In the Field Newsletter Volume 92



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On Becoming A Woman…

On the same day that the provincial budget watchdog reported that the province had underspent by $2B, three quarters into the fiscal year, the Attorney General informed Ontario’s network of sexual assault centres that the $1M in additional funding they received this fiscal year would not be coming for the 2020 fiscal year. This $1M was extended only after much advocacy by the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC), and it represents only a quarter of the top-up funds promised by the previous government.

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Stronger Together

St. Stephen’s Community House will join The Neighbourhood Group on April 1, 2020! The Neighbourhood Group is a Toronto charitable organization that brings together St. Stephen’s Community House, Neighbourhood Link Support Services and Central Neighbourhood House - three vital organizations with combined experience of over 200 years of building community.



Refugee Rights and Border Controls

Public forum by Toronto Refugee Rights Planning Committee to mark the April 4, 1985 Supreme Court decision recognizing refugee rights. Featuring speakers Loly Rico, Aleks Dughman-Manzur, Vincent Wong and Sean Rehaag. Wednesday April 1, 2020, 6pm-9pm @ 78 Queen's Park West - UofT Law, Jackman Building-J140, Toronto. Light refreshments. Event is free but please register here for planning purposes.


Mental Health Knowledge Exchange

In February 2020 OCASI featured the voices of leaders from across the mental health, settlement and primary care sector, sharing their expertise on how to better collaborate and serve immigrant and refugee communities on Mental Health Promotion. Follow a visual summary here, stay tuned for a detailed Conference Report and access our newly launched Trauma & Violence Informed Guidelines here.

2019 Novel Coronavirus Information

Visit Settlement.Org to access multi-language information sheets that you can reference to get the most up-to-date information on how to protect yourself and what to do if you think you have the virus.



Gender-Based Violence E-learning Course Series

Sign up for our online courses on Gender-Based Violence – a part of the Gender-Based Violence E-learning Course Series. Presented in Facilitated and Self-Directed formats. The courses aim to help front-line workers better understand and respond to different forms of Gender-Based Violence against Immigrant and Refugee Communities. The first set of courses start on March 10, 2020. Register today!

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Why Agencies Love OCMS

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Webinar: Immigrant FUTURES: Economy. Immigration. Communities

Small towns, big ideas. Embarking on a local immigration strategy, especially one that ties economic growth and community sustainability to newcomer attraction and retention, means thinking differently. Learn about the new Immigrant Futures Toolkit, a multi-stakeholder planning framework, tools and resources to help city and community leaders make the case for immigration. March 17, 2020, 1:00 PM

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LGBTQ2 Community Capacity Fund

Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE) is inviting proposals for projects until 2021-2022 to build capacity for LGBTQ2S community organizations in Canada. The fund’s objective is to build stronger capacity and networks of LGBTQ2 community organizations to advance LGBTQ2 equality. Read the applicant guide in its entirety before completing your application. Deadline April 30, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time.

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LFO Call for Applications

The Law Foundation of Ontario (LFO) invites applications for Measuring Impacts and Progress 2020 Grant. The grant is intended to support research or activities that improve use of data in the justice system, and empirical research to help improve how the justice system serves people of Ontario.

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Decent Work Checklist for the Nonprofit Sector

This simple checklist from Ontario Nonprofit Network can help you think about what decent work practices look like for your organization, identify areas where you are achieving impressive decent work practices and areas you would like to improve. Decent work practices are not limited to financial rewards and benefits. Organizational practices and cultures are part of a decent work environment.

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OHRC Right to Read Inquiry ‒ Survey

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) is conducting a survey to support its inquiry into human rights issues that affect students with reading disabilities in Ontario’s public education system.

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