Immigration & Diversity news headlines – June 11, 2012

IMMIGRATION AND DIVERSITY

Why DiverseCity Counts (Brock Smith, CharityVillage)
It should come as no surprise that the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is often classified as one of the most ethnically diverse urban centres in the world. Consisting of the central city of Toronto, along with four surrounding regional municipalities – Durham, Halton, Peel, and York – the GTA boasts more than 6 million residents. With a population that adds up to one-sixth of Canada’s entire population, about 40% of inhabitants are visible minorities, with communities like Markham reaching upwards of 65%. Diverse, indeed. But where does diversity stand when it comes to leadership positions of nonprofits in the region?
https://charityvillage.com/Content.aspx?topic=DiverseCity_Counts_A_slow_pace_with_room_to_snowball

Ten Tips to Diversify Nonprofit Boards (CharityVillage)
In this CharityVillage LIVE chatChris Fredette, a professor at Carleton University and Sandra Lopes from the Maytree Foundation, talked about tips to diversify nonprofit boards. Bring your questions, ideas and perspectives. We look forward to the conversation.
https://charityvillage.com/topics/news/charityvillage-live.aspx

Fareed Zakaria sounds a lot like Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney (Charlie Smith, Straight)
Earlier this month, British author, BBC broadcaster, and intellectual Kenan Malik ripped into Canada’s immigration policies in an interview with the Georgia Straight. “It seems to me you have a very deeply illiberal immigration [system], which is largely about cherry-picking middle-class professionals and making it almost impossible for unskilled workers to enter the country,” Malik declared. “And so the kind of immigrants that you actually need for the economy are deemed unsuitable to be citizens. Hence, the growing portion of temporary workers.” Malik went on to describe how guest-worker programs in Europe have led to more Islamic fundamentalism and increased social problems.
http://www.straight.com/article-707271/vancouver/fareed-zakaria-starting-sound-lot-citizenship-and-immigration-minister-jason-kenney

Canadian Muslims Feed Needy (OnIslam)
Dozens of Canadian Muslims in the western city of Edmonton have volunteered to prepare free meals for the city’s poor residents to help break stereotypes about Islam. “It’s a human obligation,” Ahmed Ali, one of the volunteers, told CBC news. “We all might succumb to this type of situation, so it’s good to give back.” Dozens of Muslim volunteers gathered at the Hope Mission on Sunday, June 10, to prepare meals for Edmonton needy. For the whole day, they managed to prepare and hand out 800 roast beef dinners. The meal has been a tradition in Edmonton for a decade.
http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/457517-canadian-muslims-feed-needy.html

Canada/Islam-Charity: Muslim charity event helps raise funds for The Scarborough Hospital (IINA)
Muslims in Scarborough are coming together this Saturday, June 9, to support an advance in local health care, a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine recently at The Scarborough Hospital’s Birchmount Campus. More than 400 are expected at a fundraising dinner organized by the Scarborough Muslim Association at Jame Abu Bakr Siddique on Lawrence Avenue East. A few tickets for the June 9 event – printed with the Arabic phrase “Sadqah for Shifaa,” which means “Charity for Cure” – are still available through the group’s office, said Saleh Hafejee, a spokesperson.
http://iina.me/wp_en/?p=1008888

A celebration of diversity (Kristie Pearce, Windsor Star)
For Windsor, Canada’s fourth most multicultural city, the Carrousel of the Nations’ fusion of cultures is only fitting, according to the festival’s chair. “Since the 1950s we’ve had the immigration, originally from Europe and now from so many parts of the world. We really need to celebrate all of that diversity and all of the different cultures that are a part of our community and that’s what this is about – celebrating the differences,” Janice Forsyth said at the Riverfront Festival Plaza for the weekend kickoff of the 2012 Carrousel of the Nations. “What also brings us all together is we’re all Canadian.”
http://www.windsorstar.com/entertainment/celebration+diversity/6761753/story.html

