Immigration & Diversity news headlines – October 21, 2011


Winnipeg a model for new immigrant integration: professor (Ben Travers, iPolitics)
Canadas experiment sewing a multicultural fabric might, in certain cases, be most successful if sewn in patches, York University geography professor Philip Kelly told an audience on Parliament Hill Thursday morning. Presenting research on social mobility amongst Filipino youth across the country, Kelly said mainstream assimilation of young immigrants does not always foster a positive environment for integration. Rather, enclaved, culturally specific upbringings [are] actually correlated with better educational and occupational outcomes, he said.

Canada to accept fewer relatives of immigrants (Thandi Fletcher, National Post)
The Conservative government aims to cut down a heavy immigration backlog by capping the number of parents and grandparents of immigrants who can come to Canada, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said Thursday. Canada is the most generous country in the world with respect to immigration . . . but there have to be practical limits to our generosity, Kenney said after speaking at an often-heated citizenship and immigration committee meeting. The current backlog, or total number of immigration applications still waiting to be processed, is now more than a million names long, according to immigration officials.

Kenny Blames Canadas Popularity for Immigration Backlog (Matthew Little, The Epoch Times)
Canada is just too popular. That simple fact sums up Immigration Minister Jason Kenneys explanation about the 1,000,000 people in queue to immigrate here, many waiting several years for the chance at a new life. At the end of the day, it is a very simple mathematical problem, Kenney told a parliamentary committee Thursday. Canada can only accept so many people a year, and more than that apply to come. When that happens year after year after year, the backlog grows, he said.

Cut immigration applications to fix backlog, Kenney says (Laura Payton, CBC News)
Canada needs to accept fewer applications from people wanting to live here, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney says, and he’s eyeing the family class for cuts. Canada is facing too big a backlog and, despite accepting 254,000 applications every year, there are one million people who are waiting to hear whether they can move to Canada, the citizenship and immigration minister said Thursday. Canada gets about 420,000 applications every year and refuses about 10 per cent of those.

Video: CBC Toronto Celebrates Citizenship Week (CBC on YouTube)
CBC Toronto’s Dwight Drummond, Anne-Marie Mediwake, Matt Galloway, Nil Köksal and the team were in Parkdale this week for a special ceremony where 50 local residents became Canadian citizens. CBC Toronto is in your community. Showing you all the cultures that make up this diverse city. And this great country.

Agencies beefing up network of services for newcomers (Danielle Wong, Hamilton Spectator)
Settlement agencies, employment services, health providers and city staff are meeting Friday to strengthen the network of programs for newcomers to Hamilton. About 45 organizations are attending the Marketplace for Service Providers being held at the Scottish Rite to connect with other groups, participate in surveys, attend presentations and discuss how to better co-ordinate services to meet immigrants needs. Groups attending include the YMCA, the North Hamilton Community Health Centre and Employment Ontario.–agencies-beefing-up-network-of-services-for-newcomers

Reform overdue for canadas skilled immigration system (CD Howe Institute)
Canadas approach to immigration faces major challenges, and requires reform if Canada is to meet the international competition for skilled immigrants, according to a new policy study from the C.D. Howe Institute. In Toward Improving Canadas Skilled Immigration Policy: An Evaluation Approach, authors Charles M. Beach, Alan G. Green and Christopher Worswick assess the strengths and weaknesses of the current point system used to screen new arrivals, identify the policy levers that affect the attributes and success rates of new arrivals, and break new ground by providing a tool to measure those impacts.

Immigrant kids thrive on a little drama (Don Lajoie, The Windsor Star)
Cassandra Richardson recalls the day the young girl from Somalia came to her at drama class and held out a 500-page biography of actor and civil rights activist Paul Robeson telling her, “I want to read this.” “When she first came here she couldn’t speak a word of English,” Richardson, program manager for the Newcomer Art Project, marvels as she watches Faiza Mahideen, a Grade 9 student at Forster high school, performing interpretive mime in a studio at the Windsor Women Working with Immigrant Women downtown office.

New citizenship standards give freedom with speech (Globe and Mail Editorial)
Canada accepts more immigrants per capita than any other country in the world save Australia. And more than three-quarters of all newcomers become citizens. With passports in hand, immigrants feel more invested in their adopted homeland, and are better able to integrate. The recent decision by Citizenship and Immigration to tighten its rules on language competence should not be viewed as a burdensome or punitive act, but as a positive step designed to preserve the success of the Canadian model.

