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Save Our Gaza Families Vigil: No More Excuses, No More Lies, Fix the Program Before Another Dies

April 16 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Three months into the failed Gaza “None is Too Many” program, not a single person has been saved.
Please join us for a peaceful statement to call urgent changes tpo ensure immediate family reunification with loved ones in Gaza.
Please join us anytime between 12 noon and 2 pm on Tuesday, April 16 (marking 99 days of this failed program) for a peaceful vigil at the House of Commons entrance at O’Connor and Wellington in Ottawa (where we have held three
previous vigils).
Please let us know if you can attend so we can plan how many signs and banners to bring.
Organized by Rural Refugee Rights Network and Gazan Canadians League
Immigration Minister Marc Miller has failed, despite months of lobbying and public education, to make critical changes to his failed program. He must immediately:
1. Release all codes so everyone can apply immediately
2. Lift the 1,000-person cap
3. Expand eligibility for anchor relatives to include refugees and refugee claimants and student and work permit holders
4. Implement a 14-day processing period for TRVs as was the standard with the Ukraine program and assign extra staff as needed to ensure compliance with this timeline.
5. Allow those who were temporarily outside of and had planned to return to Gaza as of October 7 to apply
6. Remove the requirement that applicants remain under bombardment and starvation in Gaza, especially those who have escaped to Egypt and are currently rendered ineligible
7. Waive application and biometrics fees.
8. Rectify systemic errors which continue to produce false reports of incomplete applications or which send application news to the wrong person.
9. Remove intrusive and invasive questions from the TRV application (social media accounts, scars, employment back to the age of 16) and instruct IRCC officers on the nature of how the social service sector worked in Gaza, such that procedural fairness letters are not asking ethically questionable things like whether a nurse or doctor ever provided medical services to someone from Hamas.
10. Engage with Global Affairs Canada staff and DND staff to ensure swift and safe passage across the Rafah border.


April 16
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Rural Refugee Rights Network


Ottawa House of Commons
111 Wellington St
Ottawa, Ontario K1A0A6 Canada
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