Immigration & Diversity news headlines – April 18, 2012

IMMIGRATION / SETTLEMENT / DIVERSITY

Jason Kenney At The Huffington Post Canada: Immigration Minister Answers Your Questions (Huffington Post)
If you could ask Canadas Immigration Minister one question, what would it be? What do you want to know? Jason Kenney will join The Huffington Post Canada for an editorial board meeting on Wednesday, April 18, where we will present him with a handful of your best questions, as chosen by HuffPost editors. Leave them now in the comments section on this page, then check back to read the answers.
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/04/17/jason-kenney-huffington-post-canada-immigration_n_1432940.html

Canada cant afford new immigration plan (Colin R. Singer, Financial Post)
The current federal immigration system needs fixing. But refusing the current backlog of skilled-worker applicants, the largest in Canadas history, reneging on the most basic previous contractual promises, and adopting policies largely based on a patchwork of measures from other much less relevant models, is ethically dubious, short sighted and will likely create a program that once again replicates the defects prevalent under previous ministers. Only this time, it will cement our reputation as an unreliable, untrustworthy player in the global migration industry, which neither Canadian employers, nor the provinces, can afford.
http://opinion.financialpost.com/2012/04/17/canada-cant-afford-new-immigration-plan/

Building a Fast and Flexible Economic Immigration System (Marketwatch)
The Government of Canada is taking concrete steps to realize its vision of an immigration system that actively recruits talent rather than passively receives and processes all applications, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today. “As the Prime Minister has stated, the Government of Canada is committed to making economic and labour force needs the central focus of our immigration efforts,” said Minister Jason Kenney. “We have already begun the groundwork and will be building on this foundation in the months ahead to ensure our long-term economic success.”
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/building-a-fast-and-flexible-economic-immigration-system-2012-04-17

Kenney calls out Manitoba for shrinking immigration budget (Sun News Network)
If the provincial nominee program is as important to Manitoba’s economic well-being as the provincial government says it is, the province should have made it more of a budgetary priority. That’s the word from Jason Kenney, Canada’s immigration minister. He said federal support for immigrant settlement services — such as language classes and job training — has increased in the past dozen years from $3 million to $36 million. In that same time, Manitoba’s support for settlement services has remained relatively stagnant, at slightly more than $1 million.
http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/politics/archives/2012/04/20120417-074122.html#.T42lQgpTzjM.twitter

Of 100 new federally appointed judges 98 are white, Globe finds (Kirk Makin, Globe and Mail)
In the past three and a half years, the federal government has appointed 100 new judges in provinces across the country and 98 of them were white. As Canada marks the 30th anniversary of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms a document that enshrines the rights of equality and diversity a Globe and Mail review of superior court appointments reveals at least one area that falls short: the very judiciary responsible for upholding and interpreting the countrys laws. According to figures compiled by The Globe, the exceptions were two Métis judges appointed in B.C. and Nova Scotia. Only in the territories, where three aboriginal judges have been appointed since 2009, does the federal appointment process better reflect the community.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/lack-of-diversity-among-judges-across-canada-globe-finds/article2405888/

Calgary Wildrose candidate attributes his electoral edge to being Caucasian (Keith Gerein, Calgary Herald)
A day after an Edmonton-based Wildrose candidate came under fire for controversial religious views, a Calgary-based candidate with the party found himself in the headlines for on-air comments suggesting his chances of victory were better than his non-white rivals. I think as a Caucasian I have an advantage, Ron Leech told a radio station on the weekend. When different community leaders such as a Sikh leader or a Muslim leader speak, they really speak to their own people in many ways. As a Caucasian, I believe that I can speak to all the community.
http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/alberta/Calgary+Wildrose+candidate+attributes+electoral+edge+being+Caucasian/6473842/story.html

Minister Kenney Launches Consultations for a New “Start-Up Visa” for Immigrant Entrepreneurs (Marketwatch)
Recognizing the importance of innovation and entrepreneurship as a driver of the Canadian economy, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney launched consultations today on whether to create a new and specialized program to attract immigrant entrepreneurs. The announcement is the latest in a series Minister Kenney has made about transforming Canada’s immigration system into a fast and flexible system focused on jobs, growth and prosperity.
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/minister-kenney-launches-consultations-for-a-new-start-up-visa-for-immigrant-entrepreneurs-2012-04-18

