Immigration & Diversity news headlines – December 16, 2011

IMMIGRATION / SETTLEMENT / DIVERSITY

What Cities Said – December Newsletter (Cities of Migration)
In this issue:
Living Together in the City
Deputy Mayor Richard Barnes: Listening to Local Leadership in London
Nazia Hussain: Cities Leading by Example
Team London and the Mayor’s Mentoring Scheme
Congratulations to DiverseCity onBoard!
Submit Your Good Idea!
Diversity Moves Frankfurt
Taking Teachers on Community and Faith Walks
Webinar Video: City Leadership on Employment and Workforce Diversity
Good Ideas in the News
http://www.industrymailout.com/Industry/View.aspx?id=319309

New Canadians more likely to belong to “Sandwich Generation” and to feel related financial pressure (Canada Newswire)
The survey also found that 20 per cent of those respondents who were born outside Canada were more likely to be members of the “Sandwich Generation” adults who provide personal and financial support to their parents and children simultaneously compared to seven per cent of all respondents. “Most Canadians are finding it difficult to make ends meet. But these results are showing us that immigrants are feeling particularly overwhelmed because they’re balancing more than the average Canadian,” said Reh Bhanji, regional sales manager of the Wealth Management and Life and Health Insurance division at Desjardins Group. “The ‘Sandwich Generation’ may be a new phenomenon in North America, but it’s not for many new Canadians it’s life. They’re juggling the challenge of establishing roots in a new country, raising a family and caring for elderly parents, all within a very tight budget.”
http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/895987/new-canadians-more-likely-to-belong-to-sandwich-generation-and-to-feel-related-financial-pressure

Precarious Housing and Hidden Homelessness Among Refugees, Asylum Seekers, and Immigrants in the Toronto Metropolitan Area (Homelessness Resource Center)
This report is part of a pan-Canadian research project entitled Precarious Housing and Hidden Homelessness among Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Immigrants in Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver funded by the Homelessness Partnering Secretariat, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and managed in collaboration with the National Secretariat of the Metropolis Project.
http://www.nrchmi.samhsa.gov/Resource/View.aspx?id=53199&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

City Newcomers Guide designed to help community (Adam Jackson Herald-Tribune Staff)
A newly-released booklet will help newcomers to Grande Prairie adapt and be able to function in a different culture. The 53-page booklet, titled ”City of Grande Prairie Newcomers’ Guide,” offers resources and contact information, from finding work to information on how city council works. “We have different agencies that are currently working with newcomers,” said Lisa Watson, welcoming and inclusive committee convener.
http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3405238

Gatineau values guide complaint sparks immigrant probe (CBC)
A Moroccan immigrant living in Gatineau, Que., was mistakenly included in an email chain that revealed city officials investigated him after he made a complaint about a new values guide. Kamal Maghri first wrote an email to the City of Gatineau Dec. 10 saying he would file a formal complaint regarding the “statement of values” released Nov. 28.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/story/2011/12/14/gatineau-immigrant-moroccan-email-strain.html

Imam’s comparison ‘inappropriate:’ B’nai Brith (Ian Robertson, Toronto Sun)
A controversial Islamic clerics comparison of Muslims in Canada being discriminated as Jews were in Nazi Germany trivializes the Holocaust, a top Jewish service organization official charged Wednesday. After Immigration Minister Jason Kenney recently announced that Muslim women must bare their faces for the citizenship oath, Imam Syed Soharwardy compared requiring the removal of niqabs and burkas to oppression of Jews under Adolf Hitler.
http://www.torontosun.com/2011/12/14/imams-comparison-inappropriate-bnai-brith

Comparing niqab ruling to Holocaust was a misunderstanding: Imam (Clara Ho, National Post)
A local Muslim leader who came under fire for comparing the situation Jews faced in Nazi Germany with that of Muslims in Canada today is hoping to meet the Calgary Jewish Community Council to clear the air. I have asked for a meeting, and after the meeting, Im going to comment, said Imam Syed Soharwardy. I just dont want any misunderstanding that people are trying to create.
http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/12/15/comparing-niqab-ruling-to-holocaust-was-a-misunderstanding-imam/

