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New Fact Sheets Show Growing Racial Disparities in Canada

Media Release

March 21, 2019 / Toronto - Colour of Poverty – Colour of Change (COP-COC) is releasing today a new set of fact sheets showing racial disparities in education & learning, employment, food & water security, health & child welfare, housing & homelessness, income & social assistance, immigration & newcomer settlement, justice & policing, and poverty, to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Section 91 Questions and Answers from IRCC

Questions and Answers on the provision of immigration and citizenship information and advice by NGOs/SPOs (in relation to section 91 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and section 21.1 of the Citizenship Act)

Click here for the document in PDF format.

- This document was provided by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada to the Canadian Council for Refugees in March 2019.

Imagining the Resistance

Toronto / March 2019

"I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own”

and

“The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house”

- Audre Lorde

Two quotes from the late prolific writer, lesbian-feminist, social justice warrior, Librarian Audre Lorde. Apt quotes I would say for the political moment in which we find ourselves especially this month as we mark International Women’s Day, a nod to working women although that herstory is often overlooked.

OCASI 2019 Ontario Pre-Budget Submission

OCASI made the following submission to Ontario Minister of Finance Vic Fedeli for the 2019 Ontario Pre-Budget Consulations.

OCASI – Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants submission to Minister of Finance – Ontario 2019 Pre-Budget Consultations

International talent attraction and integration through immigration is among Ontario’s top advantages. Immigrants and refugees make significant economic, social and cultural contributions, and help to sustain stable communities.

This Month called Us

Toronto / February 2019

"They Tried to Bury Us/They didn’t know we were seeds."
- Mexican saying
"What did you not do to bury me/But you forgot that I was a seed?"
- Greek poet, Dinos Christianopoulous

Albert Jackson had a new stamp made in his image and released in time for African/Black History month, 2019. Toronto’s, and Canada’s, first Black mail carrier, this recognition of the contributions of Black folks to early Toronto, Ontario and Canada’s history is long overdue.

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