Immigration & Diversity news headlines – April 27, 2012

Toronto is unlikely to profit from a waterfront casino (Alan Broadbent, Toronto Star)
What do the cities get? Well, presuming they don’t have to make concessions on property tax as an enticement to the developer or casino operator, they might make some revenue on property tax. In most cases it would be incremental to the tax it was collecting on the property before redevelopment. The cities are barred from levying sales or income taxes and so do not enjoy revenue from those sources. Of the more than $2 billion OLG currently transfers to the provincial and municipal governments, only $110 million goes to municipalities that host gambling facilities. If Toronto were to get $100 million a year from hosting a new casino, a generous estimate under current arrangements, that would allow it to build about a third of a kilometre of subway, adding perhaps one station a decade. Or it could build three kilometres of surface light-rail transit each year. It is worth remembering the cancelled vehicle registration tax brought in $65 million per year, without negative social impact.
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1169008–toronto-is-unlikely-to-profit-from-a-waterfront-casino

IMMIGRATION / SETTLEMENT / DIVERSITY

Labour groups say foreign worker changes attack Canadian wages (Bob Weber, Winnipeg Free Press)
Labour groups are stepping up their attack on changes to regulations for temporary foreign workers, saying the adjustments will reduce wages for Canadians, make it tougher for union shops to bid for work and allow companies to cut training of local employees. “Harper is giving a go-ahead to employers to tap into vulnerable foreign workers to drive down Canadian wages,” said Jim Stanford, head economist for the Canadian Auto Workers. A federal spokeswoman said the measures, which allow workers to be paid less than the going Canadian wage, would not disadvantage workers in hot labour markets. “Regional differences will be taken into account,” said Alyson Queen of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/business/labour-groups-say-foreign-worker-changes-attack-canadian-wages-149118005.html

Government Of Canada Announces A More Efficient And Responsive Temporary Foreign Worker Program (Government of Canada News)
The Government of Canada is realigning the Temporary Foreign Worker Program to better meet labour market demands and support the economic recovery. The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, made the announcement today during a tour of Advance Engineered Products Ltd.’s manufacturing facility. “Our government’s top priority is creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity. That’s why we are taking action to ensure that the Temporary Foreign Worker Program supports our economic recovery and effectively responds to local labour market demands,” said Minister Finley. “Our government is looking at ways to make sure businesses recruit from the domestic workforce before hiring temporary foreign workers, while also reducing the paper burden and speeding up the processing time for employers that have short-term skilled labour needs.”
http://news.gc.ca/web/article-eng.do;jsessionid=ac1b105330d86c2055380d194bc3a357a908d50e45fd.e38RbhaLb3qNe3eLa40?mthd=tp&crtr.page=1&nid=670919&crtr.tp1D=1

Language rules for immigrants will cost $110M (Canada.com)
Tough new language requirements for would-be Canadian citizens are expected to set the government back $110 million over nine years, according to an analysis posted this week in the Canada Gazette. But a thorough breakdown of the move indicates the net cost will be lessened when weighed against the benefits afforded to newcomers. According to a cost-benefit analysis contained in a 13-page description of the proposed regulatory change, the benefits over the course of the review period – 2012-2121 – would amount to $92.5 million as newcomers who improve their language skills early are expected to enjoy a better quality of life and higher earnings.
http://www.canada.com/Language+rules+immigrants+will+cost+110M/6528918/story.html

Backlog ‘solution’ abandons fairness (Hamilton Spectator)
As solutions go, the federal government’s plan for dealing with the immigration backlog is decisive. Returning all skilled-worker applications received before 2008 will, no doubt, unclog the system, which has a backlog of about 300,000 skilled workers and their families. But the fact it will work doesn’t make it fair. Many of these applicants are from China, India and the Philippines. They have been waiting, in some cases for years, for approval of their immigration visas. Many have hired immigration lawyers to try moving their applications forward. Some put their lives on hold, worried that accepting a job offer, getting married or starting a family might constitute enough of a change in status that it would set back their application process. They’ve done all this because they want to come to Canada, where we need skilled workers.
http://www.thespec.com/opinion/editorial/article/712743–backlog-solution-abandons-fairness

