News Headlines – October 25, 2010

IMMIGRATION/SETTLEMENT/DIVERSITY

 

Ottawa withdraws from clash of interests over hate speech law (National Post)
The federal government has withdrawn from a case involving the constitutionality of Section 13 of Canada’s Human Rights Act. At the Tribunal level, the federal government had intervened in support of Section 13. The Canadian and British Columbia Civil Liberties Associations have both been accepted as intervenors in ts case, making similar arguments, that Section 13 is unconstitutional, impossible to fairly apply in the age of the Internet.
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/canada/Ottawa+withdraws+from+clash+interests+over+hate+speech/3715859/story.html

 

Banks target newcomers for growth, Islamic finance lags (Canoe.ca)
A combination of a rapidly ageing population and low birth rates will mean that Canada will rely almost entirely on immigrants for population growth in years to come. The Conference Board of Canada estimates immigration will peak at 350,000 a year by 2030, accounting for more than 80% of population growth. “This segment is a big market for us,” said Adrian Cheung, director of multicultural markets at BMO Bank of Montreal. “Newcomers will account for nearly all of our growth and every newcomer needs a bank account.” To tap into this growth, nearly all of Canada’s major financial institutions have multi-cultural banking teams offering products and services tailored to new immigrants.
http://money.canoe.ca/money/business/canada/archives/2010/10/20101022-133737.html

 

Interactive Documentary – Highrise/Out My Window (NFB)
Enter the lives of 13 families viewing the world from the balconies of their highrise buildings.
http://interactive.nfb.ca/#/outmywindow

 

ACNA Canada Announces Canada Wide 24 Hour Toll Free C.A.R.E. L.I.N.E. for Caregivers and Employers (Auto-Mobi.info)
The Association of Caregiver and Nanny Agencies Canada (ACNA) has launched a Canada wide toll free CAREline to assist caregivers and employers who utilize Canada’s Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP), through which Canadian families recruit live-in nannies and caregivers from overseas. Canada Immigration and Citizenship (CIC) has also recently implemented a telephone line for live-in caregivers, available from 8am – 4pm Monday through Friday. The CAREline will be available for emergencies after hours until the Government’s federal dedicated live-in caregiver line, announced in December 2009 as a 24 hour a day available line, becomes operational. The CIC’s telephone line is geared toward informing caregivers of the general requirements of the Live-in Caregiver Program and reporting abuse, intimidation or threats in their employment.
http://www.auto-mobi.info/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=73646&Itemid=56

 

Siddiqui: Ranting from the right deafens Canadians to success of pluralism (Toronto Star)
Freedom of religion entails such reasonable accommodations. The council pointed to the recent Ontario Court of Appeal ruling that a niqabi woman could not be forced to unveil on the witness stand, unless there were good reasons for the court to order her to do so. Canada has pioneered such democratic give-and-take to balance competing rights. Ours is a Christian majority but not a Christian country, in which all citizens and cultures are equal, so long as they do not break the law. Everyone is entitled to citizenship after three years of lawful residence, which is why 85 per cent of immigrants become citizens. Yet there is a steady right-wing rant against multiculturalism, not at the same level as in Europe but it is there. Phil Ryan, professor of public policy at Carleton University, calls it “Multicultiphobia,” in his book of the same title (U of T Press).
http://www.thestar.com/article/880077–siddiqui-ranting-from-the-right-deafens-canadians-to-success-of-pluralism

 

Corporate boards don’t reflect population diversity (Montreal Gazette)
Look around the average Canadian boardroom and you’ll get a distinctly different impression of the face of Canada than you would on a city bus. Many have already decried the homogeneity of corporate leadership in Canada, concerns confirmed by a new survey showing a stark difference between the makeup of corporate boards and the population a s a whole. And that discrepancy is to the detriment of Canadian competitiveness, said Wendy Cukier, associate dean of the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University.
http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/Corporate+boards+reflect+population+diversity/3709125/story.html

 

An egalitarian society (Calgary Herald)
At a time when official multiculturalism policy is coming under increasing attack in Europe, our own city, often the object of derision on the part of metropolises farther to the east, has burnished its bona fides by electing Canada’s first Muslim mayor. This past week, Calgarians handed the city’s top job to Mount Royal professor Naheed Nenshi, the son of immigrants from Tanzania. The campaign in our allegedly red-necked and boorish bastion of social conservatism was distinguished by the fact that the winner’s faith and ethnic background were non-issues during the election. No one, not even Nenshi’s rivals, crassly tried to make political hay out of them.
http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/egalitarian+society/3715132/story.html

