Sunday, 26 March 2017

Justice Michael Tulloch to submit his review report of civilian oversight bodies for police in Ontario

By Neil Armstrong

Justice Michael Tulloch speaking at the opening of an exhibition at Ryerson Image Centre.

Hanging out with community activist and Osgoode Hall law student, Knia Singh.

One day before Justice Michael Tulloch receives a vice chancellor’s award at the University of the West Indies Toronto Benefit Gala, he will submit his review of civilian oversight bodies for police in Ontario to the government.

The vice chancellor’s award, given to people of Caribbean heritage who have made significant contributions within their organizations and communities, will b presented to five community leaders, Tulloch included.

In a letter to community members last week regarding his upcoming report, Justice Tulloch notes that on April 29, 2016, he was asked by the Government of Ontario to conduct an independent review of the civilian oversight bodies for police in Ontario. These bodies are the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD), and the Ontario Civilian Police Commission (OCPC).

“Once I accepted the assignment I put together a team of highly dedicated and competent professionals to assist me in conducting the review. Over the past eleven months my team and I have examined in detail the existing legislation, practices and processes regarding police oversight. As well, we have reviewed numerous past reports which led to the creation and evolution of the oversight bodies and engaged in a very extensive and unprecedented consultation process across the province.

“We have now completed our consultations and I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your participation and your contribution. Your input in this process was essential to the formulation of my recommendations.

“As required by the Order-in-Council, my Report containing all recommendations will be delivered to the Attorney General on March 31, 2017. I expect that it will be made available to the public the following week.”

Following the public release, Justice Tulloch will present his report in five cities to community and policing stakeholders. 

The presentations will be held at the following locations:

April 11, 2017
Ryerson University, Ryerson International Living Learning Centre, International Room
240 Jarvis Street

April 12, 2017
Ottawa Conference & Event Centre, Room 110
200 Coventry Road

April 18, 2017
St. Clair College Centre for the Arts, Waterfront Ballroom
201 Riverside Drive West

Thunder Bay
April 20, 2017
Da Vinci Centre, Marco Polo Room
340 S. Waterloo Street

April 24, 2017
Sheraton Hamilton Hotel, Centre Ballroom
116 King Street West

Space is limited so anyone wanting to attend should rsvp their attendance to, indicating which presentation they will attend.

On April 1, Justice Tulloch will receive a vice chancellor’s award along with four others at the UWI Toronto Benefit Galat at The Ritz-Carlton which will be hosted by CBC news anchor, Dwight Drummond.

Justice Tulloch has been a judge on the Court of Appeals for Ontario since 2012 following nine years on the Superior Court of Justice. He was an Assistant Crown Attorney in both Peel and Toronto. 

In 1995, he entered private practice, specializing in criminal law and continued in this practice until his appointment to the Bench in 2003.

During his private practice, Justice Tulloch was also appointed a special prosecuting agent with the Federal Department of Justice, participating in a number of commissions. He has been actively involved in post-secondary education as well as numerous community organizations. 

In 2011, he was appointed a Distinguished Research Fellow for the Centre of Law and Policy at Ryerson University. He is the recipient of two honorary doctorate degrees: a Doctor of Laws from the University of Guelph and a Doctor of Theology from Tyndale University and Seminary. 

The other vice chancellor’s award recipients are: Dr. Renn Holness, consultant neurosurgeon; Wayne Purboo, entrepreneur and philanthropist; Dr. Vivian Rambihar, cardiologist and community activist; and Kay McConney, businesswoman and retired diplomat.

The chancellor’s award will be presented to the company, GraceKennedy, while Archbishop Desmond Tutu is the recipient of the luminary award.

Canadian senator, Murray Sinclair, will receive the G. Raymond Chang award.

Under the theme “Light, Learning and Liberty”, the University of the West Indies Toronto Benefit Gala provides funds for scholarships. 

Over 250 scholarships have been awarded to date. Over 70 have graduated, most with first class honours. The patron of the eighth annual Gala is The G. Raymond Chang Family (wife Donette Chin-Loy Chang, and children Andrew Chang and Brigette Chang Addorisio). Lead Sponsor is Scotiabank for the eighth consecutive year. The event is sold out.


A Different Booklist and Toronto Storytelling Festival present “Storytelling at its Best” featuring master storytellers from the USA: Karima Amin & Charlotte Blake Alston, hosted by Itah Sadu on Wednesday, March 29, 7-9pm at A Different Booklist Cultural Centre, 777-779 Bathurst St., Toronto. Admission: $10

The Consulate General of Saint Lucia in Toronto and A Different Booklist present “A Tribute Evening for Derek Walcott,” 1992 Nobel Prize winner in Literature. Reception, Readings, Remembrances on Friday, March 31, 6:30pm at A Different Booklist Cultural Centre, 777-779 Bathurst St., Toronto. You are invited to share your thoughts, memories and poetry.

