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UARR Cordially invites you to our 39th Anniversary & 2014 Awards Dinner

September 16, 2014

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Don’t miss out – Purchase your Tickets online now:

 https://www.uniiverse.com/uarr2014

UARR Race Relations Award Winners

September 16, 2014

Debbie Douglas

Debbie Douglas is an active feminist and anti-racism activist. She is the Executive Director of the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants where she leads a sector of more than 230 agencies concerned with immigrant and refugee integration and social and economic inclusion. In the late 1980’s and 1990’s she was active in the leadership of Ontario’s first shelter geared to abused immigrant women; was also an advocate for Employment Equity and worked to establish anti-discriminatory systems and practices in public institutions with a focus on the intersection of identities. Debbie serves on numerous boards including the Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement, Women’s College Hospital, and co-chairs the City of Toronto’s Newcomer Leadership Table. She is the former co-chair of the National Working Group on Immigration and Settlement at the Canadian Council for Refugees. In 2004 she received the YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction Award.

Debbie Douglas is one of the recipients slated to receive the Urban Alliance on Race Relations Award for her years of public service. The award will be presented on Thursday, September 18th, at the UARR’s Fundraising Dinner.

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Lloyd McKell has over forty years of experience as an educator, activist, and community leader. He has devoted a lifetime to advancing equity and inclusion for racialized youth and families. He began his illustrious career at the Harriet Tubman Organization, where he worked with youth. He was the Executive Officer for Student and Community Equity at the Toronto District School Board for over thirty five years. In 2007, Lloyd led the process for establishing Canada’s first Africentric school. He helped establish the Race Relations Advisory Committee of the TDSB and served on many committees including: Central Coordinator of Community Involvement Inner City Advisory Committee, French as a Second Language Advisory Committee and Aboriginal Community Advisory. He currently co-chairs the Mandela Legacy Committee and is spearheading the initiative to rename University Avenue as Nelson Mandela Boulevard. In 2005 he was awarded the African Canadian Achievement Award for Excellence in Education.

Lloyd McKell is one of the recipients slated to receive the Urban Alliance on Race Relations Award for his years of public service. The award will be presented on Thursday, September 18th, at the UARR’s Fundraising Dinner.

 

Purchase your tickets to the Urban Alliance on Race Relation’s 39th Anniversary and Awards Dinner: https://www.uniiverse.com/uarr2014
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Ashok Chandwani Media Award Winners

September 15, 2014

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Jim Rankin is one of the journalists slated to receive the Urban Alliance on Race Relations Ashok Chandwani Media Award for his body of work. The award will be presented on Thursday, September 18th, at the UARR’s Fundraising Dinner. Here are some samples of Jim’s work where he has collaborated with other reporters:

Carding drops but proportion of blacks stopped by Toronto police rises

Unequal justice: Aboriginal and black inmates disproportionately fill Ontario jails

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Enzo DiMatteo is one of the journalists slated to receive the Urban Alliance on Race Relations Ashok Chandwani Media Award for his body of work. The award will be presented on Thursday, September 18th, at the UARR’s Fundraising Dinner. Here are some samples of Enzo’s work:

Ghosts of police shootings past haunt us still

Gaza Strip: a history of misery

 

Purchase your tickets to the Urban Alliance on Race Relation’s 39th Anniversary and Awards Dinner: https://www.uniiverse.com/uarr2014
Special Discount for Students/Seniors/Low-income. 

UARR 39th Anniversary Awards Dinner Press Release

September 8, 2014

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URBAN ALLIANCE ON RACE RELATIONS
2 Carlton Street, Suite 1001, Toronto, Ontario M5B 1J3
Tel: (416)703-6607 Fax: (416)703-4415 e-mail: info@urbanalliance.ca
Charitable Registration 11928-0022-RR0001

PRESS RELEASE

Urban Alliance on Race Relations announces
2014 Race Relations Award & the Ashok Chandwani Media Award Winners

The Urban Alliance on Race Relations (UARR) announces two Race Relations Awards and two Ashok Chandwani Media Award Winners for its 39th Anniversary Awards Dinner, to be held on September 18th, 6:00pm at the Dim Sum King Seafood Restaurant 421 Dundas St.W 3rd Floor, Toronto M5T 1G6.

