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Immigration & Diversity news headlines – April 16, 2014


Diversity and Immigration – Important Parts of Canada’s Past, Present and Future (Gord Nixon, hireimmigrants.ca)
Gordon Nixon, President and CEO of RBC, was a featured speaker in the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21’s “Breakfast with a Fascinating Canadian” series on March 27, 2014. In his speech, Mr. Nixon talks about the importance of immigration to Canada’s identity and economy, and how we must move beyond diversity to inclusion to leverage our individual and collective strengths. He gives practical advice for business leaders, governments, agencies that support immigrants, and immigrants themselves. “Those of us in leadership positions have an obligation and responsibility to get involved. The business case is clear – diversity and inclusion are both the smart thing, and the right thing, to do,” says Nixon, who chairs the diversity council at RBC.

Economic and Social Integration of Immigrant Live-in Caregivers in Canada (IRPP)
Jelena Atanackovic and Ivy Lynn Bourgeault find that major changes to the Live-in Caregiver Program are required in order to improve the economic and social integration of these migrant workers before and after their participation in the program, notably, ending the live-in requirement.

Innovative research project gives immigrant women a voice (Colleen Toms, Brant News)
When you go to work in the morning, how do you feel? Do you feel marginalized or excited? Do you feel scared? Are you happy or are you afraid of being bullied? Those were questions put forth by PhD candidate Bharati Sethi when she presented the findings of her community-based participatory research project to local dignitaries, media, teaching professionals and community organizations on April 4.

Newcomers get fused (Michelle Ruby, www.brantfordexpositor.ca)
Little could spare Tehreem and Anosh Jamal from a big dose of culture shock when they emigrated to Brantford from their native Pakistan in 2012.Lahore, where the teens grew up, has a semi-arid climate and is one of the most densely populated cities in the world with about 10 million residents.

National 4-H conference held in P.E.I. (Saah Seeley, The Guardian)
Prince Edward Island is hosting a national 4-H conference on citizenship this week. Fifty-five members, aged 16 to 21, are spending the week learning more about the birthplace of Confederation. This is the first time the Canadian 4-H citizenship seminar has been held outside of Ottawa.

Last call for submissions for the 2014 Intercultural Innovation Award (Charity Village)
Launched in 2011, the Intercultural Innovation Award is the result of a unique public-private partnership between the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group. Ten organizations from around the world with grassroots projects that promote intercultural understanding in new and sustainable ways will be awarded funding and strategic support by the BMW Group and the UNAOC. A total of $100,500 USD is offered to the awardees, of which $40,000 USD goes to the winning project. The top ten finalists will be invited to present their projects at the 6th UNAOC Global Forum in August 2014 in Bali, Indonesia. To be considered, organizations must apply online by Wednesday, 30 April, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. New York City time


Refugee claim acceptance in Canada appears to be ‘luck of the draw’ despite reforms, analysis shows (Adrian Humphreys, news.nationalpost.com)
Despite sweeping changes to the Immigration & Refugee Board that shifted decisions from political appointees to civil servants, a new analysis of who became a refugee in Canada shows massive discrepancy between decision makers, with one adjudicator rejecting every claim coming before her and others accepting all of them.

Refugee set on life in Canada fights lingering suspicions from 9/11-era arrest (Jim Bronskill, www.montrealgazette.com)
A Syrian refugee says his efforts to build a new life in Canada are being stymied by the federal government’s lingering — but long discredited — suspicions about his past.

A quiet and unnecessary deportation (Joe Fiorito, Toronto Star)
Roland is gay. There are no gay rights where he was born. He came here. We deported him.


Constructing the Bogus Refugee (Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement)
A Dialogue on Discourse and Refugees in Canada


Tip Sheet 3: How to Conduct a Culturally-Sensitive Job Interview (IEC-BC)
Screen-in top talent and conduct culturally sensitive interviews using information from this Tip Sheet.

Low wages, not poor work ethic, behind surge of foreign labour (Carol Goar, Toronto Star)
Small business sector accuses Canadian job seekers of being unreliable and unmotivated to defend their hiring of foreign guest workers, ignoring their own addiction to low-wage foreign employees.

