more →

  • March 24, 1853 - Mary Ann Shad
    March 24, 1853 - Mary Ann Shad
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    Published: 24 Mar 2018 Duration: 02:58
    The Provincial Freeman first published by Mary Ann Shad. Mary Ann Shadd was born in Wilmington, Delaware, the oldest of 13 children to Harriet and Abraham Shadd. Both her parents were leaders in the Underground Railroad, which helped black ... Read more →
    The Provincial Freeman first published by Mary Ann Shad. Mary Ann Shadd was born in Wilmington, Delaware, the oldest of 13 children to Harriet and Abraham Shadd. Both her parents were leaders in the Underground Railroad, which helped black ... Read more →

  • March 23, 1933 - Adolph Hitler
    March 23, 1933 - Adolph Hitler
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    Published: 23 Mar 2018 Duration: 02:50
    Germany grants Adolph Hitler dictatorial powers.
 How did Adolph Hitler rise to power? For various and strange reasons, Hitler was sworn in as chancellor of Germany on January 30, 1933, and his cabinet’s few Nazis were assigned key position... Read more →
    Germany grants Adolph Hitler dictatorial powers.
 How did Adolph Hitler rise to power? For various and strange reasons, Hitler was sworn in as chancellor of Germany on January 30, 1933, and his cabinet’s few Nazis were assigned key position... Read more →

  • March 22, 1984 - Jane Gray
    March 22, 1984 - Jane Gray
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    Published: 22 Mar 2018 Duration: 02:12
    Canada’s first women radio broadcaster, Jane Gray, dies. Only a few years after landing her first radio broadcasting job in London, Ontario on CJGC at the age of 28, Jane beat out 90 other applicants to host a cooking program on Toronto’s C... Read more →
    Canada’s first women radio broadcaster, Jane Gray, dies. Only a few years after landing her first radio broadcasting job in London, Ontario on CJGC at the age of 28, Jane beat out 90 other applicants to host a cooking program on Toronto’s C... Read more →

  • March 21, 1966 - Sharpeville, South Africa
    March 21, 1966 - Sharpeville, South Africa
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    Published: 21 Mar 2018 Duration: 01:50
    Commemoration date to eliminate racial discrimination. For decades, black South Africans had to carry identification papers known as “passbooks” anywhere they went. Passbooks formed a central part of the country’s racist apartheid system by... Read more →
    Commemoration date to eliminate racial discrimination. For decades, black South Africans had to carry identification papers known as “passbooks” anywhere they went. Passbooks formed a central part of the country’s racist apartheid system by... Read more →

  • March 20, 1985 - Libby Riddles
    March 20, 1985 - Libby Riddles
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    Published: 20 Mar 2018 Duration: 02:10
    Libby Riddles makes history for women in winning Iditarod Trail dogsled race. In 1925, a diphtheria epidemic required medical supplies to be rushed to Nome, Alaska. Traditional methods of transport could get no goods further than within 674... Read more →
    Libby Riddles makes history for women in winning Iditarod Trail dogsled race. In 1925, a diphtheria epidemic required medical supplies to be rushed to Nome, Alaska. Traditional methods of transport could get no goods further than within 674... Read more →

  • March 19, 1990 - Women's Hockey
    March 19, 1990 - Women's Hockey
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    Published: 19 Mar 2018 Duration: 02:34
    Canadian women take gold at first Women’s Ice Hockey World Championships. Given the popularity of women’s ice hockey today, it’s hard to believe that prior to 1990, it had a very low profile. Not until March 19, 1990 did the International I... Read more →
    Canadian women take gold at first Women’s Ice Hockey World Championships. Given the popularity of women’s ice hockey today, it’s hard to believe that prior to 1990, it had a very low profile. Not until March 19, 1990 did the International I... Read more →

  • March 18, 1992 - Apartheid Ends
    March 18, 1992 - Apartheid Ends
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    Published: 18 Mar 2018 Duration: 02:30
    White South Africans vote to end apartheid. International pressure against South Africa’s ongoing white-minority rule and apartheid system had by the 1980s brought boycotts against South African products and sports teams. The result was a d... Read more →
    White South Africans vote to end apartheid. International pressure against South Africa’s ongoing white-minority rule and apartheid system had by the 1980s brought boycotts against South African products and sports teams. The result was a d... Read more →

