TORONTO, Oct. 7 /CNW/ - Colour of Change, a community based network of
organizations and individuals to raise public awareness around issues
concerning and affecting communities of colour, has released a Racial Justice
Review concerning federal policies, programs and initiatives that have
affected Ontario racialized communities over the last two federal Governments'
terms of office.
The Racial Justice Review presents a snapshot of important areas of
federal policy and program development that have either had a positive or a
negative effect on communities of colour, as well as the missed opportunities
of having failed to enact measures which could have helped improve the lives
of members of racialized communities. The specific areas of public policy are:
Human Rights and Anti-Racism, Economic Measures and Policies, National
Security, Immigration and Refugee Law, Youth Criminal Justice, and Health and
The Review suggests that many policies and laws introduced over the last
several years have had a negative impact on racialized communities, although
there have been a few positive measures taken as well.
The Colour of Change invites all members of the public to consider this
Racial Equity-Racial Justice Review before they cast their vote on October 14,
2008. Irrespective of the outcome of the election, the Colour of Change urges
all major political parties to ensure that the needs and concerns of
racialized communities will be addressed in the new government.
The complete report is at www.ocasi.org
For further information:
For further information: Debbie Douglas, Executive Director, Ontario
Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants - (416) 322-4950; Avvy Go, Clinic
Director, Metro Toronto Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic - (416)
971-9674; Uzma Shakir, Atkinson Justice Research Fellow - (647) 802-9937