Immigration & Diversity news headlines – February 7, 2012

IMMIGRATION / SETTLEMENT / DIVERSITY

Immigrant drop imperils Ontario economy (Joe Friesen, Globe and Mail)
After 20 years of attracting nearly 60 per cent of all newcomers to Canada, Ontarios share of immigration is in steep decline and threatens to intensify the provinces economic struggles. The first population figures from the 2011 census will be released Wednesday and theyre expected to show that Ontarios rate of growth has dropped. Since 2001, Ontario has seen its share of immigration drop nearly 20 percentage points. In 2009, Ontario received nearly 107,000 new immigrants, the lowest number in 30 years.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/immigrant-drop-imperils-ontario-economy/article2328862

Destination Manitoba: Province a model of immigration reform (Joe Friesen, Globe and Mail)
A decade ago, Manitoba was a place that grew only slowly and fretted about the day it might start to shrink. But when the results of the 2011 census are released this week, some of the most surprising population gains could be in a place that for years barely grew at all. Over the past ten years, Manitoba has more than tripled its share of national immigration and in the process become a model for immigration reform. With roughly 3 per cent of Canadas population, Manitoba now attracts nearly 6 per cent of its immigrants, more than 15,000 in 2010.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/destination-manitoba-province-a-model-of-immigration-reform/article2327441/

Canada is defined by where it stands (Scott Thompson, Hamilton Spectator)
Canada is a land of immigrants. Everyone is either one, is a child or grandchild of one, or knows someone who is. We are known as a country that accepts, tolerates and embraces all walks of life that also do so unto us. We stand on guard for thee. We have been criticized for being too politically correct in surrendering our basic freedoms, rights and laws to accommodate other cultures and religions. Because Canada is a relatively new country, and one of immigrants, it has had trouble arriving at an identity beyond multiculturalism, hockey, Tim Hortons and now, oil. But lately, Canada has clearly defined itself on where it stands and how far it will allow those basic freedoms to go before it sends a strong message to all cultures: Our law is the law. You are in Canada and that comes first.
http://www.thespec.com/opinion/columns/article/666898–canada-is-defined-by-where-it-stands

Debuting Colour Me Acclaimed Canadian Documentary (Exchange Magazine)
The Immigration Partnership is collaborating with community partners including Region of Waterloo, Kitchener Youth Action Council, inReach and City of Kitchener to debut the acclaimed Canadian documentary Colour Me. The film features black teens and their reflections on how identity is formed. The three presentations will be on Monday, February 6, 2012 (9 a.m. Noon; 1:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m.; and 6 p.m. 9 p.m. at Regional Council Chambers, 150 Frederick St., Kitchener
http://www.exchangemagazine.com/morningpost/2012/week6/Tuesday/12020710.htm

Canada easing Afghan helpers’ immigration (UPI.com)
The Canadian government is cutting red tape to keep immigration promises made to interpreters and aides in Afghanistan, the Toronto Star reported Tuesday. Since Canada joined the NATO international military intervention in 2001, it has employed locals as translators, guides and “fixers” with a promise of expedited immigration for those who put themselves at risk for at least 12 months, the newspaper said.
http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2012/02/07/Canada-easing-Afghan-helpers-immigration/UPI-22951328623017

Afghan interpreters to get second chance to come to Canada (Bruce Campion-Smith, Toronto Star)
More than 100 Afghan citizens who put their lives on the line to help Canadas Afghanistan mission are getting a second chance to resettle here. The Prime Ministers Office has quietly ordered the federal immigration department to review the cases of Afghan citizens who helped Canadian diplomats and soldiers in Kandahar and Kabul often at great personal risk but were snubbed in their bids to come to Canada, the Star has learned.
http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1127238

Should Canada’s immigrants play by Australian rules? (Frances Woolley, Globe and Mail)
… while Canadas recent immigrants struggle in the labour market, earning significantly less than the native born, Australias immigrants experience a much smaller earnings gap. A recent paper by University of Waterloo professor Mikal Skuterud and his Australian co-author, Andrew Clarke, attempts to discover Australias secret. Is it Australias track record of economic growth? Something about the way wages are determined in Australia? Or is it Australias immigration policy, a model that has captured the imagination of policy makers in Ottawa?
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/economy/economy-lab/frances-woolley/should-canadas-immigrants-play-by-australian-rules/article2329145

