Press conference notice

For Immediate Release
Toronto/January 28, 2002

Promoting Public Health and Anti-Stigmatization in Containing Coronavirus

When: 1:00 p.m. January 29, 2020
Where: Toronto City Hall, Outside of Room 1

Chinese Canadian National Council for Social Justice (CCNC-SJ) will be organizing a press conference to address the undue and unfair stigmatization of Chinese Canadian communities and spread of panic as well as misguided actions during the current Coronavirus outbreak.

CCNC-SJ shares everyone’s concerns about public health and the need to protect against the spread of the coronavirus but is alarmed by the potential recurrence of increased discrimination and racial profiling of Chinese and other East Asian Canadians as experienced by the communities in 2003 during the SARS outbreak.

“We are concerned about the undue stigmatization on Chinese Canadian communities and the potential harm to all Canadians if our public health system is overwhelmed by misguided actions and the spread of panic,” said Amy Go, Interim National President, Chinese Canadian National Council for Social Justice.

At the press conference, Councillor Joe Cressy, Chair of Toronto Board of Health, Dr. Joseph Wong, Founding Chair of the Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care and representatives from CCNC-SJ, Chinese Canadian National Council, Toronto Chapter and Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic will speak to the importance of protecting public health and not promoting fear and panic.

For more information, please contact:
Amy Go, Interim National President, CCNC-SJ, 416-524-0435

The Chinese Canadian National Council for Social Justice (CCNC-SJ) a national organization that educates, engages and advocates for equity and justice for all in Canada.
http://ccncsj.ca https://www.facebook.com/ccncsj/

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Reference documents:
Community Joint statement to denounce discrimination and xenophobia in response to coronavirus outbreak
Ontario Human Rights Commission statement urges respect for human rights during Coronavirus health event

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