Knia Singh, Lawyer and Activist
Guest Speaker: Friday, January 13, 2017
Location: National Club, 303 Bay Street
Topic: Celebrating Martin Luther King Day
Knia Singh was born in Toronto to parents of Guyanese and Bermudian heritage. He is a recent graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School and named one of the People to Watch for 2014 by the Toronto Star
And Knia is Founder & President of Osgoode Society Against Institutional Injustice and awarded Dean’s Gold Key 2016– for exemplary contribution to the law school community.
He is a committee member of invited civilian and senior police officers providing input and recommendations for the improvement of the Toronto Police Force community engagement policy.
Knia is an invited contributor to the ministry of Community Safety and Corrections Consultations – Carding and Street Checks, which provides legal research, social context, and community concerns to the Ministry to ensure safety is a priority while protecting constitutional Charter and human rights in Ontario.In 1993, he was an independent business owner of a hip-hop recording studio, during which he had networked with many youth from within the community who brought to his attention personal issues they faced and social conditions that weren’t quite up to par. After the 2012 Danzig shooting in Scarborough, Knia was an active part of the effort to lobby the government to provide more resources to prevent crime and violence in the city.
Knia believes everyone is capable of doing well if given the opportunity and the right support. He has been a strident campaigner for the fair treatment of all Torontonians regardless of race or socio-economic background. “For me it’s been all about having a responsible government. It has always been about bridging the gap between the average person and people in power.”