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Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East University of Toronto Chapter (CJPME UofT)

CJPME’s mission is to enable Canadians of all backgrounds to promote justice, development, and peace in the Middle East, and here at home in Canada. The University of Toronto chapter aims to raise awareness and promote justice, development, and peace in the Middle East through lectures, academic talks, petitions, campus outreach, research and policy advocacy and fundraising initiatives.

CJPME evaluates the circumstances and events in the Middle East according to three beliefs:
1. The belief that all positions should respect international law
2. The belief that all parties in a conflict must be held to the same standard
3. The belief that violence is not a solution
• Welcoming to all, but not seeking to become a “dialogue group”
• Secular, but based on identifiable principles
• Empowering people. Focused on people and volunteers – avoiding a professionalization of most tasks.
• Grassroots based. Plugged into the community; able to mobilize the community during urgent campaigns.
• Action-oriented. Erring on the side of action vs. inaction. Focused on a results-oriented approach vs. a rhetoric-oriented approach.
• Excellence in everything.
• Pro-active. Trying to address issues before they become a fait accompli.
• Professional.
• Developing leadership. Focused on identifying, developing and equipping individuals with high potential to contribute to the organization.
• Resourceful. Creative and innovative – leveraging strategic trends, tools and technologies as much as possible. Finding ways to take action quickly, with a minimum of resources.
• Informed. Don’t speak to an issue if we can’t do it intelligently.
• Non-partisan.

Contact Information

Primary Contact
Engin Polar
Secondary Contact
Mirza Abu Bakr Baig
P: 438-380-5410
Official Group Website
Mailing Address
10090 Saint-Laurent Blvd. Suite 201B Montreal, QC, H3L 2N7
Montreal, QC
H3L 2N7

Group Profile

Organization Type
Recognized Student Group
Campus Association
St. George
Areas of Interest
Global Interests
Social Justice/Advocacy
Renewal Date
September 30, 2018

Group Leaders

Engin Polar
Mirza Abu Bakr Baig