Immigration & Diversity news headlines – September 17, 2012

IMMIGRATION AND DIVERSITY

Lucy Coschignano: board diversity strengthens organizations (DiverseCity Toronto)
JobStart is a community based, not-for-profit agency that helps experienced workers, newcomers to Canada, persons with disabilities, summer students, and youth find work, a difficult task under any circumstance, and even more so in times of budget cuts and high unemployment. As the President and Chair of its Board of Directors, Lucy Coschignano understands the importance of board diversity to serve the needs of the organizations different client groups. That is why she makes a case for the power of diversity. As Lucy explains, diversity brings different perspectives because everyone comes forward with different experiences. And those different perspectives and experiences can translate into new approaches and better service.
http://diversecitytoronto.ca/blog/lucy-coschignano-board-diversity-strengthens-organizations/

Diversity in immigration good for Canada (Canada.com)
The downside to Canada’s relatively liberal immigration policies is the risk that people will exploit those policies for illegal reasons. While procedures obviously have to be tightened and laws should be vigorously enforced, Canada should continue its tradition of welcoming immigrants.
http://www.canada.com/Diversity+immigration+good+Canada/7248765/story.html

Found in translation: Course offers abused immigrant and refugee women chance at a new life (Toronto Star)
Nora Angeles answered that call. She is the director of interpreter services at the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic. The clinic was started to honour Barbra Teena Schlifer, who was sexually assaulted and murdered on Apr. 11, 1980 in the basement stairwell of her apartment in Toronto on the day she was called to the bar. Her legal friends organized the clinic to help the lives of women who have lived with abuse and violence. The clinic opened in 1985. The program began in 1987 with funding from the province. Its main mandate is to help immigrant and refugee women, especially those who have been abused. The course lasts two days per week for five weeks and much of their work after is for women whove lived with violence, like Coca Paz.
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/1257018–found-in-translation-course-offers-abused-immigrant-and-refugee-women-chance-at-a-new-life

Montreal Muslims react to violence, call for calm and dialogue (CTV)
As turmoil spreads across the Middle East, Ottawa closed embassies in Libya, Egypt and Sudan for the day, citing growing protests over an anti-Islam film. The move came after four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, was killed in an attack last week. In Montreal, leaders in the Muslim community are condemning the violent reaction to the film. They say the content may be offensive, but it doesn’t justify bloodshed.
http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/montreal-muslims-react-to-violence-call-for-calm-and-dialogue-1.958528

Reforms to Canada Experience Class are sensible (Globe and Mail)
Ottawas decision to simplify an immigration program which allows international students with work experience to apply to become permanent residents is a sensible reform. Canada must compete with Australia, the U.S. and other countries for highly skilled workers, and this program is an effective way to retain them. The Canada Experience Class used to require applicants already in Canada to have two years of work experience to qualify, but the government is proposing this be changed to one year to facilitate a quicker path to residency.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/editorials/reforms-to-canada-experience-class-are-sensible/article4546104/

Kenney can’t stop tinkering with economic immigration (LoonLounge)
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney can’t stop tinkering with economic immigration programs. On September 11, he announced yet another class of immigration he wants to add to his complicated bag of tricks. This time, the proposal is called the “Startup Visa” and it is aimed at luring venture capitalists in Canada to recruit talent from countries like the U.S. to start their firms in Canada. Venture investment funds would choose entrepreneurs in whom they would invest, and the government would try to clear them for entry into Canada within weeks.
http://www.loonlounge.com/community/blogs/view/907/

Black fathers telling their stories (Globe and Mail)
As the single father of an 11-year-old boy, Esery Mondesir says hes concerned about his son having to deal with racism. Raising a black man in a society where racial discrimination is a reality creates its own sort of challenges, said Mr. Mondesir, who arrived in Canada in 2007, after living in Haiti, who also has a daugher living in the United States. It makes me anxious sometimes, questioning whether Im doing the right thing. Mr. Mondesir is one of several fathers telling their stories on video as part of a larger research project for Torontos Black Daddies Club (BDC). The support group for black fathers, which has received a $50,000 grant from the city, wants to find out more about the fathers in their communities.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/black-fathers-telling-their-stories/article4548562/

