Immigration & Diversity news headlines – September 16, 2011


Cities of Migration September newsletter (Cities of Migration)
In this issue:
Incubating Change
Ian Goldin: Migrants Are Exceptional People
Good Idea: We Are Hamburg! Won’t You Join Us?
Carmen Garcia de Andrés: Putting Citizenship into Practice
Cities of Migration Marketplace Magic: Good Ideas Take the Road!
On the Trail of Good Ideas: Faithful to Community in Duisburg to Melbourne
The London Riots: Commentary
Raising the Curtain on Cultural Diversity: Integrating Inclusion into the Arts
Good Ideas We Are Watching
Good Ideas in the News

Country Profile – Canada’s Immigration Policy: a Focus on Human Capital (Migration Policy Institute)
A net immigration country since its inception, Canada has a long and rich experience of immigrants and immigration that is deeply embedded within its sense of nationhood. Foreign-born permanent residents are more than 20 percent of the country’s population, and newly arrived immigrants now account for more than 50 percent of annual population growth. Current immigration trends mark the enormous contribution immigrants make to the nation’s ethnocultural composition and, perhaps more significantly, to its labor force.

Are the results of Jason Keeneys public consultation on immigration pre-ordained? (Ottawa Citizen)
Canadians and non-Canadians, too, I guess have four days left to respond to Immigration Minister Jason Kenneys public consultation on immigration levels. I certainly urge people to take the time it takes about 30 minutes to offer their views. Be warned, though: The survey is structured in such a way as to make it difficult for anyone skeptical of current immigration levels to say so in a direct fashion, as I discovered when I spent a recent evening filling it out. Of course, itll be no surprise to anyone that I think immigration levels should be sharply cut, but I was regularly frustrated at how the survey seemed designed to prevent me from saying I wanted decreases in all classes of immigration, whether economic, family or refugees.

Citizenship Education: Everyones Business? (SLAW)
Right now, legal and citizenship education is not a top priority in the school system. The initiatives of OJEN and Éducaloi are a step toward filling that gap. We all need to get a move on before cynicism paralyzes our essential institutions, citizens withdraw totally, and no one bothers to run for elected office, or even vote.

Ontario Votes: Hillier wont back off from foreign workers reference (Ottawa Citizen)
Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak may have backed off from references to foreign workers, but controversial Conservative incumbent Randy Hillier is still using the hot-button term. This $10,000 bribe ­­­ this tax credit bribe for people to hire new workers ­­­ is only applicable for those workers who have been in Canada for less than five years, the controversial Hillier told a meeting of the Citizen editorial board Thursday, which he attended along with three other candidates in Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington.

Queens Park Watch: Jobs, Immigration, Tempests, and Teapots (Torontoist)
The Liberals must have thought they had proposed a no-brainer. The province and feds have long wrestled with complaints that it can take years for foreign professionals to get Canadian credentials, leading to engineers flipping burgers and taxi drivers performing brain surgery. For a paltry million bucks a month, the plan (niftily named No Skills Left Behind) subsidizes some employers, helps upgrade some taxpayers to a new bracket, and grabs a few votes from newish Canadians. But, at election time, all discourse becomes debate.

Hiring should be open and fair (Cambridge Times)
If immigrants are given favour over we regular Ontarians, how will this reflect on these new citizens? I see a growing resentment. The small business owner is forced to make a choice between two applicants of equal value and talent, but one applicant comes with a $10,000 subsidy. A loyal employee proves his worth everyday and when the opportunity of promotion presents itself, he is displaced by a new guy wholl take the position for $10,000 less (not really), according to the bottom line. With McGuintys proposed subsidy, the unemployed of Ontario get hidden further back on the shelf. The stipend presented to the prospective employer is a no-brainer and he cant really lose. We need a blind equality when it comes to the employment. To be fair to Mr. McGuinty, Mr. Hudak proposed virtually the same ideology a year ago, though hell deny it now. And Ms. Horwath of the NDP promises a $5,000 tax incentive for every new job created, though thoughts of new are ambiguous at best.–hiring-should-be-open-and-fair

Liberal promise of immigrant tax credit is a divisive issue (First Reference Talks)
It is true that new immigrants suffer from higher unemployment rates than those who have been in Canada for more than five years. It is also probably true that this is the result of systemic discrimination in the Ontario labor market, which may favor workers with Canadian credentials and/or work experience. The harder question is what should be done to address this inequality.

Term honour killing misleading, report on violence says (Globe and Mail)
The phrase honour killing is a misnomer that should be shunned because it emphasizes a twisted rationale for murder rather than the murder itself, and even in Canada the notion has spawned instances of judicial leniency toward the killer, a landmark report on domestic violence among South Asian immigrants concludes.

Breaking The Cycle (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke about domestic violence with Naila Butt, she is executive director of the Social Services Network, and with Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu. She is with the Toronto Police Service’s Community Mobilization Unit.

