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QUEBEC'S CHECK OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS' FRENCH PROFICIENCY LIKELY RACIALLY DISCRIMINATORY AND UNCONSTITUTIONAL


Montreal, April 18, 2017 — The recent practices of the Quebec Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion (MIDI) to scrutinize and penalize international students about their French proficiency may be racially discriminatory, in violation of these students' constitutional rights, and should be legally challenged.

LA MOTION DU VRAI CHANGEMENT POUR MONTRÉAL SUR LE PROFILAGE RACIAL : UNE INTERVENTION NÉCESSAIRE


Montréal, 25 avril 2017 — La motion déposée récemment au Conseil municipal de Montréal par Vrai changement pour Montréal, visant à s’attaquer au profilage racial, est un geste important et nécessaire dans la lutte contre ce fléau qui perdure depuis trop longtemps.

TRANSPORT EN COMMUN ET USAGERS HANDICAPÉS : LA DÉCISION DE LA COMMISSION DES DROITS FAIT RECULER LA LUTTE CONTRE LA DISCRIMINATION SYSTÉMIQUE


Montréal, 11 avril 2017 — La décision fort inquiétante de la Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse, qui rejette les plaintes de discrimination dans le transport en commun logées par des usagers handicapés, a créé un précédent néfaste à la lutte contre la discrimination systémique et à la promotion de l’accommodement raisonnable au Québec.

PUBLIC TRANSIT AND DISABLED RIDERS: HUMAN RIGHTS DECISION A MAJOR SETBACK FOR FIGHT AGAINST SYSTEMIC DISCRIMINATION


Montreal, April 11, 2017 — The Quebec Human Rights and Youth Rights Commission’s highly disturbing decision, which dismissed a number of complaints of discrimination in public transit filed by disabled riders, has created a negative precedent for the fight against systemic discrimination and in favor of reasonable accommodation in Quebec.

This was CRARR’s position at a press conference held today by RAPLIQ, a disabled rights advocacy group.

UN NOMBRE INHABITUELLEMENT ÉLEVÉ DE DEMANDES D’AIDE REÇUES AU CRARR LORS DU PREMIER TRIMESTRE 2017


Montréal, 14 avril 2017 — Les trois premiers mois de 2017 ont vu un accroissement inhabituel du nombre de demandes d’assistance reçues par le CRARR de la part de victimes de discrimination basée sur la race et d’autres motifs de discrimination.

Trente neuf (39) des quarante six (46) nouvelles demandes d’assistance et d’intervention auprès des services du CRARR concernent trois secteurs principalement : l’emploi, la sécurité publique, et l’éducation.

UNUSUAL HIGH NUMBER OF COMPLAINTS RECEIVED IN FIRST QUARTER OF 2017


Montreal, April 14, 2017 — The first three months of 2017 saw an unusually number of requests for assistance from victims of discrimination based on race and other prohibited grounds.

Thirty nine (39) of the 46 new requests for CRARR’s assistance involve three main sectors: employment and labor; law enforcement, and education.

RACIAL PROFILING: SIX POLICE CARS SURROUNDED YOUNG BLACK MAN FOR DANCING NEXT TO HIS PARKED CAR


Montréal, March 19, 2017 — A young Black man was intercepted by the police for dancing next to his parked car, in front of his white girlfriend's home in Côte-des-Neiges. Surrounded by six police cars, he eventually received a $48 ticket for “being a pedestrian and standing on the roadway to deal with the occupant of a vehicle.”

UNIVERSITY'S FAILURE TO ACCOMMODATE ACADEMIC NEEDS OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT VICTIMS: A MAJOR SYSTEMIC OBSTACLE


Montreal, April 4, 2017 — Several victims of campus sexual harassment have encountered another systemic obstacle in their efforts to seek protection and pursue their studies: the inadequate support given by the administration to their academic needs.

RACISME SYSTÉMIQUE À L’ÉCOLE PRIMAIRE MCCAIG : LE CRARR REÇOIT LE MANDAT D’UNE MÈRE POUR DÉPOSER UNE PLAINTE


Montréal, 5 avril 2017 — Le CRARR a reçu le mandat de la part de Mme Adrienne Charles, une femme noire et mère de deux jeunes garçons scolarisés à l’école primaire McCaig à Rosemere, qui ont été victimes de nombreux actes d’harcèlement racial depuis l’automne 2016, afin de porter son cas devant la Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse.

SYSTEMIC RACISM AT MCCAIG ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: CRARR RECEIVED MANDATE FROM MOTHER TO FILE CIVIL RIGHS COMPLAINT


Montreal, April 5, 2017 — CRARR has been mandated by Ms. Adrienne Charles, the Black mother of two young boys at McCaig Elementary School in Rosemere who were victims of several acts of racial harassment since the Fall of 2016, to bring her case to the Quebec Human Rights and Youth Rights Commission.

LA DÉCISION DE LA COMMISSION DES DROITS DE LA PERSONNE SUR LA DISCRIMINATION FONDÉE SUR LA CITOYENNETÉ : LE PIRE RECUL POUR LES IMMIGRANTS ET LES MINORITÉS RACISÉES


Montréal, 21 mars 2017 — En affirmant que la Charte des droits et libertés de la personne n'interdit pas la discrimination fondée sur la citoyenneté, la Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse ouvre la porte à la discrimination contre les personnes qui résident légitimement au Québec mais qui n'ont pas encore la citoyenneté canadienne.

HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION'S DECISION ON CITIZENSHIP DISCRIMINATION, THE WORST SETBACK FOR IMMIGRANTS AND RACIALIZED PEOPLE


Montreal, March 21, 2017 — The Quebec Human Rights and Youth Rights Commission released last week a decision that deals a serious blow to the tens of thousands of immigrants who, as a result, may now face more racial and ethnic discrimination.

RACIAL PROFILING: BLACK MAN TO FILE COMPLAINTS OVER SEARCH AND ARREST FOR FILMING A POLICE STOP, HIS CAM RECORDER SEIZED AND ERASED


Montréal, March 12, 2017 — An English-speaking Black man in his forties, who was intercepted, arrested and handcuffed for no clear reasons by two Montreal police officers, who then seized his cam recorder and erased his recording of the intervention, has asked CRARR to help him file complaints with the Quebec Human Rights and Youth Rights Commission, and the Police Ethics Commissioner.

OMISSION OF WORK-FAMILY BALANCE IN COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT CALLED DISCRIMINATORY AGAINST ANGLOPHONE TEACHERS


Montreal, March 9, 2017 — The omission from their collective agreement of a work-family balance clause for Anglophone teachers in Quebec is considered grossly unfair and discriminatory, said a group of teachers who are calling on their union, the Quebec Provincial Association of Teachers (QPAT), to correct the omission.

RACIAL PROFILING: MONTREAL POLICE AND BLACK OFFICER ASKED BY HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION TO PAY $17,000 TO BLACK YOUTH


Montreal, February 16, 2017 — The Quebec Human Rights and Youth Rights Commission has asked the Montreal Police Service (SPVM) and a Black police officer to pay $17,000 in damages to a Black youth who was violently grabbed and thrown off of a bus in Lasalle in February 2009.