Immigration & Diversity news headlines – October 13, 2011



Rabbi arrested in Toronto in immigration fraud probe (Globe and Mail)
At his home in a largely Orthodox Jewish neighbourhood in North York, Rabbi Avraham David lived the life of a scholar, writing treatises on the Torah and indulging his passion for numerology. He said a code within the holy texts contained everything from predictions on current events to a recipe for an oil that could cure male pattern baldness. Mr. David had written a book on the topic and, for a small fee, would also interpret people’s dreams. But authorities in the United States contend the rabbi, whose real name is Earl Seth David, had another interest altogether. For 15 years, they say, he ran a multimillion-dollar operation that provided tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants fake papers.


Migration and Occupational Health: Understanding the Risks (Migration Policy Institute)
While migrant workers often contribute to the development and economic stability of both their home and host countries — primarily through human capital contributions and remittances — the situation is not always as beneficial for the migrant him- or herself. Missing from the current debate is a discussion of the public health issues arising from increasing migration; specifically the health disparities between migrant and native-born workers.


School to add cricket field by 2012  (My Town Crier)
Valley Park Middle School is located between the communities of Flemingdon Park and Thorncliffe Park, which are home to many people from the Caribbean and South Asia, parts of the world where cricket is quite popular. Community organizations representing both areas, the Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office and Flemingdon Neighbourhood Services, have partnered with the school to facilitate the project.


Diversity disrupts. (Joe Gerstandt)
Difference is a part of any and all social interactions.  You may pay attention to it, you may ignore it, but it is there.  All groups, all conversations, all interactions, all relationships contain difference…it is one of the basic building blocks of everything social.  How the people involved deal with their shared difference is a key relational determinant. Difference is also a natural social catalyst…it changes social groups.  Whether the social group is a family or a neighborhood or an organization, when you introduce additional diversity into that group (or pay more attention to existing diversity) you are going to change that group in some way. Diversity disrupts because it always brings tension with it. Tension activates human emotions, demands different relational skills and informs patterns of behavior. Whether a social group is moved towards realizing better outcomes or lesser outcomes depends on its willingness and ability to deal with the tension in a healthy functional way or not.


Study: Divergent trends in citizenship rates among immigrants in Canada and the United States (Statistics Canada)
Between 1970 and 2006, a significant gap in the proportion of immigrants who obtained citizenship developed between Canada and the United States. The study “Divergent Trends in Citizenship Rates Among Immigrants in Canada and the United States” shows that the proportion of immigrants who obtained American citizenship declined, at least up to the mid-1990s, while the proportion who obtained Canadian citizenship increased. In 1970, about two-thirds of foreign-born residents in both countries were citizens. By 2006, this proportion had declined to 46% in the United States and had risen to 79% in Canada. Among immigrants who meet eligibility requirements, citizenship acquisition is associated with a number of factors.


Event Oct 20 Toronto: Elections and the Ethnic Vote: Numbers Lottery or Political Representation? (Munk School of Global Affairs)
Public discussion on recent federal, provincial and municipal elections has increasingly focused on the “rise of the ethnic vote.” Is there a South Asian “ethnic vote” and if so, what is its significance? Are political parties playing a numbers game, or do they really want to hear from new voices? This roundtable of journalists and politicians, brought together in a collaboration between the Centre for South Asian Studies, the Journalism Lab at The Munk School of Global Affairs, and the South Asian Journalists’ Association Toronto Chapter, will consider these key questions about emerging electoral logics, the limits and dynamics of political pluralism in Canada today.


Pink Crescents: Being Gay and Muslim (
Meet El-Farouk Khaki, a gay Muslim who saw a need in his community, so he cofounded a growing mosque that welcomes people of all sexual orientations.


Event Oct 22 Surrey BC – South Asian Mental Health Community Conference (Coop Culture)
The inaugural South Asian Mental Health Community Conference, hosted by South Asian Mental Health Action and Awareness (SAMHAA) Society, will be the first event of its kind, bringing together multidisciplinary professionals, agencies, and community members. The event aims to reduce stigma and misconceptions around mental health issues, and facilitate education and discussion within the community… The event is hosted in partnership with The BC Mental Health Foundation, Surrey School District and Sources Community Resource Centre Society, and will feature information tables from over 15 local agencies.


