In the Field Newsletter Volume 36


OCASI In the Field
Volume 36
Message from the Executive Director

Debbie DouglasTruth and Reconciliation – It is Up to All of Us
(June 3, 2015 Opinion-Editorial submitted to Toronto Star)

By Avvy Go and Debbie Douglas

Justice Murray Sinclair is absolutely right when he declares that Reconciliation is not an Aboriginal problem. It is a Canadian problem.

As Canadians, we bask in the glory that Canada, as a multicultural society, respects the rights of all people who live in Canada. With the majority of Canadians enjoying a decent standard of living, most Canadians believe that our fundamental rights are by and large respected by our government and protected by the law.

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OCASI Member Feature

Jewish Family Services of OttawaJewish Family Services of Ottawa: The Walk-In Counselling Clinic Project

When you think of mental-health services, a walk-in clinic probably isn't what comes to mind. But a new service in Ottawa with five locations is showing the value of timely, accessible help.

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OCASI Happenings

Re-launch! Immigrant and Refugee NFF Website

Immigrant and Refugee NFF Website“Neighbours, Friends and Families Immigrant and Refugee Communities Campaign” is a province-wide initiative to raise awareness and promote bystander intervention to end violence against women. OCASI is excited to present the updated website here:

Debbie Douglas speaks at CARFMS

Debbie Douglas spoke on immigrant settlement and integration at the 8th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS).

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Citizenship Changes 2015

Remaining changes to the Citizenship Act will come into force on June 11, 2015. Amendments to the Citizenship Act became law on June 19, 2014 and resulting changes came into effect at various points since then.

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Sector Happenings

Consultation: The Changing Workplaces Review

The Ontario government has launched public consultations on provincial employment and labour laws. Public consultation meetings will be held across Ontario, and written comments will be accepted until September 18, 2015. Follow the link for more information and to sign up for public consultations.

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Ontario Centre for Workforce Innovation CFP

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities has released a Call for Proposals (CFP) to identify an entity or partnership of entities to set up and manage the new Ontario Centre for Workforce Innovation (Centre). The CFP will be open until July 6, 2015.

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Stop Cuts To Refugee Healthcare

Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care is organizing a fourth National Day of Action on June 15th to take the facts directly to the streets and tell Canadians the consequences of the federal government's cuts to refugee health care. Actions are planned in 20 cities across Canada, and in Ontario in Brampton, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Markham, Mississauga, Ottawa and Toronto.

Skills for Change Red Seal Trades Program

The Trades Win Support program is assisting Internationally Trained Electricians and HVAC Mechanics to get a RED SEAL License and find a job in the field. Contact: Peel 905-595-1679 ext103 | York 905-764-0202 ext101.

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Legal Aid Ontario Expands Financial Eligibility

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is making it easier for people experiencing domestic violence to get help from a family lawyer by expanding the financial eligibility guidelines for this vulnerable group.

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Diverse Residents One Community

On Friday, June 19, 2015 Join FCJ Refugee Centre and community for a kickoff to this year's Pride celebration under the theme “Come out and play”. Event will be held at Artscape Wychwood Barns @ 601 Christie Street, Toronto from 5:00pm - 10:30pm.

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