Kenney refuses to apologize for fake citizenship broadcast, blames bureaucrats (Tobi Cohen, National Post)
A fake citizenship ceremony broadcast last fall on Sun News was the result of logistical problems, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said Thursday in the House of Commons, amid much laughter. Under fire during question period after departmental emails detailing the hoax surfaced, Kenney ignored opposition requests to apologize for the ruse, blamed it on public servants in his department and urged Canadians to look past it.
http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/02/02/kenney-refuses-to-apologize-for-fake-citizenship-broadcast-blames-bureaucrats/

Senior officials praised bureaucrat for phony Sun News citizenship ceremony (Kenyon Wallace, Toronto Star)
Two senior Citizenship and Immigration Canada officials including the registrar of Canadian citizenship thanked and congratulated a mid-level bureaucrat for organizing a fake citizenship ceremony broadcast on Sun News Network, internal department emails show. Thanks for the feed back (sic) and the quick fix to bring CIC staff, writes Raylene Baker, registrar of Canadian citizenship, to Tracie LeBlanc, acting senior communications adviser for the departments Ontario office, in an email obtained under Access to Information laws by The Canadian Press.
http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1126142–senior-officials-praised-bureaucrat-for-phony-sun-news-citizenship-ceremony?bn=1

Fake citizenship ceremony may have violated Privacy Act (Jennifer Ditchburn, Globe and Mail)
The personal information of hundreds of new Canadians may have been misused during the planning of a citizenship ceremony televised on the Sun News network, say privacy and immigrant advocates. Bureaucrats at Citizenship and Immigration Canada were directed by minister Jason Kenney’s office last fall to organize a citizenship reaffirmation ceremony at the Toronto-based station on short notice. New citizens were to re-take their oath for the show.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/fake-citizens-ceremony-plan-might-have-violated-privacy-of-new-canadians/article2328290

CP reporter who broke fake new Canadians oath story saw Sun TV ceremony, it struck her as interesting, so filed an ATIP (Bea Vongdouangchanh, Hill Times)
When Canadian Press Hill reporter Jennifer Ditchburn woke up last Thursday at 7 a.m., there were already 200 comments on The Globe and Mails website in reaction to the story she broke about six Citizenship and Immigration bureaucrats standing in as new Canadians in order for Sun News TV to broadcast a citizenship reaffirmation oath ceremony from its Toronto studios last October. The story subsequently took political Ottawa by storm and was talked about in the House, on the Hill, on political talks shows, in cabs, and on Twitter. The Huffington Post posted the story at 4 a.m. the same day, setting the Twitterverse on fire with the news that a Sun News representative told a CIC bureaucrat: Lets do it. We can fake the Oath.
http://www.hilltimes.com/news/news/2012/02/06/cp-reporter-who-broke-%E2%80%98fake%E2%80%99-new-canadians-oath-story-saw-sun-tv-ceremony-it/29491

What are immigrants supposed to think? (Mia Rabson, Winnipeg Free Press)
When Citizenship and Immigration Canada couldn’t pull together a citizenship ceremony for Sun TV last year, they opted to have bureaucrats pose as new Canadians instead. Citizenship as reality television sullies journalists, bureaucrats and the solemnity of Canadian citizenship all at the same time. Many people noted just two months ago Citizenship Minister Jason Kenney himself stressed how solemn a citizenship ceremony should be when he barred women from wearing face coverings to the events. Yet his office was complicit in staging a fake citizenship ceremony just to appease a friendly media outlet.
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/columnists/what-are-immigrants-supposed-to-think-138835949.html

Challenges await new GTA immigrants (CBC)
Like thousands of immigrants who come to Canada every year, the Thanesh family came to Toronto hoping for a better life. And like the thousands who share their immigrant experience, the familys integration into Canadian life hasnt always been easy.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2012/02/06/great-expectations-immigration.html