Every two years, the UARR holds a fundraising dinner to celebrate its history and shine a light on community-based anti-racism leaders who help make Toronto live up to its motto: Diversity, Our Strength. Diversity is more than multiculturalism; it is about policies and practices that embrace respect and inclusion. This year’s award winners are true anti-racism leaders and their work has made Toronto better, safer and more livable for all of us.

Race Relations Award Winners
Debbie Douglas – A leader in Immigrant, Refugee and LGBTQI communities
Lloyd McKell – Educator and Anti-Apartheid Activist

Media Award winners
Enzo DiMatteo, Now Magazine and Jim Rankin, Toronto Star

For 39 years, the UARR has responded to and provided leadership on many race-related issues in the community with a focus on anti-racism in educational institutions and on campuses, in policing and public safety, and in streets and civic life. The first actions of the UARR were in response to racially-motivated attacks on South Asians in the mid-70’s in Toronto’s streets and subways. The UARR’s founding president Wilson Head brought together many community groups including the Labour movement and the Social Planning Council of Metropolitan Toronto (now Social Planning Toronto). Collectively they played a key role in identifying the racism inherent in these attacks to the police, the media and the public. Such an impact has endured to this day.

Please join us, our allies and our award winners on September 18th in celebrating the on-going anti-racism work in our community.

The Keynote speaker is Barbara Hall, who will discuss her role over the last 10 years as Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission; she will also speak about the role of community in upholding Human Rights.

The Emcee is Steven D’Souza from CBC Toronto.

Tickets for the UARR 39th Anniversary and Awards Dinner are $100 each and is available on-line at urbanalliance.ca.

The 10 course dinner will be held at Dim Sum King Seafood Restaurant at 421 Dundas Street West, 3rd Floor. This space is wheelchair accessible.

 

Gary Pieters
President, Urban Alliance on Race Relations
Email: gary@urbanalliance.ca or 416-703-6607 ext. 1

For more information about UARR, check out our website: urbanalliance.ca or on Twitter @uarrToronto.

Advance ticket purchase is required. For details visit our website at http://www.urbanalliance.ca or contact us at 416-703-6607 ext. 5

 

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For more information or to arrange interviews with award winners, please contact Margaret Hageman, Board member of UARR at 647.210.9642

UARR Race Relations Award Winners 2014

Debbie Douglas

Debbie Douglas is an active feminist and anti-racism activist. She is the Executive Director of the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants where she leads a sector of more than 230 agencies concerned with immigrant and refugee integration and social and economic inclusion. In the late 1980’s and 1990’s she was active in the leadership of Ontario’s first shelter geared to abused immigrant women; was also an advocate for Employment Equity and worked to establish anti-discriminatory systems and practices in public institutions with a focus on the intersection of identities. Debbie serves on numerous boards including the Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement, Women’s College Hospital, and co-chairs the City of Toronto’s Newcomer Leadership Table. She is the former co-chair of the National Working Group on Immigration and Settlement at the Canadian Council for Refugees. In 2004 she received the YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction Award.

LMcKell

Lloyd McKell has over forty years of experience as an educator, activist, and community leader. He has devoted a lifetime to advancing equity and inclusion for racialized youth and families. He began his illustrious career at the Harriet Tubman Organization, where he worked with youth. He was the Executive Officer for Student and Community Equity at the Toronto District School Board for over thirty five years. In 2007, Lloyd led the process for establishing Canada’s first Africentric school. He helped establish the Race Relations Advisory Committee of the TDSB and served on many committees including: Central Coordinator of Community Involvement Inner City Advisory Committee, French as a Second Language Advisory Committee and Aboriginal Community Advisory. He currently co-chairs the Mandela Legacy Committee and is spearheading the initiative to rename University Avenue as Nelson Mandela Boulevard. In 2005 he was awarded the African Canadian Achievement Award for Excellence in Education.

