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March 30, 2007
Media Advisory: City to co-host community fair and workshops to recognize Refugee Rights Day
  
Mayor David Miller has proclaimed April 4, 2007 as Refugee Rights Day in the City of Toronto. On April 4, 1985, the Supreme Court of Canada released its first decision about refugees based on the Canadian Constitution. The Singh decision recognized that refugee claimants are entitled to protection under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and the right to an oral hearing, which is a fundamental principle of justice.

The following two workshops will be held at Toronto City Hall, in Committee Room 4 on Wednesday, April 4, to recognize Refugee Rights Day:

Workshop 1 - 9:30 a.m. to noon
“Canada’s Refugee System - History & Current reality: The plight of women and child refugees”
Speakers include: Francisco Rico-Martinez, FCJ Refugee Centre; Rana Khan, UNHCR; Kamau Ngugi, Amnesty International; and Amina Sherazee, Immigration Lawyer

Workshop 2 - 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
“Humanitarian and Compassionate Application”
Facilitated by: Francisco Rico-Martinez, FCJ Refugee Centre

Councillor Janet Davis will join community organizations to launch Refugee Rights Week on Monday, April 2 at 5 p.m. at the Thorncliffe Youth Centre located at 45 Overlea Blvd.

Community organizations will hold a week-long information fair in the City Hall Rotunda from April 2-5.

Information about various community events can be found at http://www.settlement.org/atwork.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Amy Casipullai, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants, 416-322-4950 ext. 239
Cassandra Fernandes, Diversity Management and Community Engagement, City Manager’s Office, 416-392-3834


 

 

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