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By admin2 on Wednesday, July 25, 2018
A trio of Liberal cabinet ministers tried today to reassure Canadians the government has a tight grip on the spike in asylum seekers crossing into Canada, beating back Conservative claims that there is no clear plan or budget in place.
By admin2 on Wednesday, July 25, 2018
As another step toward better and fairer ways to handle difficult immigration cases, the Government of Canada today unveiled new elements to the "Alternatives to Detention" (ATD) program of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).
By admin2 on Wednesday, July 25, 2018
The term "irregular" is sometimes used interchangeably with the term "illegal" when referring to these asylum seekers. However, there are subtle differences. The term "irregular" is merely used to describe a border crossing that is not made at a port of entry. On the other hand, the term "illegal" is used to describe a border crossing that is performed in violation of the law. Depending on the circumstances, an irregular border crossing may or may not be considered illegal.
By admin2 on Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Canada Without Poverty, the charity that took the Income Tax Act Charter challenge to court, has three full-time staff and an annual budget of about $300,000 a year. Executive director Leilani Farha, a human rights lawyer, said that when the organization was being audited, “the breadth of the audit struck me right away as problematic.”
By admin2 on Wednesday, July 25, 2018
The FCJ Refugee Centre is a place where those who've been accepted as refugees help others seeking asylum deal with all sorts of practical issues. It's also an environment where people can share why they came to Canada and their hopes for the future — narratives many at the centre feel are important to larger conversations about refugees and asylum seekers.
By admin2 on Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Given the need for a diversity of views and the desire to protect free speech, are there criteria that should be used to assess who is likely to contribute to a constructive conversation and dialogue? Should these criteria be used to select speakers and panelists, or perhaps participants and audiences?
By admin2 on Wednesday, July 25, 2018
For years, conservative politicians across Canada have spread negative falsehoods about asylum-seeking immigrants—whether it’s about the legitimacy of their applications, the contributions they make to this country, or the very nature of the international obligations that Canada has agreed to.
By admin2 on Thursday, July 19, 2018
The market, which was declared a National Historical Site, has had a rich immigrant history since it was established in the early 19th Century. Today, the Market showcases offerings from cultures all over the world. Here’s a rundown of the vibrant history of one of Toronto’s most distinctly diverse neighbourhoods.
By admin2 on Thursday, July 19, 2018
A support group for female immigrants and refugees in Calgary is helping women avoid becoming socially isolated through the power of a needle and thread. The Centre for Newcomers peer support group meets weekly for the next three months, helping women from countries like India, Bangladesh and Somalia make new friends and practice speaking English while learning how to run a sewing machine.
By admin2 on Thursday, July 19, 2018
More GPS, voice reporting and more community monitoring to be used instead of holding centres. Canada's border agency is set to announce changes aimed at releasing more refugee claimants and other foreign nationals safely into the community while their immigration status is being resolved.
By admin2 on Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Ontario judge's ruling wipes out section of Income Tax Act limiting political activity by charities. Monday's ruling immediately quashes a longstanding rule limiting to 10 per cent the resources any Canadian charity is permitted to devote to political activities.
By admin2 on Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Conservative politicians have been peddling false information to stoke fear when it comes to those seeking asylum in Canada. It is time for the misleading, divisive, and dangerous political rhetoric to end, and to set the record straight. The fact is that Canada has a strict and efficient immigration and border-control system — one that ensures both compassion for people seeking refuge and protects the safety of Canadians.

By admin2 on Wednesday, July 18, 2018
A former child refugee who pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer will no longer have to fight the federal government in court over his right to stay in Canada. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale confirmed in a tweet Tuesday that the government “will not pursue deportation” for Abdoul Abdi.
By admin2 on Wednesday, July 18, 2018
After hurling accusations of creating hysteria, crippling provinces and taking an ad-hoc approach to a crisis, MPs on the immigration committee agreed on Monday to hold special hearings on the influx of people illegally crossing the border to claim asylum in Canada.
By admin2 on Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Building on previous commitments to support Toronto and other municipalities facing temporary housing pressures, the federal government announced today that it will actively support Toronto through housing support for asylum seekers currently housed in two college dormitories.
By admin2 on Wednesday, July 18, 2018
The Donald Trump administration is continuing its “zero tolerance” approach to Central Americans seeking asylum at the southern border of the United States. As a detention expert, I argue that we must not lose sight of how the administration is steadily expanding its detention arsenal under the cover of massive changes to its immigration and asylum architecture.The mind boggles at the scale and speed of the rollbacks to accessing asylum, humanitarian protection and residence rights.
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.