Immigration & Diversity news headlines – October 11, 2011


Old thinking wont unite city (Toronto Star)
Royson James report on Torontos Vital Signs challenges us to look at the growing divide in our city and where the solutions lie. Unfortunately a hasty indictment of the efforts made to find solutions on immigrant employment is offered, with a call to government as the provider of solutions. This is old thinking. When the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) was founded in 2003, we recognized that government alone was not able to effect the change in attitudes and behaviours required. That is why we launched a region-wide strategy to work with employers and other actors to implement solutions.–old-thinking-won-t-unite-city

ALLIES: A Network of Support, A Movement for Change (Caledon Institute)
Mid-way into its initial mandate, the ALLIES network hired the Caledon Institute of Social Policy to conduct a review of its accomplishments and challenges. Network conveners, Steering Committee members and employer representatives were invited to talk about where they see ALLIES today and where they hope it will go. This report provides a snapshot of their efforts and reflections, gathered in the spring of 2011.

Canada News Wire: Looking for leaders: TRIEC calls for 6th Annual Immigrant Success Awards entries (TRIEC)
The Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) is pleased to announce the call for entries for the 6th Annual Immigrant Success (IS) Awards, sponsored by RBC. Each year, TRIEC presents the IS Awards to recognize innovation and leadership in integrating skilled immigrants into the Greater Toronto Region labour market. To date, 25 trailblazers, employers and individuals, have been recognized. If you or your organization deserve to be recognized but arent yet among our alumni dont miss your chance this year. Employers and individuals are invited to apply or submit a nomination by Thursday, December 1, 2011 at

Why embracing immigrants works for Conservatives (Globe and Mail)
In many countries, conservative political parties are seen as hostile to immigrants. Right-of-centre parties in the United States and Europe tend to be more nationalistic than their left-leaning counterparts, and this pride in country can sometimes manifest itself in xenophobia. This pattern would suggest that, in the average OECD country, the election of a right-of-centre government would mean minimal immigrant representation in the legislature. Thats certainly not the case in Canada. All Canadian parties, including the Conservatives, attract not only immigrant votes but successful immigrant candidates.

PCs hit hard with anti-foreigner wedge (Toronto Sun)
Is it racist to be critical of a liberalized immigration and refugee policy? No, its not. People of good faith can disapprove of policies which are aimed at boosting the numbers of immigrants and refugees. In fact, its well known among political veterans that one of the demographics often most hostile to increased numbers of immigrants is immigrants themselves. As one seasoned campaign pro a Liberal once said to me: Lots of immigrants get here, and then they want to slam the door behind them on other immigrants. Bit of a surprise, isnt it?

Siddiqui: Happy birthday to Canadian multiculturalism (Toronto Star)
Professor Will Kymlicka of Queens University, one of the worlds leading experts on multiculturalism, has written: If we believe that immigrants converge on Charter values the longer they reside in Canada (as all the evidence shows), then we do not need to continuously test or provoke minorities, as is the fashion these days in Europe. This sort of provocation is self-defeating. If we tell immigrants that we do not trust them, and that we are monitoring their every word and reaction for hints of disloyalty or illiberalism, they will not feel that their political participation is welcomed and their political integration will be delayed, if not derailed entirely. Sane words; Canadian words.–siddiqui-happy-birthday-to-canadian-multiculturalism

Canadians divided on multiculturalism: poll (Vancouver Sun)
Forty years after the birth of official multiculturalism in Canada – proclaimed by prime minister Pierre Trudeau on Oct. 8, 1971 to be “the most suitable means of assuring the cultural freedom of Canadians” – the once-sacrosanct idea is met today with ambivalence by many Canadians, a new study suggests.

What are the implications of Multiculturalism? (Troy Media)
No Statues of Liberty stand in Vancouver or Halifax to welcome boatloads of refugees fleeing war, famine or persecution, or immigrants lured by dreams of a better life. However these two cities on opposite coasts of this vast land have also seen their share of immigrants and refugees throughout history. From Canadas pre-Confederation days as a fledgling, sparsely populated colony that was the target of American invasion in 1812 through its post-Confederation trials of depressions and wars, Canada has evolved to its present place in the world as a multicultural, rights-based society rooted in the rule of law.

