Immigration & Diversity news headlines – October 12, 2011


Language-Wise in the Global Classroom (Cities of Migration)
The Internationals Network for Public Schools aims to help Ashley, and thousands of students like her find their way to school and future success by offering a high school experience that is tailored to integrating young immigrants needs. If the biggest challenge to immigrant student success is achieving enough proficiency in academic English to graduate from high school, the key obstacle is time. According to New York University professor Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, it takes five to seven years under optimal conditions for a non-English-speaking student to achieve the academic language skills of his or her native-born peers. For immigrant students to have a reasonable chance of overcoming this hurdle, special programs are required. This is where Internationals stepped in.

Webinar recording: Enterprising Cities: Incubating Immigrant Entrepreneurship (Cities of Migration)
Cities of Migration hosted an international webinar with two city-led programs in Helsinki and Vienna that are boosting the local economy by providing practical tools and services that help new immigrant entrepreneurs turn good ideas into business success. Creating opportunities to start and grow small businesses is important to a citys entrepreneurial culture and a healthy, resilient economy. Immigrants bring talent, energy, a wealth of innovative business ideas and investments to our cities. How is your city supporting new immigrant entrepreneurs?

Does over-sensitivity lead to harassment? The preventive value of respect (First Reference Talks)
Excessive claims of workplace harassment are a sign that our society has become far too sensitive and it really needs to stop. This is the message I received from workshop participants this week during a group discussion on the topic of the prevention of workplace harassment and discrimination. I get offended when someone refers to me as dear. I feel that it is condescending and even sexist. The above comment was expressed by one participant who was later mocked by some of the other participants for expressing this point of view.

Predicting peer interactions among diverse children (
New research from Childcare & Early Education Research on how classroom dynamics predict peer interaction among diverse children (diverse in ethnicity and home language)

Its never about the awards, but they sure look pretty (Canadian HR Reporter)
In 2009, I was lucky enough to receive some very special recognition that has had a significant impact on my job, my career and my life. The Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) recognized me with an Immigrant Success (IS) Award, when I received the Canadian HR Reporter Individual Achievement Award as part of TRIECs fourth annual awards. This award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated leadership and innovation in HR practice specifically in integrating skilled immigrants in the workplace. Most people know I am passionate about my work in diversity and inclusion, and moving from the concept to the reality that we should bring our whole selves to work. Many know I have a particular passion around the experiences of newcomers to our country. Anyone who willingly moves to Canada a place I affectionately refer to as the icebox fully aware of what November through April will be like, deserves to be here and deserves our support. Skilled immigrants are the future of our country and we must ensure they are able to contribute to their fullest potenti

Network constantly, keep engaged, use ready wit: Nitin Dhora (South Asian Focus)
Canada poses numerous challenges to new immigrants, and it’s tough all round – but do all of them fail? The truth is, the vast majority of newcomers are successful in building a new, happy, comfortable life for themselves. Canada is a land of immigrants, and every immigrant has a story behind them. As part of an ongoing series, FOCUS profiles the lives of people in different walks of lives who’ve achieved varying levels of success, today serving as inspirational role models to all Canadians. This is the second part in the sequel to the Nitin Dhora story.

Ontario election says much about our politics (Ottawa Citizen)
Once upon a time, Ontario’s politicians were as Anglo-Saxon and lilywhite as their electors. Perhaps the most dramatic development of this campaign was the prominence of new Canadians as candidates. There were ridings across the province, like one in Brampton, where all the major candidates were members of visible minorities, and ridings where some visible minorities ran for the first time. This affirms a more cheerful reality of Canada: whatever our legitimate reservations about multiculturalism, however slow we are to offer immigrants professional credentials, we still accept them with a warmth unknown in Europe, where every major country has an anti-immigration party.

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.


Petition: Stop Bill C-4, the Anti-Refugee Bill (Liberal Party)
Within weeks, the House of Commons will vote on Bill C-4, a new law that would give the Harper Government sweeping new powers to limit the rights and freedoms of refugees. This bill does nothing to target human smugglers as the government would have you believe. Instead, it targets refugees escaping persecution, war, famine and disease.

CIC Operational Bulletin: Repeal of the Source Country Class (Settlement AtWork)
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has removed the source country refugee resettlement class (RS) and associated regulations in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) starting November 5, 2011. Source country refugee resettlement applications that have already passed the selection decision stage will not be affected.