Canada cracks down on Namibian immigration violators (Lorraine Kazondovi, Newera.com.na)
Canada has singled out Namibians as the biggest violators of Canadian immigration laws. Namibians are fingered along with Batswana and Swazis for alleged human trafficking and presenting fraudulent documents. This has prompted the Canadian government to put up visa requirements for Namibians travelling to Canada, revising its previous visa exemption for Namibians.
http://www.newera.com.na/articles/47731/Canada-cracks-down-on–Namibian-immigration-violators

Quebec immigrants face uncertain future (Amina Batyreva, Jennifer Laura Lee, McGill Daily)
Despite the Parti Québécois (PQ) harsh rhetoric over the Canadian immigration policy, it remains to be seen how far the newly elected government is willing to push the boundaries of its parliamentary minority in proposing long sought-after immigration and language policy reforms. In particular, the PQ has heavily criticized the Harper government for its proposed Bill C-31, Protecting Canadas Immigration System Act.
http://www.mcgilldaily.com/2012/09/quebec-immigrants-face-uncertain-future/

Keep anti-Semitism out of the debate (Bartley Kives, Winnipeg Free Press)
There are few things more disgusting than a racist act, but a racist act timed to coincide with a religious holiday is particularly unsettling. Some time between Friday night and Saturday morning, anti-Semitic posters were placed on several locations in downtown Winnipeg. This is chilling because tonight marks the beginning of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year, as well as Aseret Yemai Tshuva, the solemn 10-day period of reflection and repentance that leads up to Yom Kippur, the holiest date on the Jewish calendar. Racism is hardly unknown to Winnipeg, as anyone in the city’s Cree and Anishinabe communities can attest on a daily basis. Racism toward all aboriginal groups is such a chronic and systemic problem in this city, I personally consider it to be our second-biggest embarrassment.
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/columnists/keep-anti-semitism-out-of-the-debate-169939316.html

What is the psychological impact on first and second generation immigrants? (Dr. Sadia Saleem, Healthy Living Magazine)
While Samar is on the phone to her family across the globe in a different time zone, she recalls the sights, sounds, smells and memories that have been part of her life. She hangs up the phone and is suddenly back in Toronto speaking fluent English to her husband about the endless winter, grocery shopping, cooking, laundry, paying bills and arranging playdates for her children. This transition which many immigrants to Canada experience on a daily basis is almost akin to time travel, as they move from one world to the other with the flip of a phone or the touch of an email. It is the rich experience of speaking two languages, having two cultures, and being in touch with two sets of people from different parts of the world. However, as enriching and exciting as this experience can be, it is not without a sense of loss of the familiar, of knowing ones surroundings, and of fully belonging.
http://www.healthylivingmagazine.ca/immigrant-experience

Montreal International Black Film Festival hits its stride (T’cha Dunlevy, Montreal Gazette)
Its a good year for the Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF). From opening film Winnie to closing film The Central Park Five, and an appearance by Harry Belafonte, the burgeoning event is hitting its stride with its eighth edition, which runs Wednesday to Sept. 30. The difference this year is that we have more guests of notoriety, said co-founder and programming director Émile Castonguay. Were passing to another level. Each year, we go up a step. This year, we went up four at once.
http://www.montrealgazette.com/touch/entertainment/movie-guide/story.html?id=7239045

Canadian-Israeli woman in jail, accused of dodging draft (Carmelle Wolfson, Toronto Star)
When Yana Gorelik travelled to Israel on the Labour Day weekend, she planned to stay a week to attend her cousins wedding and visit with relatives. Instead, she was arrested and has been held in an Israeli army prison for nearly two weeks without bail. Israel is accusing Gorelik, a 30-year-old with dual Canadian-Israeli citizenship, of deserting the military after moving to Toronto with her family when she was 17.
http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/1257261–canadian-israeli-woman-in-jail-accused-of-dodging-draft#.UFS4FnqyPdc.twitter

Toronto Multicultural Calendar
You dont have to spend thousands of dollars to visit the world. The world is here in Toronto. Much of it speaks English, and you can enjoy a lot of it free of charge. Entry to the following events are free except where stated otherwise. A few even provide a free meal or sample foods. If you want to pay more than a $15 entry fee, there are many other ethnic events but they are not mentioned here. We dont want cost to deter anyone, especially families, from these enriching cultural experiences. And we want to hear about your experiences and impressions.
http://torontomulticulturalcalendar.com