CBC cancels Punjabi-language broadcast of Hockey Night in Canada (Star Staff, Toronto Star)
The CBC has cancelled its Punjabi-language broadcast of Hockey Night in Canada after failing to find a sponsor to offset the programs production costs. The broadcasts began during the 2008 Stanley Cup. Stats from the 2006 census show that Punjabi is fourth among non-official languages used in Canada. The program had already been pulled off the air once last year because of funding problems, but was brought back after public outcry.–cbc-cancels-punjabi-language-broadcast-of-hockey-night-in-canada

Ethnic mapping 6: Koreans, Poles, Scots, Ukrainians and more (Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun)
Despite their long history on the West Coast of Canada, members of the Japanese visible minority make up only 1.2 per cent of Metro residents. The first Japanese immigrants came to B.C. in the late 1800s, settling down as farmers and fishers. Since Japan was Canadas enemy during the Second World War, more than 20,000 Japanese-Canadians were put in internment camps. The south Richmond neighbourhood of Steveston, a fishing village, has long been known for its Japanese culture. Still, just six per cent of Steveston neighbourhoods are made up of people of Japanese descent.

As Metro’s ethnic enclaves expand, will residents’ trust hold? (Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun)
The Vancouver Sun’s unique ethnic mapping series has revealed a distinct trend – that Metro Vancouver’s neighbourhoods are becoming increasingly defined by ethnicity. What will the diverse face of Metro Vancouver look like in a couple of decades? If recent highimmigration settlement patterns continue, the fast-growing region of 2.2 million will further evolve into a collection of enclaves. The vast majority of Metro Vancouver residents, of all ethnic origins, tend to be friendly, or, at minimum, tolerant, toward people of different backgrounds, whom they meet every day in offices, schools, on transit and in shopping outlets.

Those teachable moments (The Ethnic Aisle)
Allyssia Alleyne ruminates on the extra jobs that come with being in an interracial relationship. Jobs like interpreter, ambassador and teacher, and the moments when its just easier not to explain. Those awkward times when you have to talk about race

Event Oct 25-26 Ottawa: Journey to Promote Mental Health (Hong Fook Mental Health Association)
The Journey to Promote Mental Health project provides interactive workshops for settlement workers with the key objective of enhancing the capacity of settlement service workers in addressing the mental health issues presented by the individuals they serve and making timely referrals to appropriate services in the mental health and community health systems.

Health Worker Migration new website
This website brings together the perspectives of health policy researchers and decision-makers who have an interest in the migration of health professionals from either a destination country or source country perspective.

High Demand for CIC-Funded Financial Management Training – PDF (CIC)
Earlier in the year, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) Ontario Region launched a financial management training initiative as part of their sector capacity building efforts. The training, delivered by G. Vergilio & Associates, is focused on building essential financial management skills for staff and board members of settlement organizations. Please note that this training is being made available at no cost to CIC-funded organizations in Ontario

Nova Scotia Office: Call for Proposals (CIC)
The purpose of this process is to elicit proposals for the delivery of settlement and resettlement services consistent with CICs policies. The CFP process will include the provision of Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP) services, and activities and projects under CICs Settlement Program. For this 2012-13 funding cycle, CIC Nova Scotia is also interested in receiving proposals which focus on:
supporting integration of immigrants into the labour market;
cultural awareness, promoting diversity and tolerance;
identifying unique gaps in settlement and integration service in Nova Scotia. Deadline: December 2, 2011.

The Sledgehammer & the Nut: using age limits to fight forced marriages (MIPEX)
Amber and Diego Aguilar, with the support of a British NGO, may have overturned the UKs 21-year-age-limit for the reunification of non-EU citizens with their British or non-EU sponsor. The court found that age limits have a legitimate aim fighting forced marriages but disproportionate effects on other genuine couples. The very few other European countries that recently introduced these measures also face questions about how effective they really are against forced marriages.

