Racialized Communities Release Report Card on Toronto Mayoral Candidates

 The Colour of Poverty/Colour of Change Network (COPC) today releases a Racial Justice Report Card on the top candidates running to be Toronto’s next Mayor.  For more information about the Report, please read on:



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.

letter to Minister Chan Sept 2013

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.

For more information, please read our press release dated July 29, 2013 and our open letter to the Premier

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:

My Canada_Includes_All_Families Campaign


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:

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:


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:


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:


David Lepofsky's Speech:


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:


Avvy Go's Speech:


Panel Questions and Answers:


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: