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(en) Canada, No One Is Illegal-Montreal* Newswire/Bulletin de nouvelles (June 5, 2006)

Date Fri, 09 Jun 2006 15:38:24 +0300

JUNE 5, 2006 -- LE 5 JUIN 2006 (1.13)
1a) 1000 demonstrate in MONTREAL to demand STATUS FOR ALL! (Photos and Audio)
1b) 1000 manifestent pour les droits des immigrants à MONTRÉAL (Photos et Audio)
2) Over 1000 People March in Toronto to Demand Status for All! (Photos)
3) 500 People March in Vancouver to Demand Status for All! (Photos and Video)
4) Fredericton police are accused of racism after arrests at "No One
Is Illegal" march (The Dominion)

5) Solidarity Statement from Canada Haiti Action Network (CHAN)
6) Solidarity Statement from Al-Awda Palestinian Right of Return Coalition

7) Manifestations pancanadiennes: Les réfugiés demandent l'amnistie
(Radio-Canada, avec audio et vidéo)

8) Protests across Canada demand status for all undocumented people
(The Dominion)
9) Rallies protest deportation of illegal workers (CTV, with video)
10) Stop deportations, protesters say (Montreal Gazette)
11) Immigrants march across Canada to protest deportations of
non-status workers (CP)


12) Canadian Immigration Minister flees as speech disrupted by
immigrant rights protesters (May 31, Photos and Text)
13a) Banners are dropped over viaducts in Montreal to protest
deportations and demand Status for All! (May 25, Photos)
13b) Plusieurs bannières sont déployées à Montréal pour dénoncer les
déportations et réclamer la régularisation des sans-papiers (le 25
mai, Photos)


14) Secret Trial Detainees on Hunger Strike for Two Full Weeks, No End in Sight
15) Join the Freedom Caravan to Ottawa, June 3-15
16) Call for a National Day to Close Guantanamo Bay North in Kingston,
Ontario (June 26)
17) Ex-Iraq hostage feels terror suspects being unfairly judged (CTV)


18a) Selected Solidarity Across Borders Photo Essays (October 2005-April 2006)
18b) Quelques photo-reportages du réseau Solidarité sans frontières
(juin 2005 à avril 2006)


19) Update from Hazel Hill, Six Nations Camp Spokesperson (June 6, 2006)
20) Six Nations Resources, Information and Up-to-date News
21) Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug Solidarity: Marching 2000 kms

::::: NEWS/NOUVELLES :::::

22) La famille Van Hauve expulsée (Le Droit)

23) Van Hauves deported after surrendering to authorities (Ottawa Sun)
24) Schoolboard endorses "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy (Toronto Star)
25) Global migrants reach 191 million (BBC)

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MAY 27, 2006 -- At least 1000 demonstrators gathered in downtown
Montreal as part of the STATUS FOR ALL National Day of Action for
Immigrant Rights. There were demonstrations and activities across
Canada, including Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Peterborough and

--> Photos from Montreal demonstration (with photos from the
demonstrations and activities in Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa,
Peterborough and Fredericton) are available at:

In Montreal, demonstrators gathered at Phillips Square, in the heart
of downtown. The demo began with a press scrum, which turned into a
speak-out by various migrants who are faced with deportation, or who
have successfully resisted removals. Migrants from Mauritania, Iran,
India, Algeria, Romania, Somalia and elsewhere spoke to a packed crowd
at Phillips Square.

Kahntinehta, a Mohawk elder from Kahnawake, opened the demonstration,
followed by Jean St-Vil of the Canadian Haiti Action Network. Smail
Behlouli and his family, activists with the Action Committee of
Non-Status Algerians and Solidarity Across Borders, who marched last
year for one week as part of the "No One Is Illegal March on Ottawa"
also opened the demonstration.

This year's march follows from last year's historic efforts.

Demonstrators today heard recorded speeches from two participants of
last year's march. The first was by Amir Hodhod from a demonstration
on April 3, 2006, at Immigration Canada's offices in Montreal. Amir,
originally from Egypt, was fighting a pending deportation order, which
has since passed, and his speech was in reaction to the refusal by CIC
bureaucrats to cancel his deportation order.

The second speech, by Kader Belaouni, was specially recorded for the
May 27 day of action. Kader is currently in sanctuary, since January
2006, at the Saint-Gabriel Church in the Point-St-Charles neighborhood
of Montreal, and could not attend the demonstration. There are
currently 9 individuals and families in sanctuary in Canada today
(Vancouverx2, Torontox2, Ottawax2, Montreal, and Newfoundlandx2).

--> Kader and Amir's recorded speeches can be heard at:

Throughout the demonstration, a flyer entitled "WHY WE ARE MARCHING"
was passed out to by-standers, as well as inside various stores, cafes
and apartment blocks. At least 8000 flyers were distributed throughout
the day.

--> The text of the flyer is linked at:

In Montreal, demonstrators left Phillips Square, and marched past the
headquarters of the Immigration and Refugee Board (where Fawzi Malik
of the Action Committee of Non-Status Algerians spoke about dealing
with the IRB bureaucracy). The demo also stopped at the offices of
Royal Air Maroc, which is part of a group of airliners that deport
migrants from Canada. At Royal Air Maroc, a local anti-deportations
collective -- les Apatrides Anonymes -- performed a street theatre
sketch about direct actions against deportations.

Many demonstrators also wore colourful bandanas and masks, as a sign
of solidarity with the many non-status migrants who were too afraid to
attend the demonstration, or need to hide their identity.

The day-long march continued north, thru the Main and Mile End, to the
predominantly immigrant neighborhood of Parc Extension. There was a
rest stop in a local park, which included more testimonies from
various migrants and groups, including members of the La Otra Campana,
the Centre des femmes d'ici et d'ailleurs, the Human Rights Action
Committee (mainly Punjabi migrants from India) and the Forces de
Liberation Africaines de Mauritanie (FLAM).

The demo continued thru Parc Extension, and into another predominantly
immigrant neighborhood, Cote-des-Neiges. The day ended with a
Community Festival in Kent Park. The festival included a breakdance
exhibition (by both the Immortalz Crew and Legz), activities for
children, and a meal (donated, in part, by a local Sikh Temple).
Speakers at Kent Park included members of SIKLAB (a Philipino migrant
workers group), the Phillipino Women's Center, PINAY, and the Justice
Coalition for Adil Charkaoui.

The May 27 Day of Action continues to build a cross-Canada immigrant
rights movement, that refuses to be divided between "good" and "bad"
immigrants, and instead demands STATUS FOR ALL!
514-859-9023 - sansfrontieres@resist.ca


Le 27 mai 2006 -- Au moins 1000 manifestant-e-s se sont rassemblé-e-s
au centre ville de Montréal dans le cadre d'une Journée nationale
d'action pour les droits des immigrants et immigrantes -- UN STATUT
POUR TOUTES ET TOUS. Il y a eu des manifestations similaires dans
plusieurs villes canadiennes, dont Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa,
Peterborough et Fredericton.

--> Des photos de la manifestation à Montréal (avec des photos des
manifestations à Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Peterborough et
Fredericton sont en ligne au: http://gallery.cmaq.net/may27montreal

À Montréal, les manifestant-e-s se sont rassemblé-e-s au Square
Philips, au cur du centre ville. La manifestation a commencé par un
point de presse, qui s'est transformé en tribune publique pour
plusieurs migrant-e-s menacé-e-s de déportation, ou qui ont résisté
avec succès.

Des migrant-e-s de Mauritanie, d'Iran, d'Inde, d'Algérie, de Roumanie,
de Somalie et d'ailleurs se sont adressés à une foule attentive.

Kahntinehta, une Aînée de la communauté de Kahnawake, a ouvert la
manifestation. D'autres personnes ont pris la parole, dont Jean
Saint-Vil du Réseau d'action Canada-Haïti et Smaïl Behlouli et sa
famille, des membres du Comité d'action des sans-statut Algériens et
de Solidarité sans frontières, qui ont marché pendant une semaine
entre Montréal et Ottawa, en juin 2005, lors de la marche « Personne
n'est illégal ».

La marche de cette année s'inscrit dans la même démarche historique
que celle de l'année dernière.

Les manifestant-e-s ont aussi entendu des discours enregistrés par
deux participants à la marche de 2005, mais qui n'ont pas pu prendre
part à celle-ci. Le premier était celui de Amir Hodod, enregistré lors
d'une manifestation qui a eu lieu le 3 avril dernier devant les
bureaux montréalais d'Immigration Canada. Amir, originaire d'Égypte,
se battait contre une ordonnance d'expulsion qui était alors en
suspends et qui est depuis entrée en vigueur. Son discours était en
réaction au refus par les bureaucrates de CIC de révoquer son
ordonnance d'expulsion.

Le second discours, par Kader Belaouni, a été enregistré spécialement
pour la journée d'action du 27 mai. Kader est en refuge depuis le
premier janvier 2006 à l'église Saint-Gabriel de Pointe-Saint-Charles,
à Montréal, et n'a par conséquent pas pu participer à la
manifestation. Il y a présentement 9 individus et familles en
sanctuaire religieux au Canada (Vancouver X2, Toronto X2, Ottawa X2,
Montréal et Terre-Neuve X2).

--> Les discours de Kader et Amir peuvent être entendus en ligne au :

Tout au long de la manifestation, des tracts intitulés « POURQUOI NOUS
MARCHONS » ont été distribués aux passant-e-s et dans les commerces.
Au moins 8 000 tracts ont été distribués.

--> Le texte du tract peut être lu au :

À Montréal, les manifestant-e-s ont quitté le Square Philips pour
marcher vers les bureaux de la Commission de l'Immigration et du
statut de réfugié, où Fawzi Malik du Comité d'action des sans-statut
Algériens a dénoncé la bureaucratie de la CISR. La manifestation s'est
aussi arrêtée devant les bureaux de la Royal Air Maroc, qui fait
partie d'un groupe de transporteurs aériens qui sont complices des
expulsions forcées. Un collectif local d'activistes anti-déportations
les Apatrides Anonymes a joué un sketch illustrant les actions
directes à prendre pour empêcher les déportations.

Plusieurs manifestant-e-s portaient des masques ou des foulards, en
signe de solidarité avec les nombreux-euses sans-statut qui ont trop
peur pour participé à une telle manifestation, ou qui doivent cacher
leur identité.