Canadian immigrant hopefuls caught in limbo of application delays (Candice So, Edmonton Journal)
When Frances Bustamante applied to immigrate to Canada from the Philippines six years ago, she wanted to live in Edmonton to be near her sister and start a better life. This April, she was devastated to learn the Canadian government might return her application, leaving her in a no man’s land of paperwork, phone calls and unanswered questions. “I really got frustrated, I was so excited,” Bustamante says. “I’ve lived here all my life and for the past five years, I’ve been waiting.” In her bid to move to Canada, Bustamante applied under the federal skilled-worker category because she now works as a repair technician for a conductor company in the Philippines. Bustamante hopes to give her nine-month-old daughter, Anya, a new life. Bustamante is one of 300,000 immigration applicants who are uncertain about whether their future lies in Canada or whether they will have to remain in their home countries and start the process again.
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/canada/Canadian+immigrant+hopefuls+caught+limbo+application+delays/6758163/story.html

UAE : Confusion over Canada Immigration Applications Backlog (Daji World)
Thousands of people, of whom many live in the UAE at the moment, want to migrate to Canada. They have registered their application, paid the fees, but never received any feedback on their application. The Canadian government has realized the severity of this problem, and this year serious plans to solve the problem have been discussed. However, differing messages come from the Western front, and until now it is not entirely clear what hope is left for people eager to make the move. Since February 2008, when new rules came into existence as to what is required for a successful immigration application, 280,000 applicants have been left unanswered.
http://www.daijiworld.com/news/news_disp.asp?n_id=139835

Divide, to conquer, in Canada’s politics (John Rapley, Jamaica Gleaner)
For generations, new immigrants to Canada had gravitated to the Liberal Party, seeing the PCs as too WASPish for their liking. But this led to a mistaken conclusion, which was that immigrants were naturally liberal. As Canada became more liberal, new arrivals sometimes found the ruling party a bit too easy-going. Often people who had pulled themselves up by their bootstraps, these new Canadians weren’t always keen on Liberal tax-and-spend proclivities. And Liberal positions on moral issues, like abortion or gay rights, sometimes offended people who had come from more traditional societies. Canada’s biggest city, Toronto, had become a bastion of liberalism. But the widening ring of suburbs, bedroom communities and towns around it, filled with immigrants, were ripe for Conservative picking. The man who would go on to become prime minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, built a new right-wing coalition by marrying the solidly conservative prairies to these so-called 905 voters (after the area code for that part of Ontario), finally coming to power in the 2006 election.
http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20120611/cleisure/cleisure3.html

Diversity Sculpture Unveilled at YXS (250 News)
Scores of Prince George residents from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds gathered at the Prince George airport today for the unveiling of a sculpture celebrating the city’s diverse population. Commissioned by Welcome PG, artist Aiden Callison was given the task of creating not only the idea but the piece of artwork reflecting the multicultural flavor of Prince George. The art piece itself was funded to the tune of $15,000 by the provincial Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation, and the Government of Canada.
http://www.opinion250.com/blog/view/24684/1/diversity+sculpture+unveilled+at+yxs

Socio-Economic Profiles of the English-speaking Visible Minority Population by CSSS Territory in the Greater Montreal Area, 2006 – PDF (Joanne Pocock, Community Health and Social Services Network)
The portrait of the socio-economic characteristics of visible minority groups in the CSSS territories of the greater Montreal area contributes to a policy program supporting community networks working to improve the vitality and well-being of English-speaking communities. It is an initiative of the Community Health and Social Services Network (CHSSN) funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage.
The demographic and socio-economic variables covered within the report are:
Gender
Age structure
Household living arrangements
Recent mobility
Educational attainment
Labour force activity
Income
Low-income cut-off
http://www.chssn.org/En/pdf/24csss06_fols_vismin_profile.pdf

Immigration lessons for the U.S. from around the world (CNN)
If Japan’s strict immigration policy serves as a cautionary tale and Europe’s experiment is still a work in progress, then take a look at Canada – a nation with more foreign-born per capita than the United States. Canada may not have the cache the U.S. does – but it holds great appeal for would-be immigrants, says The Economist’s Guest. “Canada offers many of the same things that America does – a very high standard of living, the rule of law, peace, safety,” he says.
http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2012/06/10/immigration-lessons-for-the-u-s-from-around-the-world/

Presentation: Facilitating Diversity and Inclusion: Similar Countries Different Experiences (Kate Broer, Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP)
In this presentation FMC partner, Kate Broer, discusses facilitating diversity and inclusion as well as the similarities and differences between the United States and Canada. What drives Diversity?
http://www.slideshare.net/fmclaw/facilitating-diversity-and-inclusion-similar-countries-different-experiences