Economic growth and prosperity the focus of immigration changes: Jason Kenney (South Asian Generation Next)
Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney recently outlined a series of changes planned for the immigration system to make it faster, more flexible and focused on jobs to promote national economic growth and prosperity that can benefit all regions of Canada. Proposed changes to the economic immigration system include eliminating the backlog of old Federal Skilled Worker applications, modernizing how selection is done under that program to better reflect the importance of younger immigrants with Canadian work experience and better language skills, creating a new Federal Skilled Trades program, and modifying the Canadian Experience Class to better facilitate the transition to permanent residence by successful skilled temporary workers.
http://www.sagennext.com/2012/04/26/economic-growth-and-prosperity-the-focus-of-immigration-changes-jason-kenney/

Manitoba immigration email did not break rules: Speaker (CBC)
Manitoba government workers and immigrant groups who received a controversial email from a senior bureaucrat suggesting they attend a debate may have felt undue pressure, but the email did not constitute a violation of opposition rights, legislature Speaker Daryl Reid ruled Thursday.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/story/2012/04/26/mb-immigration-debate-email.html

Feds to consider biometrics for permanent residents to combat fraud (Tobi Cohen, Canada.com)
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney says he supports extending biometric ID requirements to permanent residents and would consider amending his current omnibus immigration bill to make it happen. “I think in principle, we should be doing everything we reasonably can to identify visitors or immigrants and ensure they don’t represent a threat to Canada’s safety, so biometrics is the best technical tool at our disposal and I think in principle, that it should be applied to not just temporary but also permanent residents,” Kenney said Thursday after testifying before a Commons committee reviewing Bill C-31, the Protecting Canada’s Immigration Act. After hinting at it during the meeting, he confirmed the government was “considering” amending the bill to ensure it covers permanent residents.
http://www.canada.com/technology/Feds+consider+biometrics+permanent+residents+combat+fraud/6526027/story.html

Racism: Something that can be overcome (Gagan Batra, South Asian Generation Next)
Early last week there was a YouTube video posted online by a teenage girl that sparked a lot of controversy among South Asians and other communities? The video featured a young girl talking about how “brown” people are all terrorists. Other derogatory and racist remarks that were made towards Brampton’s “brown” community included observations such as they all smell like curry, carry weapons in their turbans and should go back to their own country. For legal reasons I will not disclose the name of the girl responsible for the video, although it can be found if searched for online. As one can imagine, this video generated a lot of anger amongst the South Asian communities in Brampton, Mississauga, and other places. In a city as diverse as Brampton, it is ridiculous that one person can make such ignorant remarks targeted to just one of the communities in the region.
http://www.sagennext.com/2012/04/26/racism-something-that-can-be-overcome/

Would Wildrose have shut down Alberta’s Human Rights Commission (Oye! Times)
Against the odds and Canada’s top pollsters and media predictions, Conservative Alison Redford has won a decided victory in Alberta’s provincial election. Canadian human rights advocates can breathe a sigh of relief that Wildrose didn’t take the government. Wildrose leader Danielle Smith announced plans to close down Alberta’s Human Rights Commission, replacing it with a branch of the court system to weed out “frivolous” human rights complaints. With the threats to human rights activists, including groups that support women’s rights, by the Federal government, the Wildrose platform was sending a chill into the Canadian landscape.
http://www.oyetimes.com/views/columns/21884-would-wildrose-have-shut-down-alberta-s-human-rights-commission

Chris Selley’s Full Pundit: Michael Ignatieff opens his mouth (Chriss Selley, National Post)
On his Maclean’s blog, Martin Patriquin not very politely takes issue with some of Michael Ignatieff’s basic complaints about modern Canada and Quebec’s very special place therein: Quebec doesn’t really run its “own immigration policy,” for example, and it runs its own natural resource department and education and health-care systems because, uh, that’s what Canadian provinces do. (“This stuff is on Wikipedia, for chrissakes,” says Patriquin.) He also disputes Ignatieff’s description of a Canada “30 to 40 years ago” in which everyone was just chuffed to bits about official bilingualism; his implication that bilingualism is fading (in fact the opposite is true); and his apparent belief that Quebec’s nationalist movement represents “a broad collective will.”. In fact, he concludes, “you might say that sovereignists are so desperate for fuel these day that they actually take comfort in the detached, demonstrably incorrect dribblings of a failed politician.” Zing!
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/04/26/chris-selleys-full-pundit-michael-ignatieff-opens-his-mouth/