Shafia murders: Fatwa issued against honour killings, domestic violence, hatred of women (Francine Kopun, Toronto Star)
Muslim clerics in Canada issued a fatwa on Saturday against honour killings, domestic violence and hatred of women. These crimes are major sins in Islam, punishable by the court of law and almighty Allah, said Prof. Imam Syed Soharwardy, representing 34 clerics affiliated with the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada. The announcement was made at a news conference in Mississauga, on the eve of Eid Milad un Nabi, which Muslims celebrate as the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad.
http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1126359

Diversity a priority for PanAm Games organizers (Ron Fanfair, Share News)
Incorporating diversity into every aspect of its business operations, including human resources and procurement, is a priority for the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games organizers. The first-ever Pan Am Games diversity policy and strategy was created last year and a diversity and inclusion lead was recently appointed.
http://sharenews.com/diversity-a-priority-for-panam-games-organizers/

Honour killings undermine cherished values (Salma Siddiqui, Ottawa Citizen)
Honour killings undermine the very Canadian values we cherish. They undermine the freedom of individual choice, they fly in the face of Canadian pluralism and show no respect for the rule of law upon which this society is built. Islamic Supreme Council of Canada, a collection of self-anointed leaders of the Muslim community, has issued a fatwa condemning honour killings. Such measures are nothing more than publicity grabbing gestures which are unnecessary and ineffective and do nothing to prevent such crimes. Indeed the idea here, in a modern secular society such as Canada, that proclamation by a handful of clerics is going to fix the problem speaks to the medieval mindset of those people who still think that a fatwa can be promulgated and people will listen to it.
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Honour+killings+undermine+cherished+values/6105955/story.html

“Morally Binding” (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt galloway spoke about the fatwa issued against “honour killings”, with Imam Syed Soharwardy. She is founder of the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada.
http://www.cbc.ca/metromorning/episodes/2012/02/06/morally-binding/

Fatwa is helpful to all Canadians (Hamilton Spectator)
Everybody wins when violence and oppression are condemned by people with moral authority, which was well illustrated on the weekend when 34 Muslim clerics held a news conference to issue a fatwa a morally binding religious edict that unequivocally condemns so-called honour killings, domestic violence and misogyny as un-Islamic. The public edict by the imams, who also signed a fatwa document, comes on the heels of the Shafia family murder case, in which a Montreal couple and their son drowned four family members. The motive ascribed by the Crown was that the father felt the family honour had been tarnished by his daughters behaviour.
http://www.thespec.com/opinion/editorial/article/666773–fatwa-is-helpful-to-all-canadians

Rights commission fines Société de transport de Montréal for racial profiling (CCLA)
The Quebec human rights commission has sided with a 57-year-old man who says he was singled out and roughed up by métro security guards for being black. They have been ordered to pay $15,000 in moral damages and $8,000 in punitive damages.
http://www.ccla.org/rightswatch/2012/02/06/rights-commission-fines-societe-de-transport-de-montreal-for-racial-profiling/

Toronto police whitewash crime statistics by hiding race, study says (Toronto Star)
After years of controversy and much gnashing of teeth, the Toronto Police Service got the go-ahead to collect race-based criminal justice statistics in 2010. But theyre still not releasing them publicly to help people determine whether there is a racial bias in policing. Determining whether blacks, for example, were stopped more often or treated more harshly for the same crimes than whites was the key argument for collecting the race-based data in the first place.
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/article/1126188–toronto-police-whitewash-crime-statistics-by-hiding-race-study-says

Call for papers: On New Shores immigrant children conference (immigrantchildren.ca)
Dr. Susan Chuang has announced the fifth On New Shores conference. It will be held October 25-26 in Toronto. From the call for papers: The goal of the conference is to bring together various stakeholders (academia, community, and governmental sectors) to collectively examine and discuss the various forms of social support (informal, formal) by families, communities, and governmental agencies to promote subjective and family well-being for immigrant and refugee children, youth, and families. Discussions of social capital and protective factors will also be addressed. Researchers from various disciplines (e.g., psychology, sociology, social work, education, anthropology, business) are welcomed. Community service providers and governmental agencies are encouraged to present work on research, effective programs, social issues, and challenges.
http://immigrantchildren.ca/2012/02/06/call-for-papers-on-new-shores-immigrant-children-conference/

