Monthly Archives: May 2009

No one is illegal expresses outrage at MP Kenney receiving award

No One Is Illegal – Vancouver » Blog Archive » Press Release: NOII Outraged at Kenney Receiving “MP of the Year” Award

May 14, 2009, Vancouver – The anti-racist migrant justice organization No One Is Illegal is outraged at the awarding of “Best MP of the Year” to Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney by Macleans. Based on polling of MP’s, the Third Annual Parliamentarian of the Year was awarded to Conservative Calgary MP Jason Kenney on May 13 in Ottawa. According to Alex Mah of No One Is Illegal, “Minister Kenney is routinely called the Minister of Censorship and Deportation. Kenney was the one who decided that Canada would not participate in the 2009 Durban World Conference Against Racism. His controversial statements and racist attacks on immigrants are hardly worth awarding. In fact, we demand the opposite – Fire Jason Kenney!”

Over the past three months, Kenney has stated that Canada needs to get tough on immigrants who do not speak English or French. He has made inflammatory comments about Canada not being a hotel and that he will not tolerate immigrants not integrating into or embracing Canadian values.


Soins de santé: les travailleurs agricoles latinos sont mal servis

Jean-François Cliche : Soins de santé: les travailleurs agricoles latinos sont mal servis | Santé

(Québec) Entorses non traitées, chirurgies reportées, tendinites… Les travailleurs agricoles mexicains et guatémaltèques de l’île d’Orléans triment dur quand ils arrivent chez nous, mais l’accès qu’ils ont aux soins de santé n’est pas adapté à leurs besoins, selon une étude du Centre de santé et de services sociaux de la Vieille-Capitale qui paraîtra sous peu.


MAY 6, 2009

OTTAWA –New Democrat Citizenship and Immigration Critic Olivia Chow called on the Immigration Minister to implement the recommendations tabled in the report on the Temporary Foreign Worker program by the Standing Committee on Citizenship.

“The committee has addressed several key problems with the Temporary Foreign Workers program, but the recommendations do not go far enough to protect the rights of vulnerable migrants,” said Chow.

Chow’s minority report recommends that basic rights, such as minimum wage, the right to collective bargaining, housing standards, and health and safety coverage must be extended to temporary foreign workers.

“Extending these rights to temporary foreign workers not only affects the workers themselves; it helps to build stronger families, stronger communities and a stronger Canadian economy,” said Chow.

The Temporary Foreign Worker program is a breeding ground for unscrupulous immigration consultants, recruiters, and corrupt agencies to prey on vulnerable individuals and families by cheating them out of money through false promises.
Instead of persecuting the victims, the government must crackdown on the perpetrators of these corrupt practices.

“Vulnerable workers need a voice. The government must take action immediately to stop the continued exploitation and rip-offs by these unscrupulous middle-people and abusive bosses,” said Chow.

Link to Report on Temporary Foreign Worker program:

Les droits des travailleurs agricoles ontariens demeurent violés

Alberta Federation of Labour releases report on migrant workers: entrenching exploitation

A new report finds that government is complicit in the exploitation of migrants


Concerns over racial profiling of Mexican and Guatemalan migrant workers

JUSTICIA:.: for Migrant Workers

Justicia (Justice) for Migrant Workers (J4MW) is gravely concerned about the potential backlash that Guatemalan and Mexican migrant workers may face as a result of the swine flu epidemic. J4MW questions the rise in xenophobic discourse from both politicians and the mainstream media. We are urging people to address the issues related to the epidemic but not to unfairly attack those workers who are employed annually in Canada under the auspices of the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (SAWP) and the Temporary Foreign Workers Program (TFWP).