Film Screening: The End of Immigration?

Here’s an event being co-organized by Migrante Ontario.

Saturday, October 20, 2012
6:30 p.m.
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), Room 5-150
252 Bloor St. West (@ Bedford Rd.) (map)
Free event | Donations welcome.DIRECTOR: Marie Boti and Malcolm Guy || 2012 | 52mins | English/French subtitled | Trailer:

In Canada, when we think of “temporary workers,” the image that comes to mind are the seasonal agricultural workers who have been toiling in our fields for the past 40 years, or the live-in nannies and maids from the Philippines. But these days, temporary foreign workers are found in all sectors: fast food, service stations, city bus drivers in Calgary, janitors in Edmonton, and even riggers on the CBC telecommunication towers in Montreal.

Canada, a country with a reputation as a “land of immigrants,” appears to taking its cue from places like Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia, places that run on temporary foreign workers.

The one-hour TV documentary The End of Immigration? uncovers a trend which is having a major impact on the type of country in which we live, one that relies increasingly on “rent-a-workers” rather than immigrants, a process that could spell the end of immigration as we know it. Today, the number of temporary workers arriving each year in Canada far exceeds the number of immigrants.

By comparing the situation of these temporary workers with that of their own parents who arrived in Canada as unskilled workers in the last century, the filmmakers uncover a hidden world that’s as close as the MacDonald’s on the corner. And they ask the crucial question: is this the kind of society we want to build?

Filmed in collaboration with community groups, unions and advocates across Canada and internationally, The End of Immigration? takes the pulse of a movement challenging the system that turns workers into global commodities.

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Almost twenty years ago Marie Boti and Malcolm Guy started a series of three films about temporary migrant workers to Canada. One, Modern Heroes Modern Slaves, broadcast on CBC Witness, was awarded Best Investigative Documentary by the Canadian Association of Journalists. The films featured a particular program known today as the Live-In Caregiver Program (LCP) that brings in foreign domestic workers to Canada. Since then, this program has been widely challenged and exposed as discriminatory and open to abuse.

When the Canadian government, rather than repealing the program, shifted recently to broadening its demand for temporary foreign workers, Boti and Guy felt compelled to come back to a subject they know well.

Produced by Lucie Pageau and distributed by Diffusion Multi-monde
Screening organized by Migrante Canada and United Food & Commercial Workers


Human Rights in the Philippines: A Continuing Struggle

Panel Discussion: Tuesday, 16 October 2012 from 6 to 8pm (please note that we will start promptly at 6pm)
Location: Room 280N, 2nd Floor, York Lanes, York University (Keele Campus), 4700 Keele Street
Photo Exhibition: Scott Library, York University, Ground Floor Lobby between the circulation desk and the Map Library.  

Refreshments provided, All are welcome.

In September 1972, democratic freedoms were suspended in the Philippines when President Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law. Tens of thousands of Filipinos were arrested and imprisoned. Although martial law was lifted in 1981, the struggle for human rights, democracy and development continues into the present. Even today, over 300 political detainees remain imprisoned and extra-judicial killings have been widespread.

Marking the 40th anniversary of martial law, a panel of former political prisoners and activists will tell their own stories of detention and describe the ongoing struggles against human rights abuses in the Philippines. The panel is intended to connect youth with the histories of struggle undertaken by their parents’ generation, and to raise their awareness of contemporary human rights issues in the Philippines.


Ricky Esguerra
 – former political prisoner; Philippine Solidarity Network; Vice-Chair for Education, Community Alliance for Social Justice, Toronto.

Hermie Garcia
 – former political prisoner; Editor, The Philippine Reporter; President, Community Alliance for Social Justice.

Bern Jagunos
 – Asia Program Coordinator, United Church of Canada.

Perry Sorio
– former political prisoner; Secretary-General, Migrante Canada.


François Tanguay-Renaud
– Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School; Director, Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security, York University.

Alex Felipe
– BAYAN-Canada, Toronto.

Philip Kelly
– Director, York Centre for Asian Research

Sponsored by: 

York Centre for Asian Research, York University
Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security, York University
Community Alliance for Social Justice

For more information, contact


PHOTO EXHIBIT ||| From Martial Law to Today: Human Rights in the Philippines

Martial Law was declared in the Philippines on 21 September 1972. This year marks its 40th anniversary. While it was officially lifted in 1981, its echoes continue to reverberate in the country today. This exhibition features images from the martial law period and modern times, from the point of view of human rights and democracy activists. The goal is to both educate about that period, and to show that government corruption and human rights abuses are still rampant.  The exhibit is curated by, and features the photographs of, Alex Felipe.

***This exhibition can be seen in the Scott Library at York University, Ground Floor Lobby between the circulation desk and the Map Library. The exhibition will run for three weeks beginning 2 October 2012***