Immigration & Diversity news headlines – November 21, 2011

IMMIGRATION / SETTLEMENT / DIVERSITY

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Immigrant integration (CBC Saskatchewan)
Just how good are we as a country at integrating immigrants into our society? And how willing are immigrants to become integrated, and should they even need to be? A new study has some answers.
http://www.cbc.ca/bluesky/2011/11/17/immigrant-integration/

Our consensus that immigration is a solution is the only one that matters (Chris Selley, National Post)
Is there a “Canadian consensus on immigration”? And do we need to get “beyond” it in order to discuss “the making of citizens”? This was the intriguing premise behind the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation’s eighth annual policy conference, which wrapped up Saturday in Halifax. It’s true that Canada is a rare nation with no mainstream anti-immigrant political party. But in times of migration crisis, real or imagined, Canadians can freak out with the best of them — when a boat load of Tamil asylum-seekers arrives in British Columbia, for example, or an Afghan-Canadian stands accused of murdering his children for adopting mainstream Canadian values.
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2011/11/20/chris-selley-our-consensus-that-immigration-is-a-solution-is-the-only-one-that-matters/

Immigration shifts west from Ontario (CBC, with Peter Showler)
Canada’s immigration patterns are changing, experts say, and western provinces are the beneficiary. Only a decade ago, Ontario took in the lion’s share of Canada’s immigrants, with half going to Toronto and 60 per cent to Ontario as a whole. Last year, only 42 per cent of all immigrants went to Ontario, statistics show. At the same time, immigration to Western Canada has surged, especially in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2011/11/20/canada-immigration-pattern-changing.html

Strategy urges tolerance for newcomers (Lindsay Kelly, Northern Life)
With the launch of Greater Sudbury’s local immigrant settlement strategy last week, Augustine, Ontario’s fairness commissioner, urged Sudburians to reach out to newcomers with similar gestures to make their arrival and integration a more welcoming experience. “Businesses and social organizations must continue to work together to attract newcomers and to help them start that new life,” Augustine said. “Make sure immigrants feel welcome, that their kids can integrate happily in school, that they can find help getting around, and that (we) are good neighbours and welcoming hosts.” Creating a Sanctuary for New Citizens, the 106-page settlement strategy prepared by the Greater Sudbury Local Immigration Partnership (LIP), outlines tangible actions the city can take to create an environment that enhances diversity.
http://www.northernlife.ca/news/localNews/2011/11/20-sudbury-immigration-strategy.aspx

Equity, Innovation, and Educational Success (Paula Dunning, Canadian Education Association)
If there’s one message the articles in this special theme issue of Education Canada send out loud and clear, it’s that true equity in an educational context is the by-product of a society in which equity is an inherent value. Schools and school systems charged with the task of “closing the gap” while simultaneously “raising the bar” are hard pressed to deliver unless broader social policies are in place to ensure that all children have the supports they need outside, as well as inside the classroom. As the authors in this issue remind us repeatedly, we will not improve student outcomes across the board by testing and punishing; we will only do it by ensuring that the best educational practices are in place for all children.
http://www.cea-ace.ca/education-canada/article/equity-innovation-and-educational-success
Full table of contents for Equity issue – http://www.cea-ace.ca/education-canada/issue/theme2011

Equity in Education: Next Steps (Ron Canuel, Canadian Education Association)
In October of 2010, CEA, in conjunction with colleagues from SCOPE (Stanford Centre for Opportunity Policy in Education), hosted an event entitled Achieving Equity through Innovation: A Canada-United States Colloquium. This two-day event provided an important platform for the exchange of ideas, insights, and strategies on how to best improve the learning and teaching conditions in classrooms. From this event emerged a broad agreement that equity and more precisely, the specific conditions needed in our societies to ensure equity, required further reflection and development.
http://www.cea-ace.ca/education-canada/article/equity-education-next-steps

