Immigration & Diversity news headlines – June 6, 2012

IMMIGRATION AND DIVERSITY

Halton police get acquainted with new Canadians (Hamilton Spectator)
Whenever Gladis Segarra and Rosa Bonza, from Venezuela and Columbia respectively, saw a man or woman in a police uniform, they would get scared. But that all changed Tuesday after they attended the 7th annual Emergency Services Information to New Canadians (ESINC) Day with their English as a Second Language (ESL) class. Here you talk to them, ask them questions and they change your mind. Theyre friendly, said Bonza. You get to know that theyre people too. The event, held at Halton regional police headquarters, is designed to help newcomers to Canada learn more about what the regions emergency services do, how they operate and how to use 911 services.
http://www.thespec.com/news/local/article/738068–halton-police-get-acquainted-with-new-canadians

Educated, experienced and unemployable (Mehdi Rizvi, Straight Goods)
Education and work experience are among the valuable assets new immigrants bring to Canada. Almost one in five newcomers is a skilled-worker principal applicant, selected because, in theory, their skills fit what Canada needs. Often those skills are professional skills. According to Statistics Canada, in 2008, close to 45 percent of all newcomers held a university degree. Among those who were admitted as principal applicants in the skilled workers category, 72 percent held a university degree, as did 41 percent of newcomers in the “spouse and dependents, skilled worker” category, and 33 percent of family class immigrants.
http://www.straightgoods.ca/2012/ViewArticle.cfm?Ref=512&Cookies=yes

The Triumphs and Tragedies of Immigration to Canada (Daniel Kitts, TVO The Agenda)
Tuesday’s program is a conversation between five immigrants to Canada who are being recognized by the non-profit organization Skills for Change for their outstanding contributions to this country Adrienne Clarkson, Navin Chandaria, Alex Jadad, Vahan Kololian, and Toni Silberman. In the case of Clarkson, Kololian, and Silberman, their parents took the risk of leaving their homeland to start a new life here. In the case of Chandaria and Jadad, they decided to take the risk themselves. In all five cases, the risk turned out to be more than worth it: They have been extraordinarily successful in this country and have given back through their accomplishments and charitable efforts. But today’s newspaper headlines serve as a reminder that the gamble to immigrate does not work out nearly so well for everyone.
http://theagenda.tvo.org/blog/agenda-blogs/triumphs-and-tragedies-immigration-canada

Good economic case for removing immigration cap (Chris Shannon, Cape Breton Post)
The federal government is refusing demands by provincial governments to lift the cap on the number of immigrants allowed to enter immigrant… Provincial and territorial ministers of immigration will meet with their federal counterpart Jason Kenney later this month in Toronto. There, Nova Scotias minister, Marilyn More, will press her case to have Ottawa remove the cap on the number of applications from immigrants wanting access to the provincial nominee program. The provincial nominee program fast-tracks hand-picked workers through the federal process. It currently allows for 500 nomination certificates annually.
http://www.capebretonpost.com/News/Local/2012-06-05/article-2997088/%26lsquoGood-economic-case%26rsquo-for-removing-immigration-cap/1

Half of Canadian GCs consider diversity when hiring external law firms: poll (Jennifer Brown, Canadian Lawyer Magazine)
Just over half of Canadian general counsel consider a law firms policy on diversity when retaining external lawyers, according to an online Quick Poll of the Association of Corporate Counsels Canadian members. When asked how important a firms diversity policy is to their decision-making process,
16.5 per cent of those who voted said Extremely important, we have a diversity policy and try to steer work to law firms that have one as well;
18.7 per cent said: Very important, we actively promote diversity and look for law firms that do as well; and
15.6 per cent said: Important, diversity is a factor in our decision-making process.
http://www.canadianlawyermag.com/legalfeeds/893/Half-of-Canadian-GCs-consider-diversity-when-hiring-external-law-firms-poll.html

