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The Gender Wage Gap & Changing Workplaces in Ontario

January 26, 2016

A Good Jobs for All Coalition Submission:
The Gender Wage Gap & Changing Workplaces in Ontario

The Wage Gap Strategy Steering Committee

400 University Avenue, 12th Floor

Toronto, ON M7A 1T7

By email

The Good Jobs for All Coalition was formed in 2008 and brings together a broad base of more than 30 community and labour organizations in the Greater Toronto Area. We are working to develop strategies that affirm the values of a truly just society including equity, a healthy environment and decent employment.

As part of that work we seek public policies that put an end to conditions which are eroding equality in the labour market and endangering good jobs with decent working conditions, pay and benefits. Instead we seek policies that help build an economy with good jobs for all, now and for the next generation.

The current reviews of Ontario’s Employment Standards Act (2000), Labour Relations Act (1995), Pay Equity Act, and Human Rights Code are a watershed moment. They have the potential to shift Ontario away from policies that have abetted the rise in precarious and low paid employment.

All four of these laws must be seen as a whole and work together in closing the gender wage gap, and ensuring equity and a solid floor of labour rights for all.

We urge both review panels and the government itself to keep the interests of working people uppermost in their mind as they finalize their recommendations. We need everyone to muster the political will to mandate major changes in our employment and labour laws.

The Good Jobs for All Coalition supports the more detailed recommendations of a number of its member organizations including the Workers’ Action Centre, Ontario Federation of Labour and Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario. We have chosen to emphasize the 8 recommendations that follow.


for the full submission, click on the link below

GJFA Joint Submisson on Gender Wage Gap and Changing Workplaces Review



The Urban Alliance on Race Relations and the Coalition of Community Partners Condemn CRTC Decision Confirming the Dismantling of OMNI Third-Language Local Newscasts by Rogers Media Inc.

January 14, 2016



January 13, 2016

The Urban Alliance on Race Relations and the Coalition of Community Partners Condemn CRTC Decision Confirming the Dismantling of OMNI Third-Language Local Newscasts by Rogers Media Inc.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has denied the application by Urban Alliance on Race Relations (UARR) and the Coalition of Community Partners seeking an expedited public hearing regarding the cancellation in 2015 by Rogers Media Inc. of all local third-language newscasts on its OMNI stations.

In May 2015, the UARR and the Coalition requested the CRTC to convene a hearing to review public concerns about Rogers’ sudden, unwarranted decision to dismantle OMNI’s local third-language newscasts and fire its multicultural staff in its programming, marketing and sales divisions. Our concerns were echoed by over 1,700 interventions from OMNI viewers, members of parliament and multicultural groups.

The UARR and the Coalition regret and condemn the CRTC decision to deny a public hearing and ask how this decision serves the public interest.

The UARR and the Coalition will continue to pursue this matter to ensure both the CRTC and Rogers Media Inc. respect and honour the Ethnic Broadcasting Policy under Canada’s Broadcasting Act, which requires a basic level of third language programming for various ethnic groups to support their full participation in Canadian society.

Endorsed by and for more information, please contact:

Nigel Barriffe, President, Urban Alliance on Race Relations Tel: 416-427-1192
Dominic Campione, President, Canadian Ethnocultural Council Tel: 1-613-230-3867
Debbie Douglas, Executive Director, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants
Avvy Go, Clinic Director, Metro Toronto Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic Tel: 416-971-9674
Chase Lo, Executive Director, Chinese Canadian National Council, Toronto Chapter Tel: 416-596-0833 ext 1 Dr. Winnie Ng, Unifor Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy, Ryerson University
Dr. Joseph Wong, founding member of CCNC and Yee Hong Foundation for Geriatric Care
Roberto Colavecchio, National President, National Congress of Italian Canadians

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Community Forum on Religious Profiling

December 8, 2015


Dec 10 Forum


November 23, 2015


November 20th, 2015


Urban Alliance on Race Relations (UARR) stands in solidarity with the Muslim community in Canada and wholeheartedly opposes recent attacks directed toward our fellow Canadian Muslims.

UARR condemns all acts of terrorism. We are all grieving the loss of life due to recent terrorist attacks in Beirut, Paris, and elsewhere. Unfortunately, events overseas have resulted in a rise of incidents of Islamophobia within our own communities in Canada.

On November 14, 2015, the only Islamic Center in Peterborough, Masjid Al-Saalam, was burned in an act of arson that is currently being investigated as a hate crime. Although there were no injuries or fatalities, community members were gathered at the Islamic center merely an hour before the fire.

On November 16, 2015, a Muslim woman was attacked and robbed in Toronto while picking up her children in the Flemingdon Park area. Reportedly, two assailants assaulted her and called her a terrorist.

The most recent act of Islamophobia occurred today: November 19, 2015. Two more Muslim women were verbally assaulted on a TTC subway. The latest incident involved three suspects: two men and one woman who made racists and derogatory comments toward the Muslim woman. The suspects fled the scene once a witness activated the emergency alarm system in the train.

UARR President Nigel Barriffe has urged “community members and faith groups to stand united against intolerance of all forms and demand our political leaders to take swift action in addressing Islamophobia in our communities.”

The UARR was established in 1975 by a group of Torontonians concerned about the increasing hate- motivated violence against African and South Asian Canadians in Toronto. Our mandate is to work to maintain stable, peaceful and harmonious relationships among our diverse ethno/racial communities in Toronto through research, public education and community engagement involving both the public and private sector.

On December 10, 2015, International Human Rights Day, UARR and community partners are hosting an evening public forum called, “What Can We Do About Religious Profiling?” For details and RSVPs, visit our website or Facebook page:,

For more information please contact:

Nigel Barriffe, President at or call 416-427-1192
Jaafar Dirie, Project Coordinator at or call 416.703.6607 ext 2



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September 15, 2015


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September 15, 2015

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