Immigration & Diversity news headlines – June 19, 2012


Video: 2011 winner of the Intercultural Innovation Award, DiverseCity onBoard, the Maytree Foundation (UNAOC)
DiverseCity onBoard was awarded the second position of the The Intercultural Innovation Award in 2011

Call for papers: Intercultural counselling & education in the global world (
The Centre for Intercultural Studies, University of Verona and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), Toronto, in cooperation with NAME will be hosting an international conference on Intercultural Counselling and Education in the Global World in Verona, April 18-21, 2013.

Statement Ministers Toews and Kenney comment on immigration fraud charges (CIC)
The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, and the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, made the following statement today commending the Canada Border Services Agency for its work leading to charges against a number of individuals for immigration fraud in Montreal and Winnipeg. CBSA today announced that in Montreal, Carol Massoud appeared in court, charged with 61 offences under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) and the Criminal Code, including inducing, aiding or abetting individuals to misrepresent themselves to the Government of Canada for immigration purposes, and with possessing property obtained by crime. In Winnipeg last week, two individuals, Bradley Jacobson and Kendall Schmidt, were charged with 23 counts and eight counts respectively under the IRPA and the Criminal Code.

Immigration fraud charges laid against a Montréal resident (Canada Newswire)
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has laid 61 charges against Carol Massoud, under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and the Criminal Code. Ms. Massoud appeared at the Montréal courthouse today. Carol Massoud has been charged with inducing, aiding or abetting individuals to misrepresent themselves to the Government of Canada for immigration purposes, and with possessing property obtained by crime. The charges relate to activities going as far back as April 2004. Ms. Massoud has also been charged with acting as an immigration representative for a fee without being authorized, providing false or misleading information to encourage immigration to Canada, and making written statements that she knew were false or misleading to procure passports for other people.

Parenting and discipline across cultures (
From the CERIS (Centre of Excellence in Research in Immigration and Settlement) website, a post about parenting across cultures, as discussed in a television show, featuring CERIS Director Dr. Mehru Ali on parenting and discipline across cultures): Ali talked to TVO Parents about the cultural aspect of parenting and discipline in a Canadian context. In an expert panel to introduce a new TVO series The Slap, Dr. Ali shared her perspective and research on parenting and the situation that newcomers find themselves in a new society with potentially different norms. She emphasized that cultural norms greatly differ among groups and that we must consider the diversity of parents before judging one type of discipline over another.

Canada to raise language bar (Joe Friesen, Guardian Weekly)
The decision is aimed at improving economic outcomes for immigrants in the country, which have been steadily declining over the last 30 years. Today a new immigrant earns only about 60% of the wages of a similarly educated Canadian-born citizen, compared with nearly 90% three decades ago. Meanwhile a flood of research has shown that language ability is one of the best predictors of rapid integration and economic success. But Naomi Alboim, a public policy professor at Ontario’s Queen’s University and a former provincial deputy minister of citizenship, expects the policy will also have other consequences. The most striking will be a significant shift in source countries, she said. Alboim anticipates a decline in the number of migrants from China, for example, and a rise in the number from English-speaking countries.

Assessing the state of Islamophobia in Canada (Jonathan Kay, National Post)
As noted previously on this blog, last Saturday night I appeared as a panelist at the Message of Peace: Countering Islamophobia conference, hosted by the University of Torontos Muslim Students Association and ICNA Canada. Because the format was Q&A, I wasnt able to deliver a lengthy speech. But here were the talking points Id prepared on the subject.

City celebrates Multicultural Day (
The Square One Older Adult Centre will host a free Canadian Multiculturalism Day event this Sunday from 6-10 p.m. The 10th annual Canadian Multiculturalism Day is a time to celebrate our nation’s diversity and commitment to democracy, equality and mutual respect and to appreciate the contributions of various multicultural groups and communities across the country.–more-like-fighting-a-war-and-losing

New S.U.C.C.E.S.S. CEO says immigrant services surpass what she experienced (Christopher Reynolds, Vancouver Sun)
Queenie Choo left Hong Kong in 1980 for a new culture, new climate and new job as a front-line nurse in Edmonton, an experience that taught her a lot about the challenges confronting new Canadians. “That really helped me to bring insight to how immigrants would feel in a new country,” said Choo, who was appointed Mon-day as CEO of the Vancouver-based immigrant services society S.U.C.C.E.S.S. “I totally empathize with how a new immigrant tries to settle.

