Immigration & Diversity news headlines – August 31, 2012

IMMIGRATION AND DIVERSITY

Report Back: 2nd PFN and Maytree Building Blocks workshop at Greenest City (Parkdale Economies)
Parkdale Food Network organized its 2nd workshop on civic engagement and food security as part of Maytree Foundations Building Blocks. This is a report-back by Terence Williams, Community Leader of Maytree civic engagement training.
http://parkdalecommunityeconomies.wordpress.com/2012/08/29/report-back-2nd-pfn-and-maytree-building-blocks-workshop-at-greenest-city/

The distinctiveness of Canadian immigration experience – PDF (Jeffrety Reitz, Univerity of Toronto)
Canadas experience with immigration has been comparatively positive and mass immigration has considerable popular support within the country. The distinctive Canadian policy model*including large numbers with skill-based selection, multiculturalism and other policies aimed at promoting integration, and provincial autonomy*deserves international attention. However, Canadas success with immigration is only partly related to its policies and these may not be easily transferable to other contexts. Skill-based immigrant selection may be the most important feature of the Canadian model contributing to its success, and the effectiveness of this policy is clearly contingent on border control, which in the case of Canada is facilitated by geographical isolation. Canadas symbolic commitment to multiculturalism emphasizes the social integration of immigrants and this goal is also served by significant social services supporting settlement and language acquisition. The most significant distinctive feature of the Canadian approach to immigration may be the belief that immigration represents a positive opportunity to build the economy and develop the country. This belief represents a resource helping the country address some of the current problems confronting immigration, including reduced employment success of immigrants and evidence that racial divisions have significance particularly for certain groups. The belief in mass immigration as a positive resource and development opportunity underlies much of the positive discourse on immigration in Canada
http://www.utoronto.ca/ethnicstudies/Reitz%20-%20Distinctiveness%20of%20Canadian%20immigration%20experience%20-%202012.pdf

Protesters decry immigration changes (David Hutton, Star Phoenix)
Dozens of people rallied in Saskatoon Thursday to protest changes to the province’s immigrant nominee program made earlier this year. The group – called Coalition for a Fair SINP (Saskatchewan immigrant nominee program) – waved Canadian flags and held placards in front of City Hall calling the changes to the program “unfair,” “unjust,” and a “betrayal of trust” before marching downtown. “My heart starts falling apart when I see people who are distressed because of the sudden and abrupt changes to this program,” said Zaigham Kayani, a local radio host and freelance journalist.
http://www.thestarphoenix.com/business/Protesters+decry+immigration+changes/7171585/story.html

Don’t put off SINP changes (Star Phoenix)
Immigration Minister Bill Boyd needs to move quickly to deliver on his commitment to immigrant families in Saskatchewan who had their dreams dashed by some abrupt rule changes to the provincial nominee program this spring. With the federal government seemingly announcing every few weeks stricter qualifications for the economic immigrants Canada will accept, any delay on Mr. Boyd’s part makes it that much harder for Saskatchewan’s immigrant families to sponsor loved ones to move to this province for work.
http://www.thestarphoenix.com/SINP+changes/7159388/story.html

Russians find Canada is tailor-made for them (Darron Kloster, Times Colonist)
Irina Sitonin is a grateful new Canadian. She cites the people who gave her jobs and friendship over the past five years, local consumers who frequent her new shop, the Russian Tailor, and the safety and easy nature of Canada compared with her native Russia and adopted Israel. But it was a simple medical test at the end of a long immigration process that has really brought her heart closer to the Maple Leaf.
http://www.timescolonist.com/business/Russians+find+Canada+tailor+made+them/7166428/story.html

