Immigration & Diversity news headlines – February 13, 2012

IMMIGRATION / SETTLEMENT / DIVERSITY
Webinar March 7: All Kids are VIPs: Immigrant Integration at School (Cities of Migration)
Join Cities of Migration for an international webinar to learn about an exciting school-based program from Germany that empowers immigrant youth, educators, and ‘celebrity’ ambassadors to raise awareness about cultural diversity in school while inspiring a new generation to think about the positive contributions of immigrant integration.
http://citiesofmigration.ca/webinar/webinar-all-kids-are-vips-immigrant-integration-at-school/
Don’t count on future immigrants for economic growth (Tim Shufelt, Financial Post)
Canadians have long taken for granted that a constant stream of skilled foreign workers dream of the opportunity to immigrate here. The country’s growth model is essentially built on that assumption. But as the world economic order shuffles, so do the opportunities for mobile talent. “They are not lining up,” said Benjamin Tal, deputy chief economist at CIBC World Markets. “We’ve got to wake up to this realization.” The Canadian population is growing faster than any other G8 country, according to 2011 census data released this week. New Canadians account for two-thirds of the growth. Within the next 20 years, immigration will become Canada’s only source of net population growth. Much sooner, labour force advances will become completely reliant on newcomers.
http://business.financialpost.com/2012/02/11/dont-count-on-future-immigrants-for-economic-growth/
Canada: Founded on misery (Tristin Hopper, National Post)
By 2030, according to recently released projections from the 2011 census, due to falling birth rates more than 80% of Canada’s population growth will need to be borne by new immigrants. In many ways, it is a return to the country’s roots. Canada was built on the backs of immigrants. Brave pioneers cleared the land, hammered the railroads and forged the cities that make up modern Canada. Many of them did not enjoy it one bit. There are reports of Ukrainian pioneers bursting into tears upon sighting their new Alberta home, Atlantic colonists whose stomach twisted into knots when they remembered the day they decided to set out for Canada, disenchanted Upper Canadians who drowned their sorrows in a constant stupor of cheap, rancid whiskey.
http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/02/11/canada-founded-on-misery/
Canada: As immigration booms, ethnic enclaves swell and segregate (Tristin Hopper, National Post)
More than 600 newcomers per day have arrived in Canada since 2006, and many of them have settled in neighbourhoods like Richmond, B.C. The once-quiet farming community on the south end of Vancouver is now home to North America’s second-largest Asian community — and Canada’s densest proportion of foreign-born residents. The city’s strip malls are a haven for dim sum. Richmond’s roads are replete with white delivery vans emblazoned with Chinese characters and massive 150-store Asian-friendly malls seemingly plucked right from downtown Shanghai.
http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/02/11/canada-as-immigration-booms-ethnic-enclaves-swell-and-segregate/
Graphic: Where are Canada’s new immigrants settling? (Richard Johnson, National Post)
According to the 2011 census, two-thirds of the people added to the Canadian population since 2006 were immigrants. The breakdown of where they came from will come in later releases, but the 2006 census offers a strong indication of the trends. The National Post’s graphics team takes a look.
http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/02/10/census-canada-2011-where-are-canadas-immigrants-coming-from/
Canada is a country we no longer recognize (George Jonas, National Post)
Canada must be doing something right. The 2011 Census shows our country growing faster (5.9%) than any other in the G8, fuelled mainly by immigration. Immigration being a voluntary activity, countries have to be dong something right to benefit by it. Unless, of course, other countries are doing something wrong. After the playwright Ferenc Molnár, author of the classic Broadway musical Carousel (with music and lyrics by Rodgers and Hammerstein), fled Nazi-occupied Europe, he settled in New York. Manhattan can be pretty stifling in the summer. One day, a fellow refugee complained to the playwright about the humidity. Molnár’s reply became the gold standard among refugees. “My dear fellow,” he said, “we didn’t come here for the climate.”
