Immigration & Diversity news headlines – June 18, 2012

IMMIGRATION AND DIVERSITY

The rise and fall of the ethnic mall (Globe and Mail)
They all made boastful, superlative-ridden claims: The Largest South Asian Indoor Shopping Centre in the GTA! The Biggest Chinese Mall in North America! North America’s First Tamil Plaza! But years after these ambitious projects under the names The Sitara, The Landmark, and T.Junction were announced – all with target opening dates that have since passed – none are open. The projects never got off the ground. Several other new mall developments or expansions of existing ones that would have amounted to millions of square feet of retail space have stalled in construction or been rebranded as mainstream shopping centres.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/the-rise-and-fall-of-the-ethnic-mall/article4277988/?cmpid=rss1

EDITORIAL: Euro 2012 a chance to celebrate Toronto’s diversity (Inside Toronto)
Looking through the parking lots or along the streets of Toronto this week, it would be hard not to spot vehicles sporting flags of one of the countries taking part in this month’s Euro 2012 soccer championships. One doesn’t have to be on Danforth or Roncesvalles avenues to find soccer fans of Greece or Poland respectively; they’re also in Scarborough and Etobicoke as evidenced by their cars. Just like the soccer World Cup two years ago, the Euro 2012 is another opportunity to remind ourselves of what an incredibly diverse city Toronto is and how well everybody gets along.
http://www.insidetoronto.com/opinion/editorial/article/1374209–editorial-euro-2012-a-chance-to-celebrate-toronto-s-diversity

St. Elias Parish in new Citizenship and Immigration Canada video “Our Citizenship” (St. Elias Church)
A new Government of Canada video that is played before some citizenship ceremonies for new Canadians has been produced under the direction of Christopher Mahon, Executive Assistant to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada. There are many beautiful images of Canadian life: people attending a Canadian citizenship ceremony, night skylines of Canadian cities juxtaposed with the natural beauty of the the Rocky Mountains, a rabbi lighting the candles of a menorah, etc.
http://sainteliaschurch.blogspot.com/2012/06/st-elias-parish-in-new-citizenship-and.html

Racial profiling a troubling ‘rite of passage’ for many black men (Hamlin Grange, Toronto Star)
Back in 1995, the Commission on Systemic Racism in the Ontario Criminal Justice System found differential treatment of black offenders and suspects. Blacks charged with drug offences were 27 times more likely to be kept in jail awaiting trial than white suspects. The commission noted the “shocking” trend of the increasing black inmate population in Ontario jails. In 2002, the Toronto Star caused an uproar with its first series of stories on what appeared to be racial profiling by some members of the Toronto Police Service. In March, the paper stirred the police board and its chairman with a series on how black men are 3.2 times more likely to be stopped on the street by police and “carded” with their ID information. Racial profiling, for some black men in this city, has become a fact of life. If it hasn’t happened to you, it has happened to someone you know.
http://www.thestar.com/news/insight/article/1212352–racial-profiling-a-troubling-rite-of-passage-for-many-black-men

The Roma of Hamilton (Hamilton Spectator)
Landlords don’t want to rent them apartments, employers don’t want to give them jobs and people openly “treat them like garbage.” Why? Because they are Roma, claims Tibor Lukacs, founder of the United Roma of Hamilton. He said there has been a palpable shift in attitude in the past couple of years as a Hungarian Roma human trafficking ring case with Hamilton ties made headlines. Lukacs feels he has to constantly “prove he’s a good Roma.” He and other advocates say the government has exploited the case in a bid to push through an anti-Roma immigration and refugee agenda.
http://www.thespec.com/news/local/article/744422–the-roma-of-hamilton

Strippers ready to go underground (Tom Godfrey, Toronto Sun)
Enough is enough. Canada’s foreign strippers say they are ready to step out of the spotlight and into the shadowy half-world of illicit employment. They claim they will go underground if Bill C-38 becomes law and ends work permits allowing non-residents to work as strippers across the country. The omnibus bill, now headed for its second reading in Parliament, will mean up to 700 strippers in Canada on work visas will have to return home since they won’t be able to extend their stay. Either that, or they will seek illicit ways to earn a living, including resorting to massage parlour work. Most of the dancers work at clubs in Toronto, Windsor, London, Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Calgary.
http://www.torontosun.com/2012/06/16/strippers-ready-to-go-underground

