Lorne Foster

Department of Equity Studies
School of Public Policy and Administration

Associate Professor
Chair, Race Inclusion & Supportive Environments

Office: McLaughlin College, 123
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext: 33462
Emaillfoster@yorku.ca
Primary websitewww.yorku.ca/lfoster

Public policy formation (esp. in the areas of ethnicity and race, income policy and human rights); labour market and social policy reform focused mainly on public policy and law; empirical social-legal research; institutions and social policy; intersections between workplace diversity and human rights; and theoretical work on social justice.

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Dr. Foster joined York University’s School of Public Policy and Administration in 2007, and the Department of Equity Studies in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies in 2009. He is the outgoing Director of the Graduate Program in Public Policy Administration and Law (MPPAL). He is currently the Director of the Diversity and Human Right Certificate (DHRC) He has a Ph.D in Urban Sociology and has taught and worked as a consultant in the areas of human rights, race and ethnic relations, and labour market and social policy. He has also been active in both non-governmental organizations and public sector institutions at the senior federal level in the areas of immigration and employment equity. He served for three years as the Chair of the Ethno-Racial Coalition and Social Action Committee. Currently he is an Adjunct Scholar for Multicultural History Society, University of Toronto. His expertise includes public policy formation (esp. in the areas of ethnicity and race, income policy and human rights); labour market and social policy reform focused mainly on public policy and law; empirical social-legal research; institutions and social policy; intersections between workplace diversity and human rights; and theoretical applications of social justice. Dr. Foster has written several academic journal articles and contributed chapters to a number of books. He has written over two-hundred articles for community and knowledge mobilization publications, as a result of which he was nominated for two Media Human Rights Awards, “for alerting, informing and sensitizing the public with regard to the nature and value of human rights in Canada.” He is also the author of a number of books including Turnstile Immigration: Multiculturalism, Social Order and Social Justice in Canada (Thompson Educational Publishing, 1998); and Intercultural Relations: Toward a Working Relationship of Blacks and Jews in Canada (League for Human Rights, 2002); and Writing Justice: Voicing Issues in the Third Media (MHSO University of Toronto, 2011); and co-editor of Balancing Competing Human Rights Claims in a Diverse Society (Irwin Press, 2012). He is currently completing a book entitled, A Pigment of Your Imagination: The Foreign Credentials Crisis in Canada. Biographical Listings: Famous Black Canadians.

Area of Specialization

Public Policy Formation & Equity Studies

Degrees

Ph.D. Sociology, York University

Professional Leadership

• Director, Diversity & Human Rights Certificate • Director, Master of Public Policy, Administration and Law, 2009-2013 • Adjunct Scholar, Multicultural History Society of Ontario, U of T. • Member, Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) • Fellow of McLaughlin College, York University • Affiliate Member, CERIS – The Ontario Metropolis Centre • Affiliated Faculty, Centre For Refugee Studies • Member, Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association • Member, Centre for Public Policy and Law • Member, Centre for Practical Ethics

Community Contributions

•Adjudication Panel - Morley S. Wolfe Anti-Racism Youth Book Competition 2006 to 2008. The youth book awards are an annual event sponsored by Toronto Residents in Partnership promoting anti-racism and anti-discrimination in public schools.

African Cultural Advisory Board, Toronto Zoo from 2005 to present. The Advisory Board provides community overview for the African Cultural Program at Canada's premier zoo, known for its interactive education, conservation activities, and unique wildlife experience. The Board mandate is to inspire people through cultural expression to live in ways that promote the well-being of the natural world.

Multiculturalism in Action Youth Project from 2004 to present. Multiculturalism in Action is an acclaimed education program for public schools that is designed to teach school children ages 6 to 12 about issues relating to multiculturalism and tolerance through puppetry. The success of the Multiculturalism in Action project, in the initial pilot project for the Toronto District School Board, has led to the development of national outreach.

Ethno-Racial Coalition and Social Action Committee from 2003 to 2005. ERCSA is a multi-ethnic and multi-racial organization dedicated to the enhancement of multiculturalism and economic inclusion in society and community capacity building. ERCSE is engaged in public education forums, business mentoring and youth leadership development projects in minority and inner-city communities.

Canadians Against Slavery and Torture (CAST) from 2003 to present. CAST is a community coalition and campaign that is dedicated to public education and acts as political lobby against the existence of slavery in the Sudan and torture in the global society. CAST currently has a grant application pending with the Foreign Affairs and International Trade department of the federal government.

Toronto Residents in Partnership (TRIP) from 2002 to present. TRIP is a not-for-profit corporation (successor to the North York Committee on Community, Race and Ethnic Relations), mandated to promote racial harmony and understanding through programs in the areas of community development, education and police services.

Director for The Concerned Kids Charities of Toronto (Communication through Puppetry) from 2002 to 2006. As a member of the Board of Directors I oversee the organizational commitment to public awareness and education for primary and secondary school children in various anti-discrimination programs.

Blacks & Jews in Dialogue of the League for Human Rights from 1999 to 2004. The League for Human Rights was a finalist for the 2001 Canadian Race Relations Foundation Award of Excellence. The goal of the BJD is to build community partnerships and to strengthen existing alliances within communities. Its mandate is to promote better understanding of cultural diversity, particularly among youth and it also provides a manual containing models of programming for Black and Jewish communities across the country, which can be adapted for other joint community dialogues and initiatives.

Taking Action Against Hate Project, League for Human Rights from 2001 to 2004. I help conduct public education and awareness workshops for school districts, law enforcement organizations, and community and professional associations focusing on hate and hate crimes in a human rights context. I have also been instrumental in launching a training manual entitled "Taking Action Against Hate" that has become a standard resource for governmental and non-governmental organizations in the field of anti-discrimination work.