How to fix an ‘upside-down’ immigration system (Natasha Fatah, CBC)
You know all those “illegal aliens,” meaning the Mexican migrant workers that the Americans want to throw out? If we had any sense, we’d bring them to Canada. It is not an idea you hear very often. But it is exactly what James McNiven proposed, albeit more for dramatic effect, at the annual Palmer Conference on immigration at the University of PEI this summer. Every single speaker and contributor at the conference agreed immigration is good for Canada’s growth and prosperity. But McNiven, a professor emeritus of public policy at Dalhousie University, and a former deputy minister of development in Nova Scotia, feels it is an absolute necessity to avoid economic catastrophe.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/08/29/f-vp-fatah-immigration.html

In Canada, non-ethnic is still the norm (Globe and Mail)
It has been nearly two years since I wrote a guest column in this paper, expressing my concerns over a Macleans article that controversially addressed the growing Asian population at Canadian universities. The piece predicted a dark future for postsecondary education based on racist portrayals of Asian students. I thought that particular maelstrom had passed. I was wrong. Now the Bank of Canada is insisting that a female image on our $100 bill might once again be too Asian for Canadian society.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/in-canada-non-ethnic-is-still-the-norm/article4490657/?service=mobile

Apologetic Carney says new banknotes will capture Canadas diversity (Ottawa Citizen)
The governor of the Bank of Canada personally apologized for the way the image of an Asian woman was erased from the initial design of new $100 banknotes, saying future designs will capture Canadas diversity. On behalf of the bank and personally, I apologize for the offence created by that sequence of events, Carney said Wednesday at a news conference. Thats not the standard that Canadians expect of the bank and steps have to be taken to ensure that theres not a repetition.
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/Business/Apologetic+Carney+says+banknotes+will+capture+Canada+diversity/7128751/story.html

Website opens Huron Countys door to newcomers (Heather Boa, Huron Bullet News)
A new website invites the world to make its home in Huron County. The portal combines photos of agriculture, heritage districts and people with a series of short, focused videos and text that opens the door to the county in order to convince newcomers to set up shop and home. With funding from the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigrations Municipal Immigration Information Online, the site can also be translated into about a dozen languages.
http://huron.bulletnewscanada.ca/2012/08/30/website-invites-the-world-to-huron-county/

This day in history: August 30, 1972 (Bob Dibble, Vancouver Sun)
Rosemary Brown was elected to the provincial legislature on this day 40 years ago, making her the first black woman to hold office at the provincial level in Canada. From Kingston, Jamaica, where she was born in 1930, Brown moved to Canada to study at McGill University in 1951. She completed her BA and moved west to the University of British Columbia in 1962, eventually earning her masters in social work in 1965. She liked to observe, wryly, that her adult life as a black woman began when she arrived in a society that in 1951 was both racist and sexist.
http://www.vancouversun.com/This+history+August+1972/7165839/story.html

Multiculturalism What does it mean to be a Canadian in the 21st Century? (Salim Mansur, Tolerance.ca)
The question before us, I take it, centres on how we relate to the idea of multiculturalism, whether we see it positively in terms of the first principle of liberal democracy, or negatively. The first principle of liberal democracy is about individual freedom and the rule of law designed to protect it, while liberalism is an ideology, as the economist and historian of ideas Robert Heilbroner noted, supporting a system of perfect liberty.
http://www.tolerance.ca/Article.aspx?ID=142916&L=en

Immigrants: their mother tongue shouldn’t matter; its what we do with them that does (Toula Foscolos, Westmount Examiner)
Regarding immigration to Quebec, he said: « Un Chinois de Shanghai qui connait le français ne devrait pas être égal à un type de Bordeaux en France aux yeux des autorités de limmigration. » (A Chinese immigrant from Shanghai who understands French should not be seen as equal to someone from Bordeaux, France, in the eyes of immigration authorities.) The reasoning, according to Lisée, is that someone whose mother tongue is French would, not only be able to better integrate, but would also live in French. The implication, of course being, that those whose first language isnt French, only pretend to live in French. Egad! Ive finally been outed!
http://www.westmountexaminer.com/Opinion/Toulas-Take/2012-08-30/article-3064395/Immigrants%3A-their-mother-tongue-shouldnt-matter-it%26rsquos-what-we-do-with-them-that-does/1

