Immigration & Diversity news headlines – December 5, 2011

IMMIGRATION / SETTLEMENT / DIVERSITY

Toronto as a model for diversity (Fatih Cicek)
I just attended the Diversity-congress in Cologne which was organized by the Maytree Foundation, Bertelsmann and the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Integration (MAIS) of North-Rhine Westfalia. Experts from Canada and different areas presented their immigrant integration practices and projects. I just wanted to make these great projects more public, since I have the opportunity to transfer them to the European societies.
http://www.fatihcicek.eu/2011/12/i-just-attended-diversity-congress-in.html

The New Melting Pot: Why Toronto Beats New York on Diversity (Zak Stone, GOOD Cities)
While New York City remains the quintessential melting pot, a more diverse city by certain metrics is the economic engine of our neighbor to the north: Toronto. Half of the region’s 5 million-plus residents were born outside of Canada, but only 36 percent of New Yorkers were born abroad. Canada’s biggest city is home to around half a million Chinese and South Asians and a quarter million Caribbeans.
http://www.good.is/post/the-new-melting-pot-why-toronto-beats-new-york-on-diversity

Tories’ Immigration Incoherence (JJ McCullough, Huffington Post)
If there’s a consistent thread of logic or principle running through the federal Tories’ approach to immigration, I’ve yet to see it. Six years in, despite much bloviating over the brilliance of Harper’s supposedly visionary Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, official Conservative pronouncements on the matter still show no sign of coalescing behind anything remotely resembling a coherent theme or agenda.
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/jj-mccullough/immigration-reform-canada_b_1124086.html?ref=canada-politics

Kenney Plays Immigrants For Suckers With You Bare All Costs Super Visa (R. Paul Dhillon, The Link)
…the NDP immigration critic is worried that the new 10-year visa for parents and grandparents may be hard to obtain. People applying to sponsor a parent or grandparent will have to show they can support their visiting relatives. To be accepted, the visitors will be required to have private health insurance coverage during their stay in Canada. Critics say not all immigrants will qualify to bring family members.
http://thelinkpaper.ca/?p=12289

Hate crimes unit called in after purported animal-rights group threatens to poison food in Chinatown (Megan O’Toole, National Post)
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney plans to dine at the Forestview restaurant on Dundas Street Sunday after a purported animal-rights group threatened to poison food in Chinatown establishments. The Toronto police hate crimes unit has reportedly launched an investigation after the citys Chinese Business Association received a threatening letter from the group, rife with unsubstantiated claims and racist slurs.
http://www.nationalpost.com/m/wp/posted-toronto/blog.html?b=news.nationalpost.com/2011/12/02/hate-crimes-unit-called-in-after-purported-animal-rights-group-threatens-to-poison-food-in-chinatown

Unregistered students in legal limbo after transition from high school to post-secondary (Joan Sullivan, The Varsity)
In fall 2008, U of T student Saad Alam and his family lost their second appeal to remain in Canada and were deported back to Bangladesh. Alams father attempted to secure a study permit to help his son complete a degree but immigration laws required him to make the application from Bangladesh. Despite university-wide protests and the involvement of advocacy group No One is Illegal, Alamss studies were derailed and his family was forced to leave Canada in 2008.
http://thevarsity.ca/articles/50448

Gatineau offers ‘values’ guide to newcomers (Giuseppe Valiante, QMI Agency)
Another municipal government in Quebec is warning its immigrants to bend to Canadian “values”. This time it’s not a tiny town with a population of 1,300, but sprawling Gatineau, Que., a metropolis of over 250,000 people just across the river from Ottawa.
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2011/12/02/19060931.html

Gatineaus values guide for immigrants stirs controversy (Ingrid Peritz, Globe and Mail)
One of Quebecs biggest cities is throwing out the welcome mat to immigrants with a 16-point guide to local values, which range from refraining from bribing officials, killing people for honour, to cooking smelly foods. The city of Gatineau says its newly released statement of values is aimed at helping newcomers integrate. But critics say it infantilizes them and treats immigrants like they came out of a cave.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/gatineaus-values-guide-for-immigrants-stirs-controversy/article2259694

