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Community Impact Assessment: Survey on the Impact of COVID-19 on Black Ontarians

BLAC has developed a survey to better understand the impact of COVID-19-related emergency measures on Black communities in Ontario. The questions are designed to capture the experiences of Black Ontarians from March 17, 2020 onwards. This survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Click here to complete the survey.

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Coalition requests the government publicly disclose COVID-19 data in provincial correctional facilities

On July 7, 2020, a coalition including Aboriginal Legal Services, Black Legal Action Centre, HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario and others submitted a letter to the Ontario government requesting that they publicly disclose data regarding the prevalence of COVID-19 in provincial correctional facilities and the steps being taken to prevent the spread of the virus.

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BLAC & Alliance for Healthier Communities: Statement on Detainees and COVID-19

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.

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Homelessness Advocates Take City Back to Court over COVID-19 Shelter Crisis

BLAC and its coalition partners are taking the City of Toronto back to court to enforce the City’s compliance with its commitments regarding shelter conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the press release here.

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National Indigenous History Month

We, the Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC) want to honour National Indigenous History Month and the many contributions that First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada have made and continue to make in the fight against colonialism and racism. We stand unequivocally in solidarity with Indigenous struggles for self-determination and self-government.

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BLAC Statement on Policing and Anti-Black Racism

BLAC has released a statement and demands on policing and anti-Black racism. “The work of unravelling systemic anti-Black racism and white supremacy is a war that must be waged on multiple fronts. It necessitates an immediate change to the status quo across policing, criminal justice, education, housing and health. We must stop criminalizing poverty,

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Online Form Launched to Help Defend Rights of People Experiencing Homelessness in Toronto During COVID-19 Pandemic

An online form has been launched at COVIDShelterRights.ca that allows anyone to anonymously report situations where the City of Toronto is not living up to its commitments to protect people experiencing homelessness from COVID-19 in its shelter system. On May 15, 2020, the City committed to use its best efforts to: ensure two meters of distance between all shelter beds;

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BLAC is hiring a Staff Lawyer (Contract)

BLAC is hiring a Staff Lawyer (Contract). See the job description here: BLAC Staff Lawyer Job Description Closing Date: July 8, 2020. While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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BLAC Submissions on Bill 161

BLAC is concerned that Bill 161, Smarter and Stronger Justice Act, 2020 proposes to change LAO’s core mandate of promoting access to justice for low-income Ontario residents. At this critical time, BLAC believes that this will have a negative impact on the Black community and will create a further crisis of access to justice that reinforces existing inequities.

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Know Your Rights Toolkit for Protesters

The Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC) and the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers (CABL) have created a resource for protesters who choose to peacefully protest during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to read the full resource.  

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