 

New officer a symbol of diversity (Winnipeg Free Press)
It’s a police uniform that’s the first of its kind in the city. Only three years ago, 35-year-old Gurvinder Singh Chakal moved to Canada from Punjab, India. Now, he’s a member of the Winnipeg Police Service and will be wearing a turban as part of his standard uniform. Chakal was one of 26 new WPS graduates honoured at a special ceremony Friday. “It’s (a) really big step, I am so proud of myself,” said Chakal, who was a teacher in India.
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/new-officer-a-symbol-of-diversity-105589313.html

 

Well-intentioned Canada can do more to combat bad-faith marriages of convenience (Vancouver Sun)
Not many jobs are more powerful than those of Canadian immigration officers. Other than being a judge, few careers give someone near-absolute authority over someone else’s future. Nor are many jobs more agonizingly difficult — particularly when an immigration officer must make decisions about people desperate to come to Canada as marriage partners. The life-and-death choices Canadian immigration officers must make are complicated by what Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, many humiliated Canadian sponsors and immigration lawyers are calling a rising tide of fraudulent “marriages of convenience.” Most of the 50,000 Canadians who apply each year to sponsor a foreign wife or husband are no doubt legitimate and committed. But at least 10,000 of their cases are turned down each year, often after immigration officers judge them to be cons.
http://www.vancouversun.com/opinion/Well+intentioned+Canada+more+combat+faith+marriages+convenience/3716691/story.html

 

Immigrants Made Canada (MyTownCrier.ca)
So Canada has changed, and certainly much for the better. There are Members of Parliament in turbans, the Chief of Defence Staff is of Ukrainian ethnicity and the previous Governor-General Michaelle Jean is a Haitian woman immigrant who succeeded a Chinese female immigrant, Adrienne Clarkson. Jews hold three of the nine seats on the Supreme Court; a Jamaican-Chinese-Canadian multimillionaire made a huge donation to add a giant extension to the Royal Ontario Museum and a group of Italian-Canadian millionaires matched that with equally grand gifts to the redeveloped Art Gallery of Ontario; the public service is almost as mixed as the nation; and Toronto’s public schools, for example, declare themselves the most multicultural in the world. It may even be true. Mixed-race marriages are increasingly common in the larger cities, and adoptions abroad, especially in China and Africa, have created multiracial families all across the country.
http://mytowncrier.ca/immigrants-made-canada.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

 

Citizenship delayed as applications rise (CBC)
Immigrants are having to wait 15 to 19 months to have Canadian citizenship applications approved as the office that handles the applications struggles with increased demand. The Citizenship and Immigration Canada office in Sydney, N.S., handles citizenship applications for the entire country. “Really it’s just a question of enough resources to process all the applications we receive,” CIC operations manager Paul Snow told CBC News last week. “Citizenship and Immigration as a department has a fixed amount of resources and we’re facing increasing applications in all of our program areas.”
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/nova-scotia/story/2010/10/25/pei-citizenship-delays-584.html

 

Canada finds ripe picking in Ireland (Winnipeg Free Press)
Canada may become home to thousands of Irish immigrants looking to escape their economically shattered homeland in 2011. The Irish are increasingly frustrated with their government after the economic downfall that has brought the country to its knees and unemployment to a staggering 16 per cent. With a new budget set to cut spending and raise taxes, residents are lining up in droves to seek out emigration possibilities. More than 5,000 people, the majority of them younger than 30, attended a recent “Working Abroad” expo at Dublin’s RDS venue, queueing for hours for access to 21 exhibitors from Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Among the most popular were the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador and New Brunswick, who laid out mouth-watering statistics and promising career opportunities in fields such as energy development, aerospace and defence, as well as construction.
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/canada-finds-ripe-picking-in-ireland-105659558.html

 

United Way, Province, and Partners Bring Community Hub to Priority Neighbourhood (Marketwatch)
AccessPoint on Danforth officially opened its doors in Crescent Town, bringing to the community a variety of programs and services under one roof.
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/united-way-province-and-partners-bring-community-hub-to-priority-neighbourhood-2010-10-19-163170?reflink=MW_news_stmp