Canadian medic defends Afghan interpreter denied visa (Paul Watson, Toronto Star)
In a democracy, when government officials threaten someone’s life or liberty, they’re at least supposed to let a judge or jury hear witnesses who disagree with them. In the case of Sayed Shah Sharifi, a former Afghan interpreter for Canadian combat troops cut loose by immigration officials in the Taliban heartland, a young man’s life may be sacrificed by bureaucratic fiat. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has the power to issue the 23-year-old Afghan a reprieve, to show compassion for the young man heralded for his bravery by former Canadian commanders, and give him shelter in Canada.
http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1089410

The face of education: is it too white? (Louise Brown, Toronto Star)
Malton math teacher Krishna Nankissoor says he was twice denied a promotion to be head of his department and blames it on the fact he was South Asian. Yet in nearby Brampton, Harjit Aujla is settling in as new principal of Calderstone Middle School, the latest stop on a brisk climb through the ranks of the Peel board since he started teaching nine years ago. He speaks Punjabi every day with students’ families — half the school’s 800 students are of South Asian background, like him. He says board staff has mentored him from the start. Meet two faces on one of the hottest frontiers in public education — the drive to hire teachers who reflect the racial rainbow of their students.
http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1089372–the-face-of-education-is-it-too-white

Canada Fast Track Immigration: Retaining International PhD Talent (Scholarship-positions.com)
Under this initiative, every year 1000 international PhD students will be accepted for permanent residency under Federal Skilled Worker Program. Federal Skilled worker program has been an important mechanism in retaining skilled professionals in Canada. Application package of which can be downloaded from the website and sent via mail with completely filled details and immigration fees to Centralized Intake Office for Federal Skilled Worker Applications in Sydney, Nova Scotia (Canada). Through this program, Canada aims to promote development in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. This Developmental effort has been initiated by Ministry of Science and technology and Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, Canada.
http://scholarship-positions.com/blog/canada-fast-track-immigration-retaining-international-phd-talent/201111/

Adrienne Clarkson and the Canadian dream (David Berlin, Globe and Mail)
Adrienne Clarkson’s Room for All of Us is a compilation of 10 discrete stories about a unique category of new Canadians for whom she was a trailblazer. Immigrants of this kind do not abide by the old model, which was far more gradual, more about second than first generation. Nor do such newcomers, whose lives Clarkson lovingly traces, keep their heads down. On the contrary. Most of Clarkson’s subjects – including Tanzania-born Ismaili Nadir Mohamed, now president and chief executive officer of Rogers Communications, Naheed Nenshi, mayor of Calgary (born in Toronto to Ismaili Muslim immigrants from Tanzania) and Rathika Sitsabaiesan, the first Tamil member of Parliament – are wildly successful.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/arts/books/room-for-all-of-us-by-adrienne-clarkson/article2241206/

Letter claims ‘Islamic extremists’ will set up ‘no-go’ zones for non-Muslims in Canadian cities (Donald Gutstein, rabble)
Last week I received a spooky, racist letter, meant, I think, for the Reform wing of the Harper Conservatives. The letter advises me to be fearful because what has happened in some European cities will happen to us in Canada unless we make radical changes in our immigration policies… The letter comes courtesy of a new organization called the Centre for Immigration Policy Reform (CIPR). Its goal is to create a “groundswell” of “citizens engaged around immigration to convince our public policy makers” to bring in regressive immigration measures.
http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/donald-gutstein/2011/11/letter-claims-islamic-extremists-will-set-no-gozones-non-musl

HR takes up the challenge to bring diversity to the boardroom (Neil Hodge, HR Magazine)
Over the past decade, organisations have increasingly trumpeted their policies to try to entice people from different backgrounds to join their ranks. But there is still one last bastion of male, white, middle-aged and middle-class dominance that has seemingly fended off all attempts to make it as diverse as the rest of the organisation – the boardroom.
http://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/hr/features/1020396/hr-takes-challenge-bring-diversity-boardroom

