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| August 23, 2010
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Harkening back to Champlain's immigration policy

Americans gripped by immigration and ethnicity issues should glance for perspective at the large print on the base of the Statue of Liberty: Give me your tired, your poor ... Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me ... Canadians with similar anxieties about immigrants and refugees -- categories that were often historically identical -- should think about Samuel de Champlain, who founded our country in the early 1600s.

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Migrant Matters

Health as a right? Prioritizing health for migrants doing agricultural work in Ontario (1 of 3)

August 19, 2010
| Over 250 people working as migrant agricultural labourers attended "Health Day," which centered around health barriers imposed by the work they are allowed to do here in Canada.
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| August 19, 2010

Canada's treatment of the Tamil refugees is a defining moment

The MV Sun Sea (right) and the impromptu refugee processing centre set up to received 490 Tamils. As seen from across the harbour on the shore of the Esquimalt First Nation after the ship’s arrival on Aug. 13, 2010. Photo: Wongo888/Flickr

Whatever else happens, the MV Sun Sea shall be remembered as having posed a security, immigration and moral dilemma for Canada, depending on who you speak to.

A Thai registered cargo ship, the MV Sun Sea had approximately 500 potential claimants for refugee status, all of whom are of Tamil origin. It originated in Sri Lanka and was denied permission to dock by Thailand and Australia. 

The ship arrived in Canadian waters Friday and was intercepted by armed Canadian military and the RCMP. After health and security officials boarded the ship in Victoria, B.C., the passengers were given medical check-ups; most have been moved to detention centres in the Vancouver area while their refugee claims are being processed. Hearings are due to begin today.

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| August 12, 2010
August 12, 2010 |
Thanks to push-back from PSAC members, immigration applications will continue to be processed in a timely manner, saving families months of delays and anxiety.
| July 29, 2010

Activists get creative on National Day of Action against Jason Kenney

No One Is Illegal activists get creative for the July 24 National Day of Action against Jason Kenney. (www.nooneisillegal.org)

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