Harper finally takes some risks (John Geddes, Maclean’s)
Demographic pressure is also driving immigration reform. Fewer born-in-Canada workers entering the job market means immigrants will have to do more of the economys heavy lifting. But in what sorts of occupations? Federal immigration formulas have favoured applicants with post-secondary degrees. Too many end up as variations on the stereotypical cab-driving Ph.D. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has signalled a shift to seeking new Canadians with practical trade skills. The bottom line really is productivity, says York University sociology professor Alan Simmons, author of Immigration and Canada: Global and Transnational Perspectives. If that means we have to bring people in at other levelswelders, farmers, whateverthats better for the longer-term economy.
http://www2.macleans.ca/2012/02/06/looking-for-trouble/

In Case You Missed It: Meeting the Talent Demand (SmartCity blog)
Finally, the provincial government announced this week that it intends to lobby for an increase in the quota of immigrants it is allowed to accept each year as part of the Provincial Nominee Program. A joint provincial-federal initiative, the program allows provincial governments to nominate immigrants who have the skills to make an immediate economic contribution to the province that nominates them. Nova Scotia is currently able to nominate up to 500 immigrants under the program, which officials say is not enough to meet the upcoming demand for labour in the province.
http://smartcityblog.greaterhalifax.com/smartcity/2012/02/in-case-you-missed-it-the-next-steps-for-labour-market-development.html

Immigration in the face of globalization (Salim Mansur, Toronto Sun)
It is politically incorrect to probe the practical reality of what has come to pass in the half-century since Kennedy pushed for open immigration, but the growing disconnect evident among newly arriving immigrants with the culture of their host country is undeniable. These are issues that need to be discussed openly and widely. Immigration is not merely about numbers, as I indicated in my previous columns. Its effects over time inevitably change, and not necessarily for the better, the host countrys culture.
http://www.torontosun.com/2012/02/03/mansur-immigration-in-the-face-of-globalization

Immigrant guide warning over smelly foods pulled from shelves (Adriana Barton, Globe and Mail)
The xenophobic subtext wasnt lost in translation, however. Following complaints from local residents, the 16-point values guide has been ripped from the shelves for review. No timeline has been set for completion, the CBC reports. Released Nov. 28, the guide aims to help newcomers integrate into local society and learn how to interact in a new environment. Gatineaus city council reportedly did not sign off on the original wording but will be involved in the revision, the CBC says.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/the-hot-button/immigrant-guide-warning-over-smelly-foods-pulled-from-shelves/article2323368/

Vermont prof dispels myths of black refugees to Canada (George Elliott Clarke, Chronicle Herald)
Whitfield writes history as an informed storyteller, not as a remote scientist, and so he brings to life, dexterously, the context and the complexity of the 2,000 or so African Americans who, as a result of a war policy, found themselves “liberated” by British forces and dispatched to Nova Scotia between 1812-1815. His work serves an ongoing effort to overturn the propaganda that has besmirched the reputations of the black refugees and, by extension, all African-NovaScotians (or Africadians) right down to the present. That mythology holds that the black refugees had few skills, would not farm or work, and were utterly illiterate, and so “worthless,” in effect, that they were only good for slavery and should be shipped to the U.S. south, or to Trinidad, or to Sierra Leone, as soon as funds could be raised for their transport.
http://thechronicleherald.ca/books/59339-vermont-prof-dispels-myths-black-refugees-canada

REFUGEES

Canadian Council for Refugees E-Chronicle Vol. 6 #10, 1 February 2012 (CCR)
Refugee Claimants in Detention
Upcoming Events: Working group meetings, Consultations
Uphold Non-Citizen Childrens Rights on Refugee Rights Day this April 4th
Faces of the CCR: Ratna Omidvar, President of the Maytree Foundation, member of the Order of Canada
New from the CCR
http://ccrweb.ca/en/bulletin/12/02/01