TMR latest to refrain from religious decorations (CTV)
Tis the season for holiday decorations and holiday controversies. A group of Muslims living in TMR asked town officials if Islamic symbols could be added to the holiday display at city hall. Instead, town officials decided to remove everything except a Christmas tree.
http://montreal.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20111204/mtl_tmrdeco_111204/20111204/?hub=MontrealHome

Presentation slides: The Demographic Context of Social Diversity and the Integration of Canada’s New Second Generation (Feng Hou, Statistics Canada)
Outline of Presentation
1. Overview of the educational and labour market outcomes of the 2nd generation
2. Canada’s social and policy environments
3. The demographic context of social diversity in Canada
4. The impact of the demographic context
5. What about the future?
http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1031&context=mer

Directors group gives thumbs down to mandatory quotas for boards (Janet Mcfarland, Globe and Mail)
Canadas Institute of Corporate Directors has rejected the idea of mandating quotas for women to beef up diversity on corporate boards, but is calling for companies to adopt voluntary measures to improve board membership. In a diversity report to be released Monday, the 5,000-member ICD, which represents corporate directors across Canada, says it does not support quotas which have been adopted in a number of European countries to mandate more women on male-dominated boards.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/directors-group-gives-thumbs-down-to-mandatory-quotas-for-boards/article2259713/

When it comes to boards, Canada gets an F in diversity (Richard Leblanc, Canadian Business)
Diversifying corporate boards has been described as the number one issue in corporate governance. The movement is so broad that, in New Zealand, its coined the global governance tsunami. Governments are now very serious about who is sitting in boardrooms and ensuring that boards are no longer asleep at the switch. But where is Canada in addressing board diversity? The 2005 corporate governance guidelineswhich are now out of datedo not address boardroom diversity. Political leadership, with the exception of Quebec, has been absent.
http://www.canadianbusiness.com/blog/corporate_control/60094–when-it-comes-to-boards-canada-gets-an-f-in-diversity

New ICD study underscores the benefits of increased diversity on corporate boards in Canada (Digital Journal)
Canadian corporate directors agree board diversity is an important and worthwhile initiative that can contribute to better decision making and governance, according to the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) study on board diversity, released today. The position paper, “Diversity in the Boardroom: Findings and Recommendations of the Institute of Corporate Directors,” is based on a multi-faceted board diversity initiative undertaken by the ICD that involved a series of town hall discussions in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa and Halifax, and a survey of 550 ICD members to provide a quantitative foundation to the work.
http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/511530

Chinese production companies seek Canadian writers (Jenny Lee, Vancouver Sun)
Whistler Film Festival will hold a script competition for Canadian writers and producers to pitch to Chinese production companies in 2012, producer Harry Sutherland announced at the festival Sunday. The China Canada Script Competition aims to increase opportunities between the two nations, and ease Canadian filmmakers’ entry into the vast and rapidly growing Chinese market.
http://www.vancouversun.com/entertainment/movie-guide/Chinese+production+companies+seek+Canadian+writers/5811709/story.html

Japanese return to Canada’s WWII internment camps (Laurent Vu The, AFP)
Some 22,000 Japanese-Canadians were interned in the camps. Their properties were seized and sold off by the state to help pay for their internment. A tourist asks Hayashi why they never tried to escape. He pauses. “It’s not in the Japanese mentality to disobey orders, (and) we were all registered.” Besides, he adds, “To go where? We were surrounded by mountains.” When the war ended, Ottawa offered its wards two options: remain in Canada but east of the Rockies, far from the Pacific Coast and links to Japan, or return to Japan.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jHsB0Cs47q1giDfI1AC9Iuuoj0Wg?docId=CNG.fca79ac77f087bf9cc107c826141c276.6c1

