Wednesday October 4, 2006
||Chinese Canadians will recognize Head Tax redress at back-to-back events today and tomorrow in Toronto.
TORONTO. Chinese Canadians will recognize Head Tax redress at back-to-back events today and tomorrow in Toronto. The Ontario Legislature is expected to pass a motion tabled by MPP Peter Tabuns later today recognizing June 22, 2006 as Chinese Canadian Head Tax Redress Day.
Representatives of the Chinese Canadian National Council and the Ontario Coalition of Chinese Head Tax Payers and Families will attend this historic event at Queen’s Park, followed by a reception afterwards for the head tax families affected by the racist legislation. “CCNC, CCNC chapters and redress-seeking groups across Canada have worked tirelessly on the campaign for redress of the Chinese Head Tax and Exclusion Act.” Colleen Hua said today. “Here in Ontario, CCNC, CCNC chapters, and the Ontario Coalition galvanized community support, relentlessly lobbied government officials, and tirelessly reregistered some 800 head tax families in Ontario alone. In conjunction with a nationwide campaign, these efforts effectively changed the tide of this 22 year campaign.”
Tomorrow (October 5th), more than 500 people are expected at the CCNC Annual Tribute Dinner at the Ruby Chinese Restaurant in Scarborough to recognize two community leaders: Tam Goossen and Kenneth Cheung and their contributions to the Redress campaign. “Tam Goossen in Toronto and Kenneth Cheung in Montreal have championed human rights and social justice for more than 3 decades,” Esther Yip, Co-President of CCNC-Toronto Chapter said today. “At Thursday night’s banquet, we will honour their efforts and of our forbearers, as well as recognize the emerging political strength of our community as we move forward into the future.”
Where: Ruby Chinese Restaurant
1571 Sandhurst Circle, Scarborough
(Finch & McCowan)
When: October 5, 2006
Reception: 6:00 p.m. Dinner: 7:00 p.m.
All three levels of Government as well as social justice allies and the business community will be represented at Annual Tribute Dinner.
CCNC is a national human rights organization with 27 chapters across Canada. CCNC Toronto Chapter is a 26-year old organization of Chinese Canadians in the City of Toronto that promotes equity, social justice, inclusive civic participation, and respect for diversity.
For more information, please contact Victor Wong at (416) 977-9871 or Karen Sun at (416) 596-0833 extension 3. Media are invited to cover both events.
Subject: (Media3) PROVINCIAL LEGISLATURE TO ACCEPT TABUNS' RESOLUTION FOR CHINESE-CANADIAN HEAD TAX REDRESS DAY
October 3, 2006
PROVINCIAL LEGISLATURE TO ACCEPT TABUNS’ RESOLUTION
FOR CHINESE-CANADIAN HEAD TAX REDRESS DAY
What: The resolution filed by Peter Tabuns, MPP for Toronto Danforth, requesting the provincial legislature to recognize June 22 as Chinese Canadian Head Tax Redress Day, will be debated and voted upon tomorrow, October 4.
It is expected to pass, as all three parties have expressed support for the resolution.
“The Chinese-Canadian community has played a pivotal role in making Ontario a more prosperous, and a just society. Their tireless effort to ensure a formal apology for the Chinese Exclusion Act and redress for the Head tax has helped turn the page from a dark chapter in Canada’s history,” says Tabuns.
Both the federal government and the City of Toronto have recognized how the community’s tremendous effort to ensure a formal apology for the Chinese Exclusion Act and redress for the Head Tax has helped turn the page from a dark chapter in Canada’s history.
The resolution reads: That, in the Opinion of this House, June 22 be recognized as Chinese Canadian Head Tax Redress Day to honour the head tax families, the Chinese Canadian National Council, the Ontario Coalition of Chinese Head Tax Payers and Families and the entire Chinese Canadian community; their efforts seeking to rectify injustices that resulted from the Head Tax and the Chinese Exclusion Act; and their contributions towards making Ontario a prosperous and inclusive society.
Who: Head Tax Survivors and families, the Chinese Canadian National Council,
and the Ontario Coalition of Chinese Head Tax Payers and Families will be at the legislature for the debate and
When: The resolution will be debated between 1:40 and 2:20 pm in the legislature.
A reception will be held for the Head Tax Survivors and families from 4-6:30 pm.
Contact for further details: Jasmyn Singh (416) 325-3250