Tories’ plan lets cities, provinces handpick immigrants (Tobi Cohen, Montreal Gazette)
From replacing the entrepreneur program with a startup visa to moving ahead on a proposal to cherry-pick immigrants based on occupation, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney is rolling out a series of initiatives during several stops across Central and Eastern Canada this week. On Tuesday, Kenney announced in London, Ont., plans to introduce legislation to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and allow provincial and municipal governments as well as businesses to hand-pick immigrants based on their occupation and whether their skills are needed.
http://www.montrealgazette.com/Tories+plan+lets+cities+provinces+handpick+immigrants/6475633/story.html

Minister unveils program changes (Tobi Cohen, Vancouver Sun)
From replacing the entrepreneur program with a new-comer visa to moving ahead on a proposal to cherry-pick immigrants based on occupation, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney is rolling out a series of initiatives during several stops across Central and Eastern Canada this week. Kenney announced Tues-day in London, Ont., plans to introduce legislation to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and allow provincial and municipal governments as well as businesses to pick immigrants based on their occupation and whether their skills are needed.
http://www.vancouversun.com/Minister+unveils+program+changes/6477107/story.html

Resistance rising in Canadian mainstream to high immigration (Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun)
After a meeting last week with Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, I am noticing at least one of my recent predictions about Canadian immigration patterns is coming true. A centrist Canadian think-tank has come out with a major report arguing that high immigration should be curtailed when the country is going through hard economic times. As it is now. The study, by Montreals respected and independent Institute for Research on Public Policy , matched what I suggested was going to happen in a Jan. 7, 2012, column headlined: Five trends in Canadian immigration:
http://blogs.vancouversun.com/2012/04/17/resistance-rising-in-canadian-mainstream-to-high-immigration/

How many immigrants do we need? (Herbert Grubel, Vancouver Sun)
Immigration Minister Jason Kenneys recent efforts to reform Canadas immigrant selection policies will improve the efficiency of the system, will treat applicants more fairly and increase the economic prospects of immigrants. He deserves full credit for taking on policies that have been considered politically untouchable for decades. The changes reflect recommendations made by academics and independent researchers at the Fraser Institute, the C.D. Howe Institute and the Institute for Research on Public Policy. The ideological perspectives of these researchers cover the full spectrum. Their common aim is the desire to make immigration work more consistently in the interest of all Canadians.
http://www.vancouversun.com/business/many+immigrants+need/6474888/story.html

How to turn international students into local talent (Yonge Street)
“Charmaine Courtis, executive director of student services at York University’s Schulich School of Business, says that around 80 per cent of foreign MBAs at the school choose to stay and work in Canada immediately after their MBAs. After that, she adds, most tend to return home, taking their newly honed skills with them. It is a similar story at Rotman, says[Jeff] Muzzarall. However, given that the average age of an MBA on its full-time programme is 28, by the time that they have studied for two years and lived in the country for a further three, many have settled down with a mortgage and new family, which can persuade them to stay for good.” Read the full story here Original Source: The Economist
http://www.yongestreetmedia.ca/inthenews/Mbaprogramsattracttalent04182012.aspx

Volunteers explain Sharia law (Kathryn Burnham, Standard-Freeholder)
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth of Canada will be back in Cornwall with another talk this month, this time on Sharia law. The over 2,600 volunteers are part of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, a group of Muslims who reject terrorism and fanaticism, and are also focused on promoting humanitarian work. They have taken their talks across the country, visiting Cornwall in January to share the history of Mother Mary from the Islamic perspective. Their new topic of discussion is perhaps the most controversial, with Sharia law often connected to mistreatment of women.
http://www.standard-freeholder.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3536310

Donation patterns of multicultural populations (Charityinfo.ca)
Successful marketers in all sectors are paying attention to the growing cultural diversity of Canadas population. The reasons are clear. Today, 19% of the population considers themselves to be members of a visible minority and this figure is expected to rise to 31% by 2036. Diversity is much higher in the large urban areas, particularly Toronto and Vancouver. By 2031, close to 60% of these metropolitan populations are expected to be visible minorities.
http://www.charityinfo.ca/articles/Donation-patterns-of-multicultural-populations

