The Respect for Diversity – Student Bill of Rights Act – An Act to provide for the Respect for Diversity and the Rights of Students
In April 2015, David Forbes in his role as critic for Diversity, Equality and Human Rights introduced Bill 612 The Respect for Diversity – Student Bill of Rights Act. Among other rights, this bill will ensure students who request a GSA (Gender and Sexuality Alliance or Gay-Straight Alliance) at school cannot be denied. It also gives students the right to have any cyber-bullying or other bullying concerns properly addressed by their school administration; and that students have the right to have any disability appropriately accommodated.
“Jimmy’s Law” – An Act to amend The Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 to ensure greater safety for retail workers who work late night hours.
In December 2011, Forbes introduced Jimmy’s Law, a bill to help protect workers’ physical safety during late-night shifts. The Law’s namesake is Jimmy Ray Wiebe who was shot twice in the early morning hours of June 20th, 2011 during his late night shift at a gas station in Yorkton. Jimmy’s Law was proposed as an amendment to the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The bill required employers to either schedule a minimum of two employees for late night shifts or ensure that an individual worker is safe behind a locked door or barrier.
In November 2012, David’s hard work led to an increase in safety regulations for late-night retail workers. The government added new regulations that include a check-in system and personal emergency transmitters for all employees working alone in late-night retail establishments. While the changes fall short of Jimmy’s Law to make employers schedule at least two employees per shift at night, they’re still welcome.
Posts on David’s work on Jimmy’s Law can be found here.
NDP introduces Jimmy’s Law
Petition, graveyard-shift tour launched for Jimmy’s Law
Late-night Jimmy’s Law tour finds common-sense protections
Saskatoon tour shows Jimmy’s Law necessary, doable
Jimmy’s Law tour finds standards would be easy to implement
Jimmy’s Law common sense in Weyburn, Estevan
Jimmy’s Law guarantees safety corners can’t be cut
Jimmy’s Law finally lands in regulations
“Rosa’s Law” – An Act to Respect People with Intellectual Disabilities in Saskatchewan
In April 2011, Forbes introduced a second Private Member’s Bill, “The Saskatchewan Respectful Language Act,” which would see phrases and words such as ‘mental retardation,’ ‘retarded’ or ‘retard’ found in government legislation, regulations and materials replaced with the use of ‘intellectual disability.’ The law was based on President Barack Obama’s ‘Rosa’s Law.’ The legislation was re-introduced by government and passed into law on May 18th, 2011.
Forbes received the Francis Schaan Award from People First Saskatchewan for his “outstanding commitment to promote respectful language in government.”
“Layla’s Law” – An Act to Provide for the Protection of Service Animals
On November 10th, 2010, David introduced a Private Member’s Bill which would enhance the protection of service animals in Saskatchewan such as police dogs and guide dogs for those living with disabilities. One week after introducing this bill it became law as a part of The Animal Protection Act.