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Rule of Law event to launch legal website about historical injustices

On March 29, 2011, the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Metro Toronto Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic (MTCSALC) will co-launch a website dedicated to increasing awareness of the historical injustices imposed by governments in Canada on people of Chinese descent. The website is a project of MTCSALC, with the support of the Government of Canada through the Community Historical Recognition Program. 

Called “Road to Justice,” this trilingual (English, French and Chinese) website is the first of its kind in Canada. Road to Justice examines past legislation and policies that discriminated against people of Chinese descent and provides a summary of decisions in key court cases. The website also celebrates the role of lawyers and community activists in bringing justice to a minority group in Canada.

In addition, the website features video interviews with some of the first Chinese Canadian lawyers and activists who worked on the Head Tax and Exclusion Act Redress Campaign, lobbying the Government of Canada for an official apology.

The launch will be followed by a panel discussion about the factors that led to legislated racism towards minority groups – including the head tax first imposed in 1885, and the Chinese Immigration Act, 1923, (also referred to as the Chinese Exclusion Act) which banned most Chinese immigration to Canada. Panellists will also discuss the importance of linking history to the current struggle for human rights.

Panel Speakers are:

  • Avvy Go -Law Society bencher & lawyer, Clinic Director , MTCSALC
  • Dora Nipp -lawyer, Chinese Canadian historian
  • The Honourable Justice Maryka Omatsu - Ontario Court of Justice
  • Gary Yee -lawyer, Redress Campaign leading activist

Lawyer Paul Saguil, Vice-President of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers, will moderate the panel discussion. The event is part of the Law Society’s Rule of Law series.

A reception will follow, featuring a presentation by Susan Eng, Vice President of Advocacy, Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP).

Admission to the panel discussion and reception is free, but spaceis limited. Registration is required by March 28, 2011. To register, visit the Law Society website at The Law Society reserves the right to change program content, speakers and locations without notice.

Members of themedia interested in attending are required to confirm their attendance in advance, to help ensure adequate space and audio requirements. Contact Susan Tonkin at 416-947-7605 or

Event Details

Date:                                                March 29, 2011
Panel Discussion:                        4:30 to 6 p.m.

Location:                                     Donald Lamont Learning Centre

Law Society of Upper Canada

130 Queen St. West

(Enter through east doors facing Toronto City Hall)

Reception:                                    6 to 8 p.m.

Location:                                    Convocation Hall (Refreshments and light snacks will be served)

Media contact: Susan Tonkinat 416-947-7605,, or Avvy Go at 416-971-9674.

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