Racism explored at diversity breakfast (Rick Garrick, Wawatay News)
Former Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario James Bartleman called for equal funding of First Nations education during his keynote speech at Diversity Thunder Bay’s 6th Annual Celebration Breakfast, held March 23 at the Valhalla Inn. “We need to have justice for the Native children who live on reserve and who go to schools that are falling apart,” said Bartleman, a Chippewas of Mnjikaning band member, diplomat and author of five books, including As Long as the Rivers Flow. “We need simple human justice so they receive the same level of funding as non-native kids.” Bartleman said there are thousands of First Nation teachers, doctors, lawyers and pipefitters who attended the provincial school system and had access to better-qualified teachers, libraries and other benefits.
http://www.wawataynews.ca/archive/all/2012/4/26/racism-explored-diversity-breakfast_22703

Canada’s retail market is ripe for American invasion (Toronto Star)
A market’s size and growth rate are key factors for any retailer and Canada has become the fastest growing country in the Group of 8 industrialized nations, according to the Colliers report. Canada’s population rose from 31.6 million in 2006 to nearly 33.5 million in 2011, an increase of 5.9 per cent. Two-thirds of the increase was driven by immigration. Population growth is strongest in Western Canada, with resource-driven economic gains driving growth and attracting immigrants, according to the Colliers report.
http://www.thestar.com/business/article/1168653–get-ready-canada-s-retail-market-is-ripe-for-american-invasion

Our Health Minister Plays Race Card, Democracy Loses (Huffington Post)
During Monday’s Question Period, MP Dr. Carolyn Bennett asked Minister of Health Leona Aglukkaq to explain “why (the Minister’s budget) cuts target the population with the worst health outcomes in Canada, the aboriginal people of Canada?” Usually this question would be taken as a normal part of the drama that plays out during Question Period, with the Health Minister offering some non-answer that superficially addresses the Member’s leading question. But this time things were different because it just so happens that Minister Aglukkaq is of Aboriginal heritage. Enter the politics of race, ethnicity, and political representation in Canada.
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/anthony-morgan/health-cuts-aboriginal_b_1454274.html

Memorial mulled to recognize heroic black soldier William Hall (Randy Boswell, Canada.com)
The Conservative government has signalled its interest in erecting a statue or other memorial near Parliament Hill to celebrate the courage of a black soldier from 19th-century Nova Scotia who was awarded the Victoria Cross for his exploits on behalf of the British Empire during the Indian Mutiny of 1857. The plan to pay tribute to Able Seaman William Hall, one of the first Canadians to be awarded the Commonwealth’s highest distinction for bravery, follows a recommendation last year from the House of Commons committee on veterans affairs that the “forgotten” Hall be formally recognized with a monument in downtown Ottawa — possibly by adding his bust to the Valiants Memorial statues that currently commemorate 14 heroic individuals from Canadian military history, including War of 1812 icon Laura Secord and 18th-century Mohawk warrior Joseph Brant.
http://www.canada.com/news/national/Memorial+mulled+recognize+heroic+black+soldier+William+Hall/6523780/story.html

From Nazi to beekeeper? Accused war criminal living quiet life in Quebec (Andy Blatchford, Winnipeg Free Press)
Propped up by a shovel that acts as his cane, Vladimir Katriuk putters about his wooded lot in rural Quebec, lovingly caring for his bees and appearing to have few worries other than this season’s honey yield. But a prominent Jewish human-rights organization insists there’s much more to the cordial 91-year-old beekeeper — whom they allege is of the world’s most-wanted Nazi war criminals. The Simon Wiesenthal Center recently ranked Katriuk No. 4 on its top-10 list of suspected former Nazis, after a new study alleged he was a key participant in a village massacre during the Second World War.
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/canada/from-nazi-to-beekeeper-accused-war-criminal-living-quiet-life-in-quebec-149113925.html