Foreigners are valued customers (R. Reis Pagtakhan, Winnipeg Free Press)
In 2010, citizens from the Philippines, China and India made up more than 57 per cent of provincial nominee immigrants to Manitoba. By 2050, Citigroup projects that China and India will be the two largest economies in the world while the Philippines will be the tenth largest. Canada, which was No. 10 in the world in 2010, will drop out of the top 10 by 2030. If economic growth in the Philippines, China and India results in people staying in these countries or immigrating to these countries, immigration to Canada will either dry up or undergo a massive shift.

CERIS Director discusses parenting and discipline across cultures on TVO (CERIS)
CERIS Ryerson Director Mehrunissa Ali talked to TVO about the cultural aspect of parenting and discipline in a Canadian context. In an expert panel to introduce a new TVO series The Slap, Dr. Ali shared her perspective and research on parenting and the situation that newcomers find themselves in a new society with potentially different norms. She emphasised that cultural norms greatly differ among groups and that we must consider the diversity of parents before judging one type of discipline over another. She also shared an example from her research of an immigrant woman that suffered great humiliation when she grabbed her son to prevent him from crossing the street and felt judged by two nearby women who insinuated she was a bad parent.

As multicultural as his constituents: MP Joe Daniel (Pamela George, New Canadian Media)
Joe Daniel, the MP representing Don Valley East outside Toronto, has a remarkable personal narrative. With a name like Joe Daniel, there are few who would connect him with South Asian origins. But that is where he comes from. But its more complicated than that. The accurate way to describe his heritage might be: A Tanzania-born South Asian, with a clipped English accent and a British passport. Mr. Daniel landed in Canada as a permanent resident in the early 90s.

New Canadian Media
New Canadian Media seeks to become Canadas first immigrant portal and aggregator a one-stop website for news and views from all immigrant communities. The portal will begin by aggregating content from the hundreds of ethnic media sites in English, offering its audience unique insights into the pulse of one-fifth of Canadians who are new to this country. It will use multimedia platforms and social media to offer an interactive portal that is both dynamic and real time. will generate exclusive content that will be sold via subscriptions to mainstream media organizations in a Canadian Press (CP)-style news agency service. This service will also be available to ethnic media organizations who contribute original content to, on a reciprocal basis.

MCHUGH: Multicultural Festival celebrates our citys diversity (Ed Mchugh Buzz, Chronicle Herald)
From Friday through Sunday, the largest festival of its kind in Atlantic Canada the RBC Multicultural Festival ( will take place on the Halifax waterfront. The area opposite Pier 21 will be transformed into a spectacular showcase. This is the best chance of the year for all of us to explore and experience the diversity of cultures that shape and influence our province.

Exploring Diversity And Tolerance Gives Insight Into Opportunities (Greater Peterborough Area)
The results of the Diversity and Tolerance report were presented at tonights Creative Cocktail hosted by Flying Colours Corp. The report was prepared by Trent University Student, Melanie Grant in partnership with the Greater Peterborough Area Economic Development Corporation (GPA EDC) and the Peterborough Partnership Council on Immigrant Integration (PPCII). The Diversity and Tolerance report explores the challenges facing communities and the social and economic environment surrounding diversity in Canada ­ Peterborough in particular. Tolerance for diversity, along with technology and talent are indicators of a Creative Class Community, which consists of a group of people employed in numerous sectors who are paid to think creatively. This sector of the labour force generally search for regions to work and live in that include, accept and welcome diversity and advance those regions towards further tolerance simultaneously.


World Refugee Day Events in Canada (UNHCR Canada)
This year, we are happy to announce that we have confirmed World Refugee Proclamations from the following cities:
London, ON
Montreal, QC
Ottawa, ON
Red Deer, AB
Sherbrooke, QC
Toronto, ON
Vancouver, BC

Kwantlen to host national conference on refugee resettlement in Canada (
Kwantlen Polytechnic University will be hosting a national conference – Canada and Refugee Resettlement: Research and Innovation for the 21st Century from June 20-22, 2012. The event, co-sponsored with Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia, and the Centre for Refugee Studies at York, will take place at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond, BC.

