Immigration & Diversity news headlines – May 25, 2012

IMMIGRATION AND DIVERSITY

Bill 78s power to unite (Marian Scott, Montreal Gazette)
When Will Prosper looks at the sea of faces demonstrating in Quebecs 103-day-old student strike, he is struck by the rarity of people of colour. Montreals visible minorities are under-represented in the student protest, says Prosper, a community activist in multicultural Montreal North and spokesperson for Montreal-Nord Republik. Prospers community coalition is actively involved in the strike. But he feels disappointed that students from cultural minorities are not playing a more prominent role.
http://www.montrealgazette.com/Bill+power+unite/6675415/story.html

Media Action Média invited to speak at Asian Heritage Month event (Media Action)
On May 22, 2012, Media Action Média President Amanda Parriag spoke at an event in Ottawa celebrating Asian Heritage Month. Sponsored by the Vietnamese Canadian Federation and the Vietnamese Canadian Centre, the discussion, entitled Off the Beaten Track: Asian Canadians in the Creative Fields, presented several Asian artists talking about their struggles and successes in the Canadian cultural industries. Asian Canadians are underrepresented in the arts, despite comprising 11% of the total population of Canada. Amanda presented findings from MAMs recent research study, Representations of Diversity in Canadian Television Entertainment Programming (PDF). Amanda specifically highlighted the role the mass media play in defining how social issues are framed. Canadian television has historically been an important source of information for Canadian citizens to gain knowledge about themselves and their nation.
http://www.media-action-media.com/?p=549

Federal cuts put immigrants in limbo (Vancouver Sun)
Immigrants who live in Nanaimo and hope to become Canadian citizens this summer are in limbo because of restructuring at Citizenship and Immigration Canada. On June 1, the local offices of CIC Canada will be closed in Nanaimo, Prince George, Kelowna and Victoria as part of the federal government’s budget restraints. “The only office that will be left open in the entire province is the one in Vancouver,” said Hilde Schlosser, executive director of the Central Vancouver Island Multicultural Society.
http://www.vancouversun.com/Federal+cuts+immigrants+limbo/6677009/story.html

Immigrant lawsuit fails to preserve backlogged applications (Evan Solomon, CBC)
A federal court judge has quashed the hopes of hundreds of would-be immigrants seeking to force the government to review their files. Over 800 skilled workers have seen their applications languish in a massive backlog that’s set to be eliminated by the federal budget bill. They are suing the government over the delay in processing their files and had sought an injunction that would force the immigration minister to keep their applications open while the case is before the courts. That’s because the budget bill is likely to pass before the case is over, meaning they would lose their applications. But in a decision released Wednesday, the judge said he can’t force the immigration minister to keep the files open.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2012/05/24/pol-cp-immigrant-lawsuit-backlog-court-budget-bill.html

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2011 (Forced Migration Current Awareness blog)
The U.S. Department of State released its annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices today. Some 200 countries are surveyed in this year’s edition.
http://fm-cab.blogspot.ca/2012/05/country-reports-on-human-rights.html

Manitoba Bill to Add Gender Identity and Social Disadvantage to Human Rights Code (CCLA)
On Wednesday, Manitobas Justice Minister Andrew Swan introduced Bill 36, The Human Rights Code Amendment Act. The Act will expand Manitobas Human Rights Code to prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity and social disadvantage, which would protect people who are, or who are perceived to be, low income-earners, undereducated, unemployed, underemployed, homeless, or living in inadequate housing.
http://www.ccla.org/rightswatch/2012/05/24/manitoba-bill-to-add-human-rights-protections-for-gender-identity-and-social-disadvantage/

Minister Kenney announces winner of 2012 Paul Yuzyk Award for Multiculturalism (CIC)
Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney today named Bridget Foster of St. Johns, Newfoundland, as the recipient of the 2012 Paul Yuzyk Award for Multiculturalism. Bridget Foster has worked tirelessly for more than thirty years in St. Johns, building welcoming communities and successfully integrating newcomers to Newfoundland, said Minister Kenney. I am happy to announce her as the winner of this years Paul Yuzyk Award for Multiculturalism.
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/releases/2012/2012-05-23.asp

