Category: Justice & Politics

1 in Four website connects women with support services

It takes courage for women to leave abusive relationships and reach out for support. Domestic violence survivors Cathy Watts, Cassandra Henry, and Jennifer Price recognized this gap. That was how 1inFour.ca came to be. An online resource hub focused on domestic violence support services, the site connects women with...

/ January 7, 2013

How does being a refugee affect your health?

Approximately one third of immigrants to Hamilton are refugees, a proportion which is higher than the national average. While immigrants may choose to leave their home countries, refugees are forced to flee them due to life-threatening circumstances beyond their control. Refugee women tend to bear the responsibilities of caring for their families and...

/ December 4, 2012

The impact of Bill C-31

Recently introduced as federal law, Bill C-31 has drastically changed how the immigration system works. Also called “Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act,” this legislation particularly affects refugee claimants and their families. It became law in June of this year. The...

/ November 27, 2012

Healthcare advocates unite at newcomer clinic

Refuge: Hamilton Centre for Newcomer Health has completed its first year of operation by successfully gathering support and interest from both clients and fellow service providers in the community. In November of 2011, prominent Hamiltonians Hodan Ali and Dr. Elisabeth...

/ November 5, 2012

The impact of quality care

Manal Naeimh’s smile is warm and gracious, as she waits for her doctor at a local health clinic. She and her husband Khosy Saleh live together in a two-bedroom apartment in Hamilton with her mother-in-law, Wazeera Al-Qaisi. As they struggle...

/ November 5, 2012

Start all over again

Judith Atwiine and Geoffrey Tumwesigye immigrated to Canada as Foreign Trained Professionals according to Canadian rules for skilled immigrants. Between them and their year-long quest for a stable Canadian life stood unforeseen medical bills and living expenses, an unimagined slow job market, and worst of all, a dishonest landlord. However,...

/ September 17, 2012