This Week in Canadian Jewish Advocacy, February 20, 2022
This week, the Toronto City Council passed the 2022 City Budget, which will provide resources to grow the Toronto Police Service’s Neighbourhood Community Officer program and to address hate crime. This is an outcome for which CIJA has advocated at Toronto City Hall and the Toronto Police Services Board for several months and builds on the doubling of the Toronto Police hate crime unit last year.
On Thursday, CIJA convened our annual Jewish Disability Advocacy Day virtually on Parliament Hill. Community leaders from Federations across Canada and representatives from the disability community met with elected officials, including Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion. They discussed with Parliamentarians reforms to the Disability Tax Credit, affordable housing for individuals with disabilities, and the importance of ethnocultural support service agencies to advance the goals of Jewish social service agencies.
Hundreds of members of the legal community attended Legal Perspectives 2022 - Rising Antisemitism: Legal Tools to Fight Hate, CIJA's fifth annual Legal Conference, presented jointly with UJA Federation of Greater Toronto. Panelists explored concrete legal remedies to antisemitism and provided participants with information about tools available to fight Jew-hatred. Speakers included the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, MP, Canadian Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion; the Honourable Irwin Cotler, Canada's Special Envoy on Preserving Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism; Arsen Ostrovsky, CEO, International Legal Forum; Fernando Lottenberg, Organization of American States’ Commissioner for Monitoring and Combating Antisemitism; and Katharina von Schnurbein, European Commission Coordinator on combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life. Learn more about CIJA's work to combat antisemitism here.
CIJA has long advocated for Jewish Canadians living with disabilities, recognizing a genuine and nationwide need for real and lasting change to reduce barriers, increase accessibility, and enhance the services provided to vulnerable Canadians to the benefit of all. Learn about our recommendations to government here.
Toronto's move to combat hate crime praised by Jewish group | Israel National News - Arutz Sheva
A bill that would make Holocaust denial a crime was introduced in Parliament by Conservative MP Kevin Waugh (thecjn.ca)
Truck protest teaches timely lessons about the current face of antisemitism | The Star
Canada is dismissing Amnesty International’s report that Israel is an ‘apartheid state’ (thecjn.ca)
Jewish groups speak out after principal says swastikas depicted, 'Hitler's salute' performed at North York school | Toronto.com
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