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New video series seeks to help migrants when confronted by authorities

New video series seeks to help migrants when confronted by authorities

by Muriam Salman Over 80,000 migrants, including children, have been jailed without charge or trial under the Harper government. Many of these people end up detained in maximum security jails while immigration officials decide whether or not to release them. It is no wonder then, that undocumented residents in Toronto live under immense stress, faced

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The emergence of the neoliberal containment state in Canada

by Aiyanas Ormond Reproduced with permission from author and The Mainlander: Vancouver’s Place for Progressive Politics AUTHOR’S NOTE | This article emerges from 5 years of working as a community organizer for the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU). Thank you to the VANDU Board for allowing me to lean on their community organizing work and

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Super-Exploited, Raped, Undocumented, and No Access Without Fear: Maria’s Story

by Martha Roberts The following content derives from a speech delivered by Martha Roberts, a practicing Registered Midwife in Vancouver and a member of the Alliance for People’s Health, at the 3rd Annual Day of Action for Refugee Health Care in Vancouver on June 16, 2014.  The title of the original speech is “End Medical Profiteering! Demand Health

Illustration by Oleg Dergachov. Oleg Dergachov is a Ukrainian painter, graphic artist, cartoonist and sculptor who works and teaches in his cozy Westmount studio in Montreal.

Migration gives relief to whom?

An Op-Ed by Joyce Valbuena (Centre d’appui aux Philippines/Centre for Philippine Concerns)  First appearing at Montreal Serai and reproduced with permission Montreal | One of the biggest challenges of migrating to another country is leaving your family behind. In most cases the reason is economics. If you are from a developing country, it becomes inevitable for

Death threats issued to Toronto priest for commemorating Hugo Chavez

by Steve da Silva One of Toronto’s inner suburbs has become a focal point in the ongoing struggle in Venezuela between the Bolivarian transition to socialism and the fascist resistance that has been developing over the last month. With its face to the bustling city moving past it on Dufferin, just a little south of

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Welcome to Canada: Growing up Latino in Toronto

This is an interview by Camila Uribe-Rosales of BASICS with Oscar and R (who prefers to remain anonymous), two Latin American youth who migrated to Canada from El Salvador and Mexico, and their experiences in the Canadian education system. EARLY YEARS O: I was born in El Salvador. My parents migrated here.  I didn’t speak

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Proposed changes to Canada’s Family Reunification Program to exclude many

  by Jesson Reyes In December 2013, the newly appointed Chris Alexander, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, announced that the handful of proposed changes within the Family Reunification Program will be effective as of January 2, 2014. Together with this announcement is the assurance to the applicants of its main motives:  to decrease processing time

Remembering Rogerio: How Toronto and Ontario are failing undocumented residents

by Muriam Salman Rogerio Marques DeSouza, an undocumented worker, died an untimely death. However, the discrimination he faced due to his immigration status did not end with his passing. At 49, Rogerio, the father of three teenage children, had been fighting colon cancer for over three years. As an undocumented migrant from Brazil, he was

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