In the Field Newsletter Volume 40


OCASI In the Field
Volume 40
Message from the Executive Director

Debbie DouglasThis and That…

We are in the midst of an election that has exposed the ugly underbelly of Canadian racism and Islamophobia clothed in pro-women rhetoric and the hesitation of many of our elected representatives, except for a few brave and principled souls like Calgary Mayor Nenshi who took to the airways to denounce in no uncertain terms the slippery slope of racist wedge politics.

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OCASI Member Feature

North York Community House Digital Stories

North York Community HouseDigital stories are short videos, created by people of all ages and backgrounds, where participants share their own life story through voice, images, and music.

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OCASI Happenings

The 2015 OCASI Professional Development Conference

Join us at the 2015 OCASI Professional Development Conference, only conference of its kind in the Immigrant-serving sector!

If you have not yet registered for the 2015 OCASI Professional Development Conference, here are some reason by you should.

  1. A full 2-day agenda is planned for front-line practitioners around the theme; Building a Progressive Service Sector: Practitioners as Agents of Change
  2. For those front-line practitioners arriving from outside the GTA on Sunday, November 1, 2015, enjoy a Reception and Feature Film in your honour. The festivities start of at 6:00 PM and hosted by our own Debbie Douglas. The feature film will be one of the following:
    1. Water by Deepa Meta
    2. The Lost Boys of Sudan by Megan Mylan and Jon Shenk; or
    3. Don't Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie) by Mikaela Shwer
  3. On Monday evening come out and enjoy after dinner dancing with our favourite spin-master, DJ Glen C. If you haven't been to an OCASI Dance, you're in for a treat. We expect to see everyone on the dancefloor!

We have a great conference planned for you, so get online and register today!

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A new resource from OCASI featuring information, resources, statistics, news and links about refugee programs, policy and trends in Canada.

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New Settlement.Org Consumer Protection Articles

Settlement.Org has expanded its Consumer Protection section to include the articles: What should I know about payday loans? and What should I consider when sending money overseas? These articles prompt the reader to consider whether these financial products are appropriate for them, how to tell if they are using a reputable company and how to make a consumer complaint.

A Newcomer's Introduction to Consumer Protection

Newcomer's Introduction to Consumer ProtectionThis guide contains information that newcomers to Ontario should know when buying goods and services. The guide gives examples of questions that they can ask to help them become smart consumers. Published, in French and English, by Consumer Protection Ontario, an awareness program from the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services; the guides can be found on Settlement.Org & Etablissement.Org.

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Is Canada a Safe Haven?

Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights research project A new report from the Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights research project, released on September 29, 2015, looks at the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) asylum seekers living in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) and the experiences of community service providers.

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Sector Happenings

Still Working on the Edge

Workers' Action Centre report, ‘Still Working on the Edge: Building Decent Jobs from the Ground Up' of March 2015 exposes a deteriorating floor of labour standards that is contributing to low wages, insecure work and the erosion of minimum standards.

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CCR Fall Consultation in Hamilton, ON

Canadian Council for Refugees Fall ConsultationCanadian Council for Refugees Fall Consultation |26-28 November 2015, Hamilton | Courage, Contributions, Resilience

With views from all Canadian provinces and with participants in fields as diverse as mental health services and the law, this conference offers opportunities for professional development, networking and strategy and explore questions affecting refugee protection and newcomer settlement. Register before 6 November to take advantage of reduced fees. Join the CCR to receive member-only reduced registration fees.

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Toronto Remains the Child Poverty Capital of Canada

A new report from Social Planning Toronto and partners shows that, amongst large Canadian cities, Toronto continues to have the highest percentage of children and youth living in poverty.

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Refugee Sponsorship Support Program

The uOttawa Refugee Sponsorship Support Program (SSP) brings together sponsorship experts, pro-bono lawyers, law students, and community organizations to offer direct support to Canadians seeking to sponsor refugees. Learn more about becoming a sponsor or supporting as a Pro Bono Lawyer.

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18th National Metropolis Conference: Call for Proposals

Metropolis ConferenceTo be held under the theme “Getting Results: Migration, Opportunities and Good Governance” (March 3-5, 2016, Toronto), the conference is now accepting workshop, roundtable, and poster presentations. The deadline for submissions is November 16, 2015.

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Election 2015: Party Platforms Immigration, Citizenship and Multiculturalism

A comparative table of the three major parties and their commitments on immigration, citizenship, multiculturalism and related issues, prepared by Andrew Griffith.

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