This week’s roundup is a mix of important victories (re: #MigrantWorkers); unfortunate setbacks (re: #LegalAidOntario); tragedy signalling the need for urgent reform (re: #CrisisinCorrections); and thought-provoking dialogue (re: #SexWork). Our weekly round-up contains some of the content that caught our attention this past week:
International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
- December 17 is the annual International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. Read submissions made by Naomi Sayers, of BTL, to the UN Women Consultation on Sex Work.
- 15 people have died in immigration detention in Canada since 2000; 3 of them in 2016. Sign this petition to end immigration detention. #Not1more
- Desmond Cole speaks with Karin, an organizer with the End Immigration Detention Network (audio).
Migrant Workers / Refugees
- ‘4-in, 4-out’ rule for temporary foreign workers scrapped! Migrant workers who have worked in Canada for 4 years no longer have to wait 4 years to return.
- December 18 is the annual International Migrants Day – sign this petition to continue advancing the rights of migrant workers; call for permanent status on landing!
- Check out this new online tool, produced by the University of Ottawa Refugee Assistance Project, for refugee support workers and those who assist refugee claimants in preparing for their refugee hearing.
Carding / Racial Profiling/ Policing / Prisons
- Brampton mother calling for disciplinary action against officers involved in tasering her unarmed, adult son, who is on the autism spectrum.
- Hamilton police adopts new carding policy.
- Police union says Hamilton City Councillor, Matthew Green, creating spectacle over carding complaint.
- London police services board approves motion to recommend stop to carding.
- Ontario inmate dies in segregation – urgent reforms needed now!
- An Ontario judge certifies first class-action lawsuit on behalf of federal inmates.
- Ontario to provide Innocence Canada, a non-profit organization supporting the wrongfully convicted, with $825,000 over the next three years.
- PS. This holiday season, consider supporting incarcerated loved ones with letters and reminders that they are cared for.
- Legal Aid Ontario to scale back dramatically due to budget deficit; less funding for many criminal matters
- TTC discounts for passengers on low incomes.
- Desmond and Tubman’s faces on money cannot buy justice.
- For racialized communities, electoral reform is about more than voting.
- December 30: Have your say about democracy
- No deadline: Write a letter to the Toronto Police Services Board to tell them why you want them to#destroythedata