Chinese Legacies: Port Moody museum documents history (Diane Strandberg, TriCity News)
Port Moody was the original Asia gateway for migrant laborers and now a new museum exhibit will tell their story. The PoMo Station Museum is hosting the exhibit Chinese Legacies: Building the Canadian Pacific Railway in B.C. so people understand the contributions of Chinese workers to Canadian history. Most people associate Chinese labourers with bigger cities, such as Vancouver, Victoria and even New Westminster, where large ghettos of mostly male migrant workers lived. But , according to museum manager Jim Millar. PoMo has a deep historical connection to the Chinese railway workers because it was the original terminus for the CPR.
http://www.tricitynews.com/community/157864625.html

Aboriginal representation at the Supreme Court (Toronto Star)
Renewed debate over the judicial selection process is expected in light of Justice Marie Deschamps’ recent announcement that she will retire from the Supreme Court of Canada at the end of the summer. In constitutional democracies such as Canada, where judges weigh in on important social and moral questions and have the power to strike down legislation, the legitimacy of courts tends to correspond with a judiciary that reflects the composition of the people. Yet surveys demonstrate that the federal government has almost exclusively appointed white judges in recent years.
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1208693–aboriginal-representation-at-the-supreme-court

Does Bilal Philips hate gays? Letter on local Muslim website says no (Kenzie Love, OpenFile Calgary)
Although Mayor Naheed Nenshi hasn’t weighed in yet on Bilal Philips’s impending visit to Calgary, the Calgary Herald’s Licia Corbella took issue with the Islamic scholar’s anti-gay views in a column Thursday. Philips wasn’t Corbella’s only target, however; she also criticized many of the other speakers slated to appear at the Power of Unity conference, taking place over the Canada Day long weekend, and the event’s sponsor, the Muslim Council of Calgary. In response to Corbella’s column, “concerned Calgary citizen” Junayd Basil posted a letter on the MCC’s website Friday, alleging the Herald would be “too scared to publish it” (a much shorter letter by Basil appeared in today’s Herald).
http://www.openfile.ca/calgary/blog/2012/does-bilal-philips-hate-gays-letter-local-muslim-website-says-no

Controversial speaker to visit Calgary (Nadia Moharib, Calgary Sun)
The controversial Muslim preacher who says homosexuals are evil and advocates for their death is set to speak at an upcoming Calgary event. Dr. Bilal Philips, a Canadian-born Muslim preacher with reputed links to terrorists who’s been ousted from several countries, is to be a speaker at the Power of Unity Conference. The event, being held by the Muslim Council of Calgary June 29 to July 1, aims to celebrate multiculturalism and more than a half-century of Islam in Canada. Pride Calgary spokesman Doug Hass is disappointed Philips, on a roster alongside nearly two dozen speakers, is invited to spread his “hatred” here.
http://www.calgarysun.com/2012/06/09/controversial-speaker-to-visit-calgary

Truth behind the tale (NewStraitsTimes)
IF you had to remember your life at the age of three, it probably wouldn’t be a stretch to say, in the majority of cases, it was a time not entirely fraught with anything more traumatic than learning how to swim. For some, however, that time of life can instead be dotted with multiple challenges. An example? Being thrown in at the deep end of an entirely different culture where you are not only in the minority by virtue of your origins and beliefs, but constantly reminded, acutely, that those differences are a cause for derision. This was one of the lessons imparted by the relentlessly optimistic and warmly engaging Rukhsana Khan, award-winning author of more than 10 books, during her recent hectic Asian tour.
http://www.nst.com.my/life-times/sunday-life-times/truth-behind-the-tale-1.92790

Celebrating the Filipino (Business Mirror)
As I write, we’re gearing up for Philippine Independence Day. Somewhere rehearsals for the first tableau on Philippine history, a “historama” at Queen Elizabeth Theater, dating back to prehistory must be winding down. A flag ceremony at the Philippine Plaza in the east side begins the day, and a two-day Philippine Days Festival at the Waterfront Park, featuring a parade of lechon, both downtown this weekend, ends today. Finally, I hope we imbibe the sweep of events that make of shards in the rich mosaic of our culture. We need it. It is, for me, the magic hanky I could draw when shrunken in the mix of cultures Canada embraces and let spawn as is, of which we, 94,000 Filipinos in Vancouver, third from the Chinese and South Asians, predominantly Punjabi, in population, interweave with our fragile profile—a nil political leadership compared to other Asians.
http://businessmirror.com.ph/home/opinion/28352-celebrating-the-filipino