 

 

REFUGEES

 

Ottawa could learn a lesson from a tragic story (Metro Canada – Toronto)
Historians estimate that about 250 of the 937 St. Louis refugees later perished in the Holocaust.
Had it not been for Schroeder’s actions, all 937 could have ended up in Nazi concentration camps. To me, the son-in-law of two Holocaust survivors, Schroeder is a hero. Regrettably, I don’t think Immigration Minister Jason Kenney sees this historical figure in quite the same light. Last week, in response to the August arrival of the Sun Sea and its 492 Tamil refugees off the shores of British Columbia, Kenney announced the tabling of a bill he is marketing as an “anti-smuggling” bill. In reality, the bill dubbed the “Preventing Human Smugglers from Abusing Canada’s Immigration System Act” is more about punishing refugees simply for seeking our protection in a very public way.
http://www.metronews.ca/toronto/canada/article/671840–ottawa-could-learn-a-lesson-from-a-tragic-story

 

C49 Antismuggling or antirefugee (Canadian Council for Refugees)
On 21 October 2010, the government introduced Bill C-49 – Preventing Human Smugglers from Abusing Canada’s Immigration System Act. Despite the title, most of the provisions in the bill punish refugees, not smugglers.  The people who will suffer if this bill is passed are people fleeing persecution, including children. The CCR is gravely concerned that many of the measures in Bill C-49 fail to honour our obligations towards refugees. Passing the bill will result in refugees being treated unfairly in Canada. Join the CCR in calling on Members of Parliament to defeat this bill. The government should address the problem of smuggling in ways that do not punish refugees (article includes additional useful links/resources and current, ongoing media coverage of Bill C-49).
http://ccrweb.ca/en/c49

 

Human smuggling bill violates three treaties, Amnesty International charges (Globe and Mail)
Amnesty International says new proposals from the federal government to reduce human smuggling fly in the face of the Constitution and at least three international treaties Canada has signed. The human rights advocacy group says the human smuggling bill violates the 1951 Refugee Convention, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. It also shows no respect for equality provisions in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, said Amnesty’s Gloria Nafziger.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/human-smuggling-bill-violates-three-treaties-amnesty-international-charges/article1769774/

 

Smuggling bill would survive Charter challenge: Kenney (CTV)
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney says proposed legislation designed to crack down on human smugglers and illegal immigrants “meets our international and domestic legal obligations” and would survive a challenge under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The proposed bill, introduced last week, contains a variety of reforms aimed at stopping ships full of migrants from arriving in Canadian waters, such as the two vessels filled with asylum-seekers that recently arrived off the coast of B.C.
http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/Politics/20101024/immigration-reform-101024/

 

Minister Toews and M.P. Joy Smith Meet With Community to Discuss Preventing Human Smugglers From Abusing Canada’s Immigration System Act (Benzinga)
In addition, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has appointed a Special Advisor on Human Smuggling and Illegal Migration, Mr. Ward P.D. Elcock, as part of the Government’s efforts to strengthen Canada’s ability to detect human smuggling operations overseas and prevent them from reaching Canada. The Special Advisor will advance Canada’s engagement with governments in source and transit countries, partner states and in regional and/or international fora which address human smuggling.
http://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/10/10/m546381/minister-toews-and-m-p-joy-smith-meet-with-community-to-discuss-preventi

 

The Customs and Immigration Union Welcomes the Introduction of Bill C-49 (PR-USA.net)
The union representing Canada’s Front-Line, Immigration Inland Enforcement, and Immigration Hearings Officers today announced its support upon the introduction of Bill C-49 ‘Preventing Human Smugglers from Abusing Canada’s Immigration System Act’ to combat people smuggling. “The Government has taken decisive action towards confronting a widely recognized defect in our border security, immigration and refugee systems. The introduction of Bill C-49, which amends the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and other Acts, is carefully focused to deal with those who would smuggle persons into Canada and those who seek to fraudulently exploit Canadian compassion and generosity to persons in genuine need of refugee asylum. We are pleased with the targeted approach taken and the focus on creating systemic disincentives for persons that deliberately avoid the existing advance screening processes hoping instead to overwhelm our processing systems by concealing their identities.” said CIU National President, Ron Moran.
http://pr-usa.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=520000&Itemid=30