Few refugees recognized from Sun Sea, Ocean Lady (Stewart Bell, National Post)
The refugee claims from the nearly 600 Sri Lankans who paid smugglers to ferry them to Canada are moving slowly and face dwindling odds of success, new statistics show. More than two years after the Ocean Lady arrived off Vancouver Island carrying 76 Sri Lankan asylum seekers, only one has been accepted as a refugee so far, according to newly released Immigration and Refugee Board figures. Another has been ordered deported and the remaining claims are pending. Of the 492 Sri Lankans who arrived in 2010 aboard the MV Sun Sea, only three have been recognized as refugees while 13 claims have been withdrawn and five abandoned. The remainder of the cases are scheduled to be dealt with over the next few months.
http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/02/06/few-refugees-recognized-from-sun-sea-ocean-lady/

Human smuggling attempt busted at Vancouver airport (CBC)
A French citizen will appear in Richmond provincial court Tuesday to face charges of human smuggling. According to court documents obtained by the CBC, Mikael Jim Prone claims to be a self-employed businessman living between France and Guangzhou, China. He arrived at Vancouver airport last November on the same Air China flight as an Iranian brother and sister who made refugee claims on arrival. The pair travelled to Canada on Israeli passports which they discarded before disembarking. A Canada Border Services Agency investigator claims the passports were found in Prone’s backpack.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2012/02/06/bc-chinese-iranian-smuggling.html

Lawyer works to give Tamils freedom here (Carol Sanders, Winnipeg Free Press)
Winnipeg’s globe-trotting human rights lawyer David Matas is trying to help thousands of Sri Lankan refugees stuck in limbo in Indonesia and Malaysia, including a dozen families hoping to come to Winnipeg. “If you had to start somewhere, I’d say get the kids out of jail and let them go to school,” said Matas, who just returned from the southeast Asian countries where close to 5,000 Tamil refugees are stuck.
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/lawyer-works-to-give-tamils-freedom-here-138701264.html

POVERTY / HEALTH / HOMELESSNESS / SOCIAL INCLUSION

Demographic deficit (National Post)
The current debate over changes to Old Age Security (OAS) highlights a much larger aging-population problem that Canada, like every industrial country, will face over the next two decades. In 2011, the Macdonald-Laurier Institute commissioned a study by McGill economics professor Christopher Ragan to estimate the size of the coming demographic deficit. This aging-related shortfall in government revenues compared with spending comes of two reinforcing effects: slower revenue growth and higher spending due to health-care and retirement-income programs. Prof. Ragan calculated that the demographic deficit would reach 4.2% of GDP, or roughly $67-billion in today’s dollars. How to deal with this deficit? The Macdonald-Laurier Institute solicited competing solutions, summaries of which appear below.
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/Demographic+deficit/6111382/story.html

Preventing poverty would save billions: study (Karen Kleiss, Edmonton Journal)
Alberta’s current charity model costs $9 billion and is less humane, coalition says.
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/business/Preventing+poverty+would+save+billions+study/6106771/story.html