PQ wants immigrants who already speak French (Monique Beaudin, Montreal Gazette)
The Parti Québécois would change immigration criteria to favour people who already use French as their main language and draw up a plan to keep young families on the island of Montreal, Rosemont candidate Jean-François Lisée said Wednesday. The future of the French language is at risk because of a steady decline in the number of people on the island of Montreal who use it as their main language, Lisée said, citing statistics from the Office québécois de la langue française showing the number of people who speak French at home dropped from 61 per cent in 1971 to 54 per cent in 2006. If nothing is done, Lisée said, it could drop to 47 per cent in less than 20 years.
http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/wants+immigrants+already+speak+French/7164238/story.html

Immigration, baby boomers and low interest rates will save Toronto condo market from major downturn, Conference Board predicts (Susan Pigg, Toronto Star)
Low interest rates, high immigration and downsizing baby boomers will keep the bottom from falling out of Torontos softening condo market, says a new report by the Conference Board of Canada. New mortgage rules and modest economic growth are likely to result in a 1.2 per cent drop in condo sales this year and a 2.2 per cent drop in starts, which hit record levels earlier this year thanks to a record 28,000 sales last year. But condo prices are forecast to rise just 1.3 per cent this year, their lowest increase since 1996 and a far cry from the 7.4 per cent jump recorded last year, which pushed the median price of a condo above $300,000 for the first time, notes the semi-annual Metropolitan Condo Outlook report.
http://www.thestar.com/business/article/1249346–immigration-baby-boomers-and-low-interest-rates-will-save-toronto-condo-market-from-major-downturn-conference-board-predicts

Barge Festival celebrates the immigrants who founded the Red River Selkirk Settlement (Alison Mayes, Winnipeg Free Press)
Phyllis Fraser, co-chairwoman of the committee, says the colonists’ story of being driven from tenant farms in Scotland and starting over in a new land can be appreciated by people of every immigrant background. “All immigrants who came to Manitoba share that — they came in search of a better life,” she says. Fraser, a direct descendant of the settlers, also hopes the festival will inspire Manitobans to embrace their own lively history.
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/columnists/great-scots-167960116.html

Friends reflect on the life, legacy of Ruth Goldbloom (CTV Atlantic)
The many friends and admirers of longtime Nova Scotia philanthropist Ruth Goldbloom are reflecting on her life and legacy after she passed away Wednesday from cancer at the age of 88. Goldbloom is the woman most associated with the creation of Canadas National Immigration Museum at Pier 21 in Halifax, but she was also an enthusiastic supporter of the IWK Health Centre, where her husband Dr. Richard Goldbloom has treated thousands of children over the years.
http://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/friends-reflect-on-the-life-legacy-of-ruth-goldbloom-1.936879

Book excerpt: The Muslim tide that wasnt (Doug Saunders, National Post)
Immigrants have large families. Any social service agency will tell you that public-housing apartments built for four-person families are inadequate for big new-immigrant families. This is nothing new. Recently arrived immigrants have always had big families: The seemingly limitless issue of Roman Catholics and Jews in the neighbourhoods of Western cities was the subject of national hysteria throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. But within a generation or two, their family sizes were little different from those of the general population.
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/08/29/book-excerpt-the-muslim-tide-that-wasnt/

Will Diversity Bashing Win in Quebec? (Rikia Saddy, The Tyee)
I grew up in Alberta, I live in British Columbia, and my work lets me think and write about a higher vision for Canada in the world. This secured my credentials as the voice of Western Canada a few elections ago, when Mark Kelley took Canadians from various parts of the country and transplanted them on the other side, in my case Quebec, for a segment on CBCs The National.
http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2012/08/29/Parti-Quebecois/