Migrating for money better than home (Lorraine Kazondovi, New Era Namibia)
Some unemployed youths are desperate to leave the country in order to join over 3000 other Namibian youths living in Canada. Namibians in Canada claim they are doing relatively well economically, compared to home. This alluring message is enticing more youths to want to leave the country and to become economic refugees in the North American country. Approached for comment, Prime Minister Nahas Angula said the government has failed to provide the youths with sufficient opportunities. It would be good if we could provide all our people with employment, he said, adding that no one can be prohibited from leaving the country under the constitution.
http://www.newera.com.na/articles/44353/Migrating-for-money-better-than-home

Internal Message to all CIC Staff regarding Budget 2012 (Immlawyer blog)
In total, CIC will see savings of $71.2 million by 2014-2015 as part of the plan to make government more effective and efficient and reduce our countrys deficit. This will result in a workforce reduction of approximately 283 employees across the department. As I mentioned in my message on March 29, as part of Budget 2012, CIC received supporting documents specific to the spending review that outlined which of our proposals were accepted. We have spent the past two weeks analyzing that information and following the official notification process, which I outlined to you in my message on April 3rd. We now feel we have a solid plan to move forward.
http://immlawyer.blogs.com/my_weblog/2012/04/internal-message-to-all-cic-staff-regarding-budget-2012.html

CCLA Applauds Canada’s Actions Seeking to Stop Execution of Canadian Citizen in Iran (CCLA)
Canada has publicly urged Iran not to execute 44 year-old Canadian-Iranian Hamid Ghassemi-Shall. Mr. Ghassemi-Shall is being held in the notorious Evin prison. While on a family visit to Iran in 2008, he was arrested by Iranian authorities and accused of being a spy. Since then, Mr. Ghassemi-Shall has been imprisoned and unable to return to his home and family in Canada.
http://ccla.org/2012/04/17/ccla-applauds-canadas-actions-seeking-to-stop-execution-of-canadian-citizen-in-iran/

Study: Self-employment among immigrants and their children, 1981 to 2006 (Statistics Canada)
In 2006, Canadian-born sons of immigrants aged 25 to 44 had lower self-employment rates than immigrant fathers had at the same age 25 years earlier. The decline in the self-employment rate was also observed from Canadian-born fathers to their sons’ generation. About 12% of Canadian-born men with immigrant parents were self-employed in 2006, compared with 14% of immigrant fathers in 1981. About 10% of Canadian-born men with Canadian-born parents were self-employed, compared with 12% of their Canadian-born fathers. For both groups, the decline was related to changes in life-course events. Compared with immigrant fathers at the same age, second-generation men had fewer years of work experience, a lower marriage rate and fewer children. These three demographic factors accounted for most of the generational decline in the self-employment rate. In contrast, among women, the self-employment rate increased from immigrant mothers to the daughters of immigrants, as well as from Canadian-born mothers to their daughters’ generation.
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120416/dq120416c-eng.htm

Immigrant daughters find success: Statscan (Canada.com)
The sons of immigrants to Canada aren’t following in their fathers’ footsteps – but their sisters are apparently picking up some of the slack. According to a new study published by Statistics Canada, first-generation male Canadians are less likely to be self-employed than their immigrant fathers. But second-generation women are slightly more likely to be self-employed than their mothers.
http://www.canada.com/Immigrant+daughters+find+success+Statscan/6470503/story.html

Disappearing Daughters (CBC MetroMorning)
All week, we examine the issue of sex selection and why in some cultures, male children are preferred over girls.
http://www.cbc.ca/metromorning/episode-update/2012/04/16/disappearing-daughters/

Immigrants using sex-selective abortion? (Toronto Sun)
A new study of Ontario births shows women born in India are more likely to have a boy as their third child, lending credibility to the theory that sex-selection abortion is common among immigrant communities. The Canadian Medical Association study found that the third-child births of Indian-born women were at a ratio of 136 boys to 100 girls, compared to 105 boys to 100 girls for Canadian-born women, which is close to the worldwide average. The theory is that in cultures in which boys are preferred, parents who already have girls will abort subsequent female babies until they can conceive a son.
http://www.torontosun.com/2012/04/17/immigrants-using-sex-selective-abortion