Canadian Muslims Go Green (Muneeb Nasir, OnIslam)
Environment preservation has dominated the annual convention of a major Islamic group in Canada in an effort to raise environmental awareness in the Muslim community. This theme was chosen to provide an opportunity to reflect on the dramatic changes which took place at ISNA Canada, in Muslim countries and all over the world, Mohammed Bekkari, President of Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) Canada, told OnIslam.net. These changes reflect a new way of thinking and behaving.
http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/457253-canadian-muslims-go-green.html

YMCA helps new Canadian take first step toward career (Judy Steed, Toronto Star)
It took Carlito Sanjuan only one session to realize he was on the right path. I wish Id known about this place, and I wish Id come here a year ago, said the 55-year-old immigrant after visiting the Central YMCAs Newcomer Information Centre (20 Grosvenor St.) in downtown Toronto. Sanjuan, an accountant who worked in banking and later in sales for Panasonic in the Philippines, landed in Canada in 2010 as a permanent resident in hopes of bringing his family his wife, two daughters in their 20s and 18-year-old son to join him when he found a good job. But hes been stuck in survival jobs janitor and security guard and didnt know how to move forward until Turning Point introduced him to YMCA information referral specialist Sarita Bhatta. She pointed him to agencies and English tests that are stepping-stones to his goal: getting a better job.
http://www.thestar.com/living/article/1181887–ymca-helps-new-canadian-take-first-step-toward-career

Media Advisory: Minister Kenney to Address Empire Club of Canada (Sys-con)
On May 25, The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, will speak to the Empire Club of Canada about the Government of Canada’s efforts toward a targeted, fast and efficient immigration system focused on jobs, growth and prosperity .
http://www.sys-con.com/node/2284480

BC Cancer Foundation receives largest charitable gift in province’s history (Pamela Fayerman, Vancouver Sun)
The largest bequest to a single charity in B.C.s. s history has come from a European immigrant who pledged in his will to hand over equity in his massive Burnaby commercial real estate development. More than 20 years after his death, John Jambor, a Slovakian self-made multimillionaire, has stayed true to his pledge, leaving the BC Cancer Foundation $21.4 million in a deal which represents the value of a city block of mixed retail, commercial and office space. The gift arranged by Jambors protege and grandson, William McCarthy, is the biggest to go to a B.C. cancer cause and the largest to go to a single organization in the province.
http://www.vancouversun.com/health/Cancer+Foundation+receives+largest+charitable+gift+province+history/6672620/story.html

Giving and volunteering among Canadas immigrants (Derrick Thomas, Statistics Canada)
Immigrant donors give more on average than Canadian-born donors A great majority of Canadians donate at least some money toward charities and non-profit organizations each year (84% in both 2010 and 2007). In 2010, immigrants were about as likely to donate money as were people born in Canada. Immigrants who donated, however, contributed more money on average: in 2010, they gave an average of $554, compared with $409 for the Canadian-born. The median amount given by immigrant donors was also higher ($155 versus $111 for the Canadian-born). This pattern of donating among immigrants is consistent with that found in 2007.
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/11-008-x/2012001/article/11669-eng.htm

Of native-borns and multiculturalism! (Pradip Rodrigues, CanIndia.com)
At my local community centre one recent morning, I got talking with a stranger, who was lamenting the fate of the place he grew up. Too many workers have come in from other places; they have more children than us; speak their own language and in some areas, you cant even find a native born person. In short, the man felt like a stranger in the very town where he grew up and that saddened him. Now before you go, what a white racist, I must hastily assure you that the gentleman in question was an elderly Punjabi, who was discussing the reality of Punjab where the Sikhs constitute about 59% of the total population and there is a downward trend with each passing year. Large-scale migration of labor into the state to take care of the bountiful harvest and the booming agro-based businesses coupled with the constant hemorrhaging of Sikhs immigrating to the western world, notably Canada, is skewing the demographics. The stranger went on to illustrate the change by talking about four Punjab districts, which are now dominated by non-Sikhs Gurdaspur, Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur and Nawanshar. Now the stranger, who left Jalandhar three decades ago, has no animosity towards other migrants to his home state of Punjab, being an immigrant to Canada. He often urged native-borns to accept the reality of multicultural Canada and its changing face. But while he and others succeeded in creating a unique and strong Punjabi cultural identity in Canada, they are dismayed to see parts of Punjab lose its own. That itself presents an ironic situation for the immigrant diaspora, not just in Canada but across the world, who go back to their towns and villages in India only to find it hard to recognize.
http://canindia.com/2012/05/of-native-borns-and-multiculturalism/

