Immigration & Diversity news headlines – June 7, 2012

IMMIGRATION AND DIVERSITY

New report finds that the more diverse a board, the better it works (Canada Newswire)
The report, Leadership Diversity in the Nonprofit Sector: Baby Steps, Big Strides, and Bold Stances, released today, finds that even in small amounts, leadership diversity contributes meaningfully to the performance of nonprofit boards. Based on three surveys of more than 420 organizations, the report finds that a diverse board contributes to overall board effectiveness by, for example, safeguarding and fulfilling the mission of the organization and enhancing fiduciary oversight. Board diversity also improves stakeholder relationships, increases the organization’s responsiveness to the community and their clients, and brings fresh perspectives to decision-making. The more diverse a board, the more likely it is to report these benefits.
http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/988061/new-report-finds-that-the-more-diverse-a-board-the-better-it-works

Report: http://diversecitytoronto.ca/publications/dc-counts/diversecity-counts-5/

New report reveals importance of leadership diversity on nonprofit boards (Canadian Immigrant)
The report, Leadership Diversity in the Nonprofit Sector: Baby Steps, Big Strides, and Bold Stances, released on Wednesday, June 6th, finds that even in small amounts, leadership diversity contributes meaningfully to the performance of nonprofit boards. Based on three surveys of more than 420 organizations, the report finds that a diverse board contributes to overall board effectiveness by, for example, safeguarding and fulfilling the mission of the organization and enhancing fiduciary oversight. Board diversity also improves stakeholder relationships, increases the organizations responsiveness to the community and their clients, and brings fresh perspectives to decision-making. The more diverse a board, the more likely it is to report these benefits.
http://canadianimmigrant.ca/news-and-views/new-report-reveals-importance-of-leadership-diversity-on-nonprofit-boards

As Simple as a Name (Grace Austin, Diversity Journal)
Diversity goes hand in hand with cultural awareness and respect, and one of the most fundamental steps towards diversity and awareness is simply knowing the proper pronunciation of co-workers, clients, and potential customers. A new technology, called ANTs, or audible name tags, was designed to aid in correct articulation. Founded by Vigen Nazarian, an Iranian immigrant, Nazarians own experiences with mispronunciation inspired him to create the product.
http://www.diversityjournal.com/9178-as-simple-as-a-name/

Inclusion missing at Calgary Muslim event (Licia Corbella, Calgary Herald)
A man who has repeatedly said homosexuals should be executed is the top speaker at a Calgary conference taking place on the Canada Day long weekend. The ironically named conference – The Power of Unity: Islam in a MultiCultural Canada – is headlining Bilal Philips, who goes far beyond saying what many religious leaders believe about homosexuality being a sin. Philips, who has been barred from travelling to Germany, is on the record as saying all male homosexuals should face the “punishment for deviant behaviour . . . which is death.”
http://www.calgaryherald.com/life/Corbella+Inclusion+missing+Calgary+Muslim+event/6743735/story.html

Newcomers fan out from big cities (London Free Press)
What does Dutton-Dunwich offer immigrants that Toronto cant? A sense of safety and quiet, cheaper housing and a community where neighbours know and support each other. But the assistance commonplace in bigger centres settlement agencies, an established immigrant community and readily available network to help are often non-existent in smaller places. Western University researchers will lead a sweeping research project that will look at newcomer attraction and integration in medium-sized and small cities and towns in Canada.
http://www.lfpress.com/news/london/2012/06/06/19845986.html

Chai Time in Mission Respect for All Sexual Orientations (Safe Harbour)
June 27th is Multiculturalism Day. Canada decreed June 27th as Multiculturalism Day to honour the many cultures that make up our society. Mission Community Services Society is proud to host their next Safe Harbour Chai Time Invitation on June 27th from 2pm to 4pm at the MCSS Conference Room. The 44 Safe Harbour certified locations in Mission and individual members of the community who support putting diversity into action are invited to attend. Newcomers to Mission looking for networking opportunities and want to make friends in the community are warmly welcomed as well.
http://safeharbourblog.wordpress.com/2012/06/06/chai-time-in-mission-respect-for-all-sexual-orientations/

