Immigration & Diversity news headlines – February 2, 2012


Federal bureaucrats pose as “new Canadians” on Sun News citizenship ceremony (Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press)
Six federal bureaucrats were drafted to pose as new Canadians for a citizenship reaffirmation ceremony broadcast on the Sun News network, an event requested by Immigration Minister Jason Kenney’s office. The bureaucrats smiled and held Canadian flags as the TV hosts referred to a group of 10 people as “new Canadians” that had “finally” received their citizenship.

Intelligence Study Links Low I.Q. To Prejudice, Racism, Conservatism (Huffington Post)
Are racists dumb? Do conservatives tend to be less intelligent than liberals? A provocative new study from Brock University in Ontario suggests the answer to both questions may be a qualified yes. The study, published in Psychological Science, showed that people who score low on I.Q. tests in childhood are more likely to develop prejudiced beliefs and socially conservative politics in adulthood.

Hacked neo-Nazi websites reveal Canadian connections (CBC)
The names of dozens of alleged white supremacists in Canada are contained in files leaked by computer hackers in Europe intent on exposing hate movements, CBC News has learned. The alleged white supremacists’ names were revealed earlier this month by members of a loose-knit group of hackers called Anonymous on a website called, which is now offline.

“Whitewashing”? (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with Akwasi Owusu-Bempah. He is a PhD candidate at the U of T’s Centre for Criminology, and co-author of a paper called “Whitewashing Criminal Justice in Canada: Preventing Research through Data Suppression”.

Canadian police agencies suppressing data on race, says criminology study (EurekAlert)
While only 20 per cent of Canada’s police forces have an explicit policy against reporting the race of victims and accused persons, University of Toronto and Nipissing criminologists show that the majority of police departments do not report race in practice. The study, by Akwasi Owusu-Bempah, a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Criminology, and Paul Millar, an associate professor at Nipissing University’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, is entitled “Whitewashing Criminal Justice in Canada: Preventing Research through Data Suppression”, and appears in the Canadian Journal of Law and Society on Wednesday, February 1, 2012.

Preserving Black History (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with Rosemary Sadlier. She is President of the Ontario Black History Society.

Que. city’s controversial guide for immigrants still on website (Chloe Fedio, Postmedia News)
Despite reports that Gatineau, Que., has pulled its controversial guide for immigrants for review, the 16-point statement of values is still on the city’s website. Kamal Maghri filed a human rights complaint over the guide that explains to newcomers that it’s wrong to wilfully starve your children, that vigilante justice is not acceptable and that warns newcomers against cooking smelly food, among other points.

Gatineau immigrant guide on web despite review (CBC)
City officials in Gatineau, Que., say they have pulled a controversial immigrant values guide after backlash from local community organizations and a human rights complaint from a local resident. But the online version of the 16-point values guide, which was released by the city on Nov. 28, remains on the city’s website.

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First prize won by Caledon Community Services LINC Program (Caledon Citizen)
First prize in a Canada-wide ESL creativity contest was awarded to a group from Caledon Community Services LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada) program. Luz Yurani Torres Garcia, Fatemeh Alikhani, Akram Mehr-Ostvar, Mary Gibson and Navdeep Singh designed a photo collage of Canada, called Life is Beautiful, Eh?

Crisis of cultural confidence (Father Raymond J. De Souza, National Post)
So the challenge for multiculturalism in the 21st century is to formulate what values are compatible with Canadian civilization and which are not. Trumpeting tolerance as the beginning and end of all multicultural values is a hindrance to that task. Tolerance is a good practice, but limited: It is not useful in regard to behaviour which should not be tolerated. That task requires the assertion that some values are superior to others, and the cultures which carry them therefore are superior in that respect. Does Canada still have the cultural confidence to make such claims, or have the acids of relativism long destroyed that capacity?

Coming clean out of enclaves (Ken Herar, The Times)
As we get set to celebrate a new year of cultural diversity, let’s work on how we can create a stronger integrated community. Before we can celebrate our diversity, we need to begin speaking with one another and it’s going to take more than just food, festivals and dance to make this happen. It’s great that people encourage gatherings that include these elements; however, it sometimes starts and stops there.

Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games Organizing Committee Names Naki Osutei as Lead of Diversity and Inclusion (Canada Newswire)
Today, Ian Troop, Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015) formally introduced Naki Osutei as Lead, Diversity and Inclusion for the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games. “TO2015 is committed to ensuring diversity is embedded in every aspect of the Games,” said Troop. “Naki brings a wealth of experience and is charged with advancing TO2015’s diversity and accessibility initiatives internally and externally.”

Nothing lost in translation as immigrant family’s stirring story goes global (Susan Schwartz, Montreal Gazette)
When the call came from the Canada Council to tell Montreal writer Kim Thúy that her debut novel, Ru, had won the Governor General’s Award for French-language fiction, she thought it was one of those prank radio programs calling. She started to laugh. “I use the image of the American debt: It is so big you can’t understand or conceptualize it,” she said. “It is beyond my imagination. What has happened to this book is, for me, the American debt.”

Immigration? Oui! (
Frustrated by workers who didnt show up on time, were lured away by the competition, or simply disappeared without notice, Brouillette began looking elsewhere for an alternative. In Destination Canada, he found an answer. An initiative of the federal government, the annual overseas job fair matches foreign, francophone workers with Canadian small business owners who are seeking to add to their workforce.