Western nations prefer immigrants with deep pockets over white-collar skills (Ishani Duttagupta, Times of India)
Keep that roll of paper attesting to your IIT-IIM credentials handy, but quietly step out of the green card queue if you don’t have a bulge-bracket bank balance. When it comes to immigration these days, your grey matter is good, but your greenback is better. Mired in downturn and facing public wrath over falling job rates, developed economies are making it evident that they would prefer high net worth immigrants as opposed to the highly skilled ones, who were the darlings for decades. Fanning the trend is a realisation that the stagnating economies of the West urgently need moneybags who can invest in new ventures and set malls abuzz. The alarm bells for wannabes rang out loud last year when UK announced changes to its Tier 1 migration programme. The changes meant high networth individuals and their families could apply for settlement sooner than what it was before, thus making investors under Tier 1, the most flexible category. Tier 1 was initially launched to attract highly skilled immigrants and the fact that, today, it is shut to that category highlights difficult times for UK’s economy. The trend set by UK has found takers in countries such as Canada, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand and even the US.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/Western-nations-prefer-immigrants-with-deep-pockets-over-white-collar-skills/articleshow/13988538.cms

Jason T. Kenney, Pc, MP,Canada’s Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, Will be a Keynote Speaker at This Year’s BORDERPOL Annual Conference (PR.com)
Jason Kenney was appointed Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism on October 30, 2008. He was reappointed to the portfolio on May 18, 2011 and given the added responsibility of Chair of the Cabinet Committee on Operations. Minister Kenney will bring his years of experience in the Canadian Cabinet and position as Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, to address the heads of leading international border and immigration forces. He will be joined at the event by Damian Green MP, UK Immigration Minister who will be giving the opening address.
http://www.pr.com/press-release/419169

Bill C-304: Hate Speech Clause’s Repeal Gives White Supremacists Rare Moment Of Glee (Huffington Post)
A Conservative private members’ bill that repeals part of Canada’s hate speech laws has passed the House of Commons with scant media attention, and even less commentary. But it’s being cheered by many Canadian conservatives as a victory for freedom of speech. And it’s being cheered most vocally by another group: White supremacists. Bill C-304, introduced by Conservative backbencher Brian Storseth, repeals Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act, which bans hate speech transmitted over the Internet or by telephone. It passed third reading in the House of Commons on Thursday and is now headed to the Senate. “This is a huge victory for freedom in Canada,” a poster calling him or herself “CanadaFirst” posted on the website of StormFront, a notorious white supremacist group. “However, we still have other unjust Zionist ‘hate’ laws that need to go.”
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/mobileweb/2012/06/08/bill-c-304-hate-speech-tories_n_1581437.html

Videos: Immigrate to Kingston (Immigration Kingston)
Are you planning on moving to Canada or thinking of relocating within Canada? Kingston, Canada welcomes you! These videos give you a look into the successful everyday lives of recent immigrants from all over the world that call Kingston Canada their home.
http://vimeo.com/immigrationkingston

REFUGEES

Canadian Council for Refugees E-Chronicle Vol. 7 #3, 8 June 2012 (CCR)
Contents:
Update on Bill C-31: CCR comments on amendments, return to the House of Commons
Government information on refugee healthcare changes misleading, may be fatal
Are you a youth advocate? Live outside of Montreal? Apply to participate in the CCR’s Youth Action Gathering!
Federal government ends immigration agreements with BC and Manitoba: CCR comments
CCR Spring Consultation: Conclusions and next steps
Faces of the CCR: Chloe Raxlen, CCR Youth Coordinator
http://ccrweb.ca/en/bulletin/12/06/08

Position statement from the DFCM about changes to the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) (Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto)
The Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) at the University of Toronto is deeply concerned about the impact of these cuts on the health of this vulnerable population. There are numerous elements in these changes that will adversely affect access to health care for refugee patients. Primary care physicians are generally the point of entry for refugee patients to enter the health care system. As a result, we are particularly aware of the dramatic impact these cuts will have on the health on refugee populations.
http://www.dfcm.utoronto.ca/about/newsevents/news/060612-1.htm