Seven years in waiting: Canadian immigrants hoping to reunite with relatives sooner (Sacha DeVoretz, Vancouver Observer)
On November 5, 2011, the Canadian government announced no new applications to sponsor parents or grandparents would be accepted for processing for up to 24 months. The Canadian Government has stated that the temporary pause will allow them to focus on those applicants already awaiting a decision and reduce the backlog in the parents and grandparents category. Raj and his family rely on weekly Skype visits with his parents to keep their family together. In the meantime, bringing his wife and children to visit with his parents in Nepal is too costly. It could cost us around $8,000 to fly the whole family to Nepal, which is just not realistic for us, he said.
http://www.vancouverobserver.com/blogs/engagingdiasporas/2011/12/01/seven-years-waiting-canadian-immigrants-hoping-reunite-relatives

The remembrance of the war hasnt healed us yet: Plan to call Vancouvers Vietnamese community Little Saigon refuels old tensions (Tristin Hopper and Jeff Lee, National Post)
Thirty-six years after the fall of Saigon, the Vietnam War still simmers along an East Vancouver street. Last month, members of Vancouvers Vietnamese community voted in a referendum to dub their neighbourhood Little Saigon in honour of the fallen South Vietnamese capital, a decision critics say could reignite old wounds from the three-decade-long conflict.
http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/12/04/the-remembrance-of-the-war-hasnt-healed-us-yet-plan-to-call-vancouvers-vietnamese-community-little-saigon-refuels-old-tensions/

Contractors fear deportation (Tom Goddfrey, Toronto Sun)
Canadian border officials launched a massive sweep for 20,000 illegal immigrants hiding in the Greater Toronto Area earlier this year. That crackdown included 50 suspected war criminals and 1,400 hardened criminals sought by an immigration task force. However, there are tens of thousands of illegals working in the GTAs construction trade as many according to one source as 100,000 paying taxes, even running businesses and many living in fear of deportation.
http://www.torontosun.com/2011/12/04/contractors-fear-deportation

Perimeter deal may help Canada crackdown on EI and migration cheats: ex-diplomat (Toronto Star)
Canada will gain some enhanced powers under the new perimeter security deal with the United States. Canada will get more power to track unemployment insurance recipients who skip the country. Theyll also have greater power to monitor landed immigrants who dont spend enough time here to meet residency requirements.
http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/1096843–perimeter-deal-may-help-canada-crackdown-on-ei-and-migration-cheats-ex-diplomat?bn=1#.TtwhC9pyzrU.twitter

Words are just the beginning (Toronto Star)
Imam Sikander Ziad Hashmi of the Islamic Society of Kingston felt compelled to give a sermon during the first week of the Shafia trial, attacking the idea that Islam endorses such appalling mistreatment of women. The crime, he noted, had been committed in his communitys backyard. Let me be very clear, killing a girl or a woman, for having an affair, a relationship, a boyfriend, not wearing a hijab, and so on as dishonourable as they may be considered to be is not a just cause, he said. Murder is an extremely serious crime; it is haram (prohibited) to the severest degree and cannot be justified in any way, especially for girls who are under the care of their parents. Now Muslim groups across Canada including almost 60 organizations and two dozen imams and scholars have issued a joint statement that says in part: Domestic violence and, in the extreme, practices such as killing to restore family honour violate clear and non-negotiable Islamic principles, and so we categorically condemn all forms of domestic violence. Next Friday, imams across the country are to deliver sermons in their mosques condemning the abuse of women.
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/article/1096490–words-are-just-the-beginning

The Colored Home: A Series In Five Parts (Neal Ozano, Openfile Halifax)
This series chronicles the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Childrenan orphanage in Westphal opened in 1921 for black children, and its sad legacy of alleged abuse.
http://halifax.openfile.ca/halifax/text/colored-home

Spice City Toronto: The Citys Most Diverse Food Court (Sarah Efron, Spice City Toronto)
Who would have guessed that the food court with the most interesting cuisine in Toronto is located inside the Downsview Park Merchants Market, a flea market next to Downsview Airport? The market is home to merchants hawking used stereos and $5 T-shirts. But the gem of the market is its International Food Court, which is billed as an international food festival every weekend.
http://torontoist.com/2011/12/spice-city-toronto-the-citys-most-diverse-food-court

