Immigration & Diversity news headlines – January 27, 2012


Wave of new leaders heralds new era of city building for Toronto region (PR Newswire)
At last night’s CivicAction Family Reunion, John Tory, Chair of CivicAction, introduced a trio of passionate and powerful rising leaders to guide the Emerging Leaders Network (ELN) through its next phase of city building. The new Co-Chairs of ELN join a multi-sectoral network of thousands of volunteer leaders involved with CivicAction finding new responses to the priority issues coming out of the Greater Toronto Summit 2011 including transportation, regional economic development, jobs and income and immigration.

Report: Evaluation of the Provincial Nominee Program (CIC)
The evaluation was designed to address the complexity of the PNP by using multiple methods and lines of evidence. In the course of the evaluation, data was collected and analyzed from a variety of primary (e.g., interviews, surveys and focus groups) and secondary sources (document and literature review, as well as federal government databases Field Operations Support System (FOSS) and Longitudinal Immigration Database (IMDB)). Key data sources for primary data collection included provincial/territorial (PT) representatives, provincial nominees (PNs), CIC representatives, including those in Canadian Visa Offices Abroad (CVOAs), as well as employer and stakeholder representatives in PTs.

News Release Provincial Nominee Program Working Well, New Evaluation Shows (CIC)
The majority of immigrants selected by provinces and territories under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) are succeeding in Canada, according to a newly released study by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

Media coverage:

Kenney: Atlantic Canada’s immigration plan is flawed (CTV)

P.E.I. lags in immigrant retention (CBC)

Ontario missing benefits of nominee immigrants, report says (Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star)–ontario-missing-benefits-of-nominee-immigrants-report-says

Language proficiency standards will cut immigration fraud cases: Jason Kenney (Clara Ho, Calgary Herald)

Manitoba leaking nominee workers (Mia Rabson, Winnipeg Free Press)

Immigration and the provinces: Deciding whom to fast-track (CBC)

Immigration program useful but flawed, Kenney says (Meagan Fitzpatrick, CBC)

Exhibition Honors Muslim Saviors of Jews (OnIslam)
The Canadian Jewish Federation hosted on Friday, January 27, a photographic exhibition that sheds the light on heroism of Muslims who risked their lives to rescue Jews from the Nazi brutality during the Holocaust.

Stephen Harper vows big changes to retirement benefits and immigration policy (Bruce Campion-Smith, Toronto Star)
Prime Minister Stephen Harper is vowing major transformations including changes to Canadas immigration system and retirement benefits to ensure the future prosperity of the country.–stephen-harper-vows-big-changes-to-retirement-benefits-and-immigration-policy?bn=1

Prime Minister Harper unveils grand plan to reshape Canada (Joe Friesen and Bill Curry, Globe and Mail)
Mr. Harper said he intends to tackle immigration reform, a thorny issue in a country where one in five is an immigrant. Canadas humanitarian obligations and its family reunification objectives will be respected, he said, but the needs of the labour force and the economy will now be central. Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has been working on significant reforms to the immigration system for several months. Mr. Kenney has said he wants to speed immigrant integration in the labour market by changing the emphasis of selection criteria. He intends to reward applicants who speak English or French, have job offers, Canadian work experience or postgraduate degrees, all of whom tend to fare better economically. The increased emphasis on economic immigrants could lead to reductions in the family class.

Canada, multicultural paradise or multi-ethnic cesspool? (Michael Werbowski, Vancouver Observer)
Is the Canadian much touted notion of tolerance, a myth or an idealized vision of a much darker and unpalatable reality? An article which looks into an issue which has been under the radar screen for far too long.

Migration and immigration changing Vancouver into “city of strangers” (Jenny Uechi, Vancouver Observer)
Vancouver is a city of immigrants and outsiders, and any political party that can’t engage them will lose out, according to demographic studies by Andrew Yan, a researcher at the research and development division of Bing Thom Architects (BTA). Were a city of strangers, Yan said, adding that political parties will have to learn to bridge, as opposed to bunkering themselves out of one particular neighborhood or one particular group.

“More Fear Now” (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke about the Shafia murder trial with Amandeep Kaur, is the chief operating officer with Punjabi Community Health Services in Brampton, and with Saleha Khan, she is with the Muslim Resource Centre in London, Ontario.

Call for papers: Multicultural education: Past, present & future (
The editors of the International Journal of Multicultural Education (IJME) want to take advantage of this special 5th anniversary issue to reflect on the state of the field: where it has been, where it is, and where it is going. To do this, we will publish manuscripts that highlight important insights about multicultural education theory, teaching and research.

Upcoming CERIS events (ZS,
Events from end of Jan, 2012 to end of March, 2012 at CERIS, the Ontario Metropolis Centre.

Ontario United Cricket Conference Will Highlight Social, Physical And Cultural Benefits Of Popular Sport (Digital Journal)
A wide-ranging group of experts on the social and physical benefits of cricket will gather at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto (OISE/UT) on Saturday, February 4, 2012, beginning at 9 a.m. at 252 Bloor Street West , Toronto , M5S 1V6. The goal of the Ontario United Cricket Conference is to bring together educators, sports experts, politicians, law enforcement professionals, community leaders and students to share topical information while strengthening traditional and emerging relationships within the cricket community. It is hoped that by bringing these renowned experts under one roof, a multitude of stakeholders will consider new ways of improving communities by promoting cricket.

Immigration, Ethno-cultural Diversity and Citizenship (Jan 27, 2012 -Montreal, Quebec) – PDF (Université du Québec à Montréal)
For the third consecutive year, the Research Chair for Immigration, Ethnicity and Citizenship of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), has invited graduate students and at the beginning of their careers participate in an international and interdisciplinary conference on immigration, ethno-cultural diversity and citizenship.

