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Using data to integrate anti-racism in the settlement sector

Using data to integrate anti-racism in the settlement sector


While the settlement sector is often considered to have expertise in diversity, equity and inclusion, there are blind spots that need to be addressed.

Newcomers face everyday and systemic racism, discrimination, and stigma. Weizman says this stigma is attached to the idea of “a spoiled identity,” when individuals or groups don’t meet the standards of the society they are a part of.



This articles speaks of the hsitory of settlement services and the agencies in Canada.

Settlement services, both formal and informal, have a long history in Canada. Countless newcomers have been assisted on arrival, often by organizations emanating from faith and ethnic communities. Gradually a specialized settlement sector developed, forming a network across Canada with significant experience in welcoming refugees and immigrants. Some organizations in this network are 50 or more years old, many date from the 1970s or early 1980s. Significant numbers of immigrants and refugees work in the sector, bringing their own experience of the settlement and integration processes. Over the last two decades in particular, the sector has strengthened its capacity through networking, training and learning from others, and has adapted itself to evolving needs of newcomers and changing political realities.(

Countering Racism and Colonialism in Emergency Medicine


It is an unfortunate reality that systemic racism exists in the Canadian healthcare system. It is present in many forms – from microaggressions and perceived biases towards others of different ethnicity, to blatant acts of hatred.

However, steps are being taken to address and overcome some of the practices and approaches that perpetuate institutional racism – a common experience for individuals who are Black, Indigenous or people of colour (BIPOC) when accessing healthcare and who have been shown to have poorer health access and outcomes than others in Canada.

One such step is moving to align UHN Emergency Department (ED) practices with the 16 recommendations agreed upon at the 2021 Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP) Academic Symposium on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

Allies in Refugee Integration

Allies in Refugee Integration(ARI)

Settlement services are proven to have a positive effect on refugee integration. They provide accurate information and advice, increase newcomers’ support networks and help the newcomer navigate a new community. Private sponsors are volunteers who commit to providing financial and practical support to refugees for a year, and for some, that automatically entails collaboration with settlement professionals. But for many, the lack of clear protocols, tools and a shared understanding leaves both private sponsors and settlement service providers struggling to collaborate effectively. Close teamwork is not happening consistently, and confusion around roles and responsibilities hampers efforts to meet the needs of refugees in a coordinated manner. This is the gap the ARI project aims to address.

  1. Research - conducting an environmental scan to establish a picture of the current situation, including existing promising practices around collaboration, through focus groups, interviews and surveys.
  2. Design - generating innovative ideas and solutions through collaborative design workshops with multiple stakeholders.
  3. Evaluation - Pilot-testing and evaluating selected ideas for effectiveness, feasibility and impact on refugee settlement.

Notice of Intent to Appear

If you intend to appear in court and plead not guilty, you or your representative must attend in person only at the court office shown on the back of your ticket within the times and days shown to file Notice of Intention to Appear (NIA) within 15 days of receiving an offence.

IRCC 2020 Immigration Levels

Despite a recent recovery in the pace of immigration, the bank expects to see only 70 per cent of the originally targeted 341,000 new permanent residents at the end of the year, a decline of about 100,000 people.

Looking After Our Mental Health

Looking After Our Mental Health

As countries introduce measures to restrict movement as part of efforts to reduce the number of people infected with COVID-19, more and more of us are making huge changes to our daily routines.

The new realities of working from home, temporary unemployment, home-schooling of children, and lack of physical contact with other family members, friends and colleagues take time to get used to. Adapting to lifestyle changes such as these, and managing the fear of contracting the virus and worry about people close to us who are particularly vulnerable, are challenging for all of us. They can be particularly difficult for people with mental health conditions.

Fortunately, there are lots of things that we can do to look after our own mental health and to help others who may need some extra support and care.

Here are tips and advice that we hope you will find useful.

Protect Yourself and Others From The Spread COVID-19

Protect Yourself and Others From The Spread COVID-19

  • You can reduce your chances of being infected or spreading COVID-19 by taking some simple Avoid going to crowded places. Why? Where people come together in crowds, you are more likely to come into close contact with someone that has COIVD-19 and it is more difficult to maintain physical distance of 1 metre (3 feet).
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and infect you.
  • Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately and wash your hands. Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene, you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
  • Stay home and self-isolate even with minor symptoms such as cough, headache, mild fever, until you recover. Have someone bring you supplies. If you need to leave your house, wear a mask to avoid infecting others. Why? Avoiding contact with others will protect them from possible COVID-19 and other viruses.

Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) – Online Learning

Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) – Online Learning

Looking to build or expand your knowledge in IPAC best practices? Check out our courses on IPAC core competencies and reprocessing, as well as specialized knowledge for different environments, including hospitals, community health care settings and long-term care homes.

Public Health Ontario has developed four new modules for the IPAC Core Competencies online course:

  • Personal Risk Assessment in Acute Care
  • Personal Risk Assessment in Long-term Care
  • Personal Risk Assessment in Community-Clinic
  • Personal Risk Assessment in Community-Home

COVID-19 Having ‘significant impacts’ on Canadian Immigration System

COVID-19 having ‘significant impacts’ on Canadian immigration system


The COVID-19 pandemic is having “significant impacts” on the federal government’s ability to process immigration and temporary work or study permits.

Most of Canada’s immigration processing depends on pen-and-paper forms or in-person interviews, and the pandemic has significantly hampered both according to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

According to the document, the department’s aging IT services will not be able to adapt to the more rapid pace of applications after the COVID crisis subsides.

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