Member, Urban Alliance on Race Relations 1986 to 2000. The UARR is a non-profit charitable organization consisting of and engages in seminars and conferences on race relations concerns. Working with Boards of Education to develop and implement policies and programs working with police to improve relations with minority racial communities.

Research Interests

Multiculturalism , Race and Racism , Political Economy, Youth, Public Policy Analysis

Selected Publications

Lorne Foster, Les Jacobs and Bobby Siu (Eds). 2016. Racial Profiling and Human Rights in Canada: The New Legal Landscape. Toronto: Irwin Law (forthcoming).

Lorne Foster. 2011. Writing Justice: Voicing Issues in the Third Media. Toronto: Multicultural History Society, University of Toronto.

Current Research Projects

Towards a Policy Framework to Address Competing Human Rights Claims

Summary: 
Policy Dialogue and special journal publication on Competing Human Rights Claims in partnership with the York Centre for Public Policy and Law and the Ontario Human Rights Commission

Description: 
This academic-governmental agency partnership sought to both inform and shift how differently situated people from across society - ordinary citizens, journalists, human rights lawyers,advocates, and academics - think about competing human rights claims.It was designed as a major step toward the formation of a new policy for the OHRC in the area of competing human rights claims.

Project Type: Funded
Role: Co-Principle Investigator


Start Date:  Month: Sep  Year: 2009
End Date:  Month: Dec  Year: 2010

Collaborator Institution: Ontario Human Rights Commission
Funders: 
Ontario Human Rights Commission
Law Society of Canada
York Centre for Human Rights

Canada-China Forum on Industrial Relations

Summary: 
Established cross-sectoral/community engagement partnerships with the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) and the Capital University of Economics and Business (CUEB), Beijing China.

Description: 
This international forum was the first sponsored by Canada’s Ministry of Labour and the Trade and Labour Program (Labour Program Of Human Resources And Skills Development Canada And The Ministry Of Human ITLP) – in support of the 2007-2009 Cooperation Framework Between The Resources And Social Security Of The People’s Republic Of China In The Field Of Industrial Relations And Labour Standards.

Project Type: Funded
Role: Principal Investigator


Start Date:  Month: Mar  Year: 2010
End Date:  Month: May  Year: 2011

Collaborator Institution: Capital University of Economics and Trade (Beijing China)
Funders: 
Ministry of Labour and the Trade and Labour Program

Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Project: Understanding Integrated Compliance with International Trade and Human Rights Standards from a Comparative Perspective

Summary: 
Collaborative research in Canada, Japan, and China on legal consciousness and legal cultural in human rights and international trade disputes

Description: 
Explores intersecting themes that revolve around the impact of globalization in countries on the Asia Pacific Rim and examines the significance of legal culture as a mediator of that impact.

Project Type: Funded

Start Date:  Month: Oct  Year: 2009
End Date:  Month: Oct  Year: 2016

Collaborator: PI: Pitman Potter
Collaborator Institution: UBC
Funders: 
SSHRC MCRI

Traffic Stop Race Based Data Collection Project

Summary: 
This project involves the collection and analysis of traffic stops over three-year period in city of Ottawa.

Description: 
This is the largest ‘racial profiling’ study ever conducted in Canada. The goals of the race data collection project is the provision of a management tool for monitoring and reviewing traffic stops and the identification of the patterns of racial groups among all traffic stops in Ottawa

Project Type: Funded
Role: Co-Principal Investigator


Start Date:  Month: Oct  Year: 2013
End Date:  Month: Jul  Year: 2016

Funders: 
Ottawa Police Services - City of Ottawa

Windsor Police Service (WPS) Human Rights Project Evaluation

Summary: 
An evaluation of the implementation of the Human Rights Project Charter by the Windsor Police Service.

Description: 
This research report provides an assessment of the Windsor Police Services' Human Rights Project Charter involving strategies to embedded human rights principles and values in all 210 of the Services employment and service delivery policies

Project Type: Funded
Role: Co-Principal Investigator


Start Date:  Month: Apr  Year: 2015
End Date:  Month: Jan  Year: 2016

Funders: 
Windsor Police Service - City of Windsor

Selected Publications

Lorne Foster, Les Jacobs and Bobby Siu (Eds). 2016. Racial Profiling and Human Rights in Canada: The New Legal Landscape. Toronto: Irwin Law (forthcoming).

Lorne Foster. 2011. Writing Justice: Voicing Issues in the Third Media. Toronto: Multicultural History Society, University of Toronto.

All Publications

Books

Lorne Foster, Les Jacobs and Bobby Siu (Eds). 2016. Racial Profiling and Human Rights in Canada: The New Legal Landscape. Toronto: Irwin Law (forthcoming).

Shaheen Amiz, Lorne Foster and Les Jacobs. (Eds) . 2012. Balancing Competing Human Rights in a Diverse Society: Institutions, Policy, Principles, Applications. Toronto: Irwin Law.

Lorne Foster. 2011. Writing Justice: Voicing Issues in the Third Media. Toronto: Multicultural History Society, University of Toronto.

Lorne Foster. 2010. Enhancing the Role of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination: Inventory Of Tools For Evaluating Municipal Policies Aimed At Fighting Racism And Discrimination. Toronto: Canadian Race Relations Foundation and the Ontario Human Rights Commission.

Lorne Foster. 1998. Turnstile Immigration: Multiculturalism, Social Order and Social Justice in Canada. Toronto: Thompson Educational Press.

Monographs

Lorne Foster and Les Jacobs. 2016. Labour and Human Rights in China and Canada. Special Edition of APDR Journal on Labour and Human Rights http://www.apdr.iar.ubc.ca. (forthcoming)

Lorne Foster. 2002. Intercultural Relations: The Black/Jewish Dialogue. Toronto: League for Human Rights.

Book Chapters

Lorne Foster. 2015. “Black and Mad and Black and Bad: Implicit Bias as a Psychosocial Determinant of Black Canadian Mental Health and Well-being.” In M..Jacobs and L.A. Visano (Eds). Righting” Humanity in My Time?. Toronto: APF Press.

