Latest news happening in the settlement sector of Ontario.

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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.

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.

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.

Refugee group says Ottawa will help bring 600 LGBTQ Afghans to Canada

Dylan Robertson The Canadian Press December 22 2022

An LGBTQ refugee group says Ottawa is helping resettle to Canada 600 Afghans who are fleeing persecution due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Earlier this week, Toronto-based Rainbow Railroad said it has only been able to resettle four per cent of the nearly 3,800 Afghans who have asked the organization for help coming to Canada since the Taliban took over their country.

Newcomer YouTubers help immigrants get settled in Canada with advice and candid takes

Dakshana Bascaramurty The Globe and Mail 21 December 2022

The Idumota Market in Nigeria’s capital – also known as Lagos Island Market – is a dizzying warren of shops and street vendors selling house slippers, dresses, bottled water, wristwatches, knockoff designer purses, and almost any other material goods one could want. After Ogheneruona Balogun made the journey from Lagos to New Brunswick earlier this year, she missed it desperately.

Then she discovered the Costco in Moncton.

Here's what happens when your immigration application is assigned to inactive employees ID

Priscilla Ki Sun Hwang · CBC News · Posted: Dec 22, 2022

After CBC News published a story about how Canada's immigration department assigned tens of thousands of applications to hundreds of inactive employees and placeholder codes, the department explained its processing system and why it does this.