Immigration & Diversity news headlines – September 23, 2011


From land grants to tax incentives: investing in Canada’s future (Maytree Opinion)
Many recent immigrants who arrive as permanent residents have difficulty finding their first job in Canada. Despite being highly skilled and educated, employers often ask them for Canadian work experience either because they are unfamiliar with non-Canadian education and professional credentials, or because of unconscious prejudices they may hold. The tax credit is one way to help employers mitigate a risk they may otherwise not take. What’s more, it’s a proven idea. Financial incentives are offered – in their case a wage subsidy – to employers in Quebec who hire immigrants or visible minorities for their first job in Canada. In 2008-09, more than 1,008 people were hired, and, of these, 80% were still employed three months after the subsidy has ended. And in case you are wondering whether the policy was used by large companies that could afford to take a risk on a staff person without the incentive, 64% of participating businesses had only 1-49 employees.

September Newsletter (Maytree)
In this issue:
• From Land Grants to Tax Incentives: Investing in Canada’s Future
• Five Good Ideas? How about Eight Years of Good Ideas!
• Nonprofits and Charities Are SMEs too – Participate in a New Conference Board of Canada Survey
• Expect a Stormy Session around Refugee Policy in Ottawa
• Political Participation: the Challenge of Diversity and Inclusion
• A Conversation about Collaboration, Innovation, Community and the Importance of Our Work
• Raising the Curtain on Cultural Diversity: Integrating Inclusion into the Arts
• Perspectives on Transforming Leadership
• News You Can Use

For economic success, we need more immigrants, not fewer (Montreal Gazette)
The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal believes that we need to gradually increase the volume of immigrants, rather than reduce it. If Quebec were to welcome a number of immigrants that is proportional to its demographic weight in Canada, we would have a target of 65,067 immigrants per year rather than the 50,000 proposed by the government. The contribution of immigration is even more significant in the metropolitan area. The vast majority of the immigrant population – 87 per cent – is found in Montreal. And as we know, Montreal is lagging behind other major Canadian cities in terms of integration. The Board of Trade feels we can do better.

Toronto’s lessons on immigration (Toronto Star)
Sometimes you need fresh eyes to remind you how good you have it. Last week, CivicAction hosted an international delegation that is examining immigration and its connection with business and municipal government agendas in five global cities. They came to see how Toronto has managed to attract and, for the most part, successfully integrate large numbers of immigrants, when so many other city regions have failed. The delegation spent two days seeing how senior business, government, non-profit and academic leaders work together to help newcomers prosper and fully contribute in the Toronto region. The delegates said that people in Johannesburg and the other consultation cities “would cry” to see how well people collaborate here.–toronto-s-lessons-on-immigration

The City; Toronto proves it is no ordinary municipality (insideToronto)
Because the fact is that Toronto is not an ordinary municipality. It is a unique place in the province, the country, and really the world. Toronto’s a city of nations, where more than 140 languages are spoken. It is a cultural hub and a financial hub for Canada. It has been these things for years. And it has become these things because of unique public investment, and civic leadership. And it has drawn people from across the country who wish to take advantage of the city’s unique assets, and who have historically been willing to pay for that. We are an interesting and often eccentric lot, and it is true that we don’t always get along. Certainly, we don’t seem to get along with elected representatives of a certain stripe.–the-city-toronto-proves-it-is-no-ordinary-municipality

Left behind in our cities (Corriere Tandem)
Shortage of affordable housing, social services, and inefficient public transportation – these are the biggest impediments to success for new immigrants to Canada, according to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). And it’s all at the expense of the Canadian economy. In a report on Canada’s immigration system released yesterday, the federation discusses the biggest challenges to newcomers. And more. It also clarifies the role of municipalities, and offers a series of recommendations directed to the federal government.

Canada looks to immigration post-recession (Canadian Visa Bureau)
The Canadian Government sees immigration as a key factor in building strength in the economy following the recession, and have indicated at deregulation of the Temporary Foreign Worker program.

On migrant settlement ‘Australia is one of the best’ (MIPEX)
In this four-minute video, Thomas Huddleston from Migration Policy Group introduces the new MIPEX Australia results.

AT RANDOM: Remembering the past (Vernon Morning Star)
My ancestor is the reason everyone on my mother’s side of the family is here. Like so many Canadians, I’m here because of immigration. It’s easy to think of Canada as a place that has always welcomed foreigners, that we are more tolerant of those who don’t look like us. So last night’s viewing of The Lost Years at the Vernon Town Cinema was a wake-up call. A beautifully told story of Chinese immigration to Canada, as well as to the United States, Australia and New Zealand, the film is a tribute to the early Chinese immigrants who left all they knew to begin a new life on Gold Mountain, so called because of the gold rush.

