Forum: Fighting Fake News then and Now – Sept 30
Fighting Fake News then and now – lessons from a watershed moment for Chinese Canadians 40 years ago
In partnership with the Asian Law Students Society, we invite you to join our forum on September 30, 2019. This day marks the 40th Anniversary of the Anti-W5 campaign.
University of Toronto (U of T) Faculty of Law
Mon, 30 September 2019
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
7:00 p.m. Interviews with panel of speakers
7:45 p.m. Dialogues with audience
8:30 p.m. Mingling over coffee and snacks
Ryan Chan, President of Asian Law Student Society
Susan Eng, LLB, LSM, Retired Toronto Lawyer and a Senior Fellow in Advocacy for the National Institute of Ageing.
Alan Tai-Wai Li, M.D. Past national president of CCNC, long term community advocate and community organizer on health equity, immigration and refugee, LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS issues.
Lilian Ma. B.Sc., Ph.D., LL.B. of Ad-hoc Committee Against W5 and Founding Director of Chinese Canadian National Council.
Vince Wong, J.D., LLM Adjunct Professor and the William C. Graham Research Associate at the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.
To Learn More about our work, please see the following resources:
Toronto Star Article, “How a False W5 Story 40 Years Ago Became a Watershed Moment for Chinese Canadians”, August 26, 2019 (By Tony Wong)
W5 Campus Giveaway: A Rebuttal (Part 1/2) COMM 2230U
W5 Campus Giveaway: A Rebuttal (Part 2/2) COMM 2230U
Biographies of Facilitators and Speakers:
President, AsianLaw Students SocietyRyan is a second year student at University of Toronto Law School and President of the Asia Law Students Society. He also works part-time as a consultant at the World Wildlife Fund and an intern at Lee & Company.Ryan has been pursuing a legal career since his first year of undergrad at U of T and has five years of law firm experience and been on several notable legal research projects. Outside of law he enjoys scuba diving, traveling and cooking. He also claims he plays too many video games.
Susan Eng LLB, LSM
Susan Eng is a retired Toronto lawyer and a Senior Fellow in Advocacy for the National Institute on Ageing.Susan has spent a career in helping to shape the public discourse and securing legislative and public policy change in issues as diverse as police accountability, anti-racism, pension reform, home care and age discrimination. In 2012, Susan was named one of the The Hill Times’ Top 100 Lobbyists when she headed advocacy for the Canadian Association of Retired Persons,Susan successfully campaigned in 2005-6, along with other redress groups across the country, for a Parliamentary apology and redress for 62 years of legislated racism under the Head Tax and Exclusion Acts. Susan was the Chair of the Metropolitan Toronto Police Services Board from 1991-1995 where she initiated groundbreaking policy and organizational change while under intense media scrutiny. Susan served on the first national executive of the Chinese Canadian National Council and the founding board of the Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care, a world renowned care centre providing culturally appropriate care for Chinese, South Asian, Japanese and Filipino seniors. She was named a YWCA Woman of Distinction. She served three successive terms on the Governing Council of the University of Toronto and received the Arbour Award for her voluntary service to the University. Susan was awarded the Law Society Medal in 2015 for outstanding service in the profession.
Alan Tai-Wai Li, M.D.
Past national president of CCNC, long term community advocate and community organizer on health equity, immigration and refugee, LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS issues.Alan Li is a primary care physician at Regent Park Community Health Centre that services many marginalized populations including newcomers, non-insured individuals, people with mental health and addiction issues, LGBTQ and people with HIV/AIDS (PHA).With over 30 years’ experience in community organizing and advocacy, Alan has taken leadership role in many social justice and equity promoting organizations, including the Chinese Canadian National Council, Asian Community AIDS Services, Casey House Hospice, the Hong Kong 10% club, and the “Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment” (CAAT), a coalition of many health and community service providers working to improve treatment access for marginalized PHAs.As Policy and Practice Leader at the Ontario HIV Treatment Network, Alan has led many community based research studies and is widely recognized as a leader in mobilizing research evidence to build innovative health promotion programs and services amongst HIV, sexual minorities, newcomer and racialized communities, including the multi-racial anti-stigma intervention CHAMPS in Action, the Ethno-racial Treatment Support Network (ETSN) peer counselor training program, HIV and immigration training program and the compassionate medication access program at the People with AIDS Foundation. In addition, Alan also has extensive experience co-leading transnational studies on sexual health, mental health and anti-stigma interventions between Canada and China.
Lilian Ma. B.Sc., Ph.D., LL.B.
Member of Ad-hoc Committee Against W5 and Founding Director of Chinese Canadian National Council.Lilian was one of the 13 original AD-Hoc Committee of CCCO Against W5 members in 1979-80 and a Founding Director of the Chinese Canadian National Council in 1980. Initially a Research Scientist at the Faculty of Medicine at U of T, she was influenced by anti-W5 movement which took her from being a quiet laboratory scientist to become a community activist. She was the first woman National President for the CCNC, 83-85, the first Chinese Canadian Commissioner at the Ontario Human Rights Commission, and she eventually entered the public sector working full time as the Chief in Public Education for a first national race relation strategy at Multiculturalism Canada when the Multiculturalism Act was passed in 1988. Soon after, she returned to the University of Toronto to pursue law and served on a myriad of administrative agencies and tribunals, including being the Alternate Executive Chair of the Social Justice Tribunal Ontario and Chair and CEO of the Landlord and Tenant Board. Her latter interest includes access to justice and the intersection of law and science, particularly in the decision-making process.Lilian served on many professional, academic and community organizations relating to access to justice, racial equality, ethnocultural relations and women’s rights. She was a founding Director and first Secretary of the National Organization of Immigrant and Visible Minority Women of Canada, a former Director of the Canadian Ethnocultural Council and sat on the first panel of the Court Challenge Program. She was recognized by her peers: Lifetime Achievement Award by the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers, Race Relations Award by the Urban Alliance on Race Relations and received the Socieity of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators Medal. She is currently appointed as the Executive Director of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation.
Vince Wong, J.D., LLM
Adjunct Professor and the William C. Graham Research Associate at the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.Vincent Wong is an Adjunct Professor and the William C. Graham Research Associate at the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. Vincent was previously Staff Lawyer at the Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic, where he litigated and provided advocacy in the areas of migrant rights, sex worker rights, racial justice, housing, social assistance, mental health, employment standards, and police accountability. Most recently, he was a James Kent Scholar and Human Rights Fellow at Columbia Law School, where he worked as a Research Assistant at the African American Policy Forum and researched the impact of conflict and military occupation on youth education in Kashmir for the CLS Human Rights Clinic. He is currently Secretary of the Board of Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter (CCNC-TO).