Lorne Foster (and Les Jacobs). 2012. “Framing Competing Human Rights Claims: The Promise of Shared Social Citizenship.” In Shaheen Amiz, Lorne Foster and Les Jacobs. (Eds) . 2012. Balancing Competing Human Rights in a Diverse Society: Institutions, Policy, Principles, Applications. Toronto: Irwin Law. (pp. 225-241).

Lorne Foster. 2010. “The Foreign Credentials Gap: Understanding the Dynamics of Racialized Immigration in Canada.” In Stephen E. Bosanac and Merle Jacobs (Eds.). Work, Occupations and Professionalization. Toronto: de Sitter Publications. (pp. 215-257).

Foster, Lorne. 2009. “The Role Of The ‘Third Media’ In Minority Empowerment.” In Arnold Itwaru (Ed.). The White Supremacist State: Eurocentrism, Imperialism, Colonialism, Racism. Toronto: Other Eye (263-315).

Foster, Lorne. 2009. The 21st Century Taxi Driver: An Examination of the Hidden Injuries of Race in Urban Canada. In Reza Barmaki (Ed.). Racism, Culture and the Law: Critical Readings. Toronto: APF Press. (pp. 133-164).

Foster, Lorne. 2008. “The Devaluation of Foreign Doctors: Discourses on Culture and Power in Canada’s Medical Profession.” In Merle Jacobs (Ed.). Critical Readings in Health. Toronto: APF Press. (pp. 96-147).

Foster, Lorne. 2008. “Foreign Credentials in Canada's Multicultural Society.” In Maria Wallis and Siu-ming Kwok (Eds.). Daily Struggles: The Deepening Racialization and Feminization of Poverty in Canada. Toronto: Canadian Scholars' Press, Inc. (pp. 129-142).

Foster, Lorne. 2006. In Stephen E. Bosanac and Merle Jacobs (Eds.). "Foreign Credentials in Canada's Multicultural Society." In The Professionalization of Work. Toronto: de Sitter Publications, (pp. 282-335).

Foster, Lorne. 1994. “City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit.” In Peter Preston and P. Simpson Housley (Eds.). Writing The City: Literature and the Urban Experience. London: Rutledge Kegan Paul, (pp. 125-149).

Foster, Lorne. 1992. “Small Talk In The Big City: A Look at Some of the Dimensions of Everyday Conversation.” In Kent Gerecke (Ed.). The Canadian City. Montreal: Black Rose Books, (pp. 39-48).

Foster, Lorne. 1991. “The Countercultural Aspects of the Bebop Era.” In Robert Witmer (Ed.). Ethnomusicology in Canada. Toronto: Institute for Canadian Music, University of Toronto, (pp. 81-91).

Journal Articles

Lorne Foster. 2015. “Organizational Change and the Policy on Removing the Canadian Experience Barrier.” Journal of Promising Practices on Diversity and Equity. (Vol. 2, No. 1, 20-28).

Lorne Foster & Lesley Jacobs. 2012. “Workplace Practice and Diversity In Canada: Employment Policy in Global Modernity.” Think India Quarterly. (Vol. 15, No. 3 September, pp. 57-72).

Lorne Foster (with Daniel Cohn and Ian Greene). 2011. “Learning From History: Program Reviews And Public Safety.” Policy Options. Institute for Research on Public Policy, (Vol. 32, No. 2, February, 8-13).

Lorne Foster. 2011. “The Foreign Credentials Gap in Canada: The Case For Targeted Universalism. Directions. Canadian Race Relations Foundation, Research and Policy on Eliminating Racism. (Vol., 3, No. 3 March, 22-36).

Lorne Foster. 2011. “Equity and Inclusive Workplace Policies in Canada.” Industrial Relations and Labour Employment Working Papers. Capital University of Economics and Business Beijing. (Vol. 1, No. 1 October, pp. 11-15).

Foster, Lorne and Lesley Jacobs. 2010. “Shared Citizenship as the Context for Competing Human Rights Claims: Towards A Social Policy Framework.” In Shaheen Azmi, Lorne Foster and Lesley Jacobs. Eds. 2010. Toward a Policy Framework for Addressing Competing Human Rights Claims. Canadian Diversity, Volume 24:5 Fall 2010.

Foster, Lorne. 2009. “Lawyers of Colour and Racialized Immigrants With Foreign Legal Degrees: An Examination of The Institutionalized Processes of Social Nullification.” International Journal of Criminology and Sociological Theory, Vol. 2, No. 1, June 2009, 189-217.

Foster, Lorne. 2008. “Foreign Trained Doctors in Canada: Cultural Contingency and Cultural Democracy in the Medical Profession,” International Journal of Criminology and Sociological Theory, Vol. 1, No. 1, June 2008, 1-25.

Foster, Lorne. 1992. "Small Talk In The Big City: A Look at Some of the Dimensions of Everyday Conversation," City Magazine, 1988 (vol. 10, No. 1). [This paper has also been published in Ken Gerecke (ed.) The Canadian City Black Rose Books, (pp. 25-54).]

Foster, Lorne. 1990. "The Cauldron of Ethnicity," Currents, Readings in Race Relations, (Vol. 6, No. 1, pp.5-11).

Foster, Lorne. 1989. “Ethnic Marketing And Human Resource Development: The Case of Blacks in Canada,” Human Affairs, An International Journal of Social Studies, (16), pp. 106-126).

Foster, Lorne. 1988. “Canada Needs Skilled Immigrants,” The African Messenger, July (Vol. 1, No. 6, pp. 19-44).

Foster, Lorne. 1987. “The Political Experience of Blackness in Canada,” Human Affairs, An International Journal of Social Studies, (Vol. 12, pp. 25-53).

