Media Advisory - Fast, Fair, and Final: Reforming Canada's Refugee System

    Online press conference on Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. EST:
    Maytree Foundation to release Peter Showler's latest report "Fast, Fair
    and Final: Reforming Canada's Refugee System."

    TORONTO, Sept. 8 /CNW/ - Canada must reform its asylum system. Decisions
are not made in a timely manner and as a result there are thousands of refused
claimants in limbo. The delays hurt legitimate refugees, attract fraudulent
claimants and rob Canada of the credibility it needs to protect individuals
who are escaping violence, torture or death.
    Join us for an online webcast with Peter Showler who puts forward a
proposal which will reduce the claim process from several years to 12-18
months, ensure accurate and fair decisions, and result in the timely removal
of failed claimants.

    What: Online news conference (webcast). After a 20-minute presentation,
    webcast participants will have an opportunity to ask questions.

    -   Presenter: Peter Showler, Director of the Refugee Forum at the
        University of Ottawa and former Chairperson of the IRB
    -   Moderator: Ratna Omidvar, President, Maytree

    Thursday, September 10, 2009
    2:00-3:00 p.m. EST (Toronto)
    11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. PST (Vancouver)

    Where: From your desktop.

    How to attend:
    Please RSVP to to receive your access code to
    attend the webcast, or click on the link to register online.

    A recording of the event and the PDF of the report will be available
    online at

    About Peter Showler: Peter Showler is the Director of the Refugee Forum,
located at the Human Rights Research and Education Centre, University of
Ottawa. The Refugee Forum undertakes various research and law reform
initiatives dealing with refugee law. Peter teaches Immigration and Refugee
Law and Advanced Refugee law. Peter is the former Chairperson of the
Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (1999-2002) and is the author of
Refugee Sandwich: Stories of Exile and Asylum. He frequently speaks and writes
on refugee issues.

    About Maytree: Established in 1982, Maytree is a private foundation that
promotes equity and prosperity through its policy insights, grants and

For further information:

For further information: To set up an interview with Peter Showler and
for more information contact: Markus Stadelmann-Elder, (416) 944-2627 ext.

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