February 20 - Justice for Edmond Yu

Graeme Bacque (gbacque@idirect.com)
Wed, 03 Feb 1999 20:38:43 -0500

Plans are being finalized for events to commemorate the tragic death of
Edmond Yu, who was gunned down by the Toronto cops while standing on an
empty  TTC bus at the foot of Spadina Avenue on February 20, 1997.
Edmond was unarmed except for a small hammer and according to witnesses
at the inquest which is currently underway, he had made no aggressive
moves towards the three cops who were on board the bus with him at the

A loose coalition has currently formed involving the Chinese Canadian
National Council, People Against Coercive treatment and the Queen Street
Patient's Council, with other groups possibly to join later. CCNC has
planned a memorial to take place in Grange Park on the 20th, while both
PACT and the Patient's Council had discussed the possibility of a more
overtly political event to take place outside the Coroner's Court on
Grosvenor St.

As it turned out, the inquest will be adjourned for the period of
February 19 to March 1, so between us we decided on a coordinated pair
of events to take place on the 20th - a Saturday. Initially, people will
be gathering at 3:30 PM at the Spadina transit loop (Lakeshore Blvd. @
Spadina Ave.) where Edmond was shot. There will be a rally there, after
which people will walk to Grange Park, where the memorial will take
place at 4:30 PM.

It is likely that the provincial government is going to use the outcome
of this inquest to push for much more draconian mental health
legislation. The Chinese Canadian National Council has expressed clear
opposition to 'community treatment orders' or other coercive measures
targeting psychiatric survivors and is encouraging all communities of
color, psychiatrized persons, poor and homeless people and supporters to
come together on the 20th to share our grief and outrage at Edmond's
death, and to help ensure his passing is not exploited by a government
bent on attacking our most vulnerable sisters and brothers.

A call for endorsements is now underway. If you or your organization
wish to be listed as an endorser or for more information, please contact
Rick Sin at the Chinese Canadian National Council at (416) 596-0833,
e-mail: <toronto@ccnc.ca>.

Graeme Bacque
+++ Fighting 'mad' and proud of it! +++