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/02/11/george-jonas-canada-is-a-country-we-no-longer-recognize/
In China, Canada needs re-tweets, not merchant fleets (Joanna Wong, Globe and Mail)
Lack of easy access to information in Mandarin about investment, education and immigration in Canada is weakening our relationship with China. The result is missed jobs, missed connections and missed profits. Consider that, in the immigration industry alone, mainland China has an estimated 400 private consultant firms with multimillion-dollar revenues. While the rise of this business is complex, it’s fed in part by the dearth of Mandarin language resources.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/opinion/in-china-canada-needs-re-tweets-not-merchant-fleets/article2334625/
Minister talks immigration, economics (Jason Miller, The Intelligencer)
He said the Tories are eyeing immigration reforms in the months to come “to get more economic bang for immigration buck.” The objective is to select “immigrants who are more likely to succeed” and possess high levels of English and skills training to fill job shortages. “We don’t want newcomers to face unemployment,” he said. “We don’t want medical doctors driving cabs or engineers in corner stores.” Part of the multi-prong plan involves aligning immigrants streaming in with existing job shortages. Canadians will likely hear more about the reforms “probably during the budget or the later part of this year.” He said rural communities like Belleville are gradually becoming a draw for newcomers because foreigners tend to assimilate quicker in smaller environs. “Fewer immigrants are going to Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal than before,” he said. That was proven in recent census results that showed population growth declining in metropolis like Toronto, which slowed to 4.5 per cent.
http://www.intelligencer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3469399
Rabbi Gunther Plaut remembered as key figure in Reform Judaism (Tristin Hopper, National Post)
Rabbi Gunther Plaut, a key figure in the development of Reform Judaism and a figurehead of Canadian Jewry, was laid to rest Sunday at Holy Blossom Temple Memorial Park, the cemetery of the synagogue he served for more than 50 years. The esteemed scholar and Rabbi died last Wednesday at the age of 99. In scholarly career spanning six decades Rabbi Plaut exchanged letters with Albert Einstein, discussed non-violence with Martin Luther King, Jr, redrafted Canada’s refugee legislation and remained an outspoken human rights critic and spokesman for Canadians Jews.
http://life.nationalpost.com/2012/02/12/rabbi-gunther-plaut-remembered-as-key-figure-in-reform-judaism/
Giving Visibility to ‘queer’ Experiences: Vivek Shraya (South Asian Generation Next)
Writing is only one of the things Vivek Shraya does well. This Toronto-based multimedia artist’s first collection of short stories, “God Loves Hair” was a finalist at the 2011 Lambda Literary Award and is currently being used as a textbook at several post-secondary institutions. What do you think about Canada’s multicultural claim? Writing is only one of the things Vivek Shraya does well. This Toronto-based multimedia artist’s first collection of short stories, “God Loves Hair” was a finalist at the 2011 Lambda Literary Award and is mes, especially when I consider the racism I have experienced or witnessed in Canada. But this softens when I travel, especially to the US, and see the way racial politics play out or how strong the lines of segregation are there.
http://www.sagennext.com/2012/02/10/giving-visibility-to-%E2%80%98queer%E2%80%99-experiences-vivek-shraya/
Jonathan Kay: Canada is becoming a nation of ‘Tiger Mothers’  (Jonathan Kay, National Post)
According to census results released on Wednesday, Canada has the fastest-growing population of any G8 nation, with two-thirds of the growth coming from immigration. These newcomers aren’t just redrawing Canada’s population map, they’re also radically transforming our elite educational institutions. This is especially true of immigrants from Philippines, India and China, who collectively make up about a third of all migrants to Canada, and who tend to exhibit high levels of academic performance. A 2010 study of Toronto District School Board students found that 72% of students from Eastern Asian immigrant families, and 50% from South Asian families, went on to university — as compared with just 42% of Canadian-born students. The city of Vancouver is about 21% East Asian. Yet roughly double that proportion of UBC students self-identify as East Asian.
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/02/10/jonathan-kay-canada-is-becoming-a-nation-of-tiger-mothers/
How to get ahead in Canada: ‘Worship at the feet of the goddess Saraswati’ (Jonathan Kay, National Post)
Following my “Tiger-mother” article, I’ve gotten a few very interesting responses from immigrants to Canada, explaining how they feel their approach to education is different from that of native-born Canadians. The most illuminating came to me from one Kanti Makan, a successful Canadian engineer who was born to a poor family in India.
