TORONTO, April 2, 2019 /CNW/ - OCASI – Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants together with the City of Toronto Newcomer Office and a coalition of community, voluntary and academic groups will launch Refugee Rights Awareness Month - April 2019, in Toronto.
Date: Thursday, April 4, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Member's Lounge, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West, Toronto
- Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson – Remarks and reading of Mayor's Proclamation
- Chenkplen Cox – A refugee's journey
- Ahmed Adan – Spoken word
Hosted by Debbie Douglas, Executive Director, OCASI and Vera Dodic, Manager, Toronto Newcomer Office.
Refugees, community workers, volunteers and students will be present to participate in the launch.
April 4th is the anniversary of the Supreme Court's 1985 Singh decision, which is commemorated every year in communities across Canada as Refugee Rights Day. In this decision the Supreme Court found that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects the fundamental rights of refugees, a decision that resulted in the right to an oral hearing of a refugee claim.
Toronto Refugee Rights Month Planning Committee:
Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture | Canadian Friends Service Committee | Centre for Refugee Studies, York University | COSTI | CultureLink | FCJ Refugee Centre | Matthew House | OCASI – Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants | Romero House | Ryerson University Lifeline Syria Challenge | Salvadorean Canadian Association | Sojourn House | Syria Response and Refugee Initiative, York University | TNO - The Neighbourhood Organization | Turtle House Art/Play Centre
SOURCE Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants - OCASI
For further information: Amy Casipullai, OCASI, Tel: 416-524-4950 [email protected]