Immigration & Diversity news headlines – November 10, 2011

IMMIGRATION / SETTLEMENT / DIVERSITY

An inspired leader who encourages diversity (United Way York Region)
Recently, DiverseCity profiled one of our own inspiring community leaders, Janice Chu, United Way of York Region’s Director of Community Investment. Janice grew up in a family with a strong work ethic and very supportive parents who encouraged her, saying that a good education, hard work and being a good person is what opens up closed doors. Going through a number of “aha” and “ooh” moments in her journey settling a new life in Canada, Janice feels very fortunate in the position where she’s now in at United Way and the important work she’s engaged in on a day to day basis.
http://www.york.unitedway.ca/2011/why-i-help/an-inspired-leader-who-encourages-diversity/

Politics can become more representative (Debora Kelly, YorkRegion.com)
I — like most of you, I’m sure — am offended by the idea we would put politicians into office based on the colour of their skin rather than for the beliefs, values, skills and leadership qualities important to us both personally and to the future of our communities and country. But Mr. Siemiatycki and his sponsors will tell you this report is the impetus to create opportunities for new leaders in diverse communities. In particular, the report recommends municipalities become more pro-active in promoting civic engagement within diverse communities
http://www.yorkregion.com/opinion/columns/article/1241093–politics-can-become-more-representative

Visible minorities are highly under-represented, says new study (Canadian Immigrant)
While visible minorities comprise 40 per cent of the population across the GTA, only 11 per cent of elected officials. “The region would need to elect almost four times as many visible minorities, across all levels of government, for visible minorities to hold elected office in proportion to their share of population.” “Who our political leaders are is a critical indicator of Canada’s progress towards inclusion as a diverse society,” notes Siemiatycki. “Elected officials are our lawmakers and policy-makers. They also symbolically represent who can be the ‘face and voice’ of our country, province and city.”
http://canadianimmigrant.ca/news-and-views/visible-minorities-are-highly-under-represented-says-new-study/

Participation in Parliamentary Democracy: Where would you put your money? (Jane Hilderman, Samara Canada)
If political parties are the real solution to improving participation, who is responsible for steering them in the right direction? At a DiverseCity panel discussion co-hosted by Maytree and Toronto’s Civic Action last night, Robin Sears, an international communications and public affairs consultant, asserted that local party associations are “paper tigers” – they are not hard to ‘take over’ if you mobilize enough support. However, he also noted that few people outside of parties – especially groups prone to underrepresentation in politics to begin with – know how to “navigate the game.” So, who leads the change? Should Canadians push parties to be more participatory, inclusive and responsive to what they are looking for out of membership? Or do parties, given their uniquely central role in our democracy, have an obligation to reach out to non-member Canadians and give them a reason to join? Moreover, are we missing other opportunities like Dance’s “Digital House” if we’re focused on political parties?
http://www.samaracanada.com/blog/post/Participation-in-Parliamentary-Democracy-Where-would-you-put-your-money.aspx

Race relations and anti-discrimination event focuses on diversity, inclusion (Kirk Starratt, Kings County News)
Warden Diana Brothers, committee chairwoman, said the free celebration is an opportunity to sample international cuisine and enjoy cultural dance and musical performances by the Chinese Society of Nova Scotia, the Indian Students Association from Dalhousie University, the Maritime Centre for African Dance and Kings County’s own Lenley Melvin and Liz Furniss. The keynote speaker is Dr. Wanda Thomas Bernard. Brothers said the purpose of the committee is to celebrate diversity and promote inclusion for all in Kings County.
http://www.kingscountynews.ca/News/2011-11-09/article-2800325/Race-relations-and-anti-discrimination-event-focuses-on-diversity,-inclusion/1

RFP: Video Production Services – Safer and Vital Communities (SVC) Grant (Settlement AtWork)
This project will provide the right company with a great opportunity to creatively work in the Not-For-Profit sector and with Youth. We are looking for a production company that has experience in the concept development, planning (including scripting), and execution of high quality videos with tight timelines. The successful company will also need to be flexible and will likely have to work some evenings and/or weekends.
http://www.settlementatwork.org/_rfps_/93723

Immigration reforms (Editorial, Chronicle-Herald)
Canada is reserving a fast lane for the best and brightest immigrants and removing obstacles to their becoming permanent residents and citizens. Thanks to the CEC program, highly skilled foreign workers may now apply from within Canada, with the expectation of a prompt reply, instead of being forced to leave the country and join the line-up. We agree with this approach. Not only are these immigrants most likely to succeed within Canadian society, but they are more likely to help Canadian society as a whole succeed.
http://thechronicleherald.ca/editorials/31245-immigration-reforms

Video: Salim Mansur – Multiculturalism – A Delectable Lie (YouTube)
Mansur, by contrast, sees official multiculturalism as dangerous because, contrary to its stated goal of helping immigrants integrate into Canadian society and to adopt liberal, democratic values, it has the opposite effect.
It encourages immigrants not only to remain outside the mainstream, but to try and force society to accept and accommodate such anti-democratic values as sharia law.

