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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.