Immigration & Diversity news headlines – February 10, 2012


Latest Census confirms Ontario’s decline – Immigration (CBC The Current)
The census figures show that in the past 5 years, 95,000 fewer immigrants settled in Ontario than in the 5-year period before that. Elizabeth McIsaac is the Executive Director of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council. Her organization helps immigrants integrate into the labour market. She joined us in Toronto.

The dangerous game of diaspora politics (David Carment And Yiagadeesen Samy, Globe and Mail)
The term “diaspora” reflects the rise of truly transnational populations occupying a key niche in Canadian politics that allows them to influence both home and host government. Diasporas can exert pressure on their home government from abroad, free from political threats and fear of retribution. And they can lobby their host country to put pressure on their home government to endorse policies ranging from human rights and governance reform to favourable international trade policies and security guarantees. Diaspora politics is seductive and populist. And governing parties can ride the wave of new immigrant support for generations.

Come to Canada Wizard reaches 750,000 visits in less than six months (CIC)
The Come to Canada Wizard, which helps people determine if they are eligible to immigrate to this country, continues to gain popularity among prospective immigrants and newcomers. The Wizard has recorded more than 750,000 visits since it was launched six months ago. Close to 90 percent of users say they would recommend the Come to Canada Wizard to someone they know.

B.C. hopeful Ottawa will increase immigrant quota, despite saying no to Alberta (Tara Carman and Peter O’Neil, Vancouver Sun)
B.C.’s jobs minister is still hopeful the federal government will allow the province to hand-pick an increased number of skilled immigrants, despite the Citizenship and Immigration minister’s refusal Wednesday to grant a similar request to Alberta. The provincial nominee program allows provinces to choose skilled immigrants who are best qualified to meet shortages in the regional labour market. Pat Bell said he asked federal Immigration Minister Jason Kenney for an increase in B.C.’s allotment to 10,000 from the current 3,500, but said in an interview late Thursday he has yet to receive an official response.

Ontario now a place to leave (Toronto Sun Editorial)
Premier Dalton McGuinty’s policies of high taxation, wanton spending and deficit financing are driving people away from Ontario. The latest Census figures show our province, at one time the great magnet for immigration to Canada and for migration from other provinces, is rapidly falling behind. Statistics Canada says we attracted 96,000 fewer immigrants between 2006 and 2011 compared to the previous five years.

Immigration — by the numbers (Hamilton Spectator)
Does Canada need immigration the way demographers, economists and governments say we do? Only if we think positive population and economic growth are good things. The message conveyed in data from the 2011 census released this week is clear, and should come as no surprise to anyone who has been paying attention. Canada’s birth rate of 1.67 children per woman is well below the minimum of two required just to maintain, never mind grow. Is that going to change? Yes, if anything it will probably drop even more. It is estimated that by the year 2030, immigration will account for virtually all of the nation’s population growth.–immigration-by-the-numbers

Babies or immigrants? Canada searches for way forward (Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun)
Canada’s population is surging despite far fewer children being born in the country. The bulk of the nation’s fast growth relies on foreign newcomers. Statistics Canada’s census figures released Wednesday reveal children born in Canada account for only one-third of the country’s growth of almost six per cent since 2006, the highest rate of all G8 countries. With Canadian women having fewer babies, and the large baby boom generation beginning to die off in two decades, Statistics Canada projects in-migration will become an even more powerful engine in the future – accounting for four-fifths of all population growth in 2031.

Irish immigrants find success in Saskatchewan (Patrick Book, Newstalk 650)
The stories behind the census are the immigrants who make up the driving force behind Saskatchewan’s population growth. The census numbers released yesterday show our population has jumped by almost six per cent in the last five years. New residents from 192 countries and all other Canadian provinces are contributing to both the numbers and the province’s economic success. Mirroring the stories of immigrants 100 years ago, Howard Morrisey came to Saskatchewan from Ireland. He considers himself lucky to have left a country going through a bad economic downturn. “Back home in Ireland there was just no jobs, no prospects of any work there so I was lucky enough to get a job offer here,” Morrisey said.

