Immigration & Diversity news headlines – April 24, 2012


Survey: Immmigration Potential – Improving Canada’s immigration processes Integration services for immigrants (Canadian Chamber of Commerce)
After extensive research and consultation with business leaders and member chambers of commerce across the country over the past year, the Canadian Chamber has singled out the top 10 barriers holding Canadian business back and diminishing Canada’s ability to compete. Leveraging the power and voice of its national network of chambers to press for action from all levels of government, businesses and other stakeholders to help sharpen the country’s competitive edge, the Canadian Chamber will tackle each of the top 10 barriers, with a specific focus on the issue of skills in order to establish tangible, real solutions for Canadian business.

Reducing Backlog (CBC MetroMorning)
Matt Galloway spoke about immigration applications with Toronto immigration lawyer Guidy Mamman.

Speaking notes for The Honourable Jason Kenney, P.C., M.P. Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism (CIC)
Of course, in certain regions of the country, there is an acute shortage of medical doctors and nurses and other practitioners, and those shortages will only grow as our population ages. And, as that population ages, health needs will become more acute. It is therefore critical that our immigration system respond to those current and future shortages both in health sciences and across the whole spectrum of the labour market. Thats why, in his speech at the World Economic Forum, Prime Minister Harper announced that our government would, through the Economic Action Plan this year, be bringing forward transformational change in Canadas immigration system to better align our selection of newcomers with the labour market needs that we have now and in the future.

City hate crimes triple national average: report (Nick Ashdown, Ottawa Citizen)
Ottawas rate of reported hate crimes was more than three times higher than the national average in 2010, states a new Statistics Canada report. The report included all police-reported criminal incidents that were determined to be motivated by hate toward an identifiable group. As in previous years, the most common type of hate crime was mischief, representing 56 per cent of all incidents. This often includes acts of vandalism. The report indicates that the national average of reported hate crimes is 4.1 in 100,000. This marks a decreased by 18 per cent from 2009 to 2010. Ottawas rate, 14 per 100,000 crimes, stayed about the same.

Immigration changes stir rapsody (Greg Van Moorsel, Barrie Examiner)
First, the rappers trooped in. Next up was Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney. No, it wasnt an audition that brought a London, Ont., music act and one of the Conservative governments most prominent ministers to The London Free Press. The rappers were there to shoot a video. Kenney followed into the same room minutes later to pitch his case for a sweeping overhaul of Canadas immigration system. Rap and the hot-button politics of immigration are worlds apart, but make no mistake: What Kenney is proposing will be music to the ears of many in a country facing severe labour shortages in skilled occupations, but jarring to some Canadians who look upon the immigration system more like a social program than an obvious business solution to keeping the economy humming in the face of a declining birth rate.

Reflections: On Judicial Diversity and Judicial Independence (Sonia Lawrence, Osgood Hall Law School)
In part I of this paper I begin to sketch an answer to the question, can a homogenous bench be an independent bench?, focusing on democratic legitimacy, public confidence and the idea of structural impartiality. In part II, I suggest that diversity cannot cure the problems that have been identified, and that legitimacy and public confidence require some attention to the courts as representative institutions. I then attempt to sort through the complications arising from this suggestion, and defend the notion of a representative bench from some of the main critiques. Part III briefly describes two systems of judicial appointment in Canada, and the different approaches they take to the question of diversity and representation. Finally, I conclude by describing basic research questions which arise from this exploration, and accepting the limitations of calls for a reflective bench.

Immigration Changes to Stop “Marriage Fraud” Increase Risk of Domestic Violence (Marketwatch)
Last week was Prevention of Violence Against Women Week, but recently proposed amendments to Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations could increase domestic violence by trapping women and children in abusive homes. The proposed changes will affect sponsored partners who have been in a relationship with their sponsors for two years or less, with no children at the time of application. The sponsored partner and sponsor will be required to live together in a conjugal relationship for two years during a “Conditional Permanent Residence” period. If the sponsored partner leaves during that time, she could face deportation.

Three with Canadian links added to most-wanted Nazi list (Peter Henderson,
Nazi hunters at an international Jewish human rights organization have added three men with Canadian connections to the top of their most-wanted list. The top spot on the list from the Simon Wiesenthal Center is held by Laszlo Csatary, who is accused of participation in the deportation of more than 15,000 Jews to Auschwitz while working as police commander in Nazi-occupied Hungary. Csatary along with co-accused Vladimir Katriuk of Montreal and Helmut Oberlander of Kitchener, Ont. was one of many Germans who fled to Canada after the war.

Inconceivable immigration manager wasnt being paid for wielding influence, Crown argues (Andrew Seymour, Ottawa Citizen)
A Citizenship and Immigration manager who was running a for-profit business by accepting bribes and gifts in exchange for fast-tracking immigration applications should be found guilty of bribery, fraud and breach of trust, a Crown prosecutor argued Monday. Assistant Crown Attorney Mike Boyce said it was inconceivable that Diane Serre would have taken the risks she did if she werent getting paid in exchange for wielding her considerable influence as a supervisor at the immigration departments Catherine Street offices. Serre, 41, is accused of teaming up with a friend named Issam Dakik to take thousands of dollars from 10 mostly Middle Eastern immigrants in exchange for speeding up the immigration process. Dakik would meet with the applicants and collect the money while Serre would expedite the processing of the files.

