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Report gives Manitoba’s invisible migrant farm workers a voice

Migrant Workers Solidarity - Migrant Voices PosterThey come to Manitoba each summer under Canada’s Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program to work on farms and nurseries.  And they’re invisible.

Now a new report by the Migrant Worker Solidarity Network and The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-Manitoba gives these migrant farm workers a voice.



Over 70 Community Groups Demand Cancellation of “Border Security” Reality TV Show

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive

Cancel Border Security

Over 70 community groups have signed a letter demanding the immediate cancellation of anti-immigrant reality TV show, Border Security. The letter is addressed to Public Safety Minister Vic Toews, who personally approved the show, the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) and various companies with interests in the show, including Force Four Entertainment and Shaw Media. The letter is part of a growing “Cancel Border Security” campaign by rights groups and progressives.


The Impacts of the Neighbourhood Immigrant Settlement Worker In Canada

She Fixes So Many Problems

By: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:

CCPA_logo_261The Neighbourhood Immigrant Settlement Worker (NISW) is one of the programs established by the Province of Manitoba to help newcomers adjust to life in Canada. The program is funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and Manitoba Immigration and Multiculturalism, and NISWs are hosted by community organizations.


In Canada, a ‘Proud to Protect Refugees’ campaign is launched on Refugee Rights Day

By: Canadian Council for RefugeesPress Release:

CCR 30th Anniversary Today the Canadian Council for Refugees and other organizations announced the launch of a campaign designed to transform the conversation about refugees in Canada. Under the banner ‘Proud to Protect Refugees’, 4 April (Refugee Rights Day) will see the launch of new efforts to promote a positive vision of what we want for refugees and of the important contributions refugees make to our  communities.


Canada Border Service Agency broke law with reality TV self-promotion, says BCCLA

Rights watchdog files federal privacy complaint as diverse social justice, labour and migrant groups come together to oppose exploitation of vulnerable people for entertainment.

By: B.C. Civil Liberties Association | Press Release:

Canada Border Services Agency. Photo: Dave Conner (Flickr conner395)

Canada Border Services Agency. Photo: Dave Conner (Flickr conner395)

VANCOUVER – The BC Civil Liberties Association filed a formal complaint with the federal Privacy Commissioner today on behalf of a migrant worker who had been filmed for the Canada Border Services Agency’s reality television series. The complaint, brought by the BCCLA with Oscar Mata Duran, alleges that CBSA’s use of a reality TV crew to record its interactions with people is illegal and that it violated Mr. Mata Duran’s rights under the federal Privacy Act.

Mr. Mata Duran was detained on suspicion of working in Canada without proper documentation, and was deported yesterday. The complaint was launched today at a press conference at which a broad range of civil society groups joined together in opposition to the CBSA’s decision to transform its operations into a source of commercial entertainment.