Non-Status Women Haunt Justin Trudeau’s Office: “We Don’t Exist”

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This past Friday the Collective of Non-Status Women of Montreal held a public “haunting” outside of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s constituency office, right across the street from Jarry metro. Since delivering a letter to his office last November, appealing for amnesty while describing their extreme precarity as women and workers living without permanent or legal status, the women’s collective has been waiting for a response. In January 2016 they renewed this call in a press conference.

As stated in their open letter to the new Prime Minister:
We are women and mothers who live and work in the shadows, invisible and excluded. We live in precarity because of our immigration status. Our precarious status threatens our security, our liberty as women, our rights as workers, our families. We live here; we will remain here. This is our home and our children’s home. We want to live in dignity, peace and stability; we want an end to the fear that constantly tortures us.


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This piece was produced by news correspondent Claudia Edwards.

Live interview with Tingz Chak from End Immigration Decision Network

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Last week a man held in Lindsay, Ontario prison, died in mysterious conditions. Following this tragic event, the End Immigration Detention Network is asking Ontario government to cut ties with the Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA).

Tingz Chak, an artist and activist for End Immigration Detention Network, was live in Off The Hour this Tuesday with CKUT’s Antoine Cadaux to bring us more about this situation.

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Bill C-24 Interview with Fuerza/Puwersa

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A year ago, when Bill C-24 “Strengthening Canadian Citizenship” was being discussed, a statement was issued by several groups, such as No One Is Illegal, Solidarity Across Borders, Fuerza/Puwersa and more. They renamed the bill the “Stealing Citizenship Act” in light of their criticism.

Lalo, member of Fuerza/Puwersa was interviewed by CKUT member Anouk Millet. He came back on the criticism and gave more insight on the impacts of the bill on immigrants, located inside or outside Canada.

Bill C-24 Interview with BCCLA’s Executive Director

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Since it passed in June 2014, Bill C-24 “Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act” has been very controversial. Many groups have opposed the bill from the very beginning. One of them being the British Columbia Civil Liberties Associations. The organization has recently put in place a petition to stop the bill and has issued a statement in which it reaffirms its commitment to challenging this new law in the courts.

CKUT member Anouk Millet talked to Josh Paterson, BCCLA’s executive director.

Manifestation Anti-Déportations par Solidarité Sans Frontières

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Solidarité Sans Frontières a organisé une marche dimanche 31 mai en solidarité avec les immigrants et les sans-papiers qui arrivent toujours plus nombreux au Canada. Deux groupes sont particulièrement en danger dans les prochaines semaines: les zimbabwéens et les haitiens, dont le moratoire sur les renvois a été levé lundi 1er juin. L’organisation nous dit que plus de 3500 personnes sont touchées par ces déportations, rien qu’a Montréal.

Anouk Millet a pu discuter avec Romina Hernandez, porte parole de Solidarité sans Frontières et Serge Bouchereau du Comité d’Action des Personnes sans Statut, tout deux présents a la marche. Ils nous parlent plus en détails de la situation des immigrés au Canada.

Interview Comité d’action des personnes sans statuts

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Le 1er Juin, le moratorium sur les déportations vers Haiti et le Zimbabwe arrive a son terme.

CKUT a mis en lumière il y a quelques mois le combat des communautées haitiennes et zimbabweennes accompagnées du Comité d’action des personnes sans statuts pour une régularisation collective des migrants qui font face a de possible déportations.

Antoine Cadaux pour CKUT s’est entretenu avec Serge Bouchereau, l’un des membres fondateurs du Comité pour recevoir les dernières nouvelles sur la situation.

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Djaber Kalibi facing possible deportation

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Djaber Kalibi is an iranian immigrant facing deportation. On Tuesday, March 25th, Solidarity Accross Boarders organized a picket in solidarity with Djaber Kalibi, in the context of a campaign advocating for a status for all. Solidarity across boarders denounced the abuses of the Canadian immigration system, and cited many examples of injustices towards migrants.