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Creating Safe and Positive Spaces for LGBTQ Newcomers - A Project Update

The main objective of the OCASI Positive Spaces Initiative (PSI) is to support the immigrant and refugee serving sector to more effectively serve LGBTQ (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning) newcomers.


LIP (Local Immigration Partnerships) Coordinator - Toronto (LIP (Local Immigration Partnerships) Coordinator)
Catholic Crosscultural Services (CCS) is looking to hire a full-time, contract Coordinator to develop and supervise operation of the LIP (Local Immigration Partnerships) Project - Deadline: September 17, 2009.

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OCASI RFP: Consultant and Facilitation Services for the Positive Spaces Initiative
OCASI invites qualified individuals/organisations to submit a proposal for a contract to carry out a research and training project of the Positive Spaces Initiative: Creating Welcoming Spaces for LGBTQ Newcomers - Deadline: September 14, 2009.

The Toronto Enterprise Fund - Business Plan Competition 2009
The Toronto Enterprise Fund supports the implementation of social purpose enterprises working with people who are homeless and low-income - Deadline: September 14 2009.

Toronto Community Foundation Leadership Funding Opportunity – Vital People
Vital People grants of up to $5,000 are awarded to support the formal training or other informal development opportunities that best enable not-for-profit leaders to build their skills or knowledge - Deadline: September 30, 2009.

Knight News Challenge Competition Offers Up to $5 million for Community News Innovation
The U.S.-based John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is accepting applications for the Knight News Challenge, which awards up to $5 million for innovative ideas using digital experiments to transform community news - Deadline: October 15, 2009.

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Newcomer Youth Settlement Guide for Service Providers
OCASI has completed their Services for Youth in Newcomer Communities (SYNC) project and has released a Newcomer Youth Settlement Guide for Service Providers and an Newcomer Youth Bill of Rights.

All Children Can Go to School, Regardless of Immigration Status
In Ontario, all children can go to school, regardless of their immigration status or the immigration status of their parents. That means that your child can go to school, even if you do not have permanent status in Canada.

New Reception Centres in Peel District School Board
If your child will be attending a school in the Peel District School Board (PDSB) for the first time, you can register your child at one of PDSB's new reception centres.

Ontario Government Mental Health And Addictions Discussion Paper
Ontario has released a discussion paper, Every Door is the Right Door - Towards a 10-Year Mental Health and Addictions Strategy: A discussion paper (PDF format) to contribute to the development of a 10-year mental health and addictions strategy.

Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services Student Training Program
Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services presents their Student Training Program for students currently enrolled in field placements with a focus on immigrants and refugees.

ReachOUT - Multilingual Services for Newcomer LGBTT2IQQ Youth in Toronto
The ReachOUT Newcomer Network is a project that provides free multilingual settlement services to youth in Toronto who are Permanent Residents in Canada, including Government Assisted Refugees. Their primary focus is youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirited, intersex, queer and questioning (LGBTT2IQQ) youth, and their allies, friends and/or families.

Call for Participants: Toronto Survey for LGBTQ Newcomers Aged 13-24
The ReachOUT team wants to know what you think of services for immigrants in the Greater Toronto Area - whether you have used any services or not, and regardless of how long you have been in Canada - Deadline: October 9, 2009.

Canadian Council for Refugees E-Chronicle Vol. 4 #5, 1 September 2009
This monthly digest from the CCR provides an overview of refugee and immigrant rights advocacy in Canada.

CIC Operational Bulletin 134 - First Generation Limit and Citizenship by Descent – Clarification for Port of Entry Officers
A provisions in a recent Citizenship Act amendment limits of citizenship by descent to the first generation born outside Canada to a Canadian parent. Because of this it's possible that a person born outside Canada to a Canadian parent will be stateless.

CIC Operational Bulletin 154 - Minors Who Do Not Have Proof of Canadian Citizenship and Who Need to Travel to Canada
Due to a variety of factors, some minor children of Canadian parents may need to travel to Canada before they are able to obtain proof of citizenship or a Canadian passport. This operational bulletin clarifies the procedure for visa office processing.

Marriage and Divorce for Muslim Women
This booklet reviews the laws on marriage in Ontario and divorce in Canada and explains how these laws relate to Islamic family law.

Alternative Dispute Resolution and Family Law for Muslim Women
This booklet looks at the four kinds of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) from the perspective of Muslim women.

Domestic Contracts for Muslim Women
This booklet explains the legal status of domestic contracts, such as marriage contracts, cohabitation agreements, and separation agreements, in the context of the Muslim community. It also looks at the court’s role in enforcing domestic contracts.

Settlement News Across the Province - SNAP - Vol. 5 / #1 - Spring 2009
Published by TESL Ontario, SNAP aims to inform readers about new initiatives and resources in the field of settlement services.

Call for Workshop Proposals - Rainbow Health Ontario 2010 Conference
Rainbow Health Ontario (RHO) invites you to submit proposals for its first bi-annual provincial conference focused on the needs and issues of our diverse and vibrant LGBT communities - Deadline: October 16, 2009.

Call for Nominations: United Way Toronto Bhayana Family Foundation Awards
The Bhayana Family Foundation Awards recognize extraordinary contributions made by agency staff. They are awarded by United Way based on peer nominations received in five categories - Deadline: September 23, 2009.

City of Toronto 2009 Public Health Champion Awards
The award recognizes individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting and promoting the health of Toronto's residents - Deadline: September 16, 2009.

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