50% of Canadian general counsel look to diversity in choosing law firms (Julius Melnitzer, Financial Post)
An Association of Corporate Counsel online Quick Poll suggests that just over half of Canadian general counsel consider a law firms policy on diversity when they are retaining outside lawyers.
http://business.financialpost.com/2012/06/05/50-of-canadian-general-counsel-look-to-diversity-in-choosing-law-firms/

Language skills and the social integration of Canadas adult immigrants (ipolitics)
The authors review a range of research findings, including those from a recent Citizenship and Immigration Canada study of the English-language proficiency levels of 3,827 immigrants, whose speaking and listening skills were assessed at the time of their citizenship test (the average time spent in Canada at the time of testing was six years). One notable finding was the low scores of Mandarin and Cantonese speakers, the majority of whom had entered the country through the independent immigration class.
http://www.ipolitics.ca/2012/06/05/language-skills-and-the-social-integration-of-canadas-adult-immigrants/

Lessons from Canada on skilled migration (ABC Australia)
The resulting absence of rational discussion and solid information has shed little light on the reasons such a policy fits into a wider picture of immigration, and how this would be highly beneficial for the country as a whole. Meanwhile, in Canada, the national broadsheet The Globe and Mail has recently launched an ongoing campaign under the title Our Time To Lead: The Immigrant Answer to actively promote increased immigration. Their articles have provided thoughtful and informative analysis of the various benefits of an aggressive immigration program. No paper in Australia at the moment would have either the vision or the gumption to produce such a feature. Canada is one of our major competitors for attracting skilled immigrants, particularly with a resources boom similar to ours in their western provinces. In terms of public education and policy discussion, Canada’s maturity is giving them a significant edge. Canadians not only embrace immigration as part of their national narrative, but they also acknowledge it as a major factor in their wealth, both financial and cultural. In Australia, we are still struggling to move beyond the archaic and emotional zero-sum fallacy that “immigrants are stealing our jobs!”
http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/4055988.html

Kenney dials back blame for Sun TV debacle (Jennifer Ditchburn, Metro News)
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney is dialling back the blame he once placed on his departments officials for a misleading citizenship ceremony broadcast on the Sun News Network last fall. Kenney had criticized civil servants when it was revealed six bureaucrats reaffirmed their oath of citizenship alongside three or four bona fide new Canadians during a televised ceremony last October. But he was striking a decidedly different tone Tuesday after The Canadian Press published the bureaucrats version of events that the network was actively involved in the decision to use civil servants as stand-ins.
http://metronews.ca/news/canada/250250/kenney-dials-back-blame-for-sun-tv-debacle/

New documents regarding Sun News citizenship ceremony suggest Tories playing favourites with media (Andy Radia, Yahoo! News)
Last February, Citizenship and Immigration Canada was embarrassed over a revelation that six federal bureaucrats posed as new Canadians at a fake citizenship ceremony broadcast on the Sun News Network. At the time, both Sun News and immigration minister Jason Kenney’s office ducked for cover, blaming the whole mess on a nameless official and claiming Sun News didn’t know about the stand-ins.
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/canada-politics/documents-regarding-sun-news-citizenship-ceremony-suggest-tories-181421644.html

Jail won’t deter illegal immigrants fleeing danger, says Calgary lawyer (Kevin Martin, Calgary Sun)
Short jail terms wont deter people from fleeing danger in their homelands to enter Canada illegally, a lawyer told an immigration sentencing hearing Tuesday. Bjorn Harsanyi said the one-month sentence the prosecution wants for Jorge Aguirre Gonzalez will have little impact on others seeking to breach our immigration laws. As a result, Harsanyi told provincial court Judge Anne Brown that Aguirre Gonzalez should be given a conditional discharge, so he wont have a criminal record. Harsanyi said Aguirre Gonzalez illegally returned to Canada to escape his native Guatemala after an earlier refugee claim was turned down and he was deported.
http://www.calgarysun.com/2012/06/05/jail-wont-deter-illegal-immigrants-fleeing-danger-says-calgary-lawyer