Kenneys Busy Year (South Asian Generation Next)
Government of Canada has introduced a number of significant reforms over the past year to strengthen the integrity and economic responsiveness of the immigration system. Our government has a plan for a faster, more flexible, responsive and secure immigration system that will better meet Canadas economic needs while continuing to uphold our humanitarian commitments, stated Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney.
http://www.sagennext.com/2012/08/29/kenneys-busy-year/

Vancouver school district drives immigrant student bus tours (Cheryl Rossi, Vancouver Courier)
Justin Yang wants his 13year-old son Bob to do well in school. But Bob, who may attend Prince of Wales secondary in September, and his father are recent immigrants from China with little knowledge of their new city. That’s why they joined hundreds of newcomers to Canada Monday to cram into stuffy classrooms at John Oliver secondary to munch on sandwiches while settlement workers who work in Vancouver schools prepared them for bus tours of the city’s neighbourhoods. It’s the first year the Vancouver school district’s reception and placement centre offered the tours as part of its orientation for new immigrant and refugee parents and students keen to understand the city’s school system and culture. “I want to know what the education system is about. I want to know how we can [prepare] for his good education,” said Yang.
http://www.vancourier.com/travel/Vancouver+school+district+drives+immigrant+student+tours/7160194/story.html

What Aussies Can Teach Canada About Immigration (Diane Francis, Huffington Post)
Canada is finally moving toward a smart, two-step immigration policy — like Australia and others have — that will recruit talent through a targeting policy of foreign student education. Australia’s success has been widely disseminated and last week (August 14) a blue-ribbon federal task force in Canada released a report that would emulate its policy. The number of foreign students allowed entry into Canadian institutions should nearly double to 450,000 in a decade and those who graduate from Canadian institutions should be eligible to remain, rather than having to return home and wait years to get in. Most foreign students in Canada get their degrees and never come back. Most Australians apply to remain and the majority stay.
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/diane-francis/canada-immigration_b_1832933.html

Globe and Mail honoured for two digital journalism projects (Globe and Mail)
The Online News Association released the shortlist on Wednesday for its 2012 awards, praising the honorees for pushing the envelope of innovation and excellence in digital storytelling and distribution. Among the mostly American honorees were two in-depth projects by The Globe. One is an exhaustive look at immigration to Canada including where the next Canadians will come from, how Canada can compete globally for the best and brightest and how Canada must change to foster equality for all residents. Led by demographics reporter Joe Friesen, the series was short-listed in the category of explanatory reporting by a medium-sized news organization. Breaking Caste a series of articles by Stephanie Nolen, The Globes India correspondent looks at the dissonance between Indias rising status as a 21st-century power and the miserable reality for people left, because of their ancestry, at the bottom of the social order. The project was shortlisted in the category of features by a medium-sized news organization.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/globe-and-mail-honoured-for-online-journalism-projects/article4508698/

Closure of citizenship centre affecting Thunder Bay family (CBC)
The closure of the local Citizenship and Immigration Centre is causing problems for a Thunder Bay family who need certain paperwork before traveling abroad. Dharmender Dhankhar and his family would like to go to India for his sisters wedding but recently learned the Indian government needs to see documentation showing the exact date on which he became a Canadian citizen in addition to his passport.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/story/2012/08/29/tb-citizenship-immigration-centre-closed.html

Rampant immigration fraud unlikely, say local experts in the wake of Montreal fake marriage scam (Stephanie Ip, The Province)
For better, for worse or till immigration fraud do us part. While Quebec RCMP gear up to charge whats expected to be more than 600 suspects in an alleged fake wedding scam, a Vancouver expert says immigration fraud by way of saying I do isnt as common as we might think.
http://www.theprovince.com/news/canada/Rampant+immigration+fraud+unlikely+local+experts+wake+Montreal/7163869/story.html

Come to Canada Wizard works like magic 1.6 million visits in 12 months (CIC)
One year after Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) launched the Come to Canada Wizard, the popularity of the Web tool continues to rise and is reaching new heights with over 1.6 million visits. The Come to Canada Wizard helps people determine if they are eligible to live, work or study in Canada. Drawing over 100,000 visitors a month, the tool presents users with a series of questions and, based on their answers, matches them with the federal immigration option that best suits their specific circumstances. It then leads them to a page that breaks down the application steps and provides instructions and forms.
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/releases/2012/2012-08-29.asp