How Dalton McGuinty will decimate Ontarios Liberal Party (Jack Fonseca, Life Site News)
Its the same story with visible minorities, most of whom come from countries with strong beliefs in the traditional family, marriage and the sanctity of human life. A study of probable voting by visible minorities found that in 2000 Liberals had a 26 point advantage. By 2008, visible minorities were almost as likely to vote Conservative. This shift did not occur over night but rather over the course of a few years and successive elections. It started when the Paul Martin Liberals abolished the true definition of marriage in 2005. Its effect in the short term was not very noticeable. Rather, it progressed over a few years, as the understanding spread within these communities that the Libs were diametrically opposed, even hostile, to their deeply-held beliefs. I call this the tsunami effect. This is why the Liberals never saw it coming. At first, the effect is not noticeable, like a disturbance far out at sea where the water still appears calm on the surface. Even as it grows in strength and ferocity the water appears calm, until it finally slams the shore and decimates everything.
http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/how-dalton-mcguinty-will-decimate-the-liberal-party/

New documents show more Manitoba bureaucrats involved in immigration controversy (CTV Winnipeg)
Newly released documents show more Manitoba bureaucrats than first believed were involved in an effort to have immigrants attend a legislature debate in a show of support for the NDP government. The documents, obtained by The Canadian Press under Manitoba’s freedom of information law, shed new light on the extent to which efforts were made to fill the legislature’s public gallery April 19 while the province criticized federal changes to immigration programs.
http://winnipeg.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20120605/wpg_immigration_120605/20120605/

Ethnic communities at greater risk, water-safety experts say (Marian Scott, Montreal Gazette)
Dharmesh Bhai Patel and Dilpreet Singh had everything to look forward to when their lives were cut short on May 26. The recent immigrants to Montreal, age 19 and 22, drowned at Oka beach when they accidentally waded into deep water. As local beaches gear up for the summer season, water-safety experts are calling for educational programs aimed at ethnic communities, who have a higher risk of accidents involving water. New Canadians are four times more likely to be unable to swim than native-born Canadians, according to the Lifesaving Society.
http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Ethnic+communities+greater+risk+water+safety+experts/6740725/story.html

REFUGEES

In Support of Refugee Medical Care (Tim O’Shea, Raise the Hammer)
The Federal Government’s plan to reduce medical services available to refugee claimants in Canada is a false economy that will be unfair to refugees and risky for public health.
http://www.raisethehammer.org/article/1619/in_support_of_refugee_medical_care

Statement on new arrest and charges in connection with the MV Sun Sea (Public Safety)
The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, and the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism today made the following statement following the arrest of a Toronto man in the MV Sun Sea case. RCMP has also laid charges against two individuals who are not believed to be in Canada at this time, and Canada-wide warrants have been issued for their arrest. “We commend the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on another important arrest in connection with this most reprehensible activity. Our government takes the crime of international migrant smuggling very seriously. That is why we introduced Bill C-31, the Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act. With this new legislation we enhance our ability to crack down on migrant smugglers, including making it easier to prosecute them, and introducing mandatory minimum sentences. Canada is a generous an
http://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/media/nr/2012/nr20120606-1-eng.aspx

RCMP pulling out all the stops with new charges in Tamil smuggling case (Globe and Mail)
The final set of charges has been laid in the MV Sun Sea human smuggling operation, sparking debate on whether the nearly two-year police investigation will deter future migrant vessels from setting sail for Canada. RCMP held a news conference Wednesday to announce charges against three more men, bringing to six the total number charged with organizing the ships entry, contrary to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. The men face penalties of life in prison and/or a $1-million fine. The MV Sun Sea arrived in B.C. via Thailand in August, 2010, carrying 492 Tamils.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/new-charges-laid-in-tamil-smuggling-case-in-canada-and-abroad/article4235366/

Final set of charges laid against Tamil human smuggling ringleaders (Elaine O’Connor, The Province)
With three new charges this week, federal border officials now believe they have identified and charged all the suspects involved in a 2010 human smuggling case that saw hundreds of Tamils illegally brought to Canada. Human smuggling investigations are complex and extend well beyond Canadas borders, and this case was no exception, RCMP Supt. Derek Simmonds, who heads the B.C. Federal Border Integrity Program, said at the Surrey Federal Operations Building Wednesday. Simmonds said that at times it took 200 officers and a dedicated team of 25 to collect more than 300,000 pages of evidence and conduct some 700 interviews in several languages in the exceptionally complex case. He said the investigation was now wrapping up. I do not expect further charges, he said.
http://www.theprovince.com/Tamil+human+smuggling+details+emerging/6739446/story.html