Minister mulls barring foreign worker program for some fast-food jobs (Ian Bailey, Globe and Mail)
Federal Employment Minister Jason Kenney says it may be time to bar the use of the temporary foreign worker program in filling some fast-food job needs because there should be enough Canadians to handle the work.

Legal battle brewing over temporary foreign worker program (bc.ctvnews.ca)
Two unions are taking the latest battle over temporary foreign workers to Federal Court in Vancouver, but they hope two government ministers will step in to speed things up.

Complaints about temporary foreign worker program spread (Tara Carman, Vancouver Sun)
B.C. workers ranging from seasoned professionals to teenage fast-food employees are complaining about being dumped in favour of non-residents as Ottawa scrutinizes employers who abuse the Temporary Foreign Worker program.

Foreign workers filling gaps in N.S. kitchens, says group (www.cbc.ca)
Nova Scotia’s food industry will need to rely on more temporary foreign workers if the system isn’t fixed soon, says the executive director of the province’s restaurant association, responding to criticism that some Canadian McDonald’s restaurants favour foreign workers on their staff.

Critics say Ottawa missing critical opportunity to bolster apprenticeships (www.ctvnews.ca)
Stakeholders are disappointed that the Conservative government has declared its massive new federal-provincial infrastructure project open for business — with nary a mention of apprenticeships.

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Immigration & Diversity news headlines – April 15, 2014


Indo-Canadian immigration continues to grow (news.gc.ca)
Today Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander, along with Member of Parliament for Brampton–Springdale, Parm Gill, affirmed that Canada remains a destination of choice for visitors, students and business travellers from India.

Ontario Liberals to target ethnic voters with demographic database software (Adrian Morrow, The Globe and Mail)
The Ontario Liberals are stepping up their efforts to target voters by ethno-cultural group ahead of a spring election, banking on off-the-shelf software to map the electorate’s demographics down to the address.

Hamilton mom gives Barbies a multicultural makeover (CBC News)
It was about a year ago that Queen Cee Robinson tried to find a doll that looked like her daughter and had a revelation – there weren’t any. Robinson had seen black Barbie dolls before. Most of them wore bikinis, and they all had long, straight hair. And they all looked the same — sidekicks to the white dolls, or as Robinson describes them, “Barbie’s token black friend.”

Is the Diversity Self-ID really mandatory? (Ryerson University)
This month we’re asking all employees to complete the Diversity Self-Identification. At Ryerson, we believe that having faculty and staff who reflect the diversity of our students and our city makes us a better university. It is critical to Ryerson’s success to remove barriers and promote inclusion of equity seeking groups.


2013 Refugee Claim Data and IRB Member Recognition Rates (CCR)
Data obtained from the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) through an Access to Information Request reveals vast disparities in refugee claim recognition rates across decision-makers in 2013.


Ontario’s Equal Pay Day to raise awareness of gender income gap (Laurie Monsebraaten, www.thestar.com)
Ontario declares its first Equal Pay Day to raise awareness of the 31 per cent gender income gap.

Video: Soul of the City 9 – Diversity is Good Business: Highlights (www.streamica.com – Calgary Economic Development)
It’s no secret that Calgary employers are facing a talent shortage. Smart organizations are identifying ways to diversify their workforce in an effort to meet some of these shortages. Our ninth Soul of the City event: Diversity is good business; explores how a more inclusive workforce can ease Calgary’s talent shortage and make us a better city.

Canada needs more immigrant future citizens, fewer guest workers (Globe and Mail)
The evidence is mounting that, whatever the Temporary Foreign Worker Program may be accomplishing, it is not the alleviation of temporary labour shortages, its ostensible purpose. There are no widespread labour shortages in Canada. But since the 21st century began, the number of workers in the program has nearly tripled to around half a million.

Temporary foreign workers being approved too easily, expert warns (CBC News)
Federal government expands investigation into McDonald’s use of temporary foreign workers after CBC report

Video: Foreign worker program fight (CBC News)
Gil McGowan, president of the Alberta Federation of Labour, is pitted against Richard Truscott of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business

Questions build around foreign worker program (Tara Carman, www.vancouversun.com)
Ottawa expanded its investigation into claims McDonald’s discriminated against Canadian employees in favour of temporary foreign workers on the same day two unions filed a court action challenging the program in another case.

