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Donations needed for Access Alliance holiday hampers in east Toronto

Joanna Lavoie, East York Mirror
December 20, 2017

Upwards of 100 low-income and newcomer families from Toronto’s east end are set to benefit from a long-running holiday hamper program in East York.

For more than 20 years, Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services’ annual Adopt-a-Family initiative, which is run out of the organization’s Barrington Avenue site at Secord Elementary School near Main Street and Danforth Avenue, has helped local families and individuals have a memorable holiday season by providing them with nutritious food, gifts, warm clothing and other essential household items.

Looking for a better way

Sarah Dobson, HR Reporter
November 27, 2017

With all the talk of disruption in the workforce — whether because of technology, legislative changes, multiple generations or the gig economy — the news is often filled with employers complaining about rising costs and a scarcity of top talent.

But one group of employers — the Better Way to Build the Economy Alliance (BWA) — is taking a different stance.

It’s about making a commitment to decent work because it makes good economic sense, according to Amanda Terfloth, researcher, co-ordinator and producer at the BWA in Toronto.

Access Alliance welcomes Disability Minister’s commitment

Scoop Independent News
November 17, 2017

Access Alliance welcomes Disability Minister’s commitment to improving access to work.

The Access Alliance welcomes Disability Minister Carmel Sepuloni’s commitment to increasing access for New Zealanders with a disability.

The Minister was responding to a discussion paper from the Maxim Institute that more needs to be done to remove the barriers for people with disability gaining meaningful employment*.

Stronger protections needed to fight erratic scheduling, advocates say

Sarah Mojtehedzadeh, Toronto Star
November 15, 2017

Ina Labuschagne describes her working life as akin to a juggling act: three part-time jobs plus an assortment of gigs on the side to make ends meet: loading trucks, gardening, snow shovelling. It’s a common state of being, she says, in her Regent Park community.

Now, she’s worried the solution is just out of reach.

As lawmakers at Queen’s Park prepare to finalize updates to the province’s employment laws, advocates say new scheduling protections contained in Bill 148 — while laudable — do not go far enough.

Where Torontonians Without OHIP Go When They Get Sick

Katherine Laidlaw, The Local
October 31, 2017

Mary sits in a small red chair meant for a child and plays with her phone, rain-spattered sunglasses perched atop her freckled face. It’s been a hard day. She’s been waiting here at Access Alliance’s Non-Insured Walk-In Clinic, for a couple of hours to follow up on an appointment she had with a nurse practitioner a month ago. She’s also waiting for news from her sister who works on Las Ramblas, the street in Barcelona where earlier this August afternoon a van had plowed through pedestrians, killing 13 people.

Salaried doctors and the tax proposal

Matt Galloway, CBC News
September 17, 2017

A small group of doctors in Ontario aren’t affected by the new tax proposals that have many doctors upset. We talk to a doctor who is paid a salary rather than a fee for service.

The Canadian newcomer’s Directory of Free

Emmy Gnat, MoneySense

Change is never simple, especially when it involves relocating your entire life to another country. New languages, different customs and dramatic climate shifts are only a few of the challenges immigrants and refugees face upon arrival to Canada. To help, we have created the MoneySense “Directory of Free” listing job, language and other free assistance programs in major cities across every province and territory.

EDGES OF TORONTO: $15 and Fairness campaigners will keep on fighting

Mike Adler, York Guardian
June 01, 2017

Today, June 1, Queen’s Park shuts for the summer. It’s the last day before fall for the Liberal government to say they’re reforming Ontario’s labour laws, and raising minimum wage to $15.

As of this writing, I don’t know what the government announced or hasn’t. I know people in the $15 and Fairness campaign made every day count.

They’ve already done more than politicians thought they could.

So many of us are stuck in precarious and part-time jobs. For two years, campaigners seemed to be everywhere, on streetcars and street corners, reaching people who fit that description.

New project aims to help qualified immigrant researchers land jobs

Gilbert Ngabo, Metro News
May 11, 2017

A new project looks to bridge the career gap for internationally-educated researchers as they go through the integration process.

Immigrant Insights Scholars Initiative awards fellowships to newcomers who qualify as epidemiologists, statisticians and evaluation experts. With the grants, they pursue career-development programs, mentorships and networking opportunities through academic and research institutions across the country.

The initiative is led by Access Alliance, a Toronto non-profit that provides services and addresses health issues for vulnerable immigrants and refugees. It’s an attempt to tackle the longstanding issue of qualified immigrants who end up in precarious employment as their credentials are not approved in time or just can’t break into their respective domains.

McMaster’s Sherald Sanchez works to empower Syrian refugee women

Nicole O’Reilly, Hamilton Spectator
March 19, 2017

There is no doubt that Syrian refugee women have been through horrible ordeals and are in need of help.

But Sherald Sanchez says she also sees an unbelievable strength and resiliency that should be used to empower them and help them become contributing community members.

Sanchez is graduate student in McMaster University’s global health program, working on a thesis about better ways to integrate refugees, particularly Syrian women, into our community.

Free income tax clinics for west end Toronto residents

York Guardian
Mar 01, 2017

Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services will hold free income tax clinics in March and April at 761 Jane St.

The clinics will be held Saturdays on March 4, 11, 18, and 25, and April 1, 8, and 29 from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m., and Thursdays on March 9, 16, 23, and 30, and April 6, 13, 20, and 27 from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

The clinics are available for west end residents with a family income less than $30,000 for a single person; $40,000 as a couple; $35,000 for a single parent with one child; and $50,000 for a senior couple.

Income slips, proof of rent and landlord’s name, and expense receipts must be brought to the clinics, which are held by appointment only.

For appointments call 416-760-2815 ext. 350.

One year later, Toronto’s Syrian refugees face financial uncertainty


More than 38,000 Syrians have arrived in Canada since Justin Trudeau’s Liberals assumed control of the federal government in November 2015, and most of them came with the understanding that they’d be vouchsafed one year of financial support. Those who had been sponsored by the Canadian federal government would be getting that support from Canadian taxpayers. Meanwhile, privately sponsored refugees would have their transition periods bankrolled by the non-government groups and individuals that helped them come to Canada in the first place.