U.S. clinic offers sex selection service to Indo-Canadians (CTV)
A fertility clinic near Seattle, Washington, appears to be trying to woo Indo-Canadian parents to its clinic with the promise they can have whatever child they want — a boy or a girl. The Washington Center for Reproductive Medicine in Bellevue, Wa. is running an ad in the print edition of the Indo Canadian Voice and on the newspaper’s website that proclaims: “Create the family you want.” The ad features children wearing traditional Indian clothing and promises gender selection services, for “family balancing purposes.”
Read more: http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/TopStories/20120418/gender-selection-fertility-clini-Indo-Canadians-120418

Hiding Toronto hospital ultrasound results to prevent sex selection is pointless and possibly racist (Heather Mallick, Toronto Star)
The need to control women and their bodies is a never-ending quest. Many GTA hospitals, particularly those in ethnic areas, the Star reported Tuesday, wont let their ultrasound staff tell pregnant women the sex of the fetus. One admitted it worries that women and their spouses (if any) might have the female fetus aborted in order to try again for a male. A recent study done by St. Michaels Hospital researchers has shown that though the male/female ratio for the first child of immigrants born in India is normal Canadian stuff 105 boys to 100 girls the ratio for third children born to such women was 136 boys to 100 girls. This may mean something. This may mean something wildly other than what it seems.
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1163258–hiding-toronto-hospital-ultrasound-results-to-prevent-sex-selection-is-pointless-and-possibly-racist

Chris Selleys Full Pundit: Canadas Charter 30 years of tyranny and freedom (Chris Selley, National Post)
The National Posts editorialists caution against romanticizing constitutional documents like our 30-year-old Charter of Rights and Freedoms, suggesting that political motives always underpin their introduction and that the Charter, in particular, hasnt necessarily improved the stock of liberty in this country. Specifically, they argue that the Charter resulted in precisely the sort of judiciary-led social engineering on abortion, gay marriage, capital punishment, safe-injection sites and refugee rights, for example that conservative critics warned about. Thats one way to look at it. Mind you, Parliament voted on same-sex marriage any number of times; it refuses to address the legal abortion vacuum, which the Supreme Court asked it to do 23 years ago; and hey, theres always the Notwithstanding clause. And its not as if other countries courts dont weigh in on such matters.
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/04/17/chris-selleys-full-pundit-canadas-charter-30-years-of-tyranny-and-freedom/

National News: Charter of Rights and Freedoms Being Threatened (Green Party of Canada, Northumberland View)
An increasing number of Canadians are aware of the Harper Conservatives attacks on our democracy proroguing and contempt of Parliament, limiting debate, secret committee hearings but few are aware of inroads being made on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The 30th Anniversary is a time to make this threat known to citizens and to push back. When the Charter of Rights and Freedoms was established thirty year ago today, there was a different attitude in Ottawa. Government was seen as a guardian of our rights and freedoms,said Elizabeth May, MP Saanich-Gulf Islands and Leader of the Green Party.
http://www.northumberlandview.ca/index.php?module=news&func=display&sid=14509

5 things you may not have known about the Canadian Charter of Rights (Global)
The Charter of Rights and Freedoms helped define Canada by allowing it to address its diversity and play a central role in Canadas democracy, amongst other things. There are many things we know about the charter, but what about lesser known facts? Globalnews.ca brings you five things you may have not known about the charter.
http://www.globalsaskatoon.com/charter+facts/6442622931/story.html

Canadian Group to Launch ‘Jesus Said’ Campaign in Response to ‘No God But Allah’ Posters (Ivana Kvesic, Christianpost)
Members of a Christian college in Canada will be placing posters around the Toronto Transit Commission’s subway system in an attempt to counter recent posters displayed by a Muslim group declaring “there is no god but Allah.” “JESUS SAID, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one come to the Father except through Me,'” the posters from the Canada Christian College (CCC) reads. The college told The Toronto Sun Monday that it would be placing posters around 50 transportation centers across the city to reach out to commuters. The CCC poster campaign is set to be launched by May 1 and follows a similar campaign carried out this past January by a Canadian Muslim group, the Walk-In Islamic Infocenter.
http://global.christianpost.com/news/canadian-group-to-launch-jesus-said-campaign-in-response-to-no-god-but-allah-posters-73388/

