CJFE Annual General Meeting 2015 and Hate Speech Laws Debate

Date: June 11th, 2015

Location: Thomas Lounge, Oakham House,
63 Gould Street, Toronto, ON
(Corner of Gould and Church Streets on the Ryerson University campus)

Time: 6:00 p.m. (members-only AGM) 7:30 p.m. (public debate) Cost: FREE

Annual General Meeting Details

Please join us at 6:00 p.m. for our members-only Annual General Meeting and the election of our Board of Directors. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be served, and a cash bar will be open.

To nominate someone for election to the CJFE Board of Directors, please download and complete the nomination form (.doc) and submit to Tom Henheffer at [email protected] by Tuesday, June 2.

Members have the right to vote by written proxy if located 50 kilometers or more from the meeting when it is held. Please let us know if you have appointed a proxy holder to attend and vote on your behalf by emailing Tom Henheffer at [email protected].

Please RVSP to the AGM by emailing Sam Pinto, at  [email protected]. If you are unsure of your membership status, please email Sam to check. You are able to renew your membership at the event, or online.

Public Event | Criminalizing Hate: The Limits of Speech in Canada

Following the closed members meeting, we are pleased to be hosting a public debate at 7:30 p.m.on the limits of free speech and hate speech in Canada. The debate will address the following question:

“Be it resolved that Canada’s hate speech laws are necessary.”


Bernie Farber, former Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Jewish Congress
David Butt, Barrister


Clayton Ruby, Partner at Ruby Shiller Chan Hassan
Sukanya Pillay, President of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA)

Moderated by Julian Sher, senior producer of the CBC’s The Fifth Estate.

Register for the panel discussion today.

CJFE members can register for both the panel discussion and AGM by emailing Sam Pinto at [email protected].

About the Speakers

Clayton Ruby
Clayton C. Ruby is one of Canada’s leading lawyers specializing in criminal, constitutional, administrative and civil rights law. He received his LL.B. from the University of Toronto and his LL.M. from the University of California (Berkeley) and currently practices law with the firm of Ruby Shiller Chan Hasan in Toronto. In 2006 he was bestowed with an LL.D. (honoris causa) by the Law Society of Upper Canada.

He is a Life Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada, having served as a Bencher since 1977.

In 2006, Mr. Ruby was awarded membership in the Order of Canada. In 2012 the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario presented him with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Sukanya Pillay
Sukanya Pillay is the Executive Director and General Counsel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association & Education Trust. Sukanya joined CCLA in 2009 to advance the organization’s work on national security and counter-terrorism. In February 2014, following a competitive national search, Sukanya was appointed Executive Director and General Counsel. In her role, Sukanya directs all aspects of the organization’s advocacy, policy, and public engagement strategy to further advance CCLA’s demonstrated track-record of protecting rights, liberty, and justice for all persons in Canada.

Bernie Farber
A proud fighter for human rights, Bernie Farber is one of Canada’s leading experts on minority and human rights, race relations and antisemitism.

Bernie M. Farber is one of Canada’s leading experts on minority and human rights, race relations, the Holocaust and antisemitism. For more than a decade, Mr. Farber worked with the Ottawa Jewish Community Centre as its Program Director and then for the Youth Services Bureau and the Children’s Aid Society in Ottawa, specializing in assisting at-risk youth and battered women. After moving to Toronto, he worked with the Canadian Jewish Congress eventually assuming the role as its CEO from 2005-2011.

Mr. Farber serves and has served on several local and provincial boards, including the North York Committee for Community Race and Ethnic Relations, the York Region Community Safety Committee and the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police.

He was appointed by the Attorney-General of Ontario to serve on the Hate Crimes Community Working Group. He also serves as Chair of the Jewish Humanitarian group Ve’ahavta and he also Chairs the Rights and Ethics Committee for the Toronto Association for Community Living.

David Butt
David Butt is a lawyer and former prosecutor with over 26 years’ experience, and with a very unique breadth of practice, devoted to seeking balance between effective delivery of public services, and individual rights. He represents all major stakeholders in the criminal justice system – victims of crime, accused persons, and police officers. He has also spent many years reviewing, investigating and reforming delivery of government services at the municipal, provincial and federal level. His practice spans the fields of criminal law, professional regulation, administrative law, privacy and human rights.

David has been lead counsel in dozens of cases at the Supreme Court of Canada, hundreds of cases in other appellate courts, and countless trials. He has both prosecuted and defended for years, spending 13 years each in the public and private sector. More than 70 of David’s cases are published in independent law reports.

Mr. Butt's opinion pieces on criminal justice issues appear regularly in the Globe and Mail.

Julian Sher
Julian Sher is an award-winning investigative journalist in TV, print, radio and on the Web. Sher is currently the Senior Producer of CBC's the fifth estate, Canada's premiere investigative TV program. He is a veteran TV documentary writer and director as well as an accomplished newsroom trainer and the author of six widely-acclaimed books. He has been an investigative journalist for Canada's two leading newspapers, The Toronto Star and the The Globe and Mail.



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