Video: Don’t Believe the Hype: Aqsa Parvez (YouTube)
While featuring Aqsas story is recognition of a young womans life cut tragically short, the Toronto Life article perpetuates common stereotypes about Muslim and immigrant communities, diverting attention from the urgent issue of violence against women across Canada.

Racial problems at school noted in 2010 report (San Grewal, Toronto Star)
The report by MIT Global Consulting Group, which handles mediation on human rights issues, was prepared for the Peel District School Board in June 2010. It was requested by the board after a teacher tried to stop Ashoak Grewal in a school hallway while he was picking up his two children from an after-school program.
http://www.thestar.com/news/mississauga/article/1082940–racial-problems-at-school-noted-in-2010-report

United States looks to compete against Canada for wealthy immigrants (Andy Radia, Yahoo! News)
The popularity of the Canadian program however, has lead to long wait lists and slow processing times – something Larsen says the U.S. can take advantage of. “(Canada is) actually backlogged which means there are folks looking to move their dollars somewhere for investment. That’s created demand for the EB5 program. ” Larsen told Yahoo! Canada News. “Other countries are marketing (their immigrant investor programs) oversees. And those dollars are going to end up invested in a country and I would prefer those dollars end up (in the United States).
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/canada-politics/united-states-looks-compete-against-canada-wealthy-immigrants-150455114.html

The Multicultural Lie (Bruce Bawer, Frontpagemag.com)
A number of books have criticized multiculturalism, but even if you’ve already read a bunch of them, Salim Mansur’s Delectable Lie: A Liberal Repudiation of Multiculturalism is still very much worth your attention. Mansur, a syndicated columnist who teaches political science at the University of Western Ontario and whose previous books include Islam’s Predicament: Perspectives of a Dissident Muslim, approaches multiculturalism from the distinctive viewpoint of a naturalized Canadian citizen who is also a secular Muslim born on the Indian subcontinent. At once very knowledgeable about the history of multiculturalism and richly steeped in the long tradition of Western ideas about individual liberty (of which he rightly recognizes multiculturalism as a profound philosophical violation), Mansur is also a highly effective polemicist. Although awash in learned references to thinkers ranging from Plato and Aristotle to Karl Popper and Friedrich Hayek, Mansur’s book is eminently accessible, and should be of interest to any reader who is concerned about the threat that multiculturalism poses to the Western heritage of freedom.
http://frontpagemag.com/2011/11/10/the-multicultural-lie/

REFUGEES

Gangs a threat to refugee kids (Kent Spencer And Ian Austin, The Province)
Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts is warning the federal government that about 500 Surrey kids are at risk of being recruited into gangs because of fees being charged to vulnerable refugee parents. She told a meeting of The Province’s editorial board on Wednesday that the fees, which can run into tens of thousands of dollars, put kids at risk of recruitment because normal support systems are not available from the hard-pressed adults in their families. “Some kids need more help than others so they don’t end up joining gangs,” Watts said. “Of particular concern is the refugee population in Surrey.
http://www.theprovince.com/news/canada-in-afghanistan/Gangs+threat+refugee+kids/5684508/story.html

POVERTY / HEALTH / HOMELESSNESS / SOCIAL INCLUSION

Join us for the release of the 2011 Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Canada (Campaign 2000)
Family Service Toronto and Campaign 2000 invite our partners, supporters and community members to the release of our 20th Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Canada. The report card release will be followed by a roundtable A Campaign 2000 Retrospective, Breaking the Barriers: Working to Eradicate Poverty in Canada.
http://www.campaign2000.ca/whatsnew/reportcardlaunch2011.html

EMPLOYMENT & WORKERS

Revisiting Justifications for Board Diversity (Conference Board of Canada) 
This report examines empirical data on board diversity and finds that reliance on the business case has not translated into appreciable gains. As such, it suggests that moral and social rationales be reincorporated into strategies for advancing diversity. Despite increased reliance on economic-based rationales for board diversity, recent empirical data shows little change in actual board diversity. In light of this relative stagnation, this report argues that diversity advocates may need to revisit and acknowledge the role of social and moral justifications in the effort to diversify the corporate boardroom. note: fee
http://www.conferenceboard.ca/documents.aspx?did=4535&