Canadians: No appetite for the jobs that temporary foreign workers fill? (www.timescolonist.com)
Amid the uproar of yet another temporary foreign worker scandal, some observers insist that many Canadians in various regions of the country simply won’t work the jobs coveted by those eager to start a new life in Canada.

1-M jobs seen to open in British Columbia by 2020 (Rowena Papasin, ABS-CBN Canada)
One million jobs will open in British Columbia by 2020 once projects lined up by the province’s resource industries start. Shirley Bond, B.C.’s Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, said the economic push will come from growth in liquefied natural gas, mining, forestry and other key sectors within the next 10 years.

Immigration & Diversity news headlines – April 14, 2014


’Unreasonable hurdles’ block some immigrants from getting OAS, critics say (Diana Mehta, Toronto Star)
Government’s demand for decades-old travel documents keeping people like Branko Sucic, 78, from getting Old Age Security pension, his daughter says.

Immigrants face ‘unreasonable’ hurdles with Old Age Security, critics say (CBC)
Branko Sucic has been waiting a long time for his Old Age Security pension. His daughter says the 78-year-old has been faced with a barrage of government demands for decades-old documents ever since first applying for the payments in 2004, but 10 years later she feels he’s no closer to getting what he deserves.

Happy times, hard times: Two sides of the Canadian immigrant coin (Mike Donachie, Metro News)
Priscilla Bunke has come a long way, in more ways than one.Her route to Canada was via Germany, where she spent 11 years. She then worked through a process of requalifying as a lawyer in Alberta, completing that in May 2012.It’s been 18 years since Bunke left her native Nigeria, and she’s now a successful specialist in securities and derivatives regulatory law, as well as the energy and oil industries, with Dentons law firm in Calgary.

CBC Saskatchewan wins RTDNA diversity award (CBC)
CBC’s Merelda Fiddler wins Adrienne Clarkson Diversity award for story on Regina’s Huda School

Chinese leaders urge community to support Toronto’s first high-profile mayoral candidate of a visible minority (Natalie Alcoba, news.nationalpost.com)
The deep-fried aroma of dim sum hung over tables dressed in canary yellow at the Very Fair Chinese Seafood Restaurant on a day that would have been ordinary, except for the appearance of Olivia Chow.

Citizens in Action (Institute for Canadian Citizenship)
Citizens in Action is an interactive exhibition showcasing the stories of new citizen volunteers from across the country – real life examples of how we can be active, engaged citizens. It encourages all Canadians to join in by learning about these inspiring individuals and sharing their own volunteer story. Each new citizen is introduced through video, photographic portrait and a short story in an effort to create a better, broader and different understanding of volunteerism, community engagement and citizenship.

CERIS-OCASI Panel Discussion on Bill 161: Implications for Immigration and Labour in Ontario – April 15 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (CERIS)
Ontario’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration tabled the province’s first-ever immigration legislation on February 19, 2014. Currently being debated in the Legislative Assembly, Bill 161, An Act with respect to immigration to Ontario and a related amendment to the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, recognizes the ongoing nation-building role of immigration in forming Ontario’s social, economic and cultural values, also introducing measures for temporary labour migration such as employer registry. This panel will discuss the implications of Bill 161 for immigration and labour in the province from the perspectives of policy, research, labour, and the community.

Immigrant Employment Week – April 28 – May 2, 2014(Toronto East Quadrant Local Immigration Partnership)
From April 28 – May 2, 2014, we are celebrating Immigrant Employment Week, a week full of activities that will showcase the skills, talents and achievements of newcomers and highlight the resources available that assist employers in leveraging immigrant talent.

Video – 10 Signs You’re a Canadian Immigrant (Canadian Immigrant)
Canadian Immigrant magazine celebrates its 10 year anniversary!