Irshad Manji getting Muslim Canadian Congress award (Frank Prendergast, Xtra!)
Lesbian author and activist Irsahd Manji will be receiving the inaugural Mansoor Hallaj Freedom of Speech Award from the Muslim Canadian Congress. According to a media release, Manji will get the award for “her exemplary courage in standing up to repeated threats and challenges by Islmaist groups in the US, Canada and Europe.”
http://www.xtra.ca/public/National/Irshad_Manji_getting_Muslim_Canadian_Congress_award-11847.aspx

The Governor General of Canada > Launch of Bond with Toronto (Governor General of Canada)
I am very pleased to join you here today to launch Bond with Toronto, an exciting new initiative by the Toronto Community Foundation. I think that it is very poignant that we also gather during National Volunteer Week, as volunteers are essential to smart and caring communities. Toronto is a unique city within Canada. It is a centre of excellence on par with the greatest cities on Earth. And that international standing owes much to the commitment of people like you. David Naylor, President of the University of Toronto, gave a speech recently to the Toronto Board of Trade in which he said: What makes the Toronto metropolitan region so great is that we offer a multi-course, multi-cultural banquet with world-class cuisine.
http://www.gg.ca/document.aspx?id=14474&lan=eng

Racial Profiling Major Fear Among Immigrants Near U.S.-Canada Border (Huffington Post)
Immigrants and minorities who live near the U.S. northern border are fearful of Customs and Border Protection agents, accusing them of racial profiling, according to a report released Tuesday. “We’re really used to hearing about this stuff on the southern border,” said Ada Williams Prince, policy director for One America, an anti-racial profiling organization that released the report with the University of Washington Center for Human Rights. “[Washington] is where they filmed the “Twilight” movies. It’s all beautiful, but in reality you’re talking about communities that have been harassed … and are living under this climate of fear.”
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/17/racial-profiling-immigrants-northern-border-us-canada_n_1432831.html

Gitmo North quietly shut down in December (Tobi Cohen, Canada.com)
The Kingston Immigration Holding Centre in Ontario, better known as Gitmo North, was quietly closed at the end of last year, saving the Canada Border Services Agency millions and bringing a sense of relief to the handful of men who were incarcerated there, Postmedia News has learned. The costly facility, which opened in 2006 in the aftermath of 9-11 to detain just four terror suspects subject to controversial security certificates, has often been likened to the U.S.-run Guantanamo Bay detention centre in Cuba where prisoners of the Iraq and Afghan wars were sent.
http://blogs.canada.com/2012/04/17/gitmo-north-quietly-shut-down-in-december/

Government of Canada supports project to end violence against immigrant women and girls in the estrie region of Quebec (Canada Newswire)
The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, today announced Government of Canada support for a project that addresses sexual violence against immigrant women and girls in the Estrie region of Quebec. “Our Government is committed to ending violence against women and girls of all ages across Canada,” said Minister Ambrose. “This project will help ensure that immigrant women and girls who are vulnerable to violence will have increased access to education and community resources.”
http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/956341/government-of-canada-supports-project-to-end-violence-against-immigrant-women-and-girls-in-the-estrie-region-of-quebec

Gunn Award for Best Historical Essay on International Migration in Canada (Wilfrid Laurier University)
The Gunn Award for the best historical essay on International Migration in Canada is an interdisciplinary award, and will therefore consider papers from any discipline in the social sciences and humanities (e.g. sociology, political science, global studies, history, communication studies, etc.) that addresses international migration in Canada from a historical perspective. The award is national and will accept applications from graduating fourth year students and graduate students enrolled in Canadian Universities, in either French or English, from across the country. The paper will be reviewed by a committee made up of IMRC and CIHS associates/members. The award will be conferred jointly by the IMRC and the CIHS and will be given out annually in the fall.
http://www.wlu.ca/page.php?grp_id=2599&p=14306