  • March 17, 1912 - Bayard Rustin
    March 17, 1912 - Bayard Rustin
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    Published: 17 Mar 2018 Duration: 02:08
    Future behind-the-scenes civil rights activist Bayard Rustin is born. Bayard Rustin was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania on March 17, 1912 and raised by a Quaker grandmother. A bright student and accomplished athlete, he formed an early u... Read more →
    Future behind-the-scenes civil rights activist Bayard Rustin is born. Bayard Rustin was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania on March 17, 1912 and raised by a Quaker grandmother. A bright student and accomplished athlete, he formed an early u... Read more →

  • March 16, 1968 - My Lai
    March 16, 1968 - My Lai
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    Published: 16 Mar 2018 Duration: 02:20
    U.S. soldiers massacre 500 civilians at My Lai, Vietnam. While serving in Vietnam in late 1967, a U.S. Army regiment named Charlie Company suffered one casualty and several injuries from a Viet Cong booby trap in Quang Ngai province. Captai... Read more →
    U.S. soldiers massacre 500 civilians at My Lai, Vietnam. While serving in Vietnam in late 1967, a U.S. Army regiment named Charlie Company suffered one casualty and several injuries from a Viet Cong booby trap in Quang Ngai province. Captai... Read more →

  • March 15, 1990 - Baltej Singh Dhillon
    March 15, 1990 - Baltej Singh Dhillon
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    Published: 16 Mar 2018 Duration: 01:54
    RCMP Sikhs allowed to wear turbans. Baltej Singh Dhillon was born in Malaysia in 1966 and immigrated to Canada at the age of 16. He trained to be an officer with the RCMP, but as a baptized Sikh, was required to wear a turban as a tenet of ... Read more →
    RCMP Sikhs allowed to wear turbans. Baltej Singh Dhillon was born in Malaysia in 1966 and immigrated to Canada at the age of 16. He trained to be an officer with the RCMP, but as a baptized Sikh, was required to wear a turban as a tenet of ... Read more →

  • March 14, 1868 - Emily Murphy
    March 14, 1868 - Emily Murphy
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    Published: 14 Mar 2018 Duration: 02:26
    Future suffragist, journalist and judge Emily Murphy is born. Emily Ferguson was born into a wealthy and influential Canadian family on March 14, 1868 in Cookstown, Ontario. Years later, she and her Anglican minister husband, Arthur Murphy,... Read more →
    Future suffragist, journalist and judge Emily Murphy is born. Emily Ferguson was born into a wealthy and influential Canadian family on March 14, 1868 in Cookstown, Ontario. Years later, she and her Anglican minister husband, Arthur Murphy,... Read more →

  • March 13, 1885 - Chinese Restriction Act
    March 13, 1885 - Chinese Restriction Act
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    Published: 13 Mar 2018 Duration: 01:48
    British Columbia passes the Chinese Restriction Act. In the late 1800s, Chinese people wishing to immigrate to Canada were welcomed into the country because they offered cheap (and in some cases, disposable) labour for building Canada’s Can... Read more →
    British Columbia passes the Chinese Restriction Act. In the late 1800s, Chinese people wishing to immigrate to Canada were welcomed into the country because they offered cheap (and in some cases, disposable) labour for building Canada’s Can... Read more →

  • March 12, 1999 - Florence Bird
    March 12, 1999 - Florence Bird
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    Published: 12 Mar 2018 Duration: 01:54
    Florence Bird Memorial Library opens at Status of Women Canada office. Florence Rhein was born in 1908 in Philadelphia and brought up in a privileged family that believed in gender equality. After marrying journalist John Bird, she moved wi... Read more →
    Florence Bird Memorial Library opens at Status of Women Canada office. Florence Rhein was born in 1908 in Philadelphia and brought up in a privileged family that believed in gender equality. After marrying journalist John Bird, she moved wi... Read more →