Mapleton Historical Society: Immigration of Dutch farmers topic for guest speaker (Jean Campbell, SouthWesternOntario.ca)
The Mapleton Historical Society held its annual meeting Friday May 11, at the PMD Community Centre in Drayton. President Debbie Oxby welcomed over 80 members and guests. Guests from Arthur, Minto, and Wellington County Historical Societies brought greetings from their groups. During the brief business part of the meeting the annual final report was presented by Treasurer Helen Moffat and the election of directors was conducted by Floyd Schieck. Founding member Enid Whale, a valued director on the board retired. Directors Elizabeth Samis, Lori Flewwelling and Jean Campbell, having each completed a three term, were re-elected. Melissa Lynmes was elected to fill the vacancy on the 12-member Board. The speaker for the evening was Dr. Frans Schryer, a social scientist and historian and Professor Emeritus affiliated with the University of Guelph. Dr. Schryer immigrated to Canada from Holland with his family when he was 10-years-old.
http://www.southwesternontario.ca/news/mapleton-historical-society-immigration-of-dutch-farmers-topic-for-guest-speaker/

Legacies of the Komagata Maru (CASSA)
This website, created as part of a larger Brown Canada project coordinated by the Council of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA), based in Toronto, Ontario, creates an opportunity for reflection and dialogue. Like the 376 Indians aboard the Komagata Maru who journeyed so far, we invite you to let the expanse of this (virtual) space unfold in front of you.
http://www.km.browncanada.ca/komagatamaru.php

Human Rights (Your Legal Rights)
The following email bulletin provides you with the latest news, legal information resources, common questions and training webinars from Your Legal Rights on Human Rights.
http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=baf0e648ac997f3cf9e7fa232&id=68c9550dc9

Canada prepares for an Asian future (Ayesha Bhatty, BBC)
Chinese immigrants have flocked to Canada’s west coast and transformed Vancouver into Canada’s very own Asian metropolis. The days of concern over the city being turned into ‘Hongcouver’ have gone. What does the future hold for Canada’s Asian population?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-radio-and-tv-18149316

Spice City Toronto: Tons of Tamil Cuisine (Sarah Efron, Torontoist)
At a strip mall in Markham, customers flock to a shop that serves massive Tamil meals on banana leaves, to go.
http://torontoist.com/2012/05/spice-city-toronto-tons-of-tamil-cuisine

REFUGEES

The Real Cost of Cutting Refugee Health Benefits (Steve Barnes, Wellesley Institute)
Recently, Canadas Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, Jason Kenney, announced changes to the Interim Federal Health Benefit, which provides basic health insurance for refugees. The changes, which come in the context of the government creating categories of preferred and non-preferred refugees, will substantially reduce and in some cases completely eliminate access to health care for refugees. Refugees are amongst the most vulnerable people in Canada, and any reduction in access to essential health care services will have significant negative health implications. The Wellesley Institute has prepared a Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) of the proposed changes to the Interim Federal Health Benefit. HEIA is a tool used to analyze a new program or policys potential impact on health disparities and/or on health disadvantaged populations.
http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/publication/the-real-cost-of-cutting-refugee-health-benefits/

Health Provider Action & Media Coverage of IFHP Reform (Danyaal Raza, Open Medicine)
The proposed Interim Federal Health Program cuts (discussed further here) have not only motivated individual physicians to action, but also mobilized groups of health providers nation wide. On May 11, physicians across Canada held protests, an occupation and issued press releases in an effort to catch the Minister responsible, Jason Kenneys ear. More recently, the Canadian Medical Association, College of Family Physicians of Canada, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Canadian Nurses Association, Canadian Pharmacists Association, Canadian Association of Optometrists, Canadian Association of Social Workers and Canadian Dental Association sent a joint letter to the Minister requesting that the planned IFHP cuts be rescinded. A full list of media coverage is below.
http://blog.openmedicine.ca/node/339

