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Detained migrants hold third hunger strike against Canada's system of indefinite detention

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Minister Ralph Goodale has shown no sign of turning his promised reforms into action -- leading detainees to the third hunger strike this year and second in less than four months.

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Third hunger strike this year highlights despair of Canada's detained migrants

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On October 17, 17 immigration detainees at Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay, Ontario began refusing food, just two months after nearly 60 immigration detainees in two Ontario facilities ended a 19-day hunger strike protesting the indefinite detention of migrants.

The hunger strike is the third of its kind this year, and detainees' demands remain unchanged: an end to indefinite detention of migrants with a 90-day limit on detentions as an interim measure.

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Goodale invests $138 million to upgrade indefinite detention, not reform it

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On Monday, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale announced the federal government would be pouring $138 million into upgrading immigration detention facilities across Canada. Two detention centres, in Quebec and British Columbia, will also be replaced.

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Immigration detainees end 18-day hunger strike

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Immigration detainees at the Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay, Ontario began eating over the weekend, ending an 18-day hunger strike. End Immigration Detention Network (EIDN) could not confirm if detainees at the Toronto East Detention Centre have continued the hunger strike.

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| July 26, 2016

Hunger strike continues as Goodale refuses to meet with immigration detainees

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Update: On Thursday, Ralph Goodale met with Regina-based group Colonialism No More, who have been camping outside of the Regina INAC office for over 100 days, to discuss a variety of issues including the hunger strike by immigration detainees in Ontario.

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Immigration detainees on hunger strike demand meeting public safety minister

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Sixty-eight immigration detainees in two maximum security prisons in Ontario -- Toronto East Detention Centre in Scarborough and Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay -- began a hunger strike on Monday to demand an end to indefinite detentions in maximum security prisons.

The immigration detainees, all racialized and undocumented men, will not end their hunger strike until they are able to meet with Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale.

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