According to the CCR, Bill C-97, the federal budget bill, includes changes to the refugee determination system that will put many people at increased risk of being sent back to face persecution, in violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and of Canada’s international human rights obligations.
The Finance Committee was originally scheduled to study most of Bill C-97, including the refugee determination parts. However, thanks to broad advocacy efforts, the refugee provisions in the budget bill (Bill C-97) have been sent for study by the Citizenship and Immigration Committee.
Take action by contacting Members of Parliament and Senators to protest at the inclusion of these offensive provisions in a budget bill, where they will not receive the attention they need. Share this document that explains the concerns.
Participate in the Amnesty International campaign through which people can send an email to the Committee and their MP asking that they reject these amendments in Bill C-97: www.amnesty.ca/blog/canada-dont-roll-back-refugee-rights
An exhibition on the LGBTQI refugee experience is now on display at the Daniels Spectrum in downtown Toronto. The 'AM I WRONG TO LOVE?' exhibition is on until July 31st.
The portrait series explores the stories of 20 refugees from 10 different countries who have all fled their home countries because of their gender expression, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
On Thursday May 16, the 5th Annual Toronto Newcomer Day will be taking place at Nathan Phillips Square from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Toronto Newcomer Day is an annual event held in May that welcomes newcomers to Toronto, helps them understand and access a range of services, and celebrates their contributions to the city. The event features a number of activities such as a formal stage program, a citizenship ceremony for new Canadians, tours of City Hall, a newcomer marketplace, and an information fair.
An article posted on the Berkeley Media Studies Group Blog highlights how news coverage perpetuates harmful language about immigration.
"A declaration of a 'national emergency' at the border. A 'zero tolerance' policy; creating a crisis of separated and detained families and children. An attack on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Temporary Protected Status for refugees. These are just a few of the immigration-related developments that have garnered widespread media coverage in recent months."
Researchers looked at language used in articles published in 2018 from top national newspapers and determined that on average, "about 15% of articles about immigration contained derogatory, misleading, or racist terms in reference to immigrants." The author concludes that we must put pressure on the media to stop using harmful language about immigrations in order to prevent the stigma the exists around them.
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