February 16, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Community organizations working to advance racial equity and racial justice in Ontario welcome the announcement made by Premier Kathleen Wynne on her plan to establish an Anti-racism Directorate to combat racism in Ontario.
For Immediate Release
Ontario-wide public education campaign launched against xenophobia, islamophobia, and racism
12 February 2016/Toronto – As Ontario welcomes refugees from Syria, OCASI - Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants is launching a province-wide public education campaign for the prevention of xenophobia, islamophobia, and racism.
(TORONTO, November 19, 2015) - Anti-racism groups condemned the alarming rise in hate crimes across the country in recent days, and called on Canadians to stand together against hatred and violence here at home.
November 17, 2015/Toronto – OCASI – Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants strongly condemns the recent arson attack on the Kawartha Muslim Religious Association's Masjid Al-Salaam in Peterborough, and the vandalism at the Ram Dham Hindu Temple in Kitchener.
The Council is concerned by these attacks as well as other escalating expressions of Islamaphobia, racism and xenophobia, which in our present reality are primarily targeting Muslims, and Canadian residents of Arab and South Asian background.
In a recently-released racial profiling decision from Ontario's Divisional Court, the African Canadian Legal Clinic (ACLC) successfully argued that actions of the Ontario's Human Rights Commission cannot be used by Ontario's Human Rights Tribunal to ignore and dismiss African Canadian perspectives on how to systemically expose and uproot racial profiling in policing.
OCASI - Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants, Metro Toronto Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic and Colour of Poverty - Colour of Change submitted a joint community response to Canada's nineteenth and twentieth reports on the status of compliance by the Canadian government with respect to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discriminiation.
The Joint Report was submitted to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) in February 2012.