No One Is Illegal-Toronto, No One Is Illegal-Vancouver and rabble.ca are pleased to announce the official launch of the 2009-2010 “No One Is Illegal! Stop Immigration Canada’s Racism!” National Video Competition.
Youth are invited to take a stand against racism with us! Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, has continued a trend of cutting funding for settlement agencies, breaking the refugee system and increasing temporary work programs. These are acts of racist discrimination. Now Kenney has called for a video competition called ‘Racism. Stop it!’ This is another attempt to fool us in to thinking that Immigration Canada is not racist. The “No One Is Illegal! Stop Immigration Canada’s Racism!” National Video Competition is a contest which invites youth, to submit short videos (45 to 60 seconds) on their thoughts about Canada’s racist immigration system. This initiative will reach thousands of people across Turtle Island through community migrant justice networks, educators and youth, and through features with our media sponsor rabble.ca.
NONE IS TOO MANY: Canada is failing to protect refugees
Toronto - July 16, 2009: Concerned community groups will hold a Press Conference on Thursday July 16, 2009 at 11:30 a.m. at Roma Community Centre at CultureLink, 2340 Dundas West (Crossways Mall), Suite 301, Toronto (follow Culturelink sign on main floor, go to 3rd Floor)
Community groups are deeply concerned about Canada’s recent decision to impose a visa on those countries, effectively shutting the door on Czech Roma and Mexican refugee who seek protection in Canada.
“Immigration Minister Jason Kenny appears to think that Roma don’t face state-sanctioned persecution in the Czech Republic” said Roma Community Centre Vice President Bill Bila. “Yet Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have stated publicly that the Czech Republic has failed to protect Roma from discrimination and abuse at the hands of public officials and private individuals” he said.
Should impoverished migrants be exempted from an immigration application fee simply because they can't afford it?
That was the focus of a federal court case in Toronto on Wednesday involving three migrant families who argued that the $550 fee for humanitarian and compassionate applications - a last resort for failed refugee claimants and non-status individuals to stay in Canada - infringes on their constitutional and charter rights.
"The case is about the access to that process," said lawyer Angus Grant, who, along with colleague Andrew Dekany, represented the three families, the Gunthers from Hungary, the Krenas from the Congo and Nell Toussaint, a woman from Grenada.
Abousfian Abdelrazik is coming home! Finally!
We did it! Wonderful news!
Toronto on Saturday, June 27 at 4.40 PM
International Arrivals Terminal 1
**Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are coming or need a ride Please include your phone number if you need a ride.**
Abousfian Abdelrazik was imprisoned and tortured by Sudan in 2003 at Canada’s request and has been trying to return ever since. He is one of the many people who is being targeted by the arbitrary and racist national security polices being used in the so-called “War on Terror.”
The Canadian government was forced to bring him home after a June 4th court ruling found that his charter right to return to Canada had been violated and ordered that he be repatriated within thirty days.
In September and October of 2008, Tyendinaga community members objected to the delivery of a $1.9 million pre-fabricated police station, funded jointly by the Band Council and the federal Ministry of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. The Band Council failed to consult the broader community before making the decision that a new police station should take priority over clean drinking water on the reserve and other pressing issues. The reserve school down the road from the proposed police station site lacks drinkable water, and the majority of reserve homes remain on a boil-water advisory. Tyendinaga police issued 12 warrants for Tyendinaga Mohawks and over the ensuing months, arrested and charged them in connection with protests against the police station, as well as protests against an illegal quarry operation on the Territory.