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Secret case keeps Freeman from coming home

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Anytime a government wants to hide its errors and illegality, it pulls down the shades of national security confidentiality and refuses to disclose any information. Time and again, the Canadian government's own cries for secrecy have been found to be without substance. Federal court decisions, judicial inquiries into complicity in torture, and various freedom of access to information requests have revealed the extent to which secrecy becomes the convenient way out from having to explain and be held accountable for lousy policy, inhumane actions and sheer incompetence.

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Labour Day: Immigrant workers hit harder by tough economic times

Immigrants come to Canada to secure a future for themselves and their families. Yet a recent study undertaken by Ryerson University has painted a gloomy picture of the long lasting impact that the 2008 recession has had on immigrant workers.

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Talking Radical Radio

Arts-based activism in downtown Toronto's Chinatown

August 28, 2013
| Artist Alvis Choi talks about work on two recent change-focused projects in downtown Toronto's Chinatown, and about the role of art in social change.
Length: 27:59 minutes (25.63 MB)

Immigration discussion in Canada should be about people, not economics

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is currently consulting the public on Canada's future immigration plan. Very few Canadians know about this, and even fewer may participate. Given the consultation design and the questions posed by CIC, perhaps that should not be a surprise.

Some call it cliché while others call it irrefutable fact: our country has been and will continue to be built by immigrants. From economic prosperity to social harmony, the well-being of Canada and its people are intrinsically linked to both our immigration policy and the way immigrants are treated in this country.

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Photo: Students in Sanctuary Facebook page
| August 11, 2013

One refugee's fight for justice: The case of Muhammed Sillah

Photo: Justice for Muhammed Sillah

Muhammed, a refugee from Gambia, was arrested and detained on May 29 after having his request for asylum in Canada denied. He has since been detained at Immigration Holding Centre Rexdale, located in Etobicoke. An outspoken advocate of justice for the Gambian people, Muhammed has become an enemy of the repressive regime currently ruling Gambia under President Yahya Jammeh, and fears for his life if forced to return.

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On the Rolling Stone cover controversy: Why are we uncomfortable with Jahar's world?

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I am probably an exception, but seeing Dzhokhar (Jahar) Tsarnaev on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine does not outrage me. I'm not a regular reader, but the heated debate around the publication of a profile on "The Bomber" caught my interest.

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BC Civil Liberties Association: 'CBSA should give up its Hollywood dream and focus on its job'

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A spoken word artist's opposition to refugee health cuts: An interview with Ikenna Onyegbula

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On June 30, 2012, yet another draconian measure was implemented by the Conservative government: Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney went ahead with his latest (at the time) salvo against migrants by drastically cutting refugee claimants’ access to healthcare services.

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Video: Opposition to reality TV show 'Border Security' grows, along with spoofs

The opposition to the reality TV show 'Border Security' continues to grow, in the wake of raids against construction sites in Vancouver earlier this year recorded by television crews. Migrant justice advocates like No One Is Illegal, and a wide range of allies including many cultural workers from film and television, continue to campaign for the program's cancellation. 

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