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Monica Bassili writes a weekly column for

Status for All | Migrante Canada

olitical instability, economic crises, religious and women’s oppression, imperialism, colonialism, and climate change are all connected to why migrants are fleeing to Canada. The countries most impacted by the above social, cultural, economic, and political issues are racialized peoples. At its core, undocumented workers in Canada meaningfully contribute to their communities. By working, they are completing the tasks and duties of a position that no Canadian citizen would entertain. 

Low wages, abuses from employers, and long hours are typical qualities of the jobs undocumented workers are able to obtain. Often, employers take advantage of their employee’s vulnerabilities, including a lack of legal education in Canada. For this reason, undocumented workers are subject to grotesque abuses that traumatize them and their families. Such desperate employment opportunities are seldom public and government knowledge, meaning that undocumented workers often go unnoticed.

Leslyn Lewis is one of the six candidates at the Edmonton Convention Centre on May 11

Leslyn Lewis in Edmonton tonight for CPC Leaders Debate

Elusive to media chats, Leslyn Lewis is the only female and BIPOC candidate in the race. According to  her website: “she believes that Canada is only strong when all Canadians have a voice, and where we can all unite in forging a Canada where we all have an equal opportunity to optimize our potential.  This is a goal that sees all Canadians as equal under the law: where race, religion, creed, orientation, and political affiliation are no longer used to divide us”.

Mental Health Week and Wellness Together Canada

Mental Health Week is sponsored by Major Sponsor Beneva as well as The Medicine Shoppe, Workplace Strategies for Mental Health (Canada Life) and Not Myself Today. To get involved, you can:

Learn more about mental health and empathy at 
Share your support on social media by downloading a toolkit and using hashtags #GetReal and #MentalHealthWeek 
Donate to support CMHA mental health programs and services at 
Connect. If you or someone you love is struggling, please contact your local CMHA or visit the Government of Canada’s Wellness Together portal. If you are in crisis, please call 1-833-456-4566 toll free in Canada (1-866-277-3553 in Quebec) or dial 911.

The Alexa Fund

The Alexa Fund | See What You can do

Amazon Alexa Fund and Alexa Startups are excited to open the application round for Black Founders Build with Alexa, a remote four-month program for a cohort of up to 10 Black-founded startups located in North America that demonstrate readiness and ability to deliver novel Alexa integration within the program duration.

CRRF’s National Anti-Racism Fund: Working together to build a more anti-racist Canada

The Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) seeks to support organizations to combat racism, promote events and education, and build a more anti-racist society. 

The $3 million National Anti-Racism Fund (the Fund) will be disbursed over two years, which is a valuable contribution to the continuation of CRRF’s mission: developing, sharing, and applying knowledge and expertise to contribute to the elimination of racism and all forms of racial discrimination in Canadian society. 

Canada Welcomes over 108,000 permanent residents in early 2022

Canada welcomes over 108,000 permanent residents in early 2022

In February 2022, IRCC launched a new digital case status tracker that allows some family class permanent residence applicants, sponsors and their representatives to more easily check their application status online. The tracker is available for permanent residence applicants in the spouse, partner and dependent child categories for the initial launch.

Two Black led organisations get $5.4 million to support Black entreprenuers

Canadian Imperial Advantage and BIPOC Foundation get $5.4 million to support Black Entrepreneurs

The Government of Canada is continuing to strengthen the entrepreneurship ecosystem for Canada’s Black entrepreneurs and business owners. The Black Entrepreneurship Program’s National Ecosystem Fund supports not-for-profit Black-led organizations to develop new services or expand those they already offer. These organizations provide mentorship, networking opportunities, financial planning and training for entrepreneurs, enabling businesses to grow and create quality jobs. The organisations are Canadian Imperial Advantage and BIPOC Foundation,

Canada wears red for women’s heart health on February 13

Canada wears red for women’s heart health on February 13

Cities across the country are recognizing February 13 with official proclamations. Historic and popular buildings, landmarks, bridges, signs and storefronts will be illuminated red. Canada will dress in red and take to social media to participate in the national conversation about women’s heart health. Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in women worldwide and in Canada, research suggests death rates due to heart disease is on the rise. 

Wear Red Canada is celebrated annually on February 13 to raise awareness about women’s heart health. Events nationwide are  hosted by the Canadian Women’s Heart Health Alliance and powered by the Canadian Women’s Heart Health Centre at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.


What the ‘freedom convoy’ reveals about the ties among politics, police and the law

The continuing influx of cash suggests the “freedom convoy” goes beyond some fringe elements of society. For perspective, consider that in 2021, the NDP in Alberta raised $6.2 million in 2021; it’s the highest fundraising ever, while the United Conservatives generated $3.8 million.

The “freedom convoy” is money-generating machinery that rivals several established political parties. Such serious cash means organizers can mobilize effectively and provide supplies to prolong the protest. This wears out law enforcement capacity.

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