Roma

When a Holocaust Survivor Meets a Six-Year-Old Roma Child

Avrum Rosensweig | Posted 06.03.2014 | Canada
Avrum Rosensweig

Holocaust Survivor and educator, Nate Leipciger, recently visited Lulu Pusuma, a six-year old Roma girl in hiding in a Toronto church together with he...

The Roma Family Taking Refuge in a Toronto Church

Avrum Rosensweig | Posted 05.11.2014 | Canada Impact
Avrum Rosensweig

Over the next few weeks decisions will be made about the Pusumas, a Roma family that has lived inside Toronto churches for about two years. Pronouncements will be heard that will conclude where they live and in fact, how the rest of their lives unfold. The Pusumas are hoping they will receive a fair hearing and that our government will act compassionately and justly with the knowledge that a very dangerous landscape faces them should they be forced to return to Europe.

What's the Real Truth About Canada's Refugee System?

Bernie Farber | Posted 05.09.2014 | Canada Politics
Bernie Farber

Peter Kent's article "The Truth About Canada's Immigration System" has left me quite shocked, beginning with the headline itself. Peter refers to the government's commitment to resettle refugees. He actually means privately sponsored refugees.

Soccer Fans Pack Into Toronto to See AS Roma Stars

Vacay.ca | Posted 10.07.2013 | Canada
Vacay.ca

Francesco Totti isn't a rock star, but he makes a very good impersonation of one. The soccer icon and his teammates from AS Roma paraded around a newl...

JRAN: Standing Up For Human Dignity In Canada

Bernie Farber | Posted 09.07.2013 | Canada
Bernie Farber

As a result of what many in the refugee advocacy community believe to be a time of social cruelty here in Canada, government policy in our country has...

Stealing a Kiss in Roma

Heather Magee | Posted 05.02.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Heather Magee

There's something really sexy about Italy's once mighty capital. It's a warmth that moves through you, like a generous glass of Sangiovese. An energy difficult to describe, unless you've wandered it's winding paths. The feeling that, at any moment, something irrationally romantic will occur. This is Roma.

Why We Can No Longer Call Canada an Advocate for Human Rights

Bernie Farber | Posted 04.03.2013 | Canada Politics
Bernie Farber

With little fanfare, Canada was scolded last month by both the United Nations and Amnesty International over its human rights record. Yes you read this correctly -- Canada. The two areas that attracted the most attention by the UN/ Amnesty International human rights experts were Canada's record when it came to refugees and internally the manner in which we continue to discriminate against our First Nations people. As Canadians we consider ourselves to be open, honest -- a welcoming society. Yet for those from afar struggling to build a new life and for our First Nations right here struggling to change their lives for the better, that openness rings very hollow.

Why Is There No Refuge for Roma Refugees?

Stephanie J. Silverman | Posted 02.20.2013 | Canada
Stephanie J. Silverman

A designated country of origin (DCO) is a country declared as "safe," on grounds that it can provide adequate protection to its citizens and therefore not likely to produce refugees. It also discounts the treatment of some minority groups in so-called "safe" countries perhaps most particularly, the Roma in Europe.

My Apologies, As a Canadian, to the Roma People

Ritika Goel | Posted 11.16.2012 | Canada Politics
Ritika Goel

Toronto, is seen as "some kind of paradise" to Roma in Hungary, who face daily persecution. This brought on a nauseating feeling as I thought of the current government's portrayal of Hungary as a "safe country" for the Roma people, who are themselves portrayed as bogus claimants. I thought of the Roma refugee claimants I have seen in my clinic, who are simply trying to find safety for themselves and their families, like anybody would.

Will Bill C-31 Reject More Romas?

Bernie Farber | Posted 09.15.2012 | Canada Politics
Bernie Farber

One of the more pernicious elements of the new Immigration and Refugee Bill C-31 is the so-called "Designated Safe Country" (DSO) rule. This would designate certain countries as "safe" more or less assuring that refugee claims from any such countries would be quickly rejected. The Romas are a prime target.

The Doctor Who Risked His Reputation to Oppose Bill C-31

Bernie Farber | Posted 08.26.2012 | Canada Politics
Bernie Farber

On Monday, Cabinet Minister Joe Oliver made a federal funding announcement at Toronto General Hospital. However, within minutes of Minister Oliver taking the podium, something truly exceptional occurred; emergency room doctor Chris Keefer walked boldly up to the front of the room. Despite attempts by a hospital administrator to shut down Keefer's interruption, he nonetheless persisted.

Human Rights Museum Plans to Bring New Meaning to "Never Again"

Bernie Farber | Posted 07.18.2012 | Canada Politics
Bernie Farber

After the Holocaust, we said "never again." After the Vietnam War, we said "never again." After Cambodia, we said "never again." But time and time again, we've gone back on our word. When will we, as a nation, and a people, stand up and say, "enough is enough?"