Immigration & Diversity news headlines – September 5, 2012


Programming a fall conference? DiverseCity Speakers can help (DiverseCity)
Looking for diverse keynote speakers, panelists or facilitators? Not sure where to start? DiverseCity Speakers is a new searchable database for conference and event organizers! Find the speaker you need, fill out our online form and connect.

When Canada allows its immigrants to live up to their potential, the country will live up to its own (Michael Ganley, Alberta Aventure)
The imperfect welcome wagon that Canada has prepared causes individual hardship for new Canadians and collective hardship for the nation. Individually, many immigrants remain outside the mainstream their entire lives and others are never able to fulfill their potential. Collectively, Canada fails to take advantage of the skills people bring to its shores, sacrificing billions in economic activity. Socially, it loses the opportunity to integrate newcomers into the countrys fabric, to develop them not simply as units of economic input but as citizens who invest in and contribute to our communities, who sit on non-profit boards, coach their kids soccer teams and run for public office. Ultimately, they will determine a great deal of the fate of this country.

Scotiabank teams up with Kotak Mahindra Bank in India to offer services to new immigrants (Financial Post)
Scotiabank says it has signed a deal with Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd. in India to provide banking services to people emigrating to Canada and to Indo-Canadians seeking services in India. Under the deal, select Kotak Mahindra Bank branches will offer Canadian-bound Indian residents with access to Scotiabank services. In Canada, select Scotiabank branches will help customers seeking bank accounts in India by referring them to Kotak Mahindra Bank.

Welcoming Communities Initiative August ebulletin (Settlement AtWork)
The Welcoming Communities Initiative is a multidisciplinary alliance of universities, colleges, and community organizations dedicated to promoting the integration of immigrants and minorities across Ontario. This is their August bulletin.

TIFF touts diverse slate of revered auteurs, tabloid stars (CTV)
“The diversity of the festival seems to be the real story for us this year,” says Bailey, clearly immune to constant Gosling-Eva Mendes wedding speculation and Stewart’s tabloid-fodder trysts. “That may possibly be the largest and broadest representation globally that we’ve ever had.” The female contingent is especially noteworthy given the lashing the Cannes Film Festival suffered back in May when its competition failed to include any women. Toronto’s slate includes 91 female directors, six of them with prestigious gala slots.

The world in our classrooms (Derek Sankey, Vancouver Sun)
When Daniela Domniteanu immigrated to Canada in 2004, she had no idea how much effort it would take to have her teaching career recognized and certified in this country. After working odd jobs for a few years, she enrolled in a Master’s degree program in French, Italian and Spanish at the University of Calgary where she found out about the Bridge to Teaching program offered at the institution. “It was a very long process,” says Domniteanu. “It took some researching. I got an assessment in June of last year and they (the Alberta Education Professional Standards branch) told me I needed to get lots of credits to enter into the teaching certificate.”

Arts, Culture Connect Canada Muslims (Muneeb Nasir, OnIslam)
Connecting with the broader community through arts, humor and entertainment, Canadas annual Muslim festival has closed on a high note this weekend. This festival is a great opportunity for Ontarians of all backgrounds to experience Muslim culture in all its diversity and vibrancy, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty said in a support message. It is also an ideal occasion for the Muslim community to celebrate their identity and achievements, and to strengthen the bonds that keep them together.

French Language Face Off Video Goes Viral (Techvibes)
A YouTube video capturing an angry language debate in downtown Montreal is going viral. The video titled Angry Quebecer goes apeshit over asian people speaking English in public in Montreal shows a French-speaking couple berating a group of four men for speaking English.

Ottawa’s Muslim call to prayer? It’s an app (Amanda Shendruk, Ottawa Citizen)
If you live near one of Ottawa’s many churches, the sound of bells tolling is probably nothing unusual. Residing in the shadow of any of Ottawa’s eight mosques, however, is a curiously silent affair. In predominantly Muslim nations, the call to prayer is broadcast loudly from the mosque’s minaret five times a day, summoning worshippers to dawn, noon, afternoon, sunset and evening prayers. The timing of these prayers follow the natural cycle of the day. Since the rising and setting of the sun change constantly, so do the times of prayer.

Statement from Minister Toews on “Wanted by the CBSA” Arrest (EINNews)
The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, issued the following statement today on the arrest of Donovan Sinclair in Toronto. Mr. Sinclair is on the Canada Border Services Agency “Wanted by the CBSA” list. “This individual is inadmissible to Canada under the serious criminality section of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. He has been convicted in Canada of trafficking in a narcotic and trafficking in a controlled substance. I applaud CBSA’s Immigration Task Force for taking this individual off the street and making our neighbourhoods safer.