La marche s'est poursuivie vers le nord, à travers les quartiers
Plateau Mont-Royal et Mile-end, jusqu'à Parc Extension. Il y eu une
courte pause dans un parc, où d'autres groupes ont pris le micro, dont
des représentants locaux de la « Otra Campana », le Centre des femmes
d'ici et d'ailleurs, le Human Rights Action Committee (principalement
des migrants Punjabi d'Inde) et les Forces de libération des Africains
de Mauritanie.

La manifestation s'est poursuivie à travers Parc extension pour se
diriger vers un autre quartier à forte population immigrante,
Côte-des-neiges. La journée s'est conclue avec une fête communautaire
au Parc Kent de CDN, avec des présentations de breakdance par les
Immortals Crew et le groupe Legz des activités pour les enfants et un
excellent repas, fournit en partie par le temple Sikh local. D'autres
intervenants ont pris le micro à cette occasion, dont des membres de
SIKLAB (un groupe de défense des travailleurs-euses migrant-e-s
Philippin-e-s), le centre des femmes Philippines, PINAY et la
Coalition Justice pour Adil Charkaoui.

La Journée d'action du 27 mai contribue à construire un mouvement
pancanadien pour la défense des droits des immigrant-e-s, un mouvement
qui rejette la division artificielle entre « bon-ne-s » et «
mauvais-e-s » immigrant-e-s et, au contraire, exige UN STATUT POUR
514-859-9023 - sansfrontieres@resist.ca


Over 1000 People March in Toronto to Demand Status for All!

Toronto, May 27, 2006 -- Thousands of immigrants, refugees, non-status
people, trade-unionists and other supporters took to the streets as
part of Toronto's mobilization for the Status for All! National Day of
Action. Participating groups included the Canadian Auto Workers, the
Philippine Women's Centre as well as other Filipino organizations, the
Iranian Federation of Refugees, Portuguese and Hispanic groups,
including the Support, Don't Deport Coalition and the Centre for
Spanish Speaking People, the Canadian Tamil Congress, the Canadian
Labour Congress, CUPE, KAIROS, and many others.

The march was led by Kimberly and Gerald Lizano-Sossa, the 14- and
15-year old brother and sister targeted and detained by immigration
enforcement at their school, and slated for deportation alongside
their parents at the end of their school year. Kimberly and Gerald
were joined by their 2-year old Canadian-born sister Joshlynn, their
parents and extended family.

Similar demonstrations were held in Ottawa, Montreal, Vancouver and
Fredericton. With historic marches of hundreds of thousands of
immigrants in the US and similar mobilizations in Europe, grassroots
immigrant groups across Canada organised to signal Canada's
involvement in the global movement for justice and dignity for
immigrants and refugees.

The demonstrators demanded an end to deportation and detention of
migrants and refugees and an end to the use of secret trials security
certificates, while calling for a full and inclusive regularization

The demonstration ended with a concert and community fair at Dufferin
Grove Park, in the heart of one of the neighbourhoods most affected by
the U.S.-style enforcement tactics of the Conservative immigration
ministry. The fair featured immigrant rights activists and musicians
Lal, and many other performers and speakers to celebrate our victories
over the past months and to highlight Canada's burgeoning immigrant
rights movement.

No One Is Illegal-Toronto is organizing a report back and community
meeting on June 7th at 6pm at OISE (252 Bloor St.W., at St. George
subway station). The report back will feature a short documentary film
about the march and a slide show of photos from the day. Most
importantly, we are putting an open call to affected communities and
supporters to bring forward ideas and proposals about how to move
forward with the struggle for Status for All.

For more information:

For pictures of the march: http://johnb.smugmug.com/gallery/1499669


Approximately 500 People March in Vancouver to Demand Status for All
and Justice for Immigrants...

==> For pictures (courtesy of Jon Elmer, Harjap Grewal, and Sarah
Race): http://solidarityacrossborders.org/en/node/176

==> Working TV 6-minute video featuring interviews with immigrant
organizers, solidarity messages from indigenous sisters, testimony
from families of non-status migrants, and historical perspectives on
struggles against racist immigration policies:

Across Canada, migrants, refugees and their allies demonstrated
against the deportation and detention of migrants and refugees, for a
full, inclusive, unconditional and ongoing regularization program, and
for full rights and dignity for immigrant communities against racism,
poverty, and criminalization. In both Toronto and Montreal, over 1000
people marched, while demonstrations and activities were also held in
Ottawa, Peterborough, and Fredericton.

In Vancouver approximately 500 people gathered at the Vancouver Art
Gallery and then marched down the commercial and shopping Robson
district. The Vancouver rally and march was organized by the STATUS
Coalition, a coalition of Middle Eastern, Latino, South Asian,
African, Iranian, Chinese, and South East Asian immigrant
community-based organizations, and was supported and endorsed by a
wide range of community groups, unions, women's centres, and student
organizations (see below for a full list of our supporters).

The rally was opened by Bernie Williams, who on behalf of the Elders
Council at the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre, traditional
matriarchs and traditional hereditary chiefs, welcomed everyone onto
unceded Coast Salish territories. The MC's of the march emphasized
solidarity with indigenous struggles in Canada, and Coscuya Annita
McPhee of the Tahltan Nation expressed her support for migrants who
were being forced off their
lands across the Global South. Indigenous women led the march with a
"Freedom from Colonialism" banner followed by elders from various
communities carrying Immigrant Rights banners.

Over three hours, the rally and march blocked major intersections in
the heart of downtown Vancouver with speakers and poets and spoken
word artists. Judy Hanazawa and Sadhu Binning outlined historical
struggles against the racist and exclusionary immigration policies of
Canada, while Victor Porter spoke about current realities facing
immigrants, refugees, and non-status communities. Mexican migrant
workers and women from SIKLAB (Overseas Filipino Workers) described
the exploitative and insecure working and living conditions of
Canada's guest worker programs. Poets Wayde Compton and Ameena Mayer
highlighted struggles against racism, poverty, and global systems of
war and apartheid.

Various community groups of the STATUS Coalition and others such as
the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre, Grassroots Women, Philippine
Women's Centre, Al-Awda Vancouver, and immigrants, refugees, migrant
workers, and those without status from the Middle East, Latin America,
South Asia, North Africa, Iran, China, Japan, and the Philippines
participated in the march. Anti-war groups, anti-poverty
organizations, women's centers, unions including HEU and CUPE, and a
strong contingent of high school students took to the streets to the
chants of "Status for All!" and "No one is Illegal!" The demonstrators
demanded an end to deportation and detention of migrants and refugees,
an end to the use of security certificates and anti-terrorism
legislation, while calling for a full and inclusive regularization
program. The march also called for an end to immigrant poverty and
wage-slave conditions forced by policies of neo-liberalism and
globalization in Canada and world-wide. Speakers from the Iranian
Federation of Refugees and CIPO-The Other Campaign Vancouver made
links to Western foreign policy and the war abroad that fuels global
occupation, militarization, and displacement.

At the beginning of the march, bandanas with painted red question
marks were distributed to symbolize the invisibility of migrant
communities and the reality of non-status migrants who every day face
the anxiety and fear of being targeted and deported. Throughout the
march, thousands of flyers explaining why we were marching and the
realities for immigrants, refugees, migrant workers, and non-status
migrants were passed out.

For every arbitrary detention, for every summary deportation, for
every minute spent in jail without charge, for every anxious and
dehumanizing day spent waiting for status, for every hour spent
working in Canadian sweatshops-- for all the stolen time and the
stolen lives -- the march paid tribute to our communities. Join us as
we refuse to be silenced and continue to organize together to demand
status for all and dignity for our friends, families, and communities.


No White Is Illegal?: Fredericton police are accused of racism after
arrests at "No One Is Illegal" march

by Chris Arsenault
The Dominion Newspaper


A small, peaceful demonstration for immigrant and refugee rights in
Fredericton themed 'no one is illegal' ended when police illegally
arrested four protesters on May 27.

"Out of the four people who were arrested, I was the only one who was
physically taken down and hand cuffed," said Asaf Rashid, a PHD
forestry student, who believes he was targeted in part because of his
Pakistani background.

"An officer twisted my right arm behind my back and forced me to the
ground, pushing his knee into me and then I was cuffed," said Rashid.
"I didn't put up any resistance at all. I made no effort to fight back
and I was still physically taken down and handcuffed."

The other three arrestees weren't people of color and none of them
were handcuffed or assaulted. Instead, officers told them they were
under arrest and marched them to police vehicles. All four arrestees
say the police never read them their rights.

Duane Rousselle, another arrestee, was re-united with Rashid in a
police interrogation room. "I was pretty much the only one there to
witness how they grilled Asaf," said Rousselle, a 24 year old
sociology student. "They asked if his family had status, if he was a
citizen, if his brother had been deported."

"They didn't ask me, or anyone else who was white, those sorts of
questions; they were obviously racially motivated," said Rousselle.

For their part, the Fredericton Police Department is keeping quiet.
"Basically, our position on this right now is we're going to be
reviewing the incident and not commenting any further on the matter at
this point," said Constable Bobbi Simmons.

Since the arrest, New Brunswick media outlets, like CBC Radio and the
Daily Gleaner, have asked police some tough questions about race
relations and aggressive arrests, but managed to miss the point of the
demonstration itself.

"Attention just focused on the arrest of this activist screaming
racism, a nice human interest story - not on the struggles of
non-status people," said Rashid, who helped organize the New Brunswick
demonstration to coincide with 'no one is illegal' events in Montreal,
Vancouver and other cities across Canada. The Fredericton protest was
part of a national campaign to get status for all workers and families
living in the shadows of Canadian society. The campaign is demanding
the regularization of all non-status persons; an end to deportations;
an end to the detention of migrants, immigrants and refugees; and the
abolition of security certificates.

The federal government doesn't know how many non-status people are
currently living in Canada, but some officials estimate 200,000

Without papers and the legalized rights that come with them,
non-status people are an easily exploitable workforce. "Think of who's
picking fruit, working in the backs of restaurants or doing domestic
labor... we know our economies are dependent on migrant and non-status
labor," said Jaggi Singh, a member of No One Is Illegal in Montreal.
"If you can't claim status, it's that much easier to exploit people
and it's that much harder for you to claim your full rights and your
full dignity," said Singh.

