Accession consists of the records or Keith Landy, created during his tenure as Chair of the Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region. Records include officers and executive meetings, general correspondence, clippings and reference material specifically related to antisemitism and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and records documenting interactions with other organizations such as Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, Jewish Immigrant Aid Services and Canadian Council of Christians and Jews.
These records were being housed at Keith Landy's former law office. OJA archivists visited the space and retrieved the records of interest.
Keith M. Landy (ca. 1950-2017) was born in Coventry, England and moved with his family to South Africa, then immigrated to Canada. He was the senior and founding partner of the Toronto law firm Landy Marr Kats LLP and was certified as a specialist in civil litigation by the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Keith was a respected leader of the Jewish community in Toronto. He devoted much of his life to fighting antisemitism and racism and to advocating for the Jewish community and other minority groups both in Canada and abroad.
From 1998-2001, Landy was the Chair of the Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region (CJC). As Chair of CJC Ontario, Landy successfully lobbied for passage of the Holocaust Memorial Day – Yom Hashoah- Act by the Ontario Legislature. He served as the CJC's National Honorary Legal Counsel from 1995-1998 and was counsel for CJC at the Somalia Inquiry, and at the Supreme Court of Canada in Human Rights Commission v. Malcolm Ross and New Brunswick Teachers Federation. From 2001 to 2004, Landy acted as National President of CJC. In 2008, he served as chair of the CJC's War Crimes Committee.
In addition to the CJC, Landy was a Vice President of the World Jewish Congress, was a member of the Executive Committee of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims, and a Governor of the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews (CCCJ), a national, non-sectarian organization dedicated to promoting cultural, racial, and religious equality among the people of Canada, through education and research. Landy was also an active member of the Jewish Agency for Israel.
Landy has also served as a delegate to the United Nations' World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination and Xenophobia in Durban, South Africa. In April 2004, he was a member of the official Canadian governmental delegation to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) conference on antisemitism.
In 2002, Landy was awarded The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for his significant contribution to Canada, to the community and to his fellow Canadians. In June, 2005, Keith was the recipient of The Lincoln Alexander Award by the Law Society of Upper Canada, recognizing his commitment to public and community service and to the people of Ontario. Keith was honoured for being a champion for human rights and religious tolerance throughout his longstanding career as a lawyer and community leader.