Introducing Toronto (Sydney Helland, Career Edge)
Earlier this year, Rogers TV launched Introducing Toronto, a rich and informative weekly series that portrays the journey of recent immigrants who call Toronto home. The show presents the settlement and employment resources available to newcomers that can help them better integrate into Canadian society and its workforce. In the fifth instalment of the series airing next Monday, June 18th at 8:30pm, Introducing Toronto takes a look at Career Bridge, an internship program that connects employers with internationally qualified newcomers looking to gain Canadian work experience that is consistent with their professional skills and expertise acquired outside of Canada. Next Monday’s show also focuses on Bike Host, an activity that introduces Toronto to newcomers via cycling. Lastly, Young Newcomers with an entrepreneurial streak get guidance from the Canadian Youth Business Foundation and Introducing Toronto discovers how a theatre program is helping youth to better adapt to their new city.
https://www.careeredge.ca/ceoblog/introducing-toronto/

‘I am devastated,’ says Calgary woman accused of defrauding Japanese immigrant (Calgary Herald)
A Calgary woman accused of defrauding a Japanese immigrant of $2 million spoke out for the first time Thursday, calling the allegations against her “fantastic.” “I am devastated by these false accusations,” said Melissa Holman, president of the Temporary Foreign Workers Association of Canada. “It is my fervent hope that these allegations will not tarnish the reputations of my and other decent humanitarian organizations in Canada helping people.” The 40-year-old faces fraud charges and a civil suit alleging she took money from a re-cent immigrant and gambled part of it away. Her statement Thursday comes as Canada’s top immigration regulator pre-pares to take a closer look at the Calgary-based agency that Holman helmed.
http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/devastated+these+false+accusation+says+Calgary+woman+accused/6786045/story.html

The new Europe: Alone, together (Toronto Star)
France is far from alone. Countries across Europe are struggling with integration. This is in large part, experts say, because they’re relatively new and inexperienced at the immigration game. “Unlike Canada or the U.S. or Australia, which are countries that have been formed by centuries of immigration, these countries have known it relatively recently,” said Leslie Seidle, research director at the Montreal-based Institute for Research on Public Policy. After World War II, many countries brought in guest workers from North Africa and Turkey, for instance, and later found they didn’t return home. Instead, they brought their families. And as the economic crisis continues to squeeze Europe, foreigners are taking the brunt of the worry and anger.
http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/1211935–the-new-europe-alone-together

Canada’s immigration minister, Jason Kenney, shouts for a living (Heather Mallick, Toronto Star)
Kenney went on shouting in print: “If the subject of your story or their lawyer is refusing to provide you with a privacy waiver . . . you may want to ask them and yourself why they are refusing to do so.” Shades of Vic Toews on the subject of online privacy, which he treasures for himself but the rest of us are clearly not just camping with the child pornographers but sharing buttered toast with them. See, when you interview someone, you do not ask them to waive their entire privacy rights because that may not be ethical, and also they would not talk to you. They’d be crazy if they did. This would lead to the end of people talking to each other, a.k.a. journalism. This is clearly the minister’s gauzy dream of happiness, but Jason, it’s not real. Your HR person will guide you through this as your blood pressure descends. The prime minister is canny and private in his yelling. Learn from him, Jason.
http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1212220–canada-s-immigration-minister-jason-kenney-shouts-for-a-living

Canadian Muslims strive to be conscientious citizens (Shahina Siddiqui, Winnipeg Free Press)
How can Canadian Muslims not be active citizens, involved in establishing justice, promoting welfare for all and conscious of their responsibilities to fellow citizens? How can Muslims justify passivity and complacency in civic engagement? How can Muslims not vote and take part in the political, social and economic arenas of their society and country? How can Canadian Muslims rationalize non-participation in the democratic process of developing our nation since all these are not privileges but a duty in Islam? Let us take up the call of being conscientious citizens by starting to volunteer because volunteerism is participation of citizens in the welfare of society and to make selfless contributions. Unfortunately, Canada has one million fewer volunteers than some years ago. Only 27 per cent of Canadians volunteer compared to 45 per cent of Americans and 35 per cent of Britons. Our volunteers are also aging. It is interesting to note that religious people who regularly attend services are twice as likely to volunteer.
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/fyi/canadian-muslims-strive-to-be-conscientious-citizens-159285985.html