With new synagogue, Forest Hill Village goes old shul (Globe and Mail)
You might not realize, if you walked along Spadina Road through the heart of Forest Hill, that you were walking through one of Torontos most densely Jewish neighbourhoods 30 per cent Jewish, according to the 2006 census. On a weekday morning, there are far more women in Lululemon here than there are men in yarmulkes. Judaism manifests itself quietly, instead: A blue-and-white Jewish Tribune newspaper box stands a few feet from the Stars, a few posters stuck to street poles advertise Hebrew classes, and the Temmy Latner Forest Hill Jewish Centre hides one floor above the Starbucks at 446 Spadina Rd. But thats all about to change.

Newcomer youth portray their immigration experiences through video (South Asian Mail)
This year we are producing eight videos with the theme of personal stories, said Carlos Hernandez, the YMCA Voices Project Manager. We hope to have more videos this year sharing how participants are overcoming the challenges they face as newcomers and how they are settling into their new lives here. The YMCA Voices program has served as a creative outlet for newcomer youth for four years, and it continues to thrive. Last year marked the premiere of the YMCA Voices Film Festival at its new home at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. This years videos will premiere once again at the Lightbox in March 2012.

Metro Morning podcast Tuesday October (CBC Metro Morning)
Muslim women of different generations talk about the year they’ve had. How bad is our economy? (.mp3), 28.5 KB)

International students at UBC are no threat to locals (Vancouver Sun)
The premise that UBC’s recruitment of international students is at the expense of our mandate to serve B.C. is false, as is the suggestion that there are different English language requirements to allow admission: the English Language Admissions Standard applies to all applicants, domestic and foreign, and UBC allows for different testing options to respond to different language opportunities in other countries. This is not a zero-sum exercise. International undergraduate students pay the full cost of their education.

Call for papers: (Dis)placed childhoods: Forced migrations and youth welfare policies of the 19th and 20th centuries (
A call for papers from La Revue dhistoire de lenfance irrégulière est spécialisée dans le champ de lenfance et de la jeunesse marginales ou marginalisées/Journal of the History of irregular Childhood is a scholarly, peer reviewed journal focused on the history of marginalized childhood and youth.

Event Nov 30: Toronto: Training within a Culturally Diverse Environment (CSTD)
During this interactive training session you will:
Identify the impact of hierarchy on interactions in a training session
Distinguish between individualistic and collective behaviours as they manifest themselves in the learning environment
Recognize how different dimensions of culture influence individual reactions in training sessions

Diversity, density shaping recreation (
Adapting to Yorks growing and diverse citizenry and recreational tastes is on the YMCAs radar. New sports and cultural activities are on the horizon. Its inevitable, Mr. Layton said of the Ys tracking of trends, such as enrolment spikes in ping pong and martial arts. We make sure our facilities are flexible so we can adapt. He cites Markhams burgeoning Chinese community. The York Region facility conducted a pilot project to determine what programs and services the Chinese community wants and needs. It was initiated by eight Chinese youth who worked with Environics. York Regions cultural diversity will alter the recreational landscape, experts expect.

Landlords face no punishment for discrimination in online ads (National Post)
Theres a two bedroom basement apartment for rent in Torontos northwest end one bathroom, newly painted and renovated with a side entrance. The ad, posted on popular classified site, comes with the typical caveats no pets allowed, no smokers. And then, a less common request: Only Muslims need apply. Its the exact kind of specifications the Ontario Human Rights Commission recently warned landlords against putting in their online classified ads any denial of a prospective tenant due to race, ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age and disability, among other things, is grounds for discrimination according to the Ontario Human Rights Commissions housing policy and the Ontario Human Rights Code. But for all its condemnation of the practice, the commission this week said they cant police these online ads, that its out of their hands.

Immigration program undergoes reforms (CBC)
The NB Progressive Conservative government is hoping changes to its Provincial Nominee Program will start generating more interest in the immigration program, which was criticized by the auditor general earlier this year. The provincial government has witnessed a significant decline in the number of applications to the nominee program since it began requiring a $75,000 deposit from immigrants who wanted to be part of the program.