Parti Quebecois plan: Pass a French test to run for public office (Winnipeg Free Press)
Anyone wanting to run for public office in a Quebec led by Pauline Marois will have to prove they can speak French first, the Parti Quebecois leader said as she announced her latest language-related campaign promise Tuesday. The PQ leader said anglophones, allophones and aboriginal people will be forbidden from seeking municipal or provincial office unless they have an appropriate knowledge of French. Marois said the idea is reasonable, given that French is the official language of Quebec.
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/canada/parti-quebecois-plan-pass-a-french-test-to-run-for-public-office-166962446.html

Forced marriage: Is it a crime? (Lawyers Weekly)
Shafilea Ahmed drank bleach after her parents drugged her and dragged her onto a plane to Pakistan where they planned to marry her to a much older man. The 17-year-olds desperate ploy succeeded in getting her sent back home to Britain where she spent eight weeks in hospital. Tragically, it didnt save her life: Seven months later Shafilea was dead, suffocated by her parents, who forced a plastic bag down her throat in front of her siblings as a warning against them acquiring their sisters western habits.
http://www.lawyersweekly.ca/index.php?section=article&volume=32&number=16&article=1

New immigration hearing ordered for 22-year-old Filipina bride of Calgary senior (Matt McClure, Calgary Herald)
An Alberta mans three-year fight to bring his Filipina bride to the country will likely go another round after a federal court judge ordered a new immigration appeal hearing. Justice Michel Shore ruled Monday that procedural fairness was breached when an adjudicator decided Carwin Miltimores marriage to a woman nearly 38 years younger was genuine without first allowing counsel for the federal immigration department to cross-examine his spouse.
http://www.calgaryherald.com/life/immigration+hearing+ordered+year+Filipina+bride+Calgary/7152694/story.html

Part 2: Inclusively Socially Excluded (Noise for Change)
Social inclusion can be described as a part of the societal safety net that is essential to the functioning and well-being of all members of a society. An inclusive society is one in which its members are recognized and equally valued, despite the cultural and structural challenges that at times prohibit the full participation of some. In the case of newcomers, some will begin to undergo the process of inclusion before they land in Canada, taking language classes that will assist them through their navigation in society. However, once living in Canada, it quickly becomes apparent that language is not the most important ingredient for inclusivity, since many citizens and residents speak the national language and still feel excluded. With that being said, language will always be a vital starting point for all newcomers with factors such as income and education falling behind.
http://noiseforchange.apps01.yorku.ca/?p=1637

If stripping exploits foreign workers, why do we legally allow our kids to do it? (Daphne Bramham, Vancouver Sun)
Last month, the federal government finally eliminated temporary worker permits for exotic dancers and other sex-trade workers. Canadians have told us they want to put a stop to foreign workers entering Canada to work in businesses where there are reasonable grounds to suspect a risk of sexual exploitation, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney was quoted as saying in a Postmedia story… But if exotic dancing puts people at risk of sexual exploitation, why is it legal? If the federal government doesnt want foreigners in such a risky industry, why are politicians willing to risk the sexual exploitation, trafficking or abuse of Canadians?
http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Bramham+stripping+exploits+foreign+workers+legally+allow+kids/7164041/story.html

REFUGEES

Deported refugee claimants still collecting welfare (Daniel Proussalidis, Toronto Sun)
Taxpayers are out of pocket hundreds of millions of dollars to cover the costs related to failed or abandoned refugee claims from Hungarian Roma – an ethnic group that considers the term “Gypsy” pejorative. “Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has estimated that each failed refugee claimant costs Canada approximately $50,000,” says a recent Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) report. “Using this figure, for the 4,442 Hungarian claimants for 2011 alone, these claimants could cost Canadians at least $222,100,000.”
http://www.torontosun.com/2012/08/31/deported-refugee-claimants-still-collecting-welfare

