A ruling in a civil damages case awarding $80,000 to a man racially profiled by a Toronto police officer is believed to be the largest of its kind so far in Ontario.
Legal Aid Ontario would like to invite you to a community meeting that it is holding to get input on legal services to the Black community. We want to hear your views in order to begin the important work of setting up a new, independent, Black-focused and Black-led clinic. We also want to tell you […]
The provincial government will begin collecting and analyzing data on the ethnicity of students in an attempt to improve school achievement. The move was announced today by Education Minister Mitzie Hunter as just one part of the province’s new equity action plan. Source: CBC (article available in English only)
Ontario is working to promote greater diversity and improve gender balance in appointments to the Ontario Court of Justice.
The Nova Scotia Judiciary has launched a mentorship program for African-Nova Scotian and Indigenous lawyers who want to become judges. Source: CBC (article available in English only)
Only white people have ever sat on the Supreme Court of Canada. Some believe it is high time this should change, while others continue to defend the idea of “merit” as the basis for appointments, evidently finding nothing suspicious about an ostensibly meritocratic system in which only white people rise to the highest positions. The […]
Black people with no history of criminal convictions have been three times more likely to be arrested by Toronto police for possession of small amounts of marijuana than white people with similar backgrounds, according to a Toronto Star analysis.
According to the Black Experience Project, a groundbreaking survey of 1,504 self-identified Black individuals in Greater Toronto, 53 per cent of the participants identified themselves as Black regardless of their heritage, country of origin, and ethnocultural and other identities.
LAO will be holding a series of in-person and online sessions this fall to meet with clients, lawyers, community legal clinics and other community agencies to talk about some of the issues faced by racialized communities when it comes to getting the legal services they need.
On July 5, 2015, Andrew Loku, a South Sudanese refugee suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder connected to torture he suffered after being kidnapped in Sudan, was shot and killed by Toronto police officers responding to an emergency call about a man with a hammer threatening to kill someone