Latest news happening in the settlement sector of Ontario.

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Alberta will no longer hold federal immigration detainees in provincial jails

Paige Parsons · The Canadian Press · Posted: Jan 18, 2023

The Alberta government has announced a deadline for ending an agreement to hold federal immigration detainees in provincial jails.

The province says that written notice has been given to the federal government to end the agreement with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). The agreement entailed use of provincial correctional centres to house people being detained on immigration matters.

North America: Refugee and migrant rights must be top priority of ‘Three Amigos’ summit

Amnesty International January 9, 2023

The rights of refugees and migrants must be a top priority during the North American Leaders’ Summit in Mexico City, said Amnesty International today. President Biden, President López Obrador and Prime Minister Trudeau must stop implementing inhuman shared migration policies and replace them with polices that are in accordance with international human rights standards.

Federal Court urges Ottawa to consider 'moral debt' owed to pandemic workers for immigration status

Adrian Humphreys The National Post Published Jan 09, 2023  

“The moral debt owed to immigrants who worked on the frontlines to help protect vulnerable people in Canada during the first waves of the COVID-19 pandemic cannot be understated,” a judge said last year in a ruling for Bhaona Mohammed, a woman from Fiji working as a health-care aide at a long-term care home in Alberta.

Ukrainian Kyiv-based pride organization asks Canadians to open homes to LGBTQ refugees

Courtney Dickson · CBC News · Posted: Jan 06, 2023

Simon Fraser University professor Svitlana Matviyenko was in Kyiv on New Year's Eve when Russia fired missiles into the city. 

"It was a very strange experience, obviously. And scary in many ways," she told Stephen Quinn, the host of CBC's The Early Edition.

She and many others took cover in old subway stations and listened to the sounds of explosions above.

A Norfolk County company wanted to hire Ukrainian refugees. First step? Build them a place to live

J.P. Antonacci The Hamilton Spectator Sat., Jan. 7, 2023

Olha Diletchuk first came to Titan Trailers near Courtland in June, one week after she and her two young children landed in Canada as refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine.

“I was ready to do any job just to stay here. I was ready even to weld,” said the 40-year-old businesswoman.