A Canadian Hindu group is wrong to air the vile film that triggered a Muslim backlash (Toronto Star)
Why on Earth, then, would anyone go out of their way to screen this obnoxious product here, unless it is to inflict further hurt on Muslims and inflame more anger? Ron Banerjee, who heads a group called Canadian Hindu Advocacy, claims to want to send a message to Muslims that Canadians value tolerance and respect for different viewpoints, and can disagree without turning to violence. So hes trying to procure a print of the film for a public screening here in Toronto. But his claim holds no water. This is sheer provocation, cynically dressed up as something prettier. It risks bringing to our own doorstep what until now has been an ugly foreign controversy.
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/article/1257183–a-canadian-hindu-group-is-wrong-to-air-the-vile-film-that-triggered-a-muslim-backlash

Calgary Muslims plan Saturday protest at city hall (Katie Schneider, Calgary Sun)
As unrest triggered by an anti-Islamic film continued across the world Friday, Calgary Muslims decried the violence and the hatemongering that started it. A California-based film insulting the Prophet Mohammad has sparked a wave of rage and protests in several nations across the Islamic world. While they condemn the video, Calgary Muslims denounce the violent backlash it has caused, said Imam Syed Soharwardy, founder of Islamic Supreme Council of Canada.
http://www.calgarysun.com/2012/09/14/calgary-muslims-plan-saturday-protest-at-city-hall

Why does Canada still have a law against blasphemy? (Alan Shanoff, Ottawa Sun)
Its a relief that a mentally-challenged, 14-year-old Pakistani Christian child accused of blasphemy for allegedly burning pages of the Koran has now been released from jail. This follows testimony from witnesses who claim an imam planted evidence in an effort to incriminate the child and scare off local Christians. But lost in all the handwringing over whether the child should have been charged with blasphemy, or whether the imam should now be charged, is the issue of why any civilized nation would include blasphemy amongst its laws. More to the point, how can we justify the fact our criminal laws include blasphemy as a criminal offence? Im not making this up.
http://m.ottawasun.com/2012/09/14/why-does-canada-still-have-a-law-against-blasphemy

Protest outside Scarborough Islamic Centre turns confrontational (Siobhan Morris, Newstalk 1010)
A protest outside a Scarborough Islamic Centre turned nasty on Friday. It was supposed to be a parade of dog owners & their pooches outside the Salaheddin Islamic Centre near Kennedy Rd & Eglinton Ave E. About a dozen people came, but only 2 of them brought dogs. The walk was meant to be a way of speaking out against acts of violence against dogs by Muslims in the city. Demonstrators say Muslim cab drivers are also refusing to pick up blind people with seeing eye dogs. The protestors say Muslims hate dogs, because they see them as unclean.
http://www.newstalk1010.com/News/localnews/blogentry.aspx?BlogEntryID=10438699

Facebook: Mapping the World’s Friendships (Eric Rodenbeck, Stamen.com)
Today we launched “Mapping the World’s Friendships,” a project visualizing the degree of interconnectedness between Facebook’s hundreds of millions of members as part of Facebook’s new Stories initiative. Countries are sorted by a combination of how many Facebook friendships there are between countries, and the total number of Facebook friendships there are in that country. Turns out this number can tell you some pretty interesting things about not just where a country is now, but where it’s been.
http://content.stamen.com/facebook_mapping_the_worlds_friendships#

Sept 17: Doug Saunders and Facing Hatred in the West (TVO The Agenda)
Author and journalist Doug Saunders says our Western values aren’t threatened by Muslim immigrants. And, from a religiously-motivated attack in Wisconsin to a politically-motivated attack in Norway, The Agenda examines the rise of hate in the Western world. http://theagenda.tvo.org/episode/182096/doug-saunders-and-facing-hatred-in-the-west

REFUGEES

Compassion serves a political purpose (Dan Lett, Winnipeg Free Press)
Why, then, would Manitoba Health Minister Theresa Oswald step up to fund extended health benefits for privately sponsored refugees, a program Ottawa previously funded? It is fair to conclude compassion played a key role. Privately sponsored refugees typically arrive in Canada never having seen First World health care, and with significant chronic health problems. They are also less likely to be able to earn a living, at least at first, which would allow them to pay for many of the ancillary health-care services and devices they need to live a normal healthy life. However, altruism is likely not the only motivation for Oswald’s decision. With no recrimination, there is some politics in this narrative.
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/columnists/compassion-serves-a-political-purpose-169880896.html