Thank you! (Nick Noorani)
To me it is a time to say thank you to Canada and its people for what we have received and what we are about to receive. In the past thirteen years that I have been in Canada I have, like many immigrants, had my share of struggles and I know that the challenges of life are lifelong, but I have been so fortunate to have had the opportunity to serve my adopted country. I have had the pleasure of meeting so many interesting people and have learned from so many of them that I am truly thankful. And as I go across this wonderful country speaking to immigrants and helping them understand how to succeed, I always encourage them to embrace this country and to fall in love with its natural beauty and understand its history. And every time I talk about this to immigrants I am always asked so what is the best thing about Canada? and my reply is always the same its people. As someone who has lived in four countries and seven cities I have met many people from different walks of life but none as embracing of a newcomer as a Canadian.

The cost of being stripped of citizenship (National Post)
Judge Mactavish accepted the governments evidence, declaring this summer that Mr. Rogan obtained his Canadian citizenship by knowingly concealing material information. That paved the way for the government to withdraw his citizenship, which is needed before deportation. Now, the government is after Mr. Rogan to pay the costs of pressing the case against him. He was given a bill for more than $300,000 including $223,484 in disbursements, $56,505 in legal fees, $21,015 for a researcher, more than $10,000 for transcripts and court services and unspecified travel costs for four government lawyers and translation. Mr. Rogan remained defiant, accusing the government of spending needlessly. He asked the court to award no costs. He said it was not necessary to bring Prof. Nielsen in to testify, for instance. Judge Mactavish disagreed, ruling last week: I was greatly assisted by Dr. Nielsens testimony, and describing it as invaluable in understanding the roots of the conflict in the former Yugoslavia. She approved the $14,365 cost of the expert witness as well as the legal fees.

Officer has diverse interests (London Free Press)
If policing is Sgt. Marcel Marcellins true love, then music is his mistress. Marcellin, the diversity officer for the London police, spends his days doing community outreach, forging connections with new immigrants, speaking at schools and assisting with police recruiting.


Government to Refocus Resettlement Efforts (Canada News Centre)
Canada has repealed an ineffective refugee program in order to put more emphasis on work with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and refugees in the greatest need, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today. By repealing programs such as the Source Country, we can direct more resources on proven and effective resettlement programs, such as our partnership with the UNHCR, said Minister Kenney. This will enable us to quickly offer refuge for more individuals in real need of protection.

Lucky Calgarian leads effort to resettle 1,000 exiled Tibetans in Canada (Calgary Herald)
As the chair of the Project Tibet Society (, he is overseeing the move of 1,000 displaced Tibetans, now in a settlement camp in a remote part of northern India, to Canada. The seeds of the initiative were sowed in 2007, while the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader in exile, was on a Canadian visit and appealed to Prime Minister Stephen Harper to allow for the resettlement of 1,000 Tibetan exiles living in an area virtually cut off from the outside world. They are people without any official status and their movements restricted to a small region deep in the forest. Last December the federal government announced a temporary policy under a section of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act that would allow for 1,000 Tibetan exiles in Indias Arunachal Pradesh state to be given permanent residency status in Canada.

Student Refugee Program changes lives at UVic (University of Victoria)
The arrivals area of the Victoria International Airport is generally a pretty quiet place. So this August, when it was filled with UVic students holding brightly coloured signs in Swahili, it was clear they were celebrating an important occasion. The welcoming committee was there to greet Ali Issack, Mohamed Idle, and Hanna Godalle to Canada. The three students were sponsored to come to Canada and study at UVic through the World University Service of Canadas (WUSC) Student Refugee Program. They are three of 72 students who were sponsored to come to Canada this year from refugee camps in Africa and the Middle East through the WUSC Student Refugee Program.

Comments – Bill C-10 : trafficking (CCR)
Bill C-10, the omnibus crime bill introduced September 20, 2011, includes amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. These amendments would give immigration officials the power to deny a work permit to applicants overseas, on the basis that they might be exploited in Canada.

Event Oct 20: Canadian Refugee Policy in Global Context (CCR)
The objective of this event is to situate current Canadian refugee policy in comparative and global context, and to stimulate discussion and debate. The impetus is recent legislation changing the refugee determination process, and forthcoming legislation that will authorize the government to designate certain groups of asylum seekers. Designated asylum seekers will be subject to automatic, unreviewable detention for a year, and those accepted as refugees will be prohibited from sponsoring family members for 5 years.

Community comes together to sponsor family of Syrian refugees (
Valerie Smith is amazed and touched by the outpouring of support given to refugees of a Syrian border camp. Smith joined the Nanaimo Refugee Sponsorship Group six months ago to raise the money needed to host a young refugee family in Nanaimo. The family was desperately seeking asylum from the Syrian desert.