In the summer of 2005 Asaf Rashid and hundreds of others - including
many who didn't have status themselves - marched 191 km from Montreal
to Ottawa demanding status for all. "I met a lot of people who were
non-status and had still taken action and demonstrated in the streets
for their rights. We were all connected at that time," said Rashid.

"I saw people, met them, traveled with them and then suddenly, they're
deported - gone," he said.


TORONTO (MAY 24) The Canada Haiti Action Network (CHAN), a
pan-Canadian network of Haiti solidarity organizations, expresses its
full support today with the nation-wide March for Immigrant Rights on
May 27.

The on-going criminalization and brutal enforcement mechanisms of a
racist immigration and refugee determination system are simply a
reflection of the systemic racism that pervades Canadian government
policy-making both at home and abroad.

This racism has as its core the colonial mentality that dictates the
subjugation of indigenous peoples here in Canada and the ongoing
occupations of Haiti, Afghanistan and alliances with other
settler-colonial states and regimes like those in Australia, Israel
and the USA.

It is for this reason that CHAN stands in solidarity with the ongoing
struggle for immigrant and refugee rights and the ultimate demand for
full regularization and status for all people living in this country.

Furthermore, as a direct result of Canadian policy in support of a
brutal and anti-democratic coup-regime in Haiti, hundreds of thousands
of Haitians have been forced to flee their homeland since the February
2004 overthrow of the democratically elected government of Jean
Bertrand Aristide. Many of those people have come to Canada only to
confront more racism once they arrive here.

For two years, Canadian officials coddled and supported the forces
that overthrew democracy in Haiti. Representatives of the de-facto
interim coup-regime traveled to Canada freely, without any
restrictions on their comings and goings. At the same time
representatives of the Haitian pro-democracy movement were placed on
Canadian 'no-fly lists' and continue to be barred entry for alleged

This policy is part of a broader racist detention and Canadian
law-enforcement system that detains entire refugee families here and
separates families through a brutal 'security-certificate' process. It
invades schools, homes, and places of worship and tears communities
apart. It is this same criminal injustice system that is now being
exported to Haiti, with the same results. Prisons overcrowded, police
held unaccountable for killings, and the profiling of whole
neighborhoods and communities.

On May 27, CHAN members and affiliates throughout Canada plan on
standing in solidarity with our sisters and brothers, parents and
friends who are being criminalized simply for living in this country!
No one is illegal! Status for all!

For more information please visit our website at http://www.canadahaitiaction.ca




TORONTO (May 2006) - Al-Awda Toronto, The Palestinian Right of Return
Group, wholly supports the national day of action on May 27 in support
of immigrant and refugee rights. As the largest refugee population in
the world, Palestinians are no strangers to the hardships facing
immigrants and refugees in this country and the central role played by
the Canadian government, its related Ministries and their enforcement
arms in perpetuating such hardships.

We are particularly concerned by the on-going persecution facing
Palestinian immigrants and refugees living here in Canada; the
continued support that the government of Ottawa extends to the Israeli
apartheid regime; and the policies of embargo and starvation that have
been imposed on the democratically elected leadership of the
Palestinian people (further contributing to the displacement,
relocation and ethnic-cleansing of Palestinians from their homeland).

At any moment, hundreds of Palestinians in Canada are facing
deportation back to their refugee camps in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan or
to lands in Palestine under the brutal occupation of Israeli military
and settler colonists.

Moreover, the Harper government has recently chosen to serve
deportation orders to Issam Al-Yamani, a respected community leader in
Toronto and across Canada. He joins a number of other Palestinian
community organizers over the years, including Osama Saleh Omar, Ahmad
Hawarneh, Ahmad Abdelmajeed, Ahmad Nafaa and countless others that are
facing deportation or that have already been deported, detained or
dragged through Canada's racist immigration system.

This situation simply cannot be allowed to go on! It is for this
reason that we stand in solidarity with the national day of action in
support of immigrant and refugee rights and fully endorse the demands
of this broad-based coalition.

For more information on Al-Awda, please visit us at http://www.al-awda.ca
or email us at info@al-awda.ca.


Manifestations pancanadiennes: Les réfugiés demandent l'amnistie

Audio et Vidéo


Manifestation en faveur des réfugiés à Montréal

Des groupes de défense de sans-papiers ont manifesté samedi dans
plusieurs villes du Canada.

Ils ont réclamé l'amnistie pour les quelque 200 000 à 500 000
immigrants illégaux qui seraient présents dans le pays. Les
manifestants ont dénoncé les longs délais avant la régularisation du
statut de ces personnes, et le règne de l'arbitraire dans le processus
de décision.

Un organisateur de la manifestation tenue à Montréal, Farah Abdi,
lui-même un sans-statut, a également déploré les changements qu'il a
dit avoir observés depuis l'arrivée au pouvoir des conservateurs à
Ottawa. Il a jugé que les politiques canadiennes ressemblaient de plus
en plus à celles des Américains, avec des déportations de plus en plus

À Toronto, des manifestants ont accusé des inspecteurs de l'Agence des
services frontaliers du Canada de prendre les immigrants pour cible.
Ils ont dénoncé certaines de leurs pratiques, comme le fait de cogner
aux portes pour s'enquérir de la présence d'immigrants illégaux, de
les intercepter dans les centres commerciaux ou le métro, et même de
se servir des enfants pour mettre la main sur leurs parents.

Les députés libéraux de la région de Toronto, Boris Wrzesnewskyj et
Mario Silva, ainsi que la députée du Nouveau Parti démocratique Olivia
Chow, ont assisté à cette manifestation.

D'autres rassemblements en faveur des sans-papiers ont eu lieu à
Fredericton, Ottawa et Vancouver.


Deport Injustice: Protests across Canada demand status for all
undocumented people
by Sarah Rogers
The Dominon Newspaper


On the heels of massive demonstrations south of the border last month
and several high-profile deportation cases in Toronto, hundreds of
Canadians took to the streets in late May as part of a national day of
action against the deportation and detention of migrants and refugees.

"Immigration has always been a struggle for people coming to Canada,"
said Aaron Lakoff, a member of Montreal's chapter of Solidarity Across
Borders, the main organizer of the event. Despite the increased
profile immigration has recently been given in the mainstream media,
Lakoff said the fight to protect immigrant rights in Canada is nothing
new. "We're just looking for ways to continue and sustain the
struggle," he said.

Protesters in Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Fredericton
called for status for all undocumented workers and their families
living in Canada and for the abolition of security certificates.

Although it is difficult to place a number on non-status people in
Canada, it is estimated that around 500,000 people live and work
illegally in Canada. The issue is one of justice for many community
advocacy groups and activists who took part in the march; if people
work and contribute to Canadian society, they should be able to access
the benefits of living in Canada, such as health care and secure
working conditions.

"People are migrating here because often times they have to leave the
places that they're living," Lakoff said. "They're essentially the
backbone of this economy, but we don't let them live with the same
dignity that others do. If we want to call this a democracy, we need
to give these people the same rights we have."

Lakoff believes the way that we, as Canadians, view our own
immigration system has to be linked to the way we view our
international relations. According to Lakoff, Western governments
often impose foreign policies that make it difficult for people to
stay in their own countries. Lakoff gives Haiti as an example, a
country wherein, he said, Canada supported a coup d'état of a
democratically elected government.

"Canada needs to be able to accept the human impact of these policies
that force people to show up at our doorstep," he said. "[Government
policy] totally disregards the reality of immigration, where millions
of people are forced to cross borders every year."

Most refugee claimants have three separate processes by which they can
apply to remain in Canada, beginning first by appearing before the
Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, a government appointed

A Refugee Appeal Division was supposed to have been implemented as
part of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act in 2002, but has
been delayed ever since due to a high volume of claims. The
government's position now, under Immigration Minister Monte Solberg,
is that the current system is in accord with the Charter of Rights and
Freedoms, and remains fair and generous to claimants.

The case of the Lizano-Sossa family recently made headlines when
15-year-old Kimberley Lizano-Sossa and her 14-year-old brother Gerald
were pulled out of their Toronto high-school on April 27 by Canada
Border Service and taken to a detention centre.

The siblings and their parents have been living illegally in Canada
for five years, since they came from Costa Rica. Their refugee claim
was rejected in 2002 and now the family is set to be deported back to
Costa Rica on July 2.

Advocacy groups have denounced the raid on the Toronto high school,
calling it an unfair tactic by immigration officials to bait the
children's parents.

"Undocumented workers are the people helping Canada's economy and
taking the low-paying jobs," said Kimberley Lizano-Sossa, who took
part in the Status For All march in Toronto.

She is scared to return to Costa Rica, where the family was threatened
because of a family relation to an undercover police officer, she

"Hopefully we'll get a positive response from the government in the
next couple weeks," Lizano-Sossa said.

Professor François Crepeau, who works with the Centre for
International Studies at the University of Montreal, believes Canada
needs to recognize that immigrants, refugees and migrants are all a
distinct part of the country's social fabric. That said, Crepeau
doesn't believe Canada will take the step of granting status to all
undocumented people.

"The issue is that many of these people work herewhich means there is
a labour market and there is a need that they're fulfilling," he said.
"But [granting them all status] is not realistic politically under the
current government."

"If we had to pay each worker minimum wage, benefits, or overtime, it
would cost us, and [Canada] is not ready to do that," Crepeau said.
"It is, in part, exploitation. There is a big hypocrisy in that."

Crepeau said there are flaws in the country's immigration system,
namely not having in-house appeal mechanisms under Canada's refugee

Sima Zeheri, founder of the Toronto chapter of the advocacy group No
One Is Illegal, agreed that the Canadian immigration system is deeply
flawed it's a system she has experienced first-hand. Zeheri said
that without a proper appeals system, there is little opportunity for
people to access documentation, leaving newcomers "completely

"These families, who have been completely integrated into Canadian
society are not able to benefit from the same services that are
offered to everyone else," Zeheri said. "We need to come up with a
solution to this humanitarian crisis."

No One Is Illegal say they have repeatedly written letters, sent
petitions and organized delegation with the Immigration Ministry and
have been largely ignored. The Status For All march was a way to draw
attention to a very serious issue, Zeheri said.

