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Category: Human Rights

Human Rights

Refugees need safe havens to rebuild communities: U.K. migration expert

A British expert on refugee resettlement delivered a keynote lecture at Carleton University on March 17 that stressed the importance of re-establishing refugees’ sense of community to combat risks associated with isolation and loneliness. Nishat Awan, a lecturer at University College London, shared research she has been conducting for nearly 10 years on the disruption and dislocation suffered by refugees….


‘It’s so normalized’: Jewish students, teachers confront rising antisemitism

Ottawa teachers and members of the local Jewish community are pointing to growing antisemitism in the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board after an increase in reported anti-Jewish hate crimes across the city in the past year. “It is not pretty,” said David Sachs, a community relations specialist with the Jewish Federation of Ottawa. Sachs is handling concerns from Jewish parents who…


Downtown clinic for refugees at full capacity for past year, waitlist stretched to nearly 800

The Ottawa Newcomer Clinic has been at capacity since American troops pulled out of Afghanistan in the summer of 2021, triggering nearly 700,000 Afghans to flee the country and seek refuge elsewhere. The number of clients the clinic saw increased five-fold over August and September last year and they now have a waitlist of nearly 800 people waiting for an initial medical assessment.