Roma refugees have a voice (Joe Fiorito, Toronto Star)
Gina Csanyi-Robah liked going to school as a kid. Her family didnt quite understand; for the Roma, survival comes first, and making a living often precludes the classroom. But Gina went on to university and got her degree. These days, she teaches part-time, she researches and writes about human rights issues, and she is also the volunteer director of the Roma Community Centre. And, yes, that is what happens to the children and the grandchildren of refugees they grow up, they go to school, they get jobs, they become leaders.
http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1183681–fiorito-roma-refugees-have-a-voice

Standing up for health care for all (Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care)
The federal government recently announced plans to cut important health care services for refugees as of June 30, 2012. For example, many refugees accepted to, and living in, Canada will no longer qualify for coverage for necessary medications such as insulin. Some refugee claimants will also be denied access to physicians unless their condition is deemed a threat to public health or safety. Among other health care services to be cut for some or all refugees are: prenatal care for pregnant women, well child care and access to mental health care. On May 11th, doctors in cities across the country, many of whom treat refugees on a daily basis, organized demonstrations, press conferences and public events to protest these changes. This included a visit to a federal cabinet Minister’s office in Toronto by more than 50 physicians. Following an overwhelming positive response from the medical community and public at large, several physicians have come together to launch Doctors for Refugee Care.
http://www.doctorsforrefugeecare.ca/

FORUM June 21: Bill C-31: Changes to Canada’s Immigration & Refugee System from a Gendered Perspective (Rights of Non-Status Women’s Network)
Come get practical, easy to understand information about how these changes will impact our communities and the folks we work with from a gendered perspective. Come have a chance to brainstorm and network with other workers around ways we can best support people going through the new processes, how we can try to push back against them and how we can support each other.
https://www.facebook.com/events/181632588629424/

The joke’s on Canada’s refugee policies (Trevor Lautens, NS News)
Gaming the system is commonplace even in the “legitimate” channels. Only in January the tough-talking Stephen Harper government confirmed that 22 per cent of Chinese applicants for skilled employment in Canada misrepresented their credentials or experience. To be fair, allow Brownie points for the Conservatives’ attempt to put some steel into our must-be-compassionate approach to anything where the word “rights” can be injected. Surprise: All opposition parties opposed it. Why this travesty? The vested interests are huge. The bureaucracies thrive. Almost two years after the Sun Sea’s arrival, three men have been charged after a vast, costly RCMP international investigation. Recently, Prime Minister Stephen Harper gave Thailand $12 million to combat such smuggling operations.
http://www.nsnews.com/news/joke+Canada+refugee+policies/6676927/story.html

POVERTY / HEALTH / HOMELESSNESS / SOCIAL INCLUSION

LINQ: Re-imagining citizenship in the 21st century (Hamilton Spectator)
The Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction blog has reached across the country to bring us an inspirational message from a recent TED-X talk in Newfoundland a talk that was inspired by the work of local poverty activists and the spec.coms Code Red series. Dan Meades, the director of Vibrant Communities Calgary, is a transplanted Newfoundlander busy fighting poverty and building community in Calgary. But back in March he took part in a TED-X talk in Fort Townshend, Newfoundland, speaking on the topic of Citizenship at Home.
http://www.thespec.com/news/local/article/730189–linq-re-imagining-citizenship-in-the-21st-century

EMPLOYMENT & WORKERS

Hiring Skilled Immigrants Makes Good Business Sense, Says Award-Winning HR Professional (hireimmigrants.ca)
Hiring skilled immigrants just makes good business sense, says Zuleika Sgro, Manager of Talent Management Services and HR Business Partner at Questrade. When she started her role with the online brokerage, she created a library of best practices for recruiting internationally trained professionals. In her first year, she oversaw 100 hires, of which nearly 20 per cent were newcomers to Canada. This success is part of the reason why she was honoured with the 2011 Canadian HR Reporter Individual Achievement Award as part of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Councils Immigrant Success (IS) Awards.
http://www.hireimmigrants.ca/resources-tools/videos/hiring-skilled-immigrants-makes-good-business-sense/

