Immigration & Diversity news headlines – May 17, 2012

IMMIGRATION AND DIVERSITY

Becoming Canadian: The First-Generation Experience (Huffington Post)
One of the most common reasons given by immigrants for coming to Canada is that they want to give their children a better life. Immigrant parents make huge sacrifices in the hopes their children will succeed, get a higher education and become engaged Canadian citizens. There is a lot of pressure put on the next generation not only by their parents, but by those who advocate increasing immigration levels in Canada. In a recent article in the Globe and Mail, Ratna Omidvar, president of the Maytree Foundation, wrote “the children of immigrants have higher rates of post-secondary education than non-immigrant Canadians. What’s more, those born to parents from Africa, China and other Asian countries attend university and college at far higher rates than both non-immigrant Canadians and those born to immigrants from anglosphere countries.”
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/jeremy-diamond/canadian-immigrant_b_1522443.html

Attracting the immigrant workforce (Toronto Star)
In Canada, a country built on the determination of foreign workers, we are all immigrants-or so the adage goes. As the number of highly skilled foreign workers skyrockets – 250,000 immigrants enter the country annually – connecting the dots between ready and able employees and burgeoning small businesses is increasingly important. Statistics Canada predicts that by 2031, 80% of Canada’s population growth will come from immigration. In Toronto, 20 per cent of the workforce is made of immigrants. Peter Paul, project leader of ALLIES (Assisting Local Leaders with Immigrant Employment Strategies), says skilled foreign workers present an opportunity for small to medium enterprises (SMEs).
http://www.thestar.com/business/smallbusiness/people/article/1168070–attracting-the-immigrant-workforce

What would you ask Immigration Minister Jason Kenney? (Globe and Mail)
Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney will be taking Globe reader questions on Thursday afternoon. Want to ask him a question? Fill out the form below.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/time-to-lead/what-would-you-ask-immigration-minister-jason-kenney/article2433574/

The right trade-offs bring the right immigrants (Charles M. Beach, Globe and Mail)
Any well designed immigration policy involves many trade-offs. I wish to clarify what some of these trade-offs are within which current policy changes can be viewed. Immigration serves several roles. It helps build a nation as waves of immigrants have contributed to moulding Canada. It contributes to family welfare by facilitating family unification. It has a humanitarian component that brings in a significant number of refugees each year. It aims to foster regional economic development. Immigration contributes to demographic growth as fertility rates in Canada are below replacement levels, and it attenuates the natural aging of the Canadian population and labour force.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/time-to-lead/the-right-trade-offs-bring-the-right-immigrants/article2434940/

Canadian immigration rules blur when illness involved (Tom Blackwell, National Post)
Qualified immigrants are welcome to come to Canada unless they are sick; except if they are rich maybe, one judge wrote in a 2010 ruling, summing up the complex legal landscape. The law needs to be clarified, said Sergio Karas, a Toronto immigration lawyer, who argues that no matter what kind of commitment immigrants make to cover extraordinary health costs, there is basically no system in place to ensure they will. We have in Canada a problem with access to health care, in terms of waiting lists and all that, so its not just the cost, its also taking the place of someone else, said Mr. Karas. Shouldnt this be a national debate, about whether taxpayers are willing to give access to public resources?
http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/05/16/canadian-immigration-rules-blur-when-illness-involved/

Would-be immigrants take Ottawa to court over cancelled applications (Toronto Star)
Would-be immigrants are taking the federal government to court over its decision to return their applications. Theyre angry about the Conservatives move to legislate away a backlog of some 280,000 applications created before 2008. The government announced the decision in its March budget, saying its a necessary part of modernizing the immigration system. But Toronto lawyer Lorne Waldman said he was immediately flooded with emails by people who were furious about the changes.
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/1179554–would-be-immigrants-take-ottawa-to-court-over-cancelled-applications

Special Events : Leadership Waterloo Region (Leadership Waterloo Region)
Settlement focuses on the short-term transitional issues faced by newcomers who are the “First Door” immigrants as they arrive in Waterloo Region. The emphasis is on immigrants as they are served by settlement organizations as well as initial settling support by mainstream organizations.
http://www.leadershipwaterlooregion.org/news/view/?display=more&item_id=31

