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Montreal

2017 QC-ON Forum on (Im)migrant Workers' Rights "The Sword of Damocles: Living and Laboring under State Threats of Worker Status Revocation, Detention and Removal"

Date and time

2017.11.16, 1:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Details

Thurs Nov 16, 1-5 PM

Organized by McGill University & Association pour la Défense des Droits du Personnel Domestique/Association for the Rights of Household Workers (ADDPD/ARHW)

registration:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/2017-quebec-ontario-forum-on-the-rights-of-immigrant-workers-in-canada-tickets-38338998978

Draft Program:

1:00-1:15 PM Welcoming Remarks (Im)migrant Worker Status Revocation, Detention, Repatriation/Deportation: The Need for a Better Impact Assessment - Kazue Takamura, Ph.D., Faculty Lecturer, McGill University

1:15-2:45 PM Policies Threatening Revocation of Worker/Resident Status: Impact on the Labour and Fundamental Rights of (Im)migrant Workers

- State Threats of Legal Status Revocation: Post-Slavery Laws Enduring in Canada and Abroad as Temporary Labour (Im)migration Policies - Eugénie Depatie-Pelletier, LL.D. Can, University of Montreal

- Employer-Tied: Working in Fear of State Sanction and the (Non-) Exercise of Labour/Contractual Rights in Canada - Dr. Denise L. Spitzer, Professor & Researcher, University of Ottawa

- Employer-Tied: Working in Fear of State Sanction and Obstacles to the Exercise of Fundamental Rights in Canada - Hannah Deegan, Lawyer, 'Collective Defense of Rights' Project Coordinator ADDPD/ARHW

3:00-4:45 PM Decades of (mostly) Small and Bitter-sweet Victories: Roundtable on the Limits of Individualized Support to Workers facing Status Loss, Detention, and/or Removal

Chair: Kazue Takakura, Ph.D. Faculty Lecturer, McGill University

• Walter Tom, Lawyer, PINAY
• Chris Ramsaroop, Workers’ Rights Activist, Justicia 4 Migrant Workers
• Santiago Escobar, Community Worker, UFCW
• Kara Manso, Community Organizer, Caregiver Action Center
• Belia Berrocal, Community Legal Worker, IAVGO
• Jessica Ponting, Community Legal Worker, IAVGO
• Maryth Yachnin, Staff Lawyer, IAVGO
• Mary Gellatly, Community Legal Worker, Parkdale Community Legal Services
• Niiti Simmonds & Jackie Esmonde, Staff Lawyers, Income Security Advocacy
Centre
• Francisco Mootoo, Worker and Member, Association des travailleuses et travailleurs étrangers
temporaires

4:45-5:00 PM Concluding Remarks Moving beyond the Search for Labour Law Remedies: The Case for a Charter Challenge of the Abusive Aspects of Labour (Im)migration Programs
- Jessye Kilburn, Member of the Board of Directors - ADDPD/ARHW

Cost

Free

Venue

McGill Thomson House Ballroom

City

Montreal

Country

Canada

Links

  • Register here! (https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/2017-quebec-ontario-forum-on-the-rights-of-immigrant-workers-in-canada-tickets-38338998978)

Economic sectors

General relevance - all sectors

Target groups

(Im)migrants workers, Journalists, Public awareness, Researchers, Unions, and NGOs/community groups/solidarity networks

Geographical focuses

Ontario, Quebec, Federal, and National relevance

Languages

French and English