Kenney vs. the Catholic bishops, part II (Jim Creskey, Embassy)
The ongoing saga of the sometimes-strained relationship between the Harper government and Canada’s Catholic bishops is about to enter a new phase at the end of this month. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, himself a Catholic, took on the bishops last year when he lashed back at their criticisms of his refugee policies. The bishops, along with Protestant and Muslim religious leaders, had written to Mr. Kenney: “References by representatives of your government to ‘bogus’ refugee claimants undermine Canada’s obligations to refugee protection and question the credibility of refugees fleeing persecution and seeking to have their rights recognized…They also foster hostility towards refugees and fuel xenophobia in general.”
http://www.embassymag.ca/page/printpage/creskey-09-12-2012

Canada a haven for persecuted gay Iranians: Kenney (Tobi Cohen, Montreal Gazette)
Canada has likely welcomed more than 100 gay refugees from Iran since taking on the issue in 2009, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said Friday after his government announced that standing up for gay rights on the international stage would be among Canadas foreign policy priorities going forward. In a speech before the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird discussed a range of human rights topics, including Canadas efforts to combat forced marriages among young girls and the global criminalization and persecution of homosexuals.
http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/canada/Canada+haven+persecuted+Iranians+Kenney/7245324/story.html

Asylum seekers hope Canada remains a refuge (Stephen Pedersen, Chronicle Herald)
Last Chance is an NFB documentary, showing today at noon, at the Atlantic Film Festival. The 84-minute documentary also tells the stories of Trudi, a lesbian from Jamaica, Jennifer, a trans-sexual woman from Lebanon, Carlos (Colombia) and Alvaro (Nicaragua). All five are fleeing from homophobic violence in those countries, all seeking refugee status on humanitarian grounds from the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Board. Canada has a a pretty good reputation as a humanitarian country, says dEntremont. We are a bit of pioneer in the field. Since 1993, we have been accepting refugee claims based on sexual orientation.
http://thechronicleherald.ca/artslife/136408-asylum-seekers-hope-canada-remains-a-refuge

IRB goes Lean to cope with demands of new refugee (Don Butler, Ottawa Citizen)
The federal governments overhaul of Canadas refugee determination system is driving the Immigration and Refugee Board to embrace business efficiency practices pioneered six decades ago by Japanese automaker Toyota. Ahead of the expected December implementation of the Protecting Canadas Immigration System Act, the IRB is turning to Lean processes that it hopes will enable it to deal with refugee applications and appeals much more expeditiously.
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/sports/goes+Lean+cope+with+demands+refugee/7251222/story.html

Eritrean refugee builds full life in Saskatoon (Bob Florence, Star Phoenix)
Saba Keleta had to catch a connecting flight fast. Ground staff at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport told her to forget the luggage check. Board the plane to Saskatoon, they said. We’ll send the luggage on the next flight. Two bags is all her mother and family had when leaving Africa 23 years ago. Saba saw the bags in Toronto on a Saturday night, but doesn’t know where they landed, lost in transit. The airline paid for new luggage. Gone were family clothes and an album including pictures of Saba as a child with her two brothers and two sisters. “Don’t worry about tomorrow. Think of today,” Saba said. “This is life. Let’s use it.”
http://www.thestarphoenix.com/news/Eritrean+refugee+builds+full+life+Saskatoon/7251971/story.html

Raise-a-Reader: Canada delivers a much-wanted education, as well as refuge (Tara Carman, Vancouver Sun)
Mariam Jawara longed to go to school all her life, but when she finally got the opportunity after moving to Canada at age 21, the guilt she felt over what shed left behind made that dream seem as impossible as ever. Jawara was forced to leave her husband and three-month-old baby in the West African country of Guinea when she came to Canada as a refugee in 2004. Originally from neighbouring Liberia, Jawara fled fighting in that country at age seven with her father and siblings and moved in with relatives in Guinea, where her father died several years later.
http://www.vancouversun.com/literacy/raiseareader/Raise+Reader+Canada+delivers+much+wanted+education+well+refuge/7244667/story.html