P.E.I. premier defends immigration program at debate (CTV)
Premier Robert Ghiz of Prince Edward Island says he welcomes any investigation of the province’s immigration nominee program, which has emerged as an election campaign controversy after a former government employee alleged it was marred by bribery. During the provincial election campaign’s only televised debate Thursday night, the Liberal leader took the opportunity to defend the program, saying it benefited the entire province. “We made sure that any program that we offered, we offered it equally across Prince Edward Island,” Ghiz said.

PEI Premier tells debate audience he welcomes immigration investigation (Globe and Mail)
Premier Robert Ghiz of Prince Edward Island says he welcomes any investigation of the province’s immigration nominee program, which has emerged as an election campaign controversy after a former government employee alleged it was marred by bribery. During the provincial election campaign’s only televised debate Thursday night, the Liberal leader took the opportunity to defend the program, saying it benefited the entire province.

Civil liberties advocate slams PEI Liberals’ leak of whistleblower’s e-mails  (Globe and Mail)
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is welcoming an investigation by Prince Edward Island’s privacy commissioner on how a former government worker’s e-mails found their way to the Liberal party from a provincial cabinet minister’s office. Nathalie Des Rosiers, the association’s general counsel, says a former contract employee in the Innovation Department should not suffer reprisals for bringing allegations of wrongdoing to the federal Immigration Department during the Oct. 3 provincial election campaign.

Views from Toronto: Diverse schools help build ‘classroom for life’ (Nashville Business Journal)
(note: full article requires subscription) With nearly 50 percent of its population foreign born, Toronto is known as one of the most diverse cities in the world. The city has learned to embrace that diversity and heavily promotes inclusion of all individuals. In Toronto, the focus is on learning to live together. They say this will build a community. This will lay the foundation for a global city. This will make the world our “classroom for life.”

Dialogue on Human Rights Relating to Religious Belief and Practices (SLAW)
The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has invited citizens to submit short papers (six to eight pages) toward a dialogue on human rights, specifically relating to religious belief and practice as shaped by the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Several papers that make the final selection will be presented in January 2012 at a community dialogue, featuring diverse communities, academics and human rights lawyers and practitioners, hosted by the OHRC in partnership with the University of Toronto’s Religion in the Public Sphere Initiative and the Faculty of Law.

Ottawa Centre debate focuses on immigration, social services (YourOttawaRegion)
All four Ottawa Centre provincial candidates gathered at the Chinese Canadian Heritage Centre Wednesday, Sept. 21 for a debate focused primarily on immigration and social service issues. About 100 people came to the church-turned-cultural centre on Kent Street to hear Liberal incumbent Yasir Naqvi, PC candidate Rob Dekker, NDP candidate Anil Naidoo and Green candidate Kevin O’Donnell discuss everything from affordable housing to foreign credentials to health care reform.–ottawa-centre-debate-focuses-on-immigration-social-services

Grandma denied visit entry to Canada five times (The StarPhoenix)
From stacks of paperwork, the couple produces rejection letters from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). Various combinations of different boxes are checked off each time explaining why Maherovska’s visa was denied. Her country of residence. Her employment status (she is retired). Her financial situation. Her travel history. Her purpose of visit. “Why are they scared?” Zeljko asks. It appears they’re scared Maherovska will not leave Canada when her visa expires.

NDP candidate has human rights background (Xtra!)
Anil Naidoo has taken time off from his day job as a human rights expert with the Council of Canadians, Canada’s largest citizens’ organization, to run for the NDP in Ottawa Centre. Originally from Alberta, Naidoo first moved to Ottawa in 2000 and began working with the NDP to defend public health care.

Supreme Court’s shortlist for Ontario judges may be ready this week (Toronto Star)
The Toronto legal rumour mill suggests Harper’s next appointments will be a political play, a bid to bring onto the bench someone who will represent an ethnic community’s entrée into the top judicial echelons, much the way former prime minister Brian Mulroney did with his appointment of Frank Iacobucci, the first Italian-Canadian named to the court. But Cotler, who appointed two women as a past justice minister (one francophone, one Jewish), said such factors are not determinative. Iacobucci’s elevation to the high court was a case study in how experience and expertise led to an excellent appointment, he said. Now, as then, said Cotler, the criteria is “excellence,” not ethnicity nor ideological or political preferences. “I mean, I didn’t even know what the political preferences were of the people that I appointed and I couldn’t have cared less.” As for Harper’s choice, Cotler said, “the diversity thing would possibly come into play” if a candidate was “otherwise” qualified on merit, and happened to be “somebody who would reflect a diversity dimension.”