Afghan interpreters who worked for Canada should be allowed to settle here (Toronto Star editorial)
More than 100 Afghans who put themselves in personal danger by working as interpreters for our military may be getting another chance to seek a new life in Canada. It took pressure from the public and the media, as well as direct intervention from the Prime Minister’s Office. Finally. The Star has been asking the PMO to get involved ever since Immigration Minister Jason Kenney made a promise — which turned out to be hollow — that Afghan interpreters would be fast-tracked and get “special consideration” to relocate in Canada. Federal immigration officials vacillated about accepting most of the visa applications, saying the Afghans had to prove “extraordinary and individualized risk and serious injury” in order to be approved. That’s hard to do when faced with such cruel and evasive enemies as the Taliban.–afghan-interpreters-who-worked-for-canada-should-be-allowed-to-settle-here

Welcoming diversity (Rob Majury, Sootoday,com)
The primary intent of the Immigration Forum is to promote cultural diversity initiatives, create discussion as well as educate attendees on a wide range of information confirming the importance of immigration to Sault Ste. Marie as well as Ontario. Onsite to speak about the importance of immigration was Nelson Palacio, Statistical Analyst from the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration.


Canadian Council for Refugees Youth Network Updates (Youth Service Network & We Belong Project)
Canada has signed the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, thereby promising to respect the basic rights of children. But the rights of children who are not Canadian citizens are not always respected. In 2012 the UN is examining Canada on our compliance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The review will be conducted by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Ch

Refugee settlement services lack access to trauma counselling (Scott Ruddick, The Record)
Each year, an average of 30,000 asylum seekers cross into Canada seeking refugee status. Unlike refugees processed overseas through the refugee resettlement program, asylum seekers find their way to Canada, then apply for protection through the refugee appeal system, a process that can take years. Though most new arrivals choose to stay in larger centres such as Toronto and Vancouver, about 100 such asylum-seeking families arrive in Kitchener-Waterloo each year. They come to begin, like all immigrants, the challenging process of settling into a new community. Unlike other immigrants, however, refugees often also struggle with the burden of psychological trauma. It is a situation that the region’s refugee assisting services are currently ill-equipped to address.–refugee-settlement-services-lack-access-to-trauma-counselling

Rwandan genocide, Canadian complacency (Kimberly Richards, Gauntlet)
Two weeks ago, Leon Mugesera — a Rwandan man charged with inciting the 1994 Rwandan genocide — was deported after spending 19 years of refuge in Canada. Mugesera is the poster child for genocide suspects hiding in Western countries. Mugesera’s trial is highly anticipated, as he will be the first genocidaire tried by Rwanda’s judicial system, indicative of Rwanda’s recovery. The trial also sheds light on Canada’s justice system. The Canadian government contributed significant funds into the redevelopment of Rwanda’s justice system. Every notable news source in Canada reported the verdict that Mugesera was to return to Rwanda on Jan. 23, 2012, and the decision was enthusiastically applauded by the majority of Canadians. But the Canadian government’s willingness to grant Mugesera and his family permanent resident status has gone largely unexplored and under-interrogated by the media. Such an investigation provides insight into the blind-sightedness of Canadian immigration and the repercussions for Canada’s justice system.


$400 Million? $220 Million? But at What Cost? (Martin Prosperity Institute)
Toronto Community Housing is one of the largest social housing providers in North America. The organization rents to a wide variety of tenants along a spectrum of low, mid and high rise housing units. After a contentious meeting, the TCHC Board approved putting 706 community housing units up for private sale. Up to 2,600 residents could be displaced as the proposed units are sold. According to provincial legislation, the TCHC is responsible for relocating the displaced tenants to other available community housing. The selling of the homes still requires provincial approval. The Martin Prosperity Institute wanted to take a look at some of the characteristics of the neighbourhoods where the units being sold are located.


Surrey businesses tackle employment and labour shortage (Surrey North Delta Leader)
How to attract, hire and retain skilled immigrants will be the focus of a 15-session program across the province. On Friday, Feb. 10, employers representing businesses in Surrey will brainstorm on the topic. Lead by the Immigrant Employment Council of BC (IEC-BC), with funding from the Province of BC, the purpose of the consultation is to better understand the labour market needs of the Surrey region as part of an overall effort to develop more effective solutions that address the hiring challenges of businesses in BC.

