In the Field Newsletter Volume 39


OCASI In the Field
Volume 39
Message from the Executive Director

Debbie DouglasOpening our Doors

There is a campaign underway that is not about electing our next federal parliament. Though intrinsically linked because political leadership and political will determine the success or failure of this campaign, Canadians have awoken to something bigger than themselves. We have been reminded of who we are as a people, privileged, generous and eager to do our part in stemming the tide of human misery as visited on our fellow human beings from the Middle-east and Africa.

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OCASI Member Feature

CDCD: Community Leadership Program

Community Leadership ProgramA Community Leadership Program is a fantastic way to bring together emerging and aspiring leaders in the public, private and non-profit sectors of the community. Trillium Foundation has funded a 1-year pilot project for the creation of a Durham Leadership Program, with Community Development Council Durham (CDCD) acting as the lead.

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OCASI Happenings

Annual General Meeting Announcement

Monday, November 2nd, 2015
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

The Westin Prince Hotel
900 York Mills Rd - Toronto, Ontario

Political Parties respond to OCASI questions

OCASI canvassed major political parties for their views on refugee and immigrant concerns.

The New Democratic Party, Liberal Party and Green Party have responded.

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Spark Ontario

Sparks Ontario SPARK Ontario ( is a new online platform of opportunities and inspiration for all things volunteering across Ontario. It will let you connect with potential volunteers, tell your stories, and recruit engaged, interested people who want to make a difference. OCASI is a SPARK Ontario partner and encourages you to check out the site.

Secteur Etablissement.Org

Secteur Etablissement.Org Le site SecteurEtablissement est destiné aux professionnels francophones du secteur au service des immigrants, réfugiés et nouveaux arrivants en Ontario.

Sur cet espace d'échange, vous avez la possibilité de partager vos nouvelles, vos offres d'emplois, vos événements et vos appels d'offre.

Adressez-nous vos suggestions en contactant Aïssatou Sonko, par courriel à ou par téléphone au 416-322-4950 x 242

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Sector Happenings

She Speaks 2 Conference

She Speaks 2A conference for newcomer women, girls and trans people to meet each other and hear from inspirational leaders around creating social change and working towards economic justice for all newcomer and racialized people. At Ryerson University, Toronto on Oct. 3, 2015.

Free registration

"I'd Rather Not Give You My ID"

Watch a SUCCESS STORY of how newcomers and allies came together to stop the police from deporting undocumented newcomers in Toronto. When people speak out - it can make a difference.

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Canada Votes 2015

Canada VotesThe federal election is on October 19, 2015. Use Canada Votes to help spark dialogue about social issues in Canada and put them on the public agenda.

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Right to Housing Forum: September 30th

We have an affordable housing and homelessness crisis in Canada and the government is doing little to fix it. The Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO) and the Right to Housing Coalition are joining groups and individuals across Canada in a national week of action.

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Election Rules for Non-profits: Explained

Non-profits play a crucial role in making democracy vibrant and effective. However, this role can be hampered if non-profits aren't sure how election rules apply to them or their activities. To help deal with this confusion read the FAQ from Samara. The rules we're talking about here are specifically for non-profits that are not charities. Charitable organizations (like Samara) have more stringent rules they must adhere to.

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Register for LAO Domestic Violence Strategy Consultation

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is meeting with domestic violence survivors, partners in the Violence against Women (VAW) community and other legal or community service providers to develop a strategy to expand and improve legal aid services for domestic violence clients. If you are interested in attending an in-person consultation session, please visit LAO's Domestic Violence Strategy website and register. French sessions will be available upon request.

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