Asylum seekers (in Canada use the term refugee claimant) have the legal right to cross the border and enter Canada to make a refugee claim. Asylum seekers are crossing irregularly – between ports of entry - but that is not illegal. They are doing so to because the Safe Third Country Agreement (2004) between Canada and the United States requires Canada to send refugee claimants back to the U.S., with a few exceptions. The Safe Third Country Agreement applies only to refugee claims made at border crossings.
Know your rights is a Guide to access to health care for uninsured and precarious status migrants in Ontario.
Earlier this month the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) released the report Under Suspicion: Research and Consultation Report on Racial Profiling in Ontario. It is chockful of personal examples of how racial profiling tears at the soul of those profiled, reinforces the sense of otherness that many who are racialized experience, and undermines the social cohesion we so desperately need if this Canadian political project of diversity and inclusion is to be a success.
Graphic novel sparks Ontario-wide conversation about violence against women Four stories written by immigrant women on topics such as rape, sexual abuse and harassment, offer support to other immigrant women enduring similar experiences.
Law students released the results of collaborative work from 22 Canadian law schools on the Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA), the result of a law students research-a-thon begun in February 2017. The report concludes that Canada’s continued participation in the STCA violates our international obligations.
The year has begun with a sense of optimism on the policy front. In the dying days of 2016, there was a flurry of activities coming out of Ottawa as the Federal government announced one policy directive after the other.
November has been filled with surprises so far. Here it is mid-month and at the time of this writing we are enjoying weather that reminds us of early Fall. The leaves are mostly gone but the memory of the glorious reds, yellows, oranges and browns are fresh in our minds and remind us of why we treasure our country and its changing seasons.
You are responsible for creating your day.
Creating your day is about owning the power to your wellness, regardless of the bus driver who drove off as you reached the bus stop yesterday, the person who cut you off on the highway this morning, or your staff/manager/colleague who spoke with you abruptly a few minutes ago. You are responsible for creating a positive day that powers your wellness.
7 Ways to Power Your Day