In the Field Newsletter Volume 45


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Volume 45
Message from the Executive Director

Debbie DouglasExecutive Director’s Message March 2016

It seems that every week there’s a good news policy story as we witness the federal government respond to years of advocacy from a broad network of groups, organizations and individuals concerned with creating an equitable society and committed to public policy that advances the wellbeing of those who are most vulnerable among us.

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OCASI Member Feature

CapaCITY Creators

Arts Recreation EnvironmentThis Council of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA) project aims to increase the participation of South Asians in the sectors of Arts, Recreation & Environment. CASSA research found that South Asians as well as other immigrants face multifaceted barriers to actively participate and become leaders in the three sectors. The CapaCITY Creators project will nurture community engagement and form long-term partnerships between community members and mainstream organizations and service providers.

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OCASI Happenings

Celebrate Refugee Rights in April 2016!

Join us to commemorate Refugee Rights month in April 2016; plan your own event. Details.

Forum on Refugee Rights in 2016 featuring panel presentation and discussion on refugee determination, detention and healthcare on Monday April 4, 2016 | 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm | WCH Auditorium, 76 Grenville Street, Toronto.

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Citizenship Scam - IOC Registration - Warning!

One of the topics posted in the Settlement.Org Discussion Forum, the Citizenship Scam warning is a relevant and popular item for the thousands of visitors to the site. Posted in the Permanent Residents and Citizenship | General Citizenship Questions section, comments on this topic have more than 12,000 views since the first post more than a year ago.

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UN Committee Report on Canada

Canada was challenged on its growing racial inequality by the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. As part of a coalition of Colour of Poverty - Colour of Change member, OCASI made presentations to the Committee at its recent review of Canada.

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OCASI at 18th National Metropolis Conference

OCASI Executive Director Debbie Douglas was Co-Chair of the 18th National Metropolis Conference held in Toronto on March 3-5, 2016. Read more here for Debbie’s Welcome Remarks and for OCASI presentations at the Conference.

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OCASI's Migrant Worker Guides

Temporary Foreign Workers guideOCASI's Migrant Worker Guides provide multilingual information for Temporary Foreign Workers in Ontario. This resource covers migrant workers' rights and the services available to them. You can download the guides online or order paper copies ​at

Sector Happenings

Racism Free Ontario Forum

Racism Free OntarioFeaturing a discussion on the soon to be established Anti-Racism Directorate (ARD); opportunity to put forward suggestions on how you see the formation and function of the ARD. Organized by Council of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA) with Colour of Poverty - Colour of Change. Monday, 21 March 2016 from 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM (EDT) @ YWCA Toronto Auditorium, 87 Elm Street, Toronto.

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ONN New resource: the Shared Platform Guidebook

ONN New ResourceBrand new! ONN launches the Shared Platform Guidebook, produced to assist charities and nonprofits that are interested in implementing a shared platform model and will allow them to integrate emerging and innovative community projects into their operational frameworks.

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Community Roundtable: Access to education for newcomer youth

This discussion will build on the Uprooted Education Project – a year-long participatory research project undertaken by members of the FCJ Youth Network, resulting in a The Uprooted Education 2016 Ontario Report. Friday, 15 April 2016 from 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM @ Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil St, Toronto.

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Report: Making Women Count

This study released on March 7, 2016 looks at how women in Canada and around the world are affected by rising inequality, including the burden of unpaid work, the undervaluing of work in predominantly female fields and more. at see men offered higher wages and rates of promotion than women.

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Webinar: Using Data to Make Your Case

A Webinar on navigating the Peel Newcomer Profile - A new online tool aimed to strengthen planning and outreach through data. Thursday, March 24, 10 am to 11:30 am. Featuring speakers: Aamna Ashraf, Director of Peel Newcomer Strategy Group (PNSG), Seema Taneja, Data and Measurement Consultant, PNSG.

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