Force sees familiar face at 53 Div. (My Town Crier)
Heinz Kuck, who spent seven years as the head of 53 Division’s community response unit is back, but now he’s running the show… He was also heavily involved in creating better race relations in the Thorncliffe community. Under Kuck’s leadership, the unit launched a program that included public readings of the works of Martin Luther King Jr. at Thorncliffe Park Public School, organized a candlelight march and vigil in celebration of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, and raised funds to buy books on black history for area schools and drop-in centres. For their work, the Community Response unit won a 2004 Community Policing Award from the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police. While he’s proud of these past accomplishments, there is more work to be done, says Kuck.






Program gives refugee students chance to study on campus (The Manitoban)
In many of the countries in the world, education is a right, however, in some nations, due factors such as war or political repression, students face hurdles not present in the Western world. The World University Service of Canada (WUSC) student refugee program enables students who have no opportunity for post-secondary education in their country to resettle in Canada as permanent resident to pursue their studies.


Churches banding together for refugee sponsorship (Camrose Canadian)
Three churches are coming together and hoping more will join their cause as they form a committee aimed at bringing refugees to Camrose. The Camrose Inter-church Refugee Committee (CIRC) has tasked itself with coordinating and encouraging the sponsoring, by member churches, of refugee families to settle in Camrose. CIRC chair Erhard Pinno said it is something that has been done in the past separately by congregations. He said this effort aims to bring everyone together for a common interest.


Forced Migration Review, no. 38 (Oct. 2011) (Forced Migration Current Awareness)
The articles in this issue cover positive and negative aspects of the spread of technologies; the increased accountability, and the increased scope for controlling displaced people; the opening up through the internet of possibilities beyond the traditional confines of life as a displaced person, and the risks and dangers that that brings; and the potential in technological advances for assistance and protection programmes. This issue also contains a range of articles on other aspects of the experiences of and responses to forced migration in a variety of circumstances – in Japan, in cities, at sea, in Egypt, and more.


Canadian Council for Refugees fall consultation ~ call to youth participants (
The Canadian Council for Refugees Fall Consultation (to be held Nov 24-26, 2011) this year is on the theme of independence. Youth are being encouraged to participate. An orientation for youth will be held Wed, Nov 23rd, 7:30-9pm to meet other youth and find out about the CCR, the CCR Youth Network and the fall consultation.


Concordia multimedia project brings refugees’ lives into focus (Montreal Gazette)
When you pass a stranger on the street, little do you guess what tragedies or joys that person might have experienced in an earlier life, far from Canada. Now, an innovative multimedia project has opened a window into the lives of young refugees who have overcome overwhelming odds to start afresh in a new homeland.


Refugee in ‘racist’ case fights back (National Post)
A white South African granted refugee asylum in Canada because of persecution by black criminals, only to have the decision overturned after it sparked outrage in his homeland, is taking his case to the Supreme Court of Canada, arguing “political correctness” has no place in the judicial system. The original decision by the Immigration and Refugee Board in 2009 allowing Brandon Huntley asylum here was called “perverse” by Ottawa and “racist” by South Africa’s government. Politicians, newspaper editorials and talk radio in South Africa went ballistic over the case.






Engage! October, 2011 – PDF (Tamarack Institute)
In this issue:
What in the Name of Reform – By Peter Block
CCI 2011: Snapshots of Learning – By Donna Jean Forster
The Urban Role: Cities Grow Ontario – By Sylvia Cheuy
Pecha Kucha: A Night to Inspire in Calgary – By Jeff Howard
Building Hope and Building Futures – By Lloyd Fournier
The Economics of Happiness – By Sylvia Cheuy


The Impact of Light Rail Transit on Low-Income Households and Neighbourhoods – PDF (Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction)
Research on public transit points to economic, environmental, and personal benefits, especially for low income people unable to afford private transportation. Much less has been written about the impact of specific types of public transit such as light rail transit (LRT). In light of recent public discussion, the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction has commissioned this briefing paper to examine existing knowledge about this type of public transit and its impact on lower-income households and neighbourhoods. How would creation of LRT impact low income households within close proximity to LRT lines?


What the Wall Street protests mean in Canada (Globe and Mail)
Even without a clear ask, the protesters’ simple presence makes the point that the interests of the elite have been well-served in the run-up to and aftermath of the Great Recession. The concerns of the vast majority have been neglected. The same government is supposed to serve them both. It’s no coincidence that the online sister movement to Occupy Wall Street is “We are the 99 Percent”. They’re drawing attention to the fact that too much inequality corrupts democracy.