 

Canada extends Iraqi refugee program to 2013 (CTV)
Canada is extending its Iraqi refugee program for another two years, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced Saturday, which will allow an additional 8,600 refugees to resettle in the country between 2011 and 2013. Last year, the minister pledged to accept more than double the number of refugees who applied through Iraqis’ most popular route to Canada — the Canadian mission in Damascus. The government estimated that, between 2009 and 2011, approximately 2,500 refugees would be resettled through its private sponsorship program annually. Earlier this year, Canada also increased the number of refugees it plans to resettle through the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, from 1,400 to 1,800 per year.
http://ottawa.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20101023/iraqi-refugee-program-101023/20101023/?hub=OttawaHome

 

For Tibetan refugees, Canada was literally the new world (Toronto Star)
Under the Tibetan Refugee Program, 228 refugees began arriving in March, 1971 — the start of a Canadian Tibetan community that today numbers about 5,000, most of them in Ontario. On the webpage titled “Forging Our Legacy,” Citizenship and Immigration Canada describes George as the driving force behind the initiative. The agreement was historic: The Tibetans were the first non-European refugees to Canada, blazing a trail later following by many others around the world. Canadian immigration officials focused on selecting single workers or young married couples with small families. The Dalai Lama made sure they represented Tibetan Buddhism’s four main religious schools: Gelugpa, Kagyugpa, Nyingama and Sakyapa. In Canada, they were scattered in 11 small municipalities in Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba and Alberta. A cabinet decision made the acceptance of further Tibetan refugees conditional on how well this group settled.
http://www.thestar.com/news/world/dalailama/article/880294–for-tibetan-refugees-canada-was-literally-the-new-world

 

In Canada, Tibetan refugees can preserve a culture threatened back home (Toronto Star)
Tibetan refugees have a responsibility to preserve a culture whose survival is threatened in their homeland, the Dalai Lama says. “In our own land, there is real danger (for Tibetan culture) if the present situation remains for a long period,” he said, referring to Chinese control of Tibet since 1950. “Without freedom, it is difficult to have meaningful preservation of Tibetan culture.” “So the refugee communities in free countries have a special responsibility to preserve (the Tibetan language and Buddhist religion),” he said.
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/880309–in-canada-tibetan-refugees-can-preserve-a-culture-threatened-back-home

 

UN asks countries to put out their welcome mats for refugees (Toronto Star)
The UN estimates a further 50 million are displaced by natural disasters in any given year. Studies suggest global warming could force many millions more to move by 2050, fleeing drought or rising seas. Repatriation to the country of origin has steadily declined for years. Meanwhile, the number who manage to find a permanent home in countries like Canada falls far short of those identified as most urgently needing a new home. (Canada accepts about 37.5 refugees per 100,000 people, a rate better than the U.S. but far less per capita than Australia.) The result: People are staying longer in camps, often barred from working or even moving outside of them… UNHCR continues to see voluntary repatriation as the most durable solution. But its own numbers suggest a different story. The agency estimates that 800,000 of the most vulnerable refugees need to be resettled to a third country. Yet only 10 per cent found new homes last year — sparking a UN appeal for countries to expand their resettlement programs. (Canada last year admitted 12,500 refugees.)
http://www.thestar.com/news/world/dalailama/article/880003–un-asks-countries-to-put-out-their-welcome-mats-for-refugees

 

Many of the migrants are legitimate refugees (Victoria Times Colonist)
Prime Minister Stephen Harper tells us his government will change the law to “to deter illegal immigration, in response to the arrival of Tamil refugees” in B.C. He claims current legislation does not go far enough to deter human smuggling. His government will amend the Immigration Act “to ensure we deter this kind of behaviour … which for the vast majority of Canadians is completely unacceptable.” However, 30 of those recent ethnic Tamil Sri Lankans have already been released because it appears they might have legitimate refugee claims and do not represent a threat of any kind. Further, most of the 76 Tamils who arrived last fall on a previous ship are reported “now living in Toronto,” presumably because they also turned out to be legal refugee claimants. http://www.timescolonist.com/life/Many+migrants+legitimate+refugees/3718863/story.html