World Refugee Day 2012: Reality or Daydream for Tamils? (Digital Journal)
Over the years, while much focus has been on “refugees from the African continent, Balkans, and Southeast Asia,” the plight of Tamil refugees and displaced persons from Sri Lanka have been neglected,” explained the diaspora elected Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE). Since the end of Sri Lankas ethnic conflict in May of 2009 between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL), there has been a mass exodus of Tamil refugees globally. In a matter of three days, according to Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, 40,000 people were killed, in an aerial bombardment of the Tamil homeland of the Northeast, also known as Tamil Eelam. Scores of surrendered Tamil Tiger rebels, and civilians were tortured, raped, and massacred. According to the TGTE, due to economic, political and personal insecurity compounded by refusal of access to international aid agencies, boatloads of Tamil refugees have fled the conflict across the globe to Southeast Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, and South and the Americas.

Three EU countries would fail to qualify for Kenney’s ‘safe’ country list (Tobi Cohen, Montreal Gazette)
Designed to fast-track applications and quickly boot out illegitimate claimants from democratic countries that are unlikely to produce bona fide refugees namely European Union nations safe country provisions in the omnibus refugee bill set to become law at the end of the month have come under fire because they put too much power in the hands of Immigration Minister Jason Kenney. Kenney has insisted his powers are limited by the legislation, but even under the new criteria, Postmedia News has discovered there are three EU countries where people could meet the statistical test for refugee status in Canada.

World Refugee Day (Settlement AtWork)
On December 4, 2000, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution naming June 20th as World Refugee Day. An internationally recognized World Refugee Day is an opportunity to salute the indomitable spirit of the worlds refugees, and as such it should be a day of solidarity and celebration. This year, CCVT is organizing a free concert, poetry competition and film screening at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto.

Global Trends 2011 (Forced Migration Current Awareness blog)
UNHCR’s “main annual report on the state of forced displacement” was released today. Its findings show that 2011 has been a “record year for forced displacement across borders, with more people becoming refugees than at any time since 2000.” For access to a presentation summarizing the report, the complete text, and annexes (Excel tables), visit the Global Trends 2011 page.

Global refugee numbers continue to rise: UN (Stephanie Levitz, Metro News)
A new report by the United Nations refugee agency says more people became refugees last year than in any year since 2000. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees report says 4.3 million people were newly displaced in 2011, with 800,000 fleeing their countries and becoming refugees. In total, 42.5 million people ended 2011 as refugees, internally displaced or in the process of seeking asylum.

Canada among top 10 global refugee destinations (CTV)
A new report by the United Nations reveals that Canada was among the world’s top 10 refugee destinations in 2011, receiving 25,000 asylum applications. Canada was ninth on the list compiled by the United Nations High Commission on Refugees. South Africa and the U.S. were first and second respectively in a year that saw an estimated 4.3 million people newly displaced. Of those, 800,000 were forced to flee their countries and become refugees, the report said.

Kenney defends human smuggling reforms (Jessica Murphy, St Catharines Standard)
Canada’s crackdown on human smugglers is legitimate and defensible under the charter, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said. Kenney appeared before a Senate committee Monday to defend Bill C-31, the government’s major reforms to the immigration and refugee system. Included in the proposed legislation are a host of measures meant to send a message to human smugglers that Canada will no longer be an easy mark for their syndicates.


Refugee care cut may be penny-wise, pound-foolish (Louisa Taylor, Ottawa Citizen)
In defending planned changes to refugee health benefits, the Conservative government says the changes will save taxpayers money, and they will eliminate a system in which refugees get better care than most Canadians. But are those claims true?