Canadian Social Research Newsletter February 5, 2012 (Canadian Social Research Links)
Canadian content
1. [Ontario] Social Assistance Review Progress Report + feedback on first discussion paper (Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario) – February 3
2. Raising the Roof Toque Campaign — February 7 (2012) is Toque Tuesday!
3. Old Age Security changes ahead?
— Stephen Harper: Old Age Security changes are ‘being considered’ – February 3
— OAS changes could cost Ontario $200 million a year – February 3
— Lots of pension options, no open discussion in Parliament (rabble.ca) – February 1
— Pension reform raises questions about effect in provinces – February 1
— Research shows Old Age Security system keeps seniors out of poverty(Canadian Business Magazine) – February 1
— No changes to Old Age Security benefits in upcoming budget, Flaherty says – February 1
— Why raising OAS to 67 doesn’t make sense (Ellen Roseman in Moneyville.ca – Toronto Star) – February 1
— Research belies PMs warning about OAS – January 30
— CCPA and other resources on pension reform and Old Age Security : Update – January 30
4. [Ontario] SPAR Monitor – Monitoring Toronto’s Social Change (City of Toronto) – February 1
5. British Columbia Update:
— MLA Welfare Challenge Update and Fact Sheet (Raise the Rates) – January 2012
— Five Myths About Welfare
— Inequality Facts
— B.C. poverty reduction plan could reduce costs, advocates argue (The Straight.com) – January 30
— B.C. welfare payments are adequate, says the Fraser Institute (Vancouver Sun) – January 26
— Rebuttals to the Jan. 26 Vancouver Sun article (from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, the BC Association of Social Workers, a Vancouver pediatrician and the Canadian Social Research Links Guy)
6. Action to End Poverty in Alberta (AEPA) and the Social Policy Framework – January 31
7. New Brunswick anti-poverty advocate quits the Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation Board – January 31
8. So There’s Income Inequality. Now What? (Rob Rainer in Huffington Post Canada) – January 31
9. Can microcredit work in Canada? (Globe and Mail ) – January 30
10. Crown – First Nations Gathering Outcome Statements (Prime Minister’s Office and Assembly of First Nations National Chief) – January 24
11. The Manitoba Mincome Experiment (M. L’Heureux in Legal Checkpoint Blog) – November 2007
12. [Brain Drain] Evidence from the 2000 Cohort of Canadian University Graduates (Canadian Public Policy Journal) – 2008
13. Sixth Estate Blog : The Harper Government Patronage List and Lobbyists
14. Indicators of Well-being in Canada (Human Resources and Skills Development Canada)
15. What’s New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
— Statscan to abandon no-layoff policy as budget cuts loom – January 30
— Labour Force Survey, January 2012 – February 3
— Adult and youth correctional services: Key indicators, 2010/2011 – January 31
— Seniors returning to Canada- January 30
16. What’s new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/personal/news050212.htm

Discussion Paper 2: Approaches for Reform (Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario)
The Commission has released Discussion Paper 2: Approaches for Reform. You can respond to the paper online through the Workbook or by sending in a submission.
http://www.socialassistancereview.ca/commission-publications

EMPLOYMENT & WORKERS

Ottawa can easily help immigrants in job market: TD Bank (Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press)
The federal government could put the equivalent of 370,000 more people to work if it tweaked the immigration system to focus on the long-term needs of the job market, says a new report by Toronto-Dominion Bank. Unemployment and underemployment among immigrants is worse than ever, the report says, but Ottawa could easily fix the problem. “We would gain a major competitive advantage if this country were recognized around the world as one where all migrants are successful in being able to practise their own trade and raise their standard of living,” said chief economist Craig Alexander.
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/canada/breakingnews/ottawa-can-easily-help-immigrants-in-job-market-td-bank-138843504.html

Knocking Down Barriers Faced By New Immigrants To Canada Fitting the Pieces Together – Report PDF – http://www.td.com/document/PDF/economics/special/ff0212_immigration.pdf

Gov’t backs recruiting trip to Ireland (Scott Larson, The Starphoenix)
Premier Brad Wall and Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration Minister Rob Norris will join 22 businesses on a labour recruitment mission to Ireland in early March in search of hard-tofind skilled workers. “These career paths include opportunities in the trades, trucking, logistics, manufacturing and health care, to name just some employment categories,” Norris said. Immigration staff will support employers who are actively making job offers in Ireland as part of the Saskatchewan Pavilion at the Working Abroad Expo being held in Dublin (March 3 and 4) and Cork (March 7). More than 9,000 qualified candidates in fields including trades and construction, engineering and health sciences are expected to attend.
http://www.leaderpost.com/business/backs+recruiting+trip+Ireland/6111226/story.html

Canadian province looks to Ireland to fill almost 300 jobs (Patrick Counihan, IrishCentral)
One of the most remote provinces in Canada is to seek almost 300 skilled workers in Ireland next month. The government of Saskatchewan and employers throughout the province will embark on a labour recruitment mission to Ireland in March.
http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Canadian-province-looks-to-Ireland-to-fill-almost-300-jobs-138841084.html