#CdnImm event #4 June 12 – Settlement & Housing (Settlement AtWork)
Event topic: Improving newcomer access to housing services through cross-sector collaboration According to the research by Learning Enrichment Foundation and Fred Victor, Among newcomers, homelessness occurs most often on the relative side of the spectrum and is almost entirely hidden. Newcomers tend to access informal networks before formal housing supports due to varying degrees of close community affiliation, shame at being a burden on the system, and the inaccessibility of housing supports.
https://cdnimm04.eventbrite.com/?nomo=1

Doctor-turned-cabbies in Canada (South Asian Generation Next)
According to a federal immigration survey, more than 200 taxi drivers, mostly from the Toronto-area, were found to be doctors in their homelands before arriving in Canada. Last year, the department last year surveyed 50,101 cabbies, through the use of their tax forms. Another 55 Canadian-born taxi drivers were found to be doctors or to have PhDs.The study, which is one of the most comprehensive into the cab industry, found one of every two taxi drivers are immigrants and one of every three of them were born in India or Pakistan. The study results, published in Toronto Sun, have not been released publicly by Ottawa. The study shows that the most educated drivers arrive from India, Pakistan, Lebanon, Iran, the U.K., Bangladesh, Haiti and the U.S.
http://www.sagennext.com/2012/05/16/doctor-turned-cabbies-in-canada/

Asian Heritage Month (Harminder Magon, South Asian Generation Next)
Over the last two centuries, immigrants have journeyed to Canada from many different parts of Asia, bringing with them a rich cultural heritage with many languages, ethnicities and religious traditions. This diverse, vibrant and growing community has contributed to every aspect of life in Canada, from arts and sciences to sport, business, and government. In December 2001, the Senate passed a motion to officially designate May as Asian Heritage Month.
http://www.sagennext.com/2012/05/16/asian-heritage-month/

RTNDF Canada Announces 2012 Scholarship Winners (Canada NewsWire)
The Radio Television News Directors Foundation of Canada has awarded nine scholarships for 2012. The awards are made on a competitive basis from applicants across Canada. RTNDF was established in 1978 to offer financial assistance to students in Canada and to date has awarded more than $281,500 to Canadian students. Franny Karlinsky & Alyssa Bauer – British Columbia Institute of Technology, Vancouver, British Columbia – 660 News Diversity Scholarship for a story that best explores the issues of diversity.
http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/975843/rtndf-canada-announces-2012-scholarship-winners

“Kim’s Convenience” (CBC Metro Morning)
Metro Morning’s Aparita Bhandari met with Paul Sun-Hyung Lee. He plays the role of Mr. Kim or “Appa”, in the play “Kim’s Convenience”, the play opens at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts tonight, it runs until June 16th.
http://www.cbc.ca/metromorning/episodes/2012/05/16/kims-convenience/

Police: Presumed Racist Until Proven Otherwise? (Anthony Morgan, The Mark)
With evidence of systemic anti-black racism in Canadian policing, it may be necessary to shift the burden onto police officers to rebut the presumption that they are racial profiling.
http://www.themarknews.com/articles/8522

Saskatoon Police train interpreters to help with investigations (Bre Mcadam, CJME)
The Saskatoon Police Service is getting some help in the language department through a partnership with Immigration Canada that trains interpreters to help with investigations. Forty interpreters have been trained in Saskatoon since the program started last fall, and it will continue training 20 interpreters twice a year for as long as possible. “We’re just trying to pay attention to the common languages that we’re using right now,” said Cst. Matthew Maloney with the police service’s cultural resource unit. “After that, we’re just trying to make sure we’re covering languages that are present.” They include Spanish, Urdu, Ukrainian, Russian, Vietnamese, Arabic and several African languages. Maloney said the interpreters come from all walks of life, and are used in a variety of situations.
http://cjme.com/story/saskatoon-police-train-interpreters-help-investigations/57050

Ottawa Asian Heritage Month: Chinatown Remixed (Rob Parungao, Schema Magazine)
Asian Heritage Month was launched last week in Ottawa, and while there are events throughout May, the crown jewel is defiantly Chinatown Remixeda month-long street festival in Chinatown that celebrates local artists. Chinatown Remixed runs from May 12th to June 12th. Chinatown Remixed presents one continuous art gallery, Ottawa’s Chinatown. Over 40 businesses throughout Sommerset West will be converted into art galleries for original artwork. These unusual venues range from restaurants and cafes, to back alleys, travel agencies and laundromats. There’s nothing more wonderfully disjarring than browsing the work of local artists in a Chinese grocery while an old lady stands next to you assessing the bok choy.
http://www.schemamag.ca/archive2/2012/05/ottawa_asian_heritage_month_ch.php

