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Citizenship and Immigration committee  One of the things that I mentioned was the IRB guidelines that came out. As an organization, we're using those guidelines as a training framework to work with other settlement agencies, and as guidelines for the overall education work that we're doing out in the community. I th

May 15th, 2017Committee meeting

Michael Tutthill

Citizenship and Immigration committee  I would agree with everything that has been said. Certainly, we would welcome an increase in ongoing funding. I think a targeted measure would be appropriate, as would an ability to respond when we see instances of increases in violence like we're seeing right now in Chechnya.

May 15th, 2017Committee meeting

Michael Tutthill

Citizenship and Immigration committee  I'm not sure. I think coming up with that number would require working with my colleagues from across the country. We ourselves are not that well connected, and I think this is an opportunity for us to think about how we can better support one another in doing refugee settlement

May 15th, 2017Committee meeting

Michael Tutthill

Citizenship and Immigration committee  Yes, I would agree with the summary, first of all, and also the other speakers. I think that, yes, there could certainly be cases where someone is going to pretend to be LGBT to seek asylum here in Canada, but I think they will be few and far between. I'm not quite sure why anyon

May 15th, 2017Committee meeting

Michael Tutthill

Citizenship and Immigration committee  The other question that I might ask is, how gay is gay enough? How long are people going to have to remain gay for? We know that sexuality is fluid, so there are people who have been in same-sex relationships, who ultimately end up in opposite-sex relationships, and vice versa. A

May 15th, 2017Committee meeting

Michael Tutthill

Citizenship and Immigration committee  —who may otherwise not be sponsored. While not involved directly in sponsorship as a centre, we know that clients who have been sponsored by community members have a much easier time integrating into the community and require less support from our centre.

May 15th, 2017Committee meeting

Michael Tutthill

Citizenship and Immigration committee  As a centre, we look forward to partnering with IRCC to meet the increasing service needs of permanent residents and convention refugees who access our centre. We are currently providing these services with the financial support of our communities and through—

May 15th, 2017Committee meeting

Michael Tutthill

Citizenship and Immigration committee  —existing service agreements not designated for newcomer work. Further, we hope to—

May 15th, 2017Committee meeting

Michael Tutthill

Citizenship and Immigration committee  Since 2012, Reaching Out Winnipeg, which is our local sponsorship organization, has brought seven LGBTQ refugees into the community. They're all well settled, as far as we know from the updates we've received. One of the sponsorships did receive direct funding through Rainbow Ref

May 15th, 2017Committee meeting

Michael Tutthill

Citizenship and Immigration committee  Starting 44 years ago in 1973, Gays for Equality offered a telephone information line, peer counselling service, and a resource library on the University of Manitoba campus. The group went on to become a leader and an important resource for the gay and lesbian community, providin

May 15th, 2017Committee meeting

Michael Tutthill