Whos getting honorary degrees this year at U of T, York, Ryerson and UOIT (Toronto Star)
Among this years honorary degree recipients are two Toronto Star journalists: Barbara Turnbull and Chantal Hébert. And Ratna Omidvar.
http://www.thestar.com/living/article/1206434–who-s-getting-honorary-degrees-this-year-at-u-of-t-york-ryerson-and-uoit

Canadas consulate says so long, au revoir (Philly Deals)
Its been a long time since Philadelphia, national capital of the young republic, was home to a polyglot ambassadorial corps, led by French and Spanish aristocrats who financed the Revolution, bankrolled world trade, hosted cool parties, and filled the best pews at Old St. Marys. A handful of nations Mexico, Italy, Israel still maintain full-service consulates here, aiding exporters and immigrants and stray travelers; more than a dozen European, Latin American, and African countries name part-time honorary consuls. But the local diplomatic corps will be diminished, at a yet-unspecified date later this year, when Canada shuts its full-time consulate as a cost-cutting move.
http://www.philly.com/philly/business/20120606_Philly_Deals__Canada_rsquo_s_consulate_says_so_long__au_revoir.html

The End of Ethnic (John Birdsall, Chow.com)
I hate you, ethnic. Not linguistically, where in a different form you’re an anchor for ethnography, ethnomusicology, and ethnobotany. I hate you when you show up to describe a certain class of restaurants, or worse: when you take the form of a noun to indicate some vast, amorphous category of food that isnt cheeseburgers, chili mac, or potato salad, as in: Lets do ethnic tonight. Actually, “doing ethnic is essentially impossible here in San Francisco, a city too diverse to have any sort of ethnic majority. (Just about 48 percent of San Franciscans describe themselves as Asian or Hispanic, roughly the same percentage who say theyre African American or white, a virtual 50-50 split.) And yet, walk into the Whole Foods Market in the city’s South of Market district, look up in aisle 3, and you see it: a sign that dangles, announcing that this is where you will find something called ethnic foods, right after pasta and before beans. But scan the shelves, and the line of demarcation between ethnic and nonethnic isnt so neat. Cans of enchilada sauce, boxed Vietnamese pho kits, and jars of Soy Vay kosher teriyaki marinade: ethnic. But bags of Italian farro and imported chubs of slice ‘n’ serve polenta? Not ethnic.
http://www.chow.com/food-news/117226/the-end-of-ethnic-food/

Pan Am games in Toronto Diversity Program (Outsports.com)
The organizers of the 2015 Pan Am games here in Toronto are making Leadership, Inclusion, Diversity and Accessibility a major goal of their program planning – including specifically targetting the LGBT community as just one of many different communities that together make Toronto the fantastic diverse city it is today.
http://www.outsports.com/forums/lofiversion/index.php/t43423.html

Calgary Immigrant Educational Society proudly opens new home (David Parker, Calgary Herald)
I met a very proud man nine years ago when I interviewed Salim Sindhu about Calgary Immigrant Educational Society, an organization he had founded and was preparing to move it into new premises on 17th Avenue S.E. Its success, driven by the obvious need for the organization, has meant CIES has long since run out of space for its clients and had to look to an additional building. After a lot of hard work, planning and much anxiety over funding, the Welcome Centre for New Immigrants is now open for business at 3820 32nd St. N.E., and Sindhu is certainly walking tall today.
http://www.calgaryherald.com/business/Calgary+Immigrant+Educational+Society+proudly+opens+home/6730542/story.html