An equity lens beyond the traditional approaches (Yaw Obeng, Canadian Education Association)
One of the biggest challenges in ensuring more equitable outcomes among students is changing the attitudes of educators who are responsible for the outcomes and success of students. We know that attitudes are rooted in strong beliefs, false experiences, traditions and biases. Having educators understand that equity is about inclusion, not exclusion, is a critical step in garnering the “WILL” to take the necessary actions needed. Educators often don’t know what they don’t know therefore building the capacity of equity awareness can be a hurdle that is preventing the work that needs to be done. Educators need to be shown what equity looks like in our classrooms, schools and school communities.
http://www.cea-ace.ca/blog/yaw-obeng/2011/12/5/equity-lens-beyond-traditional-approaches

Isnt it about time we admit that race matters? (Carl James, Canadian Education Association)
In a recent Toronto Star article: The face of education: is it too white?, education reporter Louise Brown writes that in one school board community members staged a protest in which they were demanding that more South Asian teachers be hired. The presumption is that with more diversity among teachers specifically visible minority teachers racial minority students with be able to have, as the president of the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) puts it, appropriate role models people who look like them and with whom they are able to relate more completely because they have some background experience in common. And as the Ontario Minister of Education asserted, Its critical students see themselves reflected in their teachers and principals.
http://www.cea-ace.ca/blog/carl-james/2011/12/5/isn%E2%80%99t-it-about-time-we-admit-race-matters

National call for proposals: For Initiatives that Support the Full Participation of Newcomers into Canadian Society (Settlement AtWork)
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is launching a national call for proposals (CFP) to invite new and current partners to submit funding proposals for project activities that are national in scope, with eligible activities to be undertaken during the 2012-13 fiscal year. Deadline January 4, 2012.
http://www.settlementatwork.org/_rfp_/94038

Report: The Global City: Newcomer Health in Toronto, from Access Alliance and Toronto Public Health (Settelment AtWork)
This report describes the health advantage that most newcomers bring to Toronto, the decline in their health over time and the need to strengthen our efforts to support newcomers, especially those whose health risks are compounded by their income level, gender, immigration status, ethno-racial background, sexual orientation or other factors.
http://www.settlementatwork.org/_news_/94045

Indo-Canadian philanthropists honored by Midweek (South Asian Philanthropy Project)
Last weekend saw the 4th Annual Midweek South Asian Awards gala, which honored an array of Indo-Canadians for philanthropic, business, and civic leadership.
http://southasianphilanthropy.org/2011/11/30/indo-canadian-philanthropists-honored-by-midweek/

Diversity Around the World (Diversity Journal)
When we talk about diversity we often think about the USA. Why? Because this is where you find most books, networks and magazines about the subject. And legislation around diversity, or rather discrimination, came in to place as early (or as late, depending on the angle) as 1961. But diversity is everywhere and it is a subject in many regions and countries. The focus may be different, the laws may be different and the understanding of what diversity is may be different.
http://www.diversityjournal.com/6976-diversity-around-the-world/

Toronto man fights security certificate restraints (CBC)
An assessment by Canada’s spy agency that an Egyptian man might pose a threat to national security is insufficient to keep him detained under stringent house arrest, his lawyers plan to argue Monday. The release conditions on Mohamed Mahjoub, seen in an undated family photo with his sons, were so stringent at one point that he asked to go back to jail. They want Federal Court to lift all release conditions imposed on Mohamed Zeki Mahjoub, who has spent the last 11 years in prison or on onerous bail despite facing no charges.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2011/12/02/toronto-mahjoub-security-certificate.html

The representation deficit (David Hutton And Joe Couture, The Starphoenix)
Saskatchewan has never elected a visible minority politician in its two major cities, or at the provincial or federal levels. Why? And what will it take to change?
http://www.thestarphoenix.com/news/representation+deficit/5806110/story.html

REFUGEES

The Hill: IRB influenced by politics (Richard Cleroux, Law Times)
The accusatory headline in the Ottawa Citizen was clear: Ministerial chill eroding IRB: ex-chair. It reflected strong words and a strong accusation. It targeted Immigration Minister Jason Kenney by criticizing him for allegedly eroding the independence of the Immigration and Refugee Board. The board isnt just any old body. Its an integral part of Canadas complicated immigration and refugee system that decides who gets to stay in Canada and who has to go back to where they came from, sometimes into the hands of the tyrannical despot they fled.
http://www.lawtimesnews.com/201112058829/Commentary/The-Hill-IRB-influenced-by-politics

