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By admin2 on Tuesday, July 10, 2018
In an email, he stressed that while Hamilton "has been proud" to act as a home for refugees and asylum seekers, and will continue to "extend compassion and assistance to those who seek freedom and safety in our country," the city's shelter system is at capacity.
By admin2 on Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Working on refugee issues means having the opportunity to meet inspiring people, both refugees and Canadians, every single day — and almost as often, having to defend those incredible people against labels or policies that just don’t make sense.
By admin2 on Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Vulnerable families will end up on the streets if the federal government and Ontario can't work together to help asylum seekers, says a refugee advocate. 
By admin2 on Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Three brothers are sharing their story of survival through music after escaping from their home in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, more than 20 years ago. Music is deeply rooted in the Lwamba brother’s lives, having gotten them through some of their darkest times. “With the music, it [softened] our hearts [and] began to release pressure from our hearts and find a path forward to forgiveness,” Fabian Lwamba said.
By admin2 on Tuesday, July 10, 2018
For most uninsured people, lack of access is tied to immigration status. The advocacy group OHIP for All broke down the numbers for 2015: Among those without insurance were nearly 89,000 newly landed permanent residents (who go without OHIP for three months); some 85,000 temporary workers (who similarly go at least three months without OHIP, and longer depending on their work situation); and almost 54,000 international students (both post-secondary and younger), who have no access to OHIP at all. There were also an estimated 250,000 people living in Ontario who did not have official immigration status in Canada, and thus also had zero access to OHIP. (Refugee claimants, for the most part, have health insurance from the time they arrive through the Interim Federal Health Program.)
By admin2 on Friday, July 6, 2018
Community organizations in Toronto are worried about what will happen to refugee claimants now that the new provincial government says it doesn't want to pay to house them. Doug Ford's office said Thursday that the federal government should pay the entire cost, adding that it believes Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's administration has encouraged people to cross into Canada illegally.
By admin2 on Thursday, July 5, 2018

The city of Toronto needs to change how it defines affordable housing so low-income people can afford to live in the city, says a new report from the anti-poverty group ACORN Canada. Right now, the city defines it as at or below the average market rent (AMR).For 2018, that's $1,202 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,426 for a two-bedroom, though the cost is often hundreds of dollars more a month for people who are moving and trying to begin a new lease.

By admin2 on Thursday, July 5, 2018
Hundreds of displaced Syrians left Lebanon for their war-torn homeland Thursday in a repatriation that will reunite them with relatives they have not seen for years. But many of them also are leaving behind loved ones who are staying in the tiny Arab nation that has become home to the highest percentage of refugees in the world.
By admin2 on Thursday, July 5, 2018

Sharry Aiken, associate professor at Queen's Law, joins this podcast to discuss the STCA and its history. She argues that the US is currently unsafe for refugees, and looks at the political implications of suspending the agreement.

By admin2 on Thursday, July 5, 2018
The Ontario government says Ottawa is to blame for a housing crisis caused by people crossing the border illegally and should pay 100 per cent of the cost. A spokesman for Premier Doug Ford says the federal government is encouraging people to cross into Canada illegally and is responsible for the "mess" that has caused.
By admin2 on Thursday, June 28, 2018
A provincial pilot program aimed at making it easier for immigrants to fill certain in-demand jobs in the B.C. technology industry will be extended for a year longer than initially planned — an attempt to give tech employers relief amid record tight labour market conditions and skyrocketing wages.
By admin2 on Thursday, June 28, 2018
Canada and Ontario don’t have a refugee crisis. There’s been a significant increase in asylum seekers crossing over the U.S. border and claiming refugee status, but we’re a big country and we can handle the numbers involved. Still, bungling and buck-passing by the federal and provincial governments risk turning this manageable problem into an actual crisis. If they don’t get their act together quickly, there’s a real possibility they may create a needless backlash against asylum seekers.
By admin2 on Thursday, June 28, 2018

An open letter from health providers across Canada has been send to the Prime Minister requesting, not only asking to end the Safe Third Country Agreement, but also to end immigration detention, including child detention and family separation, in Canada.

By admin2 on Thursday, June 28, 2018
Canada has come under fire for a lack of transparency in its immigration detention system and its practice of detaining vulnerable groups, including children and those with mental health conditions. “The lack of independent national and international oversight bodies significantly contributes to the culture of secrecy surrounding the Canadian immigration detention system,” said a report by the Geneva-based Global Detention Project, an international research group that promotes the human rights of migrants in detention.
By admin2 on Thursday, June 28, 2018
Many refugees arriving this summer in Toronto are being put up in college dorm rooms. Dr. Paul Caulford is probably the busiest doctor in town this summer -- he and his team are caring for 400 refugees at the Centennial campus. Matt Galloway speaks to him about what it's like, and what they're telling him.
By admin2 on Wednesday, June 27, 2018
More than half of the refugee claimants sheltered by the city in motels, hotels and college dormitories are children, according to new data provided by the city on Tuesday. Of those, 728 are under age 8, and 518 are between the ages of 8 and 15. Most are travelling in families of three or more.
By admin2 on Wednesday, June 27, 2018
The Canadian Council for Refugees responded with alarm to the proposal in the newly released IRB Review Report to remove refugee determination from the Immigration and Refugee Board. The CCR calls on the government to reject this option, and to commit to maintaining the IRB as an independent quasi-judicial tribunal responsible for refugee determination.
By admin2 on Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Businesses are seeing the value of bringing refugees into their workforce. Paramount Fine Foods has hired more than 150 refugees and IKEA Canada just announced its commitment to hire 250 refugees in the next three years. These companies are doing this because they and their customers care about refugees — and because it’s good for business.
By admin2 on Wednesday, June 27, 2018
In an urgent letter, Mayor John Tory is telling the federal government that Toronto can no longer handle the influx of refugee claimants and will no longer do so without emergency financial help from senior governments.
By admin2 on Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Despite the economic slowdown, Alberta remains a top destination for newcomers to Canada — and the evidence backs that up.
By admin2 on Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Human rights abuses have a way of spilling across borders. It is happening in Nogales, Ariz., and at Lacolle, Quebec. There is a connection between these events at the United States’ southern and northern borders.
By admin2 on Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Canadians won’t do the back-breaking, low-paying work of picking our own produce. For the people we import to work our fields, food not only provides a livelihood but is also essential for maintaining their mental health, for surviving in isolation from their homes and families—which is why Armando and I are talking about avocados.
By admin2 on Wednesday, June 27, 2018
We don’t accept all-male panels on women’s issues, so why do we still discuss refugee policy without refugees, asks entrepreneur Sana Mustafa. Beyond tokenistic inclusion of refugee stories, she argues that meaningful participation requires major institutional shifts.
By admin2 on Wednesday, June 27, 2018
A Winnipeg immigration lawyer wants Canada to suspend an agreement with the United States that prevents asylum seekers from applying for refugee status here if they have already done so in the U.S.
By admin2 on Wednesday, June 27, 2018
The Immigrant Services Society of BC has released a report taking a closer look at refugee claimants, as more continue to cross the border into the province. Over 300 people awaiting their asylum hearings were surveyed, and they shared how they felt Canada could modify policies to better support the growing population.