-- a statement on the detained Tamil Refugees and the Canadian Refugee system --
written by No One Is Illegal-Toronto and Tamil Youth Organization
Seventy six people from military occupied north and east Sri Lanka arrived off the coast of BC in a ship on Friday, 16 October, claiming refugee status. All but one of the men, ethnically Tamil, are still imprisoned. Days after their arrival, Kenney cut Canada's refugee acceptance targets by 60%, limiting acceptance to no more than 9,000 - 12,000 people a year. In 2008, the quota was 22,000-29,000 a year. Without any consultation, the Immigration Minister has undemocratically and fundamentally changed Canada's refugee system. The Immigration Minister has tried to belittle these migrants, calling their journey a justification for further changes.
Thursday November 26th
55 Gould Street, Student Campus Centre, Room 115
An Evening Panel & Discussion Featuring:
Paul Caulford, MD, Scarborough Urban Health Outreach Centre (Clinic for the Uninsured)
- will discuss the reasons for and workings of the SUHOC, a health clinic that serves a large population of undocumented/uninsured persons
Bob Gardner, PhD, The Wellesley Institute
- will speak about the health care system and structural issues of equity
- will speak about her first-hand experience of attempting to access care as a person with precarious status
MacDonald Scott, LLCL
- will speak, as Nell's legal representation, from a legal perspective, outlining her unprecedented case in attempting to access Interim Federal Health, without status.
Health is a fundamental human right. One that is being denied to hundreds of thousands of people living in Toronto.
Jane Finch Action Against Poverty and NOII present:
Jane and Finch Community Forum on Immigration
Tuesday November 24
Palisades Cineplex (15 San Romanoway, east of Jane and Finch)
- Deportations have increased 50% in the last ten years
- Poverty in new immigrant communities has increased 125% in the last year
- Police are attacking youth of colour in schools and on the streets
- Proposed regulations aim to make migrants permanently temporary
- The refugee system is being broken further
- The family reunification program is shrinking
- Migrants are the last hired, and in this recession the first fired
Come out to a community discussion on what is wrong with the immigration
system and what we can to do to fight back.
"A woman between the ages of 20 and 30 was found murdered – and with evidence of childbirth – with blows to her body and a bullet in the forehead, a classic revenge from drug trafficking," said a June 5 story in the Mexican newspaper El Informador de Jalisco.
A death certificate later classified the woman's death as a homicide.
What the coroner's office didn't mention was that the 24-year-old murder victim and her mother and sister had twice sought refuge in Canada, in 2004 and 2008, from drug traffickers. The same men are thought to have kidnapped and killed young Grise, leaving the fate of her baby unknown, after she was forced back to Mexico.
Grise's tragic death highlights the need to give refugees a right to appeal when their applications are rejected, say Toronto advocates.
Coalition for Change Statement in response to the proposed changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney
Temporary Resident Policy and Programs Director Maia Welbourne
As community, women's, immigrant rights, faith-based and trade union organizations we strongly oppose the proposed changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program that entrench a disposable workforce with few rights. We call on the government to scrap these proposed amendments immediately and ensure real protection and justice for migrant workers.
Under a smokescreen of protection for workers, the regulatory changes would limit migrant workers' time in Canada to four years and bar them from re-entering Canada for the next six years.
Some believe that the Canadian immigration system is fair and generous. It isn't. And Stephen Harper and Jason Kenney are swiftly making it even worse.
They are underhandedly taking apart the so-called 'objective' points-based system. They are moving quickly to get rid of its 'humanitarian' part, the refugee process. In its place, they are setting up temporary work programs that are designed to push most migrants in to vulnerable, precarious and temporary jobs without access to services or the ability to unionize.
In 2008, for the first time, more people entered the work force on exploitative temporary work programs than with access to permanent residency!