Feds to track down failed refugees collecting welfare (Tom Godfrey, Canoe.ca)
The feds are cracking down on bogus refugees who have either gone underground or returned home while still collecting tax-free welfare cheques. Immigration officials are moving ahead with a plan to monitor provincial welfare rolls to identify refugees who’ve abandoned their claims or returned to their homeland and are still receiving benefits. They will review cases of claimants who’ve had their cases refused, abandoned or withdrawn but may still be here illegally.
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2012/06/06/19846761.html

CARFMS12 Plenaries and Keynotes (Refugee Research Network)
Some really good conference plenaries and keynote speeches from the May 2012 Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Conference.
http://www.carfms.org/2012_plenaries

POVERTY / HEALTH / HOMELESSNESS / SOCIAL INCLUSION

Health Equity and Race Ontario (HERO) presents Second Annual Facing Racism in Health through Dialogue and Action (Health Nexus)
Enhance your awareness and understanding of the impact of racism on health and well-being. Contribute to dialogue and action to reduce racialized health inequities in our communities.
http://www.blogs.healthnexussante.ca/?p=2001

Social Planning Toronto releases first-ever poverty profiles of the citys 44 wards on Destitution Day (Laurie Monsebraaten, Toronto Star)
Today is D-Day in Toronto. The D is for destitution, and it is the date a single person on welfare would run out of money if he or she were living at the poverty line, according to Social Planning Toronto. Dwayne Scriven is one of them. The 40-year-old man of Cree heritage is among more than 157,000 single Ontarians, including almost 72,000 in Toronto, on Ontario Works. His welfare cheque is a meager $599 a month and with tax credits adds up to about $8,100 a year. Statistics Canadas low-income cut-off, after taxes, for a single person living in a large city like Toronto is about $19,800. We have dubbed June 7 Destitution Day to highlight the severity of poverty in Toronto and the inadequacy of government benefits in light of the upcoming provincial social assistance review, said John Campy, the agencys executive director. Social Planning Toronto has also chosen the day to release the first-ever detailed poverty profiles for residents living in the citys 44 wards, along with stories about agencies or initiatives that are making a difference… 46% of recent immigrants live in poverty.
http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1207119–social-planning-toronto-releases-first-ever-poverty-profiles-of-the-city-s-44-wards-on-destitution-day

Long-form census remains hot topic for Canadian researchers (Rosanna Tamburri, University Affairs)
On the same day that national media were parsing newly released data from the 2011 census, a panel of researchers at this years Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences renewed their call for a return of the mandatory long-form census. Why do we still need a census? Let me count the ways, said Susan McDaniel, Canada Research Chair in Global Population and Life Course and a sociology professor at the University of Lethbridge. Dr. McDaniel called into question the data collected from the 2011 voluntary household survey because of the surveys low response rate.
http://www.universityaffairs.ca/long-form-census-remains-hot-topic-for-canadian-researchers.aspx

Save Housing Supports for People on OW and ODSP! (Income Security Advocacy Centre)
The 2012 provincial budget has eliminated two critically important programs for people on Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program.
http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=095b12c98935ecaadd327bf90&id=b6dcfea7aa&e=f67f28a7b9

How To Fix Income Inequality (Dennis Howlett, Behind the Numbers)
Several polls released this spring reveal the extent of concern among Canadians about worsening income inequality. Most Canadians say that deep income inequality undermines Canadian values. The majority of Canadians tell pollsters they would support political leadership to reverse the trend. But what, some ask, can be done about income inequality?
http://www.behindthenumbers.ca/2012/06/06/how-to-fix-income-inequality/

