Questioning Diminished Citizenships in Canada: A Discussion on Bill C-24

CGCER Panel on Bill C-24

Questioning Diminished Citizenships in Canada: A Discussion on Bill C-24

August 5, 2015

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Education North Building 7-152

In June 2015, the Canadian government's controversial Bill C-24 went into effect. Join our discussion with Dr. Yasmeen Abu-Laban (University of Alberta) and Yessy Byl (Alberta Civil Liberties Research Center) on the changing nature of Canadian citizenship.

Yasmeen Abu-Laban

Yasmeen Abu-Laban is Professor of Political Science at the University of Alberta.  Her research interests centre on the Canadian and comparative dimensions of ethnic and gender politics; nationalism, globalization and processes of racialization; immigration policies and politics; surveillance and border control; and citizenship theory. 

She received her Ph.D. from Carleton University in 1996. She has published over forty articles, book chapters and reviews. She is the co-author of Selling Diversity: Immigration, Multiculturalism, Employment Equity and Globalization (2002), co-editor of Politics in North America: Redefining Continental Relations (2008), editor of Gendering the Nation-State: Canadian and Comparative Perspectives (2008), and co-editor of Surveillance and Control in Israel/Palestine: Population, Territory and Power (2011). 

Yessy Byl

Since graduating from the Calgary Faculty of Law School Yessy has worked primarily in the field of labour law in private practice as well as on staff with unions in Alberta.  

Volunteer work with the Edmonton Community Legal Centre led to Yessy’s  involvement with temporary foreign workers and immigration issues in mid-2006 and to becoming the “Temporary Foreign Worker Advocate” with the Alberta Federation of Labour from 2007 to 2010.  She continues to advocate on behalf of foreign workers.

Currently, she is the Northern Alberta Educator in Human Rights Education for the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Center, and also is an instructor for Athabasca University in Labour Studies. Yessy continues to be active on TFW and immigration issues through her volunteer work with community groups.  Through her contract with the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Center, she provides ongoing education programs for TFWs and new immigrants on immigration law and programs. 


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