News Release Minister Kenney announces Canadas appointment to chair International Task Force on Holocaust Education (CIC)
Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today that former Member of Parliament Mario Silva will chair the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research (ITF) in 2013. I am proud of the leadership role that Canada is taking to further Holocaust education, and combat anti-Semitism together with all forms of racism and xenophobia, said Minister Kenney. Both Prime Minister Stephen Harper and I believe that Mr. Silvas commitment to this important effort demonstrates why he should chair the ITF in 2013.
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/releases/2011/2011-12-15a.asp

I dont like segregation in any religion (Judith Timson, Globe and Mail)
Cue the alarm bells. Mr. Kenney is not exactly known as a feminist. (A vehement anti-abortion crusader in his student days, he tried to shut down a pro-choice group speaking at the Catholic-run San Francisco University and made the CNN news.) So here you have a Conservative government, the same Conservative government that moved to defund any agency that would provide abortion services to imperilled women in Third World countries, striking a blow for womens equality. But only some equality, not the equality of choice, not the fundamental equality that a womans body belongs to her. Alarm bells again: I’m sure they’ll trump up some stupid Charter of Rights challenge, Mr. Kenney also said, debasing any future attempt to challenge this ruling, which is a democratic right. What a rich stew indeed, what a quandary for us, who think highly of ourselves as tolerant Canadians.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/relationships/news-and-views/judith-timson/i-dont-like-segregation-in-any-religion/article2273009/

Muslim Canadians divided on veil ban (Keely Dakin, Prince Albert Daily Herald)
The recent ban on Muslim women wearing veils while taking their oath as Canadian citizens has Muslim Canadians divided. Some state that it is a violation of the Canadian charter or rights and freedom to religion, others say it makes perfect sense. The regulation states that individuals are no longer able to wear a niqab or any facial-covering while making their oath to Canada, said Immigration Minister Jason Kenney on Monday, Dec. 12. He cited that judges performing the ceremony had complained they could not tell if someone was actually reciting the oath.
http://www.paherald.sk.ca/Local/News/2011-12-15/article-2839026/Muslim-Canadians-divided-on-veil-ban./1

Muslims need to leave their veils behind (Mansoor Ladha, Calgary Herald)
Many Muslims, and some non-Muslims, will not agree with me when I applaud Jason Kenney’s move to ban niqabs and burkas when new immigrants take their oath of citizenship. The niqab nonsense has been going on in Canada for quite some time now with the arrival of Muslim immigrants who like to bring their baggage with them. Kenney, the minister Citizenship and Immigration, is right. The oath of citizenship – an oath of loyalty to the Queen and her successors, to obey the laws of Canada and to fulfil the duties of being a citizen – should be taken seriously. And everyone should know openly who is taking the oath – not with hidden faces and behind masks – and if they are actually uttering the words at all.
http://www.calgaryherald.com/life/Muslims+need+leave+their+veils+behind/5870110/story.html

No veils during citizenship oaths (Anne Jarvis, The Windsor Star)
And I thought hell would freeze over first. For the first time that I can remember, I agree with the Harper government. Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced this week that, effective immediately, new Canadians must show their faces while taking the oath of citizenship. The announcement means that Muslim women who wear the niqab or burka will have to lift or remove their veils before taking the oath.
http://www.windsorstar.com/news/Jarvis+veils+during+citizenship+oaths/5868289/story.html

Ban the burka if you want, but the Charter deserves respect (Rod Mickleburgh, Globe and Mail)
As I trudge the streets of Canada, I find few sights more depressing than women in full burkas, even if cool sneakers sometimes peek out at the bottom. It seems such a retreat from the splendors of life. Yet the right of a woman in Canada to wear the burka or the niqab face veil in public is not an easy matter to assess. Should the state have the authority to ban the practice, as France has done? Im not sure.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/british-columbia/rod-mickleburgh/ban-the-burka-if-you-want-but-the-charter-deserves-respect/article2273284/

New swearing-in rule upsets local Muslims (Liz Monteiro, Waterloo Record)
Huda Hasan and her sister-in-law Amena Faysal had every intention of becoming Canadian citizens. The Waterloo women arent so sure now. Both of them wear the niqab, a facial covering worn by some Muslim women.
http://www.therecord.com/living/faith/article/640331–new-swearing-in-rule-upsets-local-muslims

