An Open Invitation to the Launch of the Road to Justice Exhibit
Toronto City Hall, Committee Room 1, 2nd Floor
100 Queen Street West, Toronto
Friday, June 27, 2014, 2:30 p.m.
Please join us for the launch of the Road to Justice Exhibit, a multi-media exhibit documenting the historical discriminatory treatment of Chinese Canadians and other immigrants of colour in Canada, the communities’ triumph over racism, and the lessons Canadians should learn from our history. The Exhibit is the work of the Metro Toronto Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic, based on its website of the same name: www.roadtojustice.ca.
Speakers at the Launch: Susan Eng, former Chair of the Ontario Coalition of Head Tax Payers and Families, Debbie Douglas, Executive Director of the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants, Karin Baqi, Staff Lawyer, South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario
Moderator: Avvy Go, Clinic Director, Metro Toronto Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic
City Council Representative: Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam
The Road to Justice Exhibit will be open to the general public at the Rotunda of the City of Toronto from July 1 to July 3, 2014.
For more information, please call: (416) 971-9674
Some light refreshments will be provided.
We acknowledge the generous support of Unifor.
Changes to Guaranteed Income Supplement for sponsored parents and grandparents
As part of the Omnibus Budget Bill, the Canadian Government has proposed changes to the Old Age Security system so that parents and grandparents who are sponsored to Canada and are subject to a 20-year sponsorship period will have to wait 20 years before they could apply for Guaranteed Income Supplement, among other government benefits. MTCSALC made submissions to the Senate to express our concerns about these changes. To learn more about the changes and our position on this issue, please read:
Provincial Racial Justice Report Card
The Colour of Poverty/Colour of Change Network has put together its second Provincial Racial Justice Report Card to examine the record of the three main political parties in Ontario over the most current term of office as well as the parties’ election platforms as announced to date. To read the Report, please click:
Ontario is the host of the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games
On behalf of the Colour of Poverty Campaign, our clinic wrote to the Honourable Michael Chan, the Minister Responsible for the Games urging him to ensure that accessibility for people with disabilities as well as employment equity for racialized and other marginalized communities be fully integrated throughout the Games and in the legacy it leaves behind.
Legal Aid Ontario Reverse its 1.6% cuts to Clinics’ Core Funding
In early July, Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) advised all 77 legal clinics that their budget would be cut by 1.6% retroactive to April. The announcement was made without no prior warning or consultation.
In response, the Metro Toronto Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic, along with African Canadian Legal Clinic, South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario, work with the Association of Community Legal Clinics of Ontario and other legal clinics to pressure the provincial government to step in and stop the cuts. Representatives of MTCSALC, ACLC and SALCO met with senior staff at the Premier’s Office to express our concerns. This was followed by an open letter that the three clinics sent to the Premier of Ontario, asking the Honouable Kathleen Wynne to support the clinics and help reverse the cut.
In the end, the Ministry of Attorney General did intervene and provided additional funds to LAO so rescind the budget cut to clinics.
This announcement is welcome but does not address the threat pose by LAO’s plan to further cut $4.5 million in 2014 to the community clinic system. LAO has also targeted specialty clinics like MTCSALC for a “value for money” review, which may lead to further funding reduction in support for specialty clinics.
MTCSALC will continue to work with other legal clinics to ensure the community legal clinic system receives the funding it needs to serve vulnerable members of Ontario.
Please read also World Journal coverage of this issue:
Family Class Sponsorship Campaign
To restore family values into Canada’s immigration policy, MTCSALC has launched a new campaign in response to these proposed changes. To learn more about the campaign, please read the following:
Propose change to family class sponsorship
The Government of Canada has proposed changes to the rules concerning family class sponsorship including the following:
1. Definition of dependent children
- The maximum age will be reduced to 18 years (from 21 years)
- The existing exception for full-time students will be eliminated
If the proposal is accepted, ALL applicants for permanent residence will be affected (refugees, economic immigrants, live-in caregivers, Family Class immigrants, etc). Children over 18 years will no longer be considered part of the family.
2. Rules for sponsoring parents and grandparents
- The sponsorship period will be increased from 10 years to 20 years.
- Sponsors will need to have a higher income over a longer period before they can sponsor.
These changes will have a significant impact on Canadians - especially those from racialized communities and low income Canadians - who want to bring their families to Canada.
To read more about how these changes may affect your family, please read:
Challenging Canada’s Human Rights Record at the UN
On April 29, 2013, join us at a special panel presentation on human rights advocacy before the United Nations and learn about the UN’s Universal Periodic Review of Canada. For more information please click:
Canadian Delegations on Human Rights
The Metro Toronto Chinese & Southeast Legal Clinic is joining several other Canadian NGOs on a mission to the United Nations to review Canada’s record on human rights.
Universal Periodic Review of Canada
The Metro Toronto Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic and the Colour of Poverty/Colour of Change recently attended a pre-meeting session of the Universal Periodic Review of Canada by the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. MTCSALC and COPC presented the following fact sheets to the Human Rights Council with respect to Canada’s current human rights issues:
UN Universal Periodic Review of Canada
The Metro Toronto Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic, the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants and the Colour of Poverty – Colour of Change made a joint submission to the United Nations Human Rights Council on the second Universal Periodic Review about Canada’s compliance with international human rights. To read the full report, please click:
Changes in Human Rights System and Alliance's Analysis
- The Ontario Government has released the report on the Review of the Human Rights System in Ontario. The report makes a number of recommendations to change the system. This link will provide the full report.
- The AODA Alliance has done a detailed analysis of the Review Report. This link provide the Alliance’s analysis.
Clinic celebrates 25th anniversary in 2012
The Metro Toronto Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2012. To mark this important occasion, we organized a conference on October 15, 2012 at the Law Society of Upper Canada, entitled “Championing Equality: Progress or Peril?” which examined the state of (in)equality in Canada 30 years after the enactment of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The conference video can be viewed here:
First Interview with Carol Goar and R. Roy McMurtry:
David Lepofsky's Speech:
Grace Edwards Galabuzi's Presentation:
May Lui's Speech:
Avvy Go's Speech:
Panel Questions and Answers:
Second Interview with Carol Goar and Susan Eng: