Toronto, ON – March 2/2010: As Parliament returns on Wednesday, March 3, 2010, immigration and human rights lawyers fear an escalation of the Conservative government’s attacks on immigrants and refugees.
In the past year, Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism has conducted a xenophobic smear campaign against refugees fleeing certain countries, painting them as “bogus” system abusers, while evading Canada's international obligations to protect people at risk. The government has announced that its 2010 immigration goals include refusing protection to larger numbers of refugee claimants at our border and introducing legislative changes that will likely deprive claimants from certain countries of a full and fair hearing.
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.
April 4, 2009 - Executing massive and unprecedented US-style raids in East Toronto, Leamington, and Bradford, the Canada Border Services Agency has arrested and detained over 100 migrant workers across Southern Ontario.
Hundreds of families and friends are wondering right now why their loved ones have not returned from work. The hundreds of thousands of non-status people across Canada have woken up to a horrible day in Stephen Harper's Canada.
On early Thursday morning, enforcement officers stormed into three different businesses in Bradford and Markham where they arrested migrant workers. CBSA even followed workers to their homes throughout the GTA and surrounding area. In total 80 people were arrested. They were placed on GO buses, handcuffed and held immobile for hours.
March 2009 - Jason Kenney, Minister for Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, says the overall immigration targets for 2009 have increased for permanent residents (CIC Press Release, 20 Feb 2009). But in Asian, African and Latin American countries people are seeing a different reality, especially in the family class and in overseas refugee cases.
“Our general experience is that visas are being denied at consulates located in South Asia and Latin American basically because many people there are poor and because of the regions they are from. I had a client who was sexually assaulted and needed her mother here to take care of her, but her visa was denied at the consulate in Guatemala City. I generally advise clients who are poor or working people that their chances are very very low and not to waste money hiring counsel” says Simone Stothers, a Certified Immigration Consultant.
Press Conference Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (District 12) 1482 Bathurst Street, Suite 300 11am
*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)
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.