IMMIGRATION AND DIVERSITY
Cities of Migration November Newsletter
• Auckland’s Future: Super-Diverse City
• Elham Seyed Javad: Sports Hijab Takes Off
• Celle: Anonymous Job Applications Help Overcome Hiring Biases
• All Parisians, All Citizens
• Living Your Language
• Cologne: Youth Employment in the Multikulti City
• Good Ideas in the News
Edmonton police blunder on hijab (Farzana Hassan, www.torontosun.com)
We seek to be “inclusive” of all cultures in Canada — even the ones that shun Canadian values and conspire to undermine its democracy and diversity.The Edmonton police service has announced its decision to design a hijab, the Muslim head covering, as part of a Muslim woman’s police uniform.
Canadians must know history of aboriginal peoples, says judge (The Record.com)
Canadians and newcomers to this country must learn about the tragic history of aboriginal peoples in Canada in order to respect and understand each other.
How Quebec’s charter turned the Tories into ethnic champions (Inder Marwah and Phil Triadafilopoulos, Globe and Mail)
Ealier this month, the Parti Québécois tabled Bill 60, its proposed values charter, in the national assembly following two months of headline-grabbing controversy and public debate, both within and beyond the province. Within hours, federal Minister for Multiculturalism Jason Kenney vowed to challenge the legislation should it prove to violate the right to religious expression as guaranteed under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Quebec’s bald intolerance over covered heads (Globe and Mail)
What is wrong with this picture? Two child-care workers take six of their young charges out for a stroll on a chilly day.The answer, of course, is absolutely nothing. But when the two daycare workers in question are wearing niqabs, and the stroll is taking place on the streets of Verdun in Southwest Montreal, things can get ugly.
Quebec politics is interfering with my love life (Dan Delmar, www.montrealgazette.com)
If you’ll excuse the vanity, I’d like to use this space to talk about my love life. Not because it’s particularly exciting, but because it could perhaps help illustrate the human impact of hysterical Parti Québécois policies and Quebec’s overall decline, which all political factions have contributed to. I suspect many others are in the same boat, particularly other young anglophones.
We can all learn more about race relations (Tracy Samra, www.canada.com)
When Anisa White couldn’t find a group for her young twins that reflected the diversity she was accustomed to, she started her own grassroots initiative – she formed SoulMamas.
Video: Manitoba restaurant closing over racism (Globe and Mail)
Jeff Keele reports on Jamaican-born Alethea Morris saying she’s closing her restaurant in Morris, Man. due to racism
Bring on the Brown Man as the Sex Symbol: A Mom’s Response to the GAP Ad with Waris Ahluwalia (Reva Seth, www.masalamommas.com)
Skin color and kids is a funny thing. I have three boys who are 7, 4 and 15 months and while both my husband and I are fully South Asian, we look quite different. To be blunt, he looks more “Indian” since he has much darker skin than I do – something that my kids occasionally ask about, in the very straightforward why do girls pee sitting down, why is your skin different than Daddy type of way.
Refugee Update (FCJ Refugee Centre and the Canadian Council for Refugees)
-Begging the questions – a review of statistics from the IRB – Refugee Protection Division and Refugee Appeal Division
-Welcoming the Stranger: Affirmations for Faith Leaders
-Asylum, Refugee Status & Snowden
-The Syrian crisis -Participation at the UNHCR-NGOs Consultation Meeting
-Mark Persaud, once Refugee, now Queen’s Medal Winning Lawyer and Activist
Refugee Claimants arriving in Nova Scotia feels to jail (CBC.ca)
The executive director of the Halifax Refugee Clinic says it’s time Nova Scotia stopped sending refugee Claimants to the large largest provincial jail while Their paperwork is processed Being.
EMPLOYMENT AND WORKERS
TRIEC is moving! (www.triec.ca)
Starting December 2, 2013, TRIEC is located at its new offices at 603 – 250 Dundas St. West, Toronto, ON M5T 2Z5.