Conservative Government “demonize refugees” (South Asia Mail)
Only two people appointed to the Immigration and Refugee Board on the recommendation of Immigration Minister Jason Kenney have links to the Conservative party, Kenney said Tuesday. He was responding to questions in the House of Commons about allegations by a former IRB chair, Peter Showler, that the board is no longer fully independent of the government. The Citizen reported Showlers comments Tuesday. Under questioning by Don Davies, the NDP immigration critic, Kenney said he has recommended the appointment or reappointment of more than 140 IRB members during his time as minister.
http://www.southasiamail.com/news.php?id=102128

Nigerian woman wins right to stay in ‘Peg 11 (Paul Turenne, Winnipeg Sun)
A Nigerian woman now living in Winnipeg has won the right to stay in Canada after the federal court determined it was manifestly unreasonable to expect her to return to her native country, where she fears a violent ex-boyfriend could track her down. The woman, whom the Sun is not identifying, was living with the man in Lagos, Nigeria, in May 2008, when, according to federal court documents, he beat and raped her, causing her to miscarry a baby.
http://www.winnipegsun.com/2011/12/04/nigerian-woman-wins-right-to-stay-in-peg

Refugee family wants to continue calling Canada home (Sarah Ferguson, Fort Erie Times)
Living in a country where every citizen is safe and has the ability to walk down the street without fear is something Canadians don’t always think about. Canada has always been a safe place to live. But, for some people, safety is something they think about all the time.
http://www.forterietimes.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3391908

Canadian ambassador on fact-finding mission about Hungarian Roma as asylum claims lead world (Politics.hu)
Canadas ambassador to Hungary, Tamara Guttmann, has visited the cities of Eger and Miskolc in northern Hungary to obtain information about the situation of the Roma minority there, Magyar Nemzet daily reported on Monday. Twice as many immigrants from Hungarys Miskolc apply for asylum in Canada as from other places in the world, the paper said. In the first half of the year, 1,600 Hungarian nationals, mostly Roma, arrived in the hope getting asylum. The paper noted that Canada was planning to introduce stringent immigration rules in June next year.
http://www.politics.hu/20111205/canadian-ambassador-on-fact-finding-mission-about-hungarian-roma-as-asylum-claims-lead-world/

Newcomers to Canada embrace volunteering (Tara Chislett, Daily Gleaner)
On Monday, the Greater Fredericton Volunteer Centre will shine a spotlight on the volunteer contributions of the many immigrants in the Fredericton community as part of International Volunteer Day. Endorsed by the United Nations, International Volunteer Day began in 1985 as a way to recognize and thank volunteers for their efforts and contributions to society. According to the 2004 Canadian Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating, in 2003, about 12 million Canadians volunteered almost two billion hours, the equivalent of one million full-time jobs. Of those 12,000,000 volunteers, immigrants made up 41 per cent.
http://dailygleaner.canadaeast.com/cityregion/article/1461270

POVERTY / HEALTH / HOMELESSNESS / SOCIAL INCLUSION

Child poverty easing in Ontario, report says (Laurie Monsebraaten, Toronto Star)
A 2009 decision to boost the Ontario Child Benefit to cushion struggling families during the recession helped pull 19,000 children out of poverty, advocates say in a new report on the provinces anti-poverty efforts. But on the third anniversary of Ontarios Dec. 4, 2008 pledge to cut child poverty by 25 per cent by 2013, more action is needed if the province hopes to meet its target, warns the 25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction in a report being released Monday.
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/1096936–child-poverty-easing-in-ontario-report-says

