Op-Ed: Toronto can easily do more for Non-Status children

My colleagues and I published an op-ed recently on non-status childrens’ experiences with Parks and Recreation, as well as other city services.

You can view the piece here

The article features a recent community-based study published by the Rights of Non-Status Women’s Network on challenges accessing city services for non-status families in Toronto, despite Toronto’s Sanctuary City policy. View the report here.

It also features a report from No One Is Illegal Toronto, as well as research from Ryerson University on Access T.O.

It was a delight working with Petra Molnar and Stephanie J. Silverman on the op. ed. and I’m looking forward to future collaborations.


Good news in Immigration: Spousal Sponsorship no longer “conditional”

The Trudeau government has kept its election promise to repeal conditional status for sponsored spouses. This is good news. The two-year condition, which was introduced by the former Conservative government under Harper, was highly problematic particularly for sponsored spouses at risk interpersonal or familial violence.

Congratulations to all of the advocates who worked tirelessly to ensure this condition was removed! We will be celebrating at our upcoming Forum on Sanctuary Cities and the Future of Regularization on May 24th at the University of Toronto.


Details on the changes are available here.

Media coverage highlighting the role of advocates: Advocates hail end to ‘conditional’ spousal visas

To read more about the UofT study highlighted in media coverage, see the Migrant Mothers Project



2016 ~ A Year of Transition & Completion

2016 has been a year of transition and completion.

On November 30th, I defended my doctoral dissertation at the University of Toronto, under the guidance of Anna Korteweg, Patricia Landolt, and Judy Taylor. I was also privileged to receive feedback on my dissertation from examiners Tanya Basok at the University of Windsor, and Hae Yeon Choo at the University of Toronto.

I am now looking forward to the next adventure, as a post-doctoral fellow at Carleton University, where I will have the honour of working with Daiva Stasiulis. Read more about my current research here.

In the new year, I intend to start cataloging my journey on this blog… stay tuned and enjoy!