Women honoured as role models others should emulate (Share)
Most people might perceive not having a hip, knee or ankle a major setback. But, when Chinyere Enis left leg was amputated because of bone cancer nearly three decades ago, she did not despair. Of the 11 children at the time receiving treatment at The Hospital for Sick Children for the malignant bone tumor, she was one of the only two who survived. Eni has used this good fortune over the years to volunteer with the War Amputations of Canada Child Amputee program and the Canadian Cancer Society. While at the University of British Columbia where she graduated with a Sociology degree, she co-founded the Oasis Student Association and the Afro-Canadian Adoption Group geared to families who adopted children of African heritage.
http://sharenews.com/women-honoured-as-role-models-other-should-emulate/

REFUGEES

Kavoos Soofi Shiaooshs one-way ticket to an uncertain fate in Iran (Olivia Ward, Toronto Star)
The experiences of 43-year-old Kavoos Soofi Shiaoosh are nothing out of the ordinary for an Iranian prisoner. But Soofi, a refugee claimant under a deportation order from Immigration Canada, was in the Toronto West Detention Centre, behind bars because the authorities had declared him a flight risk. And in spite of interventions from lawyers, experts, international human rights organizations and a federal court judge who had ordered a stay of deportation on Feb. 3, he may soon be headed for a far worse place, a cell in Irans feared Evin prison, if he loses a final risk-assessment review. The charges that would await him are all too familiar: treason, espionage, insulting Islam, apostasy. They are routinely levelled against those who protest the clerical regime or abandon Islam both of which Soofi has done. All are punishable by death. His membership in Irans increasingly persecuted Kurdish minority augments the danger.
http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/1162819–kavoos-soofi-shiaoosh-s-one-way-ticket-to-an-uncertain-fate-in-iran

POVERTY / HEALTH / HOMELESSNESS / SOCIAL INCLUSION

Federal funding for job training shouldnt be linked to EI (Toronto Star)
Most of Ontarios unemployed are not eligible for government-funded training programs. Last week the Toronto Star highlighted the extraordinary barriers that workers face when trying to access training programs. The list of people excluded from programs is long: the self-employed, the long-term unemployed, those with multiple part-time jobs, the underemployed, those working in industries that are in decline. There are so many workers who desperately want access to training programs and could, if they had the right skills, fill labour shortages in many sectors..
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1162607–federal-funding-for-job-training-shouldn-t-be-linked-to-ei

Physicians Slam Closure of Aboriginal Health Organization (Justina Reichel, The Epoch Times)
The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada is decrying the federal governments plan to close the National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO), and is calling for the formation of an alternative body to take its place. Since 2000, NAHO has been collecting research on everything from substance abuse and suicide to high rates of diabetes and infectious diseases, providing a valuable base of knowledge to draw from in advancing the health of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples.
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/canada/physicians-slam-closure-of-aboriginal-health-organization-222466.html

Missing in Action (Plan): Equity (Bob Gardner, Wellesley Institute)
The Ontario government plans to conduct reviews of provincial spending. This both responds to the Drummond report call for more efficient and innovative government delivery and aims to more proactively identify room for improving effectiveness and impact before problems are uncovered and publicized by the Auditor General. The Minister of Finance has identified three critical questions the reviews will focus on: Are they delivering what theyre supposed to be delivering? Are they delivering it as efficiently as possible? And are there some things we can do better? Not a bad idea.
http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/health-care/health-equity/missing-in-action/

Political Apathy and Voter Suppression: Who are the real slackers? (Behind the Numbers)
Rather than jumping on the hand-wringing bandwagon about disinterested, apathetic youth, Im more concerned about pervasive and consistent government apathy towards youth. After nearly two decades of governments insisting that rather than solving problems, they themselves were the problem, we are witnessing the coming-of-age of a generation that has only known self-loathing governments; governments for whom the creation of a truly national program is either an abomination or a last-ditch effort at self-preservation; governments that increasingly ask to be judged based on how little they impact our daily lives.
http://www.behindthenumbers.ca/2012/04/17/political-apathy-and-voter-suppression-who-are-the-real-slackers/

Media and Policy News: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 (ISAC)
Related news items about: Charter, Ontario Budget 2012, Tax Fairness, Around the Province, Federal Issues, International.
http://getpocket.com/a/read/154897186

EMPLOYMENT & WORKERS

eTip : 3 ways to prepare skilled immigrants for promotion (hireimmigrants.ca)
Do you expect employees to speak up when they want a promotion? If you take this approach, you may be overlooking many talented employees who come from a culture where its customary to wait for an invitation for promotion. There are three ways managers can be proactive and encourage all employees, including skilled immigrants, to apply for suitable positions.
http://getpocket.com/a/read/154924487

