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Refugee Claimants - Frequently Asked Questions

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Asylum seekers (in Canada use the term refugee claimant) have the legal right to cross the border and enter Canada to make a refugee claim. Asylum seekers are crossing irregularly – between ports of entry - but that is not illegal. They are doing so to because the Safe Third Country Agreement (2004) between Canada and the United States requires Canada to send refugee claimants back to the U.S., with a few exceptions. The Safe Third Country Agreement applies only to refugee claims made at border crossings.

Moving the Policy footstep…

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Earlier this month the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) released the report Under Suspicion: Research and Consultation Report on Racial Profiling in Ontario.  It is chockful of personal examples of how racial profiling tears at the soul of those profiled, reinforces the sense of otherness that many who are racialized experience, and undermines the social cohesion we so desperately need if this Canadian political project of diversity and inclusion is to be a success.

Looking Ahead

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January 2017

The year has begun with a sense of optimism on the policy front. In the dying days of 2016, there was a flurry of activities coming out of Ottawa as the Federal government announced one policy directive after the other.

Article Series: Self-Care for the Immigrant and Refugee Serving Sector by Aina-Nia Ayo'dele (November 2016)

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You are responsible for creating your day.

Creating your day is about owning the power to your wellness, regardless of the bus driver who drove off as you reached the bus stop yesterday, the person who cut you off on the highway this morning, or your staff/manager/colleague who spoke with you abruptly a few minutes ago. You are responsible for creating a positive day that powers your wellness.

7 Ways to Power Your Day

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