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Talking About Race (The Ethnic Aisle)
Imagine – a smart, funny way to talk about race. TEXxHampshire College talk by Jay Smooth.
http://ethnicaisle.wordpress.com/2011/11/21/how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-love-talking-about-race/

Migration and business -Weaving the world together (The Economist)
Mass migration in the internet age is changing the way that people do business. IN THE flat world of maps, sharp lines show where one country ends and another begins. The real world is more fluid. Peoples do not have borders the way that parcels of land do. They seep from place to place; they wander; they migrate.
http://www.economist.com/node/21538700

Words have a mighty impact (Tom Ford, Winnipeg Free Press)
Prime Minister Stephen Harper usually doesn’t engage in name calling. But once in a while he stands tall on the rampart of goodness and hurls thunderbolts at the lesser beings below him. He berated Maritimers for staying on welfare; he publicly attacked China’s human rights record (until it became our second-biggest export market) and he said Alberta should build a firewall to keep out the incursions of Ottawa. In his most recent salvo, he said the “major threat (to Canada) is still Islamicism.” An interesting group including aboriginals, Muslims, Jews and Japanese-Canadians almost immediately returned fire in a half-page newspaper ad. “There is a huge difference,” said the group, “between the anti-western terrorist creed of hate and Islam, the faith that is practised by close to a million Canadian Muslims.”
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/words-have-a-mighty-impact-134227473.html

Reality of Islam hard to dispute (Peter Worthington, Toronto Sun)
Last week, on Michael Coren’s Agenda show on Sun News TV, Steve Emerson discussed realities of Islam in America in a way that is seldom heard, but is hard to dispute. Coren, himself, seemed somewhat shaken by his guest’s knowledge and warnings about the future. Not many speak with Emerson’s authority. According to Emerson, something like 95% of the mosques and Muslim organizations in America, are dominated or influenced by the Muslim Brotherhood, which is the largest Islamist party and extends throughout the world with links to terrorism and jihadism.
http://www.torontosun.com/2011/11/20/reality-of-islam-hard-to-dispute

Canadian Muslims Issue Call to Action to Eradicate Domestic Violence (CAIR CAN)
Prominent national as well as local Muslim organizations, community leaders and activists, as well as Imams from across Canada are joining together today to issue a Call to Action to Eradicate Domestic Violence. This Call highlights six ways Canadian Muslims can intensify their efforts to abolish all forms of domestic violence. As a first step, it calls on Imams across Canada to draw attention to December 6, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women by devoting their sermons on Friday December 9 to the issue.
http://www.caircan.ca/itn_more.php?id=3134_0_2_0_C

Muslim immigrant says, “I didn’t come to Canada to live in an oppressive society where women wear headbags. I came here to get away from all that medieval crap.” (Bare Nake Islam)
Mohammad calls in to the Arlene Bynon radio show on AM 640 to protest the Metro Toronto Police Service’s plan to recruit more Muslim women by putting together a special hijab (headbag)-ready version of the uniform.
http://barenakedislam.wordpress.com/2011/11/19/muslim-immigrant-says-i-didnt-come-to-canada-to-live-in-an-oppressive-society-where-women-wear-headbags-i-came-here-to-get-away-from-all-that-medieval-crap/

Trial puts Islam in the dock in Canada (Shahina Siddiqui, Winnipeg Free Press)
The ongoing court proceeding in Kingston on the multiple murders of girls, allegedly at the hands of their father, brother and mother, and a woman allegedly at the hands of her husband and stepson, are revealing the worst of human failings — namely control, power, greed, jealousy and hatred. This case also has an added fascination because it involves an Afghan Muslim family of recent immigrants to Canada. The many prisms through which the public is being shown this human tragedy is telling of our prevailing environment of suspicion, ignorance and the “us and them” divisive discourse. First, there is this relentless pursuit of value clashes — “theirs” versus “ours” — a winning argument for anti-immigration pundits. The argument goes that “their” values compel them to kill their women because their women are adopting our values and these immigrant hybrids cannot tolerate this. Proof enough, scream the pundits, that we cannot allow immigration to those who hate our values. Can anyone dare argue with this conclusion? Of course not — you would be labelled anti-Canadian.
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/trial-puts-islam-in-the-dock-in-canada-134168523.html

