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Justice for Ned Livingston Peart: Solidarity Rally and Human Rights Tribunal Hearing

Friday, June 28, 2013 - 9:30am


655 Bay Street 14th floor
655 Bay Street
Toronto, ON
43° 39' 26.4528" N, 79° 23' 3.6744" W

Justicia for Migrant Workers (J4MW) invites the community to attend the closing day of the historic Human Rights Tribunal examining the workplace death of Ned Livingston Peart, a Jamaican migrant farm worker who was killed working in a tobacco farm in rural Ontario. This case is intended to bring forward changes to prevent workplace deaths and injuries and to improve working and living conditions of migrant farmworkers in the province. There has never been an inquest into the death of a migrant worker under the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program in Ontario or anywhere in Canada. 


Migrant Dreams documentary delves into temporary foreign worker issue

Award-winning filmmaker Min Sook Lee's Migrant Dreams documentary project has a deep connection to her past -- her Korean parents emigrated to Canada in the early 1970s and her father did menial labour, including picking worms, in order to provide for the family.

"I appreciate the struggle," says Lee. "There was a lot of anxiety because we were poor and new to the country, so I'm very sensitized to issues of migration, acculturation and diaspora."

Migrant Matters

Kwentong Bayan illustrates the strength of Filipino caregivers to Canada

June 17, 2013
| Through an upcoming comic book, Filipinas who work as live-in caregivers tell their stories and nurture our creativity and awareness about our herstory.
Length: 18:05 minutes (41.43 MB)
June 5, 2013 |
While many farmers treat their employees fairly, temporary foreign worker programs create a systemic vulnerability for migrant workers.

Kwentong Bayan: Labour of Love - A Community Comic Book about Filipina Migrant Workers

Sunday, May 12, 2013 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm


Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas Street West Seminar Room 1
Toronto, ON
43° 39' 13.2372" N, 79° 23' 32.4204" W

Toronto-based artists, Althea Balmes and Jo SiMalaya Alcampo are creating a community comic book in collaboration with Filipina migrant workers in the Live-in Caregiver Program.

The artists will present work in-progress and caregivers will share real-life stories as a part of the Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts:

Sunday May 12, 2013
Free event

Artist Talk & Community Sharing
1-3 PM

Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas Street West
Seminar Room 1
Doors open at 12:30 pm
Fully accessible space
Free childcare provided

How the Conservatives built the temporary worker pipeline, and why you should care

When IT worker Dave Moreau went public about the fact that the largest bank in Canada was firing him and 44 of his RBC colleagues while bringing in temporary workers from another country to learn their jobs, he blew the lid off a program hidden in plain sight.

 Since coming to office in 2006, the Conservatives have massively expanded the pipeline that brings workers from around the world who often toil for less money and endure little to no meaningful workplace protections or human rights.


| April 19, 2013
Photo: Francisco Diaz / flickr
| April 16, 2013

RBC apologizes, but replacement and underpayment of workers remains widespread problem

Photo: Francisco Diaz / flickr

The Royal Bank of Canada has now apologized for displacing Canadian workers following the whistle blowing by an IT specialist which revealed the plan to replace some 50 Canada-based RBC workers with outsourced work via temporary migrant workers. But the issue is ongoing and beyond RBC. Canadian banks and other employers have been importing temporary migrant IT workers for various projects for some time, and they will continue to do so -- likely with ample support of governments.

I first learned of the use of temporary migrant IT workers in Canadian banks from a Toronto-based bank IT worker back in October 2012, when I was presenting on temporary labour migration at the Academics Stand Against Poverty Conference at Ryerson University.


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