September 2020 / Toronto - About ten years ago, the OCASI staff had a heated argument during one of our monthly all staff meetings about shifting most of our offerings to the membership online. We were split into two fractious camps. The in-person is always better crowd and the get with the program, technology is the way forward crowd. Luckily we had a few thoughtful souls in the middle who didn’t get what the argument was about since they held a vision where mixed modes of information transfer, training and professional development, policy and advocacy and public education exist.
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Canada’s COVID-19 Reconstruction Plan Must Address Systemic Racial Inequalities
September 8, 2020 / Toronto - The COVID-19 pandemic has caused serious economic and social havoc. It has exposed and made worse the racial inequities that already existed in Canada. Colour of Poverty – Colour of Change (COP-COC) calls on all political parties to address systemic and structural racial inequalities post-pandemic by releasing a Reconstruction and Reset Plan for Canada today.
Toronto / August 28 2020 - The report Senior Poverty & Inequity: The Toronto Experience co-authored by Social Planning Toronto and Well Living House was released in August 2020. The report draws on data from the 2016 Census and the Indigenous-led Our Health Counts Toronto research study.
Toronto / August 19, 2020 - Migrants, refugees, undocumented people, workers and students are taking to the streets on August 23rd to call for full and permanent immigration status for all.
Parliament may be prorogued but migrants are still in crisis.
Actions in ten cities and five provinces are calling for the expansion of the newly announced pathway to permanent residency for some refugees in healthcare to include everyone in the country without permanent resident status.
This is a recording of an OCASI webinar held on August 12, 2020.
The Impact of COVID-19 in the Immigration System: Measures in the Refugee Process
Presented by Francisco Rico-Martinez, Co-director, FCJ Refugee Centre
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced government institutions to work differently.