Our Motivation

By: Jamil Jivani, founder of the Citizen Empowerment Project  Pictured: Wes Hall This past weekend I attended the 2016 Toronto Black Film Festival to see a screening of a new documentary, WES. This documentary is about one of Canada's great modern success stories: Wes Hall, founder and CEO of Kingsdale Shareholder Services.   Continue reading

Getting the vote out in Humber River-Black Creek

  Jamil Jivani has been canvassing in the riding of Humber River-Black-Creek since the election campaign began. He's not supporting any particular candidate. Instead, he's reminding people to go the polls. ​The Brampton native told Metro Morning on Monday that he was drawn to that community because it has one of the lowest voter turnout rates of any riding in the GTA.  The visiting professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, started a voter engagement campaign, #JaneAndFinchVotes that he hoped will change voter turnout for elections to come....   Continue reading at CBC.ca   Photo Credit: CBC.ca

Democracy From The Ground Up

Leading up to the 2015 Federal Election CBC's Metro Morning radio show featured a weekly series about #JaneAndFinchVotes called "Democracy From The Ground Up." This series was produced by CBC's Mary Wiens and looked at the election from a diverse range of perspectives in the riding of Humber River-Black Creek. You can find links to each episode of the series below. Continue reading

Osgoode Law School class targets low voter turnout in Jane and Finch

  When Kyle Elliott enrolled in his third year of law school this fall, he was excited about finally getting a break from the hours he spends in front of a mountain of law textbooks or in classrooms listening to lectures that never seem to end. Instead of the typical work long associated with graduate school, Elliott’s professor Jamil Jivani has enlisted his Osgoode Law School students to spend the semester knocking on doors and approaching strangers on street corners...     Continue reading at thestar.com   Photo Credit: Toronto Star

Jane-Finch's 1 Percent Solution

Huge speakers boom Bob Marley’s Exodus through the open front doors of Driftwood Community Centre. The smell of barbecue chicken wafts heavily over the crisp autumnal air. A children’s jumping castle is getting a fierce workout. It’s a bright Saturday afternoon at Jane and Finch. And in the middle of this busy street festival, Jamil Jivani is assembling his team of canvassers for a mission. There are people in the neighbourhood’s towers and townhouses who have no intention of voting in the upcoming federal election. Jivani and his team want to change their minds...     Continue reading at Nowtoronto.com   Photo Credit: Nowtoronto.com

Law professor gives away 300 turkeys to encourage voting

  Toronto's riding of Humber River-Black Creek has one of the lowest voter turnout rates in the country, with just about 48 per cent of eligible citizens checking off their ballots in the last two federal elections. But Osgoode Hall Law School professor Jamil Jivani is hoping to change that. This weekend, Jivani, 27, and his students held an elections information session, and sweetened the pot by offering free turkeys to attendees...   Read More at CTVnews.ca   Photo Credit: CTVNews.ca

Stressing the next generation

In November 2015, the founder of the Citizen Empowerment Project, Jamil Jivani, participated in the Economic Club of Canada's 4th Annual Energy Summit in Calgary. Jamil discussed the Future of Canada's Oil Sands and what he has learned from participating in the Toronto-based speakers series. The Oil Sands Review summarized Jamil's comments in an article titled "Stressing the next generation." Continue reading

Body Worn Cameras Could Stop Toronto Police From Being Racist

By Abdi Hersi, The Huffington Post, March 11, 2014   This past fall I was carded by a Toronto police officer near my own neighbourhood. It wasn't my first time being carded, but this time was different. This time I was fed up because I had learned about these issues as part of a grassroots organization, the Policing Literacy Initiative, and I knew my city deserved better... Read More

Not Happy with the Police? Try talking to them.

By: Jamil Jivani, National Post, February 6, 2014          While many activists and community groups turn to human rights complaints or class action suits to demand changes to policing in Toronto and other large Canadian cities, there are other options. One path, for instance, is mediated conversations between officers and the people who complain about them. My own experience, I believe, provides a positive case  Read More

What We Can Learn from Policing and Public Safety in Toronto

After recent tragic events in New York City and Ferguson, MO, we put together a team to look at the current state of policing in Toronto. This document explores what other cities can learn from Toronto, as well as ways that Toronto can improve its public safety policies.   You can download the PDF here: PLI – What We Can Learn from Policing and Public Safety in Toronto (Feb 2015).