Doctors and medical students: Health care for all, including refugees (rabble)
If these cuts are implemented, all refugees will lose access to essential medications, and thousands designated as coming from ‘safe countries’ will be denied healthcare services altogether, even in the case of life-threatening conditions such as heart attacks. These cuts highlight the current government’s utter disregard for health and human rights and they will leave refugees, an already vulnerable group, struggling harder for survival. As a group of health care workers and allies who work with migrant communities, we see cuts to the IFHP as fundamentally unjust and part of a larger pattern. Over the past few years, we have seen progressively harsher immigration restrictions as Jason Kenney, our Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, seeks to fundamentally transform Canada’s immigration system.

MDs slam refugee cuts (Carol Sanders, Winnipeg Free Press)
Winnipeg refugee Cyrilo Simpunga is in a race against time to get a decent prosthetic after his leg was hacked off with a machete in Congo eight years ago. Starting June 30 — the day before Canada Day — the federal government will no longer pay for refugees’ mobility aids such as prosthetics, prescription drugs or eye and dental care. On Monday, more than 300 health-care workers, friends and advocates joined refugees such as Simpunga at The Forks to protest cuts to Canada’s Interim Federal Health Program.

Federal cuts to refugee health care draw protests (CBC)
On World Refugee Day a day recognized internationally to promote tolerance toward refugees looks at the new health policy about to be passed into law on June 30. Some physicians believe this will drastically affect the health and well-being of refugees seeking asylum in Canada. The Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) gives temporary health-care coverage to approximately 128,000 refugees. Physicians say drastic cuts to the IFHP will leave some government-assisted refugees vulnerable and claimants, especially those who come from countries Canada has designated ‘safe’, may be left unprotected.

Refugee health cuts: Nationwide physicians protest draws 500 in Toronto (Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star)
Dr. Katherine Rouleau speaks outside Citizenship and Immigration’s Toronto headquarters to protest against Ottawa’s planned health care cuts to refugees. Dr. Tatiana Freire-Lizama felt helpless when a pregnant refugee came into her office and asked to have her baby delivered a month before due date. She knows that as of July 1, she wont have health care coverage. She knows she wont be able to manage the bills associated with having her child later, said the specialist in maternal-fetal medicine at St. Michaels Hospital.–refugee-health-cuts-nationwide-physicians-protest-draws-500-in-toronto

Refugee health care cuts spark protests challenge (Hamilton Spectator)
More than 100 health care providers and newcomers gathered in Hamilton Monday afternoon to protest major cuts to refugees health coverage being implemented June 30. The demonstration in front of the local Citizenship and Immigration Canada office on Bay Street North, was part of the National Day of Action also taking place in Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal.–refugee-health-care-cuts-spark-protests-challenge

Health workers protest cuts to refugee care (Rory Maclean, Leader Post)
Health-care workers and activists in Saskatoon are joining their counterparts across Canada today to protest the Conservative government’s cuts to health services for Canada’s refugees. The changes, which are set to take effect June 30, will see refugees hailing from designated countries of origin – those that do not normally produce refugees – losing all of their coverage. They currently have coverage comparable to those on social assistance, including medication, health and dental. Those refugees coming from countries not designated as a safe place of origin will still qualify for provincial coverage. But doctors are concerned the loss of primary health care services will simply mean more refugees end up using more expensive emergency services, negating any potential savings from the cuts.

Canada’s nurses show resounding support to protect refugee health benefits (Digital Journal)
During the Canadian Nurses Association’s annual meeting, an overwhelming majority of voting registered nurses (RNs) backed a resolution to stand up against cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP). These cuts, scheduled to take effect on June 30, 2012, would significantly restrict temporary health benefits available to refugees and refugee applicants. Coverage will only be available for urgent or essential care, or for medication to treat conditions that threaten public safety. Benefits for pharmaceuticals, vision and dental services, along with non-urgent public health immunizations and interventions, will be lost.

National day of action against cuts to refugee health care (Adrienne Silnicki, rabble)
On June 18, Canadians across the country will be participating in a rally for health care for refugees. The Harper Government will implement severe cuts to health care for refugees come July 1. The irony of these changes being implemented on Canada Day is not lost on many. It’s a pretty disgusting policy that will hurt people when they are perhaps at their most vulnerable. Refugees come to Canada to find a safe haven often from unspeakable tragedy. Until July 1, refugees to Canada have been eligible for primary health-care services, pharmaceuticals, dentistry and mental health care. For many refugees these medical services are a lifeline. Now those services will be cut back in the name of “fairness.”