Foster, Lorne. 1987. “The Native Demand for Self-Government,” Currents, Readings in Race Relations, (Vol. 4, No. 2, pp. 5-16).

Foster, Lorne. 1986. “The Paint Job: Definitional Negotiations Between House Painters and Their Clients,” Qualitative Research, An Ethnographic and Interactionist Perspective, (Vol. 4, pp 111-130).

Conference Papers

“Human Rights in the Public Sector.” Public Policy and Administration, and Human Resource Management Intensive Training Program For Palestinian National School of Administration Instructors, York University, Toronto, Canada, May 22, 2014.

“Empowering Differences in the Workplace” Ministry of the Attorney General Legal Services Division – Diversity in Law Student Recruitment – Best Practices Workshop, 900 Bay Street, MacDonald Block, Erie/Thames/St. Clair Room, Toronto, July 19, 2012.

“The Role of Education in Poverty Eradication.” Poverty Eradication Conference. Human Rights Participatory Growth and Poverty Eradication Program (HRPEP). Conference Moderator. York University, Toronto. May 28, 2012

• “Balancing Competing Human Rights Claims: From Jurisprudence To Policy.” Checking Our Constitution@30: The Influence of the Canadian Constitution and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms on Legislation, Identities and Federalism. Hosted by the Association for Canadian Studies, The Faculty of Law (Civil Law), University of Ottawa and the Public Law Group of the Faculty of Law (Common Law) University of Ottawa. April 17-18, 2012.

“Learning Networks as a Tool for Good Governance: The Case of the Canada-China Forum on Industrial Relations and Employment Standards.” Research Design Workshop of Trade in Comparative Perspective, held in Delhi. Co-hosted by the Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi Centre and the Institute of Asian Research at the University of British Columbia. December 8-10, 2011.

“Designing Research to Influence Public Policy.” The Social Aetiology of Mental Illness CIHR training program Health Systems and Health Equity Research Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). October 20, 2011.

“The Changing Global Landscape for International Trade and Human Rights Linkages.” Session Workshop Chair, SSHRC MCRI ASIA PACIFIC DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROJECT. Hosted by the York Centre for Public Policy & Law and the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, York University, Toronto, Canada, October 13-14, 2011.

“Workplace Inclusion Strategies in Canada.” This is a partnership between Centre for Public Policy and Law (YCPPL) in Canada and Capital University of Economics and Business in China. Referred Paper presented at The Canada-China Forum on Industrial Relations and Labour Employment. Beijing China. May 6 & 7, 2011.

“What Is Conflict and How Can It Be Resolved.” Towards a Framework to Address Competing Human Rights Claims. Refereed Paper presented at the Balancing Conflicting Rights Policy Dialogue sponsored by the Ontario Human Rights Commission and York Centre for Public Policy and Law, York University. March 5 & 6, 2010.

“Towards a Social Policy Approach to Competing Rights.” Towards a Framework to Address Competing Human Rights Claims. Refereed Paper co-presented with Les Jacobs at the Balancing Conflicting Rights Policy Dialogue sponsored by the Ontario Human Rights Commission and York Centre for Public Policy and Law, York University. March 5 & 6, 2010.

“Enhancing the Role of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination.” Inventory Of Tools For Evaluating Municipal Policies Aimed At Fighting Racism And Discrimination York University Report Presented To The Ontario Human Rights Commission And The Canadian Race Relations Foundation. Refereed Paper presented at the Canadian Council of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination (CCMARD) Round Table. January 28, 2010.

“Testing a Competing Rights Policy Framework in the Toronto Secondary School Board (TSSB).” This is a partnership between York Centre for Public Policy and Law (YCPPL) and the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC). In the first phase the YCPPL and OHRC co-sponsored a Policy Dialogue and Community Engagement Working Series entitled to take place in March 5-6 of 2010, with a bilingual publication of the proceedings. In the second phase, the YCPPL and the OHRC are continuing the partnership of testing the competing rights policy framework in the Toronto Secondary School Board (TSSB), December 6-7, 2010’

“Whithering Democratic Heights? Contested Terrains and the struggle for equity and accountability in Canadian Universities.” Organizer, Chair and Discussant. Conference Session held at University of British Columbia, sponsored by the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association, Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences Congress, June 2008.

“Globalization and Transnational Immigration: The Changing Family Structure, Work, Identity and Organizational Practices.” Organizer, Chair and Discussant. Conference Session held at York University, sponsored by the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association, Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences Congress, June 2006.

“Race Discourse, Modernity and the Politics of Fear and Exclusion.” Chair, Conference Session held at York University, sponsored by the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association, Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences Congress, June 2006.

“The Role of 'Third Media' in Minority Empowerment.” Refereed Paper presented at The Annual New College Conference on Racism and National Consciousness. Race, Nation, State and Racial Profiling, New College, University of Toronto, October 29 and 30, 2005.

"Diversity Training and Anti-racism Education." Paper presented at London Cross Cultural Learning Centre, City of London, Ontario, Canada, May, 2003.

"Anti-racism: Four Strategic Approaches." Paper presented at the United Way of Burlington, Hamilton-Wentworth, Hamilton Ontario, Canada, March 2003.

"Multicultural Youth Outreach and Leadership Development." Presentation and facilitator at the League for Human Rights, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, January 2003.

"Responding to Racism and Antisemitism." Paper presented at the Canadian Hebrew Academy of Toronto (CHAT), Toronto, Ontario, Canada, December 2002.

"Taking Action Against Hate." Presentation and facilitator at Peel Multicultural Council. Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, November 2002.

"Taking Action Against Hate." Presentation and facilitator at Somali Canadian Community, City of York, Ontario, Canada, July 2002.

World Conference Against Racism Review. Moderator for panel discussion on "Reparations and Racism: Life After Durban," at the League For Human Rights, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, November 2001.

"Racial and Ethnic Stereotypes", Paper presented at the League For Human Rights, International Week For the Elimination of Racism. Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March 2001.