Our phone numbers will remain the same, and we’ll be back to work on December 2 afternoon. Check the Contact Us page to get in touch with our staff members.
Jobs, Skills and Opportunities: Strengthening Canada’s Human Capital Advantage (John Manley, President and CEO, Canadian Council of Chief Executives speaking at the Canadian Club Toronto)
Canada has long been home to one of the world’s most educated and highly qualified workforces. However, recent indicators suggest that our human capital advantage is slipping. What must educators, businesses and governments do to address growing skills gaps? How can we transform our labour market challenges into opportunities for current and future Canadian workers?
Fixing the Canada Job Grant program (Matthew Mendelsohn and Noah Zon, Toronto Star)
Turning the federal government’s job grant program into a tax credit may be the most effective way of ending a stalemate between Ottawa and the provinces.
The living wage: An idea whose time has come (Lynne Fernandez, rabble.ca)
Minimum-wage workers are not just teenagers working at fast-food restaurants after school. According to the Manitoba Federation of Labour, 55 per cent of minimum wage earners in Manitoba are adults twenty years and older; 51 per cent of minimum-wage earners work for companies with 100 workers or more and 42 per cent work for companies with 500 or more employees. With approximately 38,600 Manitobans earning minimum wage ($10.45/hour) and fully 73,700 Manitobans making only 10 per cent more, we need to ask if the minimum wage provides sufficient income to raise a family.
KGH lands immigrant employment award (Ian MacAlpine, Kingston Whig-Standard)
Kingston General Hospital, for its support of immigrant employment, has won the third annual Kingston Immigration Partnership Employer Award. The award was presented at the annual Diversity Works conference at the Residence Inn by Marriott on Thursday. The symposium, also titled Connecting Global Talent With Local Opportunity, was organized along with the KEYS Job Centre.
Record number of Filipino caregivers in Canada to become permanent residents next year (Interaksyon.com)
A record number of Filipino caregivers in Canada are expected to become permanent residents by 2014 after Ottawa reduced application backlogs and processing times for skilled workers, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said on Friday.
POVERTY / HEALTH / HOMELESSNESS / SOCIAL INCLUSION / POLICY
Poverty and Prosperity in Nunavut (Ken Battle and Sherri Torjman,Caledon Institute of Social Policy)
The Caledon Institute of Social Policy was engaged by the Nunavut Anti-Poverty Secretariat, which provides oversight and leadership to support the Nunavut Roundtable for Poverty Reduction in the implementation of Nunavut’s poverty reduction strategy. We were asked to comment on Nunavut’s social safety net and to consider a ‘made-in-Nunavut’ social policy inspired by Nunavut’s unique history and values, and geared to its social, demographic, economic and political characteristics. The paper is intended to launch an exchange of ideas on a new social vision for Nunavut.
Social Capital with Milton Friesen (Tamarack – Seeking Community)
Milton Friesen is a member of the think tank Cardus and is considered one of Canada’s leading thinkers in the area of social capital and its impact on neighborhood development.For our recently-formed, Neighbours Community of Practice, Milton lead a discussion on social capital
City losing fight against homelessness (Chris Cobb,Ottawa Citizen)
This city is making little headway in finding stable, affordable housing for its homeless, who in turn are becoming increasingly reliant a limited number of available shelter beds, a community forum on homelessness was told Tuesday.
Social Planning Toronto: Special edition: City Budget 2014 Newsletter
-Toward a Poverty Elimination Strategy for the City of Toronto
-City of Toronto 2014 Budget released
-Join SPT Budget Forums happening today!
-Give a Budget Deputation
-Budget meetings in your ward?
-New survey just released in lead-up to 10th anniversary Trudeau Foundation policy conference
-Do Canadians believe in climate change?
-Black Experience Project gearing up to launch Phase 2 research
-Focus Canada finds a new partner with the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship
-New partnerships for upcoming research on Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples -Understanding youth mental health in Ontario-Update on Muslims in Canada Survey
-Environics Institute joins with Toronto Community Foundation on new research on social capital in Toronto
NOT TO BE MISSED!