Unravelling our stories of immigration through film (Skills for Change)
Over the next several weeks, Skills for Change will bring you the individual stories of this year’s honourees, highlighting their incredible journeys as they made Canada their home. Together, they bring to life a collective voice on the universal themes of the immigrant experience in Canada: survival, connectedness, acceptance, belonging and adaptation. Pioneers for Change is an unforgettable evening of film, spoken word and celebration. We hope you will be a part of it.
http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=b3ccf2c14d98928f2fab95b9b&id=be03e06582

New process launched to help reconcile competing human rights (OHRC)
The Ontario Human Rights Commission today launches a new Policy on Competing Human Rights. The policy is designed to help organizations and individuals deal with everyday situations of competing rights, and try to avoid the time and expense of bringing a legal challenge before a court or human rights tribunal. Conflicts sometimes arise when an individual or group tries to enjoy or exercise a legally-protected right that conflicts with another’s human right. For example, how do you resolve a situation where a marriage commissioner refuses to perform a marriage ceremony for a same-sex couple because it is contrary to her religious beliefs? Or where a woman wants to testify at a criminal trial wearing a niqab but the accused argues that this would interfere with his Charter right to make a full defence? Or, where a professor’s guide dog could cause a student to have a severe allergic reaction?
http://www.ohrc.on.ca/en/resources/news/competingrights

Victims of crime share personal stories of survival (Cynthia Reason, Inside Toronto)
Inspiring stories of survival in the face of violent crime highlighted an event marking the 7th Annual National Victims of Crime Awareness Week hosted by the Rexdale Women’s Centre (RWC) Thursday. Over the course of the day-long event – which was organized to raise awareness about victim’s issues and the local programs and services in place to help them – five “brave” survivors stepped up to the microphone to share their stories of victimization and redemption. In broken English, Nigerian refugee Silvia John Osagie spoke of the loss of her two young daughters to the forced practice of female circumcision in her native country.
http://www.insidetoronto.com/news/local/article/1343941–victims-of-crime-share-personal-stories-of-survival

REFUGEES

Jason Kenney’s refugee system (Chris Selley, Montreal Gazette)
One of the Conservative government’s less heralded achievements is cutting the backlog of refugee claimants by roughly a third over the last two years. Before you pop the champagne, though, you should know that the backlog achieved its maximum girth under the Tories as well; that as of the end of last month there were still more than 39,000 claims outstanding; and that nearly a quarter of those come from European Union member nations. For that matter, nearly 500 come from the United States. This is thanks to Canada’s unique policy of hearing all refugee claims, period. It is legitimate to view this as a tremendous waste of resources that could go toward helping people from, say, Somalia. Moreover, it takes an average of 1,038 days to process an asylum claim in Canada. This is unfair to legitimate refugees and an irresistible attractant for illegitimate ones who are content, should their claims fail, to have spent a few productive years in Canada.
http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/Jason+Kenney+refugee+system/6513944/story.html

Bill C-31 threatens increased asylum seekers in Canadian jails (Guneet S, Canada Updates)
Incarceration risk for refugee claimants–In what is being called as one of the biggest overhauls of immigration system of Canada, Bill C-31 would push risk of incarceration for refugee claimants in Canadian jails. Tories claim the bill to be a latest effort by Canadian government to crackdown on unscrupulous human smugglers as well as immigration queue jumpers playing with social safety net of the nation.
http://www.canadaupdates.com/content/bill-c-31-threatens-increased-asylum-seekers-canadian-jails-18153.html

The Luck of the Draw? Judicial Review of Refugee Determinations in the Federal Court of Canada (2005-2010) (Sean Rehaag, York University)
This working paper offers an empirical examination of judicial review in Canada’s Federal Court in the refugee law context. Drawing on a dataset of over 23,000 applications for judicial review of refugee determinations from 2005 to 2010, the paper examines whether outcomes in these life-and-death applications turn on their merits, or whether, instead, they hinge on which judge is assigned to decide the application. The paper reveals that outcomes over the past five years frequently came down to the luck of the draw, with, for example, one judge more than 50 times as likely to grant applications than another judge. Based on these findings, the author offers several recommendations for reform to enhance fairness and consistency in this important area of law.
http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2027517