"[The march] signifies the beginning of a tremendous mobilization," she said.


Rallies protest deportation of illegal workers

Video from Toronto and Montreal protests at:

CTV.ca News Staff

Updated: Sat. May. 27 2006 11:46 PM ET

Immigrants, refugees and their supporters gathered in Toronto and
other cities to protest the deportation of illegal workers.

Protesters in Toronto on Saturday called on the federal government to
give immediate permanent residence or landed immigrant status to all
illegal workers.

They complained about Canadian Border Services Agency officers of
targeting non-status workers in shopping malls and subways.

Protesters also brought up the one case where officers nabbed two
children in school as "bait" for the children.

In Toronto, the increased enforcement has particularly affected
Portuguese workers who have overstayed temporary work permits.

Olivia Chow, the Toronto NDP MP whose Trinity-Spadina riding has a
large Portuguese component, told the crowd that she expects a motion
asking the government to temporarily suspend deportations will pass at
the committee level and come before the House of Commons this week.

Organizers put the number of undocumented workers in Canada at 500,000.

However, the Conservative government is taking a firm official stance
on illegal immigrants.

"We have an obligation to the hundreds of thousands of people waiting
to get into this country to make sure we don't reward those who don't
play by the rules," Immigration Minister Monte Solberg has said.

Behind the scenes, however, the Conservatives are working hard to win
over new Canadians whose votes are concentrated in Montreal, Toronto
and Vancouver -- cities that didn't elect even one Tory in the 2006

"The Prime Minister's asked me, for instance, to work hard to build
bridges with cultural communities in Canada who add tremendously to
our wealth, both cultural and economic," said Jason Kenney, Prime
Minister Stephen Harper's parliamentary secretary.

For example, the Conservatives have eased adoption rules for
foreign-born children, streamlined the citizenship process, slashed
the immigrant landing fee and set up a public inquiry into the Air
India disaster.

However, despite all that, supporters of immigrants still don't trust
the Tories.

"What we've seen since the Harper government has come into power, in
Toronto has been an increase in deportations," said Kelly O'Sullivan
of Solidarity Across Borders.

In the United States, immigration has flared into a huge political issue.

Following a spring of massive protests, the U.S. Senate passed a new
immigration bill on Thursday that will give some of that country's
estimated 11 million to 12 million illegal immigrants a chance at
eventual citizenship.

However, the bill will require further talks with the House of
Representatives over compromises on the issue of border enforcement.
Those talks are expected to be difficult.


Stop deportations, demonstrators say
Protesters urge federal government to grant legal status to
undocumented immigrants


The Gazette

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Taking their cue from protesters across the U.S., several hundred
illegal immigrants and their supporters rallied in Phillips Square
yesterday demanding that Ottawa grant legal status to all undocumented
immigrants and refugees living in Canada.

During the peaceful protest, many of the demonstrators covered their
faces with colourful masks or scarves in support of illegal immigrants
who they said were too afraid to turn up at rallies held in Montreal
and several other cities across Canada.

A Romanian man who has lived here clandestinely for five years told
the crowd that the government should grant amnesty to all "non-status"
immigrants so they can build their lives in Canada without fear of

"I want to pay taxes; I want to work," said the man, who grew up in an
orphanage and came to Canada on a container ship. He said he hasn't
applied for refugee status because he fears he will be deported if his
claim is rejected.

After the rally, many protesters marched through Chinatown, Park
Extension, Little Italy and Cote des Neiges carrying banners that said
"Status for all" and "Stop the deportations."

Over the past few months, thousands of illegal immigrants in the U.S.
have been demonstrating against Washington's crackdown on illegal

A spokesperson for Solidarity Across Borders, the Montreal group that
organized yesterday's rally, said "non-status" immigrants are forced
into low-paying jobs and are exploited by employers who know they have
no rights. Granting legal status to migrants and refugees is the best
way to put and end to that practice, Tatiana Gomez said.

However, in a letter to the Toronto Star last month, Citizenship and
Immigration Minister Monte Solberg wondered what message that would
send to the 800,000 people who are waiting to enter Canada legally.

Last year, Canada deported almost 12,000 people.


Immigrants march across Canada to protest deportations of non-status workers

Matthew Chung
Canadian Press


Monday, May 29, 2006

TORONTO (CP) - Juan Carlos Aranga says he was relaxing in his room
listening to music when Canadian border service officers burst in and
demanded to see his passport.

The 23-year-old refugee claimant from Mexico, who has lived in Canada
for the past four years, says he thinks the officers were looking for
the person who rented the Toronto-area room prior to him. They were
allowed into the apartment by his unsuspecting room-mate.

As he marched in a protest Saturday with hundreds of other immigrants
and refugees, Aranga recalled how the officers from Immigration
Canada's enforcement branch stood impatiently in his room and were
rude to him while he searched for his identification.

As a refugee claimant, Aranga's passport is now in the hands of
Immigration Canada while he awaits a hearing to get refugee status.

"They said 'Show me your passport right away,"' Haranga said. "While I
was searching for my ID, they were looking around my room."

Aranga was joined by about 1,000 other immigrants, refugees and their
supporters who demonstrated in Toronto on Saturday to protest the
deportations of illegal workers.

Protests were also held in Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal and Fredericton
to demand the federal government immediately grant permanent resident
or landed immigrant status to all illegal workers, estimated at
500,000 across the country by the protests' organizers, with 80,000 in
the Toronto area.

The demonstrators also demanded the Conservative government put the
wheels of a full-regularization program in motion.

Marchers in Toronto said officers for Canada Border Services Agency
are targetting immigrants such as Aranga, knocking on the doors of
people they suspect are living here illegally, stopping them in
shopping malls and subways and using children as bait to nab parents.

"The Harper-style immigration policies are ... intolerable," said Sima
Zerehi, a spokeswoman for No One is Illegal Toronto. "We want Prime
Minister (Stephen) Harper to end these practices. We want an immediate
moratorium on deportations and an immediate regularization program
that meets everybody's needs."

The federal opposition parties are also applying pressure on the government.

Toronto-area Liberal MPs Boris Wrzesnewskyj and Mario Silva, and NDP
MP Olivia Chow, were all in attendance at the Toronto rally on

Chow says she expects a motion asking the government to temporarily
halt deportations, offer work permits to some non-status workers and
create a program to integrate skilled workers into the construction
and service sectors will pass when she submits it at the committee
level on Monday. From there, the motion could come before the House of
Commons this week.

Wrzesnewskyj said the current system for accepting immigrants, with
its emphasis on bringing in highly educated workers, needs an

It's extremely difficult for blue-collar workers to get in to the
country legally, something that makes no sense at a time when the
construction industry is booming, Wrzensnewskyj said.

"Why would you want to deport people who are actually allowing this
construction boom that we have?" he said.

Marching at the rally were Kimberly and Gerald Lizano-Sossa, 15 and
14, the brother and sister who were picked up by border service agents
at their Toronto high school last month and taken with their mother
and grandparents to an immigration holding centre. The siblings have
become the poster children of the movement against deporting illegal

The family was later released, but must leave the country by July 2,
days after the siblings finish the school year.

Gerald Lizano-Sossa, the children's father, says he's already bought
the plane tickets but is hopeful that with demonstrations like
Saturday's and political pressure from federal opposition parties, he
will be allowed to stay.

"I have the tickets already but I hope I'm going to lose that money I
paid for it," he said.


-- Speech by Canadian Immigration Minister is disrupted by immigrant
rights protesters

-- Monte Solberg flees event as demonstrators demand a moratorium on
all deportations and the regularization of all non-status migrants

May 31, 2006, OTTAWA -- Canadian Immigration Minister Monte Solberg
fled the Christ Church Anglican Cathederal just seconds after
beginning a scheduled speech this evening. He left abruptly after
being directly confronted about his government's policy on
deportations, and lack of action on regularization, by immigrant
rights protesters from Ottawa and Montreal.

--> Photos of the disruption are available at:

--> The flyer passed out during the disruption ? "Why we're
protesting" -- is linked at: http://solidarityacrossborders.org/en/node/188

Monte Solberg was due to address the Annual Meeting of Citizens for
Public Justice on the theme of "Welcome the Stranger: Becoming
Neighbours". At least a dozen members of Solidarity Across Borders and
No One Is Illegal-Montreal came to Ottawa to attend the speech, and
were joined by immigrant rights allies in Ottawa.

Solberg began his speech alluding to the evening theme when a member
of Solidarity Across Borders stood up to denounce his hypocrisy.
Others present began speaking about neighbors and friends who had been
deported, despite pleas made directly to Solberg and his government

The policies of the Conservative government -- who support the "Safe
Third Country Agreement", oppose an appeals division at the
Immigration and Refugee Board, have increased spending on police and
border enforcement, and have refused to consider a regularization
program for non-status migrants -- was also highlighted during the
heckling. Several protesters referred to the arrest of children in
Toronto-area schools by deportation agents of the Canadian Border
Services Agency (the responsibility of Public Security Minister
Stockwell Day, a colleague of Minister Solberg).

As some demonstrators spoke out, others passed out a flyer prepared
for the occasion entitled "Why we are protesting!" to the assembled
audience, many of whom were upset that Solberg's speech had been
effectively disrupted. The flyer included facts about Monte Solberg,
Immigration Canada and the Conservative government. Banners that had
been used during the recent Status for All National Day of Action for
Immigrant Rights were also displayed throughout the intervention.

Solberg immediately left the venue, searching for his limousine. The
entire way he was surrounded by protesters, who vented on Solberg for
recent deportations, as well as to press for an immediate moratorium
on all deportations.

Throughout the barrage by demonstrators, Solberg remained silent,
except for one comment: "The police will take care of this."

Solberg was able to enter his limo, but it was blocked for at least 15
minutes before the arrival of Ottawa-area police. One of the many
slogans, in English and French, by the protesters was: "Immigrant
rights under attack, what do we do? Stand up and fight back!"

The police presence didn't stop the protest, as unprepared police
officers arrested a few demonstrators who were promptly un-arrested.
Eventually, more police came and cleared a path for Solberg's limo to
depart the scene.

--> Photos from today's disruption are linked at:

--> The flyer passed out during the disruption -- "Why we're
protesting" -- is linked at:


--> Banners are dropped over viaducts in Montreal to protest deportations
and demand Status for All!

