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Videos, pictures, and blogs about changes to laws for Caregivers

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On Sunday, November 30th, 2014, Canadian immigration laws changed to shut out thousands of Caregivers from Permanent Residency. Yet Caregivers are refusing to let this injustice prevail.

Watch short video of Justice for Caregivers Rally in Toronto
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeZeJ-EfHlI

Syed Hussan details the regressiveness of these laws in an article titled 'Why is Harper sending Caregivers back to 1973?'
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/syed-hussan/canada-immigration_b_6238252.html

Toronto Star: New rules for federal live-in caregivers program
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2014/11/28/new_rules_for_federal_live...

Caregivers rally for status and justice (pics and video)
http://us7.campaign-archive2.com/?u=2f8247a9a7cb1cae47b6659dd&id=dbb7bdaec7

Honouring Evelyn: Solidarity with Migrant and Sex Workers

Evelyn Bumatay Castillo was murdered on Saturday, October 11th at Quality Inn near Toronto International Airport. 43-years-old and a Filipino citizen, Evelyn came to Canada as a temporary foreign worker in January 2013. While caring for a family with three children, Evelyn was also working as an independent sex worker. Evelyn is survived by an 86-year-old mother in the Philippines and a 22-year-old son, who she had not seen in 10 years while working abroad to support her family.

Toronto support action for McDonald's workers

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June 6, 2013: NOII-Toronto and allies are in solidarity with the McDonald's migrant workers. In over 30 countries today, people demanded that McDonald’s end labour abuse and support freedom of association for all its workers worldwide.

See full details at www.notlovinit.com

Whose Borders 2. El Contrato & Borderless

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Apr/20/2012 - 7:00 pm

No One is Illegal - Toronto Presents:
Whose Borders?
An evening of politics and picture shows!

Friday, April 20, 2012 at 7:30pm (doors at 7:00 pm)
Palmerston Library Theatre
(560 Palmerston Ave., North of Bloor St. W., west of Bathurst Subway Station - the station is wheelchair accessible)

Featuring:
*El Contrato (dir. Min Sook Lee, 51 mins.): El Contrato follows Teodoro Bello Martinez, a father of four from Central Mexico, and several of his countrymen as they make an annual migration to southern Ontario. For eight months of the year Leamington's population absorbs 4000 migrant labourers who pick tomatoes for conditions and wages no local will accept. Facing racism, exploitation, and constant threat of deportation, the workers voice their desire for dignity and respect, and better working conditions.

*Borderless (Min Sook Lee, 25 mins): They sew clothes in Montreal, clean high rises in Vancouver and build houses in Toronto. Their low wages subsidize Canada's first world economy. Using silhouetted interviews and stylized imagery shot on Super 8 and mini-dv, Borderless tells the story of Angela and Geraldo. Angela works as a domestic help caring for other people's children while her own child is growing up motherless in the Caribbean. Geraldo arrived from Costa Rica to work in

No More Deaths: Justice & Status for Migrant Workers!

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Feb/17/2012 - 12:00 pm
Feb/17/2012 - 2:00 pm

In another tragic incident, 11 migrant workers died in a car crash in Ontario this month. It is not the first time. In September 2010, Ralston White and Paul Roach died while working at a farm in Southern Ontario. In December 2009, Alexander Bondorev, Aleksey Blumberg, Fayzullo Fazilov, Vladimir Korostin, migrant workers without full status, fell to their deaths when the scaffolding they were working on collapsed in half. Year after year, migrants without full status die in Ontario and neither the government nor their employers have taken any serious remedial action.

These deaths represent only the surface of a phenomenon

Vigil: Celebrate Migrant Workers

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Dec/18/2011 - 5:00 pm
Dec/18/2011 - 6:30 pm

Migrant Workers Alliance for Change invites you to

Vigil: Celebrate Migrant Workers

http://www.facebook.com/events/302043009829811

5pm, Sunday December 18, 2011
Chinese Railway Workers' Memorial (Map: http://bit.ly/vfFAmk)

Flowers, food, fruits and wine are the markers of the holiday season - grown, packaged, shipped, cooked by migrant workers across this country. As people begin to plan festivities, the Migrant Workers Alliance for Change, is calling on migrant workers, undocumented people and their allies to join us at the Chinese Railway Workers` Memorial at 5pm in a vigil of somber reflection and to reiterate the need for immediate, urgent action to ensure justice, dignity and status for all migrants.

We demand:
* A right to landing status be granted upon arrival for migrant workers. They must not be tied to one employer, be required to live in their employer's home, or be subject to further medical examination;

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