On April 01, 2015, the 4 & 4 rule (Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations s. 200(3)(g)) will come into effect.
Under these rules, low-waged workers in the Temporary Foreign Worker program and Live-In Caregiver streams who have been employed in Canada for one or more periods totaling four years will be denied continued status and forced to leave.
They are barred from re-entering Canada as workers for four years. Over 62,000 workers currently in Canada, and many others entering the country will be affected.Continue reading
This week women from SACHA’s Multicultural Women’s Sewing Circle graduated. The group is for women who want to share and learn new skills as well as break isolation.
Participants have let us know how excited they are to be a part of the group. Telling us, “I feel privileged to be a part of this group,” and “We really listened and learned from each other.”
Other participants talked about how they missed the group in between sessions:
“I look forward to every Tuesday – when sewing group is. As soon as I leave the class in the afternoon, I’m looking forward to next week. I post all of my sewing projects online, so all my friends can see.” — sewing circle participant
Or how sewing made them feel – “When I use the sewing machine, I am very happy.”
Participants had examples of the projects that they worked on displayed.
If you are interested in joining SACHA’s Multicultural Women’s Sewing Circle, contact Sandra – firstname.lastname@example.org or 905.525.4573.
This week CBC released a report about the ‘worryingly low’ number of reports of sexual assault on Canadian college and university campuses.
It’s important to remember that for all sexual assaults the reporting rate is shockingly low. Only 1-7% of survivors will ever tell police about the assault.
It’s also important to remember the many reasons that keep survivors silent:
fear of being blamed
fear that the assault won’t be taken seriously
fear that they won’t be believed
fear of further violence from the perpetrator
fear of having their confidentiality broken
because they weren’t sure about whether or not what happened was sexual assault
because they don’t have clear memories of the assault
and many other concerns
We need to be working every day to end both rape culture and victim blaming. We need to be working to make the world a safer place for survivors to tell their story without fear. We also need to be working to prevent sexual violence so no one ever has to report again.Continue reading