Meet Canada’s newest citizens! (Carter Haydu, Moose Jaw Times)
Lucky Lakes Mark Langefeld has lived in Canada since his family moved north from Colorado when he was just two years old in 1958. However, it took him over half a century to at long last take the Oath of Citizenship and become a naturalized member of the country. I finally got it done, he told the Times-Herald. Its good. Its a good feeling. Langefeld was one of 30 immigrants from 16 countries who partook in a citizenship ceremony at 15 Wing Moose Jaw on Wednesday.
http://www.mjtimes.sk.ca/Local/News/2012-05-16/article-2980969/Meet-Canadas-newest-citizens/1

What does it mean to be Canadian? (BBC)
Just to confuse matters, immigration has added more than 200 other languages to the mix, with one-fifth of the population speaking a mother tongue other than English or French. Immigration is currently at a 75-year high, with newcomers accounting for two-thirds of the country’s recent population growth. More than half come from Asia, with a substantial proportion from Europe and Latin America. Most head to the bright lights of Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, though there is also increasing interest in the province of Alberta, where oil jobs beckon. Canadians, generally open-minded and tolerant, have mixed feelings about immigration. According to a recent poll, nearly two-thirds want their country to become a melting pot like the US, a unified culture into which newcomers must assimilate.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-radio-and-tv-18086952

Sikhs ceremonial daggers now allowed in Toronto courthouses (Toronto Star)
Toronto police have developed a policy to allow the Sikh ceremonial dagger, or kirpan, into Toronto courthouses. Toronto has become the first city in Canada to develop a formal policy allowing Sikhs to bring their ceremonial daggers into its courthouses. The kirpan, which is a stylized representation of a sword, will be allowed in public areas of Toronto courthouses subject to certain conditions. For instance, the court officer must be informed the person is a Khalsa Sikh, which is an initiated Sikh, and that they are carrying a kirpan.
http://www.thestar.com/news/crime/article/1179301–sikhs-ceremonial-daggers-now-allowed-in-toronto-courthouses

Controversial Islamic school ordered out of Toronto public school property (Winnipeg Free Press)
The Toronto District School Board has forbidden a controversial Islamic school from operating out of one of its properties. The board revoked the permit for the East End Madrassah, a Sunday school for Muslim children, citing an ongoing police investigation into alleged anti-Semitic course material. East End Madrassah came under fire earlier this month after Jewish groups objected to material posted on its website.
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/canada/controversial-islamic-school-ordered-out-of-toronto-public-school-property-151796575.html

REFUGEES

Petition: Stop the cuts to healthcare for refugees in Canada
On Friday May 11, doctors all over Canada stood up against the cuts to refugee health care and demanded justice for their patients. Ninety doctors in Toronto occupied an MP’s office while others rallied in Ottawa on Parliament Hill. Join them in stating that you do not believe in a Canada that denies health care to its most vulnerable The Canadian government is planning on making significant cuts to the Interim Federal Health program, which will result in many refugees in Canada losing access to primary health care services and medications to treat their illnesses. Once these cuts take effect on July 1, 2012, refugees will only be covered for health care if it is urgent or essential or is a threat to public health or safety.
http://www.change.org/refugeehealth

They aren’t all ‘bogus’ refugees, as portrayed by Kenney (Tom Denton, Winnipeg Free Press)
In the midst of the current brouhaha around the Harper government’s effective cancellation of the interim federal health program for refugees, a major paradox is flying under the public’s radar. As health-care professionals — doctors, dentists, pharmacists — raise their protests in letters, interviews and even demonstrations, the popular focus is all on the plight of refugee claimants. These are the people who have arrived on our shores (usually at our international airports) and claimed refugee status. There were about 25,000 of these last year. Few arrive in Manitoba. Canada’s pugilistic minister of immigration, Jason Kenney is able to set up his usual man of straw, the “bogus refugee,” in order to deflect criticism from his government’s removal of the interim federal health coverage from many needy refugee claimants. What is being missed in all of this is that the same removal of vital health care coverage applies also to government-assisted refugees (GARs) and privately sponsored refugees (PSRs).
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/they-arent-all-bogus-refugees-as-portrayed-by-kenney-151840795.html