Target the poor, not the rich, for real solutions to income inequality (Alan Broadbent, The Globe and Mail)
The problem with poor people is they don’t have enough money, someone once said. With the recent attention on income inequality in The Globe and Mail and The Economist, it is important to shift the conversation from problems to solutions.
Diverse Leadership can help charities make a difference (Ratna Omidvar, Your Guide to Charitable Giving and Estate Planning in the Globe and Mail)
Five practical steps that can help organizations move towards greater diversity and inclusion in our communities and in our leadership
Ratna’s piece – http://origin.misc.pagesuite.com/pdfdownload/fd4aa0ba-1da3-4aa2-a390-bc856a98776a.pdf
Full guide – http://origin.misc.pagesuite.com/pdfdownload/725568d2-23ba-4120-9d39-9449b69dd6ee.pdf
The Maytree Newsletter – November 2013
• Caring for Canada’s caregivers
• Living your language
• A snapshot of leadership diversity in the health care sector
• Report from Rabat: Building better cities
• Strengthening the Canada Pension Plan: Take it to the public
• Connect Legal’s Founder, Marion Annau, receives Ontario’s Award for Leadership in Immigrant Employment
• One award – many winners: Nominations open for TRIEC’s 8th annual Immigrant Success Awards
• Five Good Ideas about Not-for-Profit Corporate Law Reform
• Caring for one another in the digital age
• News You Can Use
POVERTY / HEALTH / HOMELESSNESS / SOCIAL INCLUSION / POLICY
Canada fails in its promise to end child poverty (Toronto Star)
Campaign 2000 reports that, almost 25 years after MPs voted to end child poverty, there are even more poor kids in Canada.
Treating Poverty Like An Illness (By Vanessa Abban, www.wellesleyinstitute.com)
Our health is much more than visits to the doctor and filling prescriptions. Multiple socio-economic factors affect our health even before we step foot into a doctor’s office. In the podcast, Drs. Gary Bloch and Julia Morinis, identify poverty as the biggest determinant of health.
BC remains the province with the worst child poverty record (povnet)
BC remains the province with the worst child poverty record, the highest rate of poverty in two parent families and the highest rate in female lead lone-parent families.
What do we want? Housing! Why do we want it? Read on…(Emily Paradis, Research Matters)
Today is National Housing Day, marking the beginning of a week of action for housing. In communities across Canada, people will take to the streets to demand that the federal government renew subsidies for social housing, increase funding for new affordable housing and homelessness services, and create a national housing strategy grounded in human rights principles.
Reversing the growing inequality among provinces (Bruce Campbell, Rabble.ca)
The decade long petro-boom has caused major distortions in the Canadian economy, and has driven growing interpersonal and interprovincial inequality.
TD Financial Literacy Grant Fund awards $1.1 million in grants to 15 organizations (online.wsj.com)
Today Social and Enterprise Development Innovations (SEDI) announced that the TD Financial Literacy Grant Fund has awarded $1.1 million in grants to 15 community organizations in support of financial literacy projects. The Fund supports
organizations that deliver financial literacy programming to people living in low income and economically disadvantaged circumstances across the country.
Tamarack Newsletter – Upcoming Learning Opportunities
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IMMIGRATION AND DIVERSITY
Hijab for police shouldn’t be an issue
The issue of religious headwear is in the news again. In an effort to recruit women from Edmonton’s Islamic communities, the police service there recently announced Muslim policewomen will be allowed to wear a hijab on duty.
Court backs firing of Muslim woman for wearing head scarf at private nursery in France (Elaine Ganley The Associated Press,Toronto Star)
The Paris Appeals Court ruled that a private nursery school was justified in firing an assistant director who refused to remove her Islamic head scarf while on the job.
How Diversity Can Drive Innovation (by Sylvia Ann Hewlett, Melinda Marshall, and Laura Sherbin – Harvard Business Review)
Most managers accept that employers benefit from a diverse workforce, but the notion can be hard to prove or quantify, especially when it comes to measuring how diversity affects a firm’s ability to innovate.
