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Immigrant crackdown derails studies

Scholarship winner to be deported as Ottawa gets tough with illegals
September 22, 2008 - The Toronto Star

A crackdown by the Canada Border Services Agency after a report uncovered 41,000 unaccounted for illegal immigrants is derailing a young Bangladeshi man's last years at the University of Toronto.

Saad Alam was starting his third year of a life sciences degree with a hope of medical school in the future. The 23-year-old has lived in the GTA for five years and the U.S. for nine before that. He and his parents are being deported to Bangladesh at the end of the month.

"They're very strict about removals these days," said Anita Balakrishna, the lawyer representing the Alam family. "It's a reaction to the auditor general's report."

Speakers and Film Screening: Crossing Arizona

Sep/24/2008 - 6:30 pm

September 24, 2008
Bahen Centre - Room 1180
40 St. George Street

The No One Is Illegal Student Network presents the award winning film by Joseph Mathew and Dan Devivo, Crossing Arizona.

Heightened security in California and Texas has pushed border-crossers into the treacherous Arizona desert in unprecedented numbers – an estimated 4,500 a day. Most are men in search of work, but increasingly the border-crossers are women and children seeking to reunite with their families. This influx of migrants crossing through Arizona and the attendant rising death toll have elicited complicated feelings about human rights, culture, class, labor and national security.


TDSB Continues to Violate Ontario Education Act

Press Conference
Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (District 12)
1482 Bathurst Street, Suite 300


*Roger Langen (Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation District 12)
*Pamela Dogra (Elementary Teachers of Toronto)
*Navjeet Sidhu (Community Social Planning Council of Toronto)
*Albert Koehl (Lawyer, Education Rights Taskforce)
*Amanda Parris (Grassroots Youth Collaborative)
*Amarna Moscote (Parkdale Legal Services)
*Paloma Villegas (No One Is Illegal-Toronto)

GTA CAMPUSES CELEBRATE STAY ON DEPORTATION OF YORK SCHOLAR! Students and Faculty Continue to Organise to Demand Status for All!

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March 28, 2008

Demonstrations Win Stay of Deportation for Sarah Leonty - As the Fight for Don't Ask, Don't Tell at Post Secondary Heats Up!

TORONTO- Shaken by the outrage of protestors who poured into York University's Vary Hall on Wednesday, Immigration Canada was forced to grant Sarah (Saint-Sierra) Leonty a 2 year stay in Canada while her Humanitarian and Compassionate Application is processed. Sarah's mother and two younger siblings slated for deportation yesterday, had their deportation cancelled and were also granted a 2 year stay.

The crowd consisted of students and faculty from York, U of T and Ryerson all demanding that Sarah be allowed to stay. Student and labour unions, along with faculty and community organisations took to the mic calling on York University to declare itself a sanctuary school to be free of Immigration Enforcement.


Wednesday, March 26
4700 Keele Street
York University, Vari Hall

12:30pm. Buses leaving from 12 Hart House Circle (U of T)

Students and faculty from campuses across Toronto will descend on York University on Wednesday afternoon to protect one of their own. Sarah (Saintsierra Leonty), 20, a student of International Development Studies at York University faces imminent deportation to St. Lucia unless her application to stay on humanitarian grounds is accepted.

Sarah volunteers at Beatrice House, a women's shelter, and works at a local café and knitting shop. Though she won the Herb Carnegie award and recognition from the lieutenant-governor for her community service work, the former Student Council President was forced to quit University when she could not afford the high international fees.

The Star: School Board endorses `don't ask, don't tell'

May 26, 2006
NICHOLAS KEUNG - The Toronto Star

Canada's largest school board has adopted, in principle, a "don't ask, don't tell" policy when it comes to dealing with students who may not have legal status in the country.

Toronto District School Board trustees voted unanimously this week to designate staff to work with city council, the police board and social agencies to come up with a common protocol — one that would ensure non-status migrants and their children aren't turned away from services and pushed further underground out of fear.

"We need to show some courage and leadership, that we are not allowing our kids to be used as pawns," said Trustee Josh Matlow (Ward 11, St. Paul's), to the applause of more than two dozen supporters of the motion.

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