 

Refugees still going home for holidays (Toronto Sun)
Tamils who have claimed refugee status in Canada continue to present their refugee papers in order to get travel documents that will let them head back to their native Sri Lanka. QMI Agency reported in August that an internal government sampling of Sri Lankan nationals found that 70% of those that had successfully claimed refugee status in Canada had travelled back to the country they claimed was persecuting them. That travel is made possible when the refugee claimants ask Sri Lanka for a new passport or other travel documents.
http://www.torontosun.com/news/canada/2010/10/24/15811426.html

 

Minister Moore meets with community to discuss Preventing Human Smugglers from Abusing Canada’s Immigration System Act (CIC)
…the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, met with members of the community to discuss Preventing Human Smugglers from Abusing Canada’s Immigration System Act, the Harper Government’s commitment to crack down on human smugglers who seek to abuse Canada’s immigration system. “For British Columbians, the reality of human smugglers abusing our generous immigration system literally hits very close to home,” said Minister Moore. “That’s why this fair, reasonable but tough legislation will be good for British Columbia. It sends a strong message to human smugglers and those who are thinking about abusing Canada’s generous immigration system — don’t do it.”
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/releases/2010/2010-10-22a.asp

 

Balance new laws with better system, says refugee services head (The Tyee)
The Canadian government has every right to apply new laws around human smuggling, but legitimate channels of immigration for refugees must also be advanced, Mario Ayala, director of refugee services with the Inland Refugee Society of B.C.(IRSBC), told the Tyee. “We are against the smuggling…but also, the problem is there is no other way that people can come up to here with[out] visa requirements from the Canadian government,” said Ayala in a phone interview. The federal government unveiled new legislation yesterday that proposes severe penalties for those found smuggling refugees into Canada and for refugees who subvert the legal paths to settling in Canada.
http://thetyee.ca/Blogs/TheHook/Federal-Politics/2010/10/22/RefugeeLaws/

 

Canada needs a smarter border plan (Edmonton Sun)
For Prime Minister Stephen Harper, sweeping changes aimed at cracking down on bogus refugee claims amounts to a do over. Still embarrassed by the incident earlier this year where a boatload of 500 Tamil refugees docked near Victoria — Ottawa seemingly handcuffed with no options but to roll out the red carpet — the government has been working to close legislative loopholes. Finally. Critics fear the changes will make it increasingly difficult for bona fide refugees to come to Canada. Not so, say government officials.
http://www.edmontonsun.com/comment/editorial/2010/10/22/15799406.html

 

 

EMPLOYMENT & WORKERS

 

Canadian Tourism HR Council Recruiting & Hiring Newcomers Portal for Employers
In this section you’ll find links and information on
* how tourism businesses have successfully applied their diversity practices to attract and retain internationally trained staff;
* what you need to know to hire someone who is not a landed immigrant or a Canadian citizen;
* how to assess and evaluate the education, skills and experience of foreign-trained workers;
* how to hire under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. This government program and others are specifically designed to make it easier and faster for employers to hire foreign workers.
* how to recruit recent and potential newcomers to Canada (and why it’s worth the effort).
http://discovertourism.ca/employers/newcomers_to_canada.aspx

 

Good Employer Practices Compendium – successful #diversity case studies in the tourism sector – PDF (Canadian Tourism Human Resources Council)
Designed as a peer-mentoring tool, the compendium presents 12 case studies that describe how tourism businesses across Canada have applied their diversity practices to successfully recruit, integrate, and retain internationally trained staff.
http://discovertourism.ca/~/media/Files/Discover%20Tourism/home/employer/newcomers_to_canada/resources/CTHRC_Good_Employer_Practices_ENG.ashx

 

Ageing Population, Shrinking Workforce: The Story of Our World (Doug Saunders)
Without mass immigration and much higher retirement ages, now-prosperous states will become impoverished: By 2050, most Western countries will have to devote between 27 and 30 per cent of their GDP to spending on retirees and their needs, according to the bond-rating agency Standard & Poor’s; this will produce fiscal deficits in most advanced countries of almost 25 per cent of GDP, making the current crisis seem minuscule by comparison. The global economic and social effects of aging are chronicled in the American writer Ted Fishman’s excellent new book Shock of Gray, which notes that an aging population inevitably produces a more globalized economy, a more feminized and culturally diverse society and a less generous state.
http://dougsaunders.net/2010/10/ageing-population-shrinking-labour/

