Immigration & Diversity news headlines – January 4, 2012


New immigration policies urged (Chriss Morris, Telegraph Journal)
With population growth flat-lining in New Brunswick, some observers are encouraging the province to open its doors to a greater variety of immigrants. Michael Haan, who holds the Canada Research Chair in Population and Social Policy at the University of New Brunswick, says the province needs to improve and reinvent its immigration policies to reflect the changing demands of society.

Diversity Mini-Grants for Ontario Environmental NGOs – PDF (Sustainability Network)
The Environment & Diversity Project is a four-year collaborative designed to help the Ontario environmental NGO community consider, develop and implement strategies to better reflect and engage under-represented communities. We are pleased to announce the second of two annual rounds of Environment & Diversity Project mini-grants. Funds are available to support environmental nonprofits and help them better reflect and engage ethno-cultural and Aboriginal communities by responding to the extensive knowledge, interests and important needs of those communities. Grants to a maximum of $5000 will be made. Applications must be submitted by e-mail to info by 5:00pm EST February 15th, 2012. Decisions will be made by February 28th, 2012

Ideas for integration (Claire Wu, The Record)
My only concern is about people who are immigrants and can’t speak and read English. During this time, I’ve seen that most Chinese immigrants are very isolated and don’t have much knowledge about what’s going on in our community, especially seniors and those whose English level is low. Due to the language barrier, they can’t access to all of the information related to the community, newspapers, public library, etc. Unfortunately, seniors are the most affected population, because when their children go to work, they mostly stay at home to take care of their grandchildren and watch TV. This is not good for their physical and emotional health. How can the City of New Westminster support them and make them feel that they belong in to our great community?

Foreign students boost Ottawa economy (Jamie Long, CBC)
The number of international students who come to Ottawa to earn their high school diploma has skyrocketed, injecting money into both the local and national economy. There are about 480 foreign students this school year at the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board compared to just 50 in 2000. The students come from all over the world but the majority find their way from China and Japan. That rising number translates into an approximate $30,000 boost to the local economy, according to the head of Ottawa’s international student program.

Portuguese Canadians take pride in community and culture in video project (Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star)
Terry Costa wants Portuguese Canadians not to be afraid to say they are Portuguese and to make it known to the world they are proud of their heritage through YouTube. The Toronto art director is inviting members of his community to submit their “Proud to be Portuguese Canadian” videos to a contest as part of a campaign to revitalize an established immigrant community that he says is invisible in Canada’s multicultural mosaic.–portuguese-canadians-take-pride-in-community-and-culture-in-video-project

Canadian uses iPad to enter US after forgetting his passport (Sydney Morning Herald)
It comes as Canadian Martin Reisch said a slightly annoyed US border officer let him cross into the United States from Quebec after he presented a scanned copy of his passport on his Apple iPad. Reisch was a half hour from the border when he decided to try to gain entry rather than turn back and make a two-hour trek back home to Montreal to fetch his passport, which he had forgot. He told the officer he was heading to the US to drop off Christmas gifts for his friend’s kids. He said that true story, the scanned passport and his driver’s licence helped him get through last week.


Popular sexual-health program geared to immigrant women in jeopardy (Joe Friesen, Globe and Mail)
For more than 20 years, the white and pink Winnebago has brought sexual-health services to immigrant women where they live and work. The 10-metre-long mobile home delivers a doctor, an examination room and translation services to women who are often poor, lack health coverage and for reasons of work, transportation or cultural restrictions within the family have trouble getting medical care. Other cities have looked to the sexual-health bus as a model. But the budget crunch imposed by Mayor Rob Ford at Toronto’s City Hall has prompted the city’s public health agency to propose a $200,000 cut to the agency that runs the bus, putting the service at risk. The proposed cut amounts to roughly 25 per cent of the Immigrant Women’s Health Centre’s city funding.

Rising inequality demands debate (Times Colonist)
How much is too much? It’s time to ask that question about income inequality in our society. The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives cleverly frames the issue with an annual New Year’s look at the compensation for 100 corporate CEOs compared with the average Canadian. The CEOs, the centre reported, had earned as much as the average Canadian makes in a year by noon on Tuesday, the second working day of the year.


Quebec workplaces are the least diverse in Canada: study (Marian Scott, National Post)
Nearly three-quarters of Canadians work or study in multicultural environments, and that is helping to make them among the world’s most tolerant people, said Jack Jedwab, the association’s executive director. “Canadians are stacking up as the country that has the most diverse workplaces,” he said. But the study also found that Quebec workplaces are among the least diverse in the country. Jedwab said the findings run counter to a widespread theory that increasingly pluralistic societies are making people less trusting and causing a decline in community involvement.

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