Korean family still working toward citizenship (CBC)
A Korean family in Moncton, at the centre of a deportation controversy last year, is still working on becoming Canadian citizens. It’s been a year since the Maeng family found themselves facing deportation. In May 2011, the Maengs received a letter from Citizenship and Immigration Canada saying the medical care for their, now, 16-year-old son Sung-Joo was too expensive. But the community and local politicians in their adopted hometown of Moncton rallied around them to fight the deportation order.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/story/2012/06/04/nb-korean-family-citizenship.html

Report urges Canadian immigration to setup appeals process for biometric system (Workpermit.com)
As Canadian immigration begins to implement their biometrics system for visa applicants, an internal report urges the government to create a proper appeals process for visa applicants who are rejected because the biometrics system says that their fingerprints do not match the fingerprints stored on the biometrics system. Beginning in 2013, certain foreign nationals applying for Canadian visas will be required to give their fingerprints and have their photograph taken as part of the visa application procedure. The prints will be searched against the Royal Canadian Mounted Police database. Once the visa-holder arrives in Canada, immigration officials will use the data to verify that the visa holder is the same person as the applicant. “In the context of digital scanning of fingerprints, no biometrics system is perfect,” said the report, adding that two different fingers can mistakenly be matched, and measurements from the same finger can be rejected. “A documented process is required if there is a dispute about the decision on admissibility when the client’s dispute centres on the accuracy of the biometrics fingerprint evaluation.”
http://www.workpermit.com/news/2012-06-05/canada/report-urges-canadian-immigration-to-setup-appeals-process-for-biometric-system.htm

Montréal International : Simplified and accelerated procedures for qualified temporary workers : Montréal International welcomes labour market opinion (LMO) exemption announced by the Ministère de l’Immigration et des Communautés Culturelles (Canada Newswire)
Montréal International (MI) welcomes the Labour Market Opinion (LMO) exemption provided by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) at the request of Québec’s Ministère de l’Immigration et des Communautés culturelles (MICC). This provision will facilitate the process to extend or renew work permits for qualified temporary workers residing in Québec and will simplify and accelerate procedures for Québec employers when hiring international talent. “These improvements to the immigration process are of particular interest to us as they will help temporary workers acquire permanent resident status a lot more easily,” said Jacques St-Laurent, President and CEO of Montréal International. “This is excellent news as retaining international talent is an essential response to dealing with shortages of qualified labour in Greater Montréal’s high-tech sectors.”
http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/987387/simplified-and-accelerated-procedures-for-qualified-temporary-workers-montreal-international-welcomes-labour-market-opinion-lmo-exemption-announced-by

Xenophobia, or is it more? (Vinita Ramani, Todayonline.com)
As an innocent child, I told my mum, “They think I’m Pakistani. But I’m Indian. They’re stupid. They can’t tell the difference.” It did not end there. In Singapore, neighbourhood secondary school students insulted and ostracised me because I spoke with a different accent and because they thought I acted superior to them. Years later in Canada, I met racists who told me the Chinese and Indians should be kicked out of Canada because they were taking over the world. I mastered the Canadian accent and tried to pass for something other than Indian, to stay safe when I travelled. Everywhere I went as an immigrant, I understood that I was different: An outsider who had not yet won the trust of the locals. I understood that “difference” is often perceived as a threat. But I have come to appreciate another important detail: One or even 10 racist encounters do not represent a nation as a whole. I have loved living in each of these countries. I am fairly certain Canadians and Britons would not want to be described as xenophobes.
http://www.todayonline.com/Voices/EDC120606-0000011/Xenophobia,-or-is-it-more

Immigrants give Canadian history exam’s ‘picky’ questions a failing grade (Randy Boswell, Calgary Herald)
Quick, Canada: Who was Sir Louis-Hippolyte La Fontaine? And in what year did Anglo-Italian explorer John Cabot first reach the Atlantic shores of the future nation? Prospective immigrants who took this country’s new citizenship test and were then asked about the experience in focus groups have met at least one key criteria for being Canadian: They’ve echoed complaints from native-born citizens that questions requiring them to memorize “specific names and dates” from Canada’s early history seem picky and pointless.
http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/Immigrants+give+Canadian+history+exam+picky+questions+failing+grade/6734088/story.html