Canada is better than this, say doctors protesting refugee health cuts (Stephanie Levitz, ipolitics)
The benefits include prescription drugs and vision and dental care and will expire on June 30. After that, refugees will be divided into two categories and see their health care coverage pared back to emergency services only, or if their care is required to prevent or treat a disease that could be a public health concern. The Conservatives argue the extended benefits are better than those received by most Canadians.

Video: Stop Cuts to Refugee Health Care in Canada (Paul S. Graham)
Opposition to the Harper governments plan to cut health care for refugees is gaining momentum across Canada. Joining in a National Day of Action Against Refugee Health Cuts, about 500 Winnipeggers rallied at The Forks to hear from health care professionals and newcomers to Canada about the threats posed by Harpers plans. In this clip, Dr. Michael Dillon outlines the impressive line-up of opposition to these cuts, the outcomes of which, according to Canadian Doctors for Medicare, could range from diabetics not getting their insulin, to children not receiving immunizations, to letting people succumb to heart attacks.

Refugee health care cuts: One Winnipeg moms story (Bernice Pontanilla, MetroNews)
For the federal government, cuts to refugee health care may be a matter of dollars and cents, but for refugees living in Winnipeg, its 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. The cuts to supplemental health care by the federal government, which takes effect on June 30, will affect Tamayare hard. That is a big problem for me, said the soft-spoken 30-year-old single mother.

Refugees speak out against federal health cut (CBC)
Adriana Kutty, who attended a news conference sponsored by the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association, said the program was a lifeline for her. “Arriving as a family with two small kids, even very basic medical care coverage is very important,” Kutty said. “Knowing that I could get very basic dental care and prescription, if necessary, was very important to me as a mother, as well as a refugee.” Paul Crocker, a medical student who helped organize an accompanying rally Monday, said the stakes for those about to lose benefits on June 30 are very high.

Proposed refugee health cuts opposed (Betty Ann Adam, Star Phoenix)
Health care professionals, elected representatives, students and other concerned citizens are protesting changes proposed by the federal Conservative government to health care for certain refugees. About 100 people attended a Monday rally that began at the Kiwanis bandshell and continued in a march to Royal University Hospital. Among the speakers was Mina Niazi, a third-year medical student who came to Canada in 2001 as a refugee. Canadas compassionate treatment of Niazi and her family allowed them to thrive, she said.

Saskatoon doctors, former refugees protest health cuts (CBC)
A number of doctors and former refugees rallied in Saskatoon on Monday, calling on the federal government to reverse cuts to refugee health-care benefits. After June 30, the costs of some basic health services such as prescription drugs, vision and dental care will no longer be covered by the federal government for refugees.

Big turn out for Day of Action against refugee health cuts (Steve Barnes, Wellesley Institute)
Today the Wellesley Institute joined hundreds of health care professionals in Toronto to protest against cuts to refugee health benefits. Demonstrations are taking place in 14 cities across the country as frontline providers speak out to tell Minister Kenney that cutting health care for refugees in unfair and inequitable. If the cuts go ahead, all refugee claimants in Canada will have reduced access to medical care. Some will not be eligible for any care, including emergency care. Some policy is complex. This isnt.

Protesters target Harper’s refugee health cuts (Sue Montgomery,
Medical associations across the country have planned a national day of action Monday to shine the spotlight on the Conservative governments 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.

Cuts to refugee health care: Not the Canada that I know (rabbleTV)
A video against cuts to refugee health coverage. Video produced by Ian Lawrence in cooperation with Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care.

Doctors in Canada protesting refugee health care cuts (Digital Journal)
Canada has, up until recently, traditionally been highly regarded for its work helping displaced persons find a new home. But refugees in Canada are now at risk of losing vital health care services. According to the Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care website, the Tories are set to make the following changes to the health insurance program for refugees in Canada.

