Police Violence in Canada: Where do we go from here?

On March 12, 2015 at 6:30 p.m., the Law Union of Ontario is hosting a panel with the U of T Law Union to discuss police violence in the Canadian context. This will also include the panelists’ thoughts on various solutions, including alternatives to the police, that could be used to end police violence.

Location: University of Toronto, Victoria College, Room 213

Time: 6:30 PM

Panelists include:

Nader Hasan (Ruby Shiller Chan Hasan Barristers; Professor, University of Toronto Faculty of Law)
Anthony Morgan (Policy & Research Lawyer at the African Canadian Legal Clinic; Board Member of the Urban Alliance on Race Relations)
Yolen Bollo-Kamara ( Black Lives Matter-Toronto Coalition; President of the University of Toronto Students’ Union (UTSU))
Ellie Adekur-Carlson (Chair, Network for the Elimination of Police Violence)

Light refreshments will be served. This event is free.

For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1408641592771922/

Law Union of Ontario’s Annual Conference – SAVE THE DATE!

Mark it in your calendars: This year’s Annual Conference will be taking place on Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9, 2015!

The Friday evening program will take place at Friends House (60 Lowther, Toronto, ON) and the all-day program on Saturday  will take place at Ryerson Student Centre (55 Gould Street, Toronto, ON).

The Law Union of Ontario’s Annual Conference brings progressive legal and activist communities together to discuss an exciting and challenging series of pressing issues.

More information coming soon.


10th Annual Strawberry Ceremony for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls

The Law Union of Ontario is pleased to endorse the 10th Annual Strawberry Ceremony for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls taking place on February 14, 2015 at 12:30pm at Toronto Police Headquarters (40 College Street).
For more information click here.
For information on marches in other cities, click here.


Law Union of Ontario co-sponsors DEFENSORA screening – Saturday, Jan 31 at Cinema Politica Danforth

“Defensora is a deeply moving testimony to incredible courage in the face
of wanton brutality and a shining tribute to the human search for justice.”
(Maude Barlow, Council of Canadians)

Followed by a discussion with:

Murray Klippenstein, lawyer for the Mayan Plaintiffs
Craig Scott, Member of Parliament for Toronto Danforth

Saturday, Jan. 31st – 7:30pm
Walter Stewart Public Library
170 Memorial Park Avenue  (1 block north of Mortimer Ave., 2 blocks west of Coxwell Ave)
Closest major intersection Coxwell Ave. and Mortimer Ave.
Public Transit – TTC O’Connor bus northbound from Coxwell subway station.


Hosted by Craig Scott, Member of Parliament for Toronto-Danforth

Sponsored by:
MINING WATCH CANADA          To be confirmed
OXFAM CANADA              To be confirmed
PROTEST BARRICK         To be confirmed
BROADBENT INSTITUTE       To be confirmed
CUPE ONTARIO                    To be confirmed

Screening is FREE but donations will be gratefully accepted.
About the Film
Canada / USA / Guatemala — Spanish / Mayan w/ English subtitles 2013 41
Director Rachel Schmidt

Defensora is a documentary about a Mayan Q’eqchi’ resistance against mining in Guatemala. The story is set along the shores of Lake Izabal in the community of El Estor where a nickel mining company has operated for over 50 years. Tensions run high against a backdrop of pro and anti-mining camps, violence and forced evictions. The film takes audiences into the lives of defenders in the resistance who struggle to reclaim their ancestral lands and seek justice in Canadian courts for alleged human rights violations. 

Watch Defensora’s preview trailer: https://vimeo.com/41162423
Defensora on facebook: www.facebook.com/Defensora

DEFENSORA documents the historic and on-going land and community defense struggles of Mayan Q’eqchi communities in eastern Guatemala, and their struggle for justice and remedy in Canadian courts against the nickel mining company Hudbay Minerals.

Defensora follows the story of sisters Maria and Angelica Choc, who lead a
Mayan Q’eqchi resistance in Guatemala to reclaim ancestral lands and seek justice
in Canada for the murder of Angelica’s husband, the shooting-paralyzing of
German Choc Chub and the gang rapes of 11 Mayan women.

Set along the shores of Lake Izabal, where tensions run high against a backdrop
and history of violence, intimidation and forced evictions, the stakes are high for the
Mayan Q’eqchi people who risk their lives to protect their lands, speak the truth and
seek justice in Canadian courts, and for Hudbay Minerals that continues to deny their allegations.

“Defensora is a timely documentary that provides candid insights into the
brave struggles of Angélica, German and other Maya Q’eqchi’ women and men
in El Estor, Guatemala who, faced with the grave harm that Canadian
mining operations have brought about, are on the frontline of the battle
for justice in Canadian courts.”
(Jen Moore, MiningWatch Canada)
For more information:
Visit http://www.cinemapolitica.org/danforth
or http://www.torontodanforthndp.com
Check out ‘Cinema Politica (Toronto-Danforth)’ on Facebook.
Call David Langille – langille@yorku.ca or 647 280 7747