 

 

 

CITY OF TORONTO/CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

 

The media scan for October 25 – ELECTION DAY (Vote Toronto)
It’s election day! Don’t forget to vote! Torontonians are heading to the polls to pick Toronto’s next mayor and city council. Polls opened this morning at 10:00 a.m. and will be closing tonight at 8:00 p.m. If you haven’t made up your mind see our Big Idea story series for write-ups of the top three contenders policy announcements. Also see Board of Trade President & CEO Carol Wilding’s blog entry on why you should vote.
http://www.votetoronto2010.com/board/the-media-scan-for-october-25-election-day/

 

Toronto Election Series Discussion Paper #11 Inequality in Toronto (PDF) (Cities Centre at U of T)
Toronto is a city growing unequal. Inequality is increasingly evident among its residents, and between the varied residential neighbourhoods that so define this diverse city. This has significant implications for Toronto’s quality of life, growing social tension, its ability to integrate new immigrants, the feel and safety of its public spaces, and the future health of its economy and polity. As the processes that are driving social polarization are themselves varied and well established, it will be a challenge to turn around the tendencies toward social inequality. However, it is imperative that such tendencies be halted and reversed if Toronto is going to maintain its reputation as a safe, inclusive, prosperous and welcoming city. This brief outlines the contours of growing social and spatial inequality in Toronto, discusses some the policy implications that follow, as well as policy options that might be debated and pursued, and lists some questions that might be asked of those proposing to lead the city.
http://www.citiescentre.utoronto.ca/Assets/Cities+Centre+Digital+Assets/pdfs/publications/Inequality+in+Toronto.pdf

 

It’s time to stop worrying we’re not ‘world class’ (Globe and Mail)
World-class city. Let those three words roll around your tongue a bit. Feel the romance. Savour the power. Even before the mayoral election, the term “world class” was bandied about Toronto in reference to our architecture and our arts, our highways and our hot dogs, with both endearing sincerity from our boosters and scathing sarcasm from critics. Torontonians who have lived abroad in renowned cities such as Tokyo, London and New York can attest that none fret over their global status as much as Toronto does… If we needed empirical proof that we should stop worrying – and we seem to – the most recent ranking of world cities, put together by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Partnership for New York City, places us at No. 1 in the category of “Livability.” We’re high up in “Skyscraper Activity” (No. 2, after Tokyo) and “Economic Clout” (No. 4, after London, Paris, and New York). When all categories are averaged out, Toronto tends to hover around the top 10 or 12, jostling with middleweights such as San Francisco and Copenhagen for pole position.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/toronto/its-time-to-stop-worrying-were-not-world-class/article1769713/?cmpid=rss1

 

More immigrants back Ford for mayor, poll finds (Globe and Mail)
…among those born outside of Canada, Mr. Ford’s margin rose to 51.7 per cent, over Mr. Smitherman’s 30.1 per cent. That’s a significant get for a candidate who courted controversy when he declared that Toronto, about half of whose population was born outside Canada, would be better off if it didn’t have to accept more immigrants. But it also could speak to the power of his appeal – especially as the city’s immigrants are facing higher unemployment and poverty rates even as the rest of the country pulls itself out of recession.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/toronto/city-votes/more-immigrants-back-ford-for-mayor-poll-finds/article1770151/?cmpid=rss1

 

Who is behind the anti-gay Tamil radio ad? (Xtra)
With only hours until Toronto voters decide who will become their new mayor, an already heated campaign took a twisted turn this weekend as some in the Smitherman campaign accused the Rob Ford camp of backing an anti-gay ad broadcast on Tamil Radio station CTBC- Canadian Tamil Broadcasting Corporation.
http://www.xtra.ca/blog/national/post/2010/10/24/Toronto-mayoral-race-who-is-behind-Tamil-radio-ads.aspx

 