A lesson in peace, love and understanding (Dale Carruthers,London Free Press)
Im continuously impressed by the sense of camaraderie at the Islamic Centre of Southwestern Ontario. The men call the women sister, and the women refer to the men as brother a small gesture with a big meaning. Unity is one of the underlying themes of my fifth public lecture on Islam Sunday at the Pond Mills Rd. mosque and community centre. In a room made up of people from countries spanning the world, from Pakistan and Palestine to Algeria and Afghanistan, addressing each other like family members shows how tight-knit the Muslim community is in London.

Worries raised over impact of upcoming change to language requirements for newcomers (CTV Winnipeg)
An immigration group and Brandon’s mayor are concerned that new rules being implemented by the federal government will lead to a revolving door of immigrants arriving in the city and then having to leave. Beginning July 1, newcomers applying for permanent residence through the nominee program will need to pass an English or French proficiency test within two years of arriving in Canada. Those that don’t pass it will have to return to their home country. “Where we’re wondering where the impact might be is going to be here in Brandon where people are coming here, staying for two years and potentially leaving (to go) back to their home country,” said Leslie Allen from Westman Immigrant Service. Currently, there is no testing required.

What Thomas Mulcair Can Do For NS (Pictou Bee blog)
1. Immigration in Nova Scotia never recovered from the 2008 scandal under Rodney MacDonalds Conservative government. Its no wonder the federal government has not increased the number of immigrants our province is allowed to attract under the provincial nominee program. But this cap must be raised. The benefits of immigration must shared equitably across the nation. Why is Manitoba, a province with a similar population, allowed to invite home double the number of immigrants? Nova Scotias population is aging rapidly. Increasing immigration is a good way to slow that trend, attract skilled-trades workers from abroad, and create a more vibrant and tolerant society.


Tories push through crackdown on refugees (Sun News Network)
Hungary and other European Union democracies will be designated “safe countries” once the Conservatives’ refugee reform bill becomes law, putting refugee claims from those countries on the fast track to rejection. QMI Agency learned of the detail Monday, with the Commons poised to pass Bill C-31 on second reading and send it to committee for study. The “safe country” designation is meant to stop bogus refugee claimants from coming to Canada and collecting social assistance while their cases are processed.

Mexican refugee claimant murdered after deportation (Mary Sheppard, CBC)
When Veronica Castro was in a Canadian detention centre awaiting imminent deportation back to Mexico, she wrote a letter to a friend saying she feared the worst: “I will really need your prayers.” She had been struggling to stay in Canada since her refugee claim, based on domestic abuse and fear of returning to her family home, was denied a year earlier.

Bill C-31: Tories’ Human Smuggling Reforms Could Land More Asylum Seekers In Canada’s Jails (Huffington Post)
At the whim of the public safety minister, refugee claimants could face incarceration in provincial jails for one year without review under a major overhaul of Canadas immigration system. The provisions are contained in Bill C-31, which the Tories laud as a crackdown on queue jumpers and illegal smugglers who exploit Canadas generous social safety net.

Fighting from the shadows: Tunisian ruling bigwig no-show at immigration hearing (Sidhartha Banerjee, Winnipeg Free Press)
A reclusive Tunisian billionaire who was a key member of the now deposed ruling clan is fighting for the right to stay in Canada, though he’s waging his battle from the shadows. Belhassen Trabelsi has been in Canada since January 2011 after fleeing his country in the midst of a revolution, but he has remained out of the spotlight and failed to show up even for his own Immigration and Refugee Board appeal Monday. Trabelsi said through his lawyers that he is fearful for his safety and that of his family. He has hired his own security detail and said he feared being followed by a crowd of local Tunisians who’d hoped to see him in the flesh on Monday.

Roma asylum-seekers undeterred by Canadian efforts (Sarah Boesveld,
Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney says the government has tried, but so far failed to stem the tide of Roma coming into Canada and abusing its refugee system. The Immigration and Refugee Board receives about 400 claims from Hungary every month, and the vast majority of claimants are believed to be Roma. A record number arrived in Toronto in October 91 asylum-seekers landing in a single day on Oct. 26, 2011, according to data from the Canada Border Services Agency. About 40 per cent of refugee claimants from Hungary are coming from Miskolc, a city outside of Budapest, Kenney said. It’s a region the government has targeted with fruitless information campaigns.

13-year-old North Korean refugee and her brother sought (Toronto Star)
In late January, a 13-year-old girl and her older brother arrived at Romero House, a refugee centre in Torontos west end. It is their last known destination in an odds-defying journey that began in North Korea, one of the most isolated and brutal regimes in the world and the country from which the siblings escaped. They were supposed to live at Romero House for a year, but vanished after just one week.–13-year-old-north-korean-refugee-and-her-brother-sought


Poverty at root of challenges (Chronicle Journal)
A survey released by the United Ways Quality of Life Network shows that poverty is a major issue for many Thunder Bay residents. The Quality of Life Network made up of the United Way and the 28 agencies it funds released the survey on Monday. To put it together, the network spoke to 213 people who make use of the services offered by the agencies, said Nancy Chamberlain, chairwoman of the Quality of Life Network. Poverty was chosen as the top issue in 46 per cent of the focus groups and questionnaires, the United Way said.