What is it like to move to Sask. from another country? (CTV)
More than 12,000 immigrants have moved to Saskatchewan this year alone. But moving here from other countries brings its share of challenges, especially when it comes to work experience. Many who leave their home countries as lawyers and doctors end up here working in the service industry. Milan Jovic has been cutting hair for more than a decade. In Serbia, he even owned his own barber shop. He moved his family to Saskatoon five years ago, and wound up back in hair school. “My goal in my life is to open my own business, just like what I was doing before. ButI don’t have any certificate finished here in Canada, so that’s the main reason why I’m at Marca College.”

COLUMN: Risks and rewards of immigration (BC Local News)
This article is part of community-wide centennial celebrations honouring the building of the National Historic Site Gur Sikh Temple (est. 1911). By 1962 the Canadian government had removed all racial and national restrictions from its immigration regulations. This led to an increase in South Asian immigration, and from 1962-71 immigration levels were 12 times what they had been in the previous decade.

Request for RCMP probe into immigrant program crass politics: P.E.I. Liberals (Toronto Star)
The governing Liberals in Prince Edward Island are denouncing a request for the RCMP to investigate allegations of bribery involving a failed immigration program as an attempt by the Opposition Tories to embarrass them during an election campaign. A spokesman for the federal Immigration Department said officials were made aware of the allegations earlier this week and referred them to the RCMP and the Canada Border Services Agency.–request-for-rcmp-probe-into-immigrant-program-crass-politics-p-e-i-liberals

PEIs immigration program had long concerned Ottawa: Kenney (Globe and Mail)
Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said Ottawa had very serious concerns about PEIs immigration program long before it decided this week to refer new allegations of corruption to the RCMP and the Canada Border Services Agency. The federal minister noted that Ottawa suspended the program in 2008.

Bribery alleged in immigration scheme (Castanet News)
Premier Robert Ghiz of Prince Edward Island denounced a request for the RCMP to investigate bribery allegations involving a failed immigration program as cheap politics orchestrated by the province’s opposition in the midst of an election campaign. The Liberal leader said the accusations lacked substance and were an attempt by the Conservatives to blindside his government weeks before the Oct. 3 vote.

Most-Wanted fugitive nabbed in Toronto (Toronto Sun)
A violent convict who was one of Canadas Most Wanted was arrested by border officials in the Toronto area Thursday morning. Shameer Allie, a 36-year-old Guyanese national with numerous criminal convictions in Canada was arrested by the Immigration Task Force in Etobicoke without incident, according to the Canada Border Services Agency.

Deportation most-wanted lists here to stay: Toews (Winnipeg Free Press)
The federal most-wanted lists launched this summer are a hit and have become a permanent weapon in Canada’s deportation arsenal, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews said Thursday. Toews made the statement in Winnipeg as part of an announcement that another of the Canada Border Service Agency’s most-wanted criminals is in custody.

Newcomers fall behind without services: FCM (Fort McMurray Today)
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities recently reported that immigrants who come to Canada are falling behind Canadian citizens because of a lack of services and programs available to newcomers. The release from the FCM outlines some of the major problems facing immigrants today, listing affordable housing and a lack of access to efficient public-transit as some of the main obstacles immigrants need to overcome and the FCM is calling on the federal government to address the issue.

Passport Canada says it’s on track to issue more secure passport next year (Yahoo News)
Canada is finally set to join the rest of the G8 in issuing electronically secure passports but security experts warn the new documents are not a panacea for evolving threats. Passport Canada CEO Christine Desloges promised on Tuesday that her agency will start issuing ePassports by the end of next year.

Lost in translation (Vancouver Sun)
Dealing with disorders is even more of a challenge for immigrant and refugee families.

Regina’s citizens getting more diverse (Leader Post)
As demographics in Regina change, city officials are making sure they know what the population will look like before making the city change with it. And 20 years from now the city will look much more diverse than it does today, shows a new study by the City of Regina examining aboriginal, immigrant, disabled and senior populations. As part of Design Regina, the city’s official community plan process, projections indicate that by 2030, one-third of Regina’s population (or 87,155 people) will be made up of immigrants, compared to 11 per cent (20,554) today.

Good child care is a barrier identified in Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) report (
Among the main findings of the FCM report is the need to provide more and better ESL clasess for parents, alongside afffordable, accessible child care.


Expect a stormy session around refugee policy in Ottawa (Maytree blog)
From Peter Showler – For the past few years, the immigration and refugee portfolio has enjoyed or endured a particularly high political profile under the Conservative government of Stephen Harper with Jason Kenney serving as Minister of Immigration, Citizenship and Multiculturalism. This forthcoming parliamentary session promises to be no different. Refugees comprise only thirteen per cent of the approximately 250,000 immigrants who come to Canada each year, but refugee policy, rather than immigration policy, will once again be the preoccupation of the government. It promises to be a stormy session and the theme may well be the Revenge of the Majority.

