Events of Interest: July 11-21, 2020

Events are online and free unless stated otherwise. Please let us know of any events you think would be of interest.

Mention of events does not imply agreement or support of event by JRILN. Events are listed because they touch on topics of interest, including immigration and refugee law and policy, anti-racism and anti-oppression, international law, international governance, and community building.

July 12, 2020

Protests and Police Interaction: Understanding Your Rights


Join The 519 and the Muslim Legal Support Centre to learn more about your rights and how to exercise them when protesting and when interacting with police.Speakers: Hussein Aly, Ayderus Alawi, Justin Khan.

July 14, 2020

One on One with Steini (Dean of Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto)


Join the discussion as Dean Steini Brown and alumnus Andrea Barrack delve into how we could have done better with our COVID-19 response, the inevitable strain on our health system, the disproportionate impact on marginalized groups, the issues around collecting race-based data, and the path forward for brighter days ahead.

Following this conversation, you will have an opportunity to ask Dean Brown your questions.

About the speakers:

Steini Brown is the Dean of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.

He received his undergraduate degree in government from Harvard University and his doctorate from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

Steini is well known for his expertise in evidence informed policy making, health-care quality improvement, and health systems capacity-building and strategy. He also has extensive entrepreneurial and leadership experience in the private and public sectors, including in the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care. Prior to serving as Dean of the DLSPH, he was Director of the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, and while in this role, he led numerous complex initiatives, which his collaborative partnerships with other universities, hospitals, government and international agencies made possible.

Over the past several months, we have been witness again to Steini’s outstanding leadership response — in the COVID-19 pandemic. He has worked collaboratively with the Premier and his cabinet on resilience and recovery measures and efforts. Steini, along with many faculty of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, have played a critical role in the response, and will remain deeply involved with Ontario’s strategy. Known as a person who helps clear hurdles, Steini’s vast experience with health systems and health policy will be a part of creating a path forward in what we hope will be brighter days ahead.

Andrea Barrack is the Global Head, Sustainability and Corporate Citizenship at TD Bank Group. She has an MHSc in Health Administration, IHPME at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

At TD Bank Group, she is the lead champion for Corporate Social Responsibility across the enterprise. Previously, Andrea was the Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, providing strategic and operational leadership to a government agency that distributed over $120 million in public funding to the charitable and not for profit sector. Andrea Barrack worked in healthcare administration for more than a decade, focused on primary health care and community health. She served as the Vice-Chair with the Scarborough Health Network and was appointed to the Ontario Health Board of Directors in 2019. In 2016, she was named in the Women’s Executive Network Top 100 Most Powerful Women in the Trendsetter and Trailblazer category.

The Principle of Independence: Providing care based on need


As an international medical humanitarian organization, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) provides emergency care to people affected by disaster, conflict and epidemics, and to those excluded from healthcare, in places where others are unwilling or unable to go.

Join us on Tuesday July 14, from 2-2:45 p.m. EDT, for a conversation about the Principle of Independence and how it impacts MSF’s work. The discussion will be led by Dr. Wendy Lai, President of MSF Canada’s Board of Directors and Tricia Khan, MSF field worker and Donor Engagement Officer.

Our Principle of Independence gives MSF’s the ability to make decisions based on the needs of our patients, independent of political, religious or economic agendas or interests. We rely on private donations to fund more than 90 per cent of our lifesaving work – this gives us the ability to act quickly, and the flexibility to make choices about where and how we work based solely on the needs of the people we assist.

July 19, 2020

Anti-Black Racism in Canada

  • Date: July 19, 2020
  • Time: 2:00 pm EDT for 1.5 hours
  • Provider: Centre for Inquiry Canada with with Humanist Canada, Dundurn Press, and Black Artists Network in Dialogue
  • Cost: $10 for non-members
  • Link: [more details and registration at link]


Racism in Canada has many different faces. To improve equity and justice for all in Canada, we first must understand racism from differing perspectives, and find safe spaces to inquire and understand. That’s why CFIC has teamed up with Humanist Canada, Dundurn Press, and Black Artists Network in Dialogue to bring you a discussion on Anti-Black Racism in Canada.

CFIC and Humanist Canada present a discussion on Anti-Black Racism in Canada (19 July 2020, 2pm EDT)

This webinar will be available to Humanist Canada and Centre for Inquiry Canada members at no charge. A $10 ticket will allow non-members to attend. Additional donations can be made here.

The proceeds of this event will be donated to Black Artists Network in Dialogue, so that they can continue their work of “supporting, documenting and showcasing the artistic and cultural contributions of Black artists and cultural workers in Canada and internationally.”

At this event, Scott Fraser (President and Publisher at Dundurn Press) will interview Dr. Ajamu Nangwaya (Professor, University of the West Indies), about systemic racism in Canada: its origins, the statistics, and the first things we must do to address this issue. Perhaps, most importantly, Scott and Ajamu will answer the question “Can Canada survive as a multi-racial democracy without addressing its racism problem.”