Refugee health cuts are bad for all of us (Hamilton Spectator)
The recent announcement by Federal Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney of dramatic changes to the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) has deeply disturbed health providers across Canada. The IFHP covers temporary, basic health-care coverage to resettled refugees and those claiming asylum in Canada. Drastic cuts to the IFHP are to be implemented on June 30. The unified response by physicians across the country reflects widespread concern over how these cuts will affect patient care.
http://www.thespec.com/opinion/columns/article/725828–refugee-health-cuts-are-bad-for-all-of-us

MDs React to Refugee Health Cuts (SOS Children’s Villages)
Doctors in Hamilton are among those protesting against budget cuts affecting health coverage for asylum seekers. About 80 doctors staged a sit-in at the office of a federal cabinet minister in Toronto, while doctors from British Columbia to Newfoundland and Labrador have also protested. Refugee claimants will lose drug, dental and eye-care coverage at the end of next month. Some refugees will only be entitled to care falling under the urgent or essential categories. Claimants from countries deemed safe democracies, however, will have no covered access to medical services save those necessary to maintain public safety.
http://www.soschildrensvillages.ca/news/news/child-poverty-news/pages/doctors-refugee-health-cuts-168.aspx

Canadian Council Of Churches Calls On Jason Kenney To Let U.S. War Resisters Stay In Canada (We move to Canada)
This letter was hand-delivered to Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, from the Canadian Council of Churches. The Council is the largest ecumenical body in Canada, representing 23 churches, comprising 85% of the Christians in Canada.
http://wmtc.blogspot.com/2012/05/canadian-council-of-churches-calls-on.html

Some refugees may have to pay for childbirth (Kristen Shane, Embassy)
A potentially legitimate refugee from a so-called safe country delivering a baby or undergoing emergency surgery for a heart attack at a Canadian hospital will have to pay for it out of pocket because of changes to the government’s refugee health insurance scheme, set to take effect in July. The NDP calls it “unconscionable.” One doctor said “people could die because of this.” But the government says such claimants are to have their cases heard within weeks, so the limited health coverage “is, therefore, only a short interim measure.”
http://www.embassymag.ca/page/view/doctors-05-16-2012

An Algerian immigrant teaches Canadian children in Monsieur Lazhar : Film Review (David Fellerath, Independent Weekly)
The film is a tale of healingfor the children, who despite their material comfort are suffering from emotional neglect, and for Lazhar, who is applying for political asylum after suffering a terrible trauma in Algeria. The performances by adults and children alike are appealing (Sophie Nélisse and milien Néron are very good as the key children, Alice and Simon), but the script, which Falardeau adapted from a one-person play by Evelyne de la Chenelière, feels just a little short on invention. The story that Lazhar tells the immigration court is vivid but somehow unconvincing, more a dutifully researched backstory than a life that was actually lived. This is a sharp contrast to last year’s more memorable Incendies, another French-Canadian film about a political refugee from the Arab world.
http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/an-algerian-immigrant-teaches-canadian-children-in-monsieur-lazhar/Content?oid=3069095

Jordanian mom hiding in Toronto after deportation order (Toronto Sun)
A Jordanian mom of two now hiding in the Toronto-area claims she will be the victim of an honour killing if deported to Amman. She says that is the punishment that awaits for converting her family from Islam to Christianity. Abeer Hassan Al Rifaee, 32, has been on the run with Mohamed, 10, and Saleem, 8, since March 29 when a warrant was issued for her arrest by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) for not showing up for removal. Jordanian community and church leaders in Toronto said converting to Christianity from Islam is one of the worst crimes in that country. As a penalty Al Rifaee can be stoned to death.
http://www.torontosun.com/2012/05/16/jordanian-mom-hiding-in-toronto-after-deportation-order