Please dont change my country for the niqab (Nazneen Sheikh, Globe and Mail)
The Citizenship and Immigration Minister announces that an eight-inch square of fabric to mask the face from nose to chin is an un-Canadian act. Supreme Court justices appear to be walking on eggshells debating a similar issue from a more philosophical perspective. Scholars and feminists of every stripe are fuming about violations of the Charter of Rights, and journalists deftly handle the pros and cons in their robust columns. Welcome to Canada!
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/opinion/please-dont-change-my-country-for-the-niqab/article2273028/

Many are opposed to a total ‘cover-up’ (John Gormley, The Leader-Post)
Coffee row, the water cooler and my radio talk show had some good debate this week over a federal government regulation requiring women wearing faceobscuring clothing to reveal their faces while taking the oath of Canadian citizenship. Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney put it directly: “To segregate one group of Canadians or allow them to hide their faces, to hide their identity from us precisely when they are joining our community is contrary to Canada’s proud commitment to openness and to social cohesion.”
http://www.leaderpost.com/Many+opposed+total+cover/5869149/story.html

Making citizenship mean something (National Post)
For far too long, Ottawa has been cavalier about granting citizenship, refugee status and permanent residency. It hasn’t screened visa applications adequately. It has accepted at face value too many bogus stories about persecution back home. It has made little effort to deport people ordered expelled by the courts, including violent criminals. It has seldom prosecuted people-smugglers and has permitted people granted refugee status to travel freely back and forth between Canada and the homelands in which they insisted their lives were in danger. No longer.
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/Making+citizenship+mean+something/5850113/story.html

An All Time Lowe | Lowe’s Pulls Ad during All-American Muslim (Shima Ghailan, Schema Magazine)
The premiere of TLC’s All-American Muslim made some weary, some skeptical but to say the least, most were curious. The show follows five American Muslims families and gives the viewer a glimpse into their lives and the issues they have to deal with. The channel has already aired a few episodes so far it and it seemed that the dust has settled a bitthat is until last week when the home improvement company, Lowe’s, decided to pull its ads from the show. An organization called Florida Family Association, essentially a group of people that are against everything, apparently have a vision “of improving American’s moral environment”. They complained to Lowe’s for advertising on the show because they viewed it as propaganda that hid “true” Muslims and their “radical” agenda. Lowe’s then responded with pulling their ads and has since been furiously criticized for “giving in to bigotry”.
http://www.schemamag.ca/archive2/2011/12/an_all_time_lowe_lowes_pulls_a.php

Honour killings ‘reprehensible’: Imam (Joe Warmington, Qmi Agency)
The young imam here knows those alleged to have been part of the horrible Rideau Canal “honour” murders have nothing to do with Muslim life in Canada’s original capital city. But he also knows, with the whole country watching this gruesome trial, they have everything to do it.
http://www.lfpress.com/news/canada/2011/12/15/19129866.html

‘A pervasive culture of discriminatory bias’ — the justice model for Canada’s loony right (David J. Climenhaga, Rabble)
Never forget that the Edmonton Sun, apparently a goodly portion of its readers, sundry Tory politicians from across the land and the Canadian Taxpayers Federation all think that what Canada needs is more systemic racism, abuse of power, retaliation against people who dare to exercise their right to criticize powerful officials and “unconstitutional policing.” All of them, at any rate, up to now have seldom missed an opportunity to sing the praises of Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, the 3.8-million-person Arizona jurisdiction that includes the city of Phoenix, for his notoriously thuggish practices. As of yesterday, thanks to the U.S. Justice Department, we know what Sheriff Arpaio has really been up to: “a pervasive culture of discriminatory bias against Latinos” that “reaches the highest levels of the agency,” interference with the U.S. government’s three-year investigation into his illegal practices, fostering “a culture of bias,” abuse of prisoners, many of them completely innocent, including solitary confinement for those who fail to understand commands in English, inadequate investigations, and “a chronic culture of disregard for basic legal and constitutional obligations,” among other things.
http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/djclimenhaga/2011/12/pervasive-culture-discriminatory-bias-%E2%80%93-justice-model-canadas-lo

A Christmas deportation order (Joe Lofaro, Metro Ottawa)
After living in Canada for more than 21 years, an Ottawa man is being given the boot by immigration officials who have ordered him to leave by Jan. 5. Alex Butcher, 32, is asking for some sympathy and understanding from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) so that he can stay in Canada and take care of his two kids aged 15 and 9. If they understand it, they would have a heart on me, you know? said Butcher.
http://www.metronews.ca/ottawa/local/article/1052071–a-christmas-deportation-order

