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Bill C-36's negative impact on racialized and migrant sex workers

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Bill C-36, The Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act, was passed and received the royal assent to become law.

As many have stated, although the new law is supposedly about "protection" of sex workers, it will continue to endanger sex workers' lives and violate their human rights instead because of its continued criminalization of sex work. 

Criminalizing services -- including purchasing sex, prohibiting communication in many public places and restricting advertising -- will largely recreate the same problems identified by the court in Bedford. It will force this work to go underground and will further restrict and stigmatize sex workers.

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Watch: Migrant Workers Speaking Tour

Heard a lot about Temporary Foreign Workers? Now hear from them!

Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers: Migrant Workers Speaking Tour featured discussion from thee migrant workers -- a live-in caregiver, a farmworker and a restaurant worker.

 

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Permanent precarity: Canada's immigration model becomes neoliberal blueprint

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Canada is often seen has a haven for immigration, especially by our U.S. neighbours. But the 'managed migration' model spells a different story.

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No safe haven: Canada's 'managed migration'

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Jose Figueroa, who is courageously defying an immigration warrant to detain him, is a symbol of the arbitrary and exclusionary nature of Canadian immigration and refugee laws.

Jose has been in Canada since 1997 and was approved in principle for permanent residency. Years later, he received a deportation order for his prior membership in a group Canada claims is an organization that engages in acts of "espionage" and "terrorism." 

That organization is the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN), which fought against U.S.-sponsored dictatorships in the 1980s and is the current elected government of El Salvador. 

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More than 100 migrant agriculture workers will now receive the EI Parental Benefits they were wrongfully denied by an Employment Insurance tribunal.

Canadian labour history sheds light on current migrant labour issues

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Calls for the expulsion of temporary foreign workers and preferential hiring of Canadians did do one thing: draw attention to the exploitation of migrant labour in Canada.

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August 1, 2014 |
UFCW Canada has filed a complaint with the Commission on behalf of Mexican migrant women, asking the Commission to review the recruitment and selection process of the SAWP.

We can't help but ask: What about migrant farmworkers?

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Sweeping changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program have introduced several reforms. These reforms were met with immediate criticism from migrant justice groups, detailed here.

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Fresh fruit, forgotten labour: What about migrant farmworkers?

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As summer finally gets underway after a record-breaking winter, farms and orchards across Canada are preparing to open their gates to hungry locals eager for a taste of the season's first fresh produce. 

With anticipation running high, it's easy to forget that so much of our "local" food is planted, nurtured and harvested by "foreign" migrant farmworkers of colour.

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