EMPLOYMENT & WORKERS

Applicants Excluded From Hiring Process When Name Identified With a Racialized Group (Yosie Saint-Cyr, Slaw)
According to a recent study conducted by the Quebec Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse (Quebec’s Human Rights Commission), equally skilled and qualified candidates are 60 percent more likely to be invited to a job interview when their family name is of “Québécois origin” (as stated in the study) than if it sounds like a name of African, Arab or Latin-American origin. The goal of the study was to measure the extent of discriminatory hiring practices existing in Quebec, and revealed a net discrimination rate of 35 percent. Put another way, one in three people whose name identified them with a racialized group was excluded from the interview process.
http://www.slaw.ca/2012/06/07/applicants-excluded-from-hiring-process-when-name-identified-with-a-racialized-group/

Help wanted signs sprout like dandelions (Gary Lamphier, Edmonton Journal)
Leslie Seidle, the IRPPs research director, says the flow of permanent immigrants to Alberta has nearly doubled over the past decade, to nearly 30,500 in 2011, even as Canadas overall immigration numbers flatlined at about 250,000 per year. Even so, the surge of newcomers isnt expected to keep pace with demand in the years to come. As baby boomers retire and resource projects ramp up in other provinces, fewer workers are expected to migrate to Alberta to find jobs, even as another boom gathers momentum. As the Journal noted in a special report published in March, the province estimates that more than 600,000 new jobs will be created in Alberta by 2021, resulting in a net shortage of 114,000 workers.
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/business/Help+wanted+signs+sprout+like+dandelions/6741416/story.html

WAC E-Bulletin June 5, 2012 (Workers’ Action Centre)
The WAC website: New & Improved
Workers’ Rights Information Phoneline Updates
New “Know Your Rights” Factsheets
Staff Changes
http://us2.campaign-archive.com/?u=b32b33961fd1e65272919d8a6&id=4c91b2a585

Workers’ Action Centre launches new website! (Workers’ Action Centre)
The redesigned WAC website, launching today at www.workersactioncentre.org is a dynamic source of news and information on workers’ rights.
http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=b32b33961fd1e65272919d8a6&id=1ece9bec42&e=7ee1f8099c

CITY OF TORONTO / CITIES / CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Thursday’s Headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A daily round up of mainstream media news on Plastic Bags, Ford, Union Station Flood, Casinos and Other News.
http://spacingtoronto.ca/2012/06/07/thursdays-headlines-252/

Rob Ford speech absent of specifics and new ideas (Adam Chaleff-Freudenthaler, Spacing Toronto)
When a provincial or federal government runs out of things it can or wants to do, it will often prorogue parliament before the end of a scheduled session and spend a few months readying a new parliamentary agenda that it presents fresh with a throne speech at the beginning of that parliaments next session. Municipal government doesnt have sessions per se so when Rob Ford ran out of ideas he could or wanted to implement it became embarrassingly obvious. Agendas that used to be measured in inches are now described in millimeters. Fords speech Tuesday to a Bay Street lunch crowd was supposed to change that. Billed for weeks as the blueprint for the remaining two-and-a-half years in Fords term, the speech focused on economic development and, compared to his recent speech at the Toronto Real Estate Board, sought the political high ground. While Fords friends called it vision, his critics say the lack of specificity made the speech meaningless.
http://spacingtoronto.ca/2012/06/07/rob-ford-speech-absent-of-specifics-and-new-ideas/

HUMAN TRAFFICKING / MODERN-DAY SLAVERY

Feds to create anti-human trafficking squad after coaxing from U.S. (Globe and Mail)
Canadas new action plan to combat human trafficking, announced Wednesday with great fanfare, comes after years of prodding by the United States to do just that. The U.S. State Departments most recent annual report on trafficking in persons, released last year, lamented an inadequate level of co-operation between the federal government in Ottawa and the provinces. The government lacked a national strategy to combat trafficking, and limited co-ordination between the federal and provincial governments on anti-trafficking efforts continued to be a challenge, the report said. It called on Canada to strengthen co-ordination among national and provincial governments on law enforcement and victim services, in part by adopting a national strategy to combat human trafficking. Public Safety Minister Vic Toews addressed that issue directly on Wednesday when he announced that the government would be assembling a special team of officers to tackle the crime of human trafficking, part of an overall action plan.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/feds-to-create-anti-human-trafficking-squad-after-coaxing-from-us/article4237301/

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