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/02/12/how-to-get-ahead-in-canada-worship-at-the-feet-of-the-goddess-saraswati/
Black Parliamentarians call on political and community leaders to bring greater diversity to federal politics (Victor Ryan, Chris Plecash, Hill Times)
Canada’s black Parliamentarians say a greater effort is needed at both the grassroots level and within the corridors of political power to bring greater diversity to Parliament. February is Black History Month in Canada, and while the department of Citizenship and Immigration encourages the Canadian public to “honour the legacy of black Canadians, past and present,” African-Canadians remain underrepresented in Canada’s Parliament. There are currently three Senators and two Members of Parliament, but the African-Canadian population numbers 900,000. It would take six more MPs to accurately reflect Canada’s black population in the House of Commons.
http://www.hilltimes.com/news/2012/02/13/black-parliamentarians-call-on-political-and-community-leaders-to-bring-greater/29596
Outdoor rinks must stop freezing out minorities (Ryan Lum & Mark Dance Open Ice, Chronicle Herald)
Pervasive in Canada’s hockey narrative are ideas about the sport’s place in our mosaic. We say things like “hockey is a sport for all Canadians” and “outdoor rinks help immigrants get immersed in the culture of this country.” While there’s no doubt outdoor rinks can perform this function, there isn’t any guarantee they will. Our experiences so far on this trip indicate that overwhelmingly, users of outdoor rinks are two things — white and male. And while there is almost always age diversity on the ice, we have considerable doubt that people from all ethnicities and genders feel welcomed. And it’s not hard to see why some might feel shut out of the game.
http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/61938-outdoor-rinks-must-stop-freezing-out-minorities
Immigration inquiries flood local Greek society (Katie Turner, Metro Calgary)
Greek Canadians in Calgary say calls from friends and family members living in their debt-ridden homeland are becoming more desperate, with many exploring immigration.  John Yannitsos, president of the Hellenic Society of Calgary, said they’ve noticed an influx of people immigrating to Canada. For months, he said, the society has been fielding calls inquiring about immigration to Calgary.
http://www.metronews.ca/calgary/local/article/1096000–immigration-inquiries-flood-local-greek-society
What do these numbers mean to you? From skin colour to atheists. (Stephen Hammond, Human Rights Each Day)
Will the trend continue where recent immigrants continue to fall further behind in pay and jobs suited to their skills?  Many skilled immigrants realize it takes a while to match the level of job and relative wealth they left behind, but too many are surprised that it takes a long, long time, or that they in fact never reach it.  So far the data shows that newer immigrants to Canada are doing much worse than immigrants who came to Canada just three decades ago. Will the number of people who are dark-skinned continue to fall even further behind immigrants who are light-skinned? (“visible minority” is so insulting…and condemned by U.N. bodies.)  So far, this is what is happening.  Since I am the world’s “visible minority”, and since Canada continues to attract more dark-skinned people than light-skinned people, this means we’ve got a problem if we aren’t properly integrating people for no other reason than the colour of their skin or other “different” attributes.
http://www.humanrightseachday.com/changing-face-of-canada/
Canadian immigration set to host educational fairs to attract international students (Workpermit.com)
Citizenship and Immigration Canada is set to visit Malaysian cities this month to encourage Malaysian students to emigrate to Canada to study.
http://www.workpermit.com/news/2012-02-12/canada/canadian-immigration-set-to-host-educational-fairs-to-attract-international-students.htm
Let’s break silence and talk immigration (Salim Mansur, Toronto Sun)
The release this week of Census 2011 provides Canadians with a broad picture of the country’s population at 33.5 million, and its urban makeup. Between 2006 and 2011, the rate of Canada’s population growth at 5.9% was the highest among G8 countries. The engine for this growth, according to Statistics Canada, remains immigrants, together with non-permanent residents, seasonal workers, foreign students and asylum seekers. Immigration is the big issue — the proverbial elephant in the room — that needs wide and open discussion in Parliament and during federal elections, and yet it is scrupulously avoided.