B.C. Chinese Head Tax Apology: Government To Try Again (Huffington Post British Columbia)
British Columbia’s government is once again trying to correct some historical wrongs committed against the province’s Chinese community.
Forum confronts need for inclusion in Canadian art (Jason Spencer, Brampton Guardian)
On an international level, the landscape paintings of the Group of Seven is considered to be quintessential Canadian art. Yet, Canada is one of the most diverse countries on the planet. So how can the artwork of so few be a honest reflection of the entire population?
Refugee claimants arriving in Nova Scotia sent to jail (CBC.ca)
The executive director of the Halifax Refugee Clinic says it’s time Nova Scotia stopped sending refugee claimants to the largest provincial prison while their paperwork is being processed.
Ottawa uses refugee programs for political goals, critics say (Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star)
Critics worry the federal government was intent on accepting refugees from countries it wants to improve relations with and with less medical.
EMPLOYMENT AND WORKERS
BC Construction Association launches The Hire Guide to help employers tap into skills and experience of New Canadians (IEC-BC)
The Hire Guide was made possible by the IEC-BC through the Employer Innovation Fund, and funded by the Government of Canada and the Province of BC. The guide describes the emerging labour market, underscores why new Canadians should be a key part of any HR strategy, and shows employers how to tap into the skills and experience immigrants bring to BC.
http://www.hireguide.ca/ | http://www.iecbc.ca/sites/default/files/MEDIA%20RELEASE%20-%20November%2027%202013%20-%20The%20Hire%20Guide.pdf
2014 RISE Awards: Nominations Opened!(ERIEC, Wave Blog)
The Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers’ RISE Awards, presented in partnership with the Edmonton Regional Immigrant Employment Council, have been operating as one of Edmonton’s signature events for many years.
Jane Doe to get the job in Germany (Deutsche Welle)
A picture as well as personal details like age, gender and marital status are common on German job applications. But an anti-discrimination office wants to change the practice and says anonymous applications are fairer.
Workers rally for increase to minimum wage in Ontario (John Bonnar Rabble.ca)
On Wednesday, afternoon labour unions, vulnerable worker groups and community partners marched from the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel to Dundas Square for a rally demanding an immediate increase to the Ontario minimum wage.
Listen to speakers from the rally.
Ontario employers call for clarity on unpaid internships ( Marco Chown Oved , Toronto Star)
The Ontario Workforce Shortage Coalition says misunderstood rules are bad for both interns and employers.
The Tory Jobs Program Isn’t Enough (Cliff Halliwell, Huffington Post)
Earlier this month, Canada’s provincial and federal ministers responsible for labour market policy met for the first time in several years. That it has been this long is symptomatic of the many challenges facing labour market policy in Canada. Policy directions are too often ad hoc, made up as discrete problems arise and with inadequate coordination.
Finding the Right People Remains the Number One Priority for Canadian Businesses (Canadian Chamber of Commerce)
One year after the Prime Minister of Canada said skills shortages are the biggest challenge facing the country, the business community continues to identify the skills gap as the most pressing issue.
Alberta skilled jobs go unfilled (Mario Toneguzzi, Calgary Herald)
Alberta’s rate of unfilled private sector jobs during the third quarter exceeded the national average, says the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.
The temporary workforce (ffwd weekly)
The Alberta Federation of Labour says temporary foreign workers (TFW) filled a quarter of new jobs in Alberta in the first six months of 2013, and nearly 65 per cent of jobs created in the province in 2012, based on statistics from Citizenship and Immigration Canada and Statistics Canada.
Skilled Immigration and the Employment Structures of US Firms (Sari Pekkala Kerr, William R. Kerr, and William F. Lincoln, Harvard Business School)
The immigration of skilled workers is of deep importance to the United States, particularly in occupations closely linked to innovation and technology commercialization. Appropriate policies and admissions levels for skilled workers remain bitterly debated in the popular press. The authors analyze how the hiring of skilled immigrants affects the employment structures of US firms.