Public lecture: “50 years ‘Beyond Vietnam’: Dr. King’s Revolutionary Dream Against Our Neoliberral /Neofascist Nightmare” by Robin D. G. Kelley, Professor and Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in U.S. History, UCLA on Saturday, April 1, 5pm at Bloor United Church, 300 Bloor Street West, Toronto.

Professor Kelley is the author of Hammer and Hoe; Race Rebels; Yo’ Mama’s DisFunktional: Fighting the Culture Wars in Urban America; Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination; Thelonius Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original; Africa Speaks, America Answers!: Modern Jazz in Revolutionary Times.

Opening with Lee Maracle, author, instructor and traditional teacher, and Faith Nolan, celebrated social justice activist and musician.
Free and open to the public. Wheelchair accessible. ASL provided.

Sponsors: A Different Booklist; Caribbean Studies; Academic Initiatives Fund; New College; Women and Gender Studies; African Studies; Geography and Planning; Centre for the Study of the United States, at the Munk School of Global Affairs; Diaspora and Transnational Studies; Equity Studies; Hart House; History; MVS Proseminar; and the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto.

The African Canadian Mental Health strategic planning session will be held on Saturday, April 1, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Sally Horsefall Eaton Building, SHE 549, 5th Floor, Ryerson University, 99 Gerrard St. East, Toronto. Contact for more information.

Ms. Letna in association with The Scarborough Hospital Foundation and Rouge Valley Health System Foundation presents the “5th annual Healing Hope Fundraising Brunch” on Sunday, April 2, 1-5pm at Sts. Peter & Pau; Banquet Hall, 231 Milner Ave., Scarborough. Call Ms. Letna: 647-406-5668/Foundation supporting SRH; 416-281-7342. Hosted by Marcia Brown. Keynote speaker: Dr. Theepa Sundaralingam.

Robin D.G Kelley & Fred Moten in Conversation on Monday, April 3, 6p.m. at Great Hall, Hart House, University of Toronto.
Robin D.G. Kelley, Professor & Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in U.S. History, UCLA and Fred Moten, Professor, Department of English, UC Riverside. Northrop Frye Visiting Scholar, University of Toronto.
Moderated by Rinaldo Walcott, Director, WGSI and Afua Cooper, James Robinson Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies, Dalhousie University.
Tickets are free but required.

The Nuts & Bolts of Event Planning with Sandra Whiting on Saturday, April 8, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Verity, 199 Queen Street East, Toronto. Introductory workshop. Subsidized spaces now available. $149 per person or for two $275 (must be booked by one person). Covered in 4 hours will be: How to make a plan; Work the plan and execute your event; Important things to think about (they will surprise you).

Mawenzi House and A Different Booklist present “A Night of Great Poetry and Reception” with Natasha Kanape Fontaine, George Elliott Clarke and Charles C. Smith on Thursday, April 6, 6:30pm at A Different Booklist Cultural Centre, 777-779 Bathurst St., Toronto. Free Admission

April 7-8: A Different Booklist Cultural Centre Open House, Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with a twist – Bring your own ribbon to cut. Formalities: April 7 at 7pm. Open House: Friday, April 7 at 6pm. Saturday, April 8 at 11am.

Global Afrikan Community Network (G.A.C.N.) presents Professor James Small LIVE in Toronto – 2-Day Lecture Series -- Saturday April 29 & Sunday April 30. At York University on Saturday, April 29 and at the Toronto Plaza Hotel (1677 Wilson Ave) on Sunday, April 30.

Lecture Topics:  Saturday: Post Traumatic Slavery Syndrome/Disorder
Sunday:  Overstanding True African Religion & Spiritual   Systems
Time: 3pm - 9pm Both days

Ticket Price: $20 each day or both days $35
Children under 16 years are FREE. Students $10 at the door, with a valid high school or post secondary school ID.

Professor Small will take his audience on an amazing 2-day journey through the effects of the Maafa and its impact on the minds of the African family. Professor Small will relay solutions on how the African family can unravel the effects through the inner/over and understanding of the African spiritual systems and the powers that it possess. Powers that have been left and are now ready to be reclaimed.

Join us on Saturday before the lecture, for a special viewing of the documentary 'Out Of Darkness'

Come out and support our vendors at the Black Market, the market will feature an array of African inspired products & services.
Bring your business cards and connect with others in our community!

This 2-day event promises to be a historic and memorable one, you don't want to miss this!! 

For Information & Tickets: Call 647-919-0466 (Kofi) Email - or Ma'at Re Email -

For Vending Opportunities & Information: Call 416-454-3848 (Lori) Email -

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