Police Carding in Toronto

July 25, 2016 at 5:09 pm
police carding

TorontoNAJC has recently completed a ”watching brief” on carding explaining why it is racially discriminatory and a violation of rights and describes how the Toronto Police, Toronto Police Services Board, key stakeholders and the Ontario government responded to the issue.” In 2015, as the public controversy heightened over carding practices of the Toronto police force , the TorontoNAJC Board decided to maintain a “watching brief” on the issue in keeping with its interest in issues involving racial discrimination and violation of human and civil rights. To read the full article on police carding, click on the link below to download the pdf file. Police carding in Toronto and Responses WHAT IS CARDING? Carding is the random stopping and questioning of any individual by a police officer and recording the name, address, and other information including age, perceived skin colour, estimated height, and weight, and the names of friends into a […]

TorontoNAJC – Update

July 22, 2016 at 3:36 pm
July report

The TorontoNAJC Board approved a project by Tristan Tsuji to videotape interviews with Japanese Canadians of all generations of their life in Canada. Tristan is gathering background information now to begin interviewing in the fall. Also TorontoNAJC encourages JCs to attend the annual commemoration of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagaski on Saturday August 6 at Toronto City Hall (www.hiroshimadaycoalition.ca). TorontoNAJC is one of the supporters of the Hiroshima Day Coalition.  

TorontoNAJC – Update

June 12, 2016 at 8:32 pm
Bayefsky/Inouye Tattoo Images

Yosh Inouye, a TorontoNAJC board member, is a professional photographer and his striking photos of tattoos by Toronto tattoo artist Maru who specializes in traditional Japanese designs is on display in the “bayefsky/inouye – tattoo images”   exhibit at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre from May 19 through to August 8.   The exhibit is unique in partnering Yosh’s evocative photos with a showing of delicate watercolours of elaborately tattooed yakuza figures by the late Canadian painter Aba Bayefsky OC. Artist Bayefsky’s paintings were the results of his many visits to Japan in the 1970s and 80s. It is a fascinating exhibit of paintings and photos of beautifully elaborate and traditional Japanese tattoos. At the exhibit’s opening reception, Yosh commented: “Japanese tattoo artist, Maru, arranged the first tattoo shoot for me. I visited his studio in downtown Toronto and shot without having any idea of the final image.  I came back home, […]

TorontoNAJC – April Update

April 14, 2016 at 11:41 am
Setsuko Thurlow. Photos: Ron Shimizu

At its March meeting, the Board of Directors of the Greater Toronto Chapter of the NAJC approved grants to the Japanese Social Services and the Hiroshima Day Coalition for 2016. Japanese Social Services (jss.ca) is a charitable non profit organization which provides social assistance services to Japanese Canadians and Japanese citizens living in the Greater Toronto Area.   JSS provides referrals to available private and public assistance programs, translation and educational services and counselling programs. The agency’s bilingual staff are professionally trained to assist clients. The agency is funded by grants from the City of Toronto and the Japanese Consulate and through an active program of fund raising. It is an essential community service to an increasingly diverse Japanese presence in the GTA. The Hiroshima Day Coalition (hiroshimadaycoalition.ca) is a group of 16 organizations who commemorate the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in early August each year to advance their […]

TorontoNAJC – March Update

March 1, 2016 at 10:49 am
JCCC mural

TorontoNAJC and the New Wall Mural at the JCCC. A huge new mural reflecting traditional and modern Japanese culture now fills a once blank wall at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in Toronto thanks to the efforts of artists Ken Galloway, Tim Fukukusa and Darcy Obokata. The painting is striking with its melange of images of samurai and women in kimono in juxstapostion with contemporary anime and sport figures in brilliant colours. The mural is part of a series of works including videos, street art and installations called “Japantown” initiated by Galloway, a TorontoNAJC board member for youth liasion which the chapter has supported over the past several years. Galloway, who also served as project coordinator on this project, organized the exterior wall mural of the well-known Japanese grocery store Sanko in the city several years ago . The same artists were a hit two years ago at the Matsuri […]

TorontoNAJC – February Update

February 9, 2016 at 8:09 am
February report

Two New Board Members for TorontoNAJC – At its January 23rd Board meeting,   Ms Janet Sakauye and Ms Michiko Yano-Shuttleworth were appointed to the 2016 Board of Directors of the Greater Toronto Chapter of the NAJC. The appointments were made by the Board to fill vacancies left by the resignation of David Fujino and Bob Tanaka last year. Janet Sakauye is a case administrator at the Ontario Energy Board and has been active in many JC community organizations including the Toronto Buddhist Church, the Toronto Redress Committee, Annex, JCski and currently is a member of the Sangha Bowling League. Michiko Yano-Shuttleworth, is currently a free lance production designer consulting on theatre and television projects as well as curating a Japanese Toy Museum and has served on the board of the Toronto Japanese Language School and was a member of the JCCC Heritage Committee and is a member of the National […]

Toronto NAJC — January Report

December 27, 2015 at 5:06 am
January report

First, we wish all our members and friends in the Greater Toronto Area A Happy and Healthy New Year. David Fujino and Bob Tanaka resigned from the Board of Directors in 2015 and we thank them for their service to TorontoNAJC. Looking back on 2015, the Toronto NAJC had an active year. Highlights of 2015 were: The chapter ended 2014 with a very well attended concert by Nisei musician, Roy Miya, co-sponsored by and held at Castleview Wychwood Towers on December 21st. Financial support to: Japanese Social Services agency, Hide Shimizu Scholarship Fund, Hiroshima Day Coalition, Nikkei Artists exhibit at the “Artsu Matsuri”, JC Cultural Centre (JCCC) and publication of Manga 2, “Light At A Window” by Terry Watada and Yukina Takeuchi. Book Launch for poet Terry Watada’s new book of poetry “The Game of a Hundred Ghosts”. Toronto NAJC Information Booth was present at the Matsuri Spring Festival, JCCC. […]