Ashok Chandwani Media Award Winners 2014

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Enzo DiMatteo was born in Belgium and emigrated with his family to Canada growing up in Toronto’s west end. He has served as NOW Magazine’s Senior News Editor since 9/11. When he’s not writing he spends time with his wife Wendy and children Jake, Noah and Luke. Enzo’s work on “Ghosts of police shootings past haunt us still” and his compilation of “Gaza Strip: a history of misery” are some of the articles for which he has won.

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Jim Rankin is a reporter-photographer at the Toronto Star. He is a seven-time National Newspaper Award nominee, and in 2002 led a team of reporters, editors and researchers involved in a Michener Award-winning investigative series into race, policing and crime in Toronto. Rankin has won both an NNA and a Canadian Association of Journalists Award with the Star. Jim was nominated for his body of work.

Urban Alliance on Race Relations’ President Gary Pieters on racial disparities in policing #Ferguson

August 21, 2014

Source: http://www.702.co.za/onair/heardonair.asp REDI TLHABI SHOW – 21 August 2014 10:40 AM/4:40 am EST

Heard on the Redi Tlhabi Show – Toronto-based Urban Alliance on Race Relations’ President Gary Pieters on racial disparities in policing #Ferguson

A police officer’s fatal shooting of 18 year old Michael Brown, an African-American, in Ferguson, Missouri has reignited the discussion about racial injustice in America. Brown was shot by an officer six times, including twice in the head, after being stopped for walking down the middle of a street, he was unarmed at the time and according to witnesses had his hands raised in the air in surrender. But the story is not just about Ferguson, 50 years after Lyndon Johnson passed the civil rights act, the United States is still grappling with deep rooted racial inequalities which are widespread and manifest themselves in education, housing, employment, and law enforcement.

Guest: Gary Pieters
Organisation: Urban Alliance on Race Relations
Position: President
Podcast: Scroll to find podcast – then – click to listen | Or Listen Here on Sound Cloud
Archive: Click to listen  

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Ceremonial Street Dedication in Honour of Nelson Mandela

August 13, 2014

The Urban Alliance on Race Relations is pleased that the City of Toronto is pursuing the option of a Ceremonial Street Dedication in Honour of Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa and Honorary Citizen of Canada (1918-2013).

On August 13th, 2014, the City of Toronto Public Works and Infrastructure Committee (PWIC) met to consider the street to be ceremonially named in honour of this great citizen of the world.

Attached is our Letter of Support for the initiative involving UARR endorsement of University Avenue Option (Front St at University to College St) that was submitted to the City of Toronto Public Works and Infrastructure Committee.

Additional information on the Ceremonial Street Dedication in Honour of Nelson Mandela available online on the City of Toronto website at http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2014.PW33.8

We were made to understand that the University Avenue option Ceremonial Street Dedication in Honour of Nelson Mandela was approved by the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee.

The final step will be approval by the full council at the meetings in late-August.

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UARR Dismayed at Anti-Immigration Flyers Across the GTA

August 9, 2014

The Urban Alliance on Race Relations is dismayed at the racially motivated anti-immigration flyers being distributed across the Greater Toronto Area.

The most recent flyers were circulated at the York University Campus in the North-West Area of Toronto. See news story Racist flyers circulated at York U campus | Students condemn racist flyers distributed at York University

The problem with Immigration Watch Canada incitement of racial discord is getting bigger and bolder and we urge York University as well as other similar organizations, the Human Rights Bodies and the Police to respond to safeguard the rights of every Canadian to be free from discrimination based on a prohibited ground in the Code including race, ethnicity, place of origin, and/or national origin.

During the previous weeks, flyers with a similar theme and bearing the name of the organization Immigration Watch Canada were also circulated in Brampton with a similar racist message targeted at Sikh Canadians.

We are concerned that the racist incidents directed at the Sikh community in Brampton specifically the distribution of anti-immigration flyers by groups bent on triggering and promoting emotionally charged intolerance and bigotry in our diverse society.

The anti-immigration flyers which were distributed within Brampton in April 2014 and August 2014 clearly demonstrate manifestations of racism within our society.

We condemn the prejudice and discrimination that these flyers are promoting, and urge all within our society to respect the full diversity of the Canadian mosaic, along with the Human Rights Codes; the Charter of Rights and Freedoms; and the Multiculturalism Act.

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