Civic Engagement


The PACER Report 2013

In March of 2012, Police Chief William Blair directed the Chief’s Internal Organizational Review (CIOR) to examine all aspects of the Toronto Police Service (Service) related to community engagement(1) and specifically the Field Information Report (FIR) process. This review was the foundation for Phase II of the Police and Community Engagement Review (PACER). Read more



In January 2012, members of the Black community met at the Jamaican Canadian Association (JCA) to celebrate the 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama and to reflect on the implications of this fundamental change in the political landscape at what was called a “family meeting”. Read more.


Federal Elections, May 2, 2011

Provincial Elections, October 6, 2011

2011 is the International Year for People of African Descent

United Nations Declaration

1. Proclaims the year beginning on 1 January 2011 the International Year for People of African Descent, with a view to strengthening national actions and regional and international cooperation for the benefit of people of African descent in relation to their full enjoyment of economic, cultural, social, civil and political rights, their participation and integration in all political, economic, social and cultural aspects of society, and the promotion of a greater knowledge of and respect for their diverse heritage and culture;

2. Encourages Member States, the specialized agencies of the United Nations system, within their respective mandates and existing resources, and civil society to make preparations for and identify possible initiatives that can contribute to the success of the Year;

3. Requests the Secretary-General to submit to the General Assembly at its sixty-fifth session a report containing a draft programme of activities for the Year, taking into account the views and recommendations of Member States, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent of the Human Rights Council and other relevant United Nations agencies, funds and programmes, as appropriate.