FCM announces municipal campaign training webinar series for women (FCM)
“The webinars will provide valuable information for women interested in running for municipal office but who have not been able to attend the in-person workshops FCM has been offering across the country for the last two years. They are another contribution to our continued efforts to increase the participation of women in municipal decision-making,” said Vrbanovic. Each of the five English webinars will cover a key campaign issue: campaign finances (November 22, 2011); deciding to run (January 12, 2012); media relations (January 25, 2012); campaign literature (February 7, 2012) and social media (February 14, 2012). A series of French webinars will also be offered.
http://www.fcm.ca/home/media/news-releases/2011/fcm-announces-municipal-campaign-training-webinar-series-for-women-.htm

Deloitte Releases Second Edition of “Women in the boardroom: A global perspective” (Marketwire)
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (DTTL) today launched the second edition of a report from the Deloitte Global Center for Corporate Governance, Women in the boardroom: A global perspective ( http://media3.marketwire.com/r/deloittewomenboardroomreport ), which examines the legislative efforts being pursued across 17(i) countries to encourage more women to serve on listed company boards. The updated edition of the report comes after numerous governmental developments have evolved in several countries since the January 2011 publishing of the first edition. The new research highlights a variety of approaches to support diversity on boards, including requiring more disclosure, setting targets, and implementing quotas. According to the study, strong variations exist among countries regarding the most efficient way to achieve higher levels of diversity.
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/deloitte-releases-second-edition-of-women-in-the-boardroom-a-global-perspective-2011-11-21-82560

12 notable people offer their advice to new Vancouver government (Andrea Woo, Vancouver Sun)
Affordable housing, transportation and ensuring healthy local businesses are common themes.
http://www.vancouversun.com/business/notable+people+offer+their+advice/5742820/story.html

Canadian duo aims to give Internet to the entire world (CTV)
It’s an ambitious plan from two Canadian brothers to bring the Internet to billions of people around the world, from remote farming communities to bustling streetside markets. The Indian-born, Canadian-raised entrepreneurs are behind the product dubbed the world’s cheapest tablet computer, scheduled to be released in India within weeks. They say the beauty of UbiSlate, an Android-based tablet, is that users will be able to obtain quality Internet access using existing low-speed cellphone networks.
http://montreal.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20111120/canadian-brothers-hope-to-bring-world-internet-111120/20111120/?hub=MontrealHome

European Commission asks: When is a family not a family? (MIPEX)
Does the EU Family Reunion Directive reflect how you would define a family? MPG’s analysis of MIPEX and Eurostat statistics reveals that immigrant’s parents, grandparents, and adult children are somehow entitled to reunite in most countries, but few can or do apply.
http://www.mipex.eu/blog/european-commission-asks-when-is-a-family-not-a-family

WSO To Hold Immigration Issues Forum On Sunday (The Link)
Immigration has been the focus of considerable attention in the community after recent stories on alleged cases of marriage fraud as well as announcements by the federal government on steps being taken to improve family reunification wait times. The townhall-type meetings being organized by WSO will be forums for community members to comment on important immigration issues as well as to hear from immigration experts. Invitations have also been extended to all three Canadian federal parties to send representatives.
http://thelinkpaper.ca/?p=11791

Dramatising predicaments of early 20th century Punjabi immigration (Ishtiaq Ahmed, Daily Times)
Tariq Malik is a Canadian of Pakistani-Punjabi descent who lives in Vancouver. He made his debut with a collection of short stories, Rainsongs of Kotli, in 2004. I had the occasion to read them and was impressed by his talent for storytelling. In 2010 his first novel, Chanting Denied Shores (Calgary: Bayeux Arts), was published. The title vividly captures a great wrong done at the beginning of the 20th century to a shipload of Punjabis who tried to enter Canada. They sailed into the Vancouver Harbour on a charted Japanese ship, the Komagata Maru in the summer of 1914. The author has done yeoman service by researching and unearthing forgotten material to tell that story, which few know about
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011%5C11%5C20%5Cstory_20-11-2011_pg3_2