“Canada is way better than this”: doctors protest over cuts to refugee health (Stephanie Levitz, Winnipeg Free Press)
Doctors threw on their white coats Monday and rushed to Parliament Hill, which they say is the scene for the start of a national medical emergency: deteriorating refugee health. Hundreds of medical professionals are protesting government cuts to the interim federal health program, which provides extended health-care benefits to people while they await having their refugee status approved. “We are launching into an uncontrolled, disastrous, human health experience by arbitrarily denying life-saving medical care to some of the most vulnerable and traumatized people in the whole world,” said Dr. Mark Tyndall, the head of infectious diseases at the Ottawa hospital during a passionate news conference.–159456695.html

If Doctors Don’t Speak Up For Refugees’ Health, Who Will? (Huffington Post)
In a time of government austerity and popular opposition, we have grown accustomed to the sight of people taking to the streets. But physicians demonstrating en masse? Now that’s not something you see every day! The action began on May 11, and it hasn’t stopped yet. That day, 90 physicians occupied the office of Conservative MP Joe Oliver in Toronto in response to proposed cuts to healthcare for refugees, and were joined by others taking action across the country.


Anti-Poverty Caucus launched (Deborah Gyapong, Canadian Catholic News)
Politicians across party lines in both the House of Commons and Senate launched the all-party Anti-Poverty Caucus (APC) June 12 to examine ways to fight poverty. “I think we all understand the moral issues,” said Senator Art Eggleton, a former Liberal cabinet minister and mayor of Toronto, one of three people co-chairing the event he hosted. “We all understand this is not right for our country.”

Maximizing your Community Engagement (Seeking Community)
In this podcast, Tracy Smyth and Tammy Dewar of Raising the Village Consulting share about the process of engaging a community. You will hear about building and strengthening connections between village members. Tracy and Tammy talk about brain based engagement as a way to maximize community engagement efforts.

Opinion: Inequality at the top of everyones agenda (Canada2020)
Not two years ago, income inequality was a pretty obscure topic. Not so today. Earlier this year the World Economic Forum identified income inequality as a top global risk and in late 2011 President Obama called growing inequality the defining issue of our time. In March, polling by Ekos found that 57% of Canadians felt that they would be worse off in 25 years time than they are today. In April, a Broadbent Institute poll found that three quarters of Canadians felt that the growing income gap in our country was a significant problem, a finding that was confirmed by a Forum poll for the National Post in May. Perhaps it should not have come as a surprise, then, that at the end of April, Liberal Finance critic, Scott Brison succeeded in securing cross-party support in the Canadian Parliament for his motion to form a committee to review income inequality in Canada.

Social Assistance and Pensions (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 Social Assistance and Pensions.

The Daily Income of Canadians, 2010 (Statistics Canada)
Median after-tax income for families of two or more people amounted to $65,500 in 2010, virtually unchanged from 2009. This was the third consecutive year without significant change in after-tax income. There were no changes to the three main components of after-tax incomemarket income, government transfers and income taxfrom 2009 to 2010.

Latest Media and Policy News: 18 June 2012 (Income Security Advocacy Centre)
Ontario News, around the province, across the country, national and international news related to poverty and policy.


Changing Markets Make Skilled Immigrants an Essential Source of Talent (
Organizations need employees with the right skills to drive organizational success. If a candidate has the right skills, it shouldnt 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.

Canada’s Top 500 Organizations: Board Diversity Best Practices Roundtables (Canadian Board Diversity Council)
In 2011, in partnership with Ernst & Young and Odgers Berndtson, we have organized and held ten Roundtables, now titled Board Diversity Best Practices Roundtables, in Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto and Montréal. Invited to these Roundtables were FP500 Nominating Chairs, Board Chairs and CEOs. The ten Roundtables were attended by directors of 70 FP500 organizations. They provided a valuable forum for directors to learn from their peers who have successfully increased diversity on their boards, and take away the CBDC Tool Kit to implement their own board diversity guidelines/policies. Board diversity remains a challenge for many of Canadas largest organizations. We appreciated the candour of the discussions and fully support the Boards imperative of identifying individuals with the competencies and judgment to fulfill their roles as Directors and increase shareholder value. To do so, the Council believes the entire talent pool of qualified individuals needs to be considered by Canadas largest boards when replacing retiring or departing Directors.