Critics take immigration minister to task for application backlog (Winnipeg Free Press)
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney got a rough ride from his political rivals Friday following a Federal Court ruling that appears to undermine a key element of the government’s so-called omnibus budget bill. One of the components of the legislation, known as Bill C-38, would eliminate a growing backlog of applications from 280,000 would-be immigrants seeking entry to Canada under the government’s skilled workers’ program. A Federal Court justice hearing a lawsuit against Kenney brought by more than 900 of those applicants has ruled that the Conservative government is obliged to process those applications in a timely way, and has failed to follow through on that pledge.
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/canada/critics-take-immigration-minister-to-task-for-application-backlog-159229065.html

Migrant Children’s Education Award
The Migrant Children’s award is a broad-based initiative that includes post-secondary educators and students, municipal and business leaders dedicated to enriching the lives of local Migrant workers’ children with a life changing Canadian post-secondary education… We are currently embarking on an ambitious fund-raising effort to raise a total of $2,000,000 in order to provide two children of Migrant workers per year a full-scholarship to Brock University or Niagara College.
http://migrantchildrensaward.org/

Watching the Watchdog: TV News Is a (White) Man’s World (Tim Knight, Huffington Post)
There are no recent statistics for national newsrooms. But a seven-year old study in the Canadian Journal of Communication found that nine out of every 10 TV news directors in Canada were white. If you live in Toronto, look around you. Look in the offices and in the streets. Look in the bars and restaurants and subway. Just about half of all the people you see and meet aren’t white. They’re visible minorities of one sort or another. Actually, in the subway as a white guy, I’m usually the visible minority. In the nation itself, one out of every four of your neighbours is visible minority or Aboriginal. The point I’m trying to make is this: In Canada, one of the world’s most multicultural nations, our main media are controlled by a tiny group of almost entirely white newsroom decision makers who live in a world cut off from ordinary people like you and me.
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/tim-knight/canadian-media-and-race_b_1597637.html

REFUGEES

Refugees left out in the cold by Canada (Louisa Taylor, Ottawa Citizen)
Now a family physician in Ottawa, Rezaiefar is one of several local doctors becoming increasingly vocal in opposing the federal government’s intention to overhaul its Interim Federal Health Plan, which pays the health-care costs for refugees not covered by provincial plans. The changes, announced on April 25 and due to take effect June 30, will eliminate supplemental benefits such as vision care, dental care and prescription medication for all refugees. They will limit health-care services for government-assisted refugees and for claimants from most countries to only “urgent and essential” care, a definition that has many practitioners baffled and uncertain. The changes also stipulate that coverage for rejected refugees or for claimants from some countries deemed safe for refugees to return to, such as members of the European Union, will be provided only for conditions that pose a risk to the health of the public, such as tuberculosis or HIV.
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Refugees+left+cold+Canada/6796070/story.html

Protests against refugee health cuts planned in 10 Canadian cities (Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star)
In two weeks, Mohammad Asif will have to choose between food for his three young children and medication for his ill wife, when Ottawa’s planned cuts to refugee health care come into effect. “I need to decide if my kids should suffer hunger or let my wife go without her medicines,” said the 35-year-old Afghan man, who worked for the Canadian military in Kandahar for three years before his family resettled here as government-sponsored refugees last year. On Monday, demonstrations are planned in 10 Canadian cities from St. John’s to Vancouver — and including Toronto — to demand the federal government reverse the cuts, which take effect June 30. In Toronto, a rally will be held at 1 p.m. outside the immigration office on St. Clair Ave. E.
http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1212739–protests-against-refugee-health-cuts-planned-in-10-canadian-cities

Refugee health changes a concern: Ontario Doctors (Canada Newswire)
Ontario’s doctors are concerned that planned refugee health cuts will impact the delivery of care and increase provincial health costs. Under the new Interim Federal Health Program rules, the federal government will no longer cover health care for certain refugee categories, even if the patient is pregnant, diabetic or having a heart attack. This will result in dangerous health complications, but also transfer the burden of paying for this care to the province, the treating hospital or the emergency physician who sees these patients.
http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/994261/refugee-health-changes-a-concern-ontario-doctors