Iraqi refugee family finds open doors, hearts, in Thornbury (The Enterprise-Bulletin)
Israa Badri says Iraqi refugees in Canada are, in general, happy -which is why her family decided to come live in Thornbury. The mother of three worked as a volunteer in the Syria office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for four years. “Thousands of Iraqi refugees, even after they left Syria, and emigrated to other countries such as America and in Europe, many of the refugees in those countries are suffering from problems,” said Israa. The Badri family of five arrived in Canada more than a month ago as refugees from Iraq.

Asylum Recognition Rates (Forced Migration Current Awareness)
Summary of reports related to asylum acceptance/denial rates in the U.S. and Europe.


ISARC’s end-poverty campaign launched (Catholic Register)
As campaign-style signs went up at Toronto’s Anglican St. James Cathedral and other churches around Ontario Sept. 15, Ryerson University political science professor Myer Siemiatycki suggested provincial politicians look to the prophet Isaiah for a crucial plank in their platform.

Inequality is bad for business (Behind the Numbers – CCPA)
2011 has been a year in which relentless growth in income inequality, in good times and bad, has become synonymous with trouble, not just for those getting left behind but for investors and political decision-makers. But its seemingly inescapable. Income inequality: its the new black. And its causing the blues.

Making voters aware of poverty issue (Cambridge Times)
Local faith groups are banding together in hopes of making poverty a front-burner issue when voters cast their ballots on Oct. 6.
Nearly a dozen local churches and faith organizations are coming out from behind the pulpit to take part in Poverty Free Ontario, a province-wide election sign-styled initiative spearheaded by the Social Planning Network of Ontario.–making-voters-aware-of-poverty-issue

Wanted: Affordable Homes in the GTA (Canada Newswire)
Authors of a newly released report on housing issues are calling on provincial candidates to focus on creating affordable homes for more than 152,000 households on housing wait lists across Ontario – over 93,000 of which are waiting for housing in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The 2011 edition of Where’s Home?, authored by the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association (ONPHA) and the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada Ontario Region (CHF Canada Ontario Region), analyzes 22 separate housing markets and highlights the need for more affordable rental housing across the Province.


Why doctors are delivering pizza (Ottawa Citizen)
Nobody wants to see foreigntrained doctors delivering pizzas while Canadians wait in line for medical care. Or so we are told. But, despite all the political promises to do something about the issue, most foreign-trained doctors who come to Canada – where doctor shortages are chronic – will never work in their field. Some might end up assisting other doctors or doing some work in health care, if they are lucky, but many will be forced to deliver pizzas, clean houses or drive cabs to get by.

Mentoring Skilled Newcomers (Brant News)
She holds a PhD and masters degree in agricultural economics, a masters degree in business administration and a bachelor of arts in economics. But that hasnt helped Clara Siisii find work in her field since moving to Brantford from Zambia three-and-a-half years ago. Siisii hopes that will change with the help of James Chowhan, an analyst and economist who is serving as Siisiis mentor. The two Brantford residents are part of the Mentoring Skilled Newcomers program, an initiative of the Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie.

Canada faring better than other OECD countries (Canadian HR Reporter)
The labour market is recovering faster in Canada than in many other OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries, according to a report from the organization. Canadas unemployment rate (as defined by the International Labour Organization) fell to 7.5 per cent for the second quarter of 2011 from its peak of 8.5 per cent in the third quarter of 2009. Comparatively, the average OECD unemployment rate fell to 8.2 per cent from a peak of 8.8 per cent over the same period. However, there is a risk the recent faltering of the global recovery may temporarily slow the decline in unemployment in Canada back to its pre-crisis level, said the OECD.


Thursday’s Headines (Spacing Toronto)
A round-up of mainstream media Toronto headlines related to City Hall, City Budget Cutbacks, Mayor’s Approval Rating, Development, Traffic & Transit and Other News.

Event Sept 28: Embedding cultural diversity in Torontos arts, cultural and heritage sector: the way forward (U of T)
This one day seminar will focus on the sharing of best practice in embedding cultural diversity in services and workforce across the public sector. We are bringing together best practice models from Torontos arts and heritage agencies as well as from the health sector, academic institutions, community/NGO organisations and the City Hall.


Ontario should compete on creativity (Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity)
Ontario has an above average concentration of clustered industries, and this should create a sizable productivity advantage. But we are not benefitting fully from this advantage. In new research conducted by the Martin Prosperity Institute and the Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity, we find that our clustered industries have lower creativity content the percentage of workers in creativity-oriented occupations than those in the peer states. Clusters with high creativity content can drive much greater productivity and prosperity than other industries. We know that creativity increases economic growth, and we know that clusters increase productivity. But no one had put the two together. So thats exactly what we did: we combined effects of creative occupations and industry clusters.

Research Data Strategy Working Group to host Canadian Research Data Summit (Research Data Strategy)
On September 14th and 15th the Research Data Strategy Working Group will host Mapping the Data Landscape, the 2011 Canadian Research Data Summit in Ottawa. This invite-only Summit will bring together between 100 and 125 leading players and decision-makers from government, private sector, academia and NGOs. Together, they will work on formulating a shared strategy for addressing the challenges and opportunities for maximizing the benefits of our collective investment in research data in Canada.

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