Residency application stuck in limbo (Hugh Adami, Ottawa Citizen)
Is Ahmed-Seghir Guettaoui a victim of bungling bureaucrats or is the federal government taking it out on him for going to the media? Guettaoui, promised in July 2010 that his application for permanent resident status would be dealt with expeditiously after it was more or less ignored for seven years, is still waiting for closure. He received the assurances of quick action the same day his story was recounted by The Public Citizen.
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/Residency+application+stuck+limbo/5739645/story.html

Event Nov 23: Diverse And Equal: How Can Toronto Thrive In All Senses? (Canadian Urban Institute)
The 2011 Urban Leadership Awards included a tribute to Jane Jacobs and the 50th Anniversary of her famous book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities. In celebration of this milestone and the inspiration to create better cities, displays on her life and accomplishments were created by the design students of George Brown College. This discussion series continues the debate around her ideas about what cities should be like, and asks, what should Toronto be like, what should we do, and how should we do it?
http://www.canurb.com/civicrm/event/info?id=74&reset=1

Ask the Religion Experts: Is religion alive and well or struggling to survive in Canada? (Ottawa Citizen)
Question: Is religion alive and well or struggling to survive in Canada? A few experts weigh in.
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/life/Religion+Experts+religion+alive+well+struggling+survive+Canada/5740546/story.html

Canada seeks thousands of Irish immigrants urgently (Irish Central)
Canada is seeking tens of thousands of Irish worker to fill a wide range of jobs, the Canadian Ambassador to Ireland announced last week. The country is seeking to fill a labor shortage caused by a strong economy, massive infrastructure projects and booming fisheries, mining, oil and natural gas industries. “I’m hearing numbers like between 30,000 and 40,000 in construction alone,” Ambassador Loyola Hearn told the Irish Independent.
http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Canada-seeks-thousands-of-Irish-immigrants-urgently-134201468.html

Our diverse city (Tom Babin, Calgary Herald)
Project Calgary kicks off a weeklong exploration of the multicultural makeup of Calgary and the richness it brings – today focusing on the debate over ‘ethnic enclaves’
http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/diverse+city/5737381/story.html

Building diverse communities (Tom Babin, Calgary Herald)
‘Ethnic enclaves’ are raising concern all over the world, but can they be good for a city?
http://www.calgaryherald.com/life/Building+diverse+communities/5735743/story.html

Lectures look at relationship between Muslims, Christians (Mario Toneguzzi, Calgary Herald)
A unique series of lectures on the relationship between Christians and Muslims is taking place this fall, sponsored by the Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life. The centre, at the Augustana campus of the University of Alberta, will hold lectures in Calgary, Camrose and Edmonton. “While I am not a specialist in Islam or Muslim society, I have done work in these areas for a number of years. I have fine friends in Muslim communities both here, in Syria and in Turkey,” says David Goa, the director of the centre, who will be delivering the lectures.
http://www.calgaryherald.com/life/Lectures+look+relationship+between+Muslims+Christians/5737473/story.html

Celebrate the Canadian way (Gurcharan Bhatia And Allan Sheppard, Edmonton Journal)
While imperfect, our adaptive multiculturalism is to be respected, admired – and continued.
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/life/Celebrate+Canadian/5737240/story.html

REFUGEES

Accused poppy thief in Canada as refugee claimant (Tom Godfrey, Toronto Sun)
Some Toronto veterans are seeking the deportation of a Czech man accused of stealing west-end poppy boxes after he and his family were given refugee status in this country that they fought for. A man surrendered to police on Nov. 7 after his picture was caught on a security camera during one of the alleged thefts.
http://www.torontosun.com/2011/11/19/accused-poppy-thief-in-canada-as-refugee-claimant

