Support of Bill 79: A Day to Remember the Victims of the Massacre of Nanking

On Tuesday, September 26, the Hon. Nancy Ruth, Dr. Joseph Wong, and Olivia Chow, spoke on the importance of Bill 79, establishing a commemorative day in Ontario to remember the atrocities against East Asian women during World War II. 


The Nanjing Massacre was a 6-week offensive by the Japanese military against the Chinese city of Nanjing during WWII. During this time, according to the post-war International Military Tribunal for the Far East, approximately 200,000 Chinese soldiers and civilians were killed and tortured and tens of thousands of women and girls were raped.

The events in Nanjing and atrocities against women in Asian countries (Korea, Philippines, Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan, Indonesia, and East Timor) by Imperial Japanese army are well documented. The women and young girls were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese army.  Bill 79 provides an opportunity for all Ontarians to remember and honour WW2 victims and survivors from Asia, some of them currently residing in Ontario. 


  • Olivia Chow, former MP
  • Joy Kogawa, award winning author, poet & activist
  • Hon. Nancy Ruth, Former Senator of Canada
  • Dr. Joseph Wong, Founder of ALPHA Education

Event: Press Conference on Bill 79
Date: September 26, 2017
Time: 1:30pm – 2pm
Location: Queen’s Park Media Studio, 111 Wellesley St W. Toronto, ON M7A 1A2



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