Doctors and medical students: Health care for all, including refugees (rabble)
In a shocking move, the Canadian government is cutting access to health care for refugees across Canada starting on June 30. Health groups are loudly denouncing cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) that provides temporary healthcare to refugees and asylum seekers in Canada.
http://rabble.ca/news/2012/06/doctors-and-medical-students-bill-c-31-attack-health-care-all

Health workers protest cuts to refugee care (Hamilton Spectator)
Hamilton health care workers are protesting federal cuts that will see refugee claimants lose drug, vision and dental coverage at the end of June. Hamilton is one of at least 14 cities across the country taking part in a national day of action raising awareness about the upcoming cuts to care that will affect all refugees waiting for a decision on their claim, which can take years. Claimants deemed to be from safe and democratic countries will face deeper cuts that will leave them with no health coverage at all, except services needed for protection of public health or safety. Those denied and awaiting deportation will also have no coverage.
http://www.thespec.com/news/local/article/744291–health-workers-protest-cuts-to-refugee-care

Cuts to refugee health care unethical: Winnipeg doctor (Bernice Pontanilla, MetroNews)
Cuts to health care coverage for refugees by the federal government has drawn the ire of doctors, nurses and other health care providers in Winnipeg, who will be showing and voicing their displeasure on Monday. The National Day of Action Against Refugee Health Cuts is taking place across the country, with Winnipeg’s protest at noon at The Forks. Dr. Mike Dillon, a family physician in downtown Winnipeg who has worked with newcomer refugees for 18 years, said many refugees have gone through enormously difficult situations — such as war, torture and rape — before reaching our shores. “It’s about making the landing as soft as possible,” said Dillon, adding that by cutting coverage, “we’re throwing them off a dock into the cold water, saying ‘sink or swim’ and ‘by the way, welcome to Canada.’”
http://metronews.ca/news/winnipeg/264474/cuts-to-refugee-health-care-unethical-winnipeg-doctor/

Protesters target Harper’s refugee health cuts (Sue Montgomery, Montreal Gazette)
Medical associations across the country have planned a national day of action Monday to shine the spotlight on the Conservative government’s quiet cutting of refugee health-care coverage – a program that costs each Canadian about $3 per year. Psychologist David Woodbury, who has lent a compassionate ear for years to refugees to Canada who are isolated, vulnerable and emotionally fragile, says the news has filled his clients with hopelessness. “I’m losing sleep because I’m having to tell people we have to end our therapeutic relationship or they might have to find a little money because I can’t see 20 people for nothing,” he said.
http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/montreal/Protesters+target+Harper+refugee+health+cuts/6784988/story.html

Refugee health care cuts: One Winnipeg mom’s story (Bernice Pontanilla, Metro Winnipeg)
For the federal government, cuts to refugee health care may be a matter of dollars and cents, but for refugees living in Winnipeg, it’s a matter of being able to put food on the table for their families. Idil Tamayare knows upheaval well, having fled war-torn Somalia to a refugee camp in Kenya, to South Africa, where she spent a decade before coming to Canada. Tamayare and her six children, ranging in ages from 3 to 11, arrived in Winnipeg in 2011 and are currently waiting to hear if their claim will be accepted.
http://metronews.ca/news/winnipeg/266842/refugee-health-care-cuts-one-moms-story/

A refugee’s long road to safety in Canada (The Record)
Then Canada opened its doors. However, refugees coming to Canada require sponsors. Leon Kehl of the Floradale Mennonite Church co-chairs a task force with a local Muslim school principal that finds sponsor groups for large families in the Waterloo Region. “For me as a Christian, welcoming a stranger is one of the key things we’re called to do,” said Kehl. “This was a way to do that.” He said it takes guts to leave everything you know and embark on a journey with your family with no idea of where you’re going to end up. Canada advances refugees the cost of flying here, which must then be repaid. “You arrive in Canada, you have nothing, and you’re in debt $10,000 if you have a large family.” Kehl said it takes a lot of drive to leave home for a foreign land where you don’t know the culture, and where you have no friends or family.
http://www.therecord.com/news/local/article/744726–a-refugee-s-long-road-to-safety-in-canada