REFUGEES

Scarborough MPs hold differing views on refugee bill (Inside Toronto)
New federal legislation on refugees contains “dangerous measures” that will “particularly impact” residents of Scarborough, a local New Democratic MP says. Rathika Sitsabaiesan said the Conservative government’s Bill C-31 will unfairly force refugees to wait five years before they can become permanent residents and reunite with their families… Another Scarborough MP, however, expressed different views on the bill during May when it was reviewed by the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. Roxanne James, a Conservative, said designating certain countries “safe” is “not something new on the world stage” and can speed up processing of claimants from those countries.
http://www.insidetoronto.com/news/local/article/1368197–scarborough-mps-hold-differing-views-on-refugee-bill

NDP jumps gun on passage of refugee bill it hasnt passed (Tobi Cohen, Canada.com)
It appears the NDP jumped the gun with a fiery news release condemning the passage of Bill C-31, the governments oft-criticized omnibus refugee bill. The official Opposition noted the bill received final passage in the House of Commons after being rammed through by the governing Conservatives and that its now on its way to the unelected Senate before it receives Royal Assent. The problem: the bill actually hasnt passed yet.
http://blogs.canada.com/2012/06/05/ndp-jumps-gun-on-passage-of-refugee-bill-it-hasnt-passed/

Cuts to Refugee Health Program Put Children and Youth at Risk (Karen Drucker, Mesh Press)
The Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS) is advocating against proposed changes to the Interim Federal Health (IFH) program, which provides temporary health benefits to refugees and claimants on landing in Canada. The new restrictions on what services are covered will leave some of Canadas most vulnerable children and youth without access to primary and preventative health care, said Dr. Charles Hui, co-author of the CPS position and a paediatric infectious diseases specialist in Ottawa. Were imploring the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism to revoke the proposed changes.
http://meshpress.com/cuts-to-refugee-health-program-put-children-and-youth-at-risk/121173.html

Interim Federal Health Program Cuts and Bill C31 UofT Psychiatry Position Statement (U of T Psychiatry)
As mental health professionals, we are united in stating our grave concern and firm opposition to two recent announcements which will affect the mental health of refugees: the cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP), which are scheduled to take effect on June 30th, 2012, and the proposed legislation of Bill C31. Both of these changes target the most vulnerable populations in Canada and will create undue human suffering. We join members of the wider medical community who have already voiced their concerns[1] about the proposed changes to the IFHP, including the Canadian Medical Association, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and many other national healthcare groups[2].
http://www.utpsychiatry.ca/bill-c31-uoft-psychiatry-position-statement/

More smuggling charges (Cheryl Chan, The Province)
Three more men, including two Canadians, have been charged with human smuggling, accused of organizing the ship that brought hundreds of Tamil asylum seekers to B.C. in 2010. Nadarajah Mahendran and Thampeernayagam Rajaratnam, both of Ontario, were indicted Monday of organizing illegal entry into Canada in violation of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. They are expected to be brought to B.C. from Ontario in the coming weeks to face charges. A third man, Sathyapavan Aseervatham, faces the same charge, which carries a maximum $1-million fine and/or life imprisonment.
http://www.theprovince.com/More+smuggling+charges/6737347/story.html

New Issue of JRS (Forced Migration Current Awareness blog)
The latest issue of the Journal of Refugee Studies (vol. 25, no. 2, June 2012) is now available.
http://fm-cab.blogspot.ca/2012/06/new-issue-of-jrs.html