American activist asks for support in Thunder Bay (CBC)
An American charged with human smuggling at the Pigeon River border crossing is looking for support in Thunder Bay. Joe Callahan was arrested in July 2011 after two Salvadorans crossed the border into Canada looking for asylum. In a letter seeking donations, the Joe Callahan Support Committee said Callahan was alone in his car when police arrested him, alleging he had helped with the Salvadorans’ crossing. The letter said Canadian police used a backpack, maps and other items found in Callahan’s car as the grounds for his arrest.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/story/2012/09/13/tby-joe-callahan-support.html

My Apologies, As a Canadian, to the Roma People (Ritika Goel, Huffington Post)
A few nights ago, I watched the North American premiere of the film Just the Wind at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film’s raw depiction of the experience of racism and oppression experienced by the Roma people left me deeply disturbed. The family portrayed in this film lives in a poor, rural area of Hungary facing daily discrimination and harassment while attempting to maintain the semblance of normalcy. They hear of the violent murder of a neighbouring Roma family perpetrated by strangers who arrived in the night and killed the family, children and all, in cold blood with shotguns. The film is based on a series of racist murders committed against the Roma people in Hungary in 2008-2009. Such violent attacks continue today.
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/ritika-goel/canadian-refugee-health-care_b_1883641.html

Stop vilifying Roma refugees (Toronto Star)
If this were just an isolated eruption of ignorance and xenophobia, it would probably best be ignored, left to decompose in a heap of ignominious publicity grabs. Unfortunately, however, such attacks on the Roma community in Canada are becoming all too common, and they increasingly come from public officials, from whom we can and must demand more. Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney never misses an opportunity to rail against what he calls bogus refugee claimants from Hungary the vast majority of whom are Roma who, in his view, come to Canada to take advantage of generous welfare and health-care programs.
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1257206–stop-vilifying-roma-refugees

Canada Closing Its Doors To The Roma OpEd (John Robles, Eurasia Review)
The situation for the Roma in Europe is not improving. Trapped in a cycle of discrimination and poverty where they are not allowed a decent education and therefore cannot obtain decent jobs and in many cases segregated, not allowed proper health care and under constant attacks by ever increasing nationalist groups all over Europe, many turn to crime, prostitution and any other means they can to simply survive. This only reinforces the negative view of the Roma and leads to even more discrimination against them.
http://www.eurasiareview.com/16092012-canada-closing-its-doors-to-the-roma-oped/

North Korean’s find love and refuge in T.O. (Maryam Shah, Canoe.ca)
There is no fear in love, said one speaker, after 15 North Korean refugee couples filed into City Hall Saturday, quietly occupying chambers normally used for council meetings. To wed a group of refugees in Torontos central civic arena was the work of one determined councillor: Raymond Cho. All these people said that Canada is paradise, and they say they escaped from hell to heaven, he said. Originally South Korean, Cho says he hopes the wedding sends a message to North Korea.
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2012/09/15/20201851.html

POVERTY / HEALTH / HOMELESSNESS / SOCIAL INCLUSION

Canadian Social Research Newsletter : September 14, 2012 (Canadian Social Research Links)
Canadian content
1. How Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) payments can help seniors with benefits (Globe and Mail) – February 24, 2012
2. Call for proposals [promotion of equality for women and girls and reduction of gender-based
violence in Canada] (Status of Women Canada) – September 11
3. 1984 in 2012 The Assault on Reason (Allan Gregg) – September 5
4. Harper Named 2012 World Statesman By U.S. Foundation (Huffington Post Canada) – September 11
5. What’s New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
— University tuition fees, 2012/2013 – September 12
— Employer pension plans (trusteed pension funds), first quarter 2012 – September 12
— 2011 Census of Population advisory : Families, households, marital status, structural type of dwelling and collectives – September 12
— National Population Health Survey, 2010/2011 – September 12
— Education indicators in Canada: An international perspective, 2010 – September 11
6. What’s new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/personal/news140912.htm

