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| May 3, 2016
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Saudi arms deal sheds unsavoury light on Liberal foreign policy

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The price of acceptance: Immigrants with disabilities in a system of disadvantage

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Over the last few weeks, we learned that Felipe Montoya and his family were denied permanent resident status in Canada because his child Nico is a person with Down Syndrome.

As community members and service providers who work to bring greater attention to the barriers and challenges some of the most marginalized people in Ontario experience because of race, disability and immigration status, we have heard of many such cases.

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From exploited to supported: Phasing out Canada's lowest wage work programs

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Ontario service organization Community Living Algoma officially ended its sheltered workshop program in September.

The Sault Ste. Marie group, headed by executive director John Policicchio, began operating the program in the 1960s. 

"By the early 1990s there was somewhere close to 130 people who attended the sheltered workshop," Policicchio said.   

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| April 26, 2016
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UN report slams Canada for homelessness crisis

April 23, 2016
| A coalition of 30 housing advocate groups from across Canada went to Geneva in February to speak before a UN human rights committee. Kenneth Hale was part of the delegation.
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Our obligation to Omar Khadr

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The federal government recently announced they would not proceed with the Conservative government's appeal of Omar Khadr's release on bail. There was a collective sigh of relief from those who have followed his tragic case.

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Refugee family sponsored by Unifor one step closer to coming to Canada

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Union-sponsored Syrian refugee families waiting for immigration clearance could be settled in Canada by the end of the year following a recent decision to restart application processing.

Unifor, which is sponsoring five families, rushed to file documents last Wednesday after the federal government announced it would process all Syrian refugee applications that had not been included in its 25,000 quota from the war-torn country before March 31.

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April 5, 2016 |
The former Conservative government, supported by the Liberals, five years ago promised that ordinary Colombians' lives would vastly improve under free trade. Steelworkers show how wrong they were.

Criminalizing farmers' activism in Colombia

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Alexander Guzmán Romero was five years old when his mother died. His father raised him and six siblings and at the age of ten, he started working on someone else's farm to be able to afford groceries and clothing.

He completed elementary school when he was 18 years old and afterwards, continued working to support his family, including two relatives with special needs.

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