HPAP Joins the Solidarity City Network in Calling for Access Without Fear

Feb 11, 2013

The marginalization of undocumented workers in Toronto poses a serious threat to the health of these members of our community.

An estimated 200,000 undocumented workers reside in Toronto. They face many challenges including denial of services offered to other Torontonians, including health services, housing, and social supports. Individuals without legal status are particularly likely to have to accept work for low wages, under poor and unsafe work conditions.  Studies have identified high levels of anxiety, depression, and physical illness in this population.

Undocumented workers abide by our laws, pay taxes, and make significant contributions to our community. They perform jobs that have benefited many of us, without being recognized for the difficult working conditions experienced. Yet, they are not afforded the same access to health and social services as those with legal status. It’s time for this to change.

Last week, the Community Development and Recreation Committee heard from the Solidarity City Network and adopted motion 18.5, which commits the City of Toronto to providing city services to undocumented workers. It also mandates that City Council advocate on behalf of undocumented workers in Toronto at the provincial and federal levels.

This motion will be considered by Toronto City Council on February 20th, 2013.

We invite you to e-mail or call your City Councilor to express your support for the Access Not Fear campaign. Then, join us at Toronto City Hall on February 20th, 2013.

The Solidarity City Network is comprised of Health for All, Immigration Legal Committee of Toronto, Justice for Migrant Workers, Law Union of Ontario, No One Is Illegal – Toronto, Parkdale Community Legal Services, Roma Community Centre, Social Planning Toronto, South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario, South Asian Women’s Rights Organization, and the Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office and Workers Action Centre.

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Emergency Action: No More Homeless Deaths

Jan 30, 2013

In the past week there have been two homeless deaths in Toronto, which makes 36 deaths in one year alone (that we know about). This comes at a time when the City of Toronto and the Province have both cut funding to homelessprevention programs, shelters, and housing. These cuts cost lives.

Join us on Friday to demand that the City immediately release contingency funding for shelters; reverse cuts to shelters and housing; make it easier for people to access the Housing Stabilization Fund; stop lying to the public about space in the shelter system; and to take action to end homeless deaths!

When: Friday, February 1st, 12:00 noon

Where: Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Toronto (King & John)

Please also consider signing on to this letter to Phillip Abrahams of the Toronto Shelter, Support, and Housing Administration. The letter will be delivered on Friday!

To endorse this statement or to get involved, please contact ocap@tao.ca / 416-925-6939

Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
Aids Action Now
Toronto Stop The Cuts Network
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Join HPAP for a Workshop on Health Advocacy Through Social Media & Op-Ed Writing

Jan 30, 2013

Join us for a capacity-building workshop for HPAP members and allies, focused on strategies for health advocacy through social media and op-ed writing. We will also use this session and the meeting to follow to generate campaign ideas as a group.

When: Saturday, Feb 16, 2013, 1-3 PM
Where: Centre for Social Innovation – Regent Park (585 Dundas St E, Toronto)

We will be joined by two highly-experienced speakers, Dr. Ritika Goel, and Farah Mawani.

Ritika Goel is a family physician in Toronto, with a Master of Public Health. She is on the Steering Committee for a number of progressive health advocacy groups including the Medical Reform Group and Health for All. She has extensive experience organizing around health equity for the uninsured population in Canada and has been a leader in recent mobilization around cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program, which have left refugees in Canada without health care coverage.

Visit Ritika’s website: http://righttohealth.ca/

Farah Mawani is a PhD candidate in Public Health Sciences at the University of Toronto. She has global research, writing, and teaching experience in inequalities in global mental health, social and cultural determinants of mental health, immigrant and refugee mental health, and community-based research.  Farah also recently founded Farahway Global, a Social Media, Public Engagement, Human Rights and Health Agency. It builds on Farah’s experience directing the social media and public engagement components of Free the Hikers, which played a large role in freeing Josh Fattal, Shane Bauer, and Sarah Shourd, held hostage in Iran for 2 years and 2 months.

Visit the Farahway Global website: http://farahwayglobal.com/about/our-team/

Please RSVP here or e-mail hpap.hamilton@gmail.com for more information.