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A pediatrician speaks out: Refugee health cuts put children's lives at risk

Photo: Jesse McLaren

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On June 18, physicians and other health care providers carried out a National Day of Action in over a dozen cities across Canada to oppose the Conservatives' cuts to refugee health care. This article is a modified version of the speech delivered to the Montreal rally by pediatrician Samir Shaheen-Hussain. 

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Today: Broadcast of film about persecution of Roma

Screen shot from the film Never Come Back. Photo: Malcolm Hamilton
Watch the film "Never Come Back" tonight, broadcast on OMNI-1 TV at 9 p.m. in Ontario and 10 p.m. in B.C.

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New program provides immigrants with a way in to civic participation

The Latin American Campaign for Civic Participation seeks to integrate newcomers into Canadian life, through popular education and the facilitation of dialogue with political representatives.  Photo: Jeannine M. Pitas
The Latin American Campaign for Civic Participation integrates newcomers into Canadian life, through popular education and the facilitation of dialogue with politicians.

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Warming up the welcome for immigrants

The Latin American Campaign for Civic Participation seeks to integrate newcomers into Canadian life, through popular education and the facilitation of dialogue with political representatives.  Photo: Jeannine M. Pitas

For many newcomers to Canada, political engagement is not an immediate priority. Immigration poses challenges, learning a new language, navigating a new community, seeking employment, finding housing, and so much more. It can be completely overwhelming for those newly arrived. But according to Adriana Salazar, a Toronto-based project co-ordinator at Toronto's Mennonite New Life Centre, civic participation is crucial for newcomers who seek to make a life for themselves within Canadian society.

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Dr.Vandana Shiva denied entry to Canada

Due to speak in Calgary, the renowned Indian scientist and activist was denied entry into Canada March 9. rabble.ca interviewed her before 'Shout Out for Global Justice' during Toronto's G20 Summit. Photo: Andy Ciordia
Due to speak in Calgary, the renowned Indian scientist and activist was denied entry into Canada March 9. rabble.ca interviewed her before 'Shout Out for Global Justice' during Toronto's G20 Summit.

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Resisting deportation of women fleeing violence

A rally in Toronto on Canada Day, 2008, in support of migrant justice. Photo: No One Is Illegal -- Toronto

On this day in 1989, 25-year-old Marc Lepine, screaming "I hate feminists!" shot and killed Anne-Marie Edward, Anne-Marie Lemay, Annie St. Arneault, Annie Turcotte, Barbara Daigneault, Barbara Marie Klucznik, Genevieve Bergeron, Helene Colgan, Maryse LeClaire, Maryse Leganiere, Maud Haviernier, Michele Richard, Nathalie Croteau and Sonia Pelletier.

Dozens of vigils, memorials and public events will take place across Canada today remembering these 14 women. We will gather to speak about the ongoing violence perpetuated by men against women and trans people that forms the basis of our rape-culture.

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Understanding the Tory immigration strategy

The right-wing minority government of Stephen Harper has just introduced Bill C-49.

The "Preventing Human Smugglers from Abusing Canada's Immigration System Act " that, among other things, allows the minister of public safety to declare any group of migrants coming in to Canada, a 'smuggling incident.'

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