Immigration & Diversity news headlines – September 20, 2012


New Canada: land of immigrants with many families under the same roof (Globe and Mail)
Households of the lonely are most prevalent in regions with struggling economies. More than three-in-10 households in Quebec have only one person in them, though the retirement hub of Victoria has a similarly high percentage. In contrast, the burgeoning, immigrant-rich cities of Brampton, Markham, Vaughan and other communities on the edge of Toronto have an increasing number of multiple-family dwellings. Such households can also be found in the Greater Vancouver community of Surrey, which also has a high immigrant population. These are hardly ghetto communities, filled with families crammed into small, dark and unhealthy tenements. They are cities filled with new arrivals from China, India and other parts of the emerging world, where communal and familiar bonds are stronger than among the more atomized families of the native born.

Immigrant influx fuels uptick in multigenerational households (Globe and Mail)
The Siddiqui home is one of a growing number of multiple-family households in Canada. Particularly in many cities surrounding Toronto, theres been an uptick in this style of living, largely fuelled by an influx of immigrants to these communities. According to the latest batch of census data released this week, theyve gone from 1.8 per cent of households in the country in 2001 to 2 per cent in 2011. They constituted 10.5 per cent of households in Brampton and 5 per cent of households in Mississauga two cities with large South Asian populations. In Markham and Richmond Hill, which have seen a lot of Chinese settlement in the past decade, they made up 8.1 per cent and 5.4 per cent of the population, respectively. In B.C., the trend was seen in Surrey (7.6 per cent) and Abbostford (6.1 per cent) which also have large South Asian populations. Farina Siddiqui, Aamnas mother, has come to see it is as the ideal model for living

Politicians must adjust to Canadas new family values (Toronto Star)
Keeping the doors open to immigration has helped moderate this downward trend bybringing in people from countries with higher birthrates. StatsCan paints a portrait of a Canada divided between stagnant, aging regions and burgeoning communities packed with immigrants with strong family ties. It provides more evidence that the Conservatives have been wise to keep immigration levels high, even as they overhaul some aspects of Canadas immigration system.–politicians-must-adjust-to-canada-s-new-family-values

Complexity, diversity are hallmarks of the modern Canadian family (CTV)
The nuclear family is no longer the norm in Canada. The mom-pop-and-three-kids-under-one-roof model that typified Canadian households of 50 years ago has morphed into a complex and diverse web of family ties involving living alone, re-marriage, stepchildren, empty-nesters and multiple generations sharing a home. Statistics Canada has released the third tranche of new data from its 2011 census, this time portraying the changes in Canadian families and living arrangements over five decades.

Don’t Let Extremists Speak For You (Huffington Post)
There are some exceptions but they are very limited. In contrast to Canada where the wilful promotion of hatred against identifiable groups is subject to criminal prosecution, in the U.S. the most hateful expression such as those promoted by neo-Nazi groups against racial and religious minorities and even those who insist on hate-filled signs at military funerals are protected. Even the burning of a sacred religious text by a Florida pastor was deemed to be protected under the U.S. Constitution. Even, in Canada, where publications that stir contempt or ridicule on certain religions and minorities that fall outside the parameters of the criminal code or human rights legislation on hate propaganda are protected under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Such publications can still stir up violence against Canadian individuals and governments in other parts of the world.

Heard of the Internet? Anyone can watch anti-Muslim film, but why would you? (Lorrie Goldstein, Toronto Sun)
Given these painfully obvious realities, that anyone could defend the public airing of Innocence of Muslims as an exercise in free speech as, for example, right-wing fanatics are in Germany is most likely motivated by one of two things Either theyre idiots, or their real agenda is not a love of free speech, but a hatred of Muslims. People who take them seriously dont understand that in a democracy, just because you have a right to do something, doesnt mean you should.

A Really Bad Idea: A World Tour of ‘Innocence of Muslims’ Screenings (John Hudson, The Atlantic Wire)
Meanwhile, in Canada, The Toronto Star reports that a self-described “grassroots Canadian organization” called Canadian Hindu Advocacy plans on arranging screenings of the film in cities across the country as well, and potentially in the U.S.

92 year-old Prakash Chugh amongst those who received citizenship in YK (Yellowknife News)
Yellowknife officially welcomed some new Canadians to the country last week. A total of 32 people from 19 different countries were sworn in as full Canadian citizens at a citizenship ceremony held at the Greenstone Building. The area director for Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Randy Gurlock, said those who took the oath came from countries that are already known for having a number of immigrants to Canada. “Some of our top countries of immigration to Western Canada and the NWT include China, the Philippines, India, and Pakistan.”

Launch of SAWCs Guide Forced Marriage is a form of Human Trafficking (Settlement AtWork)
You are invited to attend the launch of South Asian Womens Centre (SAWC) guide package Forced Marriage is a form of Human Trafficking. Minister Kathleen Wynne, Minister Municipal Affairs & Housing (MAH) Minister Aboriginal Affairs will release the guide.