Critics slam anti-human smuggling laws (Katie Derosa, Times Colonist)
Critics are railing against the tougher refugee laws passed in the House of Commons last week, saying the reforms punish refugee claimants under the guise of cracking down on human smugglers. Some have accused Canada of mimicking Australia’s iron-fisted way of dealing with asylum-seekers, despite a parliamentary report in Australia slamming the current detention practices. “They keep telling us the only aim is to catch the smugglers,” said Jinny Sims, the NDP immigration critic. “We are just punishing the refugees, the very asylum seekers who under the United Nations we have agreed to take in. We’ve never had such draconian legislation before.”
http://www.timescolonist.com/Critics+slam+anti+human+smuggling+laws/6795876/story.html

World Refugee Day 2012: An honour at a difficult time (Kevin Burns, Hungarian Presence)
June 20th is the day designated by the UN as World Refugee Day. We wish to acknowledge the work of one person this year who has been recognized for her service to Roma refugees in Canada: this is Gina Csanyi-Robah, Executive Director of the Roma Community Centre in Toronto. Look out for a more in depth article on Gina soon.
http://www.hungarianpresence.ca/general-news/wrd2012-199.cfm

Syrian family sponsored by Island church shares horrific experiences (Walter Cordery, Canada.com)
The congregation of St. Philip’s By The Sea Anglican Church and members of the Oceanside Plus Refugee Sponsorship Group have received some disturbing e-mail correspondence from a refugee family they hoped to sponsor for entry into Canada. In December the sponsorship group launched an application to sponsor one of the many Palestinian refugee families who were resident in the El Hol Refugee Camp in Syria. The family of five have been in the camp since 2009. The application was accepted in January, and the father Firas Saldam was called to Damascus for an interview Jan. 15 when he learned Canada’s immigration processing service has been shut down the previous day, said Tony Davis of the sponsorship group. The family was instructed to report to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Al-Hol camp in Syria. Unbeknownist to the family, the camp is adjacent to a Syrian army base that recently came under attack from rebel gunmen. “Residents are in real danger, and living conditions are poor, with plastic sheets used as roof-ing,” said Davis.
http://www.canada.com/Syrian+family+sponsored+Island+church+shares+horrific+experiences/6798500/story.html

Concern over Canadian laws accompanies UN refugee report (CTV)
Canada ranked ninth on a list of main destination countries for new asylum seekers, and together with the United States, admitted four-fifths of all the refugees resettled by the UN in 2011. The UNHCR representative in Canada says the country is highly regarded for its work on helping people displaced around the world find a new home. “Canada is a country that is very important to us with respect to the solutions of refugee problems,” said Furio De Angelis. But De Angelis says there are concerns about the Conservative government’s recent changes to refugee laws.
http://montreal.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20120618/un-refugee-report-canadian-laws-120618/20120618/?hub=MontrealHome

POVERTY / HEALTH / HOMELESSNESS / SOCIAL INCLUSION

Closing the ‘achievement gap’ for Toronto’s aboriginal students (Toronto Star)
Shannon Thunderbird is an aboriginal teacher and artist. She is running a program at Bala Avenue Community School in Toronto to teach children about aboriginal ways. A world away from Attawapiskat, here in the big city where there is plumbing and heat and social supports on every corner, a hidden population of aboriginal students still tumbles through the educational cracks. They are undetected on the public radar, lost behind more high-profile waves of immigrants who take their turn in the spotlight. But the largest group of aboriginals live not in scattered northern outposts, but in the GTA — some have called Toronto the biggest First Nation reserve in the country. They likely number 70,000 and they’re the fastest-growing group of homegrown Canadians, with nearly twice the birth rate of everyone else.
http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1212344–this-school-makes-me-proud-of-who-i-am

Latest Media and Policy News: 14 June 2012 (Income Security Advocacy Centre)
Top stories, Ontario issues, Around the province, across the country, national issues, international related to poverty and policy.
http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=095b12c98935ecaadd327bf90&id=2415c224e6&e=17b62befd7

