Racial Profiling, the Anti-Racism Act 2017, and Meaningful Access to Justice

All Welcome: Register now (online)

This is one of four public lectures being held on May 13. Find out more and register online.

This presentation discusses our recently completed Ottawa Police Service Traffic Stop Race Data Collection project, which is the largest and most successful empirical study of racial profiling in Canada, the links to the broader questions of meaningful access to justice for everyone in Ontario, and how the success of the Ottawa project impacted the new pioneering legislation, the Anti-Racism Act, 2017, which mandates race data collection across the provincial government and broader public sector. The Anti-Racism Act, 2017, which was tabled in early April should be law in Ontario by the summer.

Speaker: Dr. Lesley Jacobs, Professor of Law and Society, Political Science

Les Jacobs is Professor and Director of the Institute for Social Research at York University where he teaches political science and Law & Society as well in the Graduate Program of Law at Osgoode Hall Law School and the Graduate Program in Socio-Legal Studies. He is a leading international expert in equality of opportunity and human rights policy, access to justice issues, linkages between international trade and human rights law, and applied social science research methods.

2017 Lecture and Lunch Series

The York Circle The York Circle Lecture and Lunch Series showcases York's leading professors speaking about their latest and most exciting research. The lecture series are available to York Alumni, parents of current York students, friends and neighbours of the University, through a series of free lectures offered four times annually.

Saturday, May 13 | 10am-1pm


Registration, coffee & light snacks: 9–9:45am
Opening remarks: 9:45am

Complimentary lunch: 12:20-1pm
Event ends: 1pm

Event Location

The York Circle Lecture and Lunch Series take place on York University’s Keele campus in the Life Sciences Building.  For directions to Keele campus by car or public transit, visit http://maps.info.yorku.ca/keele-campus/ and click on the relevant link under the “Transit and Driving Directions” heading.  If you plan to drive, you will be required to pay for parking.  Parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The closest public parking lots are:

  • Arboretum parking garage #80 on the map ($7.00 Flat Rate). Pull a ticket from the machine upon entry and pay at the pay station when leaving. Machine accepts cash, coins and credit cards.
  • Thompson Road ‘Pay and Display’ parking lot #79 on the map ($7.00 Flat Rate). You are required to purchase a ticket from the ‘Pay and Display’ machine in the lot and place it on the driver’s side of the dash. Machine accepts coins and credit cards only.