A one-hour, investigative interview will be followed by 30 minutes of Q&A from attendees.

July 20, 2020

An Introduction to Antiracism for White Folks


Scholar and activist Angela Y. Davis has said that in a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist. We must be anti-racist. Join activists Paige Galette and Nora Loreto for a conversation in which they address the following questions:
• What is the difference between non-racism and anti-racism?
• What is white people’s role in the fight against racism?

There will also be time for questions. This webinar is aimed at white members but is open to anyone who’s interested in attending!

Haitian, activist and feminist, Paige Galette is passionately involved in political movements fighting for social justice; the labour movement, Women’s movement, Queer movement and the Black liberation. Paige’s essay “From Cheechako to Sourdough: Reflections on Northern Living and Surviving, While Being Black” is featured in the book Until We Are Free: Reflections on Black Lives Matter in Canada (Rodney Diverlus, Sandy Hudson, Syrus Marcus Ware).

Nora Loreto is the editor of the Canadian Association of Labour Media. She is a writer and activist based in Quebec City and co-hosts the podcast Sandy and Nora Talk Politics with Sandy Hudson.

Ongoing events and series

July 13: Radical Ethics and Black Lives Matter (July 13, 2020, 3-3:30pm ET)


In this conversation Drs. Charisse Burden-Stelly and Sandy Plácido offer an internationalist and pan-Caribbean perspective on the radical ethics of Black Lives Matter though an analysis of capitalism, imperialism, state violence, and antiblackness. From the police murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Rashard Brooks in the United States to the intensification of far-right anti-Haitian violence in the Dominican Republic to the contested elections in Guyana, profound questions are being raised about the relationship of Blackness to both domination and liberation.

The antagonism between Black life and “law and order,” of which the brutality and dehumanization of policing is only one manifestation, provides insight into repression as a means of contending with constitutive lack emanating from histories of (neo-)colonialism and imperialism, capitalist exploitation and neoliberal austerity, and their rootedness in processes of racialization and regimes of antiblackness. Plácido and Burden-Stelly consider how this current iteration of uprisings and demands on the state require a disaggregation of “mass mobilization,” which is coming from both the left and the right; an interrogation of the peculiar appeal of fascist-like nationalism to populations historically subjected to imperial and colonial domination; and a consideration of the benefits and limitations of “popular front”—that is, ideologically heterogenous—demands for equality and justice. Additionally, the Professors take up the radical ethics of Black lives matter as a heuristic to interrogate state power as a function of ruling class interests, on the one hand, and the potential for people’s power to enact meaningful change, on the other hand.

This is an online event. It will be live streamed on the Centre for Ethics YouTube Channel at 3pm, on Monday, July 13. Channel subscribers will receive a notification at the start of the live stream. (For other events in the series, and to subscribe, visit

Charisse Burden-Stelly, Africana Studies & Political Science, Carleton College

Sandy Placido, History, Queens College, City University of New York

July 14: Robyn Maynard TBA (July 14, 2020, 3:00-3:30pm)

CARL Series on Inadmissibility

  • Provider: Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers



Please join CARL for an exciting series of webinars that examine all aspects of inadmissibility under the IRPA.  Webinars will highlight relevant jurisprudence and provide tips on how to effectively prepare and represent clients in fighting inadmissibility allegations.

The series will run every other Thursday at 2PM EST with each webinar lasting 60-90 minutes.    

 3. JULY 16 – Section 36 (Criminality) 

  • Sam Loeb – Toronto

 4. JULY 30 – Section 37 (Organized Criminality):

  • Erica Olmstead – Vancouver

 5. AUGUST 13 – Section 38 (Medical):

  • Adrienne Smith – Toronto

 6. AUGUST 27 – Section 40 (Misrepresentation)

  • Michael Bossin and Laila Demirdache – Ottawa

7. SEPTEMBER 10 – From Allegation to Adjudication (s.44 referrals, MDRs and admissibility hearings) 

  • Aris Daghighian – Toronto

8. SEPTEMBER 24 – Ministerial Relief:

  • Prasanna Balasundaram – Toronto

The entire series is $50 for CARL members and $100 for non-members. Unfortunately, due to technical limitations, we cannot offer access to individual webinars. Those who sign up can view the webinars live and will also be able to access the archived recordings and PowerPoint materials through CARL’s website.

Why is there any fee? The fee for non-members reflects that, due to COVID-19, CARL is unable to host our national conferences. Our webinar series replaces our conferences as a means through which CARL raises funds for our ongoing advocacy and litigation on behalf of refugees.

Please send your payment by Interac transfer (no password needed) to  Don’t forget to indicate your full name.  The link to register will be sent to you upon payment.  If you have any difficulty or any inquiries about your membership, please communicate with CARL Membership Committee:

To register as a CARL member, or to renew your membership, please visit CARL’s web page

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