Immigration & Diversity news headlines – June 26, 2012

IMMIGRATION AND DIVERSITY

DIVERSITY MATTERS – Issue 1 (Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion)
Q & A with Alan Broadbent HCCI caught up with Alan Broadbent, chairman and CEO of Avana Capital Corporation and chairman of a number of progressive social organizations, including the Maytree Foundation and the Caledon Institute, as a teaser to his June 12 keynote address at our Report to the Community Breakfast. What’s Alan’s elevator speech to convince companies to invest in diversity and inclusion? Who is his ideal lunch date? What are his top three book club picks?
http://us5.campaign-archive2.com/?u=0b73033ede0432f859879eff8&id=c0b405c042&e=9fd70fc77c

Student graduation rates in the TDSB showing improvement across the board (Diane Dyson, Belonging Community)
Further analysis and more reports will be produced over the coming months, looking at issues like special education, race and ethnicity, and sex. This first brush looked at a wide range of variables: academic level, gender, age in grade nine, sexual orientation, racial background, language, and region of birth… Students who spoke English as a first language had a below-average graduation rate. Students who speak Chinese, Hindi, Serbian, and Bengali had the highest on-time graduation rates. Those who speak Spanish or Somali had the lowest rates. The racial categories showed similar variation, but are less reliable because factors such as poverty or parental level of education were not controlled for. However, the numbers confirm that schools are not graduating Black or Latin American students in the same proportion as other racial groups.
http://belongingcommunity.wordpress.com/2012/06/25/student-graduation-rates-in-the-tdsb-showing-improvement-across-the-board/

Jason Kenney does away with second chances in deportation cases (Toronto Star)
Currently, an immigrant to Canada who has not yet acquired his citizenship and is convicted of a criminal offence and given a sentence of two years or more in jail will be ordered deported at the completion of his sentence without any possible appeal of the order. An immigrant who is sentenced to six months or more in jail — but less than two years — will be ordered deported, too, but he will have a chance to appeal on the basis, essentially, that he deserves a second chance. Such second chances, when they are granted, are only conditional. The execution of the deportation order is merely postponed for a set number of years to see if the individual can stay out of trouble and live productively. Only once such an individual has proven himself worthy is the execution of the order permanently postponed.
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1216950–jason-kenney-does-away-with-second-chances-in-deportation-case

REFUGEES

Ottawa scapegoats refugees (Dr. Robert Martin, Vancouver Sun)
On July 1, physicians across the country who work with refugees will face a difficult new reality: among other changes, the Harper government will remove essentially all medication benefits for their patients, including refugee claimants in Canada, and those refugees accepted by Canada while still abroad. It will be a tough day at the office. Physicians will need to tell patients with chronic and acute illnesses that the medications that are essential to their health and life are no longer available to them. Refugees who received medication for heart failure, diabetes, seizures, and innumerable other problems in refugee camps will be cut off from these medications in Canada — unless they can pay for them by themselves.
http://www.vancouversun.com/opinion/Ottawa+scapegoats+refugees/6821447/story.html

59 Cents Campaign
Refugees to Canada may soon no longer have access to greatly needed healthcare. Help give refugees a chance by mailing Stephen Harper 59 cents, the cost per Canadian to give refugees the healthcare they need.
http://www.facebook.com/fiftyninecents/info

Video: 59 Cents Campaign –

THE DUEL: Refugees now suffer more (David Eby and Kathryn Marshall, Vancouver 24 Hours)
Starting this Saturday, the federal government will now deny refugee children and adults basic healthcare. Refugees are people who flee their home country for Canada because of war, famine, or because they’re in danger for religious or political views. Doctors are the ones who have been protesting the changes, saying the policy change could literally kill some of the most vulnerable people in Canada. Vulnerable people we’ve promised the international community we would protect.
http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/Columnists/TheDuel/2012/06/24/19915411.html

Refugee advocate deplores new immigration policy (Daily Bulletin)
On Monday, June 18, 2012 in cities across the country, physicians and other health care workers demonstrated to oppose cuts to health care for refugees, part of the retooling of the immigration system by Minister Jason Kenney. Shauna Jimenez of Wasa, familiar to many in the area through her work with refugees and Friends of Burma, attended the demonstration in Calgary. Min. Kenney is attempting to streamline the immigration process through Bill C-31, which passed through the House of Parliament this week and is now in the Senate. The bill has not passed without some controversy and Kenney did allow some amendments.
http://www.dailybulletin.ca/article/20120625/KIMBERLEY0101/306259997/-1/KIMBERLEY01/refugee-advocate-deplores-new-immigration-policy

POVERTY / HEALTH / HOMELESSNESS / SOCIAL INCLUSION

Poverty forum encourages unified community engagement (Angelica Blenich, Haliburton Echo)
Paul Born understands what it’s like to be poor. The son of a family of refugees from the Ukraine, Born spent his entire life growing up in and fighting poverty. Now the president of Tamarack, an Institute for Community Engagement, Born has made it his life’s work to making a difference in the lives of those facing poverty. Born kicked off a two-day conference held in Haliburton titled Poverty to Possibilities, Strategies for Change June 19. Encompassing the City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton County, the event included guest speakers, workshops and table discussions between various organizations. “The issue of poverty is a difficult one,” said Born.
http://www.haliburtonecho.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3589492