Diversity drives Deloitte legal group (Jim Middlemiss, Financial Post)
By 2031, Census data show that as much as 32% of Canadas population could belong to a visible minority group and 28% will be foreign born. Diversity matters, said Ken Fredeen, general counsel and secretary to the board at Deloitte & Touche LLP. Mr. Fredeen, who chairs the firms Inclusion and Diversity Council, is responsible for the accounting giants corporate responsibility mandate. That includes building its diversity vision and strategy. He and his legal department are acknowledged this year for their work with the Canadian General Counsel Award for social responsibility.

The Next-Generation Diversity Officer (Julie Kampf, Diversity Journal)
A decade ago, when chief diversity officers were nearly unknown, it was a breakthrough to invest in diversity as a C-level priority. Diversity metrics showed that companies were serious about their commitment, and the growing number of CDOs worked hard to deliver that message internally and externally. Today, about 60 percent of Fortune 500 companies have a CDO or similar executive, according to the Wall Street Journal. CDOs appear often on panels and in other public forums speaking on the importance of diversity, and many take appropriate pride in metrics that show increases in recruitment of executives from diverse backgrounds. Companies that have added or expanded a CDO position during this tough economic period deserve applause.

Mandated diversity quotas wont make ?corporate board governance any better (Suzanne Wintrob, Financial Post)
Though the issue of diversity on corporate boards or lack thereof in Canada and elsewhere is nothing new, the topic returned to the spotlight this spring when the European Unions justice commissioner, Viviane Reding, suggested that mandatory quotas might be the answer to increasing the number of women on the EUs publicly traded companies. As Reding explained, her initial request for self-regulated quotas didnt do the trick, since only 24 companies signed a pledge to ensure 30% of their board positions would be held by women by 2015. At the current rate, she said it would take more than 40 years for women to hold 40% of board positions in Europes publicly traded companies. Personally, I am not a great fan of quotas, Reding said in a statement. However, I like the results they bring. She gave companies until the end of May to provide their input on the matter and will then decide how best to encourage change.

Stampede to help job seeking immigrants (Bill Kaufmann, Calgary Sun)
Local immigrants whove likely never donned a cowboy hat before are set to get the low-down on the Stampede while roping better job prospects. The Grandstand overlooking the exhibitions storied rodeo infield will be the setting for a two-hour career-building session Thursday evening for professionals new to Canada. Along with the career networking, attendees will be treated to a century of Calgary Stampede history, said Bruce Randall, executive director of the Calgary Region Immigrant Employment Council. Its Stampede 101, said Randall of the seminar also hosted by the Stampede Next Generation Committee.

In(visible) Body-Mapped Stories of Latin American Undocumented Workers in the GTA (Settlement AtWork)
This exhibition is based on a research project led by Dr. Denise Gastaldo (Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto) and Dr. Lilian Magalhaes (Department of Occupational Therapy, Western University), which utilized drawing and painting techniques with Latin American undocumented workers in the GTA to help them tell their migration and settlement journeys to Canada.

Caregiver wins unpaid wages. Her case can help other caregivers! (Workers’ Action Centre)
Agripina worked 12 hours a day and many weekends looking after 2 young kids in a busy household only to face unpaid wages. But she fought back. Agripina not only got her unpaid wages, but the court case resulted in a legal decision that may help caregivers in the future.

Unskilled workers face bleak job prospects, poverty panel told (The Record)
Unskilled jobseekers in Waterloo Region will continue to struggle as the manufacturing sector shifts and government retraining and support programs are cut, participants in a poverty panel discussion heard Monday. The new federal rules on employment insurance and temporary foreign workers are one of many things driving growing income inequality, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives senior economist Armine Yalnizyan told attendees. Every time you get a public policy that says were going to make it harder for you to collect EI, you are self-electing to get paid less. All of these things drive wages down at the bottom.–unskilled-workers-face-bleak-job-prospects-poverty-panel-told

In case you missed it: Canadas Omnibus Bill repeals the Fair Wages and Hours of Labour Act (Sherri Torjman, Caledon Institute)
Buried in the bowels of the federal Omnibus Bill is a significant change that slipped by virtually unnoticed. The Bill repeals the Fair Wages and Hours of Labour Act, which compels contractors bidding on federal contracts to pay fair wages and overtime. This move goes in the opposite direction of good social policy and counters the advances that governments throughout the world are making in terms of their purchasing policy. Caledon recently published a paper on procurement which argues that governments can advance important social purposes in several ways, including their hiring, investment and purchasing practices. Governments are major purchasers of goods and services, and they can support social goals, such as adequate wages and payment for overtime, through the power of their purchase.


