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NONE IS TOO MANY: Canada is failing to protect refugees

Jul/16/2009 - 11:30 am

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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.

NON-STATUS STUDENTS AFRAID TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL

TDSB Continues to Violate Ontario Education Act

Press Conference
Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (District 12)
1482 Bathurst Street, Suite 300
11am

SPEAKERS:

*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)

GTA CAMPUSES CELEBRATE STAY ON DEPORTATION OF YORK SCHOLAR! Students and Faculty Continue to Organise to Demand Status for All!

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March 28, 2008

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.

CROSS CAMPUS RALLY AND PRESS CONFERENCE TO STOP DEPORTATION OF YORK SCHOLAR

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CROSS CAMPUS RALLY AND PRESS CONFERENCE TO STOP DEPORTATION OF YORK SCHOLAR

2pm
26 March 2008
Vari Hall, York University

Students from campuses across Toronto will descend on York University on Wednesday afternoon to protect one of their own. Sarah (Saintsierra Leonty), 20, a student of International Development Studies at York University faces imminent deportation to St. Lucia unless her application to stay on Humanitarian grounds is accepted.

"Our campuses should be open to all residents regardless of their immigration status. As a student union, we stand in opposition to Sarah's deportation and call on Citizenship and Immigration Canada to let her stay in Canada on a permanent basis" said Gilary Massa, VP Equity of the York Federation of Students.

Toronto District School Board Stands Up for Non-Status Students

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Board Chair Declares: "Children are Not Illegal"

Toronto, May 24, 2006 - In a moving show of support, TDSB trustees stood tonight to ensure that all students have access to education without fear of detention, deportation, or disruption of their learning by federal immigration authorities.

In a unanimous decision, board trustees voted:

a) To accept in principle a Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy for all Toronto public schools within the TDSB. This means that Board staff will not inquire about the immigration status of students or their families, and that this information, if discovered, will not be passed on to federal immigration authorities.

b) This policy will be put in place after consultation with community members and city agencies; it will take effect for the beginning of the 2006-2007 school year.

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