Major immigration reforms due to pass Commons (Daniel Proussalidis, 24 Hours Vancouver)
The Conservatives have to defeat a last-ditch attempt by the opposition to derail a major immigration and refugee reform bill before sending C-31 off to the Senate, likely Monday evening. A Tory majority in the Commons will ensure defeat for an NDP amendment that would kill the bill. Then MPs will vote on C-31 one last time, taking another item off their agenda before the House rises for the summer later this month. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney tells QMI Agency the bill is vital.
http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/News/national/2012/06/10/19860221.html

Refugee bill set to clear Commons (Tobi Cohen, Canada.com)
With the contentious budget bill set to dominate parliamentary business Monday in what could be the start of a multi-day opposition filibuster at the report stage, another controversial omnibus bill is set to clear the Commons. The government’s sweeping refugee bill is scheduled for a final vote Monday before heading to the Senate. It comes as Citizenship and Immigration officials float new figures that suggest the Hungarian refugee problem isn’t going away.
http://www.canada.com/Refugee+bill+clear+Commons/6759901/story.html

No Refuge for Refugees in Health Care (Huffington Post)
Su-Yun Kim and her husband, like many refugees, fled persecution and arrived in Canada hoping for a better life. The young family escaped North Korea via China, due to their political involvement. We met at a refugee shelter where we provided prenatal care to pregnant Su-Yun. Her family was extremely grateful to receive our care and attention after the tremendous hardships they had experienced. Recently, Jason Kenney has proposed drastic changes to the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) — the program that allowed Su-Yun to receive care. These changes aim to deny access to essential medicines for all refugees and claimants, deny basic healthcare to those deemed to come from a “safe country,” and are a poor policy decision for then 10 reasons we outline here.
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/ritika-goel/refugee-health-care-canada_b_1579385.html

Doctors protest healthcare cuts for refugees (Pradip Rodrigues, CanIndia)
In a move designed to save $100 million over next five years on health care costs, Ottawa announced that thousands of refugees would lose their health-care coverage starting in July unless their conditions pose a threat to public health. It was met by howls of protests from the medical community who’ve been educating and mobilizing provinces about the possible implications of such a move. On June 18, in cities across Canada, health care professionals and others opposed to cutting health care services for refugees will participate in a day of action in the hope that the federal government will reverse its planned cuts.
http://canindia.com/2012/06/doctors-protest-healthcare-cuts-for-refugees/

Refugee ruling would separate family (Karena Walter, St Catharines Standard)
A St. Catharines man whose wife and children were given refugee status because his work in Colombia put their lives in danger has been denied protection himself. Faidiver Durango, a journalist, is fighting the decision, which could ultimately separate him from his family and send him back to the country where he fears for his life. “I don’t understand how the law can say you have a high risk for your life, but you have to return to Colombia,” Durango said at his family’s Cushman Rd. townhouse. He, his wife and their two teenaged sons moved to St. Catharines four years ago from Florida, where they had lived for more than a decade and Durango had worked for a radio station and magazine for Colombians.
http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/2012/06/11/refugee-ruling-would-separate-family

POVERTY / HEALTH / HOMELESSNESS / SOCIAL INCLUSION

Poverty Report (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with Armine Yalnizyan. She is Senior Economist at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and our business commentator on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
http://www.cbc.ca/metromorning/episodes/2012/06/07/poverty-report/

The Neighbourhoods of #cdnpoli (Samara Canada)
As a small part of Occupiers and Legislators, we also looked at how politics is discussed on social media, specifically the Twitter platform. We collected 133,147 tweets tagged with #cdnpoli from last fall. We pulled out the 100 most often mentioned users. Though more than 22000 people used that hashtag, these 100 people were mentioned in 46% of all tweets. These influencers run across party lines–some are news outlets, some are journalists, while others are individuals, MPs or Occupy groups.
http://www.samaracanada.com/what-we-do/democracy/research/the-neighbourhoods-of-cdnpoli

