MTCSALC and Colour of Poverty/Colour of Change Network make Submissions to UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights


The MTCSALC along with NGO partners from the Colour of Poverty/Colour of Change Network has submitted a Shadow Report regarding Canada's compliance with the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (UNCESCR).

The report touches on 4 major issues facing Canada today:

1. Income and Employment Disparities Facing Racialized Communities and Racialization of Poverty;

2. Migrant Workers’ Rights;

3. Family Reunification and Conditional Permanent Resident Status for Sponsored Spouses; and

4. Support for Community Organizations.


The full report can be viewed here

Media Release on International Day for the Eradication of Poverty


October 17 is the United Nations International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.  The Colour of Poverty-Colour of Change Network is calling on all political parties in Canada to make the elimination of poverty their priority when forming the next government.  COPC is also calling on all Canadians to cast a vote for racial justice.  For more information, please read the COPC press release at:


Media_Release_on_International_Day_for_the_Eradiction_of_Poverty_2015_.docx


The Canada Poverty Policy Audit - Election 2015 

The Colour of Poverty/Colour of Change Network participated in a poverty policy audit undertaken by the Canadian chapter of Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP), in the run up to the October 19 Canadian Federal Election. ASAP is a group of academics and students who work to synthesize and distribute expertise about poverty reduction or eradication, with a view to increasing the impact of expertise on policy makers and the public.

Read the report here:

Canada_Poverty_Policy_Audit_Election_2015_-_edited.docx


Restaurant Owners Liable for over $600,000 in Unpaid Wages and Statutory Pays

August 4, 2015

After more than a year of investigation, the Ontario Ministry of Labour found the former directors of Regal Restaurants liable to its former employees for a total amount of $676,693.79 in unpaid wages, minimum wage pay, termination pay, public holiday pay and vacation pay. To read the full press release, please click here: Press_Release_Regal_Restaurant_-_FINAL.docx

For a summary of the findings of the Ministry of Labour, go to: Summary_of_MOL_Findings_June_2015.docx

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:

Submissions_to_Senate_Committee_on_Bill_C-31_May_2014.doc

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:

COPC_Provincial_Racial_Justice_Report_Card_2014.doc

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:

Challenging CanadasHuman Rights Record at the UN Toronto-April 29 2013 (WORD version)
Challenging  Canadas Human Rights Record at the UN Toronto -April 29 2013 (PDF version)

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.  

To find out more, click here: Canadian Delegation on Human Rights (PDF)
                                             Canadian Delegation on Human Rights (Word)

 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:

Universal Periodic Review (PDF)
Universal Periodic Review (Word)

 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:

 UPR_2012_FINAL_Jt_Submission_COPC-COC.doc
 UPR_2012_FINAL_Jt_Submission_COPC-COC.pdf

Changes in Human Rights System and 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:

Introduction Speech:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALZ9FVOWyrU

First Interview with Carol Goar and R. Roy McMurtry:

Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OxJZjJ1Scs
Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0RcERjfCFk
Part 3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amD9m-psw5s

Panel Introduction Speech:

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugQNbk-htx0

David Lepofsky's Speech:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OrCJr-XS60

Grace Edwards Galabuzi's Presentation:

Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1jeo3dQYlk
Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWuFleyJ0d0

May Lui's Speech:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLVaJmw-wWA

Avvy Go's Speech:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goG5I37MJhs

Panel Questions and Answers:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ne5S5J9plAg

Second Interview with Carol Goar and Susan Eng:

Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFuwK1gpvuQ
Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ajZ_YbG3xY
Part 3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfRb6-QaEBM
Part 4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfbONqw6_G8

End Speech:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_LebnRI9cs