http://www.torontosun.com/2012/02/10/lets-break-silence-and-talk-immigration
Canada’s ethnic media to request cash for training from PMO, premiers (Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press)
Canada’s increasingly influential ethnic-press industry will seek a financial boost from the upper levels of government to better its business and journalistic know-how. While minority-language publications remain anonymous to most Canadians, their combined readership is in the millions — more than the country’s largest daily newspapers. The ethnic press also wields clout inside the Prime Minister’s Office, where, more than ever, the industry is viewed as a coveted conduit to the multicultural vote.
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/business/breakingnews/canadas-ethnic-media-to-request-cash-for-training-from-pmo-premiers-139178444.html
IN CONVERSATION WITH TED SALCI: Role as citizenship judge an ‘honour’ *Ray Spiteri Niagara Falls Review )
Former mayor Ted Salci oversaw his first swearing-in ceremony Friday since being appointed a citizenship judge in December. He swore in around 60 new citizens at the Citizenship and Immigration Canada office on McLeod Rd. “It’s an exciting thing,” said Salci, 62. “Seeing new Canadians settling in our country is certainly going to be very enjoyable for me.”
http://www.niagarafallsreview.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3468280
Immigration system needs to be fair, says Ontario Liberal MP (Dave Mabell, Lethbridge Herald)
The Harper government’s immigration policies are keeping families apart, a veteran Member of Parliament warns. Instead, they should be encouraging families to reunite in Canada, says Ontario MP Jim Karygiannis. And immigrant settlement agencies – like the successful service in Lethbridge – must be provided stable, long-term funding.
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/local-news/immigration-system-needs-to-be-fair-says-ontario-liberal-mp-21112.html
Census numbers prove Canadians need to accept more immigration or more sex (Andy Radia, Yahoo! News)
If the census figures released Thursday prove anything, it’s that there’s not enough of us in Canada.
There’s not enough young people to support an aging population and there’s not enough skilled workers to keep Canada’s companies competitive.
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/canada-politics/census-numbers-prove-canadians-accept-more-immigration-more-195651969.html
Making Markham more Inclusive: Mayor Frank Scarpitti (South Asian Generation Next)
Mayor of Markham His Worship Frank Scarpitti is at forefront in leading and fostering relationship between the town of Markham and the Greater Toronto Area in general and India in particular. He spent some very busy days in different states and cities of India to promote trade and create jobs in the GTA and more specifically in the town of Markham. Describing his trip to India to Generation Next, Mayor Scarpitti stated “Our recent trip to India was fantastic. The cities we went to were Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai, and Pune. And in terms of the activity prior to going, we met some key individuals in government and had established meetings in advance with business organizations. More importantly, though, in each of the cities we went to, we worked closely with different business associations and brought the cases to over 60-70 business people and they were able to meet the members of our business delegation.”
http://www.sagennext.com/2012/02/10/making-markham-more-inclusive-mayor-frank-scarpitti/
Aboriginal and immigrant populations growing in N.B. (CBC)
New Brunswick’s immigrant and First Nations populations are continuing to grow, according to the latest Statistics Canada data. On the Elsipogtog reserve, Chief Jesse Simon wasn’t surprised by the census numbers that were released on Wednesday. “We’re an exploding population,” Simon said. The census data puts Elsipogtog at 2,000 people, an increase of nearly five per cent in the last five years. However, Simon said that number is higher, about 3,200 people live on the reserve now.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/story/2012/02/10/nb-census-aboriginals-immigrants.html
REFUGEES
Bill C-4 tips the balance against refugees (Remzi Cej, Toronto Star)
Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney says Bill C-4 will punish human smugglers, but in reality the law would punish refugees who have given up everything to reach Canada. Last year, Citizenship and Immigration Canada unveiled a $500,000 monument at Halifax’s Pier 21 in memory of MS St. Louis, a ship carrying 907 Jewish refugees who were refused entry to Canada in 1939. The monument, The Wheel of Conscience, reminds Canadians of our collective responsibility to others. But the reintroduction of an immigration bill that punishes refugee claimants for seeking refugee status in Canada suggests that we don’t seem to have learned much from the St. Lou
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1129738–bill-c-4-tips-the-balance-against-refugees
Canada and refugee resettlement: Research and innovation for the 21st Century (sixtseven.ca)
ISSofBC in partnership with Kwantlen Polytechnic University and the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University are please to present Canada and Refugee Resettlement: Research and Innovation for the 21st Century national conference will take place June 20-22, 2012 in Richmond, BC.