POVERTY / HEALTH / HOMELESSNESS / SOCIAL INCLUSION

Do No Harm: Ottawas increase in the age of retirement for Old Age Security violates the first principle of social policy (Ken Battle, Caledon Institute)
The 2012 federal Budgets announcement that the age of eligibility for Old Age Security will be increased from 65 to 67 violates the first principle of social policy. Low-income seniors will be hurt, not helped, by this decision. Worse still, poor seniors will be hit harder than the better-off. This is not the first time that a government policy has harmed rather than helped the poor. A bit of background puts the Old Age Security change in a broader context.
http://www.caledoninst.org/Blog/Post/?ID=9

New video: Taxes, the gift we give each other (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)
Tired of the Fraser Institutes worn-out gimmick to fuel tax resentment? Weve got the cure: A new video that shows the value of contributing taxes. Public health care, garbage pick up, safe food, clean water, public parks, emergency services, higher learning the chance to live in great communities, with the hope of reaching our personal dreams. Its time to start having the conversation about what our taxes contribute to a healthy society. Taxes, theyre the gift we give each other. The video, produced in partnership with the Sécretariat Intersyndical des services publics (http://www.sisp.qc.net/), is available in English and French. Dont keep it to yourself spread the word!
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/updates/new-video-taxes-gift-we-give-each-other

Child poverty on the table (Neil Horner, PQN News)
If British Columbia has the highest rate of child poverty in the country, the question should be what to do about it. Thats an issue organizers hope to shed at least some light on when they host a two special forums on child poverty in British Columbia. The forums, said organizer Bill Preston, will include Adrienne Montani, the provincial coordinator for the First Call BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition and Shannon Gregson, the co-ordinator at the Coalition of Child Care Advocates, as well as a director of child and family development.
http://www.pqbnews.com/news/157067725.html

Rethinking poverty in Northumberland (Northumberland News)
Poverty in Northumberland needs to involve everyone. At least that’s what chairwoman of the Northumberland Poverty Reduction Action Committee, Lois Cromarty says. “Each one of us, whether individuals, businesses, politicians or service providers, has a part to play to understand and fight the causes of poverty,” said Ms. Cromarty. People need to treat people living in poverty with respect and dignity, she said. “There’s definitely a lot of stigma attached to being poor,” she added. But it needs to change — by knowing the facts and speaking up, people can make a difference, said Ms. Cromarty. And helping out doesn’t have to be complex.
http://www.northumberlandnews.com/community/article/1368074–rethinking-poverty-in-northumberland

Niagara Prosperity Initiative Investing $970,000 to Fight Poverty (Niagara Region)
The Niagara Prosperity Initiative is providing $968,379 to fund 26 projects to help prevent, reduce and alleviate poverty in Niagara. The projects will be carried out by 21 community agencies in seven municipalities: St. Catharines, Welland, Niagara Falls, Thorold, West Lincoln, Port Colborne and Fort Erie. Agencies were invited to submit proposals for projects that addressed poverty issues in specific neighbourhoods. The submissions were reviewed by a nine-member review panel which included representatives from service agencies, Regional Council and other organizations.
http://www.niagararegion.ca/news/jun052012.aspx

Global poverty walk comes to Waterloo on Sunday (The Record)
Walkers from as far away as Hamilton and Niagara Falls will be coming to Uptown Waterloo June 10 in support of the 28th annual World Partnership Walk to End global poverty. Participants will walk a 5-km loop, beginning at Waterloo Town Square and stretching into Waterloo Park, north on Albert Street, east on University Avenue and returning back to the square via King Street. The World Partnership Walk is an initiative of the Aga Khan Foundation of Canada. They fund health care, microfinance, education and heritage preservation projects in more than a dozen countries across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
http://www.therecord.com/news/local/article/738066–global-poverty-walk-comes-to-waterloo-on-sunday