Photos available at: http://gallery.cmaq.net/bannerdrops

At dawn this morning (Thursday, May 25), Montreal-area activists
dropped three banners over major viaducts near the downtown area.

The banners were dropped at major traffic arteries: St-Urbain near Van
Horne, St-Denis and Rosemont, and Parc near Van Horne. The banner
messages, in English and French, included: "No to Deportations, Status
for All!"; and "Deported to Torture by Canada."

The banner drops, claimed by the mysterious R-SLAM collective, occur
just two days before the STATUS FOR ALL! National Day of Action for
Immigrant Rights, this coming Saturday, May 27. The Montreal march
will begin at noon at Phillips Square (corner of Ste-Catherine and
Union, near McGill metro), and will march from downtown, through
Chinatown, the Main, Mile End, Little Italy and Parc Extension, ending
with a Community Festival at Kent Park in Cote-des-Neiges.

The photos of the banner drop are available at:

For more information about the STATUS FOR ALL march, please consult:


--> Plusieurs bannières sont déployées à Montréal pour dénoncer les
déportations et réclamer la régularisation des sans-papiers

Photo-reportage au : http://gallery.cmaq.net/bannerdrops

À l'aube ce matin (le jeudi 25 mai), des activistes de la région de
Montréal ont déployé trois bannières à proximité de trois artères
importantes du centre ville de Montréal : Saint-Urbain et Van Horne,
Saint-Denis et Rosemont, et Parc près de Van Horne.

Les banderoles affichaient des messages en anglais et en français,
dont: "Non aux déportations, Un statut pour tou-te-s!" et "Le Canada
deporte vers la torture!"

Le déploiement de banderoles, revendiqué par l'énigmatique collectif
R-SLAM, survient deux jours seulement avant la Journée nationale
d'action pour les droits des immigrant-e-s: UN STATUT POUR TOUTES ET
TOUS, qui aura lieu ce samedi, le 27 mai. La marche de Montréal
commencera à midi, depuis le Square Philips (coin Sainte-Catherine et
Union, près du métro McGill), et traversera le centre ville,
Chinatown, la Main, Mile End, la Petite Italie et Parc Extension pour
se terminer au parc Kent de Côte-des-neiges avec une fête

Des photos du déploiement des bannières sont disponibles au :

Pour plus de renseignements sur la marche, visitez :



Monday, June 5 marks two weeks of a collective hunger strike for
secret trial detainees Mohammad Mahjoub (held since June, 2000),
Mahmoud Jaballah (held seven months in 1999, and since August, 2001)
and Hassan Almrei (held since October 2001). Mr. Almrei began a hunger
strike two weeks earlier. Already, Mr Jaballah has fainted twice from
dehydration and high blood pressure.

They are protesting their conditions of detention and demanding some
very reasonable adjustments to improve their quality of life. Please
support them by writing to Stockwell Day, the minister responsible for
their ongoing detention and impending deportation to torture (see
sample letters below).


The federal government has ordered that the men not have ANY access to
the media for the indefinite future. Are they worried that the men's
voices will be heard in the lead-up to the Supreme Court hearings on
secret trials? Contact your media representatives and demand that they
take action to break through the iron curtain that's been drawn up
around the new facility.


In nine days, what has been called Canada's "dirty little secret" --
the shame of secret hearings, indefinite detention without charge or
trial, upwards of four years of detention in unheated solitary
confinement cells, deportation to torture -- will be in the national
spotlight as the Supreme Court of Canada hears three days of arguments
about the fundamentally flawed and unfair security certificate regime.
Like the torturer who cleans up the dungeon before the United Nations
inspectors come calling, the federal government has been involved in a
flurry of activity to pretty up the disgusting mess they've been
creating for years at the expense of the detainees and their families.

Part of their "prettying up" act is the transfer of the secret trial
detainees to the Kingston Immigration Holding Centre (KIHC), dubbed
Guantanamo Bay North. The move was announced last fall in the middle
of a bail hearing for one of the detainees. The message could not have
been clearer: rather than release the men on bail, just give them a
nicer cage, and continue the shameful process of jailing people on
secret evidence under security certificates.

Given that a key part of the Supreme Court challenge raised by the
detainees concerns conditions of detention, the federal government is
doing its best to create the perception that the KIHC is paradise on
earth after the miserable conditions experienced by the detainees in
provincial remand centres. Indeed, so concerned are they that the
Supreme Court will find out what's really been going on, the federal
government had the men transferred to the KIHC from Toronto the day
before a member of the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA)
submitted an affidavit to the Supreme Court stating that KIHC was up
and running and a joy for all.

But all is not peaches and cream. It is clear that the facility was
not ready for the men to be transferred there. Policies are being made
up on the fly; the facilities are not complete; the stress experienced
by the men and their families is heightened.

And the men have been told in no uncertain terms: they will not be
allowed access to the media for the immediate future (no doubt since
media coverage would blow the cover the government is trying to keep
on Guantanamo Bay North before the June hearings at the Supreme

Letters are urgently needed to the following individuals. Feel free to
change the sample letters by adding something that personalizes it for
you, but please remain respectful and polite, as our efforts
ultimately reflect on the detainees.

Write and Call Stockwell Day, Minister responsible for the Canadian
Border Services Agency (which runs the KIHC). Stockwell Day, MP, House of
Commons, Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
Phone: (613) 995-1702
Fax: (613) 995.1154
Email: day.s@parl.gc.ca

Claudette Deschenes
VP, Enforcement, CBSA
Phone (613) 952-2531

Write a support card to the detainees (let us know at tasc@web.ca if
you have so we can monitor if mail is getting through): Mohammad
Mahjoub, Mahmoud Jaballah, and Hassan Almrei can be reached:

Kingston Immigration Holding Centre
c/o CSC RHQ Ontario Region
440 King Street West
PO Box 1174
Kingston, Ontario K7L 4Y8

Join the National Day to Close Guantanamo North on Monday, June 26
(International Day Against Torture). Consider organizing a vigil in
your community at the office of an MP, CSIS, RCMP, or federal

Sample letters:

Claudette Deschenes
VP, Enforcement,
Canadian Border Services Agency

Dear Ms. Deschenes,

I am writing to support the demands of the detainees currently on
hunger strike under your watch. As you must know, the men were
promised superior conditions to those they faced at the Metro West
Detention Centre, but those promises have yet to become a reality.

As you may recall, the previous government forced two of the
detainees, Mohammad Mahjoub and Hassan Almrei, to hunger strike
dangerously long periods last fall (79 and 73 days, respectively)
before any action was taken to meet what were, then as now, reasonable
requests. Already detainee Mahmoud Jaballah is experiencing ill
health, including chest pain and shortness of breath as a result of
the hunger strike.

I'm asking that you take the steps necessary to meet the very
reasonable demands of these gentlemen so that the health-threatening
hunger strike which they have undertaken may be brought to an end. I
am also asking that you drop the ban on media access which has been
imposed on these men. Denying media access may be the policy of the
Harper government, but such partisanship has no place in the running
of the KIHC.

The requests of Mssrs. Jaballah, Mahjoub, and Almrei are eminently
reasonable. Both the detainees and their loved ones have been through
years of pain and distress. The least you can do is accommodate
demands which will facilitate the ease of family visits; provide
access to fresh, quality, nutritious food as well as a canteen; offer
better access to the phone so these men may keep in touch with their
now distant loved ones; and set up a proper accountability structure
so that they are not forced to experience even more stress and

I look forward to the immediate resolution of this problem.

Name, address

Stockwell Day, MP
Minister Responsible for the Canadian Border Services Agency

Dear Mr. Day,

I am writing to demand that you intervene immediately to meet the
reasonable demands of Canada's secret trial detainees currently on
hunger strike at the Kingston Immigration Holding Centre. As you may
recall, the previous government forced two of the detainees, Mohammad
Mahjoub and Hassan Almrei, to hunger strike dangerously long periods
last fall (79 and 73 days, respectively) before any action was taken
to meet what were, then as now, reasonable requests. Already detainee
Mahmoud Jaballah is experiencing ill health, including chest pain and
shortness of breath as a result of the hunger strike.

People do not forgo food unless there are good reasons to do so, and
these men obviously have cause to go to these extreme lengths to get
you to negotiate with them in good faith.

As if this were not enough, the men are also being denied access to
media to discuss their very legitimate complaints.

Your agency has claimed the new facility will present better
conditions for the detainees, yet this is simply not the case. I again
urge you to intervene immediately and take steps necessary to prevent
a further deterioration in the health of the detainees and, by
extension, that of their loved ones, whose stress during this time
remains extremely high.

I look forward to your immediate action to resolve this crisis.

Name, address

[More info: Campaign to Stop Secret Trials in Canada, PO Box 73620,
509 St. Clair Ave. West, Toronto, ON M6C 1C0, tasc@web.ca,


Join the Freedom Caravan to Ottawa, June 3-15
(If you can't join but wish to support the caravan, see details below)

Close Canada's Guantanamo Bay!

Five Muslim Men in Canada:
Detained years without charge
Jailed on secret "evidence"
Fighting deportation to torture

Get on Board: Freedom Caravan and "Camp Hope," Toronto-Ottawa: June 3-15, 2006

Join a nonviolent community on wheels as we travel through dozens of
communities between Toronto and Ottawa (June 3-10) and set up "Camp
Hope" (June 11-15) at the steps of the Supreme Court, site of an
historic three days of hearings on the grave human rights abuses
stemming from Canada's secret trials.


"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that
matter. A right delayed is a right denied. Injustice anywhere is a
threat to justice everywhere." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Throughout history, long-distance journeys have played a key role in
social justice struggles. In Canada, there have been cross-country
caravans in solidarity with First Nations struggles, long-distance
walks for refugee rights, freedom rides, and treks by train, such as
the 1930s "On to Ottawa" anti-poverty mobilization.

Such journeys are both political and spiritual pilgrimages,
opportunities to get beyond the world of sound-bite politics and
engage in dialogue at a slower pace.

Five Years of Campaigning
For five years, efforts to end secret trials in Canada and
deportations to torture have involved a wide variety of actions, from
long-distance walks and 24-hour vigils to sit-ins, court support,
educational efforts, theatrical productions, and Ottawa lobbying.

