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Citizenship and Immigration committee  Well, we do feel bad jumping ahead of the line. Sometimes the government has been quite responsive...to be able to do that. We had some cases recently that were processed quite quickly, and we were very, very grateful that they were. At the same time, in this other case we have

May 3rd, 2017Committee meeting

Lisa Hébert

Citizenship and Immigration committee  It shouldn't take more than a year. Like, why would it take six years to read a brief?

May 3rd, 2017Committee meeting

Lisa Hébert

May 3rd, 2017Committee meeting

Lisa Hébert

Citizenship and Immigration committee  Chechnya is something that really has caught fire within our community. I think people are really interested in hearing about something being done about that. I think internally displaced is something that might be really uphill. I would say that there are a lot of cases the gove

May 3rd, 2017Committee meeting

Lisa Hébert

Citizenship and Immigration committee  Well, they have been good and we would encourage them more to do that—

May 3rd, 2017Committee meeting

Lisa Hébert

Citizenship and Immigration committee  —because we always feel that we ask politely and they respond politely. It would be nice to know we could do that more frequently.

May 3rd, 2017Committee meeting

Lisa Hébert

Citizenship and Immigration committee  You make an interesting point, too, that this program has never been on the website. Some of the churches have not known it exists and we have to convince them, but there's never been anything public about the program's existence, so it could come out of the closet.

May 3rd, 2017Committee meeting

Lisa Hébert

Citizenship and Immigration committee  Yes. We use the term “multi-year” as well in terms of funding. Thank you.

May 3rd, 2017Committee meeting

Lisa Hébert

Citizenship and Immigration committee  There's a backlog of 54,000 people that should be processed. I don't want to say that LGBT have to be the first ones there. Our community is clearly among the most vulnerable, but I don't think we should stand before other people. I think there should be fair criteria. If people

May 3rd, 2017Committee meeting

Lisa Hébert

Citizenship and Immigration committee  Thank you. I love your comments and would agree with them. One of the things we don't always mention, because it gets involved in the jargon, is that one of the things that makes this work is that we're outside of the quotas to work with the SAHs.

May 3rd, 2017Committee meeting

Lisa Hébert

Citizenship and Immigration committee  Queer groups are not necessarily a natural alliance with the churches, though we've had great work with our SAHs. Unitarians have been fabulous partners, but they've been really frank about saying they can't work with us if we take away from their quota. That's in the brief that

May 3rd, 2017Committee meeting

Lisa Hébert

Citizenship and Immigration committee  For me one of the hardest things is all the emails I get regularly from people who are in a desperate place, fleeing a desperate situation, and then they are in a country where it's terrible. I feel as though I don't have options. The program we work under takes a lot of time and

May 3rd, 2017Committee meeting

Lisa Hébert

Citizenship and Immigration committee  We're working with about six to eight groups. Some of them are here. We have Baker's Dozen here and we have the Ottawa Rainbow Friendship Alliance. We have some individuals who have come as Inland, and we have formed separate groups with them. I'm very grateful that they have sho

May 3rd, 2017Committee meeting

Lisa Hébert

Citizenship and Immigration committee  The rainbow RAP has been vital to our sector, and we believe that it should become a regular program with an ongoing multi-year funding commitment—notice the word “regular”. I think that one would work. As you see in our brief, we have some lower-income groups we mentor that app

May 3rd, 2017Committee meeting

Lisa Hébert

Citizenship and Immigration committee  Thank you for taking the time to hear our issue. Capital Rainbow Refuge is a private sponsorship group that supports sexual minority refugees. We're proud to have been the first in Canada to have sponsored under the program that you're studying, the rainbow refugee assistance pr

May 3rd, 2017Committee meeting

Lisa Hébert