Media Advisory - City to co-host community fair and workshops to recognize Refugee Rights Day

    TORONTO, March 30 /CNW/ - Mayor David Miller has proclaimed April 4, 2007
as Refugee Rights Day in the City of Toronto. On April 4, 1985, the Supreme
Court of Canada released its first decision about refugees based on the
Canadian Constitution. The Singh decision recognized that refugee claimants
are entitled to protection under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms,
and the right to an oral hearing, which is a fundamental principle of justice.
    The following two workshops will be held at Toronto City Hall, in
Committee Room 4 on Wednesday, April 4, to recognize Refugee Rights Day:

    Workshop 1 - 9:30 a.m. to noon
    "Canada's Refugee System - History & Current reality: The plight of women
    and child refugees"
    Speakers include: Francisco Rico-Martinez, FCJ Refugee Centre; Rana Khan,
    UNHCR; Kamau Ngugi, Amnesty International; and Amina Sherazee,
    Immigration Lawyer

    Workshop 2 - 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    "Humanitarian and Compassionate Application"
    Facilitated by: Francisco Rico-Martinez, FCJ Refugee Centre

    Councillor Janet Davis will join community organizations to launch
Refugee Rights Week on Monday, April 2 at 5 p.m. at the Thorncliffe Youth
Centre located at 45 Overlea Blvd.
    Community organizations will hold a week-long information fair in the
City Hall Rotunda from April 2-5.
    Information about various community events can be found at

    Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home
to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine
of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America.
In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and
innovation in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to
prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

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For further information: Media contacts: Amy Casipullai, Ontario Council
of Agencies Serving Immigrants, (416) 322-4950 ext. 239; Cassandra Fernandes,
Diversity Management and Community Engagement, City Manager's Office, (416)

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