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Lawrence Hill on his novel, 'The Illegal'

October 18, 2016
| From Octopus Books in Ottawa, author and journalist Waubgeshig Rice talks to Lawrence Hill about his novel "The Illegal."
Length: 53:51 minutes (56.52 MB)

Harvesting freedom and sowing resistance: Migrant workers in Canada demand permanent immigration status

Gabriel Allahdua, migrant worker and campaign member, speaks at the Ontario Food

A historic caravan of migrant agricultural workers completed a 1,500 kilometre journey to Ottawa to deliver a clear and pointed message to members of Parliament -- "We want permanent immigration status now!"

The caravan launched on Sept. 3 in Leamington, Ontario (Canada's tomato capital) has made stops to cities and towns across southern Ontario. Workers have been sharing not only their demands, but personal stories of exploitation and injustice under Canada's Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP), a federal program now in its 50th year.

On Sunday morning in Toronto, community members and supporters welcomed the caravan with a rally at the Ontario Food Terminal, a place where the fruits of migrant labour are bought, sold and profited from.

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WINGS

Immigrants send gifts across borders

August 28, 2016
| This 2004 talk from Maria Jimenez on how immigrants sustain their home communities remains relevant today.
Length: 29:07 minutes (40 MB)

Canada's immigration policies are killing people

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Last week, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale unveiled a $138-million budget for developing "alternatives to [immigration] detention," including $10.5 million dedicated to bettering health services in detention facilities.

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| August 15, 2016

Hamilton's sanctuary city languishes as political will fades

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Two years ago, Hamilton's city council unanimously approved a motion that permitted undocumented migrants access to municipal services without providing immigration documents, turning Hamilton into Canada's second sanctuary city.

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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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CBSA ends participation in reality television show 'Border Security'

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On Monday, the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) agreed to end its participation in the controversial reality television show Border Security: Canada's Front Line, which began airing on the National Geographic Channel in 2012.

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The refugee issue: The clash of two worlds

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One of the worst violations of human rights, along with one of the biggest mass killings of civilians Europe has experienced since the Second World War, is taking place as we speak.

I have spoken to hundreds of refugees and they all have the same horrible stories to share.

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Constructing change: the activist toolkit

Syrian refugees: A progress report

April 19, 2016
| An interview with Maisie Lo, Director of Immigration Services at WoodGreen Community Services in Toronto.
Length: 08:25 minutes (7.72 MB)
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