Dos and donts of interview questions (hireimmigrants.ca)
As an employer, you need to know if a job candidate can legally work for you. But questions about a candidates immigration status, and specifically country of origin, are discriminatory under human rights laws in Canada. So what can you ask and when?
http://www.hireimmigrants.ca/etips/dos-and-donts-of-interview-questions/

Introducing Toronto Features Professional Immigrants Networks (TRIEC)
TRIECs Professional Immigrants Networks initiative (PINs) was featured on a recent episode of Rogers TV Torontos Introducing Toronto. Introducing Toronto presents the settlement and employment resources available to newcomers to Toronto to help them better integrate into Canadian society and its workforce. This clip to features PINS and profiles the immigrant network, CAMP (Communications, Advertising & Marketing Professionals).
http://triec.ca/2012/introducing-toronto-features-professional-immigrants-networks/

B.C. needs more skilled immigrants now: Task force (Canadian HR Reporter)
British Columbia will need more skilled immigrants to fill labour and skills shortages throughout the province, according to Minister of State for Multiculturalism John Yap. Travelling across the province, hearing stories from a range of employers about the challenges they are facing filling jobs in all types of industries impressed upon the task force the immediate and overwhelming need to bring more skilled immigrants to B.C. through a more efficient and responsive system, said Yap, chair of the Immigration Task Force (ITF).
http://www.hrreporter.com/articleview/13146-bc-needs-more-skilled-immigrants-now-task-force

Group protests new foreign worker program as tool for cheap labour (The Record)
A small group knocked on the door of MP Peter Braids Waterloo constituency office Thursday in opposition to changes to Canadas Temporary Foreign Worker Program. It was one of four groups organized by the Migrant Workers Alliance for Change trying to meet with MPs across Canada, including Toronto, London and Vancouver. The local group stood outside with picket signs and listened to speeches before going inside to ask for a meeting with Braid. Braid was in the office, but did not speak to the group.
http://www.therecord.com/news/local/article/730837–group-protests-new-foreign-worker-program-as-tool-for-cheap-labour

Wage cuts for foreign workers in Canada discriminatory, critics say (Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star)
Senthil Thevar joined the Migrant Workers Alliance for Change last year, hoping for more equal treatment of the growing ranks of foreign workers in Canada. Changes came last month from Ottawa letting employers pay temporary high-skilled foreign workers up to 15 per cent less (5 per cent for low-skilled workers) than the prevailing local wage. With this policy, employers are getting a signal from the government that they can exploit migrant workers all they want without consequences, said Thevar, 36, who was recruited from Mumbai in 2008 to work as a cook in Toronto.
http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1185032–wage-cuts-for-foreign-workers-in-canada-discriminatory-critics-say

Connecting Canadians with Available Jobs (Marketwire)
The Government is making improvements to Employment Insurance to connect Canadians with available jobs. The announcement was made by the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development. “Our Government wants to make Employment Insurance work better for Canadians,” said Minister Finley. “Today, we are announcing improvements to EI that will help Canadians who want to work, get back to work.” The improvements will enhance the assistance provided to people collecting EI benefits. Canadians receiving EI benefits will now receive comprehensive job postings on a daily basis from multiple sources. This will ensure that Canadians receiving EI benefits are made aware of the jobs available in their local area. The improvements include measures to better connect the EI and Temporary Foreign Workers program to ensure Canadians are aware of and can apply for local jobs before employers are approved to hire temporary foreign workers. The Government will also define suitable employment as well as what constitutes a reasonable job search. This will strengthen the requirements for EI claimants to actively look for and accept all suitable work.
http://www.sys-con.com/node/2284357

