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Student debt collection to ramp up, according to government documents

By CBC News, 31 August 2015

Hundreds of thousands of university and college students walking onto campuses this week with help from federal loans could find themselves under more pressure than ever to repay billions of dollars in loans and grants.

Employment and Social Development Canada, which oversees the Canada Student Loans program, has set more aggressive collection targets after feeling pressure from its political masters to stem the rising amount of student debt the government must write off each year, an amount that topped $300 million just two years ago.

Opinion: Why does Canada jail migrants?

By Vancouver Sun, 31 August 2015

A new multimedia project Never Home: Legislating Discrimination in Canadian Immigration chronicles a decade of drastic immigration changes by the federal government and its devastating effects on families in Canada.

Never Home finds the number of immigration avenues that grant permanent residency — such as those that facilitate entry of skilled workers, refugees or family members — has plunged. The federal government eliminated nearly 280,000 applications under the Skilled Worker Program. Between 2006 and 2011, the number of family-class immigrants dropped 20 per cent, while the number of accepted refugees dropped 30 per cent.

Public servant investigated over political 'Harperman' song

By Ottawa Citizen, 27 August 2015

Tony Turner, a scientist in habitat planning at Environment Canada, was recently sent home on leave with pay while the government investigates the making of Harperman, a music video posted on YouTube in early June that has attracted about 48,000 hits.

The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, which represents federal scientists, said the union was representing Turner. It said he was put on leave pending the outcome of the probe into allegations that he violated the ethics code by writing and performing a political protest song.

Canadian government must work with human rights defenders, Indigenous communities, not against them: United Nations Committee report

23 July 2015 (Montreal, QC) – In a scathing report issued this morning, the United Nations Human Rights Committee said the Canadian government must act to protect the rights to freedom of assembly, association and expression and to remove obstacles hindering the work of human rights organizations in the country.

Canadian government must work with human rights defenders, Indigenous communities, not against them: United Nations Committee report

23 July 2015 (Montreal, QC) – In a scathing report issued this morning, the United Nations Human Rights Committee said the Canadian government must act to protect the rights to freedom of assembly, association and expression and to remove obstacles hindering the work of human rights organizations in the country.

"We're pleased to see that the UN Human Rights Committee has recognized the concerns expressed by organizations across Canada that our government must do more to protect the right to dissent, debate and the protection of human rights in our country," said Tim McSorley, Voices-Voix Coalition co-ordinator.

Media Advisory: United Nations Human Rights Committee to release report on Canada tomorrow, July 23, at 7:30am EST

22 JULY 2015--Tomorrow, July 23, 2015, at 7:30am EST, the United Nations Human Rights Committee will hold a press conference and release its report on the committee's latest review of Canada's adherence to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Members of the Voices-Voix coalition who are experts in human rights and can speak to the importance of this report will be available for comment throughout the day.

A failing human rights grade could be the wake-up call we need

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Remember that feeling of nervous dread you used to get right before a teacher handed back a test you knew you’d bombed? It’s an old feeling that’s rushing back as Canada prepares to come under review at the United Nations Human Rights Committee – only this time, the whole world is watching.

On July 23rd, the committee will announce the findings of its examination of Canada’s human rights record. This will be the country’s first review in ten years, which essentially makes it a report card about whether Canada has measured up to its human rights obligations.

Canada faces tough review at UN Human Rights Committee

On July 7 & 8, Canada faced its first review by the United Human Rights Committee in 10 years. The committee of 18 independent experts pressed Canada on everything from missing & murdered Indigenous women to anti-terror laws. Observers followed the review using #CanadaExposed on Twitter.

Canada set to receive failing grade at first UN human rights review in a decade

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July 6, 2015 (GENEVA, Switzerland) – The Canadian government should be preparing itself for a failing grade as it enters its first human rights review at the UN in a decade, says Voices-Voix, a coalition endorsed by over 230 organizations and 5,000 individuals across Canada.

UN Human Rights Committee to review Canada’s rights record

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Next week, the United Nations Human Rights Committee will be reviewing Canada's record on civil and political rights for the first time since 2006. Read on for the details from the United Nations on this important review.

UN Human Rights Committee to review Canada’s rights record

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