RCMP uncover a massive marriage fraud scheme in Montreal (Andy Radia, Yahoo! News)
Some people would do just about anything to get into Canada. According to a RCMP statement released Tuesday, Montreal police have charged 39 people in relation to an investigation into a massive fake marriage scheme which could involve hundreds of “suspicious marriages.” “The investigation revealed that Mr. [Amadou] Niang, a bogus immigration consultant who is believed to be the mastermind behind this scheme, provided advice on how to submit misrepresented facts to Citizenship and Immigration Canada to individuals whose visas were due to expire,” the statement reads.
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/canada-politics/rcmp-uncover-massive-marriage-fraud-scheme-montreal-214330214.html

Burb on the edge (Adam Giambrone, NOW Toronto)
This summers gun violence again brought our former inner suburbs into the news as the alleged source of urban troubles. Once again, Scarborough got special mention. But Scarborough, which represents a third of Torontos land mass, is a fascinating place and could, with a bit of help, become the most dynamic part of the city. Not only is it the most diverse part of the most diverse metropolis in the world two-thirds of its population is foreign-born but its also expanding, amazingly, at twice the speed of the downtown core. Todays Scarborough is predominately the creation of its history: the last half-century of policies accentuated by recent population growth, aging neighbourhoods without sufficient reinvestment, and big reductions in programs because of budget cuts.
http://www.nowtoronto.com/news/story.cfm?content=188391

Female war resister loses fight to stay in Canada (CBC)
The first female soldier to flee the U.S. military for Canada to avoid the war in Iraq has been ordered deported, a spokeswoman for the War Resisters Support Campaign said Thursday. Michelle Robidoux said that Citizenship and Immigration Canada has ordered Kimberly Rivera to leave the country by Sept. 20. Robidoux said Rivera is meeting with her lawyers Thursday to determine her next course of action and was unavailable to comment on the deportation order.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2012/08/30/kimberly-rivera-war-resistor.html

Cuba won’t allow refugees son to come to Canada (CBC)
While many Canadians’ image of Cuba includes sandy beaches and tropical drinks, one St. John’s resident paints a very different picture. Yadier Perez Leon arrived two years ago after escaping his native Cuba by boat. It was a harrowing journey, during which the craft ran out of gas, leaving them stranded on an island for two weeks. They eventually landed in Florida, after being discovered by the US Coast Guard. After months of bureaucratic processing, Canadian officials approved him as a refugee in February. Now Leon wants his 5 year-old son to join him.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2012/08/29/nl-cuban-refugee-829.html

POVERTY / HEALTH / HOMELESSNESS / SOCIAL INCLUSION

Inequality report ranks Ontario last in Canada (The Record)
The austerity axe is killing equality in Ontario, and Waterloo Region in particular. So says a new report by a coalition of 90 labour and community organizations, which ranks Ontario dead last in Canada in every major social indicator. Two years ago, Ontario ranked third last. Cuts, cuts, cuts, cuts, said Waterloo Region Labour Council president Len Carter as the Ontario Common Front introduced the report at City Hall on Wednesday. And what have they given us? Theyve given us a big word austerity.
http://www.therecord.com/news/local/article/789664–inequality-report-ranks-ontario-last-in-canada

Ontario Common Front – website and report – http://ofl.ca/index.php/ontario-common-front-report-puts-inequality-news/

New report says Ontario is falling behind in important social indicators (London Community News)
An Ontario-wide coalition of more than 90 groups and organizations concerned with growing inequality released a new report Wednesday (Aug. 29) showing that Ontario has sunk to last place in Canada when measured against what it calls every important social indicator. Most people would be shocked to know that Ontario has seen the largest increase in income inequality and the second largest jump in poverty rates in all of Canada, said Ontario Federation of Labour president Sid Ryan. By cutting vital programs instead of reversing a decade of corporate tax cuts, the government is handing our wealth over to bankers and CEOs. It is exacerbating inequality.
http://www.londoncommunitynews.com/2012/08/new-report-says-ontario-is-falling-behind-in-important-social-indicators/