UPDATE 2-Canada to tighten employment insurance rules (Randall Palmer, Reuters)
“Let me be crystal clear,” Human Resources Minister Diane Finley told a news conference. “The changes that we are proposing…are not about forcing people to move across Canada or to take work that doesn’t match their skill set. Our goal is to help Canadians find local work that matches their skills.” Noting that some employers are hiring foreign workers even while Canadians are making claims for employment insurance in the same occupation and province, she added: “We want to redress the balance right now so that Canadians get first crack at the jobs before we bring in temporary foreign workers.” The changes to employment insurance rules mean that frequent claimants, for example in the seasonal fisheries industry, must be willing to take any job in their region for which they are qualified after seven weeks of benefits, even if taking the job means taking a 30 percent pay cut.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/24/canada-unemployment-idUSL1E8GO9DZ20120524

Canada execs want employers to hire Canadians first before foreign workers (GMA News)
Canada announced tighter rules for payouts to the unemployed on Thursday, requiring jobless workers to be willing to accept jobs at lower pay or commute farther for work if they want to collect unemployment insurance. The Conservative government said the changes would help deal with the anomaly of high overall unemployment at a time when there are labor shortages in certain areas. Opponents said the government is demonizing people without jobs, and would force skilled workers to accept unskilled jobs. “Let me be crystal clear,” Human Resources Minister Diane Finley told a news conference. “The changes that we are proposing…are not about forcing people to move across Canada or to take work that doesn’t match their skill set. Our goal is to help Canadians find local work that matches their skills.”
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/259409/pinoyabroad/news/canada-execs-want-employers-to-hire-canadians-first-before-foreign-workers

DOLE warns Pinoys vs. fraudulent websites for Canada jobs (GMA News)
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) urged overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to be wary of websites pretending to be affiliated with the official website of the government of Canada. In a statement, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said : We want our OFWs to be vigilant against illegal and predatory overseas employment operations. They themselves should become their own lookout during their job hunting to avoid falling victims. Baldoz said fraudulent website operators are using the Canada woodmark or Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) logo to target individuals aiming to work or live in Canada. Baldoz urged OFWs intending to go to Canada to go through the proper processes of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/259402/pinoyabroad/news/dole-warns-pinoys-vs-fraudulent-websites-for-canada-jobs

The Economics of EI Reform. (Behind the Numbers)
Changes to the EI rules announced by the government today are not rooted in any lengthy policy rationale. But Minister Finley and and the media release spoke to the need to strengthen work incentives. This conjures up images of unemployed workers sitting around and spurning job offers amidst growing labour and skills shortages. As I have previously commented, this framing of the issue is at odds with the reality of still high unemployment and under employment, and that fact that there are about six unemployed workers on a national basis for every job vacancy reported by employers.
http://www.behindthenumbers.ca/2012/05/24/the-economics-of-ei-reform/

Small business welcomes new EI changes (Wallace Immen, Globe and Mail)
Economists and consultants welcomed changes in Employment Insurance eligibility as a needed reform that could open up a new vein of talent for small businesses. The requirements announced by Human Resources and Skills Development Minister Diane Finley to take effect next year require benefit recipients to look further afield and be willing to accept lower wages to get back in the job market. We believe the changes to defining suitable employment, based on how frequently EI is claimed, will help to remove disincentives to work and hopefully make it easier for small firms to find the people they need, said Catherine Swift, president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/small-business-welcomes-new-ei-changes/article2443200/

Workers’ EI history to affect claim under new rules (Meagan Fitzpatrick, CBC)
The government also says it plans to do more to reduce reliance on the temporary foreign workers program so that employers turn first to unemployed Canadians. It plans to enhance information sharing between the EI and the temporary foreign worker program. Finley’s department gave examples of where employers have applied to the federal government for permission to bring in foreign workers where unemployed Canadians are collecting EI. In Alberta in January, employers were allowed to hire 1,261 temporary workers for food-counter attendants and at the same time, nearly 350 Canadians made a claim for EI who said they had experience in that job. In Prince Edward Island in the same month, 294 unemployed fish plant workers made EI claims, while 60 foreign workers were approved for work in the same job.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/story/2012/05/24/pol-employment-insurance-ei-finley.html