Ontario Anti-Bullying Legislation (CBC The Current)
Stories of teens taking their own lives after being bullied and often after being taunted for being gay have dominated the headlines across the country for several months. Ontario’s answer to that is new anti-bullying legislation. But critics say the new law isn’t about bullying at all, it is a deliberate swipe at religious values.
http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/episode/2011/12/15/ontario-anti-bullying-legislation/

Prison watchdog probes spike in number of black inmates (Alison Crawford, CBC News)
Canada’s independent prisons ombudsman has launched an inquiry into a 50 per cent spike in the proportion of black offenders filling federal jails over the last 10 years. Howard Sapers, the federal correctional investigator, wants to study the possible causes behind the increase, which saw the proportion of black offenders in federal incarceration jump to 9.12 per cent in 2010-2011, from less than six per cent a decade earlier. It amounts to a 52 per cent leap, with the most dramatic increase occurring over the last five years. Black people make up roughly 2.5 per cent of Canada’s population
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/12/14/crawford-black-prison.html

The Komagata Maru Incident Project (SFU.ca)
The prototype for the final version of the Komagata Maru web site is now available for preview. Development will continue for the next few months as we add new features and content. There are still some important items missing such as the multiple language versions and some special interactive features for Hugh Johnston’s book, the passenger list, and timeline.
http://www.lib.sfu.ca/about/projects/komagata-maru#preview

From generation to generation : utilizing the human capital of newcomer parents to benefit families (Region of Peel)
Most permanent migration to Canada consists of persons either accompanying someone in their family or reuniting with a family member already established in Canada. Critical among this group are the children of immigrants. Successful immigration moves beyond settlement and indeed beyond the longer-term social and economic integration of the newcomer, and includes the outcomes of child and second-generation success. For families, the costs of emigrating and settling in a new land are often shouldered because of the perceived benefits for their children.
http://ceris.metropolis.net/wp-content/uploads/virtual_library/Wayland_et_al_2010.pdf

REFUGEES

Was migrant ship Canada-bound? (Douglas Quan, Postmedia News)
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said Thursday he recently received information that validates the government’s assertions a migrant vessel intercepted in Indonesian waters this summer may have been bound for Canadian shores. “I was meeting with my Australian counterpart in Geneva and he said it was the Australian view that the (MV) Alicia was headed for Canada,” Kenney said in an interview. “That seems to be a fairly widespread view.” Some critics, however, say the government needs to back its claims with evidence and charge the Tories seized on it to further a political agenda.
http://www.vancouversun.com/news/migrant+ship+Canada+bound/5870726/story.html

Man of action (Chronicle Journal)
All Canadians are heroes, a Sierra Leonean refugee told Westgate high school students on Thursday.
After fleeing Sierra Leone in 1997 in the midst of civil war and spending years as a refugee in neighbouring West African countries, Momoh Kargbo was granted refugee status in Canada. He said he credits Canadian taxpayers and his sponsors in Thunder Bay for saving his life, and the lives of his wife and two children. But Kargbo didnt forget about those who werent so lucky, he told the Grade 12 world issues class at the Thunder Bay high school.
http://www.chroniclejournal.com/content/news/local/2011/12/16/man-action

‘Family broken:’ Security detainee makes emotional pitch to be charged or freed (Colin Perkel, Winnipeg Free Press)
An Egyptian refugee jailed or under strict house arrest for more than 11 years made a direct and emotional public appeal Thursday to be charged with a crime or released unconditionally. Speaking outside Federal Court where his case grinds on, Mohamed Zeki Mahjoub said his ordeal has taken an immense toll on him and his family. “The whole family has broken down,” an emotional Mahjoub said. “There is no justice.”
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/canada/breakingnews/family-broken-security-detainee-makes-emotional-pitch-to-be-charged-or-freed-135676703.html

Scars run deep (Matthew Van Dongen, Hamilton Spectator)
Po La Hay averts his eyes when Hamilton police officers walk through his downtown neighbourhood. The uniforms make him nervous. The 59-year-old Myanmar refugee understands police officers are here to protect him. His English teacher explained the difference between the security forces he feared in his war-torn native land and officers of the law in his new home.
http://www.thespec.com/news/local/article/639533–scars-run-deep