The Campaign to Defend Immigrants and Refugees (CDIR). "Forum on Canada's Treatment of Immigrants and Refugees." Refereed Paper presented on "Racism and Mainstream Media Coverage of Canadian Immigration", Toronto, Ontario, Canada, September 2000.

"Responding to Racism and Antisemitism." Paper presented at the Jamaican Canadian Association, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, December 2000.

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2017-2018 AP/HREQ3890 6.0  Social Justice: Theory and Practice LECT  


Public policy formation (esp. in the areas of ethnicity and race, income policy and human rights); labour market and social policy reform focused mainly on public policy and law; empirical social-legal research; institutions and social policy; intersections between workplace diversity and human rights; and theoretical work on social justice.


Dr. Foster joined York University’s School of Public Policy and Administration in 2007, and the Department of Equity Studies in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies in 2009. He is the outgoing Director of the Graduate Program in Public Policy Administration and Law (MPPAL). He is currently the Director of the Diversity and Human Right Certificate (DHRC) He has a Ph.D in Urban Sociology and has taught and worked as a consultant in the areas of human rights, race and ethnic relations, and labour market and social policy. He has also been active in both non-governmental organizations and public sector institutions at the senior federal level in the areas of immigration and employment equity. He served for three years as the Chair of the Ethno-Racial Coalition and Social Action Committee. Currently he is an Adjunct Scholar for Multicultural History Society, University of Toronto. His expertise includes public policy formation (esp. in the areas of ethnicity and race, income policy and human rights); labour market and social policy reform focused mainly on public policy and law; empirical social-legal research; institutions and social policy; intersections between workplace diversity and human rights; and theoretical applications of social justice. Dr. Foster has written several academic journal articles and contributed chapters to a number of books. He has written over two-hundred articles for community and knowledge mobilization publications, as a result of which he was nominated for two Media Human Rights Awards, “for alerting, informing and sensitizing the public with regard to the nature and value of human rights in Canada.” He is also the author of a number of books including Turnstile Immigration: Multiculturalism, Social Order and Social Justice in Canada (Thompson Educational Publishing, 1998); and Intercultural Relations: Toward a Working Relationship of Blacks and Jews in Canada (League for Human Rights, 2002); and Writing Justice: Voicing Issues in the Third Media (MHSO University of Toronto, 2011); and co-editor of Balancing Competing Human Rights Claims in a Diverse Society (Irwin Press, 2012). He is currently completing a book entitled, A Pigment of Your Imagination: The Foreign Credentials Crisis in Canada. Biographical Listings: Famous Black Canadians.

Area of Specialization

Public Policy Formation & Equity Studies

Degrees

Ph.D. Sociology, York University

Professional Leadership

• Director, Diversity & Human Rights Certificate • Director, Master of Public Policy, Administration and Law, 2009-2013 • Adjunct Scholar, Multicultural History Society of Ontario, U of T. • Member, Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) • Fellow of McLaughlin College, York University • Affiliate Member, CERIS – The Ontario Metropolis Centre • Affiliated Faculty, Centre For Refugee Studies • Member, Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association • Member, Centre for Public Policy and Law • Member, Centre for Practical Ethics

Community Contributions

•Adjudication Panel - Morley S. Wolfe Anti-Racism Youth Book Competition 2006 to 2008. The youth book awards are an annual event sponsored by Toronto Residents in Partnership promoting anti-racism and anti-discrimination in public schools.

African Cultural Advisory Board, Toronto Zoo from 2005 to present. The Advisory Board provides community overview for the African Cultural Program at Canada's premier zoo, known for its interactive education, conservation activities, and unique wildlife experience. The Board mandate is to inspire people through cultural expression to live in ways that promote the well-being of the natural world.

Multiculturalism in Action Youth Project from 2004 to present. Multiculturalism in Action is an acclaimed education program for public schools that is designed to teach school children ages 6 to 12 about issues relating to multiculturalism and tolerance through puppetry. The success of the Multiculturalism in Action project, in the initial pilot project for the Toronto District School Board, has led to the development of national outreach.

Ethno-Racial Coalition and Social Action Committee from 2003 to 2005. ERCSA is a multi-ethnic and multi-racial organization dedicated to the enhancement of multiculturalism and economic inclusion in society and community capacity building. ERCSE is engaged in public education forums, business mentoring and youth leadership development projects in minority and inner-city communities.

Canadians Against Slavery and Torture (CAST) from 2003 to present. CAST is a community coalition and campaign that is dedicated to public education and acts as political lobby against the existence of slavery in the Sudan and torture in the global society. CAST currently has a grant application pending with the Foreign Affairs and International Trade department of the federal government.

Toronto Residents in Partnership (TRIP) from 2002 to present. TRIP is a not-for-profit corporation (successor to the North York Committee on Community, Race and Ethnic Relations), mandated to promote racial harmony and understanding through programs in the areas of community development, education and police services.

Director for The Concerned Kids Charities of Toronto (Communication through Puppetry) from 2002 to 2006. As a member of the Board of Directors I oversee the organizational commitment to public awareness and education for primary and secondary school children in various anti-discrimination programs.

Blacks & Jews in Dialogue of the League for Human Rights from 1999 to 2004. The League for Human Rights was a finalist for the 2001 Canadian Race Relations Foundation Award of Excellence. The goal of the BJD is to build community partnerships and to strengthen existing alliances within communities. Its mandate is to promote better understanding of cultural diversity, particularly among youth and it also provides a manual containing models of programming for Black and Jewish communities across the country, which can be adapted for other joint community dialogues and initiatives.

Taking Action Against Hate Project, League for Human Rights from 2001 to 2004. I help conduct public education and awareness workshops for school districts, law enforcement organizations, and community and professional associations focusing on hate and hate crimes in a human rights context. I have also been instrumental in launching a training manual entitled "Taking Action Against Hate" that has become a standard resource for governmental and non-governmental organizations in the field of anti-discrimination work.