Advocacy group files human rights complaints following Gatineau immigration guidebook controversy (Sarah Deshaies, Canadian University Press)
A Montreal-based advocacy group has filed the first in a series of human rights complaints following controversy over an immigration guidebook handed out in Gatineau, Que. Fo Niemi, director of the Centre for Research-Action on Race Relations (CRARR), reported that the group filed earlier this month with the Quebec Human Rights Commission and is set to file a second time this week, with at least two more complaints being brought forward in the near future.

Government of Canada Supports Project Aimed at Fostering Intercultural Awareness (Marketwire)
Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney, today announced financial support for a photographic exhibit honouring Muslim Albanians who rescued Jews during the Holocaust. The exhibit tells the moving story of how the Besa, a code of honour in Albanian culture, guided their courageous actions. “Exhibits like this one help to showcase the values we celebrate in this country and the importance of respect for fundamental freedoms, regardless of one’s background or religion,” Minister Kenney said.

Conference hopes to help immigrants overcome their fears (Alison Langley, Niagara Falls Review)
Immigrant women who are abused often face isolation as well as social and language barriers that prevent them from seeking help, a conference of newcomers to Canada was told Thursday. As a stark example of those barriers, Det. Sgt. Richard Ciszek started his presentation by asking the audience to raise their hand if they would call the police if they needed assistance. Not one of the 145 participants raised their hand.


Is the 1951 Geneva Refugee Convention outdated?: A call for papers (ZS,
Call for papers: Special 60th Anniversay Issue of Refuge: Is the 1951 Refugee Convention Outdated? On the 60th anniversary of the Refugee Convention, Refuge invites submissions that explore the debate surrounding the relevance of this historic treaty. Refuge is interested in papers that recognize the diverging assessments in order to propose approaches that might address current and future problems in a more effective manner.

The maddening pace of justice in Canada (Chris Selley, National Post)
When it comes to Léon Mugeseras epic lost battle to avoid deportation to Rwanda, the number most people fixate on is 18 years. The alleged Rwandan genocide-booster arrived in Canada in August 1993, and 18 years and five months later he was finally sent back. People argue, quite understandably, that this timeline is self-evidently insane. But the component numbers that add up to 18 tell a more useful, and perhaps even more maddening, story.

Let Buddhist man remain in Canada, court rules (Adrian Humphreys, National Post)
The secretary of a Buddhist temple in Chittagong, Bangladesh, one of the worlds fastest-growing cities, needs Canadas protection from government goons and a militant Muslim faction in his homeland, the Federal Court of Canada said, chastising refugee officials for trying to send him back. Ruptanu Barua was active in protecting the rights of the Buddhists minority in his homeland before giving up and fleeing to Montreal, where he claimed asylum.


Province’s workforce continues to shrink (Walter Cordery, Daily News)
As the baby boomers retire and leave the workforce, British Columbia will need hundreds of thousands of skilled immigrants to replace them. That need is one of the reasons why the provincial government has established an immigration task force that is travelling throughout the province to determine the needs of individual communities, said RichmondSteveston MLA John Yap, who leads the task force. “There’s no doubt B.C. needs more economic immigrants,” Yap said, following a presentation at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre on Thursday.

Businesses need to recruit more foreigners: Kenney (Jered Stuffco, CTV)
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney says Canadian businesses should be doing more to seek out and recruit foreign workers who can use their skills in vocations suffering from labour shortages in this country. Kenney said Thursday that too many immigrants are still coming to Canada with hopes of a better life, only to find themselves either unemployed or in subsistence jobs. “That’s a problem for them, it’s a waste for Canada and their home countries,” Kenney told CTV’s Power Play.

Career Edge Organization will be inventing the future with HRPA (Sydney Helland, CEO blog)
Its official! Career Edge Organization will be joining the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) for one of Canadas top HR professional development experiences: the HRPA 2012 Annual Conference & Trade Show HR: 2012 and BeyondInventing the Future occurring February 1 to 3 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. As trade show exhibitors, we are looking forward to networking with HR professionals from across Canada and from around the world, while examining the latest HR issues, ideas, challenges and opportunities together. With the theme of futuristic HR in mind, we got to thinking about what the HR landscape will look like for 2012 and Beyond, and couldnt help but be reminded of an article that attempted to do just that three and a half years ago.


Friday’s Headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A round up of mainstream media coverage including City Hall, Labour Dispute, Transit and Other News.


Peter Deitz- What Am I Skating Towards? Microphilanthropy (Al Etmanski)
So what is the puck I’m skating toward in 2012? Where is it now? And where do I want it to be? Of all the big ideas I’ve taken a shot at in the past several years — social enterprise, nonprofit technology, open data, impact investing — the one that still holds the greatest promise in my eyes is microphilanthropy. Microphilanthropy spans the transactional (giving of time, talent, and money) and the non-transactional (giving a damn about the people and world around us). Microphilanthropy is in equal parts something we do and something we care about deeply.


Courtroom getting makeover for human trafficking trial (Nicole O’Reilly, Hamilton Spectator)
The John Sopinka Courthouse has to prepare for the largest human trafficking case in Canadian history and its going to cost big dollars. To accommodate the 10 to 12 accused, along with Hungarian interpreters and individual lawyers, Courtroom 600 will undergo $500,000 to $1 million in renovations, including building larger prisoners boxes and benches.–courtroom-getting-makeover-for-human-trafficking-trial

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