Gap Is Getting Wider (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with the Director of the Ontario Health Coalition, Natalie Mehra. She is also the author of a report called “Falling Behind: Ontario’s Backslide into Widening Inequality, Growing Poverty and Cuts to Social Programs”. Matt also spoke with Rayappu Jesudasan, he works at the cafeteria at U of T’s Scarborough campus.
http://www.cbc.ca/metromorning/episodes/2012/08/29/gap-is-geting-wider/

Ontario leads in poverty increases and dead last in social program funding: new report says (Povnet)
An Ontario-wide coalition of more than 90 groups and organizations concerned with growing inequality released an unprecedented new report today showing that Ontario has sunk to last place in Canada when measured against every important social indicator. Most people would be shocked to know that Ontario has seen the largest increase in income inequality and the second largest jump in poverty rates in all of Canada, said Ontario Federation of Labour President Sid Ryan. By cutting vital programs instead of reversing a decade of corporate tax cuts, the government is handing our wealth over to bankers and CEOs. It is exacerbating inequality.
http://www.povnet.org/node/4973

Ontario is falling behind as an equitable society (Neil Armstrong, Toronto Star)
Were 10th out of 10. Ontario has dropped to last place in Canada in supporting its most vulnerable citizens, according to a new report by the Ontario Common Front, a coalition of community groups, immigrant organizations, unions, First Nations and students. The statistics in the Falling Behind report, released Wednesday, are not new. What is new is that the study zeroes in on Ontario and compares it to the nine other provinces. As the richest, most populous province Ontario ought to be a leader. It has a thriving financial sector, a highly educated workforce, the highest concentration of millionaires and the strongest tradition of caring for the poor and disabled.
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/article/1248847–ontario-is-falling-behind-as-an-equitable-society

Latest Media and Policy News: 29 August 2012 (ISAC)
Poverty and policy news headlines from Ontario and across Canada.
http://us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=095b12c98935ecaadd327bf90&id=5c48fdc41a&e=17b62befd7

EMPLOYMENT & WORKERS

Internships + Mentoring = Success (hireimmigrants)
To help newcomers succeed in finding employment, the City of Montreal launched an internship program in 2006. To date, 262 people have participated in the program and 142 have found permanent jobs after their internships.
http://www.hireimmigrants.ca/etips/internships-mentoring-success/

What are Smart Connections? (ERIEC)
Last Thursday afternoon in the conference rooms at the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce , ERIEC staff hosted an exciting, new pilot event weve called SmartConnections, a concept that was birthed in Calgary by CRIEC (Calgary Region Immigrant Employment Council) that we have adapted for Edmonton. We designed this event with the intent to provide internationally-trained professionals the opportunity to explore career options in the retail sector in Alberta, beginning at the supervisory level rather than the typical cashier/floor clerk positions often attained by new immigrants. ERIEC functioned as the catalyst by bringing together the people, organizations and the learning essential for establishing productive, beneficial relationships, or SmartConnections, for everyone who takes part.
http://eriecedmonton.wordpress.com/2012/08/29/what-are-smart-connections/

Is there a (Canadian) Doctor in the House? (Holly Murray, Corriere Canadese)
Canada is a nation of immigrants; a cultural mosaic; a microcosm of the entire world densely packed into one, large country. While this indeed makes Canada (and Canadians) highly unique on a global scale, it also creates new and unique challenges that Canadians both new and old must defeat. vpi Inc. thankfully, is acutely aware of the issues many new Canadians face while searching for a job in their new country and are there to help.
http://www.corrieretandem.com/viewstory.php?storyid=12435