Men charged with helping to organize MV Sun Sea voyage appear in court (Globe and Mail)
Dressed in red prison-issued clothing, listening intently as a Tamil interpreter translated the proceedings, two men charged with helping organize the MV Sun Seas voyage into Canada made a brief appearance in Vancouver Provincial Court. Kunarobinson Christhurajah and Lesly Jana Emmanuel were each charged this week with one count of organizing entry into Canada contrary to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Both men face penalties of life in prison and/or a $1-million fine.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/british-columbia/men-charged-with-helping-to-organize-mv-sun-sea-voyage-appear-in-court/article2435196/

POVERTY / HEALTH / HOMELESSNESS / SOCIAL INCLUSION

Resilient neighbourhood economies in an age of austerity: No big lessons (Diane Dyson, Belonging Community)
Ten years ago or thereabouts, the U. K. government undertook an ambitious program of neighbourhood renewal focused on 2,000 British communities. A decade later, independent evaluations are somewhat positive, according to , Chief Executive of the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (NESTA) and former CEO of the . Recent efforts have been trying, in a way, to put right mistakes of the 70s and 80s, when richer people moved into re-habituated buildings, Mulgan told a group of Toronto community funders and organizations at a meeting organized by the Metcalf Foundation earlier this month.
http://belongingcommunity.wordpress.com/2012/05/17/resilient-neighbourhood-economies-in-an-age-of-austerity-no-big-lessons/

The Halifax Index – What is it & Why does it matter (David Fleming, SmartCity blog)
Were one week away from the release of The Halifax Index (Halifaxs new economic progress tool). As the lead researcher and writer, I thought Id explain where this project came from, why I think its important and what you can expect from the first Index. When AGREATERHalifax, Economic Strategy for 2011-16 was being developed, the vision and values that were behind it were different than your typical economic strategy. Ideas and actions around sustainable environment, social capital, and building a diverse and vibrant community emerged from the collaborative development process. As such, it is evident that simple economic indicators like jobs and the amount of production were not going to tell the story of our community’s progress. We had to build something different.
http://smartcityblog.greaterhalifax.com/smartcity/2012/05/the-halifax-index-what-is-it-why-does-it-matter.html

Hamilton SPRC launches new bulletin series (Hamilton Spectator)
The 2008 recession is linked to increased rates of poverty in the area, the first report of the Social Planning and Research Councils (SPRC) new bulletin series concludes. According to the SPRC, the percentage of the population living below the poverty line in the Hamilton census metropolitan area (CMA), which includes Burlington and Grimsby, was 15.4 per cent in 2009 up from 11.8 per cent in 2007. And while rates today are lower than during the recession in the 1990s, poverty is deeper now, social planner Sara Mayo said: The social safety net is weaker than it was in the 1990s. Specifically, social assistance rates are lower and its harder to qualify for employment insurance. The report also says more than 35,000 8 per cent of Hamiltonians are food insecure. This means they dont have a reliable source of healthy food, usually due to low income, Mayo said.
http://www.thespec.com/news/local/article/725354–hamilton-sprc-launches-new-bulletin-series

Person of Interest: Foundation founder targets child poverty (Vancouver Courier)
Catherine Atyeo is a modern day Robin Hood. Having lived on the East Side and seen first-hand the effects of poverty on at-risk kids Atyeo decided something needed to be done. Once herself a single mom, she and other concerned friends founded CLICK (Contributing to Lives of Inner City Kids), a foundation that works to improve the lives of underprivileged youth. I saw a lot of kids with very little in life whose families didnt have the money to provide even the basics, said Atyeo. Run totally by a dedicated group of volunteers, the registered charity fundraises to support inner city school meal, literacy and sports and recreation programs. Since its humble beginnings in 2004, CLICK has handed out approximately $200,000 and supported 100 different programs.
http://www.vancourier.com/travel/Person+Interest+Foundation+founder+targets+child+poverty/6633072/story.html

Tackling poverty urgent matter (Chronicle Journal)
Thunder Bay cant afford to let any of its citizens live in poverty, successful businessman and poverty reduction strategist Mark Chamberlain told community leaders on Wednesday. We have seen (poverty) not as the urgent issue that it is, but as a silent killer, the former chairman of the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction told a breakfast meeting organized by the City of Thunder Bay, Lakehead Social Planning Council (LSPC) and Poverty Free Thunder Bay. Chamberlain said the main issue in combatting poverty is not how to go about it but convincing people that it ought to be done.
http://www.chroniclejournal.com/content/news/local/2012/05/17/tackling-poverty-urgent-matter