Speaking Notes for the Honourable Diane Finley Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development to announce Foreign Credential Recognition funding to the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants for their Learning Assessment and Bridging Programs for Internationally Trained Accountants project (HRSDC)
We need immigrants, especially skilled immigrants, to help address labour shortages in a number of industries and occupations, including the financial sector. But skilled newcomers need to have their education and experience formally recognized before they can get the jobs they’re qualified for. And the process can often be long and complicated. That’s why, through Canada’s Economic Action Plan, we invested $50 million to improve foreign credential recognition so that newcomers can put their skills and experience to work sooner.
http://news.gc.ca/web/article-eng.do?nid=636989

Government of Canada to help internationally trained accountants get jobs in Canada faster (Canadian Immigrant)
With this government investment, the Institute will create an online assessment tool that will validate foreign education and work experience. It will also establish customized bridging programs to help these accountants complete any additional courses and examinations required to become a chartered accountant in Canada.
http://canadianimmigrant.ca/news-and-views/government-of-canada-to-help-internationally-trained-accountants-get-jobs-in-canada-faster/

Immigrants are first to lose jobs in a recession: study (Canadian Immigrant)
The Institute for Research on Public Policy has released a report showing that skilled immigrants and refugees do better economically than any other immigrant cohort entering the country. However, in high unemployment periods, immigrants are first to lose their jobs. Report authors Michael Abbott and Charles Beach say officials should consider reducing total immigrant admission levels during recessions, when Canada is hit with high unemployment periods for this reason.
http://canadianimmigrant.ca/news-and-views/immigrants-are-first-to-lose-jobs-in-a-recession-study/

Gaining Canadian Experience (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with Bill Chappelle, he runs a program called Can-Ex at City Adult Learning Centre at Broadview and Danforth. And with Geanina Florea, she participated in the program.
http://www.cbc.ca/metromorning/episodes/2011/11/09/gaining-canadian-experience/

Language Competency and the Labour Market (Sarah Wayland, Wise5)
Wise5 has been asked about how language ability affects business success, if at all. There is a bit of scholarly literature that addresses language competency and labour market integration, though not necessarily business ownership. Research indicates that language skills have a positive impact on individual labour market outcomes.
http://www.wise5.ca/general-interest/language-competency-and-the-labour-market/

Call for participants: Study on the Occupational Adjustment of Dependent Applicant Immigrants (Settlement AtWork)
The purpose of this research study is to examine whether skilled worker immigrants arriving as dependent applicants face different employment outcomes relative to those arriving as principle applicants.
http://www.settlementatwork.org/_news_/93727

Filipino women speak out about the Live-in Caregiver Program in Canada (Rabble.ca)
What are the conditions of working under the Live-in Caregiver Program and who is most affected? Is there a relationship to the LCP and the government’s avoidance of taking responsibility for the shortage of child care? Can such a program be reformed? Ellie Gordon-Moershel speaks with Joy Sioson of the Philippine Women Centre of Ontario — an organization housed in the Magkaisa Centre in Toronto.
http://rabble.ca/podcasts/shows/f-word/2011/11/our-liberation-not-negotiable-filipino-women-speak-out-about-live-care

CITY OF TORONTO / CITIES / CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Big City, Big Ideas Lecture Series: Presentation by Ricky Burdett (IMFG)
The first lecture by Ricky Burdett, Director of the London School of Economics Cities and Urban Age Program, was entitled Living in the Endless City – Global Challenges in an Urban Age. It was held on October 26th, 4-6 pm, at Walter Hall, Faculty of Music.
http://www.munkschool.utoronto.ca/imfg/2011/big-city-big-ideas-lecture-series-2/

SOCIAL INNOVATION / NONPROFITS

Join us at the 2011 Social Finance Forum: Investing in good deals (Alex Kjorven, Socialfinance.ca)
With the one-year anniversary of this publication as the backdrop, we are excited to announce the 2011 Social Finance Forum on December 13th and 14th at MaRS. Join leaders from across the country to drive the development of Canada’s impact investing marketplace and to learn what it means to invest in good deals.
http://socialfinance.ca/blog/post/join-us-at-the-2011-social-finance-forum-investing-in-good-deals

New Fundraising Tool for Non-Profits (Health Nexus)
Check out a brand new resource called Community Gift Shop (www.communitygiftshop.com). They will create a customized gift catalogue for any non-profit group or organization. It creates a culture of local
giving, where people purchase your symbolic gifts, which in turn allows you
to help more individuals and families.
http://www.blogs.healthnexussante.ca/?p=1788

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