Immigration & Diversity news headlines – August 14, 2012

IMMIGRATION AND DIVERSITY

Unpacking the complexity of policy making in ParkdaleHigh Park (Alejandra Bravo, DiverseCity)
For many of us, complicated processes of policy making can be a barrier to our political participation. That’s why Building Blocks exists. We bring civic literacy training, our partners bring committed community. We work with community leaders who focus on implementing practical, doable projects that make a difference in their neighbourhoods, increasing community civic literacy. Leaders like Terence Williams from the Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre (PARC). Working with our leaders, community members learn about how governments make decisions and the points where they can participate in shaping those decisions.
http://diversecitytoronto.ca/blog/building-blocks-parkdale/

Immigrant Underemployment is Costly for Canada, CIBC Says (Nirmala Menon, Wall Street Journal)
Immigrants in Canada are underemployed and paid less than Canadian-born workers, a phenomenon that’s costing the economy over 20 billion Canadian dollars in forgone earnings, and is probably a significant factor in Canada’s productivity gap with the U.S., according to a report from CIBC World Markets. Newcomers to Canada may be more educated now, but they only earn about 60 cents on the dollar relative to their Canadian-born counterparts. That compares with 80 cents on the dollar earned by those who arrived in the 1970s, the report says. The earnings gap is also narrowing at a much slower pace.
http://blogs.wsj.com/canadarealtime/2012/08/13/immigrant-underemployment-is-costly-for-canada-cibc-says/

Report – Long-Term Immigration Approach Needed To Maximize Newcomers’ Employability (PDF):http://research.cibcwm.com/economic_public/download/if_2012-0813.pdf

Canada in annual immigration peak (Globe Advisor)
It’s not just longer days and high temperatures that peak during the Canadian summer, it’s also when immigration numbers peak. July, August and September are the peak immigration months when permanent residents and foreign students1 go through the chaotic process of moving everything from home to family to finances to Canada. Scotiabank offers advice on how Canadian newcomers can make the financial part of their move both simpler and successful.
https://secure.globeadvisor.com/servlet/ArticleNews/story/cnw/20120813/C6330

Immigration can be a plus (John Reiniers, Hernando Today)
Let’s skip the weary debate over our failed open border policy with Mexico. We never had the political will to control our southern border, so now years later we are paying the price. What makes our failure more pitiful is this administration’s ‘policy’ is driven solely by their desperation to get re-elected in 2012 at any cost – not what’s good for America. It would be useful to compare the immigration policies and outcomes of Canada and the U.S., and narrow it down to Asians. Neither country can be proud of its history of rank discrimination against the Chinese.
http://www2.hernandotoday.com/news/hernando-news/2012/aug/12/immigration-can-be-a-plus-ar-463052/

Soccer league bans B.C. pre-teens from tournaments because team is too diverse (Brian Hutchinson, National Post)
They are a diverse group of players, the lads from the B.C. Tigers summer soccer club. Some parents have dubbed the Surrey-based outfit “Team United Nations,” thanks to its ethnically mixed roster of pre-teen boys, who come from East Indian, Caucasian and African backgrounds. No big surprise there. Surrey is one of the most multicultural cities in Canada, and the Tigers preach inclusion. Originally known as the Punjab Tigers, the club changed its name in 2009 to B.C. Tigers, “to allow for diversity and broadband [sic] its efforts to integrate [sic] into other communities,” according to a team website. But the Tigers went too far, for some. The team of under-13-year-olds (U13) has been banned from official tournament play because its roster features too many kids who aren’t of East Indian descent. What sort of message does this send to our kids? Not a very good one, I don’t think. What about tolerance and respect?
http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/08/13/soccer-league-bans-b-c-pre-teens-from-tournaments-because-team-is-too-diverse/

Citizenship and Immigration Canada Continues to Expand Settlement Programs (Canadavisa.com)
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has recently issued a call for proposals for new language training, settlement, and resettlement services. Such programs are integral to helping immigrants integrate into their new homes. Proposals will be accepted for projects that will begin in 2013. The projects can be local, regional, national, or international in scope. Settlement funds are directed towards new immigrants, while resettlement funds are set aside for refugees. CIC has stated that “Services [will] include language training, information/referrals, help finding employment that matches newcomers’ skills and education, and help establishing networks/contacts in their communities”.
http://www.canadavisa.com/news/entry/citizenship-and-immigration-canada-continues-to-expand-settlement-programs-13082012.html

Supplier Diversity (Grace Austin, Diversity Journal)
Supplier diversity is a key element of London 2012’s commitment to diversity. In 2008, Britain’s Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) explored procurement policies and practices in the London boroughs hosting the games. The EHRC concluded that significant attempts have been made to improve supplier diversity, but only a small number had actually won contracts. Since then, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) issued a Diversity and Inclusion Business Charter to state its goals of supplier diversity at the games. According to the charter, “Our ambition is to deliver an Olympic Games for everyone.” Publicity, accessibility, and benchmarking are essential aspects of the charter’s business objectives. Through an online marketplace “CompeteFor,” businesses can register for opportunities, and a “Gold Standard Diversity Tool” will help benchmark diversity goals for participating businesses.
http://www.diversityjournal.com/9712-supplier-diversity/

