Earlier this month, SABA Toronto wrote to the Attorney General of Canada to thank her for the Government of Canada’s recent changes to the appointment process for federal judicial appointments. In addition, SABA Toronto advocated for amendments to the Federal Court Act to change the residency rule, which requires judges of that court to live…

On November 18, 2016, SABA Toronto filed a complaint with the Ontario Judicial Council under the Courts of Justice Act against Justice Bernd Zabel of the Ontario Court of Justice in Hamilton. As reported in the Globe and Mail: “Ontario Court Justice Bernd Zabel arrived at the John Sopinka courthouse in Hamilton on Wednesday morning…

Our advocacy matters. This past week, we have seen two extraordinary developments in the legal profession, in both of which SABA Toronto played an integral role. To begin, we congratulate the Honourable Jasmine Akbarali, who was appointed to the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto. She is the first South Asian woman appointed to the…

On October 21, 2016, SABA Toronto made a submission to the Law Society advocating against the recommendation to end the Law Practice Program. letter-re-pathways-pilot-project-oct-21-2016

SABA Toronto joined the Roundtable of Diversity Associations in calling for more effective strategies in outreach and education among workers in the Chinese Restaurant industry. Read our letter here: 2016-09-22 RODA letter to Minister of Labour

SABA Toronto President Ranjan Agarwal was on CBC’s Metro Morning discussing whether the federal government’s changes to the Supreme Court appointment process will lead to a more diverse judiciary. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/programs/metromorning/supreme-court-justice-selection-process-1.3705638

Advertising by lawyers and the nature of the arrangements by which clients are retaining lawyers has undergone substantial change in the past few years, and is in a dynamic state of flux. In response to concerns that have been expressed to the Law Society, the LSUC’s Professional Regulation Committee struck a Working Group on Advertising…

Earlier this week, SABA Toronto wrote to the Attorney General of Canada, advocating for a more inclusive judicial process. SABA Toronto outlined seven areas for change, including better data gathering, more accountability and increased education and mentoring. Read more here: Letter to Hon. Wilson-Raybould – June 21, 2016.

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) is calling for a comprehensive new approach to policing in Ontario that addresses long-standing concerns about systemic discrimination. In a submission to the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services supported by SABA Toronto, the OHRC raises human rights issues that must be dealt with to improve strained relationships…

The South Asian Bar Association of Toronto joined the Peel Coalition Against Racialized Policing (P-CARD), which includes community groups such as the Association of Black Law Enforcers, the Law Union of Ontario and Black Lives Matter, in calling for an independent audit of the Peel Regional Police’s diversity and equity practices. In September, the Toronto…

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