Sick inmate’s transfer ‘more of a political issue than medical’ doctor tells inquest

As medical staff were trying to manage an immigration detainee’s delirium — a common occurrence among patients out of the ICU — options were already being explored to transfer him back to the jail or to another hospital for care, an inquest has heard. The move, wrote the physician in charge of Abdurahman Ibrahim Hassan’s … Read more

No deal expected on ‘irregular’ border crossings when Justin Trudeau hosts Joe Biden

HAMILTON—The Liberal government does not expect to resolve concerns about the northward flow of refugees at unofficial Canada-US border crossings when President Joe Biden visits Canada in March, says Immigration Minister Sean Fraser. Biden’s visit to Ottawa, his first official trip to Canada since becoming president, will likely be in the first half of March, … Read more

She went from undocumented to undeniable. Advocate whose fight against Canadian government reached the UN remembered as an ‘inspiration’

She suffered through her life for not having the benefits many Canadians take for granted. But Nell Toussaint’s tireless advocacy work in this country for the rights of undocumented migrants like herself would lead many to see the Toronto woman as an “inspiration and role model.” After losing a leg, her sight and her kidneys … Read more

‘I wish I had said something,’ nurse says of night detainee died

A nurse who witnessed the final moments of an immigration detainee’s life said she felt uneasy seeing a police officer using a towel to cover the patient’s mouth to prevent him from spitting, but was too intimidated to speak up to stop it. “I really wish I had said something,” Lisa Akey, a nurse at … Read more

Canada must bring detainees back from Syrian prison camps: judge

A Federal Court judge has ruled that the government must bring all Canadian citizens home from detention camps in northeastern Syria. Justice Henry Brown released his decision Friday in a case brought by family members seeking the repatriation of Canadian men, women and children from the camps, which were set up to hold suspected Islamic … Read more

Canada expands immigration program for undocumented construction workers in GTA

To help address Canada’s housing crisis, the federal government is expanding a small-scale pilot project that offers permanent residence for out-of-status construction workers who are already working underground in the sector here. On Friday, the government said it is doubling the annual number of available spots in the program from 500 workers — plus their … Read more

Why some groups are quitting Canada’s refugee sponsorship program

Canada’s Syrian resettlement project spurred an outpouring of public support for refugees, but now the federal government is trying to ease growing pains that have come with the hugely popular private sponsorship program. Since Canadians from coast to coast welcomed displaced Syrians to their communities in 2015, the number of sponsorship agreement holders or SAH … Read more

Advocates want answers on immigration detainee’s death in custody

The final hours of the life of Abdurahman Ibrahim Hassan unfolded as a grim series of events — a human car crash, playing out in slow motion. The Toronto man with a history of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder had been detained in Central East Correctional Center, a maximum-security jail in Lindsay, Ont., for years awaiting … Read more

1.45M new permanent residents won’t fix Canada’s labour shortage

1.45M new permanent residents won’t fix Canada’s labour shortage | The Star “,”heading”:””,”fullWindow”:false,”fullBleed”:false,”showFullBleedOnMobile”:false,”headColor”:””,”type”:”html5mobile”,”textColor”:””,”mobileImageUrl”:””,”bgColor”:””,”imageUrl”:””,”registeredOnly”:false,”linkUrl”:””,”aodaTitle”:”Change in employment by skill level and immigration statu”,”internalScroll”:false,”displayStyle”:”small-up”},{“text”:”One of the solutions the federal government has put forward to deal with the shortage is to raise the immigration level. Over the next three years, Canada plans to make 1.45 million people new permanent … Read more

Rescuers who tried to save migrants at sea begin trial in Greece

Sean Binder says he would spend the night listening for screams coming from the water. Other times, just the sound of a small engine would be enough to tip off him and others. At Lesvos Island, the epicenter of the European refugee crisis, these would often be signs of a boat in distress in the … Read more