Youth Unemployment (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with Francis Fong. He is an economist with TD Bank.
http://www.cbc.ca/metromorning/episodes/2012/05/24/youth-unemployment/

Big unions want to open up membership in merger (Toronto Star)
The two unions contemplating the biggest merger in Canadian labour history want to open membership to workers who dont have bargaining rights. In a revolutionary move for the labour movement in North America, a committee of the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) and Communications, Energy and Paperworkers (CEP) unions will reveal the proposal Wednesday as part of an innovative plan to attract and organize many more employees, a centrepiece in their merger talks. We would be opening up the union to a whole new group of workers who we cant reach right now, Gaétan Ménard, CEPs secretary treasurer and a committee member, said Tuesday. We get to really walk the talk.
http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1182588–big-unions-want-to-open-up-membership-in-merger

CITY OF TORONTO / CITIES / CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Friday’s Headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A daily round up of mainstream media news on On the Street, G20, Waterfront, Highway 407, Gardiner, Gambling, City Hall and Other News.
http://spacingtoronto.ca/2012/05/25/fridays-headlines-248/

No Girls Allowed (All Fired Up In The Big Smoke)
Can I tell you something? Sitting in the audience at last nights decidedly un-sausagefest panel discussion, The Comments Section, brought to fruition by the relatively new to the scene Women in Toronto Politics group (#WiTOpoli), I found myself feeling very much the bystander bysitter? My Blackberry deliberately stuffed into my back pocket, it wasnt a discussion for me to participate in. I came to listen. Not owing to any sense of condescending chivalry or politeness but, frankly, it mostly had to do with my surprise this conversation even needed to be aired. The talk wasnt directly about the obstinately immoveable low numbers of women actively pursuing a career in politics although that problem certainly bubbled below the surface of much of what was being said. The evenings main topic was the low percentage of women finding space to have their views on municipal politics heard, clogged up as it is by those of us possessing penises. (No, that word didnt come up. I just used it because I dont get to very often especially in its plural form.)
http://afuitbs.wordpress.com/2012/05/24/no-girls-allowed/

Women in Toronto Politics
The Women in Toronto Politics (#WiTOpoli) panel series was inspired by a blog post authored by Alicia Pang (aka: @neville_park), #WiTOpoli panelist and one of the rare prominent females in the #TOpoli Twitter community that dissects local politics. Nevilles blog pointed out that while women have a vital stake in municipal affairs, the discussion about Toronto politics remains male-dominated on Twitter. Unfortunately, the situation on Twitter is a microcosm of the male-dominated conversations that take place in the mainstream media and on the council floor. What does this mean for conversations around Torontos kitchen tables?
http://witopoli.com/

SOCIAL INNOVATION / NONPROFITS

Five things business can learn from non-profits (Maytree)
The results of our Five Good Ideas contest are in! We asked what businesses can learn from non-profits and received advice from acrossCanada. Here are the top five entries.
http://maytree.com/blog/2012/05/five-things-business-can-learn-from-non-profits/

Advanced Financial Management Training Workshop (Settlement AtWork)
The Advanced Financial Management Training Workshop is designed to develop organizational capacities by enhancing financial management knowledge and skills. Executive Directors, Board Treasurers and Financial Managers of immigrant-serving agencies are encouraged to register, to a maximum of three registrants per one organization.
http://www.settlementatwork.org/_event_/95499

Thousands join national Black Out Speak Out campaign (Canada Newswire)
Every day, more Canadians and organizations stand with environmental groups against the federal government’s attacks on nature and democracy. In the two weeks since Black Out Speak Out was launched by Canada’s leading environmental groups, the campaign has seen more than 13,000 people and over 100 groups sign up to speak out on June 4. “The insult to charities is an insult to half the Canadian population – both those who donate their time and those who donate their money, in an attempt to help others,” said iconic Canadian author, Margaret Atwood. “Taxpayers’ money should not be wasted in smear campaigns and in multi-auditing organizations they don’t like in a blatant attempt to pester them into oblivion. Whatever your political affiliations, if you believe in free and open democracy, now is the time to speak out.”
http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/979801/thousands-join-national-black-out-speak-out-campaign

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