Canadian Social Research Newsletter (Canadian Social Research Links)
Canadian content
1. Omnibus bill exposes ‘pragmatic’ Stephen Harper as a radical (Ed Broadbent in the Toronto Star) – June 12
2. Alberta Premier’s pledge to eliminate child poverty holds promise (Openfile Calgary) – June 13
3. Canada’s Rental Vacancy Rate Decreases : 2012 Rental Market Report (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation) – June 12
4. Passage of Pooled Registered Pension Plans Act a Positive Step Towards Better Retirement Savings Options for Canadians (Finance Canada) – June 12
5. [British Columbia : welfare rules changing] Common Sense Changes Encourage Work, Protect Vulnerable Families (BC Ministry of Social Development) – June 11
6. Tax Freedom Day is June 11 this year (Fraser Institute)
7. 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
8. What’s new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/personal/news170612.htm

EMPLOYMENT & WORKERS

Changing Markets Make Skilled Immigrants an Essential Source of Talent (hireimmigrants)
Organizations need employees with the right skills to drive organizational success. If a candidate has the right skills, it shouldn’t matter where he or she comes from, says Michelle Dulmadge, Manager of Operational Human Resources at AltaGas in Calgary. And as the labour market tightens, especially out West, immigrants will become an increasingly important source of talent, she says.
http://www.hireimmigrants.ca/resources-tools/videos/changing-markets-make-skilled-immigrants-an-essential-source-of-talent/

Foreign workers wait and worry (Gabi Eberhardt, Edmonton Journal)
We came to Canada from Europe as skilled foreign workers in 2008. We have five children, aged six months to 11 years, two of whom were born in Canada. My husband works as a millwright. His boss wants to keep him and secured an immigration consultant in January to apply for a new Labour Market Opinion (LMO), which employers need before they can hire a foreign worker. Our papers expire soon and we still haven’t heard about the LMO, only that it is on hold. Even when the LMO is done, we still would need a work permit.
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/Foreign+workers+wait+worry/6779800/story.html

Immigrants filling the voids (The Province)
Employers in the trades across Canada are feeling the labour crunch at a time when an aging population and increased demand are forcing them to look beyond traditional talent pools. Skilled immigrants are squarely in their sights as they look for solutions to the shortage. Newcomers to Canada are often highly skilled but many face several obstacles to integrating into the workforce. The Power of Trades training program at the YMCA-YWCA in Ottawa aims to change that for the mutual benefit of labour-hungry employers and immigrants seeking good jobs.
http://www.theprovince.com/jobs/Immigrants+filling+voids/6795731/story.html

Foreign workers needed to meet labour demands (Richard Gilbert, Journal of Commerce)
A B.C. government task force is promoting the use of temporary foreign workers (TFW) to fill urgent shortages of skilled workers, but labour leaders are concerned this will displace local workers on major construction projects. “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 John Yap, minister of multiculturalism and immigration task force chair.
http://www.journalofcommerce.com/article/id50604/–foreign-workers-needed-to-meet-labour-demands

Labour, Immigration Solutions Key for Accessing Supplier Opportunities in Atlantic ‘Mega Projects’ (Melodika.net)
Addressing widespread skills shortages throughout Atlantic Canada is the focus of a new workshop hosted by Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), aimed at transforming Nova Scotia companies into viable suppliers for major shipbuilding, energy and construction projects.
The third instalment in CME’s Ready, Set, Go workshop series, the June 21 event at the Halifax Marriott Habourfront Hotel will centre on labour skills, immigration and workforce readiness in small, medium-sized and large-scale workplaces.
http://www.melodika.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=312797&Itemid=54

Program links immigrants with trades (Derek Sankey, Vancouver Sun)
Employers in trades across Canada are feeling the labour crunch at a time when an aging population and increased demand are forcing them to look beyond traditional talent pools. Skilled immigrants are squarely in their sights as they look for solutions to the shortage. Newcomers to Canada are often highly skilled, but many face several obstacles to integrating into the workforce. The Power of Trades training pro-gram at the YMCA-YWCA in Ottawa aims to change that for the mutual benefit of labour-hungry employers and immigrants seeking good jobs.
http://www.vancouversun.com/jobs/Program+links+immigrants+with+trades/6793410/story.html