CitizenLou (Louisa Taylor)
Blog of an Ottawa Citizen journalist visiting refugee camps in Nepal.
http://citizenlou.wordpress.com/

Flash mob takes swing at children’s rights (Caroline Zentner, Lethbridge Herald)
A group of child advocates urged Canadians to wake up by staging a flash mob pillow fight on the corner of 4 Avenue and 6 Street Friday afternoon. Dugi Berisha, a youth ambassador for the Canadian Council for Refugees in Lethbridge, was one of the organizers of the event designed to draw attention to refugee and immigrant children’s rights. “It’s a flash mob that’s happening throughout Canada and we decided on this date because two days later on Nov. 20 there’s (Universal Children’s Day) to respect the rights of the children. This one is to raise awareness of issues that non-citizen youth and children face in Canada,” Berisha said.
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/front-page-news/flash-mob-takes-swing-at-childrens-rights-111911.html

POVERTY / HEALTH / HOMELESSNESS / SOCIAL INCLUSION

Put Bragging Rights on Hold, Canada (Jerry Diakiw, Canadian Education Association)
In Canada, we have narrowed the achievement gap between rich and poor by focusing on these injustices in society and developing programs to address them in schools. Whether it is the Aboriginal Schools, Songide’ewin, or Rising Sun in Winnipeg, or Pathways to Education in Toronto, we have proven that schools can make a difference – sometimes a big difference. Across Canada, the Reading Recovery program has proven conclusively that the reading level of children in poverty can be raised to match that of their advantaged peers,[6] and reading competency is the best predictor of academic ­– and economic – success. Schools can do a lot, but they can’t do it all. Child poverty persists as a cancer in our society, taking a toll on children’s health, development, and school achievement – and on the public purse. The public cost of poverty in Canada in 2007 was low-balled at $24.4 billion.[7] Poverty contributes significantly to healthcare costs, policing costs, diminished educational outcomes, and depressed productivity. In 2004, the OECD concluded, “failure to tackle the poverty . . . of families and their children is not only socially reprehensible, but it will also weigh heavily on countries’ capacity to sustain economic growth in years to come.”
http://www.cea-ace.ca/education-canada/article/put-bragging-rights-hold-canada

NDP hopeful Nash says Canada not a ‘normal’ country under Harper’s Tories (Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press)
NDP leadership hopeful Peggy Nash says Canada is no longer a “normal” country under Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s direction. The Toronto MP describes Harper’s Canada as a country of growing inequality, record personal debt, hopelessness among youth and a federal government that continually tells people to expect less. “I don’t think that’s normal,” Nash told The Canadian Press in a wide-ranging interview Thursday. “I think that’s wrong.” Nash said Canadians have a right to expect economic, social and environmental progress, where people co-operate with each other and the government doesn’t pit one group against another. “I think we can have that kind of normal country and I’m determined that I’m going to lead that.” http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/canada/breakingnews/ndp-hopeful-nash-says-canada-not-a-normal-country-under-harpers-tories-134074598.html

Healthy food out of reach for poor, report says (Heidi Ulrichsen – Sudbury Northern Life Staff)
Healthy food continues to be out of reach for the city’s poorest citizens, according to the Sudbury and District Health Unit. The health unit’s annual Nutritious Food Basket Report shows it costs about $189 a week, or $818 per month, to feed a family of four consisting of two parents and two children, in the Sudbury and Manitoulin areas.
http://www.northernlife.ca/news/localNews/2011/11/21-healthy-food-report-sudbury.aspx