Nasty campaign signs pop up throughout GTA (Toronto Star)
Like political weeds sprouting from toxic campaign soil, hateful election signs that sprang up across the GTA this weekend are no surprise, say election experts, at the end of two of the most vicious mayoral races in memory. Makeshift attack ads appeared suddenly Saturday and Sunday across Toronto and Vaughan on lawn signs and on radio commercials, slamming a number of mayoral candidates for everything from personal lifestyle to criminal record and even rumours of marital affairs, all in a last-ditch bid to sway voters at the polls Monday. “Smear campaigns are the oldest trick in the book at the very end of a campaign when the other side has no time to retaliate,” noted professor Neil Thomlinson, chair of the department of politics and public administration at Ryerson University. “It’s smart strategy, but it’s also despicable.”
http://www.thestar.com/article/880343

 

 

 

POVERTY / HEALTH / HOMELESSNESS / SOCIAL INCLUSION

 

Difficult to get off poverty’s bus (Welland Tribune)
November looms. With it, the citywide food drive. After 18 years, a time-honoured fall tradition here and many other places to boot. And one thing seems certain: no end is in sight, the food drive’s demise does not loom. Here’s a safe bet: You can bet on that.
http://www.wellandtribune.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2813975

 

Daily Bread Food Bank’s Fall Drive Results (Daily Bread site)
The Fall Drive ended on October 18th and the donations have been picked up from across Toronto. Thanks to your donations, we raised 480,000 pounds of food and $335,000. We didn’t reach our goals of $500,000 and 500,000 pounds of food but are looking forward to a successful Holiday Drive, which will begin at the end of November. And don’t forget, you can donate online 24 hours  a day, seven days a week or drop off donations of non-perishable food to fire halls throughout the year.
http://www.dailybread.ca/news/index.cfm?id=6-1#news27

 

Strengthen Ontario Provincial Policy Statement to ensure healthy, affordable homes for all (Wellesley Institute)
Ontario’s Provincial Policy Statement – a little-known but very important document that sets planning and zoning rules for municipalities – needs to strengthened so that it can be an important tool for local communities to address affordable housing needs. The Wellesley Institute’s submission to the five-year review of the PPS sets out a series of practical recommendations. The PPS review continues until October 29, and we are encouraging everyone (affordable housing providers, municipalities, urban planners, business groups, faith communities, people who are precariously housed) to have their say. You can support the recommendations in the Wellesley Institute brief, and add your own comments.
http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/blog/affordable-housing-blog/strengthen-ontario-provincial-policy-statement-to-ensure-healthy-affordable-homes-for-all/

 

HUMAN TRAFFICKING/MODERN-DAY SLAVERY

 

Canadians Make Invisible Chains a Bestseller (End Modern-Day Slavery blog)
Public awareness about human trafficking is growing. This week, Invisible Chains: Canada’s Underground World of Human Trafficking by Benjamin Perrin was the #1 bestseller on the Winnipeg Free Press booklist, and also made its way onto the Montreal Gazette’s bestseller list at #6. The week the book was released, it was already in the top-50 non-fiction books on Amazon.ca.
http://www.endmoderndayslavery.ca/2010/10/24/canadians-make-invisible-chains-a-bestseller/

 

Human Trafficking in Canada (Christopher Maule’s Blog)
The fact is that slavery has never been and probably never will be abolished. The contours of slavery today seldom make headlines. It is left to the actions of dedicated researchers and NGO’s with some assistance from governments and international organizations to focus attention on modern day slavery. Benjamin Perrin has done this in his recently published Invisible Chains, Underground World of Human Trafficking (Penguin 2010). A law professor at UBC, Perrin reminds us that slavery is never abolished, but often morphs into different ways of achieving similar ends… Invisible Chains has a Canadian focus. It includes actual cases of children and others trafficked for prostitution, how the business is conducted in Canada and measures taken here and abroad to address the situation. It concludes with proposals for an action plan. There are many, with the list identifying the pressure points where action may be effective and who might initiate it. This is not to say that there are no groups already actively involved, but they are dispersed and results will only occur if someone takes the lead and provides a focus. Human trafficking is not a problem with an obvious and quick solution, but uncoordinated efforts may retard progress.
http://cmaule.wordpress.com/2010/10/23/human-trafficking-in-canada/

 

Edmonton destination, source for trafficked women (Edmonton Sun)
Premier Ed Stelmach should lead Canada toward shutting down parts of an online classified site used as a meat market for human trafficking, says a leading author on the topic. “We need to see him exercise leadership to provide a national voice to shut down this flesh market,” said Benjamin Perrin, who’s also a UBC law professor.
http://www.edmontonsun.com/news/edmonton/2010/10/23/15805686.html