UN official sparks debate over Canadian food security (Laura Payton, CBC)
UN special rapporteur for food Olivier De Schutter said he was in Canada to launch a conversation over a national food strategy, and he certainly started a debate. Discussion centred on whether Canadians have trouble affording to feed themselves, with the government arguing De Schutter was wasting his time and advocates for the poor urging politicians to arrange for wide-ranging meetings to create a national food strategy. De Schutter warned Wednesday that inequality is getting worse, with many Canadians having problems getting the healthy food they require.
http://www.cbc.ca/m/touch/canada/story/2012/05/16/pol-un-canada-food-security.html

United Nations food envoy blasts inequality, poverty in Canada (Les Whittington, Toronto Star)
Despite Canadas riches, many Canadians are suffering from poverty, inequality and an inability to afford daily food needs, says a scathing United Nations report released Wednesday. What Ive seen in Canada is a system that presents barriers for the poor to access nutritious diets and that tolerates increased inequalities between rich and poor, and aboriginal non-aboriginal peoples, said Olivier De Schutter, the UN right-to-food envoy.
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1179208–jason-kenney-blasts-un-food-envoy

Harper ministers blast ‘patronizing’ UN envoy for ‘ridiculous’ right-to-food visit (Sarah Schmidt, Canada.com)
The Harper government struck back at a United Nations envoy Wednesday, saying he was “ill-informed” and “patronizing” and had no business “lecturing” Canada about hunger and poverty. The terse comments, delivered by Immigration Minister Jason Kenney and Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq, came after Olivier De Schutter, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, told Postmedia News that people shouldn’t be so “self-righteous” about how great Canada is, given how many families are unable meet their daily food needs.
http://www.canada.com/news/Harper+ministers+blast+patronizing+envoy+ridiculous+right+food+visit/6631748/story.html

EMPLOYMENT & WORKERS

Proteges get partnership connection (Chronicle Herald)
The Greater Halifax Partnership is expanding its matchmaking abilities to offer its Connector Program to all new post-secondary school graduates and young professionals. The program is designed to help individuals broaden their business networks and dig into the regions employment opportunities, partnership executive vice-president and chief economist Fred Morley said Wednesday. The program was founded in 2009 as a tool to help recent immigrants make connections with business professionals in the community and help them find employment. The program was expanded in 2010 to reach out to the robust pool of talent among the more than 8,000 international students who study in Halifax.
http://thechronicleherald.ca/business/96998-proteges-get-partnership-connection

“No Bad Jobs” (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with Armine Yalnizyan. She is the senior economist with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and our business commentator on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
http://www.cbc.ca/metromorning/episodes/2012/05/17/no-bad-jobs/

Employment Insurance: No such thing as a bad job (CBC The Current)
Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty issued a warning to Canada’s unemployed workers on Monday, telling them to quit being so picky and get ready to take the jobs that are available if they want to qualify for Employment Insurance. In the past, unemployed Canadians have been allowed to hold out for a “suitable” job … something in their field, close to home that pays about what they were making before. But the federal government is expected to bring in changes that will tighten the rules substantially giving unemployed workers a choice — take a job you might not like or lose your employment insurance benefits.
http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/episode/2012/05/16/employment-insurance-no-such-thing-as-a-bad-job/

Kicking them while theyre down (Trish Hennessy, Framed in Canada)
Four years after a global economic meltdown threw scores of Canadians out of work during one of the worst recessions ever, followed by a tepid recovery that has us still biting our fingernails, Canadas federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty made himself available to reporters to talk jobs. Was it to announce a new jobs training program? Better income supports for the unemployed? A plan to address the hard reality that there are more unemployed than there are job vacancies? No, it was not. Instead, The finance minister took to the unbecoming practice of blaming the unemployed for their inability to find a job. Apparently the finance minister feels hes got the right, since he once spent time driving a taxi and refereeing hockey games (not sure if that was before or while he was getting his Princeton and Osgoode Hall degrees).
http://framedincanada.com/2012/05/15/kicking-them-when-theyre-down/