Member, Urban Alliance on Race Relations 1986 to 2000. The UARR is a non-profit charitable organization consisting of and engages in seminars and conferences on race relations concerns. Working with Boards of Education to develop and implement policies and programs working with police to improve relations with minority racial communities.

Research Interests:

Multiculturalism , Race and Racism , Human Rights , Political Economy, Youth, Public Policy Analysis

Current Research Projects

Towards a Policy Framework to Address Competing Human Rights Claims

Summary: 
Policy Dialogue and special journal publication on Competing Human Rights Claims in partnership with the York Centre for Public Policy and Law and the Ontario Human Rights Commission

Description: 
This academic-governmental agency partnership sought to both inform and shift how differently situated people from across society - ordinary citizens, journalists, human rights lawyers,advocates, and academics - think about competing human rights claims.It was designed as a major step toward the formation of a new policy for the OHRC in the area of competing human rights claims.

Project Type: Funded
Role: Co-Principle Investigator


Start Date:  Month: Sep  Year: 2009
End Date:  Month: Dec  Year: 2010

Collaborator Institution: Ontario Human Rights Commission
Funders: 
Ontario Human Rights Commission
Law Society of Canada
York Centre for Human Rights

Canada-China Forum on Industrial Relations

Summary: 
Established cross-sectoral/community engagement partnerships with the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) and the Capital University of Economics and Business (CUEB), Beijing China.

Description: 
This international forum was the first sponsored by Canada’s Ministry of Labour and the Trade and Labour Program (Labour Program Of Human Resources And Skills Development Canada And The Ministry Of Human ITLP) – in support of the 2007-2009 Cooperation Framework Between The Resources And Social Security Of The People’s Republic Of China In The Field Of Industrial Relations And Labour Standards.

Project Type: Funded
Role: Principal Investigator


Start Date:  Month: Mar  Year: 2010
End Date:  Month: May  Year: 2011

Collaborator Institution: Capital University of Economics and Trade (Beijing China)
Funders: 
Ministry of Labour and the Trade and Labour Program

Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Project: Understanding Integrated Compliance with International Trade and Human Rights Standards from a Comparative Perspective

Summary: 
Collaborative research in Canada, Japan, and China on legal consciousness and legal cultural in human rights and international trade disputes

Description: 
Explores intersecting themes that revolve around the impact of globalization in countries on the Asia Pacific Rim and examines the significance of legal culture as a mediator of that impact.

Project Type: Funded

Start Date:  Month: Oct  Year: 2009
End Date:  Month: Oct  Year: 2016

Collaborator: PI: Pitman Potter
Collaborator Institution: UBC
Funders: 
SSHRC MCRI

Traffic Stop Race Based Data Collection Project

Summary: 
This project involves the collection and analysis of traffic stops over three-year period in city of Ottawa.

Description: 
This is the largest ‘racial profiling’ study ever conducted in Canada. The goals of the race data collection project is the provision of a management tool for monitoring and reviewing traffic stops and the identification of the patterns of racial groups among all traffic stops in Ottawa

Project Type: Funded
Role: Co-Principal Investigator


Start Date:  Month: Oct  Year: 2013
End Date:  Month: Jul  Year: 2016

Funders: 
Ottawa Police Services - City of Ottawa

Windsor Police Service (WPS) Human Rights Project Evaluation

Summary: 
An evaluation of the implementation of the Human Rights Project Charter by the Windsor Police Service.

Description: 
This research report provides an assessment of the Windsor Police Services' Human Rights Project Charter involving strategies to embedded human rights principles and values in all 210 of the Services employment and service delivery policies

Project Type: Funded
Role: Co-Principal Investigator


Start Date:  Month: Apr  Year: 2015
End Date:  Month: Jan  Year: 2016

Funders: 
Windsor Police Service - City of Windsor

All Publications

Books

Lorne Foster, Les Jacobs and Bobby Siu (Eds). 2016. Racial Profiling and Human Rights in Canada: The New Legal Landscape. Toronto: Irwin Law (forthcoming).

Shaheen Amiz, Lorne Foster and Les Jacobs. (Eds) . 2012. Balancing Competing Human Rights in a Diverse Society: Institutions, Policy, Principles, Applications. Toronto: Irwin Law.

Lorne Foster. 2011. Writing Justice: Voicing Issues in the Third Media. Toronto: Multicultural History Society, University of Toronto.

Lorne Foster. 2010. Enhancing the Role of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination: Inventory Of Tools For Evaluating Municipal Policies Aimed At Fighting Racism And Discrimination. Toronto: Canadian Race Relations Foundation and the Ontario Human Rights Commission.

Lorne Foster. 1998. Turnstile Immigration: Multiculturalism, Social Order and Social Justice in Canada. Toronto: Thompson Educational Press.

Monographs

Lorne Foster and Les Jacobs. 2016. Labour and Human Rights in China and Canada. Special Edition of APDR Journal on Labour and Human Rights http://www.apdr.iar.ubc.ca. (forthcoming)

Lorne Foster. 2002. Intercultural Relations: The Black/Jewish Dialogue. Toronto: League for Human Rights.

Book Chapters

Lorne Foster. 2015. “Black and Mad and Black and Bad: Implicit Bias as a Psychosocial Determinant of Black Canadian Mental Health and Well-being.” In M..Jacobs and L.A. Visano (Eds). Righting” Humanity in My Time?. Toronto: APF Press.

Lorne Foster (and Les Jacobs). 2012. “Framing Competing Human Rights Claims: The Promise of Shared Social Citizenship.” In Shaheen Amiz, Lorne Foster and Les Jacobs. (Eds) . 2012. Balancing Competing Human Rights in a Diverse Society: Institutions, Policy, Principles, Applications. Toronto: Irwin Law. (pp. 225-241).