http://www.sixtyseven.ca/canada-and-refugee-resettlement-research-and-innovation-for-the-21st-century/
A fair deal for Afghans (National Post)
The program was criticized, however, for becoming bogged down in red tape. Afghans who served 12 months or more with Canadian soldiers or officials, but did not do so consecutively, for example, were excluded. The determination of which Afghans faced mortal danger was made arbitrarily and left to military officers in the field. The entire process moved far slower than had been planned. In short, brave Afghans were caught in the gears of Canada’s bureaucracy.
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/fair+deal+Afghans/6142755/story.html
Hungarian asylum seekers flood Canadian shores in 2011 (Tobi Cohen, Postmedia News)
The number of Hungarians seeking asylum in Canada, the vast majority of whom are believed to be Roma, nearly doubled last year and it appears the government has yet to figure out what to do about the problem. New figures obtained by Postmedia News suggest 4,409 Hungarians applied for refugee status in 2011 compared to just 2,300 a year earlier. In 2009 there were 2,440 applications for asylum.
http://www.canada.com/news/Hungarian+asylum+seekers+flood+Canadian+shores+2011/6141265/story.html
Asylum shopping and how AI earns its keep in Canada (Sri Lankan Daily News)
‘One principle of asylum law is that you seek protection at the first available opportunity. You don’t asylum shop,’ said Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney. These are important words in a world where asylum is a heavily traded commodity, with both calculating Tamils and human smuggling mentors seek to score high of the asylum shopping list by vilifying Sri Lanka on human rights. Minister Kenney was quoted in the Canadian National Post when it ran a prominent piece on February 9, on the first public hearing of the claim for asylum in Canada by 76 Sri Lankan Tamils who arrived there on the human smuggling vessel MV Ocean Lady more than two years ago. He said none of those on board the Ocean Lady had come directly from Sri Lanka. “Some passed through two or three countries”. Kenney’s position was that people who transit through multiple countries have had other opportunities to seek protection.
http://www.dailynews.lk/2012/02/11/fea03.asp
Bogus refugee claims pile up: Source (Dominique La Haye, Owen Sound Sun Times)
The majority of the 5,800 refugee applications Canada received from the European Union in 2011 are considered bogus by the government, QMI Agency has learned. The majority of the applications came from Eastern Europe and roughly 90% of them are suspect, according to information obtained by QMI Agency. Canada receives, on average, about 26,000 refugee applications annually, meaning roughly 22% of the 2011 applications came from the EU.
http://www.owensoundsuntimes.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3469670
POVERTY / HEALTH / HOMELESSNESS / SOCIAL INCLUSION
The “Working Poor” in the Toronto Region: Who they are, where they live, and how trends are changing (Stapleton, John; Murphy, Brian; Xing, Yue, Metcalf Foundation)
The number of working poor in the Toronto Region increased by 42% between 2000 and 2005, according to a new study from the Metcalf Foundation. This group accounted for more than 70,000 adults in the city of Toronto and more then 113,000 in the region overall. Toronto’s working poor live in a region with the highest cost of living in Canada, and the second most expensive housing market in the country. While past reports have looked at working poverty on a national level, this report, The “Working Poor” in the Toronto Region: Who they are, where they live, and how trends are changing, is the first to look at working poverty in the Toronto Region.