Rutgers-Newark Professor Granted Fulbright to Conduct Research at University of Ottawa (Rutgers)
Dr. Mara S. Sidney, an associate professor of political science at Rutgers University, Newark, has been granted a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair Award to conduct research in Canada, beginning in January 2012. Sidney is a member of the Rutgers Faculty of Arts and Sciences-Newark, and also teaches in the Graduate Program in American Studies on the Newark campus. As the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Governance and Public Administration at the University of Ottawa, Sidney will spend four months comparing the United States and Canadas national and local immigration policies, and linking these to the work of non-governmental organizations. Sidney will then examine how immigrants’ interactions with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) affect their process of making a home in a new country. Her project is titled, Making a Home, Feeling at Home: The Role of NGOs in Immigrant Integration.

Catalysts of change (Jacqueline Nelson, Canadian Business)
The event, called Catalyst Canada Honours, is run by Catalysta nonprofit organization that is focused on expanding opportunities for women in businessand the group has been researching woman at work since its inception in 1962. The organizations studies show that the number of women in Canada who hold senior officer positions in the corporate sector increased just 4% between 2002 and 2010. It now sits at around 18%. Clearly, theres still room for improvement, and the evenings fundraiser brought in close to $1 million in funds for research and other initiatives.–catalysts-of-change

Video: Toronto Diversity (Canadian Film Centre)
Toronto shows an interesting intercultural face to the world

Multiculturalism & Diversity Research (Association for Canadian Studies)
Recent additions include: Groups and Intergroup Relations: Canadian Perceptions, Multiculturalists with Concerns.

The race box (The Ethnic Aisle)
Kelli Korducki muses on what race means. Is it about culture or colour? And why are the racial choices on forms so limited?


Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL) new website
The Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL) was launched on September 9, 2011 when over 150 lawyers and academics gathered in Toronto and online via satellite locations throughout Canada. Relying on the broad expertise of its members, the new association will serve as an informed national voice on refugee law and human rights, and promote just and consistent practices in the treatment of refugees across Canada.

Job Offer – Interim Executive Director – PDF (Canadian Council for Refugees)
The CCR is seeking an interim Executive Director (6-12 months negotiable) to cover a sabbatical, beginning February 15, 2012 and to be located in the Montreal office. Under the direction of the Executive Committee (Board), the Executive Director has the overall responsibility for providing leadership and management of the organization to meet the information exchange, networking and advocacy needs of the CCR members. The closing date for this position is November 11, 201


The War Against Aging (Steven Langdon, Behind the Numbers)
There are, the old expression goes, lies, damn lies and statistics. Throw enough frightening numbers around, and you can sell any sort of unfairness. The big target these days (besides airline attendants and postal workers) is the elderly. Canadas rapidly aging workforce is a major issue, says Finance Minister Flaherty. From 4.7 working age Canadians per senior over 65 in 2009, the ratio will fall to 2.5 in 2050. That means too few taxpayers to pay for the health care and income supports heavily used by the elderly so Canada should cut back benefits.

Is your life 31 percent better than it was in 1994? Analyzing the Canadian Index of Well-Being (Wellesley Institute)
Since 1994, GDP in Canada has increased by 31 percent, but GDP cannot tell us who has benefited, who is being left behind, or how our society is faring overall. This is the challenge that the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) addresses in their latest report. CIW uses 64 separate indicators within eight categories community vitality, democratic engagement, education, environment, healthy populations, leisure and culture, living standards, and time use to measure the health of Canadian society. Overall, the well-being of Canadians increased by 11 percent between 1994 and 2008. The problem is that this progress was not shared equally across all of society.

Index finds inequalities in Canadians’ quality of life (CTV)
A generation of solid economic growth has meant little in the everyday lives of most Canadians, according to a new index of wellbeing. The finding is a yellow light for decision-makers that social unrest is just around the corner unless deep changes are made, warns Roy Romanow, the advisory board chairman of the University of Waterloo group that created the index.


CIC finally allows recaptured time for intracompany transferees (Henry J. Chang, First Reference Talks)
On September 19, 2011, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) published Operational Bulletin 346, which authorized the recapture of unused time that would otherwise count against the time limits that are normally imposed on intracompany transferees (ICT). According to Section 5.31 of the Temporary Foreign Worker Guidelines (which describes C12 intracompany transferees) and Appendix G (which describes NAFTA intracompany transferees), executive and managerial intracompany transferees are limited to a maximum stay of seven years and specialized knowledge intracompany transferees are limited to a maximum stay of five years; this parallels the time limits imposed on L-1A (executive and managerial) and L-1B (specialized knowledge) non-immigrants in the United States. Once the limit has been reached, the foreign national must complete one year of full-time employment with the multinational organization outside of Canada before becoming eligible for a new seven- or five-year limit.