Taking a new collaborative approach to refugee health in Nova Scotia – PDF (Immigrant Settlement & Integration Services ISIS)
The vision of ISIS is that of a community where all can belong and grow. In partnership, ISIS offers services and creates opportunities that enable immigrants to participate fully in Canadian life. Through the delivery of service programs for the social integration of Government Assisted Refugees (GARs), ISIS provides health literacy and access support to these new residents of Canada. The health services provided to GARs by ISIS include the provision of interpreters for primary care medical and dental appointments; hospital tours; orientation to the Canadian health care system; support in navigating and negotiating the health care system; referrals; the development of a health care plan or needs assessment; support and arrangement of medical appointments when needed; education and awareness training with service providers around refugee health needs and advocacy for access to needed health care services.
http://www.isisns.ca/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/RefugeeHealthClinic_Report2011.pdf

POVERTY / HEALTH / HOMELESSNESS / SOCIAL INCLUSION

Best Start Resource Centre (Health Nexus) Seeking Input (via Settlement AtWork)
The Best Start Resource Centre is planning some initiatives to meet the needs of service providers working with a culturally diverse population. As a first step, we have developed a survey to find out what would best support your work. The survey can be accessed through the link below and will be available until January 6th, 2012. It should take 5-10 minutes to fill out. Thank you!
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Newcomer_Populations

Editorial: Rethink housing on reserves (Edmonton Journal)
Graphic images of poverty in the native community of Attawapiskat have once again highlighted the un-acceptable living conditions on many native reserves across the country. And once again, questions are being asked about how federal, provincial and territorial governments can deal with the housing crises that have plagued these communities since the first reserves were set up more than 150 years ago.
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/life/Rethink+housing+reserves/5869978/story.html

Generations disagree on public funding priorities, UBC poll finds (Tracy Sherlock, Vancouver Sun)
Theres a new generation gap in Canada, and its over money, a new poll shows. Younger adults would like the government to invest in programs for seniors as well as programs for young adults, while Canadians over 55 overwhelmingly said they would prefer the money be spent on seniors, the poll found.
http://www.vancouversun.com/life/Generations+disagree+public+funding+priorities+poll+finds/5868014/story.html

Harpers unlikely social breakthrough (Carol Goar, Toronto Star)
The pickings have been slim this year for Canadians looking to their government for help, support or relief. Prime Minister Stephen Harpers watchwords are restraint, austerity and cutbacks. Most premiers and mayors have followed his lead, leaving nowhere for the unemployed, poor, hungry and hopeless to turn. But, against this dismal backdrop, one social innovation did make it onto the national agenda. Approximately half a million caregivers people who voluntarily look after infirm spouses, frail, elderly parents and children with serious health problems will soon get Canadas first Family Caregiver Tax Credit.
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1102957–goar-harper-s-unlikely-social-breakthrough

Tom Kents Legacy (Mitch Diamantopoulos, Planet S)
Canadian democracy lost one of its most vigilant sentries last month. Tom Kent was 89. Kentis best known for his epic contributions to federal policy innovation. Recruited by reformist Liberal Lester B. Pearson in the early 60s, Kent helped pour the foundations for regional development, the Canada Pension Plan, medicare and the Canada Assistance Plan. He helped weave a social safety net that saved many of our families and neighbours from poverty and despair. He was a giant among mandarins.
http://www.planetsmag.com/story.php?id=671

EMPLOYMENT & WORKERS

Have You Realized Just How Much the Labour Market Has Changed? (IEC-BC)
Immigrant Employment Council of BC’s Executive Director Kelly Pollack is challenging employer complacency, posing questions to organizations that have yet to react to the changes in BC’s labour market. “Ultimately, it isn’t about whether to hire immigrants or native-born Canadians, if that’s what your customer base is and if that’s who’s living in your communities,” says Pollack. “Our communities have changed and this is now the pool you’ll have to hire from, these are the people you’ll be working with, these are the people who’ll be your customers. It’s no longer about us and them it’s just us.”
http://www.iecbc.ca/about-us/news-and-events/have-you-realized-just-how-much-labour-market-has-changed