Forum helps seniors at risk (Tom Carney, Special to North Shore News)
Many older adults in the Metro Vancouver Region are active, healthy and leading independent lives. Others are not so lucky. Last month at the Seniors Forum, in Burnaby, the United Way presented the latest findings from their Seniors Vulnerability Report. Titled Aging with Dignity – Making it Happen for Everyone, the report identifies vulnerable seniors in acute need throughout Metro Vancouver. It came as no surprise to the nearly 300 people attending the Forum that vulnerabilities in our seniors population are concentrated in certain groups of 65+ individuals.
http://www.nsnews.com/health/Forum+helps+seniors+risk/5809040/story.html

Caledon Institute Provincial Policy Monitor: November 2011 (Vibrant Communities)
The Caledon Institute of Social Policy regularly scans provincial and territorial government websites in order to follow policy developments related to our core work and interests. These include: Disabilities, Education, Health, Housing, Income security, Poverty Reduction, Recreation, Seniors and Youth. Attached is the summary of policy development for November 2011. There are highlights from every province in Canada.
http://vibrantcanada.ca/blogs/donna-jean-forster-gill/caledon-institute-provincial-policy-monitor-november-2011

Dealing with comments about Attawapiskat (âpihtawikosisân)
I still intend to get a series of posts out clarifying issues like First Nations housing, health-care, education and so on, but I have a confession. I havent been staying away from the comments sections of articles about Attawapiskat. I know. Its not healthy. There are so many racist rants and outright ignorant responses that it can bog you down. Where do you even begin, when the people making these comments do not seem to understand even the bare minimum about the subject? Well, I try to answer questions with facts. Here are some of those facts, if youre interested.
http://apihtawikosisan.wordpress.com/2011/11/30/dealing-with-comments-about-attawapiskat/

Trends in Canada’s Payroll Taxes (Ken Battle, Caledon Institute)
This short paper is the first in a new Caledon series, caledon social statistics. Using a combination of illustrative graphs and explanatory text, the series will explore social programs, tax benefits and trends in low income and other major social and economic indicators.
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/Detail/?ID=964

Caledon Tribute to Tom Kent (Ken Battle, Caledon Institute)
Tom Kent was one of the chief architects of postwar Canadian social policy. He played a key role in shaping the policies of the Liberal party during its 1957-63 opposition years and, as Policy Secretary to the Prime Minister and a Deputy Minister, was equally active in the implementation of those policies including medicare by the Pearson government.
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/Detail/?ID=962

Is Ontario holding true to 25 in five? (Hamilton Spectator)
Sunday marks the third anniversary of the Ontario governments poverty reduction strategy, Breaking the Cycle. Should we be singing Happy Anniversary? Not quite yet.
http://www.thespec.com/opinion/article/633543–is-ontario-holding-true-to-25-in-five

What lies behind the Born and Code Red projects? (Paul Berton, Hamilton Spectator)
One of the roles of a newspaper is to help readers understand issues, and poverty is an issue The Hamilton Spectator takes very seriously. That is why we have used the past three Saturdays to highlight our investigation into the health of mothers and babies across the province.
http://www.thespec.com/opinion/columns/article/633826–what-lies-behind-the-born-and-code-red-projects

A special editon on Poverty in Canada (CBC The Current)
Poet Lorna Crozier hosts a special Friday edition of The Current looking at being poor in Canada, something our guest host has experienced personally. There is no single definition for “poverty”, but the stats show that about one-in-ten Canadians fall below the line. Today’s show is a glimpse into what it means to one of the 10-percent of Canadians who live without.
http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/episode/2011/12/02/a-special-editon-on-poverty-in-canada/

Personal stories on being poor in Canada (CBC The Current)
There are those who have always been poor, others who are new to being poor and still more who are poor by mistake. Today, we introduce you to three people: Laura in Hamilton, Brian in Edmonton and Mavis on Vancouver Island who share their personal stories on what it is like being poor in Canada.
http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/interviews/2011/12/02/personal-stories-on-being-poor-in-canada/

Paying more being poor (CBC The Current)
We also take a look at the higher costs low-income people pay for a range of day-to-day expenses. Many low-income Canadians end up paying the most …. everything from groceries to banking, and those higher costs make it even harder to escape poverty.
http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/interview-panel/2011/12/02/paying-more-being-poor/