http://metcalffoundation.com/publications-resources/view/the-working-poor-in-the-toronto-region-who-they-are-where-they-live-and-how-trends-are-changing-2/
Media:
Interactive Map: Explore the data behind Toronto’s working poor (Anna Mehler Paperny, Globe and Mail)
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/toronto/interactive-map-explore-the-data-behind-torontos-working-poor/article2332885/
The poor in Toronto: They’re working but not getting any richer (Anna Mehler Paperny, Globe and Mail)
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/toronto/globe-to/the-poor-in-toronto-theyre-working-but-not-getting-any-richer/article2334814
Metcalf Foundation study: working poor numbers way up in Toronto (Laurie Monsebraaten, Toronto Star)
http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1129631–metcalfe-foundation-study-working-poor-numbers-way-up-in-toronto?bn=1
Canada Income Gap: Toronto Residents’ Panel Moves Beyond Talking About The Problem (Rachel Mendleson, Huffington Post)
It’s one thing to admit you have a problem, but quite another to endeavour to solve it. Such was the formidable challenge facing a panel of 44 randomly selected Toronto residents, who participated in a pioneering initiative to tackle the city’s growing income gap. Their recommendations, contained in a report released this week, touch on everything from transit and taxation to immigration and housing — a crucial first step, says University of Toronto urban studies expert David Hulchanski, toward addressing the deepening rich-poor divide that his research has made plain.
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/02/11/canada-income-inequality-toronto-residents-panel_n_1268474.html?ref=canada-business
Canadian Social Research Newsletter February 12, 2012 (Canadian Social Research Links)
Canadian content
1. The “Working Poor” in the Toronto Region: Who they are, where they live, and how trends are changing (Metcalf Foundation) – February 11
2. Social Assistance Review Discussion Paper 2: Missed Opportunity, Even Backsliding, as Austerity Agenda Looms (Poverty Free Ontario) – February 6
3. Increasing the age of eligibility for Old Age Security:
— Federal Finance Minister : “Old Age Security reforms not until 2020.” – February 10
— Finance Department Damage Control : “Ummmmm – He didn’t mean that.”- February 11
4. Alberta Budget 2012: Investing in People – February 9
5. Old Age Security: Can We Afford It? (Monica Townson, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) – February 8
6. Ontario welfare rules : Do you live with someone who might be seen as your spouse? (CLEO – Community Legal Education Ontario) – November 2011
7. 2011 Census: Population and dwelling counts (Statistics Canada) – February 8
8. There’s no old age security ‘crisis’ : Parliamentary Budget Officer (Globe and Mail) – February 8
9. 2011 Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Ontario (Ontario Campaign 2000) – February 6
10. Calgary Homeless Foundation : The Homeless Hub Newsletter – February 6
— Homelessness in Calgary Down for the First Time in 20 Years
— Housing Subsidies and Homelessness: A Simple Idea
— Working Rough, Living Poor
— The Housing Market and Canada’s Economic Recovery
— Mobilizing homeless youth for HIV prevention
— Inuit Housing and Homelessness
— Youth on the Street and Youth Involved with Child Welfare: Maltreatment, Mental Health and Substance Use
11. Poverty Costs : An Economic Case for a Preventative Poverty Reduction Strategy in Alberta (Action to End Poverty in Alberta and Vibrant Communities Calgary) – February 6
12. * Open Letter to the Prime Minister from Campaign 2000 & Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada re. Reprofiling the Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) Fund – February 6
13. Ontario Social Assistance Review Webinar Series (Income Security Advocacy Centre) – Jan/Feb 2012
14. The Canada Social Transfer: Retrospect and Prospect (Library of Parliament Research Publications) – July 2011
15. The Federal Role in Health and Health Care (Library of Parliament Research Publications) – September 2011
16. Opening the Door : Reducing Barriers to Post-Secondary Education in Canada (Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology) – December 6, 2011
17. What’s New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
— CANSIM is now FREE – February 2012
— Canadian Economic Observer, February 2012 – February 12
— 2011 Census: Population and dwelling counts – February 8
18. What’s new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/personal/news120212.htm
OAS not in crisis, no need to soak the seniors plan (David Olive, Toronto Star)
Say what you will of Stephen Harper’s success in scaring Canadian seniors with his recent musings about cutting seniors’ benefits. It does not warrant the public debate that the most charitable of the PM’s critics on this issue have tepidly welcomed. The affordability of a higher-quality health care system does merit debate. Also affordable housing, the cornerstone of poverty reduction. Also education reform that better matches students with a workplace that, as a business think tank complained last week, is suffering a “desperate shortage” of skilled workers despite 1.42 million Canadians out of work. The PM is wrong about the sustainability of Old Age Security and the Guaranteed Income Supplement, paid to the poorest Canadians. And Canadians have let him know it.
