Latest news happening in the settlement sector of Ontario.

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Some Trans People Are Preparing to Flee the US and Seek Asylum Abroad

Anya Zoledziowski Vice January 10, 2023

Rynn Azerial Willgohs, a 50-year-old transgender woman, has been rapidly researching ways to flee the United States. She’s from the U.S., but with physical attacks against transgender and nonbinary people on the rise and lawmakers targeting transgender people with increasingly draconian legislation that criminalizes their very existence, Willgohs is worried. 

Federal Court urges Ottawa to consider 'moral debt' owed to pandemic workers for immigration status

Adrian Humphreys The National Post Published Jan 09, 2023  

“The moral debt owed to immigrants who worked on the frontlines to help protect vulnerable people in Canada during the first waves of the COVID-19 pandemic cannot be understated,” a judge said last year in a ruling for Bhaona Mohammed, a woman from Fiji working as a health-care aide at a long-term care home in Alberta.

North America: Refugee and migrant rights must be top priority of ‘Three Amigos’ summit

Amnesty International January 9, 2023

The rights of refugees and migrants must be a top priority during the North American Leaders’ Summit in Mexico City, said Amnesty International today. President Biden, President López Obrador and Prime Minister Trudeau must stop implementing inhuman shared migration policies and replace them with polices that are in accordance with international human rights standards.

Ukrainian Kyiv-based pride organization asks Canadians to open homes to LGBTQ refugees

Courtney Dickson · CBC News · Posted: Jan 06, 2023

Simon Fraser University professor Svitlana Matviyenko was in Kyiv on New Year's Eve when Russia fired missiles into the city. 

"It was a very strange experience, obviously. And scary in many ways," she told Stephen Quinn, the host of CBC's The Early Edition.

She and many others took cover in old subway stations and listened to the sounds of explosions above.

A Norfolk County company wanted to hire Ukrainian refugees. First step? Build them a place to live

J.P. Antonacci The Hamilton Spectator Sat., Jan. 7, 2023

Olha Diletchuk first came to Titan Trailers near Courtland in June, one week after she and her two young children landed in Canada as refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine.

“I was ready to do any job just to stay here. I was ready even to weld,” said the 40-year-old businesswoman.

Refugee group says Ottawa will help bring 600 LGBTQ Afghans to Canada

Dylan Robertson The Canadian Press December 22 2022

An LGBTQ refugee group says Ottawa is helping resettle to Canada 600 Afghans who are fleeing persecution due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Earlier this week, Toronto-based Rainbow Railroad said it has only been able to resettle four per cent of the nearly 3,800 Afghans who have asked the organization for help coming to Canada since the Taliban took over their country.

North Bay embraces Ukrainian student refugee

Chris Dawson Bay Today December 22, 2022

Yukhym Baranovskyi enjoys the community of North Bay. 

"North Bay is a cozy city with very beautiful nature," the 22-year-old said.  

"North Bay reminds me of my hometown with its architecture."

You see, home for Yukhym is the region of Kherson within Ukraine.

"I won't forget the day the war started," he said about the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine. 

Quebec suspends immigration program for non-French-speaking entrepreneurs

The Canadian Press Dec. 21, 2022

Business people from abroad who are thinking of immigrating to Quebec with a business project but don't speak French will have to change their plans in 2023.

The Minister of Immigration, Francisation and Integration, Christine Fréchette, announced on Wednesday that she would suspend the receipt of applications for non-French-speaking candidates in Stream 1 of the Entrepreneur Program, as well as in the Self-Employed Program, as of Dec. 28.