Diversity and Inclusion Charter Developer (Settlement AtWork)
The Regional Diversity Roundtable (of Peel) is seeking proposals from consultants to help develop a Diversity and Inclusion charter and a Position Statement for the Peel region. The Diversity and Inclusion Charter will outline one common vision as well as principles and values that can be adopted by organizations in Peel to promote Diversity and Inclusion. The Diversity and Inclusion Position statement will explain the rationale and purpose for implementing a regional Diversity and Inclusion framework in Peel.

CERIS researchers bring Canadian immigration and diversity issues to Europe (CERIS)
A new book titled Managing Immigration and Diversity in Canada: A Transatlantic Dialogue in the New Age of Migration is bringing a comparative perspective of Canadian issues for discussion at home and in Europe. Edited by CERIS affiliate and past visiting scholar Dan Rodríguez-García, a professor of social and cultural anthropology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, the book features contributions from numerous CERIS affiliates and past directors as well as from others belonging to the Metropolis network across the country.

Harper meets with prominent Iranian-Canadians (Kady O’Malley, CBC)
A group of prominent Iranian-Canadians had face time with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Foreign Minister John Baird and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney Tuesday. The meeting wasn’t publicized in advance, but a group photo was sent out on Twitter from both the prime minister’s and Kenney’s account. “Excellent meeting today w/ the Prime Minister, Minister Baird & members of CDA’s Persian community about recent events,” Kenney wrote, attaching the photo.

Speakers at Indo Canadian Workers Association forum attack conservative immigration policies (South Asian Generation Next)
Speakers at a forum organized by the Indo Canadian Workers Association have overwhelmingly rejected the Conservative governments immigration policies. The September 9 event at a Sikh temple hall in Surrey was dedicated to Bhai Bhaag Singh, a South Asian community leader and publisher shot dead in Vancouver by British immigration agent Bela Singh on September 5, 1914. This occurred less than two months after the Komagata Maru was forced to leave Vancouvers harbour carrying more than 350 South Asians who were prevented from setting foot on Canadian soil.

Guidy Mamann to host forum on new immigration rules (Canadian Immigrant)
From the termination of the 300,000 Federal Skilled Worker applications, to a whole new skilled worker regime, to the proposed Start-up Visa for entrepreneurs, the Canadian immigration process has seen a flood of changes and new initiatives. Recently Minister Kenney also announced his intention to expedite the immigration process in the Canadian Experience Class, requiring applicants in the class to have worked for only one year in the three years preceding their submitting of their application for permanent residency.

Integration toolkit for community-based health service providers (WoodGreen)
WoodGreen Community Services developed an integration toolkit for community-based health service providers so that other organizations may benefit from the experience and lessons learned from the integration of WoodGreen with Community Care East York (CCEY). Aimed at Board members and senior executives that are considering integration as a means of advancing their organizations mission and enhancing services for clients, the toolkit reviews the key phases of an integration in detail.


Canada must stand with Rivera in protecting freedom of conscience (Allison Smith, Chronicle Herald)
As a country that historically and constitutionally supports the right to freedom of conscience, Canada must stand in support of Kimberly Rivera. Rivera is one of the Iraq war resisters who came to Canada seeking asylum. Along with her husband and their four children, Rivera is to be deported today. If Rivera is returned to the U.S., she would be prosecuted and, according to her lawyer, would likely face two to five years in a military prison.

Canadas first female war resister slated to be deported Thursday (Toronto Star)
A Thursday deportation order looms, despite frantic calls from supporters, politicians and even a Nobel Peace Prize winner to stay the order and allow Rivera and her family, including two Canadian-born children, to remain. Rallies were slated at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in front of the Federal Court building and in several other cities from Halifax to Vancouver. Ottawa, which in the 1960s allowed both draft-dodgers and Vietnam deserters to immigrate freely, has taken a hard line this time.–canada-s-first-female-war-resister-slated-to-be-deported-thursday

Canada Turns Back on Conscientious Objector (Yves Engler, Dissident Voice)
The Conservatives should let Kimberly Rivera, who moved to Canada rather than fight in Iraq, stay in this country. Unless Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney intervenes Rivera will be deported tomorrow. Rivera is thought to be the first ever woman to flee the U.S. military for Canada. While unique in this way, Rivieras story is a classic case of a young working class person who joined the military to improve their familys economic prospects. With her and her husband working at a Walmart in Mesquite, Texas, she enlisted in January 2006 hoping to make life better for her two young children. An $8000 signing bonus and health insurance were some of what enticed this young mother of two.

Osgoode Professor Sean Rehaag receives Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers 2012 Advocacy Award (Osgode, York U)
Osgoode Professor Sean Rehaag has received a Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers 2012 Advocacy Award for “outstanding achievement in advocacy on behalf of refugees.” The award is in recognition of research that he, along with a dozen Osgoode law student volunteer research assistants (through the Osgoode Public Interest Requirement), did on inconsistencies in Federal Court decision-making relating to refugees.