Moncton group seeks Korean immigrants (CBC)
Enterprise Greater Moncton is seeking to attract new Korean immigrants to move to southeastern New Brunswick by celebrating the benefits of life in the Maritimes. In fact, the business organization is also trying to recruit immigrants who may have become disenchanted with life in Canada’s most populated cities. Chad Peters, director of communications and community relations at Enterprise Greater Moncton, said the city has attracted 400 families from Korea in the last four years.

Tamil migrant smuggling ship is up for sale (Vancouver Sun)
As taxpayer-funded costs for a rusting ship used to smuggle Tamil migrants into B.C. soar into the millions, officials are trying to recoup the money by selling the vessel. The MV Ocean Lady was seized off Vancouver Island in October 2009 with a cargo of 76 Tamil migrants, all of whom made refugee claims. The ship was stored off Delta, B.C.’s Annacis Island as the federal government tried to track its owners.


Income Equality in Society (Oye! Times)
When I first started working in the corporate world, I knew that the executive team who were responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company that had employed me were well compensated for their efforts and responsibilities. Thirty years ago, the income disparity between the executive class and the sweaty masses was large but not unfathomably so. Today, things in many nations around the world are far different. The compensation packages paid to the executive class, particularly those dwelling in the corner office on the top floor, appears to make the executive class of yesteryear look positively underpaid by comparison. One has to wonder if there really is greater income inequality today than there was in decades past or if it’s just a figment of our imaginations. To that end, the Conference Board of Canada recently released a report on world income inequality. In this study, they look at how income is divided among the world’s wealthiest and poorest and how income inequality varies by nation.

Persons Day Gala Highlights Inequality In Canada (Marketwire)
The Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) (, is celebrating Persons Day, Tuesday October 18th, with an educational breakfast gala, marking the 82nd anniversary of the Supreme Court decision, which ruled that women are “persons” under the law. The October 18th event from 7:00am to 9:00am at The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto will showcase LEAF’s efforts, as a charitable organization, to educate and litigate, intervening at the Supreme Court level, to influence change to Canadian law with regard to substantive equality for women and girls.

Goar: Selfish boomers or pushy kids? (Toronto Star)
The Toronto Workforce Innovation Group, a non-profit organization that brings together business, labour, academic and community leaders, intends to try. It has teamed up with Ryerson Universitys Diversity Institute to host a two-hour forum this week entitled People, Jobs and the Economy: Managing a Multi-Generational Workforce. The objective isnt to come up with definitive answers; that would be impossible in an afternoon. It is to get employers thinking about how to make room for new talent, negotiate intergenerational compromises and move away from the rigid workplace structures of the industrial era.–goar-selfish-boomers-or-pushy-kids


2012 Employer Excellence Awards: Call for Entries (Hireimmigrants Ottawa)
Hire Immigrants Ottawa is accepting entries for the 2012 Employer Excellence Awards from employers in the National Capital Region. In its fifth year, the awards recognize local employers for their innovative policies and practices in the recruitment and retention of skilled immigrants into their organizations. The deadline for submissions is January 10, 2012.


Wednesday’s Headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A round-up of mainstream media Toronto headlines related to City Hall, Construction Accident, Protests and Other News.


Video: Five Good Ideas: Tweet, Blog and Link Your Way Into Successful Human Resource (Maytree)
Social media affects our organizations more than we realize it. This is no different for Human Resources. While many employers continue to struggle with how they can use social media, candidates and employees are flocking to social networks to talk about organizations and find their next job. Harpaul Sambhi, CEO, Careerify shows how social networks are impacting an organization’s capability to recruit, retain and engage its staff. He illustrated how social media affects all areas of your organization, from policy writing, recruitment, organizational development, talent management, leadership development, and communications. If you’re an HR professional, Harpaul’s presentation is a must-view to get an inside look at real-life examples of success and failures of organizations using social networks.


Human trafficking charges laid in Vaughan (Toronto Star)
Human trafficking charges have been laid against three people in Vaughan, stemming from allegations that a woman was forced into the sex trade by her boyfriend using violence and intimidation. York Regional Police say a 21-year-old victim got into a relationship with a man who calls himself Romeo whom she met on a social networking website. They say she was later made to work as a prostitute and exotic dancer, handing over the proceeds to her three abusers Romeo and two others.

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