September 20-21: Workplace Inclusion Conference (Your Legal Rights)
Non-profit and public sector organizations face challenges as they try to comply with equity-related legislation, respond to the changing demographics, and create inclusive and effective organizations — all within fiscal constraints. The aim of this conference is to help further equity and inclusion practice for non-profit and public sector organizations. It will provide an opportunity for senior managers, line managers, human resource staff, and Diversity Officers to receive training from experts in the field, learn from each other, and learn from organizations that have implemented diversity initiatives.
http://yourlegalrights.on.ca/news/85208

Immigrants should market themselves (South Asian Generation Next)
People say South Asians are behind everybody, but I say we are ahead because of our cultural values, said director of Economic Development Sohail Saeed in an interview to Generation Next. Saeed was awarded The Professional for the year 2012 by PCBC (Pakistan Canada Business Council) at a ceremony held at the Bay View Golf Club, and has about 28 years of global experience in trade and marketing. He discussed with Shivani Sharma aboutBramptons infrastructure, plans and its vision for growth.
http://www.sagennext.com/2012/08/29/immigrants-should-market-themselves/

Extending diversity debate beyond gender (Tony Featherstone, InvestorDaily)
Much has been written about the need for Australian Securities Exchange (ASX)-listed companies to improve gender diversity in senior management and on their boards. Less considered is whether enough companies are considering other critical diversity challenges at board level. Chief among them is the ability of Australian boards to govern companies whose long-term fortunes are increasingly tied to Asia.
http://www.investordaily.com/15021.htm

Urban Financial Services Coalition-Toronto Announces Its 2012 International Conference, September 27-29 (Marketwatch)
The Urban Financial Services Coalition (Toronto Chapter), the premier networking, professional development and community outreach organization for financial services professionals from diverse communities, is hosting its first International Conference, taking place September 27-29, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Toronto. The theme “Borderless Future, Boundless Opportunities” reflects the idea that employing diverse and informed professionals enables Canadian business to thrive in an inter-connected global economy. Conference attendees include: professionals of financial services businesses (including diverse employee affinity groups within those companies), youth interested in careers in financial services, small business owners and UFSC affiliate members from the United States, where the organization has a history that spans more than 30 years.
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/urban-financial-services-coalition-toronto-announces-its-2012-international-conference-september-27-29-2012-08-28

Foreign-trained engineers get a line on jobs (Steve Arnold, Hamilton Spectator)
Amani Alfarra has two great desires in life to see her children grow up in a safe and prosperous country and to help solve some of the water problems in her native Jordan. Coming to Canada helped her toward the first goal and a new Hamilton Chamber of Commerce program may help her move closer to the second.
http://www.thespec.com/news/ontario/article/788476–foreign-trained-engineers-get-a-line-on-jobs#.UDzkmGFvb58.twitter

CITY OF TORONTO / CITIES / CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Friday’s headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A daily round up of mainstream media news on In the City, Krista Ford, Rob Ford, Art and Other News.
http://spacingtoronto.ca/2012/08/31/fridays-headlines-262/

Thursday’s headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A daily round up of mainstream media news on Ford, Assaults and Other News.
http://spacingtoronto.ca/2012/08/30/thursdays-headlines-264/

Community Forum on Safety, Violence Prevention & Community Development – PDF (Social Planning Toronto)
On August 2, 2012, the Social Planning Toronto York office, in collaboration with a coalition of agencies serving York South-Weston, organised a COMMUNITY FORUM ON SAFETY, VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT. About 100 people represented the full diversity of the community. They ranged from newcomers to long standing residents, staff from small ethno-specific organizations to managers from large institutions including the City of Toronto, young teenagers to grandparents, police and politicians (MPPs from York South-Weston and Davenport Ridings, the Councillor for Ward 12, and a representative from the York South-Weston MPs office). People spoke passionately about the recent violent incidents, the root causes of violence, and other issues the community is facing.
http://www.socialplanningtoronto.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Community-Safety-Forum-Aug-2-Major-Themes.pdf

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