Soundbites e-Bulletin : June 8, 2012 (Social Planning Toronto)
This issue:
SPT & The Alliance for a Poverty-Free Toronto Release 44 “Action on Poverty” Ward Profiles
Metro Morning Radio Show: Interview with Armine Yalnizyan about “Action On Poverty” Ward Profiles
The End is Near – Reporting Back from SPT’s May Research and Policy Forum
Etobicoke Civic Action Group Takes on Austerity Budgets
Worth Repeating: SPT Deputation on Bill 77 – An Act to Amend the Labour Relations Act
http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=a8f54eab94acd8c455bb09550&id=801246bb1c

Canada Income Inequality: StatsCan Cuts Will Harm Ability To Understand Wage Gap, Observers Fear (Huffington Post)
Just as Canadians are expressing concern about the country’s income gap in seemingly unprecedented numbers, our ability to find out what’s happening with incomes is about to take a serious hit. In announcing last week that Canadians’ wages have been stagnating since the financial crisis of 2008, Statistics Canada added a little note declaring that it’s discontinuing its Survey of Labour Income Dynamics. The decision is evidently part of the fallout of the Harper government’s cuts to federal spending, and it has frustrated many economists and politicians who see in the cuts a continuing assault on StatsCan, and as a consequence, on the ability to get useful, up-to-date information on the welfare of Canadians.
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/06/25/income-inequality-statscan-cuts_n_1625345.html

EMPLOYMENT & WORKERS

Your skilled immigrant business intelligence – a recent roundup from hireimmigrants.ca (Maytree)
hireimmigrants.ca, provides businesses with the tools and resources they need to better recruit, retain and promote skilled immigrants. The site also profiles good examples and innovative practices of employers across the country. Each week we bring you a round up of the useful resources posted there.
http://maytree.com/blog/2012/06/your-skilled-immigrant-business-intelligence-a-recent-roundup-from-hireimmigrants-ca/

Immigrant Training: Ontario, Feds Spending $57 Million On Programs To Give New Canadians A Leg Up In Job Market (Lauren Strapagiel, Huffington Post)
Ontario is spending $35 million to give skilled immigrants a leg up to get the training they need to find work in their fields. The federal government is also kicking in $22 million to fund 70 existing and new projects that they say will help more than 11,000 immigrants. The so-called “bridge training” programs provide occupation-specific training, Canadian work experience and help to get the license immigrants need to work in their field. The projects provide help for information technology, law, health care, engineering and business administration.
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/06/25/ontario-immigrant-training-program_n_1625319.html

Sousa launches training bridge for skilled immigrants (Mississauga.com)
Ontario Citizenship and Immigration Minister Charles Sousa, also MPP for Mississauga South, was at the University of Toronto this morning to unveil a new program to help skilled immigrants find work in their field.
http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/1381433–sousa-launches-training-bridge-for-skilled-immigrants

Helping Skilled Newcomers Find Jobs (Ontario Gov News)
Four bridge training projects at the University of Toronto for internationally educated physiotherapists, engineers, lawyers and business professionals will receive multi-year funding to help highly skilled immigrants get licensed and find jobs. The projects will run until 2014. Seventy Ontario bridge training projects are being offered in the Greater Toronto Area, York Region, Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Niagara, Thunder Bay, North Bay, Kingston and Ottawa. The projects will provide occupation-specific training, licensure preparation, and Canadian work experience to skilled newcomers.
http://news.ontario.ca/mci/en/2012/06/helping-skilled-newcomers-find-jobs-1.html

Ontario, federal government spend $57 million on immigrant training programs (Global TV Toronto)
Ontario is spending $35 million to give skilled immigrants a leg up to get the training they need to find work in their fields. The federal government is also kicking in $22 million to fund 70 existing and new projects that they say will help more than 11,000 immigrants. The so-called “bridge training” programs provide occupation-specific training, Canadian work experience and help to get the license immigrants need to work in their field. The projects provide help for information technology, law, health care, engineering and business administration. The programs are being offered in the Toronto area, York Region, Hamilton, Kitchener Waterloo, London, Niagara, Thunder Bay, North Bay, Kingston and Ottawa.
http://www.globaltoronto.com/ontario+federal+government+spend+57+million+on+immigrant+training+programs/6442667950/story.html

Filipino and Indian nurses immigrating to Canada through different paths to practice their profession – PDF (Margaret Walton-Roberts, Jenna Hennebry, and Lindsay Blackwell, CERIS)
Recent changes in policy relating to the conversion of temporary migrants to permanent residents are changing the way many internationally educated nurses (IENs) are coming to Canada. Filipino nurses have often immigrated through the Live-In Caregiver Program (LCP), struggling through great hurdles to practice in a highly regulated profession. A growing number of young nurses from India have begun coming to Ontario as international students registered in customized programs to bring their education and experience in line with provincial standards. Utilizing post graduate work permit regulations, they appear to be able to avoid the “de-skilling” (the loss or devalue of skills gained prior to immigrating) that Filipinos face under the LCP. This study explores some key differences between the two groups in terms of the paths taken to immigrate and practice in the nursing profession in Ontario.
http://www.ceris.metropolis.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Indirect-pathways-into-practice.pdf

CITY OF TORONTO / CITIES / CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Tuesday’s Headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A daily round up of mainstream media news on Gardiner, TTC, Pride, McCallion, Development and Other News.
http://spacingtoronto.ca/2012/06/26/tuesdays-headlines-257/

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