Connecting SMEs with Skilled Immigrants: ALLIES Report (Sarah, Wayland, Wise5)
The eight ideas for connecting SMEs with skilled immigrants fall under three broad categories: 1) hiring programs (e.g., online databases of screened candidates, such as, 2) awareness and education programs (e.g., financial institutions can provide SMEs with advice on hiring skilled immigrants), and 3) communications and marketing programs (e.g., one-on-one corporate calls in which employer consultants provide a business rationale for hiring skilled immigrants).

Ounce of prevention (Bob McHugh, Postmedia News)
Art Hovanessian, is the Art in Arts Automotive. Originally from Armenia, Art came to Canada as a refugee from Beirut in 1976. His neat and clean repair facility comes with those little customer-friendly extra touches, like the planter boxes on the outside and air purifier in the waiting room, that you typically only get with an involved owner-operator.


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

Soundbites e-Bulletin – October 19, 2011 (Social Planning Toronto)
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Social Planning Toronto – Planning for the Next 4 Years (SPT survey)
Social Planning Toronto is developing its strategic plan for 2012-2015. The strategic plan sets the priorities and direction for the organization’s work over the next four years. Rather than starting from scratch, this plan builds on the directions set out in SPT’s previous strategic plan. Our intent is to continue SPT’s tradition of social and economic justice work. We would like your help in shaping SPT’s priorities and direction. This short survey asks for your feedback on SPT’s draft plan. Thank you for taking the time to complete this short survey.

Open Letter To Toronto City Council In Support Of Torontos Poorest Residents And The Citys Hardship Fund – PDF (Social Planning Toronto)
We urge Toronto City Council to safeguard the Citys Hardship Fund a fund that offsets medical costs
for some of the poorest residents in Toronto. In the Citys own words, the Hardship Fund serves
primarily poor seniors who face potentially life threatening situations if they cannot obtain needed
medical items. The fund is particularly important for many senior women and people with disabilities
who live in poverty and who, because of their age or source of income, do not have access to supports
available through Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program


A W5 Wishlist: Your vote on journalism’s top movers and shakers (Fiona O’Connor, Samara)
For the past two years, Samara has had the honour of bringing some of journalisms leading innovators to Toronto through its partnership with the Massey College Canadian Journalism Fellowship. This year, were teamed up with a dynamic roster of journalists who bring a range of experiences and perspectives to the table.

Canadas CSI helps solve funding issues (Globe and Mail)
The distinct line between small businesses and non-profits has started to blur. Historically, the two had very different missions: make money or give back. But entrepreneurs today are starting out with a greater sense of social awareness, and savvy non-profits are learning the importance of managing two bottom lines one that measures their social utility, and another that keeps their finances in check.


MP Joy Smith describes Bill C-310 and the Connecting the Dots campaign to protest human trafficking (End Modern-day Slavery)
As a Member of Parliament and a proud Dot, I have most recently introduced a Private Members Bill calledBill C-310, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (trafficking in persons). Bill C-310 is a follow up to my Bill C-268 which passed in 2010 creating the first child trafficking offence in Canadian history. Bill C-310 will amend the Criminal Code to add the current trafficking in persons offences [s.279.01 and s.279.011] to the list of offenses which, if committed outside Canada by a Canadian or permanent resident, could be prosecuted in Canada. While Canada has adopted stiff penalties for criminals who traffic victims into, through, and from Canada, it is important that we also take responsibility for Canadians who traffic or enslave vulnerable people in other countries.

Suspect sought by Ottawa police in human trafficking ring nabbed in Montreal (Meghan Hurley, The Ottawa Citizen)
The suspected leader of a human trafficking ring was arrested in Montreal on Wednesday when he made a court appearance on an unrelated matter. Jamie Byron had been sought by Ottawa police on charges of keeping a common bawdy house, living off the avails of juvenile prostitution, exercising control over a person for prostitution and trafficking a person under 18 years old. The charges relate to a 17-year-old Windsor girl who was recruited in Ottawa for prostitution.

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