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Bill C-585 could strip social assistance benefits from those without permanent status in Canada | Sep 5 2014 | John Bonnar | If passed, the bill would allow provinces to restrict access to social assistance benefits by imposing minimum residency requirements for eligibility.
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Egypt spurns foreign NGOs | Sep 3 2014 | Chalaine Chang | A proposed law in Egypt would severely restrict NGOs from doing their work -- and it's happening already. The most recent NGO to run afoul of the law there? Human Rights Watch.
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Canadian spy agencies are running reckless | Sep 2 2014 | Amira Elghawaby | How much does it concern you that your emails, texts, social media and phone calls might be monitored? Probably a lot, right?
Changes to Live-in Caregiver Program help no one | Sep 1 2014 | Conely de Leon, Ethel Tungohan, Petronila Cleto | Live-in caregivers are an important part of Canadian society. So why is Chris Alexander eliminating their ability to obtain permanent residency with his "modern" 'Express Entry' program?
Shae Invidiata on the fight against human trafficking | Aug 31 2014 | Shae Invidiata | Listen in to Shae as she gives us her take on slavery, Bill C-36, "evil at its best" and why Canada is at a crossroads when it comes to the slave trade.
Power to the PINAYs: On the work of Montreal-based Filipino women’s organization Pinay | Aug 30 2014 | MaryCarl Guiao | Tapping into the current status of Canada's Live-in Caregiver Program and the work of Montreal-based organization PINAY, which is led by Filipinas, including women working as migrant workers.
Protecting public debate through anti-SLAPP legislation | Aug 28 2014 | Pro Bono, Shelina Ali | Legal proceedings are costly and can be untenable for those actively involved in public debate. Anti‑SLAPP legislation provides a mechanism to protect this kind of debate from being silenced.
Reflections on the past, present and future of migrant farm labour in Canada | Aug 28 2014 | Edward Dunsworth | Calls for the expulsion of temporary foreign workers and preferential hiring of Canadians did do one thing: draw attention to the exploitation of migrant labour in Canada.
Community crisis response teams could save lives | Aug 26 2014 | John Bonnar | Social justice activist Don Weitz believes community crisis response teams could mean the difference between life and death for those in emotional crisis.
We're taking your online privacy concerns straight to the B.C. Legislature and we need to hear from you. | Aug 26 2014 | Eva Prkachin | OpenMedia's David Christopher has been invited to speak to MLAs at a key meeting of the BC Legislature’s Special Committee to review provincial privacy rules on Monday, September 8.
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Joshua Oppenheimer on 'The Act of Killing' | Aug 26 2014 | Face2Face | An interview with the man behind the Oscar-nominated film, "The Act of Killing," a documentary about the Indonesian killings of 1965–66, and the soon-to-be-released film, "The Look of Silence."
Photo: European Court of Human Rights. Credit: marcella bona/flickr
Poland in the torture hot seat: Is Canada next? | Aug 22 2014 | Matthew Behrens | A little-noticed European Court of Human Rights decision regarding Polish complicity in torture may well have ripple effects on this side of the Atlantic and, hopefully, produce some accountability.

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