Governments can’t ignore income security forever (Hugh Segal, National Post)
There is an invisible elephant in the room in the debate around employment insurance reform. Coincidentally, it is the same large elephant hiding among the pots and pans of the Quebec student protest and can even be found on the edges of NDP leader Thomas Mulcair’s angst about the West’s resource-based economic success damaging Ontario’s industrial heartland. And that elephant goes by the name of income security. It is reasonable to have an employment insurance system, funded by contributions from Canadian workers, that provides a financial bridge to those who have lost their jobs and cannot immediately find a replacement. When mildly tightening the eligibility to those who really cannot find work is controversial, however, this shows that EI stands for Extra Income, not Employment Insurance. That the income may be vital to communities, regions and lifestyles tied to seasonal jobs is not in question. But such a system is no longer insurance. It is a basic income floor unrelated to whether or when work was available.
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/06/10/hugh-segal-governments-cant-ignore-income-security-forever/

Probe into income gaps awaits parliamentary vote (Mia Rabson, Winnipeg Free Press)
Parliament will vote next week on whether to conduct a year-long investigation of income gaps in Canada. The motion, from Liberal MP Scott Brison, was introduced in April and had its second hour of debate on Thursday. It will come up for a vote next Wednesday. In April, Brison said the motion stemmed from the fact inequality is growing in Canada between regions, between urban and rural communities and between aboriginals and non-aboriginals. “These growing inequalities result in tremendous costs for our economy in terms of lower economic growth and higher demands on health and social services,” he said.
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/probe-into-income-gaps-awaits-parliamentary-vote-158289255.html

How to fix income inequality (Dennis Howlett, Child Care Canada)
Several polls released this spring reveal the extent of concern among Canadians about worsening income inequality. Most Canadians say that deep income inequality undermines Canadian values. The majority of Canadians tell pollsters they would support political leadership to reverse the trend. But what, some ask, can be done about income inequality? I turned to leading thinkers on this issue – starting with our own stable of experts from the CCPA, but broadening out to experts in housing, employment, taxes, child care, and poverty reduction – and asked them to submit an idea they think would contribute to reducing inequality. As you’ll read below, they offer a wide range of solutions to reduce income inequality but, also, their responses show there is widespread agreement that resolving the problem involves improvements to incomes in the labour market, employment protections, income supports, public services and changes to restore fairness to our tax system.
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/12/06/how-fix-income-inequality

Canadian Social Research Newsletter (Canadian Social Research Links)
Canadian content
1.Governments can’t ignore income security forever (Senator Hugh Segal in the National Post) – June 10
2. Total Welfare Incomes by Province and Territory, 1986 to 2011 (National Council of Welfare) – June 5
3. Canada’s Self-Imposed Crisis in Post-Secondary Education (Nick Falvo in the Progressive Economics Forum) – June 7
4. Ontario Finance and Economic Affairs Committee to hold budget implementation hearings on June 6-7-8-11- 12
5. Social Planning Toronto releases first-ever poverty profiles of the city’s 44 wards on Destitution Day (Campaign 2000, Family Service Toronto) – June 6
6. Latest Media and Policy News [Toronto + Ontario +
Canada + international] (By Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre) – June 8
7. (Federal) Bill M-315 : Motion to undertake a study on income inequality in Canada – April 25
8. SPARmonitor issue 82 – June 6 (SPAR : Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto)
9. Invitation to become a member of Basic Income Canada Network (a.k.a. guaranteed annual income) – June 5
10. Creationism vs Evolution in the U.S. and Canada – June 1
11.What’s New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
— Labour Force Survey, May 2012 – June 8
— Labour productivity, hourly compensation and unit labour cost, first quarter 2012 – June 8
— Financial information of universities and colleges, 2010/2011 – June 4
12. What’s new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/personal/news100612.htm

EMPLOYMENT & WORKERS

EI changes are common sense (Diane Finley, Windsor Star)
Last week, I announced improvements to the Employment Insurance Program (EI) to ensure that it remains fair, flexible and supports Canadians as they look for work. These changes are reasonable, common-sense efforts to help Canadians get back to work faster. Following much fearmongering from the Opposition, however, let me be frank. These changes are not about forcing people to move. Nor are they about attacking certain industries or regions of the country. We will not require that Canadians take jobs for which they are not suited or which are unreasonable based on their personal circumstances.
http://www.windsorstar.com/changes+common+sense/6755907/story.html

