COVID-19 Statements & Letters
January 15, 2021:
On January 12, 2021, the Ontario government declared a second state of emergency. The Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC) is concerned that these extraordinary measures will disproportionately impact Black, Indigenous and other racialized communities.
July 8, 2020:
The Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC) and the Alliance for Healthier Communities (The Alliance) are concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on those who are incarcerated. Due to the staggering numbers of Black people incarcerated in correctional facilities across the country, BLAC and the Alliance are acutely aware that the impact of the virus will be felt disproportionately by Black communities.
City of Toronto Commits to Essential Physical Distancing Standards to Protect People Experiencing Homelessness from COVID-19
May 19, 2020:
The Black Legal Action Centre, Canadian Civil Liberties Association, Sanctuary Ministries of Toronto, Aboriginal Legal Services, Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario, and HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario have reached an agreement with the City of Toronto today. The City of Toronto has finally committed to enforceable physical distancing standards across its shelter system that will protect the lives of Toronto’s most vulnerable population during this pandemic crisis.
April 24, 2020:
The Black Legal Action Centre, Canadian Civil Liberties Association, Sanctuary Ministries of Toronto, Aboriginal Legal Services, Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario, and HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario have filed a constitutional and human rights challenge against the City of Toronto today.
We are deeply concerned that the City continues to operate and oversee shelters that do not adhere to physical distancing standards. This endangers those who use the shelter system, and has forced countless others to set up tents and encampments outdoors, rather than risk going into spaces where there are already many people who have contracted the virus.
BLAC and Partners Question Government on Decision to Share COVID-19 Test Results with Police
April 23, 2020:
Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC) joined with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, Aboriginal Legal Services, and HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario to outline our concerns regarding the government’s decision to provide a range of first responders, including police services, with the names, addresses and dates of birth of individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19.
BLAC along with coalition warns legal action against City of Toronto for failure to support homeless people.
April 21, 2020:
To prevent further illness and deaths, BLAC has joined forces with a number of organizations to demand the city immediately create appropriate physical distancing, and informed city officials that if they do not do so, we will initiate legal action this week. Read our letter to the city here.
Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act: Open Letter
April 7, 2020:
BLAC has written an Open Letter to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario and the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police regarding the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.
Read the Open Letter here.
Open Letter to Ministers Re: Laval Immigration Holding Centre & Hunger Strike
April 2, 2020:
BLAC has written an open letter to Ministers Blair, Mendocino and Hajdu, demanding for the immediate release of all prisoners held in immigration detention centres and prisons.
Read the Open Letter here.