Small steps are good, but services, jobs and equality is best for all (Sheila Block, Wellesley Institute)
This afternoon an agreement was reached on the Ontario budget. Three major changes have been made: the introduction of a temporary increase in taxes for Ontarians earning more than $500,000 per year, an increase in rates for people who are surviving on social assistance, and increased funding for child care. Its important to pause for a minute and acknowledge the importance of what Premier McGuinty and Andrea Horwath have accomplished this afternoon. In a political culture that claims voters will not accept tax increases, Ms. Horwath proposed one that will increase progressivity of the tax system. Premier McGuinty had the good judgement to accept this proposal despite the political heat he will take for it. This is a small, but important, first step in addressing the record levels of income inequality in this province and this country.

Fixing Canada’s ‘income inequality’ (Inside Halton)
The first few years of the millennium saw rapid economic growth in Canada, with plenty of jobs for workers. But despite the boom, the gap between rich and poor widened. In fact, between 2000 and 2005, the number of working poor in the country grew by 42 per cent, according to Armine Yalnizyan. But Yalnizyan, a senior economist with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, recently told a an audience at the Burlington Seniors’ Centre that the countrys growing economic gap or what she described as income inequality is not only a problem for poor people, but for all Canadians.


Irving denies it has plans to bring in Filipino workers (Chronicle Herald)
Irving Shipbuilding Inc. is denying a report that it would hire Philippine nationals to handle some of the workload associated with the $25-billion federal shipbuilding contract. On April 12, a delegation from the Philippines, including that countrys ambassador to Canada, Leslie B. Gatan, visited Halifax Shipyard. On Saturday, a posting on the Foreign Affairs Department website for the Philippine government said that Tim Brownlow, the shipyards director of government affairs and business development, conveyed the keen interest of (Irving Shipbuilding Inc.) in exploring possible synergies in a variety of sectors and services with the Philippines.

Employment Integration Program for Immigrants and Visible Minorities (PRIIME) (Canada Business Network)
Are you an employer who would like to provide an immigrant or a member of a visible minority with lasting employment? Are you able to help the individual integrate into the labour market? If so, you could receive a subsidy covering:
Your recruits wages for up to 30 weeks, or up to 52 weeks in exceptional circumstances
The salary of the person coaching the recruit
The cost of tailoring your human resource management practices and tools to the individuals specific cultural reality
Certain training expenses


Tuesday’s Headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A daily round up of mainstream media news on City Hall, Transit, Development & Real Estate and Other News.

Governor General honours Toronto park activist (Jessica Smith, Metronews)
A Toronto woman given a national award Tuesday says her volunteerism is driven by an obsession: helping people find friends in a city of strangers. Governor General David Johnston gave Jutta Mason and 27 others Caring Canadian Awards at Rideau Hall, recognizing the countrys outstanding community volunteers. Jutta Mason has worked to improve Dufferin Grove Park for 18 years. It used to be this kind of boring place and a little bit hairy at times, she said. (Note: Jutta Mason is a past recipient of the Jane Jacobs prize)


Take our survey on career services (HR Council for the Nonprofit Sector)
The HR Council is conducting a brief, confidential online survey to gather information about career services in the nonprofit sector. Our goal is to pull together key intelligence on your experiences using online career service models. This information will provide trends analysis insights and will prove to be invaluable to the HR Council.

Charities Information Sessions registration (CRA)
The Charities Information Sessions are offered to all registered charities. These free sessions are an excellent opportunity for your treasurer, new board members, or volunteers to learn about your charity’s legal obligations.


Millions of people may be victims of human trafficking, UN official says (Johan Ordonez, Toronto Star)
Criminality worldwide generates proceeds in the trillions of dollars each year, making crime one of the worlds top 20 economies, a senior UN official said Monday With the scope of global crime and particularly organized crime threatening emerging economies and fomenting international instability, Yury Fedotov called for concerted world action to combat the trend. We need to recognize that the problem requires a global solution, Fedotov, the head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, told reporters outside an international conference focused on preventing the exploitation of illegal migrants and other crimes linked to human trafficking. No country can handle this problem alone.–millions-of-people-may-be-victims-of-human-trafficking-un-official-says

People-trafficking and Illegal Migration: Not Just Human but International Security Challenges (Mark Galeotti, Perspectives on Global Issues)
Illegal migration and the trafficking of humans for sexual and other purposes inevitably receives much attention at the national and international level. It is, after all, a source of untold human misery that intersects with a wide range of other concerns, from the treatment of women and children across the globe to the survival of slavery in other forms. It is probably fair to say, though, that passionate rhetoric and column inches of communiqué has not translated into policy as readily as it ought. To a considerable extent this reflects a lagging appreciation that they are not just global tragedies, they also need to be considered challenges to national and transnational security.

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