Lorne Foster. 2010. “The Foreign Credentials Gap: Understanding the Dynamics of Racialized Immigration in Canada.” In Stephen E. Bosanac and Merle Jacobs (Eds.). Work, Occupations and Professionalization. Toronto: de Sitter Publications. (pp. 215-257).

Foster, Lorne. 2009. “The Role Of The ‘Third Media’ In Minority Empowerment.” In Arnold Itwaru (Ed.). The White Supremacist State: Eurocentrism, Imperialism, Colonialism, Racism. Toronto: Other Eye (263-315).

Foster, Lorne. 2009. The 21st Century Taxi Driver: An Examination of the Hidden Injuries of Race in Urban Canada. In Reza Barmaki (Ed.). Racism, Culture and the Law: Critical Readings. Toronto: APF Press. (pp. 133-164).

Foster, Lorne. 2008. “The Devaluation of Foreign Doctors: Discourses on Culture and Power in Canada’s Medical Profession.” In Merle Jacobs (Ed.). Critical Readings in Health. Toronto: APF Press. (pp. 96-147).

Foster, Lorne. 2008. “Foreign Credentials in Canada's Multicultural Society.” In Maria Wallis and Siu-ming Kwok (Eds.). Daily Struggles: The Deepening Racialization and Feminization of Poverty in Canada. Toronto: Canadian Scholars' Press, Inc. (pp. 129-142).

Foster, Lorne. 2006. In Stephen E. Bosanac and Merle Jacobs (Eds.). "Foreign Credentials in Canada's Multicultural Society." In The Professionalization of Work. Toronto: de Sitter Publications, (pp. 282-335).

Foster, Lorne. 1994. “City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit.” In Peter Preston and P. Simpson Housley (Eds.). Writing The City: Literature and the Urban Experience. London: Rutledge Kegan Paul, (pp. 125-149).

Foster, Lorne. 1992. “Small Talk In The Big City: A Look at Some of the Dimensions of Everyday Conversation.” In Kent Gerecke (Ed.). The Canadian City. Montreal: Black Rose Books, (pp. 39-48).

Foster, Lorne. 1991. “The Countercultural Aspects of the Bebop Era.” In Robert Witmer (Ed.). Ethnomusicology in Canada. Toronto: Institute for Canadian Music, University of Toronto, (pp. 81-91).

Journal Articles

Lorne Foster. 2015. “Organizational Change and the Policy on Removing the Canadian Experience Barrier.” Journal of Promising Practices on Diversity and Equity. (Vol. 2, No. 1, 20-28).

Lorne Foster & Lesley Jacobs. 2012. “Workplace Practice and Diversity In Canada: Employment Policy in Global Modernity.” Think India Quarterly. (Vol. 15, No. 3 September, pp. 57-72).

Lorne Foster (with Daniel Cohn and Ian Greene). 2011. “Learning From History: Program Reviews And Public Safety.” Policy Options. Institute for Research on Public Policy, (Vol. 32, No. 2, February, 8-13).

Lorne Foster. 2011. “The Foreign Credentials Gap in Canada: The Case For Targeted Universalism. Directions. Canadian Race Relations Foundation, Research and Policy on Eliminating Racism. (Vol., 3, No. 3 March, 22-36).

Lorne Foster. 2011. “Equity and Inclusive Workplace Policies in Canada.” Industrial Relations and Labour Employment Working Papers. Capital University of Economics and Business Beijing. (Vol. 1, No. 1 October, pp. 11-15).

Foster, Lorne and Lesley Jacobs. 2010. “Shared Citizenship as the Context for Competing Human Rights Claims: Towards A Social Policy Framework.” In Shaheen Azmi, Lorne Foster and Lesley Jacobs. Eds. 2010. Toward a Policy Framework for Addressing Competing Human Rights Claims. Canadian Diversity, Volume 24:5 Fall 2010.

Foster, Lorne. 2009. “Lawyers of Colour and Racialized Immigrants With Foreign Legal Degrees: An Examination of The Institutionalized Processes of Social Nullification.” International Journal of Criminology and Sociological Theory, Vol. 2, No. 1, June 2009, 189-217.

Foster, Lorne. 2008. “Foreign Trained Doctors in Canada: Cultural Contingency and Cultural Democracy in the Medical Profession,” International Journal of Criminology and Sociological Theory, Vol. 1, No. 1, June 2008, 1-25.

Foster, Lorne. 1992. "Small Talk In The Big City: A Look at Some of the Dimensions of Everyday Conversation," City Magazine, 1988 (vol. 10, No. 1). [This paper has also been published in Ken Gerecke (ed.) The Canadian City Black Rose Books, (pp. 25-54).]

Foster, Lorne. 1990. "The Cauldron of Ethnicity," Currents, Readings in Race Relations, (Vol. 6, No. 1, pp.5-11).

Foster, Lorne. 1989. “Ethnic Marketing And Human Resource Development: The Case of Blacks in Canada,” Human Affairs, An International Journal of Social Studies, (16), pp. 106-126).

Foster, Lorne. 1988. “Canada Needs Skilled Immigrants,” The African Messenger, July (Vol. 1, No. 6, pp. 19-44).

Foster, Lorne. 1987. “The Political Experience of Blackness in Canada,” Human Affairs, An International Journal of Social Studies, (Vol. 12, pp. 25-53).

Foster, Lorne. 1987. “The Native Demand for Self-Government,” Currents, Readings in Race Relations, (Vol. 4, No. 2, pp. 5-16).

Foster, Lorne. 1986. “The Paint Job: Definitional Negotiations Between House Painters and Their Clients,” Qualitative Research, An Ethnographic and Interactionist Perspective, (Vol. 4, pp 111-130).

Conference Papers

“Human Rights in the Public Sector.” Public Policy and Administration, and Human Resource Management Intensive Training Program For Palestinian National School of Administration Instructors, York University, Toronto, Canada, May 22, 2014.