BDC focuses on employee diversity (Benefits Canada)
The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) is on a mission to help its employees become stronger leaders. Benefits Canada spoke with Mary Karamanos, senior vice-president of HR at BDC, about the role of diversity in the organizations success.
http://www.benefitscanada.com/benefits/other/bdcs-focus-on-employee-diversity-25151

Your skilled immigrant business intelligence a roundup from hireimmigrants.ca (week of Jan 30th) (Maytree)
hireimmigrants.ca, provides businesses with the tools and resources they need to better recruit, retain and promote skilled immigrants. The site also profiles good examples and innovative practices of employers across the country. Each week we bring you a round up of the useful resources posted there.
http://maytree.com/blog/2012/02/your-skilled-immigrant-business-intelligence-%E2%80%93-a-roundup-from-hireimmigrants-ca-week-of-jan-30th/

Skilled Indian workers are homing in on Canada as the country ramps up its economy (Economic Times)
Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar has been exhorting Indian travellers to visit Canada. It’s not surprising that India is big on the Canadian Tourism Commission’s radar. According to media reports, Indian leisure travellers added C$82 million to the Canadian economy in 2009. But Canada is opening its doors not just to Indian tourists but also to skilled workers. The Canada immigration story is gaining traction every passing day. “In 2012, Canada plans to admit between 2,40,000 and 2,65,000 new permanent residents.
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/nri/working-abroad/skilled-indian-workers-are-homing-in-on-canada-as-the-country-ramps-up-its-economy/articleshow/11757319.cms

Peel Region’s Summer Job Challenge (Anne Makhoul, Caledon Institute)
In the summer of 2010, Peel Region launched the Summer Job Challenge, expanded it in 2011 and made it a regular program in 2012. Offering eight-week administrative, service and labour positions to youth who had been unsuccessful in the Regions first round of student hiring, the Challenge has been a runaway success. All it needed was an employer with the imagination and willingness to reach a little beyond its usual hiring practices.
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/Detail/?ID=982

Migrant Workers In Canada Used And Abused – PDF (CCR)
The CCR has produced a four-page document intended for popular education and awareness-raising on the topic of migrant workers, and the abuses and exploitation that they can experience in Canada under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. The document is quite basic and is intended for everyone. It is a tool to raise awareness that can be used with members of the public, the media, and for visits with MPs. It ties in the stories of migrant workers who have shared their experiences with us, and includes some recommendations on how the government should direct efforts at protecting these workers who contribute to our economy and communities, but are left vulnerable.
http://ccrweb.ca/files/migrantworkers4pager.pdf

CITY OF TORONTO / CITIES / CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Tuesday’s Headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A round up of mainstream media coverage including City Hall, Transit and Other News.
http://spacingtoronto.ca/2012/02/07/tuesdays-headlines-237/

SOCIAL INNOVATION / NONPROFITS

Five Good Reads from the week of January 30 (Maytree)
As we compiled this past weeks stories, a thread began to emerge how the important and innovative leadership of NGOs benefits us all. Read on.
http://maytree.com/blog/2012/02/five-good-reads-from-the-week-of-january-30/

Sherri Torjman – What Am I Skating Towards? Recreation and Community Engagement (Al Etmanski)
I recently delivered a keynote address at the first National Recreation Summit. The event gathered from all regions people who are involved in creating recreational opportunities in communities. I say recreational opportunities because the focus did not always take the form of structured programs. Some participants were responsible for safe spaces, like parks and playgrounds. Others were concerned with hiking trails and nature experiences. Still others were employed in arts and cultural programming.
http://www.aletmanski.com/al-etmanski/2012/02/sherri-torjman-what-am-i-skating-towards-.html

Recreation and Resilience – PDF (Sherri Torjman, Caledon Institute)
This keynote address was delivered at the inaugural National Recreation Summit held in Lake Louise, Alberta, in October 2011. The presentation focused on three main areas. First, it discussed the burgeoning evidence that highlights the wide-ranging value of recreation. For the purposes of this discussion, recreation is a broad concept that includes formal sport, active living such as walking and hiking, and activities such as cultural dance. Quality of place and the value of social infrastructure were also considered. The presentation then set out a framework on building healthy communities that had been developed in the Caledon book Shared Space: The Communities Agenda. The framework builds on the concept of resilience. It describes four major clusters of activity that help build healthy communities related to sustenance, adaptation, engagement and opportunity. Recreation figures prominently in the engagement theme. The importance of joining up activities within and between clusters was identified. Finally, the speech discussed the key actions and policy measures that can be taken to help advance the recreation agenda. These include repositioning recreation, embedding it in other policy agendas, such as health care and infrastructure development, and removing barriers to participation. Broader fiscal issues related to municipal financing were also discussed.
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/981ENG.pdf