CITY OF TORONTO / CITIES / CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Wednesday’s Headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A daily round up of mainstream media news on City Hall and Other News.
http://spacingtoronto.ca/2012/04/18/wednesdays-headlines-244/

SPACING-ENVIRONICS POLL: 74% of GTA support regional sales tax dedicated to transit (Spacing Toronto)
Greater Toronto residents would overwhelmingly support the concept of a Los Angeles-style regional sales tax dedicated to transit and infrastructure, according to a new poll conducted by Environics exclusively for Spacing. The poll indicates that 74% of the respondents said they somewhat (49%) or strongly agreed (25%) with an earmarked tax, while only 26% said they were opposed (somewhat opposed 17%, and “strongly opposed” 9%).
http://spacingtoronto.ca/2012/04/18/spacing-environics-poll-74-of-gta-support-regional-sales-tax-dedicated-to-transit/

Final Munk Centre transportation talk centres on funding (Yonge Street)
The last of three high-level talks on mass urban transportation took place Monday. The speaker was Richard Katz, chair of L.A.’s regional transit system, Metrolink. He is also on the board of the city’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and a former state legislator. His topic was transit funding. Los Angeles has become an unlikely model of transit funding done well, and though not everything that’s worked there can work in TorontoL.A. imposed a sales tax, for instance, which Toronto does not have the power to dothe principles are the same. Public support is essential, and generating it, through education and publicity, is the sine qua non of a well-funded system.
http://www.yongestreetmedia.ca/devnews/munkthirdtalktransit0418.aspx

CivicAction seeking summer interns (CivicAction GTA)
CivicAction is seeking two full-time summer interns for a 3-month period (from May 2 to July 27) to contribute research, writing and project management support on our current activities and new priorities for action.
http://www.civicaction.ca/civicaction-seeking-summer-interns

Gillian Mason on Governing and planning districts (Gillian Mason, City Builder Book Club)
In 1961, Jane Jacobs said: if only [decisions-makers] knew what the citizens of that place consider of value in their lives and why. Further, she affirms that Much of what [decisions-makers] need to know they can learn from no one but the people of the place, because nobody else knows enough about it. What Jacobs described in 1961, I see as still problematic in Toronto today. In fact, perhaps the problem is even more acute since the amalgamation of the six local governments and the one metropolitan government into one single-tiered government, the City of Toronto, in 1998. Fifty years ago, Jacobs asserted that we do not have the means of gathering and comprehending . big cities.
http://citybuilderbookclub.org/2012/04/gillian-mason-on-governing-and-planning-districts/

SOCIAL INNOVATION / NONPROFITS

CSI looking for emerging entrepreneurs to nurture in their social ventures (Yonge Street)
When it comes to building a successful social venture, good ideas, creativity and drive go a long way. But without networks and contacts, the uphill climb can be especially steep. In an effort to give emerging social innovators the leg-up they need, the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) has announced that the Youth Agents of Change Program will be offered for a third year. The 20 successful applicants will spend the year building their enterprises and becoming part of the CSI family. In addition to desk space and access to CSI resources, the winners will receive tailored mentorship, as well as opportunities to build networks and contacts throughout the year.
http://www.yongestreetmedia.ca/civicimpact/csiagentsofchange0418.aspx

Governor General honours local volunteers (Don Lajoie, Windsor Star)
The woman who founded the local agency Windsor Women Working with Immigrant Women from her basement more than three decades ago is to be honoured today for a lifetime of volunteering by Gov. Gen. David Johnson. Daphne Veronica Clarke is in Ottawa to attend a ceremony at Rideau Hall this morning, along with Leamington volunteer William Martens, as the area honourees accept Governor General’s Caring Canadian Awards to recognize their contributions to their communities. “I was really surprised and humbled to learn about this,” Clarke said in an interview from Ottawa Monday. “When I got the call and they said the Governor General’s office was trying to get hold of me my first reaction was, what for? I never expected it and when I got the call I was shocked.” She ought not to have been.
http://www.windsorstar.com/health/Governor+General+honours+local+volunteers/6471447/story.html

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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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