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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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Asia Pacific Currents

Iranian workers take up fight against the government of Iran

July 1, 2016
| Updates of labour struggles in the Asia-Pacific region and the repression that Iranian workers face inside Iran.
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Indefinite detention, deaths of refugees spark hunger strike

May 7, 2016
| Advocates say that Canada's practice of detaining refugees indefinitely runs counter to both international law and the Charter of Rights of Freedoms. They're calling for a 90-day limit.
Length: 14:08 minutes (12.95 MB)
Redeye

Kristin Henry brings fight against Site C to downtown Vancouver

April 4, 2016
| Kristin Henry was on hunger strike outside BC Hydro offices on Dunsmuir Street for 19 days. She was taken to hospital on March 31. We speak with Peace River Valley farmer Sage Birley.
Length: 16:03 minutes (14.7 MB)

Site C protesters continue hunger strike as food security, environmental concerns persist

Kristin Henry & Sage Birley pictured outside BC Hydro

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Update: Kristin Henry was hospitalized on the evening of March 31 after being on hunger strike for almost three weeks. She was released on April 5 according to the Stop Site C facebook group.

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Prisoners organize a win against solitary confinement in California

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Thousands of prisoners will be moved out of solitary confinement in California, thanks to a landmark legal settlement announced this week. Grassroots organizing can be tough, but when done by prisoners locked up in solitary confinement, some of them for decades, it is astounding.

The settlement grew out of a federal class-action lawsuit alleging violations of the constitutional prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.

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