http://www.thestar.com/business/article/1129312–olive-oas-not-in-crisis-no-need-to-soak-the-seniors-plan
EMPLOYMENT & WORKERS
Shortage of live-in caregivers leads to ‘nanny poaching’ (Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star)
These days, it scares Jodi Kaplan to let her live-in caregiver, Rose Pablico, out of her sight because of the rampant “nanny poaching” across Canada, especially in Greater Toronto. Since 2010, fewer foreign live-in caregivers have been admitted to Canada, partly due to the declining applications by Canadian families who are now required to pay for all recruitment fees incurred and partly a result of Ottawa’s slower processing and tighter screening.
http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1130218–canada-s-live-in-caregiver-shortage-leads-to-nanny-poaching-drives-up-wages?bn=1
Barriers for incoming professionals (Queen’s Journal)
According to a Queen’s study, people professionally trained abroad have difficulty becoming certified to work in Canada. Currently, an international doctor, nurse, teacher or engineer with English as a Second Language (ESL) must complete recertification and licensing upon coming to Canada to work in the same profession. According to Queen’s education professor Liying Cheng, one of the main systemic barriers faced by these professionals is the cost of recertification.
http://queensjournal.ca/story/2012-02-12/news/barriers-incoming-professionals/
Temporary foreign workers: positive and negative impacts (Howard Ramos, Chronicle Herald)
During the fall of 2011, the Conservative government implemented a number of dramatic changes to the Canadian immigration system. Pundits and critics filled much newsprint weighing-in on many of the changes, but few commented on the rapid increase in the number of temporary foreign workers coming to the country. Unlike immigrants, temporary foreign workers come to Canada on restrictive visas and do not have the rights of permanent residents. Their admission to the country and employment are contingent on not taking opportunities and jobs away from Canadians.
http://thechronicleherald.ca/opinion/61669-temporary-foreign-workers-positive-and-negative-impacts
Immigrants face challenges in finding jobs that are not of their own making (Miles Corak)
The challenges immigrants face in finding jobs have to do with not just the characteristics and skills they bring to the labour market, but also the state of our economy and the barriers put in their way. More and more tinkering with the selection rules used to admit immigrants will not on its own address these challenges.
http://milescorak.com/2012/02/10/immigrants-face-challenges-in-finding-jobs-that-are-not-of-their-own-making/
Immigrants looking for a better welcome in Canadian workplaces (Wallace Immen, Globe and Mail)
Nearly three-quarters of Toronto-area employers believe they have successful programs to integrate foreign-trained professionals into their workplaces, but only 49 per cent of immigrants say the places they have worked have policies that welcome new Canadians, a new study says. “While employers recognize the value of hiring new Canadians in our global economy, we’re finding workplace diversity and recruitment policies lack the bite needed to really make a difference,” said Silma Roddau, president of Toronto-based Progress Career Planning Institute. The not-for-profit counselling service does an annual survey about diversity programs.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/careers/career-advice/on-the-job/immigrants-looking-for-a-better-welcome-in-canadian-workplaces/article2334417/
Peruvian lives on Canada’s conscience (Tyler Shiple, rabble)
As the Peruvian immigrant community in Kitchener-Waterloo — and families at home in Peru — mourn the loss of 11 of their own in a deadly highway crash in rural Ontario on February 6, at least one Toronto daily newspaper two days later prioritized instead the highway death a single girl (a white, 19-year-old aspiring model), pushing the 11 Peruvian lives to page eight. This is but a symptom of a larger problem that suggests that white/Canadian lives are more valuable than their non-white/non-Canadian counterparts.