Pier 21 April Newsletter
"Our dream was coming true—to live in a place we had chosen." | Lights, Camera, Action! Immigration Story Shorts | Digest Our Podcast on ‘Food for Thought’ | Join Our Team of Volunteers | Not Your Average Easter Egg


The Refugee Claim Process (Refugee Rights in Ontario – A project of CLEO)
Refugee claim flowhart explains claim process

Refugee Lawyer Laura Best (I Channel)
Lawyer Laura Best explains the legal case being made made against the federal government’s cuts to IFH, the Interim Federal Health plan.

Surrey councillor lobbying for changes to federal refugee program (www.news1130.com)
A Surrey city councillor says the federal government refuses to change it’s refugee program, which charges a fee for those coming here.


Profiting from the precarious (Ranjit Bhaskar, Maytree)
Alma, a live-in caregiver from the Philippines, paid $4,000 as recruitment fees to come to Canada. She also bought her airplane ticket costing more than $1,000 despite the Live-in Caregiver Program mandating that the employer should pay for it.As the money Alma paid to the recruiter was more than three years’ earnings in the Philippines, Alma borrowed it at an exorbitant rate of interest. Given the minimum wage she earns here in Toronto, it would take at least three years to pay back the debt.

Minding the skills gap in British Columbia (www.newswire.ca – IEC-BC)

The Immigrant Employment Council of BC (IEC-BC) launched a new campaign at MindTheGapBC.com to introduce employers and hiring mangers across British Columbia to an online library of employer tools and resources that assist with hiring immigrant talent.

Connector Program (ERIEC)
ERIEC Connector Program is a simple yet highly effective networking program that helps local businesses and organizations connect with talented immigrants who want to build a career in Edmonton.

Looking for the root causes of inequality in all the wrong places (Macleans)
Why the wage-productivity ‘disconnect’ does not explain increased inequality

Government of Canada takes action to create jobs and address skills shortages in the manufacturing sector (news.gc.ca)
The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, today announced a number of government initiatives that support the manufacturing industry in Canada during a roundtable with the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME).The Government of Canada is partnering with the CME to help internationally trained engineers, technicians and technologists obtain jobs in their fields faster by connecting with Canadian employers facing labour shortages in manufacturing. The CME will also work with internationally trained workers to find alternate careers that match their skills set.

Ottawa funds plan to employ skilled immigrants (Terry Davidson, www.torontosun.com)
Ottawa will partner with the country’s manufacturing sector to reach out to skilled newcomers who have been trained elsewhere, Employment Minister Jason Kenney said Saturday.

Ottawa doubles number of Irish workers allowed on two-year visas (Tara Carman , www.vancouversun.com)
The federal government Has quietly doubled the number of Irish workers allowed to enter the country without the usual check to Ensure Canadians Are not being displaced.

Has Canada’s foreign labour program outgrown its usefulness? (Barrie McKenna, www.globeandmail.ca)
From pickers to pipe-fitters and burger-flippers, Canadian businesses have become hopelessly hooked on short-term foreign workers.The controversial federal program that allows employers to hire non-Canadians continues to grow more quickly than the overall Canadian labour market – through good times and bad, and despite persistent unemployment and scant evidence of widespread labour shortages.

McDonald’s foreign worker practices face growing scrutiny (CBC)
The federal investigation into McDonald’s use of temporary foregn workers Has Widened to several other locations, as more local workers speak out about feeling sidelined and shortchanged.

Fast-food worker from Kuwait lives in fear of losing her job (Sandra Mcculloch , www.timescolonist.com)
A Kuwaiti woman is one of the 26 temporary foreign workers in Victoria who have been caught in a controversy over fair hiring practices.

Caution needed with foreign worker program (www.leaderpost.com)
Arecent CBC report on the dangers of abuse of the temporary foreign workers’ program – and Employment Minister Jason Kenney’s reaction to it – are a reminder of the dangers inherent in a program to bring outsiders to do work deemed too trivial for Canadians.

Job fair attracts 10 temporary Francophone immigrants (The Guardian)
Following its participation in the 10th Destination Canada Job Fair, the Coopérative d’intégration francophone de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard (CIF) has announced the arrival of 10 new French-speaking immigrants in the province.

Migrant worker injured in deadly Ontario crash fights for residency (CBC, Laura Lynch)
Peruvian migrant worker broke pelvis, ribs in 2012 crash that killed 11 people

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