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Help reform the Canadian financial system

payday loans image by Jason Comely on Flickr labeled for reuse

The CCPA and ACORN have just released a comprehensive report on predatory lending.  Over 250 ACORN members were survey and they discussed why they turned to payday lenders. The results also show that many have been denied access to very basic banking services — such as cheque cashing or overdraft protection — from traditional banks.

There are about 1,500 payday storefronts in Canada. More than half of them are in Ontario. 

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Stand up for Noah Rabbani

Stop Hate, by Sylvar on Flickr, labelled for reuse

Saturday November 26, Noah Rabbani is a 15 year old Canadian-Pakistani teenager was brutally attacked by two white men who stole his backpack and beat him severely with a baseball bat.  The attack occured in Hamilton, Ontario.  This article has an account of what he said, how he wanted to spare his parents alarm, how he says one man just kept hitting him with the bat.

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Redeye

Sweeping new surveillance legislation in U.K. could affect Canadians

December 2, 2016
| The Investigatory Power Bill in Britain legalizes a range of tools for hacking and snooping unmatched anywhere in Europe. Once the bill becomes law, the pressure will be on Canada to harmonize.
Length: 15:10 minutes (13.89 MB)
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Trump's election should prompt Canada to rethink its complicity with U.S. mass surveillance

Photo: picturenarrative/flickr

President-elect Donald Trump. It's still a phrase that takes some getting used to. Trump's pronouncements on issues of online privacy, surveillance and net neutrality -- among many other topics -- should send a shiver down the spine of anyone who cares about preserving basic democratic freedoms in a digital age.

For Canadians these concerns strike particularly close to home. Already, federal government ministers are grappling with the implications of the impending Trump presidency and, for Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, these implications are especially profound.

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15 temporary foreign workers were defrauded and arrested when they fought back

The Immigrant Worker Centre (IWC-CTI) in Montreal is working with a group of temporary foreign workers who were victims of wage theft.   Their employer was deducting money from their salaries stating that he was paying himself back the recruitment fees and other fees related to their applications for new work permits.  When they fought back, they spent up to three weeks in detention while the recruiter walked free.

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November 29, 2016 |
National civil society groups have joined Canadians for Tax Fairness, and joined international efforts, to step up its fight against the global tax avoidance epidemic by pushing for strong UN action.
November 29, 2016 |
In the last few years, the privatization industry has put a lot of effort into coming up with new ways to privatize public services.
Image: Flickr/School of Veterinary Medicine and Science University of Nottingham
| November 24, 2016

The Dream Act registrants are now vulnerable to Trump's deportation threats

Stop Deportation

In June 2012, President Obama enacted a new immigration plan that had the potential to give about two million undocumented youth a new and special legal status.  Over 700,000 people are part of this program. 

It provided youth who qualified with the right to obtain a driver's licence, a work permit, a social security number which could be used to apply for grants and scholarships, and an ability to leave the country and return free from detention.  However, it also meant that a lot of personal information about the youth and their families was submitted to Homeland Security.

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Responding to everyday bigotry

The Southern Poverty Law Center gathered hundreds of stories of everyday bigotry from people across the United States. They told their stories through e-mail, personal interviews and at roundtable discussions in four cities. People spoke about encounters in stores and restaurants, on streets and in schools. No matter the location or relationship, the stories echo each other.

Want to read this in PDF form? Click here.

 

 

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