The gap between haves and have-nots yawns ever wider (Lea Caragata, The Record)
What follows from our current social structuring is that if some people struggle to get let in, others will be forced out in their place. That is the reality of chronic high unemployment and increasing economic inequality. Hence Jencks title, which suggests that for an increasing number of citizens, their right to become parents hinges on a shift in our thinking: to recognize and accept the structural nature of their dependence, or to change it. How do we do that? Education has long been acknowledged as a bridge out of poverty. Programs such as Pathways to Education have demonstrated a model that seems to work. But more is needed.
http://www.therecord.com/news/local/article/633808–the-gap-between-haves-and-have-nots-yawns-ever-wider

HealthEquityclicks.ca
This resource builds upon the Integrating Social Determinants of Health and Health Equity into Canadian Public Health Practice – Environmental Scan conducted by the National Collaborating Centre for the Determinants of Health in 2010 by identifying public health organizations that are addressing the determinants of health to improve health equity in Canada.
http://www.healthequityclicks.ca/

Canada Income Inequality: Which Canadian Cities Are Seeing The Fastest Ghettoization? (Daniel Tencer, Huffington Post)
Calgary has seen a nearly 90 per cent increase in the wealth difference between its richest and poorest neighbourhoods over the past quarter century, making the city a poster boy for growing economic segregation, according to data from a new study. Researchers from Queen’s University, the University of Toronto and StatsCan have released a working paper showing that Canadians are increasingly segregating themselves according to income.
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2011/12/05/canada-income-inequality-cities-ghettoization_n_1128683.html?ref=canada-business
Report (PDF) – http://www.clsrn.econ.ubc.ca/workingpapers/CLSRN%20Working%20Paper%20no.%2082%20-%20Chen,%20Myles%20and%20Picot.pdf

EMPLOYMENT & WORKERS

Moving beyond Canadian experience: Tory says its time to bring Canadas diverse talent into the workplace (U of T)
A broad group of business, corporate, and community leaders are joining forces with academics to ensure that diverse talents from immigrant communities are contributing to corporate success, and according to former Ontario PC leader John Tory, the meeting couldnt come at a better time. We need immigrants, says Tory. We need them in our workforce, we need them to sustain and expand not only the labour market, but our consumer market as well. And they want to be here. But there are still significant hurdles to overcome, and we need to come together to find a solution quickly.
http://media.utoronto.ca/media-releases/health-medicine/moving-beyong-canadian-experience/

Recognize Immigrant Credentials (Gender Focus)
On the first day, Canadian Labour Congress Anti-Racism and Human Rights Director Karl Flecker gave a presentation about Canadas changing labour force and why acknowledging our history and embracing anti-racism is essential for the future of our movement. To give some examples of the unique issues immigrants to Canada face, Flecker showed the following video produced by TRIEC (Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council).
http://www.gender-focus.com/2011/11/30/recognize-immigrant-credentials/

CMA Magazine Takes an In-depth Look at Communication Barriers Faced by IEPs (Heather Williams, LEAP blog)
The December 2011 issue of CMA Magazine features an article that thoroughly explores the 3 communication barriers faced by internationally educated professionals (IEPs) in the Canadian professional workplace.
http://wp.leapesl.ca/?p=734
Article: http://smac.informz.ca/z/cjUucD9taT0xNjI5MjAmcD0xJnU9OTAwMzk0MTg2JmxpPTU2NDAwMQ/index.html

Freshslice Pizza fined $44,000 for illegal workers (Neal Hall, Vancouver Sun)
Two Freshslice Pizza companies and the owner of two franchise outlets have been fined $44,000 for employing illegal workers. The Canada Border Services Agency investigated a tip last March 17 that Freshslice Pizza locations in downtown Vancouver were illegally employing foreign nationals who did not have work permits.
http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Freshslice+Pizza+fined+illegal+workers/5803216/story.html

Calgary firefighter recruiters look for diversity (CBC)
Wilson says they get plenty of potential candidates, but he hopes they will better reflect the citys diversity. We’re hoping that different multicultural areas of Calgary, and also the multigender as well, will come out and take a look at these info sessions and consider the Calgary Fire Department as a career, he said.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/story/2011/12/02/calgary-firefighter-recruitment.html?cmp=rss