Refuge denied, man who aided case against Liberia’s convicted war criminal disappears (Rick Eglinton, Toronto Star)
There was a time when the man who helped build the case against former Liberian president Charles Taylor worked at Canadian Tire. Cindor Reeves lived in the GTA for five years. He was forced to leave this past December after he was denied refugee status in Canada.
http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1168982–refuge-denied-man-who-aided-case-against-liberia-s-convicted-war-criminal-disappears

Charles Taylor and the tarnished pursuit of justice (Michael Petrou, Maclean’s)
Detritus from the wars washed up in Canada. Maclean’s revealed that one of Charles Taylor’s former commanders named Bill Horace, implicated in multiple war crimes, was living freely in Canada. When old Nazi collaborators are found here, our government responds. It’s big news. Not so when an alleged African war criminal is discovered. The Maclean’s story was published and all-but ignored. Other times the pathos of West Africa’s wars could provoke pity even for those intimately involved in their worst atrocities. While researching Bill Horace, I learned about another Liberian living in Canada who had led one of Charles Taylor’s ‘Small Boys Units,’ groups of drugged children as young as eight who fought and massacred with no apparent fear or restraint. But the former commander was 11 or 12 years old when he fought. I let him be.
http://www2.macleans.ca/2012/04/26/charles-taylor-and-the-tarnished-pursuit-of-justice/

Court to hear controversial refugee claim (Peter Henderson, Montreal Gazette)
The Supreme Court of Canada said Thursday it will hear the refugee appeal of Rachidi Ekanza Ezokola, a former diplomat from the Democratic Republic of Congo accused of complicity in war crimes. The case could redefine how this country considers culpability for war crimes. “It’s a big relief for us,” said Jared Will, the Toronto lawyer who represents Ezokola. “The scope of the definition of complicity has gone well beyond where it should be, and this gives us a chance to correct that.” Whatever the Supreme Court’s ruling, it will clarify the rules for people claiming refugee status who have worked in governments accused of war crimes.
http://www.montrealgazette.com/Court+hear+controversial+refugee+claim/6527116/story.html

White South African’s asylum case won’t go to Supreme Court (Gemma Karstens-Smith, Canada.com)
Another chapter in the internationally watched case of a white South African, who has been seeking refugee status here based on his race, came to an end Thursday when the Supreme Court of Canada announced it would not hear his appeal. But Brandon Carl Huntley still has a shot at staying in the country, pending another possible review from the immigration board. Huntley has said he fears discrimination, harassment and possible death if he goes back to his native country. He said he has been attacked and stabbed a number of times by a black South African who used racial slurs. After coming to Canada on a work permit in 2004, Huntley applied for refugee status in 2008.
http://www.canada.com/news/national/White+South+African+asylum+case+Supreme+Court/6523112/story.html

POVERTY / HEALTH / HOMELESSNESS / SOCIAL INCLUSION

Ontario wage gains not keeping up with cost of living (Jeremy Torobin, Globe and Mail)
A typically little-noticed gauge of the labour market is going to get more attention in the coming months, as economists question whether Statistics Canada’s higher-profile jobs survey is capturing an accurate picture of employment in the country. Statscan’s second-tier payrolls report, released Thursday morning, is more than a month behind the main Labour Force Survey, limiting its value in normal times. However, after the last LFS showed a nationwide employment gain of 82,300 jobs in March — the most since 2008 and the fourth-largest increase ever — some analysts said the month probably wasn’t that good, and the previous six months, which showed little to no job growth, maybe weren’t that bad. So they will be paying closer attention to the separate “survey of employment, payrolls and hours,” or SEPH, a little more than usual to do some well-after-the-fact cross-checking. This is healthy, and as Statscan learns to live with budget cuts, it might not be a bad idea to find a way to merge the two reports so together they can paint the most accurate picture achievable. In February, for example, the SEPH survey showed a drop of 19,000 paid positions; the LFS survey for the month had indicated a decline of 2,800.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/economy/economy-lab/daily-mix/ontario-wage-gains-not-keeping-up-with-cost-of-living/article2414880/