New Global Child Health curriculum announced in Canada (Eureka Alert)
Globalization has led to significant changes in the health care of children worldwide, yet medical education in the developed world has remained domestically focused. Canadian pediatricians are caring for growing numbers of new immigrants, refugees and international adoptees, so their formal training should reflect these changes. Now medical trainees in Canada don’t have to go abroad to improve cultural competency and expand their global health education. With support from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), a national team of global child health (GCH) experts working through the Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS) is the first to create a series of evidence-based educational modules to address a foundational learning gap for residents, pediatricians and health care institutions. The modules are now available in both official languages from the CPS, and include the following key topics: global child mortality, under-nutrition, fever in the returned child traveler, and refugee and immigrant health. The curriculum will be presented today at a luncheon with Dr. Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organization, and the Honourable Beverley Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, and the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health.
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-11/choe-ngc111811.php

Peel Initiative Celebrates National Child Day (The Brampton News)
On Sunday, November 20th, Peel Children and Youth Initiative (PCYI) will mark National Child Day in Peel. To mark this important day deliveries to parents and newborns highlighting the importance of children’s rights were made at three Peel regional hospitals today – Brampton Civic Hospital, Trillium Health Centre and Credit Valley Hospital. This year, members of PCYI’s Peel Children’s Charter Committee and 12-year old Charter Ambassador, Naomi Ishmael are making a special presentation to new parents and their babies showcasing each of the rights and how they contribute to a child’s well-being and the opportunity to thrive in life.
http://www.thebramptonnews.com/articles/5472/1/Peel-Initiative-Celebrates-National-Child-Day/Page1.html

Canada Income Inequality: The Time Has Come To ‘Mind The Gap’ In Earnings (Daniel Tencer, Rachel Mendleson, Huffinton Post)
“The rich get richer, and the poor get poorer.” That old adage may be the simplest way to explain income inequality. We’ve all heard it. But is it true? The evidence is mounting that it is. According to Statistics Canada, between 1980 and 2005 the median income before taxes of the bottom 20 per cent of earners dropped by $4,000, or about 20 per cent once adjusted for inflation. At the same time, the top 20 per cent saw their median income rise by about $12,000, or more than 16 per cent. And a recent Conference Board of Canada report showed that income inequality in Canada is actually growing faster than in the United States. If we’re not at the U.S.’s level yet, we sure are hurtling in that direction.
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2011/11/21/canada-income-inequality-mind-the-gap_n_1101295.html

Breakfast for homeless gives celebrities, corporate leaders a chance to listen (Joe O’Connor, National Post)
Daniel Merritt, a redhead, an ex-con, a boozer, a dope smoker and a young man with problems, and Mathew Catalfano, another young man with holes in his smile where teeth should be, and Cory Kellar, a rail-thin ghost with long hair and a haunted past, and Marty Miller, a 61-year-old with a gin blossom nose, a bad knee and a whisper of booze on his breath, are all here, like Mr. McKenny, to talk, if they choose to. They are here to break bread and maybe break down barriers between a homeless community Torontonians see every day and yet don’t see at all, and a collection of corporate bigwigs and local celebrities. Tom Caldwell, chairman of Caldwell Securities, Robert Deluce, the Porter Airlines boss, Piers Handling, head of the Toronto International Film Festival, Michael Landsberg, the TSN host, Mr. McKenny and Jay Barton, a social worker, recovering addict and the breakfast organizer, all have a seat at the table.
http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/11/20/breakfast-for-homeless-gives-celebrities-corporate-leaders-a-chance-to-listen/

EMPLOYMENT & WORKERS

Volunteers mentoring skilled immigrants recognized by The Mentoring Partnership program (Canadian Immigrant)
The Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) recognized outstanding volunteer contributions to its award-winning program, The Mentoring Partnership. Facilitating the mentorship of over 6,000 skilled immigrants since its launch in 2004, the program brings together recent skilled immigrants and established professionals in occupation-specific mentoring relationships. Mentors share job search tips, industry insights and professional contacts, helping skilled immigrant mentees establish a professional network in Canada.
http://canadianimmigrant.ca/news-and-views/volunteers-mentoring-skilled-immigrants-recognized-by-the-mentoring-partnership-program/