Yet four men remain detained behind bars without charge or bail, and a
fifth struggles with absurdly draconian conditions of "release." The
United Nations, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and
thousands of Canadians have called for an end to such abuses.

Hearings are NOT the End of the Road...
Although the Supreme Court hearings will be a significant moment, they
are not the end of the road. Indeed, no matter how the Court rules,
spy agency CSIS and the cruel bureaucracy of Canadian Immigration are
likely to continue their harassment of immigrant and refugee
communities. The Secret Trial Five will likely be denied freedom for
some time to come, so we must continue our protests and support for
the men and their families.

A Unique Opportunity
This June, we have a unique opportunity to focus nationwide attention
on the serious human rights abuses committed by the Canadian
government against five men and their families (Mohammad Mahjoub,
Mahmoud Jaballah, Hassan Almrei, Mohamed Harkat, and Adil Charkaoui)
as well as on the much larger systemic forms of racism and repression
directed against refugee and immigrant communities.

What Will the Freedom Caravan and Camp Hope Look Like?

The period June 3-15 is divided into two distinct parts:

1. The Caravan (June 3-10)
There will be lots to do each day. After breakfast, we will pack and
head out to the next town, where we will disembark, pull out banners,
placards, and flyers, and blanket the community with information and
discussion, whether in town squares or shopping malls, at high
schools, in front of MPs offices. We will then travel to the next
town, stop for lunch, and continue throughout the day with rest spots
along the way. Following dinner, there will usually be an evening
procession, and then a review of the day. We will all have experiences
to share and reflect on, and we will also need to discuss a variety of
issues to maintain a smoothly-running community caravan!

Each night we will sleep in a church or community hall or in specially
arranged billets and attempt to arrange alternative billeting for
anyone with special needs (please let us know about these far in
advance!). We will also attempt to accommodate religious needs (such
as Halal food, prayer time). We'll attempt to arrange showers where
available and meals will be provided in each town.

2. Camp Hope in Ottawa (June 11-15)
Using the spacious grounds in front of the Supreme Court as a daytime
gathering point and for a continuous daylight vigil, we will hold a
variety of demonstrations and delegations to government institutions
each day. Accommodation and food will be provided in Ottawa

Details on Getting Involved:

What to Bring:
Sleeping bag, pillow, change of clothes, medications, good walking
shoes, re-usable water bottle, sunscreen, sun glasses, a hat to
protect against the sun, pocket money for snacks. A sense of humour
will help too!

Spirit of the Walk
This is very much a project in the spirit of the civil rights
movement. We ask those who join us to abide by a spirit of openness to
all we meet, nonviolence in word and deed, and respect for each other
and our opponents, some of whom we are likely to meet on the way. This
is very much a community effort: we all share in the tasks of food
preparation, clean-up, taking care of one another, and leaving our
host spaces in mint condition!

Do You Have a Vehicle?
For those who own vehicles, we hope you can contact us and let us know
how many people you can take and how much trunk space you have.

Can't spend the whole time on the caravan?
You can join the caravan for a couple of days anywhere along the
route. It is up to you. If you plan to join us in Belleville, for
example, let us know and we'll arrange to meet you at the bus or train

Supporting the Caravan
If you can't join the caravan, please consider making a financial
contribution towards our costs. Cheques can be made out to Homes not
Bombs (earmarked "caravan") and sent to PO Box 73620, 509 St. Clair
Ave. West, Toronto, ON M6C 1C0.

What Next?
If you'd like to join Freedom Caravan and Camp Hope, please contact us
as soon as possible with information on how long you can join us, if
you have a vehicle, and if you will be on certain parts of the caravan
and/or at Camp Hope in Ottawa.

Caravan Schedule

(some cities subject to change -- check website for final schedule)
Sat., June 3: Toronto, Markham, Ajax, Pickering, Whitby, Oshawa
Sun., June 4: Bowmanville, Lindsay, Peterborough
Mon., June 5: Port Hope, Cobourg, Colborne, Brighton
Tues., June 6: Trenton, Picton, Bloomfield, Belleville
Wed., June 7: Napanee, Deseronto, Bath (Millhaven), Kingston
Thurs., June 8: Gananoque, Mallorytown, Brockville
Fri., June 9: Perth, Carleton Place, Smiths Falls
Sat., June 10: Kemptville, North Gower, Manotick, Nepean, Ottawa
June 11-15: "Camp Hope," Ottawa, a week of vigils, delegations, nonviolent

Freedom Caravan/Camp Hope Demands:
Free Canada's Secret Trial Detainees
End Secret Trials in Canada
End Deportations to Torture
End Arbitrary Detention Without Charge
End RCMP/CSIS Harassment of Immigrant Communities
Create A Just, Fair System for Refugees



1. LOBBY CAMPAIGN: Challenge your MP (20 March to 22 May 2006) From
the end of March until the third week in May, you are invited to
challenge your MP to take a position on security certificates. Are
they willing to take a stand? To get a kit that you can bring or mail
to your MP, contact justiceforadil@riseup.net and or visit the special
page at www.adilinfo.org to download the kit. The essential part is a
follow up by phone or a visit.

Whether you can come to Ottawa or not, we wish to blanket the huge
lawn of the Court with banners from across the country expressing
regional rejection of secret trials. If you have a school/ church/
labour/ community group, we would love for you to grab an old bed
sheet, paint out "Red Deer Against Secret Trials: Free the Detainees!"
or "St. John's United Church, Moncton, NB, Says Stop Deportations to
Torture," etc., and send us the banner for display (you can send
completed and folded banners to Campaign to Stop Secret Trials in
Canada, PO Box 73620, 509 St Clair Ave. West, Toronto, ON M6C 1C0. If
you have ideas you want to run by us, contact tasc@web.ca or (416)

While in Ottawa, we wish to present to the federal government
thousands of statements signed by people across the country expressing
rejection of secret trials and calling for due process. Please
download the statement at http://www.homesnotbombs.ca/STATEMENT.pdf,
make copies, have folks sign it, and return completed copies to PO Box
73620, 509 St. Clair Ave. West, Toronto, ON M6C 1C0

Tuesday, June 13 is the first day of the hearings. If you cannot come
to Ottawa, why not organize a vigil of support in front of a local
immigration office, CSIS/RCMP detachment, federal government building,
or MP's office? Stuck for ideas or need help with a flyer, just let us
know! If you DO plan such a vigil, also let us know, and we will
inform the national media of what you are up to. Monday, June 26 is
also a national day of action to end Canadian complicity in torture.
More details TBA.

Of course, any undertaking such as this requires a lot of expenses,
especially for the thousands of educational flyers we will be
producing, the costs of bringing witnesses to Montreal for the
commission, the logistics of the week in Ottawa, etc. Please make
cheques out to Homes not Bombs and mail them to PO Box 73620, 509 St
Clair Ave. West, Toronto, ON M6C 1C0. Please earmark where you would
like your donation to go towards (ie, Family Support Fund, Freedom
Caravan, General Campaign expenses, etc.).

Get in touch: Campaign to Stop Secret Trials in Canada
PO Box 73620, 509 St Clair Ave. West Toronto, ON M6C 1C0
(416) 651-5800, tasc@web.ca www.homesnotbombs.ca


Monday, June 26, 2006
Call for a National Day to Close Guantanamo Bay North in Kingston, Ontario

Mark the international day against torture with the demand that the
new facility for Canada's secret trial detainees be closed; that those
who remain behind bars be released from indefinite detention without
charge; and that Canada's policy of deportations to torture be ended.

Currently, three men - Mohammad Mahjoub, Mahmoud Jaballah, and Hassan
Almrei - remain detained (for periods of between four and six years)
without charge under Canada's secret trial security certificate
regime, while one other (Adil Charkaoui) has been released under
severely restrictive bail conditions. A fifth man, Mohamed Harkat, was
granted bail under house arrest by the Federal Court, but the
Governmment of Canada is appealing, leaving him behind bars for the
time being.

None of these men has ever been charged with, much less convicted of,
a single crime. The psychological and physical abuse to which they
have been subjected during their incarceration -- and through which
their families have suffered in equal measure -- constitutes, at
minimum, cruel and unusual treatment. All are fighting deportation to

Please consider joining in by organizing a vigil, rally, or creative
action in your community at a government office, CSIS location, or
MP's office on Monday, June 26

Email tasc@web.ca if you'd like to discuss ideas for action or to let
us know about your action.

Needless to day, the cases of the Secret Trial Five represent only the
tip of the iceberg when it comes to Canadian complicity in torture.

Consider that:
Many of the almost 14,000 people annually deported from Canada are
returning to uncertain fates that may include torture or worse

Under the so-called Safe Third Country Agreement, Canada is turning
away countless at-risk individuals who subsequently face increased
risk of deportation to torture from the U.S.

A current MP and potential future leader of the Liberal Party performs
moral gymnastics to justify torture.

The Canadian government is officially linked with the U.S.-based
training school for torture, the School of the Americas (aka SOA/
WHINSEC , whose graduates have included some of the worst and most
notorious human rights abusers in Latin American history). Two
Canadian officers graduated from the "School of the Assassins" in

The federal government has yet to come clean on its role in the scores
of CIA flights that have landed in Canada since 2001, many of which
may be implicated in the deportation to torture program known as
extraordinary rendition.

Upwards of 100 Canadian soldiers are current stationed at
Afghanistan's Bagram Air Force Base, home to a detention facility
where occupying forces have tortured and murdered detainees in
custody. Conditions at Bagram are described as even worse than those
at the notorious Guantanamo Bay detention centre. Under the current
agreement pertaining to treatment of detainees in Afghanistan,
Canadian forces regularly hand over detainees to forces known to be
involved in torture.

Canada is one of the few countries in the world that's refused to
condemn the illegal U.S.-run detention and torture centre at
Guantanamo Bay.

Canadian police, RCMP, and military have been training Iraqi police
and Afghani police. Amnesty International reports that detainees in
Iraq continue being tortured with electric shocks and plastic cables.
Torture in custody remains a major problem in Afghanistan. What,
exactly, are Canadians teaching?

Spy agency CSIS regularly trades information with torturers, as CSIS
officials publicly admitted during the Arar Inquiry.