http://rabble.ca/news/2012/02/peruvian-lives-canadas-conscience
CITY OF TORONTO / CITIES / CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
Monday’s Headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A round up of mainstream media coverage including City Hall, TCHC, Transit and Other News.
http://spacingtoronto.ca/2012/02/13/mondays-headlines-223/
The LRT Vote: A Long Day at Council (I) (Steve Munro)
Wednesday, February 8, 2012 brought the debate on the future of LRT in Toronto to the floor of Council for a Special Meeting.  After a year waiting for Mayor Ford to get his act together on the transit file, to bring his Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Queen’s Park to Council for debate, to bring a credible plan for financing the Sheppard Subway extensions into public view, Council had enough.
http://stevemunro.ca/?p=6002
The LRT Vote: A Long Day at Council (II) (Updated) (Steve Munro)
This article continues the discussion of City Council on the question of whether to approve the original Memorandum of Agreement between Toronto and Queen’s Park for the Metrolinx 5-in-10 plan of 2009, or the Memorandum of Understanding signed by Mayor Ford in 2011.
http://stevemunro.ca/?p=6007
SOCIAL INNOVATION / NONPROFITS
Video: Five Good Ideas about Social Innovation with Al Etmanski (Maytree)
The purpose of social innovation should be to substantially improve social and economic justice, otherwise it’s not worth it. Social innovation challenges traditional assumptions and strengthens the problem-solving capacity of future generations. It is not just a new law or program or funding stream. New techniques, technologies and methodologies don’t in themselves guarantee significant change. Social innovation profoundly shifts cultural attitudes, habits, norms, relationships, hierarchy, values and the story we tell about each other.
http://maytree.com/fgi/five-good-ideas-about-social-innovation.html
Place-Based Policy Change is Possible (Liz Weaver, Vibrant Communities)
As communities face more complex issues such as poverty, newcomer settlement, educational achievement, there is a growing movement of cross-sector community collaboratives being built to look at new solutions to these complex problems.  These collaboratives are bringing new players to the table and engaging the broader community in unique ways.  In Canada we are beginning to see how this collaborative approach is impacting the policy decision-making process. The Caledon Institute of Social Policy, with funding from Human Resources and Social Development Canada, formed a community of practice and published a Collaboration on Policy manual.
http://vibrantcanada.ca/blogs/liz-weaver/place-based-policy-change-possible
HUMAN TRAFFICKING / MODERN-DAY SLAVERY
Working together for positive change (Pamela Cowan, Leader-Post)
Kate Quinn has witnessed the suffering that comes from human sex trafficking for more than 20 years, but she’s optimistic change is possible. The executive director of the Centre to End All Sexual Exploitation (CEASE) in Edmonton was in Regina on Saturday to lead a workshop about human trafficking. “Human trafficking has several faces — sexual exploitation, labour exploitation and organ smuggling,” she said. “In Canada, we’re at a moment in history where we can make an incredible difference in our local communities, in our provinces and in our country.” She urges citizens to email or send a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper in support of MP Joy Smith’s national action plan on human trafficking.
http://www.leaderpost.com/news/Working+together+positive+change/6139679/story.html
The battle rages Canada faces its greatest domestic threat: human trafficking (Trevor Robb, Examiner Staff)
It’s in massage parlours, in strip clubs, in restaurants, offices and warehouses. Seemingly everywhere in Canada, people are being trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation and forced labour. The Alberta charity Helping Hands of Hope organized a human trafficking learning session at the Stanley A. Milner Library last month that featured guest speakers, including human trafficking survivors and members from ACT Alberta (Action Coalition on Human Trafficking), CEASE (Centre to End All Sexual Exploitation), and Edmonton Police Services (EPS).
http://www.edmontonexaminer.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3465046
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Communications in social services/social change, immigration, diversity & inclusion in Toronto. Wannabe librarian, interested in nonprofit tech innovation.

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