One vote for the ‘burbs (The Ethnic Aisle)
Today’s Downtown vs. Suburbs post comes via Simon Yau, who advocates for life north of Eglinton: “I love my Costco membership. I love living in a spacious house. I love the silent privacy of my street. I love eating meals for $4 at Chinese food courts. I love being close to an Ikea. I love free parking. And to top it off, I could care less about bike lanes.”

Minister Kenney criticizes Durban Commemorative Event in New York (CIC)
Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney today condemned events to mark the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Durban Declaration and Program of Action (DDPA), often referred to as Durban III. “Today, the United Nations – an organization built on a foundation of peace and unity – will commemorate an event that was used as a platform to single out and demonize Israel. And it will be used to spread anti-Semitic views on a global scale,” Minister Kenney told a conference objecting to the events at the UN. Titled The Perils of Global Intolerance: The United Nations and Durban III, the conference was jointly presented by The Hudson Institute and Touro College Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust.

Call for papers: Mothers and mothering in a global context (
The Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI) and the Institute for Gender and Development Studies: The Nita Barrow Unit, University of the West Indies are hosting an international conference on: Mothers and Mothering in a Global Context, Feb 24-25, 2012 in Barbados.



Albanian family back in Canada (Toronto Sun)
Arjan Tabaj kissed a Canadian flag and then the ground when he arrived with his family at Pearson airport Thursday. Tabaj and his family came to Canada from Albania in 2007 and made a claim for refugee status after an assassination attempt that left him partially paralyzed. Tabaj worked for a democratic newspaper in Albania, which is a socialist country. After failing to get refugee status Tabaj, his wife, daughter and two Canadian-born twin boys were deported in 2009. Former MP Borys Wrzesnewskij hired a lawyer who convinced a federal judge to allow the Tabaj family — who had been in hiding in Albania — to come back to Canada.

Many Canadian youths believe in old-fashion gender roles: study (National Post)
Young Canadians are carrying around some gender stereotypes that seem more in line with what their parents or grandparents might have thought, a new global study suggests. The report, released Thursday by the development agency Plan International, found 31 per cent of Canadian boys aged 12 to 17 believe a woman’s most important role is feeding her family and taking care of the home. That compared to 15 per cent of boys in the United Kingdom, but well short of 73 per cent in India and 68 per cent in Rwanda, who answered the same way. When the question was asked of Canadian adults, 24 per cent agreed that a woman’s primary role should be in the home.

Majority of Canadian parents teaching financial literacy at home: Survey (Canada Newswire)
According to a new survey commissioned by Visa Canada, 86 percent of Canadian parents of children aged 12 – 18 are teaching their kids financial literacy skills at home. Less than a third (31 percent) of kids receive information to help manage personal finances at school, while 11 percent take advantage of free online educational tools. Over a third of parents polled (35 percent) perceive girls as more financially literate than boys, but Statistics Canada data shows that single women in the workforce are less confident than men.

Still too many poor kids: report (Winnipeg Free Press)
Too many Manitoba children continue to live in poverty. That’s the conclusion of the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg, which released its annual child and family poverty report. However, the report card uses different criteria to determine poverty, making it difficult to compare this year’s report card to previous years.




Member Update (Workers’ Action Centre)
Stop the cuts rally at Cith Hall, Member’s Discussion: Elections Issues, PROVINCIAL ELECTIONS — Community Events, October 22!  All members’ meeting, Training and Job Searches.


Friday’s Headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A round-up of mainstream media Toronto headlines related to City Hall, Transit & Traffic and Other News.

Cut carefully, mayor (Share)
As mayor, Ford has framed the priorities of this city purely in terms of the bottom line. We get the feeling that he has transferred his job title as Chief Financial Officer of his family’s label company to his position as mayor. But there is more to being mayor than accounting and bookkeeping. The mayor must not lose sight of the valuable social aspect of city building. That is fundamentally what all those Torontonians pleading for retention of services were pointing to during the consultations this week. Imagine a Toronto which is divested of the kinds of amenities that make it an attractive place to live, work and play.




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