As we approach mid-summer, the attention of non-profit sector leadership is turning to plans for return to work come September. There is great uncertainty still, as new variants of the COVID-19 virus appear, first vaccination uptake seems to be stalled, and there is talk from various sources about a possible fourth wave that may lead to renewed lockdowns.
Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion (HCCI) partnered with McMaster University on research to understand the needs of community members impacted by hate in Hamilton. Download the report to read the results from the focus group. HCCI is developing an independent online platform for reporting hate in Hamilton.
Eviction Help: New Tenant-Lawyer Connection Portal (TLCP)
People facing evictions due to unpaid rents can now access a new online portal from the Ontario Bar Association. This free service helps prepare people for their court hearings by matching them with a lawyer for a half-hour consultation.
Want to be part of efforts to promote rights for refugees? Participate in in-depth discussions on pressing issues affecting refugees and immigrants in Canada? Share information and strategies with others from across Canada? The Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) Summer Virtual Working Group Meetings will be held on September 14-16, 2021. Registration information to come soon.
Systemic racial discrimination, along with anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism, lie at the core of many of our institutions, and are perhaps most visible in our police and criminal justice systems. The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) presents a Framework For Change with ten steps to address systemic racism in policing.
The Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) calls on the Government of Canada to urgently reduce family reunification wait times. Recently, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) made the shocking admission that processing times for family members waiting to reunite with a refugee in Canada have now surpassed the three-year mark – 39 months.
Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) is holding consultations on modernizing the Employment Insurance (EI) program. Precariously employed workers and those with precarious immigration status are often excluded from EI. Participate in the consultations through an online survey or by sending a written submission to NC-EI_Consultations_AE-GD@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca.
A New Covid-19 Variant: The 'Pandemic Benefit Confiscation Variant'
Unlike new and more infectious variants of the Covid-19 virus, there is a new Covid-19 variant affecting pandemic benefits in Canada. It has been named the ‘pandemic benefit confiscation variant’. This variant causes a spike to latch onto the bank accounts, purses and wallets of unsuspecting pandemic response beneficiaries.
Every child in Canada has a right to quality education, but for First Nations children, this right is not always upheld. Many First Nations young people do not get the same opportunities to learn or to achieve their dreams as others do because of inequities in First Nations education.
Read the results of a May 2021 sector-wide survey by Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) with l’Assemblée de la Francophonie de l’Ontario (l’AFO) to gather critical data needed to help the sector build back from COVID-19. Nearly 3,000 nonprofits all around the province responded to the survey. Report was released in July 2021.
Eviction Prevention - A ToolKit For Community Workers
This toolkit by Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA) provides community workers with the tools and resources they need to help clients facing eviction to effectively navigate the process at the Landlord and Tenant Board. Access other CERA resources on their website and sign up for their newsletter at www.equalityrights.org.