The Canadian Press reported on January 19, 2006 that Human Rights
Watch found "Canada allegedly backed Bush on forced disappearances"
and "worked aggressively" to dilute key elements of a United Nations
treaty outlawing forced disappearances. The story notes "that [former
PM Paul] Martin apparently decided to run interference for the U.S. as
a way for Canada to mend strained relations." Human Rights Watch notes
that "disappearances occur when governments seize people without
acknowledging their detention, leaving them highly vulnerable to
torture or execution."

Campaign to Stop Secret Trials in Canada, PO Box 73620, 509 St. Clair Ave.
West, Toronto, ON M6C 1C0, (416) 651-5800, www.homesnotbombs.ca

In Toronto on June 26, join us in front of the Federal Court at 361
University Avenue at 12:30 pm for a lunch-hour vigil. In March, 2006,
a Federal Court judge upheld as "lawfully made" a federal government
decision to deport Mahmoud Jaballah to torture or death in Egypt. Mr.
Jaballah's security certificate hearing will continue on this day, so
if you can join us and Mr. Jaballah's family in court that day as
well, that would be great. Call (416) 651-5800 to confirm times.


Loney feels terror suspects being unfairly judged

CTV.ca News Staff


Canadian peace activist James Loney, who was held captive in Iraq for
four months, feels many people may already be convicting the 17
accused terrorists before they are tried.

"I guess I'm feeling a bit cautious about (the weekend arrests),"
Loney told CTV's Canada AM Wednesday.

"These men are innocent until they are proven guilty on their day in
court, and they need to be given the benefit of the doubt like any
other citizen."

Loney made the comments in his first television interview since being
rescued by coalition forces in Baghdad in late March.

The Christian Peacemaker Teams volunteer was in Kingston Wednesday to
participate in a protest march against Canada's system of detaining
suspected foreign terrorists indefinitely without charge or trial.

As a former hostage, Loney said he feels a kinship with the Muslim men
currently detained as threats to national security.

"I think that freedom is a very precious thing, and it was taken away
from me unjustly by kidnappers," he said.

"We have five men currently being held on security certificates who
have been in jail between four and six years without trial, without
seeing evidence against them, without appeal, and without really any
due process.

"I'm concerned that this may be an unjust deprival of their freedom
because it is not backed up by any transparent process."

Loney said he was "profoundly moved" when his partner Dan told him
about an open letter three of the suspects wrote in December urging
Loney's captors to release him.

"When he said that these men had done this for me and had said that
they cared about my freedom more than their own, I thought 'How could
anyone say that,' especially after I know how painful it is to have
your freedom taken away?" he said.

"It was very humbling, and I just felt so unworthy of that."

Loney was one of four Christian Peacemaker snatched off the streets of
violence-stricken Baghdad in late November, one of whom was later shot
dead. The subsequent rescue made headlines around the world.

Loney said he is "still trying to figure out" how his life has changed
since his ordeal.

"I think I have a deeper understanding and kinship with people who are
prisoners and are deprived of their freedom and are suffering, and
just also how amazing every day is," he said.

Loney used examples such as opening the fridge door, washing the
dishes and going for a walk as "wonderful things about everyday life
that I never really appreciated before."

He said his transition from captivity to normal life has been very
good, particularly because of the support of his family and friends.

Loney said he hasn't ruled out a return to Iraq, but has realistic reservations.

"I would like to (return), and maybe when there is peace. I would be
high on a re-kidnapped list, I think, and probably wouldn't have the
luxury of getting out a second time."

He said there are a few Christian Peacemaker volunteers still in Iraq,
and the organization is assessing whether or not it makes sense to
continue their work there.

The week-long protest march Loney has joined ends in Ottawa Saturday,
where a week-long vigil will take place.

The vigil will coincide with Supreme Court of Canada hearings on the
constitutionality of the national security certificates and indefinite


Selected Solidarity Across Borders Photo Essays
(October 2005-April 2006)

April 21-23, 2006: People's Commission on Immigration "Security" Measures

April 11, 2006: Rodriguez Family is Deported

April 3, 2006: Stop the Deportations! Solidarity with Amir!

February 28, 2006: Not guilty! Non-status Algerians acquitted in Ottawa.

February 4, 2006: Solidarity Visit with Maoua Diomande (Ottawa)

January 21, 2006: Protest outside Immigration Minister's election
offices in Toronto; two arrests

January 20, 2006: Solidarity Visit with Sergio Loreto (Toronto)

January 18, 2006: Status for Khursheda Khanam!

January 17, 2006: Montreal Picket in Solidarity with Gary Freeman

January 16, 2006: Sudanese residents demonstrate in Ottawa against the
Cairo Massacre

January 3, 2006: Kader defies deportation and takes sanctuary

December 14, 2005: Solidarity Picket with Satinder and Yadvinder

November 29, 2005: Status for All! Picket on First Day of the Election

October 30, 2005: Fundraising Iftaar in Support of Palestinian
Refugees in Montreal

October 15, 2005: Cross-Border Demonstration Against the Minutemen

June 29, 2005: Airport Picket in support of the Arrellano-Diaz Family

June 21, 2005: Children seized at home by the Canadian Border Services Agency

June 19, 2005: Day Two of the March on Ottawa by Solidarity Across Borders

June 18, 2005: The March on Ottawa Begins! ...


Quelques photo-reportages du réseau Solidarité sans frontières
(juin 2005 à avril 2006)

Les 21-23 avril 2006
La Commission populaire sur les mesures "sécuritaires" en matière d'immigration

Le 11 avril 2006
La famille Rodriguez est déportée

Le 3 avril avril 2005
Arrêtez les déportations! Solidarité avec Amir!

Le 28 février 2005
Non-coupables! Des Algériens sans-statut acquittés à Ottawa

Le 4 février 2006
Visite solidaire chez Maoua Diomande (Ottawa)

Le 21 janvier 2006
Manifestation devant les bureaux de campagne du Ministre de
l'Immigration à Toronto; la police effectue deux arrestations...

Le 20 janvier 2006
Visite solidaire chez Sergio Loreto (Toronto)

Le 18 janvier 2006
Un Statut pour Khursheda Khanam!

Le 17 janvier 2006
Rassemblement en solidarité avec Gary Freeman à Montréal

Le 16 janvier 2006:
Des Soudanais-e-s manifestent à Ottawa contre le massacre au Caire

Le 3 janvier 2006
Kader défie la déportation et prend sanctuaire

Le 14 décembre 2005
Rassemblement en solidarité avec Satinder et Yadvinder

Le 29 novembre 2005
Un Statut pour toutes et tous! Ligne de piquetage à l'occasion de la
première journée de campagne électorale

Le 30 octobre 2005
Iftaar-bénéfice en appui aux réfugié-e-s palestinien-ne-s à Montréal

Le 15 octobre 2005
Manifestation des deux côtés de la frontières, contre les Minutemen

Le 29 juin 2005
Rassemblement à l'aéroport en appui à la famille Arellano-Diaz

Le 21 juin 2005
Des enfants saisis chez eux par l'Agence canadienne des services frontaliers

Le 19 juin 2005
Jour 2 de la marche sur Ottawa par Solidarité sans frontières

Le 18 juin 2005
La marche sur Ottawa commence!...


From: "TheBasketCase" <thebasketcase@on.aibn.com>
Date: Tue, June 6, 2006 3:04 pm

As i begin my morning meditation and allow myself to express my words
to you i first acknowledge creation and her beauty. the morning sun
is beginning to make its way over the tops of the trees, the birds are
singing and there is quietness yet anticipation for the dawning of a
new day. my thoughts upon awakening were of the conflict that rests
upon our shoulders here at Kanensthaton, Grand River. The sacred
place. what a fitting name for a place that has had such a job since
we began the reclamation. it is not only for the ancestors that are
buried beneath it, but for the ones yet to come. it is for those who
come there to do their small part in spreading the word of peace, and
in uniting the Onkwehonweh Nations of the World. It is for all of
those who know and understand the meaning of the original league of
nations - the Five Nations and for all of those who wish to join that
league. for the Kaierenekowah and all that that means. for the
people who are trying to uphold their responsibility to that be they
at the site or in other places of the world doing their part as well.
my thoughts are of the delegates who are carrying our voices and the
responsiblity that has been placed on their shoulders and of the
people who day in and day out gather at Kanensthaton around the sacred
fire and offer their tobacco to the Creator for the guidance and
wisdom that each day we will do what has been willed for us to do and
that we will do our best. after all, that is all we can do.

for those of you who haven't heard, we had an incident on sunday
evening with the opp. one of their officers took a "wrong turn"and
came into the territory on the 6th line. some of the men spotted the
cruiser and followed it to the corner of 6th line and cayuga road.
they stopped the opp vehicle and asked them what they were doing in
our territory. the female officer who was driving responded that she
was lost, yet she had a map of the area on her dash. her male
passenger was asked if he was one of the officers who was here the day
of the raid on our people on april 20th. he acknowledged that he was.
there was anger in the hearts of our men who understood and realized
that this was no wrong turn but a deliberate drive into an area of
conflict. perhaps the male officer wanted to give the newcomer a tour
of where the actions took place on april 20th. who knows. but for
their own reasons, they chose to come into our territory. for what
purpose i asked myself. we are always being told that the government
will stop at nothing to create a situation that could cause enough
trouble to justify their calling in their forces to remove us from
this place. to justify another attack on the people in an attempt to,
in their minds, settle the lawlessness that exists; in our minds, an
assertion of our authority on our land. the six nations police had
arrived on the scene, probably called in by the opp for assistance.
they charged the opp with trespassing and eventually the opp were
returned to their own. by then the opp had stopped traffic from
coming through caledonia past the reclamation sight and people began
to gather on the caledonia side again. their signs were pulled out
which read "bring in the army" and they hollered words of hate and
anger and racial slurs toward the people of six nations who had
blocked the road on our own side and the six nations people again were
standing in defense of our land and in protection of all of those who
are here. again our people ignored the racial comments and stood
silently. it didn't take long for the word to get out and again 100's
of our people converged upon the site in support of the land
reclamation and to stand against the possiblity of another invasion or
attack. by the time i arrived at the site, a few hours had passed and
it was at the point where both sides were standing their ground on
argyle street with the line of opp between them. the offending opp
officers had been returned to their supervisors and the men were in
dialogue with the opp to arrange for them to remove the caledonia
people and that our people would return to the land. again there was
much discussion about barricades and how even though we followed
through with removing the first one, Peterson had knowingly tried to
sidestep the agreement and was going back on his word. it was just
another incident in history where the government people had proven to
our people that their word means nothing and they can't be trusted. it
was another reason why it would have been so easy to once again block
off that road and say to hell with them. but the words of wisdom once
again called to action in the name of Peace to remember what we have
accomplished. tonight, the Rotiskenekethe did their job. they
stopped the intrusion of outside forces in our territory. they upheld
their responsiblities to the law, and in doing so, showed the outside
world that we are a soverign people and asserted that soveriegnty and
authority by their actions. some believe that the actions of the men
were too strong. others support and commend them. i believe that
their actions were necessary in that we have stated our position and
it is our responsiblity to stand by that. i do not believe that the
opp were lost and that they took a wrong turn. i believe it was done
in an exploratory effort to see what would happen. not a wise decision
knowing the complexity of the situation, and knowing how easily it
could escalate to where people could be hurt. it made me angry to
have once again seen a diversion created that put our people in the
position of greater danger and it was being treated so lightheartedly
by those who created it. whether or not the six nations police follow
through with their charges against the opp is neither here nor there.
that is the law that they follow. we upheld our law within our land
and that is all we have to concern ourselves with. eventually it was
our people again who made the choice to go back onto the site and
allow the caledonia residents and opp to stand alone in their human
barricades on the street. we had done our job.