A look into the life of a local Filipino worker (Brandi Morin, Grove Examiner)
In recent years there has been a significant increase in the amount of foreign workers in Parkland County. Even with the fall of the economy in 2008 certain job sectors have remained prosperous with a demand for skilled and committed employees. In order to promote employment opportunities in Alberta, the Province entered into an agreement with the Philippines Department of Labour and Employment.
http://www.sprucegroveexaminer.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3406294

TRIECs Winter 2011 e-Lert: New Trends in Mentoring is Out (TRIEC)
Read about new trends in mentoring, a firm that is offering facility tours to internationally trained engineers and the leader of a professional immigrant network whos passionate about profiling Latin America and its MBA graduates here in the Toronto Region. Check the e-Lert for the top news stories in immigrant integration and updates on TRIEC programs.
http://triec.ca/2011/triecs-winter-2011-e-lert-new-trends-in-mentoring-is-out

Fabiola Sicard: A passion for promoting the profile of Latin America and its people to business (TRIEC)
Fabiola Sicard has dual identities: Shes Mexican-born and a Canadian citizen; shes the director of Latin Markets, Multicultural Banking for Scotiabank and shes co-founder of LAMBA, the Latin American MBA Alumni Network. But above all else, Fabiola is passionate about building the profile of what Latin America and its people have to offer Canadian businesses.
http://triec.ca/2011/fabiola-sicard-a-passion-for-promoting-the-profile-of-latin-america-and-its-people-to-business/

Diversity becoming essential (Derek Sankey, For The Calgary Herald)
Even in conservative Calgary, there is ample evidence that a new generation of thinking is taking hold in corporate circles. From the top down, the sometimes-awkward banter about diversity and inclusion – in its widest sense – is turning into casual conversations around boardroom tables, offices and water coolers. Corporate executives appear to understand more than ever the business case for it – it is both the “right” thing to do, but perhaps more importantly from a bottom-line perspective, it’s also critical to their future workforce strategy.
http://www.calgaryherald.com/Diversity+becoming+essential/5847141/story.html

Corporate responsibility: Do you have what it takes? (Globe and Mail)
“Corporate responsibility” is the way a company takes responsibility for its actions and their impact on employees, stakeholders and communities. It includes the way your company conducts its business, how it manages its impact on the environment, how it treats its employees and how it supports community activities that aim to solve social problems such as poverty or discrimination.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/small-business/sb-tools/sb-how-to/manage-your-assets/corporate-responsibility-do-you-have-what-it-takes/article2222977/

News Release Minister Kenney announces important change for live-in caregivers (CIC)
Live-in caregivers will be able to get open work permits about 18 months sooner, thanks to a processing change announced today by Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney. Too many live-in caregivers have completed their work obligations but must continue living in the home of their employer, waiting for their application for permanent residence to be reviewed, said the Minister. This is understandably frustrating. Thats why we have started issuing open work permits to live-in caregivers as soon as they have completed their obligations and submitted an application for permanent residence.
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/releases/2011/2011-12-15.asp

Immigration minister says foreign caregivers can work elsewhere when contract ends (Richard J. Brennan, Toronto Star)
Ten thousand open work permits have been issued to foreign caregivers across Canada in a move one activist said frees them from bondage and slavery. Immigration Minister Jason Kenneys orders came in response to a year-long Star investigation that found foreign nannies were treated as servants and forced to stay with one employer. Often, their passports were held by families that hired them, paying wages far below the poverty line.
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/1102442–immigration-minister-says-foreign-caregivers-can-work-elsewhere-when-contract-ends?bn=1

Foreign caregivers can work elsewhere when contract is over: Immigration minister (Richard J. Brennan, Canadian Immigrant)
Following a year-long investigation by the Toronto Star into the exploitation of live-in foreign caregivers, the federal government has agreed to issue about 10,000 open work permits allowing them to move from one job to another after their employment commitment ends. Citizenship Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney made the announcement Thursday, some 18 months earlier than anticipated.
http://canadianimmigrant.ca/news-and-views/foreign-caregivers-can-work-elsewhere-when-contract-is-over-immigration-minister/

Wise5 early findings from Niagara (Sarah Wayland, WISE5)
These entrepreneurs stated that the best way to help immigrants who wish to start businesses is to provide them with mentors who can work with them as they progress through the various stages of launching a business.
http://www.wise5.ca/news/wise5-early-findings-from-niagara/