Monday’s Headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A daily round up of mainstream media news on Parking, In the city, City Hall, Downsview Park, TDSB and Other News.

Tuesday’s Headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A daily round up of mainstream media news on On the Bicycles, In the city, City hall, Spiderman and Other News.

So You Want To Be A Transit Commissioner (Steve Munro)
The City of Toronto has announced the process to apply for membership to the Toronto Transit Commissions Board. Although the TTC has been made up of only Council members for many years, earlier this year Council decided to add four citizens (non-Councillors) to the board in October 2012. One of these members will be selected as the Vice-Chair. An overview of the process and the role of the Commissioners was presented at the Civic Appointments Committees May meeting.

Congestion? Wheres the Congestion? (Steve Munro)
Recently we have heard a lot about congestion and its supposed causes. The single largest ones, of course, are the lack of investment in transit and the continuation of building an auto-oriented GTA. There are more people (and cars) hunting for space on a limited amount of roadway, and nowhere near enough capacity to handle all of the demand. Transit will help, partly, eventually, but the sad fact is that development and travel patterns encouraged by auto-oriented planning cannot simply be reassigned onto a transit network. There is no 905 equivalent of King and Bay to which we can conveniently funnel thousands of riders, let alone a network of routes focused on such a location from century-old travel patterns.

EDITORIAL: Funding transit is everyone’s problem (Civic Action)
There are several things we continually push for when it comes to Toronto’s transit future: that it be developed by way of a comprehensive, long-term plan that’s consultative, includes a solid business case and is regional in its scope. These last two elements are particularly critical for our city, as was noted by St. Paul’s Councillor Josh Matlow this week when he asked city council’s executive committee to partner with GTA municipalities on creating a funding strategy for transit. The concept, having been approved by the executive, heads to city council for debate in July, where we hope the idea gets its final green light.


Jets help local charities fly (Geoff Kirbyson, Winnipeg Free Press)
The Winnipeg Jets have brought much joy to thousands of hockey fans over the past year, but their most meaningful impact may come from the team’s charity arm. The Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation announced Monday it’s giving more than $1 million to 43 local charities, a sum that took everybody involved with the team, including co-owner Mark Chipman, by surprise. “The amount of capital raised far exceeded what we anticipated. It’s a big responsibility. This has always been part of our mandate; now we have a lot more horsepower,” he said.

Social innovation offers answers (Bruce Dewar, Vancouver Sun)
Sustainability. Triple bottom line. Corporate social responsibility. These are all phrases that moved from the abstract to common use over the past decade. Social innovation is sure to follow. Social innovation is the practice of using new ideas and strategies to address social challenges. When used effectively, social innovation can improve people’s well-being, strengthen society and improve the use of available resources. Social innovation is only limited by the constraints of our ideas. If we can think it, we can do it with the right support. British Columbia is facing growing economic challenges and social needs for which we need to continue to find more effective solutions.

The industrialization of philanthropy will change the meaning of charity (Calgary Herald)
For some, what I am about to say will send shivers for foreboding down their spines; for others exclamations of Hallelujah. Now, Im not talking about RIM crawling out of its impending doom, nor am I heralding back to the discovery of Penicillin. Im talking about a significant social shift that will have ripple effects across the financial services sector and will be re-shaping the way that Canadians interact with organizational systems. I am talking about how we have industrialized our philanthropic sector.

About the Innovation Office (Skills for Change)
Skills for Change is innovating the way we approach workplace diversity! Our little space at the Centre for Social Innovation – Spadina is buzzing with activity that is changing the way we see, work, and do. CSI is a dynamic shared workspace where over 150 people and organizations with forward-thinking ideas for tomorrow are working under one roof to make them happen today. Simply put, we are exactly where we should be: at the heart of innovation.

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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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