Latest news happening in the settlement sector of Ontario.

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Some Trans People Are Preparing to Flee the US and Seek Asylum Abroad

Anya Zoledziowski Vice January 10, 2023

Rynn Azerial Willgohs, a 50-year-old transgender woman, has been rapidly researching ways to flee the United States. She’s from the U.S., but with physical attacks against transgender and nonbinary people on the rise and lawmakers targeting transgender people with increasingly draconian legislation that criminalizes their very existence, Willgohs is worried. 

Ukrainian refugee finds hope and new opportunity through Ottawa Mission program

CTV News Dave Charbonneau Thursday, January 12th 2023

The Food Services Training Program at the Ottawa Mission is a free program that gives the most vulnerable a chance to turn their lives around.

The program is helping one Ukrainian refugee start a new life in a new country.

Tetiana Kitsynenko is a Ukrainian refugee who has just graduated from the Chef Ric's Food Services Training Program at the Ottawa Mission. 

Liberal minister says Canada needs more immigration, some worried about impacts on services

Nojoud Al Mallees The Canadian Press Friday, January 13, 2023

OTTAWA -- As Canada plans to significantly ramp up its immigration levels in the coming years, some policy experts are worried about potential effects on health care, housing and the labour market.

But Immigration Minister Sean Fraser insists that Canada needs more newcomers to address labour shortages and demographic changes that threaten the country's future.

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.