Community Living Toronto receives $100,000 from CIBC for new housing program (Yonge Street)
Community Living Toronto (CLT) has received $100,000 from CIBC for its newest housing initiative. The program, called LIGHTS, helps families secure housing for grown children with an intellectual disability. Angela Bradley, PR director at CLT, says LIGHTS differs from previous housing models (such as group homes) because it isn’t about placing clients in an existing institutional structure, rather, it’s about finding housing tailored to individual needs. Bradley describes LIGHTS “as essentially a one-stop shop for families looking to pursue an independent or semi-independent housing model for their child.”
http://www.yongestreetmedia.ca/civicimpact/communitylivingtoronto–lightsprogram0606.aspx

US healthcare group recognizes Toronto’s Second Harvest (Yonge Street)
Early last week the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and the Physician Assistant Foundation (PAF) honoured Toronto nonprofit Second Harvest. The food-rescue organization was recognized for its commitments to sustainability and nutritional health. This year marked the first time that the AAPA held a conference outside of US. As has been the organization’s custom, the AAPA chose a local nonprofit to recognize. “It was actually a wonderful surprise to us,” says Jo-Anne Sobie, executive director of Second Harvest. “When we got a call from them saying they had chosen us as a community organization that they believed was worthy of their support, we were really blown away.” In addition to producing and showing a video on Second Harvest at the May 22 conference, the PAF also presented the Toronto organization with a $10,000 Caring for Communities Grant award.
http://www.yongestreetmedia.ca/civicimpact/secondharvestrecognizedbyPAF0606.aspx

City of Toronto launches online consultation for Seniors Strategy (City of Toronto)
The number of seniors living in Toronto will increase dramatically during the next decade. The City of Toronto is working with the Toronto Seniors Forum and other key partners to create a Seniors Strategy intended to help ensure that Toronto remains a safe, affordable, accessible and enjoyable city for people of all ages. Individuals and groups are encouraged to use the City’s online Consultation Workbook to have a voice in the creation of the Seniors Strategy. “The City of Toronto must ensure that Toronto is safe, affordable, accessible and enjoyable for its older residents,” said Mayor Rob Ford. “I encourage people to participate in the development of the Seniors Strategy.”
http://wx.toronto.ca/inter/it/newsrel.nsf/bydate/CF2DD38690DB502385257A1400587F11

Latest CMHC numbers confirm federal housing cuts will grow deeper as housing needs grow (Michael Shapcott, Wellesley Institute)
The latest corporate report from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the federal governments housing agency, confirms that the two-decade erosion of federal affordable housing investments is continuing to grow worse. The corporate report from CMHC includes actual results from 2008 to 20010, and plans or estimates for 2011 to 2016. The latest numbers show that federal housing program expenses, including the affordable housing initiative, were $3.6 billion in 2010 as the short-term affordable housing investments from the 2009 stimulus budget reached their peak. However, funding was cut by more than one-third in 2011, and those cuts will continue to get worse through 2016.
http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/housing/latest-cmhc-numbers-confirm-federal-housing-cuts-will-grow-deeper-as-housing-needs-grow/

EMPLOYMENT & WORKERS

Groups join forces to address labour shortage (Vincent Mcdermott, Fort McMurray Today)
Canadas Building Trade Unions and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers are teaming up to combat Albertas labour shortage, with particular focus on attracting and maintaining a skilled trades workforce in the province. In the agreement, which was announced Friday, the two organizations will promote careers in skilled trades and work with governments on initiatives to improve workforce availability. The oilsands industry is the largest employer of skilled trades workers in Canada, said CAPP president Dave Collyer. We need to work jointly to attract more Canadians into the skilled trades, provide more classroom and employment-based training opportunities, improve incentives to move within Canada for work, and as needed, increase both permanent and temporary immigration. More skilled people who are mobile, certified and ready to work is a win-win.
http://www.fortmcmurraytoday.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3578751