Push for foreign students doesn’t seem necessary (Barbara Yaffe, Vancouver Sun)
Canada is after both brain power and big bucks in a renewed push to attract more foreign students to this country. The objective is not especially altruistic – such as imparting knowledge so that the inter-national students can pursue good careers back in their home countries. No, Canadian educational institutions, at a time of provincial cuts to funding, are keen to boost their budgets. International students, paying tuition at roughly three times the rate demanded of their Canadian counterparts, are big business. They typically pay $17,200 a year in under-grad tuition, compared with $6,100 paid by locals.
http://www.vancouversun.com/life/Push+foreign+students+doesn+seem+necessary/7062790/story.html

REFUGEES

Refugee project looking for survey responders to help coordinate responses to new refugee bill (PovNet)
Given the significant changes in Canada’s refugee system contained in Bill C-31 and their many associated access to justice issues, it is to be expected that a number of organizations and individuals across the country are undertaking initiatives in response to this new law. The Refugee Assistance Project, out of the University of Ottawa, is looking to help enable information sharing and coordination within the refugee support community. They are asking people from non-profit organizations who address the needs of refugees in Canada to answer a survey to help map out the responses to the new bill.
http://www.povnet.org/node/4963

B.C. Judge orders two Tamil smugglers released (Keith Fraser, The Province)
The B.C. Supreme Court has ordered the release of two Ontario men charged in the smuggling into Canada of 492 Tamils aboard a freighter off the B.C. coast. Nadarajah Mahendran and Thampeernayagam Rajaratnam were charged in June with organizing illegal entry into Canada in violation of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. They were brought to B.C. and appeared in a Vancouver courtroom Monday following an application to be released on bail.
http://www.theprovince.com/news/Judge+orders+Tamil+smugglers+released/7082778/story.html

Support, Not Stereotypes, When Interviewing LGBTI Refugees (Huffington Post)
When the Canadian legal system erupted into a debate last month over how to prove someone is gay, one of the most enlightened countries in the world showed that even it is not prepared to protect the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people who manage to arrive at its shores. To make matters worse, the ensuing discussion could further endanger the fate of LGBTI asylum seekers by sidestepping a tried-and-true solution that can make the Canadian system much more responsive to these refugees’ cries for help.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/neil-grungras/lgbti-refugees_b_1766387.html

Asylum seekers: what other countries do (Glenda Kwek, Hawkesbury Gazette)
There are 144 states that are signatories to the 1951 Refugee Convention and 145 to the 1967 Protocol, which extended the scope of the Convention. So how does Australia’s asylum policies compare to other countries? Here is a brief rundown of the policies in some countries.
http://www.hawkesburygazette.com.au/news/national/national/general/asylum-seekers-what-other-countries-do/2648763.aspx

Ottawa man’s deportation order could have implications for rebel fighters in Syria, Libya (Mohammed Adam, Ottawa Citizen)
A deportation order against a Nigerian coup-plotter has exposed the danger facing people who take up arms against despotic governments, then come to Canada to find safe haven. Shola Oremade, who has lived in Ottawa for about 10 years, lost a seven-year battle to stay in Canada after he was declared a national security risk for participating in a 1995 attempted coup against the late Nigerian military dictator Sani Abacha. Even though the coup was foiled and not a shot was fired, an immigration appeal panel ordered Oremade deported because he had engaged or instigated “the subversion by force of the government in power.”
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/News/Canada/Ottawa+deportation+order+could+have+implications+rebel/7083911/story.html

Uproar in Canada over deportation order on (The Nation)
A deportation order against a Nigerian coup-plotter has exposed the danger facing people who take up arms against despotic governments, then come to Canada to find safe haven. Shola Oremade, who has lived in Ottawa for about 10 years, lost a seven-year battle to stay in Canada after he was declared a national security risk for participating in a 1995 attempted coup against the late Nigerian military dictator Sani Abacha. Even though the coup was foiled and not a shot was fired, an immigration appeal panel ordered Oremade deported because he had engaged or instigated “the subversion by force of the government in power.”
http://www.thenationonlineng.net/2011/online-special/evening-express/57578-uproar-in-canada-over-deportation-order-on.html

Sri Lankan smuggled into Canada on MV Ocean Lady accepted as refugee due to possible danger (Stewart Bell, National post)
A Sri Lankan migrant has been accepted as a refugee on the grounds that, as a passenger on a smuggling ship that Canada has publicly linked to Tamil rebels, he might be tortured or killed in his homeland. The 24-year-old ethnic Tamil arrived in Canada in 2009 aboard the MV Ocean Lady, which federal officials have identified as a rebel arms smuggling ship. Officials have also claimed a third of the 76 migrants on aboard were Tamil rebels. But the Immigration and Refugee Board has now turned those statements against the government, ruling that widespread publicity about the ship’s rebel ties had made one of the passengers into a refugee.
http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/08/13/sri-lankan-smuggled-into-canada-on-mv-ocean-lady-granted-refugee-status-due-to-possible-danger/