 

Alberta demands ban on Craigslist erotic ads (CBC.ca)
The Alberta government has reversed its policy on Craigslist, demanding the removal of erotic ads on the website. On Friday, Justice Minister Alison Redford and Solicitor General Frank Oberle sent a letter to the CEO of the online classifieds website calling for the removal of erotic ads, which experts say are used for sex trafficking.
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/calgary/story/2010/10/23/edm-craigslist-erotic-ads-ban.html

 

Alberta demanding Craigslist ban erotic ads (iNews 880 On Radio)
The provincial government has sent a letter to Craigslist demanding erotic ads be removed from its site. The news comes as a UBC law professor is getting set to speak in our city tonight. Benjamin Perrin, an expert on human trafficking, tells 630 CHED’s The Rutherford Show it’s about time Alberta joins other provinces west of Quebec making the same demand.
http://www.inews880.com/Channels/Reg/LocalNews/story.aspx?ID=1299818

 

Province pushes to ban Craigslist sex ads (Edmonton Journal)
A week after the province backed away from a national push to have Craigslist ban ads for adult erotic services over human trafficking concerns, Alberta’s justice minister and solicitor general issued a letter to the website demanding their removal.
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/Province+pushes+Craigslist/3716327/story.html

 

Talking about sex, and paying for it (Guelph Mercury Editorial)
Hot spit, that little note of Justice Susan Himel’s started the ball rolling, didn’t it?
http://news.guelphmercury.com/Opinions/EditorialOpinion/article/708069

 

SOCIAL INNOVATION

 

An Innovation Agenda for Canada (The Mark News)
The coat of arms  for Canada’s new Governor General, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, uses the Latin motto Contemplare meliora. Translated, this powerfully calls on all Canadians “To envision a better world”. The crest’s more subtle and sophisticated imagery of binary code, books, astrolabes, unicorns, and a candle communicate a vision for a country based on learning, knowledge, exploration, imagination, technology, and enlightenment. While the crest symbolizes Johnston and Canada’s historical connection to the monarchy, all Canadians should see it as a clear signal about what Canada must focus on for the future: innovation.
http://www.themarknews.com/articles/2842

 

DIVERSECITY VOICES

 

Candidates should connect with immigrant communities to increase voter turnout, experts say (Toronto Observer)
ALINA CHATTERJEE, a Scaddingcourt Community Centre and former Toronto Community Housing (TCH) director, says it isn’t uncommon for recent immigrants to feel alienated from the political system. “The day-to-day struggle makes it really challenging to go out and have your voice heard,” Chatterjee says, giving an example of a mom with six kids who couldn’t afford going out to the polls because she had to worry about finding childcare.
http://www.torontoobserver.ca/2010/10/19/candidates-should-connect-with-immigrant-communities-to-increase-voter-turnout-experts-say/

 

Farming future rosy: BMO report (CBC)
“Attributes related to nutrition and health, environmental sustainability and food safety, offer scope to boost value-added in the sector,” said KENRICK JORDAN, senior economist, BMO Capital markets.
http://www.cbc.ca/consumer/story/2010/10/21/con-farm-outlook.html

 

 

 

OTHER SOCIAL COMMENTARY

 

BC must invest in off-reserve aboriginals (Victoria Times Colonist)
Aboriginal women are being murdered in B.C. at an alarming rate. Robert Pickton’s victims were disproportionately aboriginal. And in 2009 and 2010, there were 297 missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls counted in this province. Last week Cynthia Frances Maas, an aboriginal woman, was found dead in a wooded area of Prince George after going missing along Highway 16, known as the Highway of Tears. What do these women have in common? All are aboriginal. Most were living off-reserve when they were murdered or went missing. More than half are under the age of 31. And many are mothers of young children. Off-reserve aboriginal people in Canada have the lowest life expectancy and graduation rates and some of the highest rates of suicide, addictions, unemployment, poverty, victimization and incarceration. This bleak reality is magnified for urban aboriginal women.
http://www.timescolonist.com/opinion/must+invest+reserve+aboriginals/3716147/story.html?cid=megadrop_story

 

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