Calling good people to engage in public service (Jane Philpott)
Please help me recruit amazing leaders for public office. Spend five minutes right now and write down the names of three people that you would love to see as political leaders. Think of people who are creative, contemplative and unselfish. Keep that list somewhere that youll see it often. Now commit to approaching those three people in the next month to urge them to consider running for public office. If they seem remotely interested, please continue to encourage them. You know all the energy you expend over frustration about certain political leaders. Perhaps you can divert that energy into recruiting great people to use their time and talent in service of their fellow citizens. Lets light a fire under the best people we know and ask them to step up now.
http://janephilpott.ca/calling-good-people-to-engage-in-public-service/

Home to stay (Joy Connelly, Opening the Window)
Every time Torontos Globe, Star or Sun writes an article on social housing, I see a trail of comments. Some are mean remarks about lazy and selfish tenants. Some are concerned about dependency and inter-generational poverty. But almost all seem to assume that social housing is a temporary way-station a place for needy people to get help before moving on to buy or rent a home in the private market. There is such a thing as transitional housing, designed to support people through a crisis or house them while they participate in a specific program. People move in knowing its a temporary home, just as students do when they enter a student residence. But thats not what social housing is about.
http://openingthewindow.com/2012/09/14/home-to-stay/

EMPLOYMENT & WORKERS

The Benefits of Hiring Skilled Immigrants (Series) (hireimmigrants.ca)
The business case for hiring skilled immigrant talent is clear to many of us. But it isnt yet to everyone. This 3-part audio-video series helps make the case, in the words of employers who already get it.
http://www.hireimmigrants.ca/resources-tools/videos/the-benefits-of-hiring-skilled-immigrants-series/

The benefits of hiring skilled immigrants. You get it, right? (Maytree)
Dont worry, weve got you covered. hireimmigrants.ca, provides businesses with the tools and resources they need to better recruit, retain and promote skilled immigrants. The site also profiles good examples and innovative practices of employers across the country. Heres a round up of the useful resources recently posted there.
http://maytree.com/blog/2012/09/the-benefits-of-hiring-skilled-immigrants-you-get-it-right/

Leveraging diversity is smart business (Samantha Lodge, SmartCity blog)
Ever since I first moved to Halifax the people have been my favourite part of this city. The multicultural identity of Halifax is rich and I love that. As it seems, Im not the only one who appreciates this aspect of Halifax. Living its value of diversity for growth and innovation, the Royal Bank of Canada has recognized the valuable skills and experience newcomers bring to businesses like theirs. In the Season 2 opener of the SmartCity Business Show, host Craig Layton was greeted by RBC staff in seven different languages. RBC provides multicultural customer service in all different areas such as client care, account management and even through its Newcomers to Canada Committee.
http://smartcityblog.greaterhalifax.com/smartcity/2012/09/ever-since-i-first-moved-to-halifax-the-people-have-been-my-favourite-part-of-this-city-the-multicultural-identity-of-halifa.html

September 18 – Webcast of 2012 Leaders Summit on Immigrant Employment (IECBC)
The Immigrant Employment Council of BC invites you to join the webcast of its 2012 Leaders Summit as business leaders, industry associations and government policy makers gather at the Wosk Centre for Dialogue to share leading hiring practices, discuss solutions to leverage the immigrant talent pool and to encourage policies and programs to support connecting BC employers and skilled new Canadians.
http://www.iecbc.ca/about-us/in-the-news/news/webcast-2012-leaders%E2%80%99-summit-immigrant-employment

New Resource to Help Build Workplaces Inclusive of Skilled Immigrants (hireimmigrants)
With over 50% of Toronto residents born abroad, the potential, in terms of innovation and access to markets, of a culturally diverse workplace inclusive of skilled immigrants are clear. And now building that workplace has become even easier with the launch of the TRIEC Campus: www.trieccampus.ca Building on six years of experience developing and creating learning and training tools, the TRIEC Campus is an online learning hub designed to support the creation of workplaces inclusive of skilled immigrants.
http://www.hireimmigrants.ca/resources-tools/news/new-resource-to-help-build-workplaces-inclusive-of-skilled-immigrants/