Statisticians eager for new Canadian census data (CTV)
The first tranche of fresh, new census data is coming out this week, and Ted Hildebrandt is giddy with anticipation. The director of social planning for Community Development Halton has been relying on the 2006 census data to figure out how to make Burlington, Ont., more receptive to seniors — determining where they live, how quickly they’re aging, and what kind of services are lacking at the community level. The data provides invaluable information about affordable housing, immigrants, poverty, income levels, who lives alone, who works and who doesn’t. But it’s five years old, and Hildebrandt can hardly wait for a brand new set of numbers.
http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/Canada/20120207/canada-census-data-release-preview-120207

Six things to watch for when the Census data is released tomorrow (Sarah Boesveld, National Post)
On Wednesday, Statistics Canada will release the first data from the 2011 Census including population counts, population growth and the number of dwellings. The Posts Sarah Boesveld consulted the experts and found six things to watch for when the data are released:
http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/02/07/six-things-to-watch-for-when-the-census-data-is-released-tomorrow/

Fresh 2011 numbers to rekindle Canada’s centuries-old love affair with census (Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press)
The first tranche of fresh, new census data is coming out this week, and Ted Hildebrandt is giddy with anticipation. The director of social planning for Community Development Halton has been relying on the 2006 census data to figure out how to make Burlington, Ont., more receptive to seniors determining where they live, how quickly they’re aging, and what kind of services are lacking at the community level. The data provides invaluable information about affordable housing, immigrants, poverty, income levels, who lives alone, who works and who doesn’t. But it’s five years old, and Hildebrandt can hardly wait for a brand new set of numbers.
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/canada/breakingnews/fresh-2011-numbers-to-rekindle-canadas-centuries-old-love-affair-with-census-138836504.html

Its Time To Start Judging Nonprofits Like For-Profits (Alexa Clay and Jon Camfield, Fast Company)
Every year around this time, a batch of articles comes out talking about how to maximize your year-end giving by focusing on nonprofits with super-low overhead, so you can rest assured that every cent you donate goes directly to the cause. But Ive spent the better part of my career as a nonprofit tech warrior, from volunteering in the Peace Corps to a variety of domestic and internationally focused NGOs and nonprofits–small and large. Ive had contract, full-time, pro-bono, and board positions, and have been on both the grant-requesting and grant-reviewing/giving sides of the equation, and I can tell you that this isnt entirely fair. The problem is this overhead supports the cause, and zeroing it out means that the 99% non-overhead may be spent poorly or non-strategically, especially in smaller organizations. Programmatic costs may pay for the work, but overhead pays for the tools to do the work well.
http://www.fastcoexist.com/1679099/its-time-to-start-judging-nonprofits-like-for-profits

HUMAN TRAFFICKING / MODERN-DAY SLAVERY

Miss Canada 2011 Tara Teng Speaks About Human Trafficking (Hope for the Sold)
Last year when my husband Jay and I were living on Vancouver Island, we had the honour of screening our documentary about sex trafficking at an event hosted by Miss Canada 2011, Tara Teng. Back then she was just days away from winning the Miss Canada title, a platform that has provided her with opportunities to fight for the exploited all over the world this past year. One of those opportunities included a 4 month internship on Parliament Hill with MP Joy Smith, who champions the fight against human trafficking in our government. Since that event in BC, we have become friends with Tara, and she is truly one of the greatest abolitionists of our time. Dont believe she is more than a beauty queen? Read our interview with Tara!
http://hopeforthesold.com/miss-canada-2011-tara-teng-speaks-about-human-trafficking/

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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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