Who’s censoring Ezra Levant now? Has Sun News Network seen the light? (David J. Climenhaga, rabble)
Where is Ezra Levant’s Sun News Network rant on Roma immigration to Canada, which has been depicted as ethnic stereotyping to foment hate? For that matter, where is the uncharacteristically silent Levant? Just a week ago, on Sept. 5, the Sun News Network commentator — who as’s Karl Nerenberg astutely observed yesterday, has carved himself a niche as the “nasty buffoon of the Canadian Right” — delivered one of his trademark on-air screeds, this time against what he termed “the Gypsy problem.”

Mother fears she will be stoned to death for ‘adultery’ as Canada prepares to deport her to Iran (Daily Mail UK)
Government bureaucracy may lead to the deportation and stoning of an Iranian woman seeking asylum in Canada, as she may be forced back to her home country where he husband has accused her of adultery. Fatemeh Derakhshandeh Tosarvandan denies her husband’s claims, but she fears she will not get a fair trial in Iran, and women convicted of adultery face death by stoning. Now, because her estranged husband didn’t officially file the adultery claim until after she made her initial asylum plea to Canadian courts, the deadline for her to re-file is too soon to get the paperwork through. If the case keeps to the intended schedule, she will be forced to head back to Iran to face the adultery charges and the prospect of death.


The Power of Mentorship (ERIEC)
When you find yourself starting out in a job that is new to you and you dont really know where to begin, what do you do? You ask an immediate supervisor or a team lead to show you the ropes! We all have had people who have been mentors incorporated into the many different facets of our lives often without even realizing that they were mentors, as Jennifer Lawton reveals in her article Mentors for Life.

$1.75-million employer fund to attract and integrate skilled immigrants (IECBC)
The Immigrant Employment Council of BC (IEC-BC) will design, implement and manage a new initiative that will support B.C. employers, industry and business associations in developing initiatives and resources that address challenges in hiring, integrating and retaining new immigrants, announced Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training Pat Bell today. Our government recognizes the key role of employers and the need for employer-focused and employer-developed resources to effectively attract, assess, integrate and retain immigrants in B.C. workplaces, said Bell. Employers have unique insights and understanding of the challenges in hiring, retaining and integrating newcomers into their workplaces. Engaging employers in the development of targeted initiatives, resources and tools will ensure their effectiveness in addressing immigrant employment and labour market challenges.

Ontario government confirms funding for proactive enforcement (Workers Action Centre)
On September 17, 2012, the Ministry of Labour announced $3 million for proactive enforcement of employment standards in Ontario workplaces. As we reported in May 2012, after a vibrant campaign by the Workers Action Centre to stop cuts to employment standards, the McGuinty government committed to restore funding to meet their 2008 Poverty Reduction Strategy promise of $10 million in increased annual funding for employment standards by 2013.

Ontario Labour ministry investigating whether attendant expected to pay for stolen (Globe and Mail)
Mr. Prajapati, an applied chemist from Gujarat, came to Toronto with his wife and son six years ago. He started working at the gas station because he had trouble getting a Canadian chemistry job with his Indian credentials. But his brother Hemant Kumar said he was hopeful he could get certified and hired in Canada. He has been applying to a few pharmaceutical companies, but with no luck, Mr. Kumar said. He was hopeful that one day he would get a job in his field and from then on everything would be fine.

Ontario to probe gas and dash death (CBC)
Deena Ladd of the Worker’s Action Centre said many workers are often hesitant to make a complaint. “People are desperate to hold on to jobs, she said. Many workers only make complaints to the ministry after they’ve lost their job because if they make a complaint while they’re in the job, there’s no way to do it anonymously.


Thursday’s headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A daily round up of mainstream media news on Ford in Chicago, Ford’s Football Team, TTC, Speed Limits and Other News.

Ranking Cities (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with Michael Hlinka, He is our business commentator on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.


Are nonprofit staff taking on too much? (Charity Village)
Nonprofits attract people who are inspired by the mission of their organization and who recognize organizations rely on staff who, as the cliché goes, give 110%. A certain degree of pitching in and working overtime as needed comes with the territory. While stepping up and taking initiative is one thing, what happens when employees are asked to take on additional duties and responsibilities that are well beyond the scope of their job?

Helping Graduates Working in Not-For-Profit Sector Get Started (Ontario Government)
Ontario is making it easier for postsecondary graduates to get their start in life by extending the grace period for repaying student loans for those who take their first job post-graduation in the not-for-profit sector. Not-for-profit organizations in Ontario deliver many vital services and help build economically and socially vibrant communities. That’s why the government is extending the traditional six-month grace period to one year for new graduates who work for a registered charity in Ontario in a paid or voluntary position for at least 30 hours per week.

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