2012 Employer Excellence Awards: Call for Entries (Hire Immigrants 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. Awards/apply.php


Renault-Nissan Alliance Sets Industry Standards for Gender and Ethnic Diversity (Marketwatch)
Renault stands out as an auto industry leader for percentage of women at senior executive management level. Nissan’s cross-cultural top management team includes 13 nationalities. Renault and Nissan are challenging status quo with specific action plans to increase diversity further. The Renault-Nissan Alliance’s commitment to gender parity and multiculturalism is setting new standards for the global automotive industry, according to company data released at the Women’s Forum… the top 97 positions in Nissan include executives from 13 countries, and nearly half are foreign nationals. These 13 countries are Japan, France, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, South Africa, United Kingdom and United States.


From Engineer to Taxi Driver: Occupational Skills and the Economic Outcomes of Immigrants – PDF (Queen’s Economics Department)
Using information from the “O*NET” and a unique dataset that includes both the last source country occupation and the first four years of occupations in Canada, this paper examines the ability of male immigrants to transfer their occupational human capital.


An Investigation of the Career Paths of Internationally Trained Early Childhood Educators Transitioning into Early Learning Programs – PDF (Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario)
This research initiative examines the pathway to employment in the field of early childhood education (ECE) for internationally trained professionals. In particular, the study’s aim is to investigate the experiences of internationally trained professionals in the ECE Bridging Program. The study also explores the experiences of participants in applying for jobs prior to and after achieving their ECE equivalency.


Canada new magnet for U.S. job hunters (Globe and Mail)
Canada’s stronger economy is becoming a magnet for Americans hunting for work. In a reversal of historical flows, immigration lawyers report a surge of calls from Americans who want to move north. Statistics bear out their observations: A record number of Americans applied for temporary work visas last year, Immigration Canada statistics show, spurred largely by the contrasting health of the two countries’ labour markets


Thursday’s Headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A round-up of mainstream media Toronto headlines related to City Hall, Politics, Protests, Traffic & TTC, Building & Real Estate and Other News.




Turbocharging Social Impact Bonds – Part 1 (
This article introduces a new version of the social impact bond model, described earlier on, that marries the SIB concept to new hybrid legal tools that are under consideration in the US and UK. Part I, below, explains the potential benefits of this model. Part II, to be published later, will review current and future developments that can help turbocharge social impact bonds by harnessing new market structures.


The Cure for the Not-for-Profit Crisis (Harvard Business Review)
Why the disparity? Our own research on organizational strategy and leadership more broadly suggests a reason. Since 2010, we’ve been conducting an ongoing survey of managers’ attitudes about the strategies of their organizations (click here to take the not-for-profit version of the profiler). More than 65% of the respondents from the non-profit sector said it was a significant challenge to bring day-to-day decisions in line with their organization’s overall strategy. When asked about their frustration factors, 76% (the largest group by far, and a larger percentage than their for-profit counterparts) named “too many conflicting priorities.” When asked about their organization’s core capabilities — distinctive things their association could do better than anyone else — only 29% said these supported their organization’s strategy, and almost 80% said that their association’s efforts to grow had led to waste. All of these results suggest that, while the hit to fundraising has hurt many not-for-profits, the more fundamental core problem is strategic. These institutions lack a strategy for connecting their mission with their ability to deliver. In short, this is a crisis of coherence.


How roots of empathy became “Canada’s olive branch to the world” (MarsDD)
When I first learned that I would be receiving a 2011 Ernest C. Manning Foundation Innovation Award for my work as founder of Roots of Empathy, I was stunned–in a good way. This award, one of the most prestigious and traditionally science-based awards in Canada, provides not only huge encouragement for our organization and for me personally, but also for hundreds of social entrepreneurs in Canada. In giving me this award, the Manning Foundation has raised awareness about the contribution made by innovators who struggle with intransigent social problems. What all of this says is that there is a shift in our collective understanding about how we can change the world. It’s not just about science and technology anymore. We have to change the people in the world if we want to have peace.






Private bill targets human trafficking outside Canada (Montreal Gazette)
Canadians who exploit children or traffic humans outside our borders could still be prosecuted in Canada if a new private member’s bill from a Manitoba Conservative MP makes it through the House. But a law to make buying sex a crime will have to wait. Kildonan-St. Paul MP Joy Smith introduced her new bill earlier this month. It will come up for debate Oct. 25.


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