Living Wage for Metro Vancouver rises to $19.14 (CCPA)
For families with young children, the costs of basic necessities like food, rent and child care quickly add up. Even with full-time work year round, both parents in a family of four must earn at least $19.14 to escape severe financial stress in Metro Vancouver.
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/updates/living-wage-metro-vancouver-rises-1914

Speak out against unfair austerity measures (Sudbury Star)
Last month, the Sudbury Coalition Against Poverty (SCAP) organized a pre-budget rally for persons to stand up in solidarity against austerity. It was also sponsored by the Centre for Research in Social Justice and Policy, Occupy Sudbury and the Sudbury and District Labour Congress. It had a disappointingly low attendance. I suspect that having the word “poverty” in the rally title might have given many people the idea that the rally is only around concerns for people on social services or disability supports, and so it is their rally.
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3544655

Bold anti-poverty action plan needed (Murray MacAdam, Social Justice & Advocacy Consultant, Anglican Diocese of Toronto, Toronto Star)
Carol Goar’s column shines a spotlight on a huge group of largely ignored, yet tragically marginalized, people in our society: the 880,000 people who somehow have to survive on incomes far below the poverty line. While the provincial government seems to regard banker Don Drummond as some kind of modern-day messiah in terms of how the government should allocate its spending, the voices and concerns of people such as those cited by Ms Goar have been almost totally ignored.
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/letters/article/1167375–bold-anti-poverty-action-plan-needed

Burnaby-Douglas MP calls for national housing strategy (Wanda Chow, Burnaby Newsleader)
Burnaby-Douglas NDP MP Kennedy Stewart confirmed his suspicions that housing affordability is a big issue when 50 people showed up for a recent forum on the subject on a Canucks playoff game night. “They shared stories,” Stewart said, “of seniors feeling the crunch on fixed incomes, new families for the first time actually looking to move to other provinces because it’s too expensive to live here.”
http://www.burnabynewsleader.com/news/148718445.html

Toronto’s affordable housing wait list continues to set stunning new records (Michael Shapcott, Wellesley Institute)
Toronto’s affordable housing wait list continues to set stunning new records month after month. The list stands at an all-time high of 83,681 households in March – up a staggering 7% in the past year. The March number beat the previous record set in February, and that beat the previous record set in January. The wait list has set new records every month since before the recession in late 2008. The wait list numbers underline the urgent shortage in affordable housing in Toronto, and also reinforce the message that Toronto Community Housing Corporation – the city’s affordable housing agency – needs to preserve and protect all of its homes, rather than moving forward with a plan for a massive sell-off of affordable homes.
http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/housing/torontos-affordable-housing-wait-list-continues-to-set-stunning-new-records

EMPLOYMENT & WORKERS

April 28, Day of Mourning across Canad (Yosie Saint-Cyr, First Reference Talks)
On April 28 of each year, we honour workers who have lost their lives as a result of workplace injury or disease with the Day of Mourning. The Canadian flag on Parliament Hill will fly at half-mast. Workers will light candles, don ribbons or black armbands and observe a moment of silence at 11:00 a.m. Businesses are asked to participate by striving to prevent workplace deaths, illnesses and injuries, and publicly renewing their commitment to improve health and safety in the workplace. This day was officially recognized by the federal government in 1991, eight years after the day of remembrance was launched by the Canadian Labour Congress. The Day of Mourning has since spread to about 80 countries around the world and has been adopted by the AFL-CIO and the International Confederation of Free Trade. Although April 28 has been singled out, making workplaces safer should be a daily effort.
http://blog.firstreference.com/2012/04/27/april-28-day-of-mourning-across-canada/

Employers honoured for hiring skilled immigrants (Carlos Osorio, Toronto Star)
A skills shortage and a Mississauga employer’s leap of faith have changed the fate of Krishnarl Suntharesan and hundreds of skilled immigrants desperate for elusive Canadian work experience. Instead of being stuck in her survival job delivering flyers, Suntharesan, a biochemist from Sri Lanka, was enrolled in Maxxam Analytics’ co-op program for skilled immigrants and is now a senior lab analyst at the Mississauga-based company.
http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1168484–employers-honoured-for-hiring-skilled-immigrants