Canadian manufacturers want to hire but can’t find the right people: PwC (Canada Newswire)
Half of Canadian manufacturers who responded to PwC’s new third-quarter 2011 Manufacturing Barometer study said they expect positive hiring over the next 12 months. Only 5% reported they are planning to reduce their workforces, resulting in a net workforce projection of plus 1.2% over the next year. “Despite some doom and gloom surrounding the manufacturing industry of late, it is not all bad news for Canadian manufacturers,” says Calum Semple, Consulting partner and leader of the Operational Turnaround practice at PwC. “The mining, energy and aerospace industries in Canada are booming, creating strong demand for suppliers.”
http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/889663/canadian-manufacturers-want-to-hire-but-can-t-find-the-right-people-pwc

CITY OF TORONTO / CITIES / CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Monday’s Headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A round-up of mainstream media Toronto headlines related to City Hall, Transit & Traffic, Housing & Development, Ford vs. The Star and Other News.
http://spacingtoronto.ca/2011/12/05/mondays-headlines-216/

Future Of The City (CBC Metro Morning)
Guest host Jane Hawtin spoke with former Toronto mayor David Crombie. He is speaking tonight on “Toronto: The Once and Future City” as part of the Toronto Dollar Supper Club. The event starts at 6 p.m. at the Hot House Cafe at Church and Front Street
http://www.cbc.ca/metromorning/episodes/2011/12/05/future-of-the-city/

Fourth Wall: The Impact of Citizens Associations on the Culture of Civic Engagement (Hilary Best, Spacing Toronto)
This series features highlights from the ongoing exhibit The Fourth Wall: Transforming City Hall. The exhibit, on now at the Urbanspace Gallery, considers possible avenues to break down the barriers to participation in civic life that exist at Torontos City Hall.
http://spacingtoronto.ca/2011/12/02/fourth-wall-the-impact-of-citizens-associations-on-the-culture-of-civic-engagement/

Video: SPT Budget Forum @ YWCA Elm Centre December 1, 2011 (Social Planning Toronto)
Close to one hundred residents came to YWCAs new Elm Centre on December 1 to hear how the budget cuts were going to affect our communities and discuss what can be done to prevent these cuts from being implemented.
http://vimeo.com/33044645

The gravy in land use and density (Jack Diamond, Globe and Mail)
Its the level of services in a city that puts the urbane into urban life. Its the quality of life of Canadian cities that ensures their competitiveness. Its the services that our cities provide that give them their competitive edge. The assumption that cities across Canada can somehow balance the books by eliminating what has been called gravy is clearly mistaken. Attempts to cut fat end up cutting muscle and bone from the urban body. Squeezing public services to address a structurally defective funding system is like raiding the piggy bank to pay a mortgage.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/opinion/the-gravy-in-land-use-and-density/article2257214/

SOCIAL INNOVATION / NONPROFITS

Grads Do ‘Good’ for a Profit (Melissa Korn, Wall Street Journal)
“The boundaries between the sectors are getting increasingly blurry,” says Laura Moon, director of Harvard Business School’s Social Enterprise Initiative. Though 3% of 2011 graduates accepted jobs in the nonprofit and government sectors, Ms. Moon says others are pursuing private-sector jobs that address global poverty, supply-chain issues and environmental or sustainability concerns, or other social needs.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204397704577070560859827978.html?mod=WSJ_hps_sections_careerjournal

HUMAN TRAFFICKING / MODERN-DAY SLAVERY

Ontario trails behind Manitoba in response to human trafficking (Jon Thompson, Kenora Daily Miner & News)
A Treaty 3 conference heard Wednesday that Ontario has fallen behind Manitoba when it comes to human trafficking and child sex exploitation. The Bii-Maa-Tizii-Win Ma-Miko-Mi-Wewin conference in Kenora Nov. 30 hosted keynote speaker Diane Redsky, project director for the Canadian Women’s Foundation National Task Force on Human Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada.
http://www.kenoradailyminerandnews.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3391662

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