eventually the road was cleared only to have fire trucks begin an
evening of activity because someone had burned a security car down the
street, and a barn owned by the six nations was lit on fire. who how
or why is unknown, but again it created a situation that made it look
like our people had done it. by 2am things had quieted down again,
and a night of calm began to settle within the site. last night was
more of the same only the discussion all over camp was the next day,
the 6-6-6 and the wondering of what that day would bring. Life at
Kanensthaton had returned to normal.....whatever that is. hazel


Six Nations Resources, Information and Up-to-date News

Indigenous Coverage:

--> Gathering Place First Nations Canadian News, with reports and
photos from people visiting the support camp and blockade:

--> If you'd like the latest info from the standoff at Caledonia you
can listen live to the local Six Nations radio station CKRZ over the
internet: http://www.ckrz.com/index.html

--> NDN News Page on Caledonia and Six Nations:

--> Turtle Island Native News Network page on Six Nations:

More Information:

--> Settlers in Support of Indigenous Sovereignty Six Nations
Solidarity Page: http://sisis.nativeweb.org/actionalert/

--> Six Nations Caledonia Resource Page by Autonomy and Solidarity:

--> Friends of Six Nations - blog:

--> Honour Six Nations (local coalition):


Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug Solidarity

The Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (Big Trout Lake) First Nation is
being sued for more than $10 billion by a Canadian mining company,
Platinex Inc., because they have made a stand to protect their treaty
and aboriginal rights pending resolution of their legal dispute with
the federal and provincial governments. The mining company attempted
to proceed despite the community consensus against the project which
is now seeking a court order to proceed despite the failure by the
Provincial government to consult with KI.

Members of KI are coming to Toronto by foot more than 2,000
kilometres in order to raise awareness and support. You can get
more info and keep in touch with the "Kitchenuhmaykoosib Awareness
Walk: our land, our children our future" through the links below:

Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (Big Trout Lake)

Wildlands League:

[from Sarah Dover <sdover@magma.ca>]


Le mercredi 07 juin 2006

"Traités comme des criminels" - Michel Van Hauve

Jean-François Plante


Expulsée du Canada lundi, la famille Van Hauve aura été traitée comme
des criminels jusqu'à son arrivée en Belgique, sa terre natale.

Michel, son épouse Suzy et leur fils Blaise ont été menottés avant
leur sortie des bureaux du ministère de la Citoyenneté et de
l'Immigration sur la rue Catherine lundi après-midi. Les agents
d'immigration leur ont retiré leurs cartes d'assurance santé et
d'assurance sociale pendant une fouille de leurs bagages.

Leurs bras sont demeurés attachés jusqu'à leur arrivée à l'aéroport
d'Ottawa, là où ils ont ensuite été placés en cellule en attendant
leur départ pour Toronto. De là, ils sont passés en transit par
Amsterdam aux Pays-Bas avant d'atterrir à Bruxelles.

Deux agents d'immigration ont vu à ce que la famille rentre à bon port
en les accompagnant jusqu'en Belgique. Fraîchement débarqué chez sa
fille Michèle dans la région de Charleroi, Michel Van Hauve a expliqué
au Droit qu'il s'était fait dire qu'il s'agissait d'une "procédure

"À bord des avions commerciaux, nous étions traités comme des
criminels. Nous étions escortés même pour aller aux toilettes. Les
gens nous dévisageaient. C'est compréhensible lorsque deux agents nous
suivent pas à pas", a raconté le père de famille de 45 ans.

Plus de détails dans notre édition du mercredi 7 juin


Bound for Belgium: Van Hauves deported after surrendering to authorities



This morning's return to Belgium was to be a bittersweet one for a
family of three whose only wish was to stay in Canada.

Michel Van Hauve, his 18-year-old son Blaise and wife Suzy Myers' long
immigration battle finally ended yesterday when the family turned
themselves over to immigration officials for deportation.


The Van Hauves arrived at the Citizenship and Immigration Centre on
Catherine St. just before the 11 a.m. deadline with their meagre
possessions, having sold the bulk of their belongings in the days
before their impending departure.

"I just can't believe it. I think it's going to hit me when I land,"
Myers said before entering the immigration building which was
surrounded by security guards and police.

Blaise said he hoped to get his life together in Belgium over the next
two months before bringing over his girlfriend and their new baby,
who's due to arrive in a matter of days.

Shortly after noon, the family exited the building and were whisked
away in a black minivan to the airport.

Their lawyer, Warren Creates, said the plan was to fly to Toronto,
stop in Amsterdam and land in Brussels this morning. They were to be
accompanied by two Canada Border Services Agency officers.

Creates told reporters the federal government was punishing the family
to send a message to thousands of non-status immigrants living in

"We have a shortage of workers, in this case the agricultural economy.
This is a great family that was redistributing the benefits of
immigration outside of the major population centre," he said. "We have
a perfect case and it doesn't get settled in their favour."

CBSA spokesman Chris Kealey said the family could apply to return to
Canada in a year. He said about 11,000 people are removed from Canada
annually, the majority of them on expulsion or departure orders.

Michel Van Hauve would have to seek a pardon for petty crimes
committed in Belgium years ago before he is allowed to return.

Despite their disappointment, the Van Hauves were expected to get a
nice homecoming from their daughter Michele, who told the Sun
yesterday she would be picking up them up at the airport.

She looks forward to seeing her mother, whom she hasn't seen in five
years, and her father and brother whom she hasn't seen in three.
She'll also introduce them to the infant grandchild they've never met.


Toronto Star
Board endorses `don't ask, don't tell'
May 26, 2006. 01:00 AM


Canada's largest school board has adopted, in principle, a "don't ask,
don't tell" policy when it comes to dealing with students who may not
have legal status in the country.

Toronto District School Board trustees voted unanimously this week to
designate staff to work with city council, the police board and social
agencies to come up with a common protocol one that would ensure
non-status migrants and their children aren't turned away from
services and pushed further underground out of fear.

"We need to show some courage and leadership, that we are not allowing
our kids to be used as pawns," said Trustee Josh Matlow (Ward 11, St.
Paul's), to the applause of more than two dozen supporters of the

The board's move came after Canada Border Services Agency officials
last month entered at least two Toronto schools both part of the
Catholic board and arrested three girls and a boy who were children
of undocumented migrants. In one case, they were used as bait to flush
parents out of hiding.

"We want to make sure it doesn't happen again to other kids across the
city. Anybody, regardless of their immigration status, should be able
to go to school without fearing they'd be targeted by (border
security) officials," said Sima Zerehi, chair of the grassroots No One
Is Illegal campaign.

A formal policy, stipulating that school board staff will not report
or share information about the immigration status of any student or
family, is expected to be formulated by the fall.

Trustee Chris Bolton, whose Trinity-Spadina ward has a huge immigrant
population, said in an interview that the board has left the response
in such situations up to school administrators. In the motion approved
this week, front-line staff are advised to seek direction from the
board's safe schools department until the new policy is implemented.

Existing admissions policy, at least on paper, requires principals to
ask for proof of immigration status, immunizations and residency
through leases and hydro bills. But ultimately, they have discretion
on whether to accept a non-status student.


Global migrants reach 191 million


Nearly 200 million people now live outside their country of origin -
up by about a quarter since 1990, a United Nations report on migration

The report by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan says most migrants have
gone to rich countries - one in five of them to the US.

In some countries money sent home from abroad accounts for a large
proportion of the national income.

Mr Annan said migration was a now a major feature of international life.

He described his report to the UN General Assembly as an "early road
map for this new era of mobility".

His report found there were an estimated 191 million migrants around
the world in 2005. This compares with 155 million in 1990.

Most migrants moved to wealthy countries, although some 75 million
people moved from one developing country to another.

Money sent by wire transfers amounts to a high share of national
income in the Philippines and Serbia and Montenegro.

'Engine of history'

"International migration, supported by the right policies, can be
highly beneficial for the development both of the countries they come
from and of those where they arrive," Mr Annan said.

But, he warned, these benefits "are contingent on the rights of the
migrants themselves being respected and upheld".

Mr Annan's report also highlighted the risk of "brain drain". An
estimated 60% of the highly educated people of Guyana, Haiti and
Jamaica now live abroad.

The report proposes setting up a permanent forum on the issue so
governments can compare their different policies.

The report found that Europe hosted 34% of all migrants in 2005, North
America 23% and Asia 28%, with 9% in Africa, 3% in Latin America and
3% in Oceania.

Meanwhile, senior African and European officials have drafted a joint
plan to tackle the growing crisis over illegal immigrants making
dangerous journeys from Africa to enter Europe.

Their plan, to be formally adopted at a conference on migration in
Morocco next month, includes tougher preventative measures with aid to
encourage young Africans to remain in their homelands.

But Senegal Interior Minister Ousmane Ngom told the meeting in Dakar
that migration could not be eradicated as it "remains an engine of
history" which has some "immense advantages".

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