“Empowering Differences in the Workplace” Ministry of the Attorney General Legal Services Division – Diversity in Law Student Recruitment – Best Practices Workshop, 900 Bay Street, MacDonald Block, Erie/Thames/St. Clair Room, Toronto, July 19, 2012.

“The Role of Education in Poverty Eradication.” Poverty Eradication Conference. Human Rights Participatory Growth and Poverty Eradication Program (HRPEP). Conference Moderator. York University, Toronto. May 28, 2012

• “Balancing Competing Human Rights Claims: From Jurisprudence To Policy.” Checking Our Constitution@30: The Influence of the Canadian Constitution and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms on Legislation, Identities and Federalism. Hosted by the Association for Canadian Studies, The Faculty of Law (Civil Law), University of Ottawa and the Public Law Group of the Faculty of Law (Common Law) University of Ottawa. April 17-18, 2012.

“Learning Networks as a Tool for Good Governance: The Case of the Canada-China Forum on Industrial Relations and Employment Standards.” Research Design Workshop of Trade in Comparative Perspective, held in Delhi. Co-hosted by the Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi Centre and the Institute of Asian Research at the University of British Columbia. December 8-10, 2011.

“Designing Research to Influence Public Policy.” The Social Aetiology of Mental Illness CIHR training program Health Systems and Health Equity Research Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). October 20, 2011.

“The Changing Global Landscape for International Trade and Human Rights Linkages.” Session Workshop Chair, SSHRC MCRI ASIA PACIFIC DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROJECT. Hosted by the York Centre for Public Policy & Law and the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, York University, Toronto, Canada, October 13-14, 2011.

“Workplace Inclusion Strategies in Canada.” This is a partnership between Centre for Public Policy and Law (YCPPL) in Canada and Capital University of Economics and Business in China. Referred Paper presented at The Canada-China Forum on Industrial Relations and Labour Employment. Beijing China. May 6 & 7, 2011.

“What Is Conflict and How Can It Be Resolved.” Towards a Framework to Address Competing Human Rights Claims. Refereed Paper presented at the Balancing Conflicting Rights Policy Dialogue sponsored by the Ontario Human Rights Commission and York Centre for Public Policy and Law, York University. March 5 & 6, 2010.

“Towards a Social Policy Approach to Competing Rights.” Towards a Framework to Address Competing Human Rights Claims. Refereed Paper co-presented with Les Jacobs at the Balancing Conflicting Rights Policy Dialogue sponsored by the Ontario Human Rights Commission and York Centre for Public Policy and Law, York University. March 5 & 6, 2010.

“Enhancing the Role of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination.” Inventory Of Tools For Evaluating Municipal Policies Aimed At Fighting Racism And Discrimination York University Report Presented To The Ontario Human Rights Commission And The Canadian Race Relations Foundation. Refereed Paper presented at the Canadian Council of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination (CCMARD) Round Table. January 28, 2010.

“Testing a Competing Rights Policy Framework in the Toronto Secondary School Board (TSSB).” This is a partnership between York Centre for Public Policy and Law (YCPPL) and the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC). In the first phase the YCPPL and OHRC co-sponsored a Policy Dialogue and Community Engagement Working Series entitled to take place in March 5-6 of 2010, with a bilingual publication of the proceedings. In the second phase, the YCPPL and the OHRC are continuing the partnership of testing the competing rights policy framework in the Toronto Secondary School Board (TSSB), December 6-7, 2010’

“Whithering Democratic Heights? Contested Terrains and the struggle for equity and accountability in Canadian Universities.” Organizer, Chair and Discussant. Conference Session held at University of British Columbia, sponsored by the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association, Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences Congress, June 2008.

“Globalization and Transnational Immigration: The Changing Family Structure, Work, Identity and Organizational Practices.” Organizer, Chair and Discussant. Conference Session held at York University, sponsored by the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association, Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences Congress, June 2006.

“Race Discourse, Modernity and the Politics of Fear and Exclusion.” Chair, Conference Session held at York University, sponsored by the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association, Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences Congress, June 2006.

“The Role of 'Third Media' in Minority Empowerment.” Refereed Paper presented at The Annual New College Conference on Racism and National Consciousness. Race, Nation, State and Racial Profiling, New College, University of Toronto, October 29 and 30, 2005.

"Diversity Training and Anti-racism Education." Paper presented at London Cross Cultural Learning Centre, City of London, Ontario, Canada, May, 2003.

"Anti-racism: Four Strategic Approaches." Paper presented at the United Way of Burlington, Hamilton-Wentworth, Hamilton Ontario, Canada, March 2003.

"Multicultural Youth Outreach and Leadership Development." Presentation and facilitator at the League for Human Rights, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, January 2003.

"Responding to Racism and Antisemitism." Paper presented at the Canadian Hebrew Academy of Toronto (CHAT), Toronto, Ontario, Canada, December 2002.

"Taking Action Against Hate." Presentation and facilitator at Peel Multicultural Council. Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, November 2002.

"Taking Action Against Hate." Presentation and facilitator at Somali Canadian Community, City of York, Ontario, Canada, July 2002.

World Conference Against Racism Review. Moderator for panel discussion on "Reparations and Racism: Life After Durban," at the League For Human Rights, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, November 2001.

"Racial and Ethnic Stereotypes", Paper presented at the League For Human Rights, International Week For the Elimination of Racism. Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March 2001.

The Campaign to Defend Immigrants and Refugees (CDIR). "Forum on Canada's Treatment of Immigrants and Refugees." Refereed Paper presented on "Racism and Mainstream Media Coverage of Canadian Immigration", Toronto, Ontario, Canada, September 2000.

"Responding to Racism and Antisemitism." Paper presented at the Jamaican Canadian Association, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, December 2000.


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Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2017-2018 AP/HREQ3890 6.0  Social Justice: Theory and Practice LECT