On June 20, World Refugee Day, we pay tribute to the courage, strength and determination of those forced to flee their homelands.
If you have reached out to Legal Aid Ontario and we agree to pay for a lawyer to help you prepare your claim and to represent you at the Immigration and Refugee Board, do not pay the lawyer yourself for these services. Legal Aid Ontario will pay for these services.
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) detains refugees and immigrants, including children, in violation of their human rights. This is the first in a multi-part blog on why—and on what LAO and other concerned citizens are doing about it.
“What is it like in the refugee camps in Greece? It’s difficult to know where to start. …,” says RLO-Toronto Refugee and Immigration Legal Services Director Catherine Bruce, who recently spent time in refugee camps on Chios, a Greek island off the coast of Turkey.
In a year that has been full of hardship, refugees from Designated Countries of Origin (DCO) have won an important victory: those whose claims are rejected now have a right of appeal. Jared Will practices immigration and refugee law in Toronto, with a focus on judicial review and appellate matters.
Alia Hogben is the Executive Director of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women. The Quran is clear that the burying of live infant girls is a sin for which the murderers will be held responsible, then why does anyone think the killing of women and girls will not be viewed in the same light?
Dr. Meb Rashid is a Toronto-based physician who specializes in refugee healthcare. He is a co-founding physician of Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care. Healthcare leadership in Canada has come together to oppose the changes to our refugee healthcare system announced in April 2012 and implemented in June 2012. As physicians, we know that these cuts: […]
Prisoners’ Justice Day has been observed every year on August 10 since 1975 to call attention to human rights and justice for prisoners. This year, the theme is mental health, and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, LAO and the John Howard Society of Toronto will be hosting several leading legal activists for a day of […]
By Mélissa Loïzou As bilingual counsel at the Hamilton Community Legal Clinic/Clinique juridique communautaire de Hamilton, I have been witness to many changes in the Francophone community in Ontario. Thanks to increased immigration from French-speaking countries, I’ve seen the Francophone population in the Hamilton area steadily grow over time. Within this population, many of our clients […]
Imagine the dilemma of a mentally handicapped refugee claimant who commits a crime, or a developmentally handicapped immigrant in detention at the airport. The ARCH Disability Law Centre and the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Equity Initiatives Department put together legal professionals at a recent seminar to discuss these scenarios and provide lawyers with strategies to deal with them.