Refugee advocates decry new rules for asylum seekers in Canada (RCI)
Canada is changing the way it processes refugees. The government wants to speed up the process and hear appeals in just fifteen days. Advocate worry that will compromise its fairness. The Link’s Lynn Desjardins has more on the new refugee process in Canada and why advocates are worried.


When your cupboard is bare (Hamilton Spectator)
I was one of more than 100 people who participated in a poverty experiment a weeklong trial of living on a food bank hamper organized by the McMaster Community Poverty Initiative. Whether it was supposed to imitate real poverty or real hunger became irrelevant to me when I asked Tierney how long shed been visiting food banks. Fifteen years. Since the 31-year-old was first a mother. Her oldest is 15. Her youngest is two. I declared at the onset of this experiment that Id never been hungry–when-your-cupboard-is-bare

Income gap growing quickly in Canada (Montreal Gazette)
The gap between rich and poor in Canada is widening at a faster pace even than in the United States, the country with the largest gap in income equality of 17 peer countries, according to a report Tuesday from the Conference Board of Canada. “Canada had the fourthlargest increase in income inequality among its peers,” said Anne Golden, chief executive of the Conference Board. “Even though the U.S. currently has the largest richpoor income gap among these countries, the gap in Canada has been rising at a faster rate.” It is a trend that has in fact been under way for more than two decades, the Ottawa think tank said.


Mythbuster: The aging population (The Province)
The confidential federal government report Canadas Changing Demographics: The Impacts of Population Aging listed several myths that need to be shot down in order to understand the changes that have just started to be unleashed in Canada and across the world. Myth: Canada can reverse population aging through immigration. Fact: Immigration rates would need to more than double and potentially quintuple to maintain current age-population dependency ratios.

How did the recession impact small- and medium-sized enterprises in Canada? (WISE5)
A recent report by Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) describes the impact that the recent recession had on small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Although Canada experienced a drop in Gross Domestic Product and an increase in unemployment, the majority of SMEs in Canada have emerged from the recession relatively unscathed. How did SME owners change their behaviour during the recession?

‘You can’t complain or you lose your job’ (Montreal Gazette)
Perhaps you’ve seen them mulling about the St. Michel métro station at 6 a.m., waiting for a school bus to take them to work at the chicken factory or farm. Increasingly, they are hired to look after elderly family members at home. Then there are those packing and unpacking the imported goods from China on their way to your neighbourhood Dollarama. Temporary workers, many of them recent immigrants, are hired by placement agencies to fill shortages in a wide range of industries, from manufacturing to the health sector. But there is growing concern that these temp jobs are replacing better paid, better protected permanent jobs, and allowing a growing contingent of placement agencies to pocket the difference.


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

Nenshi: Calgary’s neighbourhoods are great, but we can make them better (Calgary Herald)
When people were asked what kind of a neighbourhood they valued, they said they wanted to live in a place where they could walk to the store. A place where their kids could walk to school. Where kids grow up surrounded by neighbours who are different from themselves, so that they understand that everyone is not the same. Where its easy to get to and from work and play. Where that second, third, and fourth family car are a choice, not an absolute necessity to live a decent life. Of course, to make this work, we need the basics: every neighbourhood must be safe. We must all have access to clean water, air, and land. We have to take the garbage away and provide opportunities for recycling

Rob Ford on Metro Morning (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with Mayor Rob Ford about the election, the search for budget “gravy”, and funding the TTC and Toronto Police Service.


Man charged in human trafficking probe (
A Richmond Hill man has been charged in a human trafficking investigation. York Regional Police arrested a man Sept. 29 after investigators were told a woman was taken to a Richmond Hill home and forced to work in Toronto sex trade massage parlours, drugs and vice unit Det.-Sgt. Henry deRuiter said.–man-charged-in-human-trafficking-probe

VIFF film shines light on sex trade and human trafficking (News1130)
The director behind one of the most powerful entries at the Vancouver International Film Festival spent close to a decade tracking the lives of girls and women who were forced into the sex trade before they became teenagers. Mimi Chakarova admits The Price of Sex is a heavy film, but says the young women’s voices are reaching the right people, and that’s a positive. Their stories are disturbing and at times difficult to listen to, but Chakarova says that’s why she made the film.

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