New immigrants needed in construction (Vancouver Sun)
If you are new to Canada and are looking for a job in the construction industry, you will be pleased to know that Canada offers a wealth of opportunities waiting for you. The Canadian construction sector is currently facing a dry spell and the demand for highly skilled construction workers is high and on the increase. Construction firms are looking to hire new immigrants to fill their work shortages. Specifically, the industry is “looking for permanent immigrant employees as the workforce retires,” says Michael Atkinson, president of the Canadian Construction Association.
http://www.vancouversun.com/life/immigrants+needed+construction/6707827/story.html

ITS in Mississauga: Diversity at Work (Cultural Diversity Awareness Seminars) (Mississauga Board of Trade)
In partnership with Skills for Change:
Seminar 1: Cross-Cultural Communications in the Workplace
Seminar 2: Team Building in Your Diverse Workplace
http://web.mbot.com/events/eventdetail.aspx?EventID=73

CITY OF TORONTO / CITIES / CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Wednesday’s Headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A daily round up of mainstream media news on Transit, City Hall and Other News.
http://spacingtoronto.ca/2012/06/06/wednesdays-headlines-251/

SOCIAL INNOVATION / NONPROFITS

Vancouver-based environmentalist Jessica Clogg blown away by response to national website blackout campaign (Matthew Burrows, Straight.com)
A local environmental lawyer has called the response to Black Out Speak Out, the June 4 national campaign against Bill C-38, extraordinary. Its been an extraordinary coming together of diverse interests, Jessica Clogg, executive director and senior counsel for West Coast Environmental Law, told the Straight on June 5. We set out as 12 of Canadas leading environmental groups about a month ago, and our intention was to put out a call to action. Weve been blown away by the diversity and the strength of the response. Clogg emceed the Vancouver media event on June 4, which featured prominent environmentalist David Suzuki, president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs Stewart Phillip, and members of several other organizations.
http://www.straight.com/article-702296/vancouver/vancouverbased-environmentalist-jessica-clogg-blown-away-response-national-website-blackout-campaign

Microlending For Women in Ontario Invitation for Applications (Settlement AtWork)
The Ontario Womens Directorate (OWD) is announces the release of its Microlending For Women in Ontario Invitation for Applications. The newly developed Microlending For Women in Ontario program seeks to help women start and build successful businesses. To achieve this goal, OWD is inviting eligible organizations to apply for microlending projects.
http://www.settlementatwork.org/_news_/95588

SRI+20: The Future of Investing, June 18th -20th, Montreal (Jo Reynolds, Socialfinance.ca)
This year, we are proud to have an expert group of panelists to address such challenges. Join a conversation with leading industry experts in the field of Mission Related Investing (MRI). The June 19th, intensive session kicks off with a panel of presenters whose experience can provide attendees with an analysis of the field and examples that have worked to meet MRI opportunities.
http://socialfinance.ca/blog/post/sri20-the-future-of-investing-june-18th-20th-montreal

HUMAN TRAFFICKING / MODERN-DAY SLAVERY

Feds to announce human trafficking action plan (Jessica Murphy, Toronto Sun)
Public Safety Minister Vic Toews will announce the long-awaited national action plan to combat human trafficking on Wednesday. The strategy will include the launch of an integrated law enforcement team to target traffickers, will boost front-line training to help pinpoint traffickers, and will increase co-ordination with local and international partners who contribute to the global effort to crackdown on the crime. Canadian officials have been urged for years to develop a comprehensive strategy to tackle the problem of human trafficking, and the Conservatives promised to create a national action plan during the 2011 general election. It’s estimated up to 15,000 people in Canada are victims of human trafficking.
http://www.torontosun.com/2012/06/05/feds-to-announce-human-trafficking-action-plan

Enslaved in our own backyard (Welland Tribune)
This is an excerpt of an in-depth look at the issue of human trafficking that appeared in Niagara Magazine, published by Sun Media Niagaras magazine division. To read the full article, please pick up a copy of the magazines May /June edition or visit: www.niagaramag.ca and click on the Current Issues button.
http://www.wellandtribune.ca/2012/05/28/enslaved-in-our-own-back-yard

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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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