Resource firms worried about skilled worker shortage, survey finds (Dave Cooper, Edmonton Journal)
Alberta is predicting a shortfall of 77,000 workers in the next decade as baby boomers retire, and companies cant sit back, he said. In the survey of human resource managers with oil and gas firms, 47 per cent cited labour availability as the most important issue facing their company. They added that strategic recruitment and attracting talent, retention of skilled staff and the ability to train and develop staff to allow them to gain experience are all major challenges.
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/business/Resource+firms+worried+about+skilled+worker+shortage+survey+finds/5867664/story.html

The Special Rule Tool: New interactive tool for employees and employers (Settlement AtWork)
The Special Rule Tool is especially easy to use, and is essential to understanding the exemptions and special conditions that exist in the Employment Standards Act (ESA). The Tool begins with easy to read logos and is written in plain language. It also includes simple links to the law itself.
http://www.settlementatwork.org/_news_/94117

Video: Alfredo Barahona on migrant workers rights (CCR)
Alfredo Barahona of KAIROS Canada and the Canadian Council for Refugees sub-committee on migrant workers outlines the gaps in Canada’s treatment of migrant workers. He explains what should be done to better protect the rights of migrant workers in Canada.

CITY OF TORONTO / CITIES / CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Why raising taxes might (ahem) solve our problems (Edward Keenan, The Grid)
The City of Toronto delivers much better services for far lower taxes than anywhere else in the GTAso why do the mayor and his allies insist on characterizing the city as overtaxed?
http://www.thegridto.com/city/politics/why-raising-taxes-might-ahem-solve-our-problems/

They co-operate, they score! (Berry Vrbanovic, iPolitics)
Governments working together? Sharing responsibility? Talking to one another? Sounds unlikely, I know, but if were looking for ways to strengthen our democracy and improve the way we do politics in Canada, this approach holds the key to the treasure chest. Because teamwork and co-operation are just as important in government as they are every day in the playground or in the workplace.
http://www.ipolitics.ca/fixtheway/?p=47

SOCIAL INNOVATION / NONPROFITS

Investing in Neighbourhoods Initiative (Settlement AtWork)
Through the Investing in Neighbourhoods initiative, Toronto Employment and Social Services (TESS) helps people who receive Ontario Works connect with job opportunities in non-profit organizations.
http://www.settlementatwork.org/_news_/94112

Video: 2011 Social Finance Forum: Investing in Good Deals (Nabeel Ahmed, SocialFinance)
The 2011 Social Finance Forum, which took place over the past two days at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto, brought together investors and ventures in order to create meaningful interactions and learning opportunities to mobilize capital and inspire new ideas. This video covers some of the key events of the day.
http://socialfinance.ca/blog/post/video-2011-social-finance-forum-investing-in-good-deals

HUMAN TRAFFICKING / MODERN-DAY SLAVERY

Students challenged to address modern-day slavery (Stacey Roy, EMC Smiths Falls)
Students at Rideau District High School (RDHS) were shocked to hear that there are more slaves in the world today than during the entire period of black slavery. Modern slavery includes labour, but the vast majority are women and children who are being used as sex slaves abroad and even in our own backyards. “It happens in Kingston, Brockville and Smiths Falls. It’s happening right now and it’s only getting worse,” said Kourtney McCordic of the Rideau Engaging in Activism and Change Today (REACT) who presented the special talk with Miss Canada, Tara Teng Dec. 1.
http://www.emcsmithsfalls.ca/20111215/news/Students+challenged+to+address+modern-day+slavery

Google donates millions to fight human trafficking (Owen Weldon, Digital Journal)
More than 27 million people are currently held in slavery all around the world. However, Google announced that they will donate millions of dollars to help battle modern day slavery. There are currently 27 million children, women and men are held in slavery. On Wednesday, Google announced that they will donate $11.5 million to some of the top organizations that fight modern day slavery.
http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/316179

SarkissianMason Donating $100k to Combat Human Trafficking (Digital Journal)
Digital innovation agency SarkissianMason announced today that it would engineer a mobile solution for an anti-human trafficking organization in need of a technological innovation in its first Technology for Change Grant. The agency will be donating up to $100,000 of time and resources to work hand-in-hand with a not-for-profit partner working in the field of anti-human trafficking.
http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/524796

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