#NEXTCHAT: Diversity & Inclusion In The 21st Century: What’s Next? (Mary Kaylor, WeKnowNext.com)
Diversity and Inclusion. We’ve seen it grow and thrive in our organizations. It’s evolved from understanding and embracing differences to leveraging those differences to promote innovation. A diverse workforce drives the success of our organizations. But what worked 10 years ago doesn’t necessarily work today. The United States is undergoing major demographic changes, and technology and social media are making a global workplace the new reality. Is your organization working to ensure that its Diversity and Inclusion programs are ready for the 21st century? Do your policies and practices promote an inclusive workforce by bringing different minds to the table, and do you really allow all people to contribute to their fullest potential? Please join us at 3 p.m. ET on June 20 for #NextChat with special guest Joe Gerstandt (@JoeGerstandt). We will be chatting about “what’s next” in D & I, and we will want to hear what you are doing to move it forward in your workplaces.
http://www.weknownext.com/blog/diversity-inclusion-in-the-21st-century-whats-next

Filipino Nurses Association in Alberta Celebrates 35th Anniversary (Filipino Journal)
The Filipino Nurses Association in Alberta (FNAA) strenghtened its foundation by celebrating a milestone of service to the Filipino community and to the nursing profession. For 35 years it has accomplished much by providing services to the integration of Filipino nurses to the Canadian society and health care system, providing educational, consultative services and mentorship, networking and professional support to members. This years FNAA held its 35th Anniversary last Saturday, April 28, 2012 at the Fantasyland Hotel with with dinner and dance attended by over 200 guests. the program was emceed by Josette Salgado, FNAA board member. Rose del Rosario welcomed the guests followed by entertainment by its members. Moss Elemino and Michelle Baranda-de Leon performed with vocal solos.
http://filipinojournal.com/alberta/feature-stories/community/filipino-nurses-association-in-alberta-celebrates-35th-anniversary.html

Catalyst Announces The Catalyst Canada Honours 2012 Champions of Women in Business (Marktwire)
Catalyst Canada announced today that it will honour Gordon M. Nixon, President & CEO, RBC; Anne-Marie Hubert, Managing Partner, Advisory Services, Ernst & Young; and Jane Allen, Partner & Chief Diversity Officer, Deloitte Canada, with The Catalyst Canada Honours, which recognizes a Company/Firm Leader, a Business Leader and a Human Resources/Diversity Leader-individuals who exemplify exceptional leadership around advancing women in their organizations, industries, and communities.
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/catalyst-announces-the-catalyst-canada-honours-2012-champions-of-women-in-business-2012-06-18

Deloitte collaborates with UN to “Do ONE thing for Diversity and Inclusion” (Business Review Canada)
In an affirmation of its leadership in and commitment to diversity and inclusion, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (DTTL) is proud to support the UN-sponsored World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, which raises awareness of the richness of world cultures and the opportunities that cultural diversity can bring to societies and organizations. This year’s event marks the second edition of the UN Alliance of Civilizations and UNESCO’s “Do ONE Thing for Diversity and Inclusion” world campaign, which invites people from around the world to support cultural diversity through cultural exchanges, music, food, cinema, languages, and art. DTTL and Deloitte member firms (Deloitte) are collaborating with the UN to promote the campaign by encouraging Deloitte professionals worldwide to connect with colleagues from different backgrounds and to share ideas and different perspectives on their work and lives in general.
http://www.businessreviewcanada.ca/press_releases/deloitte-collaborates-with-un-to-do-one-thing-for-diversity-and-inclusion

CITY OF TORONTO / CITIES / CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Video – Mayor Ford has lost support in council: political commentator (Alejandra Bravo, City TV)
Political commentator Alejandra Bravo gives her thoughts on some of the losing trends that Mayor Rob Ford’s team has had to deal with recently at council.
http://www.citytv.com/toronto/citynews/videos/210638

HUMAN TRAFFICKING / MODERN-DAY SLAVERY

Alleged teen pimp, arrested Thursday, remains behind bars (Meghan Hurley, Chloe Fedio, Ottawa Citizen)
A 16-year-old Ottawa girl accused of forcing other teenage girls into prostitution will remain in custody until her next court appearance on Wednesday. Wearing a baggy green hoodie and thick-framed glasses, the teen made a first appearance at the Elgin Street courthouse Friday afternoon on a string of human-trafficking charges. She was arrested in Gatineau Thursday night — days after two 15-year-old girls were arrested on similar charges in relation to an alleged prostitution ring in Ottawa’s east end.
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Alleged+teen+pimp+arrested+Thursday+remains+behind+bars/6788147/story.html

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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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