Michael Coteau, Minister of Children and Youth Services and Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism, announced on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 a four-year, $47 million plan to support 10,800 Black children, youth and their families in schooling, postsecondary education and employment, as well as those in conflict with the law.
“Our collective communal voice is strong and effective”. For the first time ever, Tuesday, February 1st, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) held its inaugural Lobby Day at Queens Park. Participating were more than one hundred volunteers from Ontario’s Jewish community plus CIJA staff.
Michael Coteau, Minister of Children and Youth Services and Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism, published on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 the “Three Year Anti-Racism Strategic Plan” that will start “collecting race-based data” as a “valuable way to better understand where racial inequalities exist.”
New legislation – the Anti Human Trafficking Act – was proposed in Ontario, where about two thirds of all police reported cases in Canada occur. It would permit survivors and those at risk, to apply restraining orders and also take their traffickers to civil court. In addition, it would proclaim February 22 as Human Trafficking Awareness Day.
On February 23, 2017 the Ontario legislature unanimously passed a motion against Islamophobia. The motion that was tabled by Liberal MPP Nathalie Des Rosiers, MPP (Ottawa—Vanier) reads the following: In the opinion of this House, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario should reaffirm that diversity has always played an important part in Ontario’s culture and heritage; recognize the significant contributions Muslims ...
As of February 21, 2017, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has not yet issued any statement regarding the controversial supplications to Allah that were recited in 2015 and 2016 at Masjid Toronto mosque (Dundas and Bay). Imams led the congregation in prayers in support of the “mujahideen (those of engage in jihad) everywhere”, the total destruction of the enemies of Islam ...
The new Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) will make about 150,000 people in Ontario eligible to receive free tuition, including mature students and adult learners, whose family income is less than $50,000 per year.