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Refugee Workshop for Churches

The Christian Reformed Church has created a toolkit of resources for churches and other groups to learn about the experiences of refugees in Canada today and respond.

Why the govenrnment's refugee health appeal is wrong

Refugees and their advocates joined an interesting mix of doctors, provincial politicians, and lawyers this month to cheer a 268-page decision from Justice Anne Mactavish. The Federal Court ruled that the June 2012 refugee healthcare cuts went against Section 12 of the Charter and constituted “cruel and unusual” treatment for claimants and their children.

The State of Refugee Care and the Common Good

Join CPJ to read Dr. Gruner's address in The Catalyst.

We’re not going anywhere.

That was the message Dr. Doug Gruner delivered on behalf of the medical community last Thursday night as he spoke about the Interim Federal Health (IFH) cuts to refugee health care coverage.

Refugee News This Week

Updates from the headlines including royal recognition of a long-time refugee advocate and yet another deadly migrant shipwreck on the Mediterranean Sea. 

Refugee Healthcare: Ontario fills the gap left by the feds

It turns out it’s not just churches, lawyers, doctors, and journalists decrying last year’s Interim Federal Health Program cuts – although this was already an impressive list.

Now the Ontario provincial government has taken a stand against the refugee healthcare cuts. As the province with more refugees and asylum seekers than the rest of Canada combined, they decided to step in to fill the gap left by the federal government.

Canadian indifference and Syrian desperation

In December 2011, Jason Kenney, then minister of citizenship and immigration, pledged to increase the number of refugees by 20 per cent. However, the government actually decreased the number it resettled by 26 per cent. Only 5,412 government-assisted refugees arrived in our country in 2012, the second lowest number in any one year over the last three decades.

 

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