Immigration & Diversity news headlines – July 27, 2012

IMMIGRATION AND DIVERSITY

Webinar Recording: Healthy Living: Promoting Health and Safety in Immigrant Communities (Cities of Migration)
Learn about innovative health and safety initiatives in Auckland and Vancouver that promote healthy living through community education and accessible programming that ensures new immigrants and their families are safe, sound, and empowered to seek solutions for their personal well-being.
http://citiesofmigration.ca/webinar/webinar-healthy-living-promoting-health-and-safety-in-immigrant-communities/

What’s missing in Canada’s anti-trafficking effort? (Washington Times)
The Canadian federal government will stop issuing visas to foreigners who work in sex industries starting this month banning visa programs for foreign workers in the sex industry. The new immigration policy came about because of research by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) showing that organized criminals exploit foreign workers through the visa program, allowing them to work in sex industry. The Adult Entertainment Association of Canada (AEAC) response to the ban is to announce its plan to recruit high school and college students to fill the demand for sex workers. The incident raises a question of whether the Canadian government’s new policy is adequately tackling the root cause behind sex trafficking and prostitution in Canada.
http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/rights-so-divine/2012/jul/26/Whats-missing-in-Canadas-anti-trafficking-effort/

Immigration department’s call centre giving inconsistent answers (Toronto Star)
My spouse applied for citizenship about 20 months ago. Since then there has been no progress with her application. She followed the letter of the law (that is, she fulfilled all requirements). After that, we went together to Beijing, where she stayed for 14 months, then returned to Canada. She’s been employed here ever since. We have contacted the call centre of Citizen and Immigration Canada, and the frustration gets bigger every time we call them. Somehow they always seem to give different answers. Once they said that in three months tops the application will be processed. Then the three months became nine months, then the nine months became one, then back to nine months. I don’t understand what’s going on. There is no physical point at which we can actually talk to some person from CIC, only this calling centre that gives random answers.
http://www.thestar.com/living/article/1229472–immigration-department-s-call-centre-giving-inconsistent-answers

Builders’ union pledge full legal support for Canada immigrants (The Portugal News)
More than 400 Portuguese construction workers have shown interest in working in Canada, following the announcement made last week that the country is looking to recruit hundreds of people for public and private construction work in Toronto.
http://theportugalnews.com/news/builders-union-pledge-full-legal-support-for-canada-immigrants/26463

Workshop empowers immigrant renters (Carol Sanders, Winnipeg Free Press)
Moving from a refugee camp to a rental property isn’t easy, especially when you don’t know the language or the rules, say advocates helping the Bhutanese community learn the ropes. “In the Bhutanese community, people have many problems renting a house,” said Puspa Dahal, who has his own problems. He’s one of 5,500 Bhutanese refugees the Canadian government agreed to resettle from UN-run camps in Nepal where 108,000 lived for nearly two decades. “We’re used to living in a refugee camp — we have no idea of renting a house in Canada,” said Dahal, who came to Canada in 2010.
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/workshop-empowers-immigrant-renters-163983206.html

Loss of immigration office harming local economy: MP (Darren Macdonald, Northern Life)
The closure of Sudbury’s Citizen and Immigration Canada office this spring is making it harder for mining companies to deal with a severe shortage of skilled labour, MP Glenn Thibeault said July 25. Thibeault hosted a roundtable at Tom Davies Square to discuss the issue, which he said couldn’t come at a worse time, as Greater Sudbury gears up for a host of major economic projects, all of which will require skilled labour already in short supply. While local colleges and universities are frantically training workers, it will take time before graduates are ready to fill those roles. In the meantime, finding skilled workers is going to be increasingly important.
http://www.northernlife.ca/news/localNews/2012/07/25-immigration-round-table.aspx

Closure of immigration office creates gaps (CBC)
Community groups say the closing of the federal government’s Citizenship and Immigration Centre in Sudbury is making it more difficult for immigrants to access services and information. They now have to either travel out of town or contact the government by phone or over the Internet. “It’s going to make a huge impact on time and also on my finances,” said Jason Huang, who immigrated to Canada from India three years ago.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/story/2012/07/26/sby-immigration-office.html

Jinny Sims and Ujjal Dosanjh promote secular politics to bind a diverse society (Straight)
Newton–North Delta NDP MP Jinny Sims and ex-premier Ujjal Dosanjh worry about the impact of religious fundamentalists on the rights of nonbelievers and people of different faiths.
http://www.straight.com/article-740276/vancouver/secularism-promoted-counter-extremists

Immigration officers tough it out in Pakistan (Daniel Proussalidis, Toronto Sun)
Stressed out Canadian immigration officers in far-flung Islamabad are struggling to keep up with their workload while weeding out fraudsters, documents suggest. The posting “requires hardy and committed officers who can take the pressure, day in and day out” far from family and friends, according to an internal Citizenship and Immigration Canada report acquired by lawyer Richard Kurland through access to information requests. In early April, there were more than 5,000 family-class immigration cases pending at the Canadian High Commission in Pakistan.
http://www.torontosun.com/2012/07/26/immigration-officers-tough-it-out-in-pakistan

POVERTY / HEALTH / HOMELESSNESS / SOCIAL INCLUSION

Hardship Fund Cut (CBC Metro Morning)
Guest host Jane Hawtin spoke with Toronto city councillor Janet Davis.
http://www.cbc.ca/metromorning/episodes/2012/07/26/hardship-fund-cut/

Three reasons why cutting the Hardship Fund is unfair and inequitable (Steve Barnes, Wellesley Institute)
News emerged this morning that the City has quietly cut the Hardship Fund – a fund that provides essential medical supports to people who do not receive social assistance, but who have very low or precarious incomes. The Fund meets the needs of residents where the cost of medical items would cause undue financial hardship. Supports and services that are covered include vision care, emergency dental care, reimbursement of prescription drug costs, and funeral costs.
http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/news/three-reasons-why-cutting-the-hardship-fund-is-unfair-and-inequitable/

Latest Media and Policy News: 26 July 2012 (ISAC)
News about poverty and policy in Ontario and nationally.
http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=095b12c98935ecaadd327bf90&id=1ba056679e&e=17b62befd7

CITY OF TORONTO / CITIES / CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Friday’s Headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A daily round up of mainstream media news on Ontario Place, Rob Ford, Police, Transit and Other News.
http://spacingtoronto.ca/2012/07/27/fridays-headlines-257/

Mayor Ford denies knowledge of former neo-Nazi musician’s identity (Globe and Mail)
A picture of grinning Mayor Rob Ford standing beside a former neo-Nazi musician, and the private meeting that followed months later, all took place without the mayor’s knowledge of the individual’s identity or history of racist comments, his staff says. The picture, snapped at the mayor’s annual New Year’s Levee shows Mr. Ford with his arm around a man in a military uniform who is looking grim-faced into the camera. That picture is posted on the Facebook page identified as belonging to Jon Latvis, the same name as a member of the neo-Nazi band, RAHOWA (Racial Holy War). Liberal strategist Warren Kinsella says he was alerted to the picture and put it on his web site Thursday morning, along with the question, “Why is Toronto’s mayor palsy with a former neo-Nazi icon?”
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/mayor-ford-denies-knowledge-of-former-neo-nazi-musicians-identity/article4442978/

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