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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. “BLAC became involved in this litigation because, we see every day through our work,

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Ontario Extends ODSP/OW Emergency Benefit Until July 2020

Effective May 1, 2020, the ODSP/OW Emergency Benefit has been extended until July 2020. The Emergency Benefit is for people who have additional costs related to COVID-19 (e.g., travel costs to pick up essential items for people avoiding public transit, delivery costs for essential items for people or families who are self-isolated or quarantined).

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BLAC and its coalition partners take the City of Toronto to Court over the shelter crisis

The Black Legal Action Centre and its coalition partners 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,

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BLAC and Partners Question Government on Decision to Share COVID-19 Test Results with Police

Today, the Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC) joined with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), Aboriginal Legal Services (ALS), and HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO) 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.

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BLAC Statement on the Education System and the Peel District School Board Review

Since we opened our doors to the public in March of 2019, we have received numerous calls and cases from clients that are related to anti-Black racism in education. We receive calls from community agencies, Black families, high school, university and college students, as well as from Black teachers. We hear every day that educational institutions continue to be spaces for the perpetuation of horrendous anti-Black racism.

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BLAC along with coalition warns legal action against City of Toronto for failure to support homeless people.

A coalition of public interest organizations have been spurred to action by the deplorable conditions in the City of Toronto’s shelters and respite centres, which represent an urgent threat to the life and safety of Toronto’s homeless population. The result to date: 113 people with COVID-19 in 11 different shelter and respite sites.

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Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act: Resource & Open Letter

The Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC) has created a resource for our community on our rights and responsibilities under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA). BLAC has also written an Open Letter to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario and the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police regarding the EMCPA.

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Open Letter to the University of Windsor

The Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC) has written an Open Letter to the University of Windsor, in support of Mr. Jordan Afolabi. Read the Open Letter here. Read more about Mr. Afolabi’s case here.

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Open Letter to Ministers Re: Laval Immigration Holding Centre & Hunger Strike

The Black Legal Action Centre (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.

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Housing Security for Black Tenants: COVID-19

The spread of COVID-19 has resulted in housing insecurity for many Ontarians. While we are all experiencing heightened stress and anxiety in various areas of daily life, the Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC) is acutely aware of the specific pressures and differential impact COVID-19 has on Black people and their housing – specifically on Black renters.

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