Top GTA employers recognized for immigrant integration (Maytree)
The Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) and RBC recognized top employers who are leading the way in integrating skilled immigrant talent in the Toronto Region labour market at the 6th Annual Immigrant Success (IS) Awards on April 26, 2012.
http://maytree.com/blog/2012/04/top-gta-employers-recognized-for-immigrant-integration/

MetroMorning: Immigrant Success Awards (TRIEC)
Matt Galloway spoke with Sorin Bobariu, he is the Application Development Manager with Maxxam Analytics, and with Zuleika Sgro, she heads up Human Resources at the on-line brokerage Questrade. Their companies are among four winners of this year’s “Immigrant Success Awards” presented by the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council. CBC Toronto is proud to sponsor the Vision Award for Immigrant Inclusion.
http://triec.ca/2012/metromorning-immigrant-success-awards/

Top employers recognize skilled immigrants key to economic health (Digital Journal)
The Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) and RBC are recognizing top employers who are leading the way in integrating skilled immigrant talent in the Greater Toronto Region labour market at the 6th Annual Immigrant Success (IS) Awards today. The four IS Awards winners represent different sectors of the Greater Toronto Region economy – from telecommunications to environmental testing – and share the same view: Toronto needs skilled immigrants to address skill shortages and give businesses and the region as a whole a competitive edge.
http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/682168

CITY OF TORONTO / CITIES / CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Friday’s Headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A daily round up of mainstream media news on City Hall, Transit, Markham Area and Other News.
http://spacingtoronto.ca/2012/04/27/fridays-headlines-244/

Road Tolls (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with Toronto city councillor Josh Matlow, who again proposes there should be road tolls.
http://www.cbc.ca/metromorning/episodes/2012/04/26/road-tolls-1/

Adding Value: Recognizing the Link between Engineers and Municipal Infrastructure Finance and Governance (IMFG)
The Canadian water and wastewater deficit – the funding shortfall for necessary upgrades and new investment in infrastructure capacity – has been estimated to be in the billions of dollars. Drawing upon the political, economic, and technical history of the Southern Ontario water sector, Lesley will explore how short-term decision-making has often resulted in greater municipal expenditure over time on water assets. Lesley will also discuss how engineering consultants and municipal engineers, with expertise in the technical, managerial, and financial aspects of municipal water infrastructure management, may be best positioned to help address the water infrastructure deficit and ensure long-term value for municipalities.
http://www.munkschool.utoronto.ca/imfg/2012/adding-value-recognizing-the-link-between-engineers-and-municipal-infrastructure-finance-and-governance/

SOCIAL INNOVATION / NONPROFITS

Rick Salutin Highlights the Role of Dissent in Media and Politics (Amira Elghawaby, Prism Magazine)
Rick Salutin used to be a respectable columnist at the Globe & Mail. Then he got fired, and happily (as he tells it), became “unrespectable” again. But the fact that the left-wing dissident ever had a weekly column in a national mainstream publication speaks to the evolution of dissent in Canada, he argues. “Think about the media for a minute in the 1960s,” Salutin tells a crowd of over 100 people who have gathered at the Ottawa Public Library for a lecture on the health of dissent, hosted by Prism Magazine on April 21.
http://prism-magazine.com/2012/04/rick-salutin-highlights-the-role-of-dissent-in-media-and-politics/

HUMAN TRAFFICKING / MODERN-DAY SLAVERY

Fugitive human trafficker nabbed (Toronto Sun)
A convicted human trafficker who has been on the run from authorities for nine months was captured in Kingston on Tuesday. Imani Nakpangi, 29, became Canada’s first convicted human trafficker in 2008 for pimping out teenage girls from a motel room in Mississauga, Ont. In June 2008, he pleaded guilty to human trafficking, living on the avails of juvenile prostitution and possession of counterfeit currency.
http://www.torontosun.com/2012/04/25/fugitive-human-trafficker-nabbed

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