Unequal wages for equal work (Mehdi Rizvi, South Asian Generation Next)
This vision appears on paper to have some merit. But it is not easy to understand, foresee, forecast and analyze what the federal government really wants to achieve from this research-deficient rapid transformation from permanent to temporary immigration. When it comes to reforms in any area of immigration policy, most of the time we have seen a mismatch between government claims and accuracy, as seen in a recent claim by Jason Kenney during a discussion with the Toronto Stars editorial board last month.
http://www.sagennext.com/2012/05/16/unequal-wages-for-equal-work/

New report lifts fog on government job cuts (CCPA)
Due to the opaque reporting methods used by the federal government to detail its spending and employment projections, getting a clear picture of core public service job losses is unnecessarily complicated. However, CCPA Senior Economist David Macdonald has analyzed data from recently released 2012-13 Reports on Plans and Priorities (RPP) as well as the 2012 federal budget to assess the impact of several rounds of spending cuts on federal employment.
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/updates/new-report-lifts-fog-government-job-cuts

Changes to EI would likely hit Atlantic Canadians the most (Andy Radia, Yahoo! News)
Atlantic Canada’s premiers are weighing-in on the Employment Insurance reform firestorm. They’re worried and they probably should be. According to an article in the Globe and Mail, the premiers of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island are warning Ottawa that it is wading into very dangerous political waters on EI reform, calling for a public debate on the highly sensitive issue of seasonal work. “The only thing I am asking is that they realize that in January in Prince Edward Island we are not growing potatoes and we’re not catching lobsters, which are two of our largest industries,” Premier Robert Ghiz told the Globe.
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/canada-politics/atlantic-canadians-most-worried-changes-ei-212447339.html

CITY OF TORONTO / CITIES / CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Thursday’s Headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A daily round up of mainstream media news on Ford, City Hall, Transit, Real Estate & Development, G20 and Other News.
http://spacingtoronto.ca/2012/05/17/thursdays-headlines-249/

Good News Far Too Much of the Time (Steve Munro)
The TTC has now launched a public-facing version of an internal campaign pitching its new organization and attitude to serving riders under the rubric Modernizing the TTC. The same information appeared in a poster recently issued throughout the organization. From a service delivery point of view, the key pages are the 25 Key Performance Indicators and the Daily Customer Service Report.
http://stevemunro.ca/?p=6252

SOCIAL INNOVATION / NONPROFITS

Building Strong Organizations for Hard Times – PDF (Alan Broadbent)
Copy of address by Alan Broadbent at Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations 2012 conference… In my hometown of Vancouver and in my current home in Toronto, economic success is spread unevenly. And while Canada does better in equality than many countries, there are still too large disparities. Over the course of the 20 th century, we made great strides in reducing the gaps between rich and poor through visionary and effective programs like unemployment insurance, public pensions, a variety of benefits aimed at vulnerable people, and the National Child Tax Benefit. But in recent years weve seen pressures to roll back some of those gains.
http://www.calgarycvo.org/sites/default/files/resources/2012_CCVOConference_AlanBroadbent.pdf

All presentations:
http://www.calgarycvo.org/events/2012Connections/Resources

Imagine all the people (Chris Atchison, PWC)
Despite the challenges, Imagine Canada CEO Marcel Lauzière sees opportunity for the charitable sector. In the same way that the sector helped integrate social responsibility into the corporate agenda, non-profits can take a few lessons from the corporate world to transform everything from their organizational structure to their service delivery processes. Imagine if, as a CEO, louder voices in the media, government, private sector and general public regularly challenged your compensation, while also questioning the size and scope of the organizational infrastructure you oversee. Manageable obstacle to success, you say? Then consider what would happen if your organizations traditional sources of funding began drying up in an environment of rapid social and economic change.
http://upfront.pwc.com/trust/121-imagine-all-people

“It’s All About Kindness” (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke about a park named in honour of June Callwood, with architect Pat Hanson, and Margaret McBurney. She was a longtime friend of June’s and the editor of a new book called “It’s All About Kindness: Remembering June Callwood “.
http://www.cbc.ca/metromorning/episodes/2012/05/16/remembering-june-callwood/

There Must be an App for that (Fiona O’Connor, Samara Canada)
As governments begin to open up their data sets for public use, the stage is set for citizen-led Innovation. Do you have an idea to leverage government data for the public good? If so, Brainmaven wants to hear it!
http://www.samaracanada.com/samarablog/samara-main-blog/2012/05/16/there-must-be-an-app-for-that

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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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