Career Mentorship Program Graduation (Asian Tribune)
Mentees and mentors celebrated their graduation from the Career Mentorship Program last week. An initiative of the Edmonton Region Immigrant Employment Council (ERIEC), the Career Mentorship Program matches Edmonton’s global talent with and local professionals in occupation-specific mentoring relationships. Mentees are skilled and educated newcomers who are unemployed or underemployed in Edmonton. Mentors are established professionals working in Edmonton who volunteer their time to mentor the job-ready, foreign-trained professionals.
http://www.asiantribune.ca/community-events-/4327-career-mentorship-progra

Foreign Trained (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with Nilisent Dominguez. She is a recent graduate from the Bridge Training Program for Internationally Trained Psychologists and Allied Mental Health Professionals.
http://www.cbc.ca/metromorning/episodes/2011/11/18/foreign-trained/

Literacy class gives foreign domestic workers needed boost (Darah Hansen, Vancouver Sun)
The class, which runs at the Britannia Community Centre every Sunday afternoon from October to April, is designed to address the specific literacy needs of foreign domestic workers who, like Ganancial, speak English, but lack advanced language and grammar skills needed to build a brighter financial future for themselves in Canada. Filling the gaps in a newcomer’s cultural understanding of Canadian life — like why we wear that poppy each year — is another aspect of the program. Briony Taylor, community coordinator in Vancouver for Frontier College, said the overall goal is to boost participants’ confidence when communicating with other Canadians “so that they have the ability to make that next step into their goals and careers.”
http://www.vancouversun.com/Literacy+class+gives+foreign+domestic+workers+needed+boost/5741361/story.html

Sammy Tam – Mentor to 10 or more skilled immigrants (The Mentoring Partnership)
“Newcomers are facing the same challenges that I did when I arrived from Hong Kong 20 years ago. Sometimes a little information or insight is all they need, and could make a big difference. I think this is especially true in a regulated profession, such as accounting.”
http://www.thementoringpartnership.com/news/sammy-tam-mentor-to-10-or-more-skilled-immigrants/

CITY OF TORONTO / CITIES / CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Monday’s Headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A round-up of mainstream media Toronto headlines related to Occupy Toronto, City Hall, Planning & Development and Other News.
http://spacingtoronto.ca/2011/11/21/mondays-headlines-214/

Africentric school against everything Toronto stands for (Marcus Gee, Globe and Mail)
The Toronto District School Board made a terrible mistake when it approved an Africentric high school this week. Public schools based on racial background are an affront to everything Toronto stands for. Toronto, as we know, is among the most diverse places on the planet, but it is not a city of ghettos. It is successful at least in part because it has rejected special treatment, segregation, racial politics and exclusivity.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/toronto/marcus-gee/africentric-school-against-everything-toronto-stands-for/article2242279

SOCIAL INNOVATION / NONPROFITS

Has the Time for CSR Passed? (Jillian Rodak, Socialfinance.ca)
As we know, there has been a big push for CSR amongst most large companies within the last ten years, and according to Kelly many have done a solid job of reaching this point (though I’m not fully convinced of this). But “the time for CSR (has) passed”, she said, because “we’ve been congratulating ourselves on being less bad”. Companies have done a good job of fitting social and environmental practices into their current business models. But what we need to be doing is the opposite. Kelly presented the analogy of a car heading dangerously toward the edge of a cliff. The driver slams on the breaks to stop the car before it reaches the edge instead of turning the car around and driving in the other direction.
http://socialfinance.ca/blog/post/has-the-time-for-csr-passed

HUMAN TRAFFICKING / MODERN-DAY SLAVERY

A Trafficker’s Story (Michelle Brock, Hope for the Sold)
It’s true – we can have all the legislation in the world to prevent trafficking, but ending demand for prostitution and pornography is the only guaranteed way to end sexual exploitation. Ultimately trafficking is fueled by greed, lust, and power, and these are issues of the heart.
http://hopeforthesold.com/2011/11/21/a-traffickers-story/

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