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Canadian court says Safe Third Country Agreement with U.S. violates charter

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020

“The ‘sharing of responsibility’ objective of the STCA should entail some guarantee of access to a fair refugee process.” The court said the fact that STCA returnees are jailed by U.S. authorities, does not immunize the actions of Canadian officials from consideration… critics have long argued that the U.S. asylum system is cruel and inhumane, especially under the Trump administration.

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International education in Canada is booming — but the system is flawed. Here’s how to fix it

Sunday, September 29th, 2019

Part 1 of the Price of Admission series looks at how international students have increasingly been used as a key source of revenue to prop up an underfunded Canadian education system. Part 2 examines how one Ontario college scrambled to deal with a crisis on campus in the wake of a surge in international enrolment. Part 3 explores how international students, desperate to stay here permanently, are sometimes exploited by employers.

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Protests against refugee health cuts planned in 10 Canadian cities

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Jun 17 2012
asylum seekers will see much of their health coverage — from vaccinations to lab tests, diagnostic and ambulance services — gone unless their health condition puts public health at risk. Some of them also stand to lose pharmaceutical care, dentistry, vision care and access to devices such as walkers and wheelchairs. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has said the changes will save Ottawa $100 million over five years and discourage “unfounded” refugees from taking advantage of Canada’s generosity.

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Ottawa to cut health care for some refugees

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Apr 25 2012
Currently, all refugees are covered by the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP), which provides basic health coverage, sometimes with supplementary services such as pharmaceutical care, dentistry, vision care and devices such as walkers and wheelchairs, if required… The plan announced Wednesday stipulates that rejected claimants and refugees from designated countries won’t be eligible for health care unless their conditions put the public at risk. All refugees will also be stripped of supplemental health coverage.

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Ontario urged to eliminate OHIP wait

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Feb 03 2011
…advocates for immigrants are calling on the province to eliminate the three-month wait time for newcomers to access OHIP. The Right to Health Care Coalition, a network of more than 30 Greater Toronto agencies, will launch a “postcard campaign” Friday to put the issue on the electorate’s radar… The policy, said to save Ontario $90 million a year, also serves as a “disincentive to persons moving to Ontario only briefly for the purpose of getting free medical services” …Ontario and British Columbia [are] the only provinces with such restrictions in place.

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Immigrant women hurt by barriers to health care: Study

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

March 30, 2010
According to the study, fifteen per cent of immigrants who had been here for less than five years said they don’t have a family doctor, more than double the rate for Canadian-born men and women… “Some of them would not need to go to the emergency if they could get to a doctor’s office,” said lead researcher Arlene Bierman. “The country’s visible minority population will double by 2031… We need to be able to better serve the growing health-care needs of this community and reduce barriers.”

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