New Canadians: Bosses Need to Step Up Diversity Programs (Canada Newswire)
Despite their good intentions, Canadian employers have been slow to embrace diversity. A new study of Internationally Educated Professionals (IEPs) found that fewer than half (49 per cent) work in companies that have policies welcoming new Canadians. The 5th annual research study of IEPs and local employers was commissioned by the Progress Career Planning Institute (PCPI).


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

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

Move It: The Importance of Transportation in the Economic Growth of City-Regions (IMFG)
IMFG is continuing its series from last year on Moving Our Region with three new lectures. These talks will focus on the importance of transportation infrastructure to the economy of the city-region, the private sector’s role in transportation, and revenue tools for funding transit. The series brings together noted transportation policy-makers, practitioners, and academics to discuss critical issues that will profoundly influence the future growth and prosperity of the Greater Toronto-Hamilton Area (GTHA).


Help us demonstrate the nonprofit sector’s critical value in Alberta (Workforce Connect)
The Alberta Nonprofit Workforce Council through WorkforceConnect is embarking on a province-wide Nonprofit Sector Profile Project, working with sector employees to demonstrate the sector’s critical value as part of the infrastructure that helps Alberta communities thrive.

Ryerson gets $1M to establish new social innovation chair (Jameson Berkow, Financial Post)
Ryerson University will use a $1-million gift from the Eaton family to help establish a new chair of social innovation and entrepreneurship, the Toronto-based institution announced Tuesday. A search committee is being created to find the first person to hold the position, Ryerson said. That person will be tasked with developing and expanding an interdisciplinary program intended to create opportunities for students to apply social innovation and entrepreneurial skills to address social challenges facing marginalized youth.

Marketing focused on low overheads is counter-productive, says Dame Suz (Niki May Young, Civil Society Fundraising)
Dame Suzi Leather has urged charities not to run marketing campaigns that focus on minimal overheads and says it is charities’ collective responsibility to educate donors on the necessity of running costs. Speaking to an audience of UK charity leaders at a breakfast briefing held by Russam GMS last week, the Charity Commission chair said many donors don’t understand the true investment needs of charities, such as the need for back-office as well as front-line investment, and that it was the sector’s role to “put them straight”.

Statistics Canada Opens Up CANSIM (Steven Matthews, slaw)
An item noted by Susannah Tredewell on the VALL website, CANSIM data has been made available free of charge by StatsCan under the Statistics Canada Open Licence Agreement.


Canada too often where slavery starts (London Free Press)
When most people think of slavery, they think of the horrific trade in African peoples, kidnapped or sold for lifelong toil and abuse in the Caribbean and the U.S. And most of us think the practice died off after the American Civil War, Abraham Lincoln, Uncle Tom’s Cabin and all that. If there’s a Canadian connection in the popular version of slavery, it’s our role as the end point of the Underground Railroad – the secret system of getting escaped slaves to freedom. The whisper in the slave cabins of the American South was that if you followed the North Star long enough, you would get to the promised land of Canada, where slavery was outlawed. While the human auctions, whipping houses and slave-catchers have disappeared from the U.S., slavery is still alive and well there and around the world. You will even find it here in our own backyard.

Human trafficking a reality in B.C. (Rachel Stern – Nanaimo News Bulletin)
Slavery is happening in B.C. Both women and men are being trafficked for sexual exploitation and as slave labour. Trafficking is often seen as an overseas problem, said Kirsten Hunter, who’s worked for both Epact International, a network of organizations battling trafficking, and B.C.’s Office to Combat Trafficking of Persons. But it’s also a problem in Canada, although it’s harder to detect because of the hidden, underground, nature.

The Impossibility of Ending Human Trafficking (Michelle Brock, Hope for the Sold)
The impossibility of ending human trafficking glares at us every day. It tries to master us, discourage us, defeat and cripple us. Injustice personified mocks our efforts, tests our motivations, and undermines our actions. But what if we broke down the fight against sex trafficking into a set of possibilities?

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