Advice from Abacus HR Quebecs IT Human resources experts: The importance of Canadian experience myth or reality? (The Zieglers blog)
The topic of Canadian experience is a seemingly complicated one to deal with for many IT professionals who wish to work in their field in Quebec. Due to a lack of official information on the subject, there is a great deal of misinformation circulating that may be confusing to many foreign-trained IT professionals (FTP). The truth is, there are many factors that determine whether a FTP will be able to work in the IT field in Quebec, and, for the most part, lack of Canadian experience is NOT one of them. In order to better understand the reason that Canadian experience is not a prerequisite for the IT sector, you simply have to take into consideration some of the main drivers of the IT job market.
http://thezieglersblog.com/2012/09/abacus-hr-quebec/

Abuse of migrant workers endemic in Canada, new study says (Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star)
It might seem these migrant workers just happened to be struck by bad luck and unscrupulous employers. But a new report released Monday by the Metcalf Foundation says Canadas current immigration and labour laws virtually doom temporary migrant workers to mistreatment. The exploitation is not isolated and anecdotal. It is endemic. It is systemic, the report says. The depths of the violations are degrading. There is a deepening concern that Canadas temporary labour migration programs are entrenching and normalizing a low-wage, low-rights guest workforce.
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/1257536–abuse-of-migrant-workers-endemic-in-canada-new-study-says#.UFcaZQ5YqrA.twitter

Made in Canada: How the Law Constructs Migrant Workers Insecurity (Metcalf Foundation)
Canadas reliance on low-wage migrant workers with temporary immigration status is growing but our laws make them vulnerable to abuse, says a new report published by the Metcalf Foundation. Made in Canada: How the Law Constructs Migrant Workers Insecurity shows that low-wage migrant workers are brought into Canada on terms that leave them open to exploitation and that present barriers to enforcing basic rights to decent work.
http://metcalffoundation.com/publications-resources/view/made-in-canada/

TD Bank Receives 2012 South Carolina Excellence in Workplace Diversity Award (PR Newswire)
TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, has been named the medium-sized employer winner of the 2012 South Carolina Chamber of Commerce’s Excellence in Workplace Diversity Award. This statewide awards program recognizes leading companies for innovative and impactful diversity programs that affect change in communities throughout South Carolina.
http://www.sacbee.com/2012/09/17/4826894/td-bank-receives-2012-south-carolina.html

CITY OF TORONTO / CITIES / CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Monday’s headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A daily round up of mainstream media news on Ford, TTC, Charity, Bikes and Other News.
http://spacingtoronto.ca/2012/09/17/mondays-headlines-249/

SOCIAL INNOVATION / NONPROFITS

Lets work together: The potential for cross-sectoral collaboration (Elisa Birnbaum, Charity Village)
Cross-sectoral collaboration technically offers a fairly practical solution to solving social challenges. If every sector has unique strengths, so goes the argument, if were facing a reality of limited resources and a heightened appreciation for how community issues impact us all, working together certainly seems a laudable goal. But is it realistic? Can varied interests inspire common agendas toward meeting social challenges? Perhaps.
http://charityvillage.com/Content.aspx?topic=Let_s_work_together_The_potential_for_cross_sectoral_collaboration

Fall 2012 Newsletter (Endeavour Volunteer Consulting for Nonprofits)
Welcome to the September 2012 Newsletter! In this newsletter, the theme of volunteer retention is explored, with a special focus on investing in training as a tool for retention. Join us as we gather insights and advice from Endeavour Advisor and Ryerson Professor, Dr. Agnes Meinhard, and from Endeavour Co-Director of Training and Development, Leah Tussman.
http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=8c0bc9d258e28aa3a171033d1&id=523fcb768a&e=25cd9e012c

Vancouver Connects and Engages (Al Etmanski)
Something is in the air in my home town. Posters on bulletin boards everywhere including my favourite bagel shop. Daily op- ed features in the Vancouver Sun. An ambitious week long ‘public square’ celebration and dialogue beginning and hosted by Simon Fraser University on the glue that binds us together as community – our connections with each other and our engagement in community. Thus began an unprecedented initiative by Canada’s top community foundation. They issued a Vancouver wide survey on connections and engagement. Then they began releasing a series of mini-reports digging deeper into the results of their larger survey. Some of these topics: The Benefits of Neighbourliness; The Consequences of Loneliness; What We Feel When we Have Nothing to Offer.
http://www.aletmanski.com/al-etmanski/2012/09/connect-engage-together-vancouver.html

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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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