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Canadian Immigration: Family Reunification for the Rich and the Lucky

No One Is Illegal – Toronto responds to the May 2013 changes to the Parent and Grandparent Program for Sponsorship

Last week, under the guise of “re-opening” family reunification, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney revealed significant changes to the Parent and Grandparent sponsorship program, once again making it harder for families to be reunited in Canada. With more exclusive conditions, only the wealthy or the lucky ones who make the first-come-first-served cut-off will be reunited with families, leaving behind the thousands who have been waiting for the past 10 years.

In 2011, Minister Kenney imposed a two-year freeze on immigration applications from parents and grandparents, shutting out the 165,000 people who had applied under the program many of whom had been waiting over eight years. Under the new restrictions, most of these families will remain shut out.

Call the Healthcare Denied Campaign Line!

No One Is Illegal - Toronto has launched an anonymous phone line for migrant patients and service providers to share information about healthcare services they are being denied or are unable to provide due to recent changes to refugee healthcare by the federal government.

CALL 1 888 602 6365
press 1 if you were denied services, press 2 if you are a service provider who is facing constraints

"We are trying to figure out exactly where immigrants and refugees are facing obstacles, what medication and services people need the most, which hospitals and services are denying or charging for services," explained Nanky Rai of No One Is Illegal - Toronto. "We are hearing stories about the impacts of the cuts to refugee health care on refugees individually but we don't know enough about which healthcare institutions are most vehemently implementing the federal regulations."

Canada's new immigration paradigm: Detention, Deportation and Abuse

On December 15, the Refugee Exclusion Act (Bill C-31, formally the "Protecting Canada's Immigration System Act") will be fully implemented.

Please watch, and share this video, of past and current immigration detainees and No One Is Illegal - Toronto organizers explaining the impacts of these new laws. Filmed by Liberation Cooperative Organization outside the Toronto Immigration Holding Centre.

WATCH & SHARE
https://vimeo.com/55622758

Among other things, these laws will mean even more immigrants will end up in in immigration detention.

Did you know that there have been nearly 95,000 immigrants that have spent time in detention in Canada since 2004? and that immigration detention is $50 + million business with private companies managing and operating immigration detention centres?

KEY FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DETENTION
http://toronto.nooneisillegal.org/ImmigrationDetention2012
Includes a flyer you can print and distribute

AND LEARN MORE ABOUT SECURITY CERTIFICATES
www.supportmahjoub.org & www.justiceforjaballah.org

As of December 15, 2012, our communities face:

* Mandatory detention: Many refugees deemed "irregular arrivals" or "smuggled", including children over the age of 16, will face mandatory detention upon arrival. Migrants will become one of the largest growing prison populations with Harper's prison expansion plan.

Toronto Launch of "We Refuse To Cooperate!" campaign w FREE ICE CREAM

Jul/15/2012 - 2:00 pm

On facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/328339203918518/

*With your colleagues & your neighbours, come join the campaign and visit: http://collectifjusticesante-campagne.tumblr.com/ !*

Come have your photos taken at Christie Pits Park at 2pm on Sunday, July 15, 2012 and get some free ice cream and ice lollies too!

Join us at the southeast corner of Christie Pits Park in the sheltered picnic area next to the children's waterpark.
Please RSVP: http://bit.ly/LbxoP3

EVERYONE's INVITED! Under the theme 'We refuse to cooperate’, No One Is Illegal - Toronto and Health for All join with the Health Justice Collective in Montreal and call on health care providers and allies across the country to continue to organize and affirm their intention to not comply with the cuts imposed by the federal government to the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP), which came into effect as of June 30th.

Community allies photobomb Canada Day events to demand justice for refugees

On July 1st, immigrant and refugee allies interrupted Canada Day events at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto, holding up massive foam letters that spelled out “Oh Canada, No Home for Refugees”, visible from balconies and rooftops in the surrounding area. This action was organized on the day that the federal Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) cuts went into effect, gutting a range of services delivering health care for refugees.

"Canada has a long history of extremely regressive immigration policies, such as the Chinese Head Tax. Cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program that provides health care for refugees, implementation of Bill C-11 and the recent passing of Bill C-31, otherwise known as the Refugee Exclusion Act, are all intensified efforts by this government to exclude and exploit immigrants and refugees while also denying them access to basic services", said Dr. Abeer Majeed.

Tory MP Offices occupied in FIVE cities. Actions across Canada

In a coordinated effort on Refugee Rights Day, members of refugee and immigrant rights groups including No One Is Illegal are occupying Conservative MP offices in Ottawa, Toronto, St. Catharines, Edmonton, and Vancouver Coast Salish Territories. Banners have also been dropped in Montreal and Halifax. These actions are being organized to demand that the Refugee Exclusion Act, Bill C-31, be discarded.

Update: Vancouver activists are occupying Citizenship and Immigration Canada offices.

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