Ontario Ministry of Labour proactively inspecting temp agencies (Yosie Saint-Cyr, First Reference Talks)
To ensure temporary employment agencies/temporary help agencies are in compliance with the Employment Standards Act (ESA), the Ontario Ministry of Labour announced on Friday June 8, 2012, a three-month inspection blitz of temp agencies running from June 2012 until the end of August. According to the ministry, there are nearly 1,000 temp agencies that operate in Ontario, and about 735,000 people in Ontario work in temporary jobs. Many of these temporary workers are employed by temp agencies. In May 2009, Ontario passed legislation to ensure that temporary help agency employees are being treated fairly. The Employment Standards Amendment Act (Temporary Help Agencies), 2009 affirmed that these workers are covered by the Employment Standards Act.
http://blog.firstreference.com/2012/06/11/ontario-ministry-of-labour-proactively-inspecting-temp-agencies/

Labour shortage and work ethic chief concerns for new small business group head (LuAnn LaSalle, Canadian Business)
“We’re more worried about the shortage of labour than unemployment at the moment,” Kelly said in an interview from Toronto. Kelly pledged to continue the federation’s focus on changes to the immigration system, temporary foreign worker program and proposed changes to the federal government’s unemployment insurance program. The government has recently announced changes to the EI system that could force unemployed Canadians to take lower-paying jobs outside their preferred occupations. Kelly said Canadians shouldn’t have the view they’re above doing some jobs and at the same time look unfavourably on temporary foreign workers or immigrants doing those jobs.
http://www.canadianbusiness.com/article/87044–labour-shortage-and-work-ethic-chief-concerns-for-new-small-business-group-head

CITY OF TORONTO / CITIES / CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Monday’s Headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A daily round up of mainstream media news on Pearson, Development, Transit, Plastic, McCallion, Olympics and Other News.
http://spacingtoronto.ca/2012/06/11/mondays-headlines-239/

SOCIAL INNOVATION / NONPROFITS

Senator to Harper Government: Stop ‘Slandering’ Charities (Robert Peterson, The Tyee)
Over the last few weeks the government has been intent on slandering charities and their foreign funders. Ministers have even publicly labelled foreign donors as “radicals,” and the Canadian charities that receive their donations, “money launderers.” As directors of charitable organizations hold their ground, and as the Conservative hit list continues to grow, one has to ask the question that no one seems willing to ask — what about the Fraser Institute? Further, why does the government seem intent on labelling one section of foreign donors as radicals but not another? If the government is actually concerned about foreign donors influencing public opinion, shouldn’t they be worried about ALL foreign donors? As a disclaimer, I believe in an open and engaged democracy; I believe in including dissenting voices; and I believe in groups attempting to sway public opinion — because after all, that’s what democracy is. I draw the line when a government picks and chooses which voices it wants to hear, while silencing those it disagrees with. That, after all, is not what democracy is.
http://m.thetyee.ca/Opinion/2012/06/07/StopSlanderingCharities

Advocacy part of charity’s job (Andrea McManus, Straight Goods)
Recently, the issue of nonprofit organizations being able to lobby the government has come under some criticism, with cries for reducing how much they can dialogue with the government or even eliminating their ability to do so altogether. Such proposals fail to see the importance and wisdom of nonprofits in the government process. The truth is, only a small percentage of nonprofits actually engage in advocacy. More, not fewer, should be involved in this process, helping the government to develop sound and balanced public policy while inspiring more Canadians to get involved in our civic process.
http://www.straightgoods.ca/2012/ViewArticle.cfm?Ref=492&Cookies=yes

HUMAN TRAFFICKING / MODERN-DAY SLAVERY

War on human trafficking fraught with complications (Daphne Bramham, Vancouver Sun)
An estimated 15,000 people are trafficked into Canada each year. Most are women and children and most end up in the sex trade. At least that number of Canadians are also likely to be under the control of domestic traffickers who move them about the country. Again, most are commercially, sexually exploited. But some victims are in forced labour working in agriculture, processing and manufacturing. On Wednesday, the Canadian government committed $25 million over the next four years to a coordinated national strategy to deal with the traffickers and their victim
http://www.vancouversun.com/news/human+trafficking+fraught+with+complications/6743407/story.html

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Communications in social services/social change, immigration, diversity & inclusion in Toronto. Wannabe librarian, interested in nonprofit tech innovation.

Communications in social services/social change, immigration, diversity & inclusion in Toronto. Wannabe librarian, interested in nonprofit tech innovation.

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