One size doesn’t fit all (Winnipeg Free Press editorial)
Mr. Kenney’s wants the provinces to put greater emphasis on English-language skills, which would cut hundreds, maybe thousands, from the flow into Manitoba, which stresses skill level and a likelihood to adjust. Ottawa cannot demand that the provinces change their criteria, but it does put a final stamp on who gets in. Provincial Immigration Minister Christine Melnick should look for where Manitoba’s program could be tweaked. She should show Mr. Kenney evidence that supports leaving the province’s program largely intact so economic growth is not impeded.

National News: Statements On Black History Month (
A variety of statements acknowledging Black History month from Office of the Prime Minister of Canada, Governor General of Canada, Veterans Affairs Canada, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, New Democratic Party of Canada, Ontario Federation of Labour.

Violence and bigotry in minor hockey – A reflection of Canadian society? (Samuel Limic, Examiner)
And within the same season, another minor hockey association team was guilty of dressing a player who believed it was his duty to systematically yell racial slurs at players during the game. The most shocking aspect of this experience was that the guilty player was himself a visible minority. He was obviously unaware of the sheer terror that his father and I faced when we first played the game. His coaches’ reaction to the allegation was a short and sweet “so what”. What does this say about civil society and humanity in general?

Brampton men part of leadership course (Radhika Panjwani, Brampton Guardian)
Two Brampton men will attend a prestigious leadership and network building program. Orlando Bowen and Jabari Lindsay are two of 28 aspiring city builders from the GTA to have won the 2012 DiverseCity fellowship.–brampton-men-part-of-leadership-course

Social entrepreneurship tackles mental health equity head on (Nabeel Ahmed, MaRS)
In 2010, Dr. Kidd and his colleague, Dr. Kwame McKenzie (both at CAMH and the University of Torontos Department of Psychiatry), established a research project called Social Entrepreneurism in Mental Health to identify service providers in Toronto that are using social entrepreneurship models to drive innovation and transformation in addressing mental health disparities.


Action Alert: Stop the $6 million cut to Employment Standards enforcement. Stop wage theft. (Workers’ Action Centre)
Despite the fact that workplace violations are at a crisis, the government wants to cut $6 million out of Employment Standards enforcement. Since we launched our action alert about the cuts to Employment Standards enforcement last week, emails have been streaming in to Premier Dalton McGuinty urging him to stop the cuts. If you have not yet sent an email, please do so today and forward this information to your networks!


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

Shaping Our City (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with Gillian Mason. She is Executive Director of the Centre for City Ecology . Today they are starting an on-line book club, and their first book is urban theorist Jane Jacobs’ “The Death and Life of Great American Cities”.

Density done right: Our Feb. 16 panel looks at creating neighbourhoods with room for everyone (Yonge Street)
Take a look at the cranes in the downtown and across the GTA and you get the picture: More and more people are choosing to live in close quarters. High-rise living and other kinds of urban densification make for a dynamic, cosmopolitan city, better transportation options and less urban sprawl. But residents also worry about how the abundance of new development, especially high-rise towers, will affect the look and feel of Toronto’s historic neighbourhoods. How can good design and planning help us strike a balance?


Get Real: Community Benefits Agreements in Practice (Sherri Torjman,
This series of blogs talks about social purchase as a way to bolster demand for the goods and services produced by social enterprises. The Caledon Institute recommended this approach to the City of Hamilton as one option in pursuing its goal of social inclusion. The City was interested in this objective in respect of its role as co-host of the PanAm Games in 2015. For background, please read the previous post: Enough Talk. Where’s the Action?

Executive Researcher: Non-Profit Sector Policy (Mowat Centre)
This project, sponsored by the Metcalf Foundation, the Atkinson Foundation, United Way Toronto, Maytree and the Mowat Centre, in partnership with the Ontario Nonprofit Network, is to establish an independent research hub to support the not-for-profit sector and the government in improving public policies that affect the sector. The research hub would be located at the Mowat Centre, staffed by an Executive Researcher (senior) and a Policy Associate (junior), and governed by a steering committee of funders and partners. The following job posting is for the position of Executive Researcher.

RFP: Fee based courses business plan invitational tender (Settlent AtWork)
Skills for Change is accepting proposals for a consultant to develop a business model and operational plan for fee-based professional development courses.

Engage! February 2012 (Tamarack Institute)
In this issue were pleased to share, fresh off the presses, the latest article Channeling Change by John Kania and his colleagues which builds upon the ideas laid out in their hugely popular 2011 article Collective Impact. The role of governance and leadership in collaboratives is examined and the value of learning communities as a vehicle for scaling up community innovation is explored. The skill of convening across sectors is identified as a critical capacity for community innovation and a Community Collaboratives Toolbox – the latest resource from the White House Council on Community Solutions – is shared. Finally were pleased to profile a powerful new book, Five Good Ideas: Practical Strategies for Non-Profit Success, which synthesizes the very best of eight years worth of good practice presentations to community sector managers as something were sure youll want to keep close at hand.

Statscans chief economic analyst quits (Tavia Grant, Globe and Mail)
Statistics Canadas chief economic analyst has quit, citing concerns that internal debate at the agency is being stymied. Philip Cross made his name as a straight-shooting analyst who scrutinized Canadas economic cycles through recessions and recoveries and put them into historical context.


Windsor Police learn how to spot trafficking from victim of the crime (End Modern-Day Slavery)
More than 30 Windsor Police officers on Wednesday will receive special training in how to spot the signs of enslavement and human trafficking. Officers will hear from Timea Nagy, a victim of human trafficking. Nagy said she was lured to Canada with the promise of a job but not long after arriving was forced into the sex trade.

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