The past few weeks (wait, maybe all of 2017 so far?) have been eventful. This post covers things have happened recently and upcoming events or notices!
- The Independent Police Oversight released its recommendations (many, many recommendations, 129 to be exact) and following up from these recommendations, Ontario’s Ministry of Attorney General is looking for feedback from these recommendations. Any submissions are due May 20 and follow these instructions.
We’re asking for your feedback on Justice Tulloch’s recommendations before May 20th. Tell us what you think: https://t.co/jlkkritMSP
— Min Attorney General (@ontmag) May 4, 2017
- In case you want to review our recommendations, you can so here. Feel free to adopt some of the language in our recommendations and edit to suit your own recommendations!
- Naomi, BTL’s co-creator, believes that the numerous recommendations just creates lack of accountability under the guise of transparency. In other words, Naomi thinks that the number of recommendations will be ignored and only a few recommendations will be implemented or addressed (i.e. the less substantive and problematic recommendations)–and the government will walk away, saying, “Look! We did this for you!”
- This! Saturday May 6, 2017, check out Mayoori Malankov and Samantha Peters at the 2017 Law Union of Ontario Conference. They will be speaking at 3:45 pm until about 5:15 pm on “Policing Culture and Implicit Bias: An Intersectional Analysis” (Go and celebrate the brilliance of many legal eagles, along side BTL’s co-cretaors!).
- Once again, Canada “neglects lack of Black Canadians lack of access to protections” in its #Charter35 celebrations (aren’t you excited for #Canada150? #sarcasm)
- And, well, “Toronto Community Housing in crisis: From funding gaps to leadership questions: the root causes of TCHC’s turmoil.”
- Apparently, Toronto Star says you can’t be an activist and a columnist. So, in other words, if you are Black, you cannot write about anti-Black racism and police violence–leave that for the non-Black folks (as per usual).
- Help support #FeministFriday for the month of May (which is, by the way, Sexual Assault Awareness month and pssst, go follow @CnC4SAAM)
- Ontario Human Rights Commission released its report that confirms the realities for many racialized/Black/Indigenous/criminalized communities: Racial Profiling is a daily reality!
- Are you a Black woman and interested in politics? Check out this event, moderated by the formidable Brittany Andrew-Amofah (@BrittanyAmofah) on June 3, 2017
- Kristy Kirkup reports that “Discrimination against two-spirit indigenous people linked to suicide crisis”
- A report in British Columbia finds “82 per cent of B.C. minorities have experienced discrimination or racism, survey finds.”
- If you are looking for some #badass twitter accounts to following, then check out some of our favs:
- We also like to send a huge congratulations to the Honourable Justice David M. Paciocco’s recent appointment to the Ontario Court of Appeal. Justice Paciocco is a well-known justice from the Ottawa region and from his questionnaire, he is sure to benefit Ontario’s justice system even further.