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CASJ Annual General Meeting 2008

Posted by casjcanada on December 12, 2008


casj_logo13You are cordially invited to the General Assembly and Election of the Board of Directors of the Community Alliance for Social Justice.

12:00 – 5:00 pm
North York Civic Centre, Committee Room#3
5100 Yonge Street, Toronto

Nearest Major Intersection: Princess Ave. & Yonge St.
Parking are available at the building and in the side streets

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12 noon — Lunch
1:00 p.m. — Program starts

  1. Welcome remarks from the Chairperson, Ben Corpuz
  2. Report from the President, Hermie Garcia
  3. Brief summary (10 minutes) of the study about the non-access to trades and professions of Filipinos in Toronto, Dr. Philip Kelly of York University
  4. Election for 11 positions in the Board of Directors
  5. Ideas, suggestions, observations from the body about issues for the CASJ program of action for the next two years.
  6. Brief presentation (15 minutes) by Avvy Go and  Michael Kerr from Colour of Poverty

Cultural numbers will be interspersed between some of these items.

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Following are some of the actions/activities/accomplishments of CASJ in the past two years:

1. The Chief of Toronto Pollice Services Board, Bill Blair, reported to the Toronto Police Services Board that he would implement five of the seven Jury Recommendations in the Inquest into the fatal police shooting of Jeffrey Reodica. A budget of $439,000 was earmarked to implement these recommendations. Note: CASJ, through its two legal counsels, succeeded in having its recommendations integrated in at least five of the 7 Jury Recommendations.

2. Some of CASJ’s recommendations were considered in the Ontario Parliament committee discussions in preparation for the drafting of  Bill 124 about assisting foreign trained professionals access regulated professions in Ontario.

3. The CASJ position paper on the Live-In Caregiver Program was directly submitted to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the federal Immigration Minister and the provincial Immigration Minister, and to Liberal leader Stephan Dion. CASJ leaders also brought up these LCP demands with these leaders whenever and wherever possible.

4. Various workshops, training sessions and discussions were held with current and past live-in caregivers in the GTA to gather information about their work and living conditions and their demands.

5. A CASJ collaborative study with Dr. Philip Kelly of York University has been concluded. It’s based on the responses of about 400 Filipino professionals and trades people and on the focus groups conducted in a span of months. It’s about the access or non-access to trades and professions in Ontario.

Please invite others who are willing to become members of CASJ.

Ben Corpuz:  (416) 690-2116, or
Hermie Garcia:  (416) 461-8694 / 500-8694,


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