POVERTY / HEALTH / HOMELESSNESS / SOCIAL INCLUSION

‘Wealth equals health’: Canada’s doctors warn of growing health inequalities (Wellesley Institute)
Rising inequalities mean that Canada’s much loved national health care system is increasingly failing in its fundamental goal of good health for all, reports the Canadian Medical Association, which has launched a national conference in Whitehorse. “There are real inequalities around the country,” says CMA President-elect Anna Reid in an interview with Globe and Mail health reporter Andre Picard. Dr Reid identifies two reasons for growing health inequality: the public health system “is covering just part of what needs to be covered”; and, health services are increasingly different in different parts of the country.
http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/news/wealth-equals-health-canadas-doctors-warn-of-growing-health-inequalities/

Ministry of Health to close provincial women’s health agency (Megan Ogilvie, Toronto Star)
The Ministry of Health is shuttering the provincial agency charged with improving women’s health in Ontario. In place of the standalone institution, the ministry says it plans to incorporate women’s health into a new research program and has identified it as a priority. Echo: Improving Women’s Health in Ontario (Echo) has eight months to wrap up its projects, including one that is working to set provincial standards of care for women who suffer from postpartum depression. The agency is scheduled to close March 2013.
http://www.thestar.com/healthzone/article/1237277–ministry-of-health-to-close-provincial-women-s-health-agency

Latest Media and Policy News: 13 August 2012 (ISAC)
Poverty and policy news from across Canada from ISAC.
http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=095b12c98935ecaadd327bf90&id=6c1ef86581&e=17b62befd7

EMPLOYMENT & WORKERS

ASTTBC and IEC-BC to help skilled immigrants navigate the BC job market (IECBC)
On Wednesday August 15th, Honourable Minister Pat Bell will speak at a luncheon event hosted by the Immigrant Employment Council of BC (IEC-BC) and Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC (ASTTBC) to launch a mentoring program. IEC-BC’s Mentoring Program uses the power of connections to mobilize immigrant talent, build sustainable communities and grow BC’s economy. Built on a successful national model, the IEC-BC Mentoring Program connects employers with ‘job ready’ immigrant talent. It brings together skilled immigrants and established Canadian professionals in occupation-specific, one-on-one relationships.
http://www.iecbc.ca/about-us/in-the-news/news/asttbc-and-iec-bc-to-help-skilled-immigrants-navigate-bc-job-market

Employers need to face real consequences (Workers’ Action Centre)
John Patino speaks out… I was working as a handyman for a cleaning company. All of my paycheques were for the same amount of hours, but every cheque would have different deductions. I regularly asked my boss to pay me with the correct deductions. But the same thing kept happening. Based on this I told my boss that I was not working with an honest person. My boss terminated me for asking for my rights. Despite the fact that we had an agreement that he would give me 15 days of notice if my job were to end, he terminated me with no notice.
http://www.workersactioncentre.org/updates/enforcement/employers-need-to-face-real-consequences/

CIC updates Foreign Worker Manual provisions relating to intra-company transferees (Canadian Immigrant)
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) recently updated its Foreign Worker Manual, which provides guidance to CIC and Canada Border Services Agency officers who adjudicate work permit applications. The updated version includes revisions to sections that describe the C12 (Section 5.31) and North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA; appendix G, Sections 4.1 and 4.3) intra-company transferee exemptions from the labour market opinion requirement.
http://canadianimmigrant.ca/news-and-views/cic-updates-foreign-worker-manual-provisions-relating-to-intra-company-transferees

CITY OF TORONTO / CITIES / CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Tuesday’s Headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A daily round up of mainstream media news on Development, Garbage, Bikes and Other News.
http://spacingtoronto.ca/2012/08/14/tuesdays-headlines-264/

SOCIAL INNOVATION / NONPROFITS

A Closer Look at Nonprofit Technology Benchmarks: Tech Adoption Levels (NTEN)
If you’ve been keeping up with this blog series about applications of our annual Nonprofit Tech Staffing & Investments research, you’ve noticed that we refer to “Tech Adoption” when gauging the impact of staffing levels or investments on an organization. In this article, we’re taking a closer look at what we mean by “Tech Adoption”.
http://www.nten.org/blog/2012/08/13/a-closer-look-at-nonprofit-technology-benchmarks-tech-adoption-levels

Charities face heightened restrictions on political engagement (Charityinfo.ca)
Charities face a strange contradiction surrounding the role they are permitted to play in the law and policy making processes of government. Charities are in many senses uniquely suited for active, constructive participation in the process of law and policy reform. A combination of field experience, specialized knowledge and closeness to the community gives them the capacity to comment meaningfully on the effectiveness of existing and/or the need for new government programming.
http://www.charityinfo.ca/articles/Charities-face-heightened-restrictions-on-political-engagement

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