In the Field Newsletter Volume 37


OCASI In the Field
Volume 37
Message from the Executive Director

Debbie DouglasSomething about Political Leadership…

During a meeting with the Ontario Human Rights Commission's (OHRC) acting Chief Commissioner, I was informed that the provincial Minister responsible for Community Safety and Correctional Services (which includes Police) was planning to make an announcement the next day (June 16th) on ‘Street Checks' or what most of us have come to know as ‘Carding'.

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OCASI Member Feature

IWSO E-Learning PortalWelcome to the IWSO e-Learning Portal

For over 25 years, Immigrant Women Services Ottawa (IWSO) has been a leading change-maker in preventing ‘Violence Against Women' (VAW). IWSO has built an e-Learning portal to share the expertise and knowledge acquired over the years. Whether you are an interpreter looking to upgrade your skills, a student finishing a course in social work, or an individual committed towards a healthy community, these courses are the perfect tools to learn more about issues of global significance.

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OCASI Happenings

OCASI Releases Report on Settlement and Housing

Settling in a new country means finding a new home, literally. As they search for housing, Canadian immigrant and refugee women can face some of the biggest barriers. OCASI has released a new report on reducing the risk of homelessness for immigrant and refugee women.

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OCASI OrgWise Assessment Tool

OrgWise - Organizational Standards Self-Assessment Tool is an integrated and coordinated approach aimed at facilitating organizational capacity and infrastructure development in four main areas of the OrgWise voluntary Standards.

NOTE: Completing your organization self-assessment helps to inform your organization capacity building priorities, training needs and organizational development efforts.

OCASI Presentation to CWR

OCASI appeared before the Special Advisors to the Changing Workplaces Review (CWR) on June 16, 2015 to speak on strengthening the Employment Standards Act to better protect workers, particularly those in precarious and low-wage work, and migrant workers and workers without immigration status.

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Sector Happenings

Share your views on racial profiling

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) is developing a policy on preventing racial profiling – and we need your help. Please consider filling out our Human Rights and Racial Profiling survey (by September 30, 2015), and sharing it with your networks and peers. We want to hear from individuals and organizations what racial profiling means to them, how it is experienced in the community, its root causes, and challenges and success stories on preventing it.

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Consumer Financial Protection Consultation

The government is looking for input from the public, community agencies, and businesses on services like payday loans, cheque cashing, money transfers, and experiences with debts in collection. Your input will help the government look at new ways to protect consumers, which may include new legislation. Share your feedback by August 14, 2015.

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GEO Training for Employment & Settlement Service Providers

Global Experience Ontario invites employment and settlement service providers working with internationally trained individuals to upcoming training workshops - Licensing in Ontario's Regulated Professions. The workshop will introduce service providers to licensing processes in Ontario's regulated non-health professions to better assist clients.

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Standing Committee Report on Promoting Economic Prosperity

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration has released the report “Promoting Economic Prosperity Through Settlement Services”.

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Launch of Syrian Refugee Settlement Initiative in Toronto area

IWSO E-Learning PortalOperation Lifeline Syria calls on residents of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) to join a new movement to help resettle 1,000 Syrian refugees here. Canada has committed to providing refuge to 10,000 Syrian refugees over three years from 2015 to 2017. To meet this commitment, ordinary citizens need to participate.

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