Off the Hour / June 16th, 5-6 pm / Activists call for changes in Immigration detention in Ontario after the death of a migrant

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Today on the program, last week a man held in Lindsay, Ontario prison, died in mysterious conditions. Following this tragic event, the End Immigration Detention Network is asking Ontario government to cut ties with the Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA).  We’ll be joined live by Tings Chak to speak about the conditions that migrant detainees often face in Canada’s jails.

Then, every year the City of Montreal launches a program in June and July to help low-income families with housing needs in time for the July 1st Moving Day. The City provides a phone number that families can call and receive assistance, but it is still difficult for vulnerable Montreal households to find housing. CKUT’s Kateryna Gordiychuk discussed this issue with Emilie Joly, a Community Organizer at Front d’Action Populaire en Reamenagement Urbain, or FRAPRU.

Then, Bill C-24, known as the “Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act”, passed last year. We see now the most controversial parts of it being implemented. CKUT’s Anouk Millet spoke with Josh Patterson, executive director of the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association, as well as Lalo, a member of the migrant worker activist group Fuerza Puwersa, to get a critical perspective on this law.

And finally, On June 4th, Ontario has become the first province to completely ban “cure therapies” of homosexuality for minors. These therapies will be available for adults but it will not be possible to get a refund from health care programs anymore. To bring us more, CKUT’s Antoine Cadaux spoke with Francoise Jusset, psychologist  at the Institute for Sexual Minority Health.

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