Final public event for Metropolis British Columbia Sept 12 (Metropolis BC)
On September 12, we will host our final public event for Metropolis British Columbia. Our funding period ended in March this year and we are completing our life as a research centre. We have a lot to be proud of and to celebrate and our closing event will provide an opportunity for that. The day will be structured around four panels, each devoted to one of our main research domains. Each of the panels will include a synthetic statement about what we achieved in the 16-year life of RIIM/MBC, plus comments from representatives of our many partner organizations. Each panel will also provide time for wider discussion on what we learned, collectively, and what we still dont know.


Canadian Council for Refugees E-Chronicle Vol. 7 #5, 4 September 2012 (CCR)
Upcoming changes to Canadas refugee determination system
UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Migrants at the CCR Working Group meetings this week. Join us!
Become a CCR Youth Ambassador! Get involved with a SpeakUp! project! Stay tuned
Subscribe to the CCRs bulletin on trafficking issues, next issue: 17 September 2012
Interview with François Crépeau, UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants

From refugee camp to MMA champ (Matthew Gourlie, Moose Jaw Times)
Dauda Keita was born in the middle of a war. He figures being a fighter is in his blood. Keita will be in the main event Friday when he fights Moose Jaws Rodney McNabb to defend his Xtreme Cage Wars Fighting Championship lightweight title at XCWFC 50: Redemption (7 p.m., Mosaic Place). When I grew up I was a stubborn kid, said Keita. Where I came from, life is not easy there. Life is hard there. You have to fight for survival. Everything you want, you have to fight for it. Food. Everything.

U.S. war resister who fled to Canada may appeal deportation ruling (Globe and Mail)
An American soldier who fled to Canada after she became disillusioned with the Iraq war is weighing her legal options after a ruling that would have her deported to the United States. My biggest fear is being separated from my children and having to sit in a prison for politically being against the war in Iraq, Kimberly Rivera told a news conference on Friday. Ms. Rivera was joined by a number of groups, including the War Resisters Support Campaign, Amnesty International and the Canadian Labour Congress, who urged Immigration Minister Jason Kenney to let Ms. Rivera, her husband and their four children stay in Canada.


More reform needed on Canadian electoral boundaries (Matthew Mendelsohn, Toronto Star)
Suburban, ethnically diverse ridings in the 905 that have been under-represented for years are better off than under previous maps, though still not at full equality. But there are also new trouble spots. Essex, Guelph, Kingston, Peterborough, Cambridge and many voters in Ottawa and Windsor, for example, are under-represented under the plan. Voters in these communities, as well as the 905, will only be worse off as their riding populations continue to rise. Boundary commissions are now soliciting feedback from the public on their draft maps before setting final ones. These maps belong to Canadians and we have a right to let the commissions know our views. Unless they receive public input defending voter equality, the strong commitment that the commissions have demonstrated to voter equality in some provinces could be diluted following public consultations.–more-reform-needed-on-canadian-electoral-boundaries

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Ontarios working poor walk on a knife edge as youll find when you walk with them (Heather Mallick, Toronto Star)
This is what life is like for the working poor, something we should all nervously keep in mind in a country where the federal government and corporations want to see wages sink. Being poor is exhausting, partly because every move must be weighed. Buy that burger and you walk 30 blocks instead of taking the TTC. Miss that bus and youll wait 90 minutes, missing class in a skill that will get you into work, say, as home care for the elderly. If Margaret abandons the scooter and walks home, her ankle will swell and she wont able to work. I remember this from ramen-noodle student poverty but I had parental backup. The best thing about adult personal prosperity is its laissez-faire. It lets you say, The hell with it. Ill walk out of a bad movie and not worry about the cost of the ticket. Mention the word flewage (the rainstorm outflow-sewage that waters Toronto basements now) and Ill spend three grand on a drain, the hell with it. When youre on the economic borderline, you can never say this. You cant buy in bulk or afford preventive maintenance, spontaneity or ease. We sneer at the poor. Why cant they just? we say. Believe me, theyve thought it through.–mallick-ontario-s-working-poor-walk-on-a-knife-edge-as-you-ll-find-when-you-walk-with-them

Canadian Social Research Newsletter (Canadian Social Research Links)
Canadian content
1. Labour Day 2012 (Sept. 3) : Get ready to rumble (, CUPE, CLC) – August 31
2. Release of the Fiscal Monitor for June 2012 (Finance Canada) – August 31
3. [Winnipeg] Raise the (welfare) rent, inner-city advocates say : Monthly rate province pays same since 1992 (Winnipeg Free Press) – August 31
4. [British Columbia] A Criminal Justice System for the 21st Century (B.C. Justice Reform Initiative) – August 30
5. Ontario Leads in Poverty Increases and Dead Last in Social Program Funding : New Report (Ontario Common Front – Ontario Federation of Labour) – August 29
6. Latest Media and Policy News: 31 August 2012 (Income Security Advocacy Centre – ISAC)
7. New Brunswick Food prices increased by 3.33% between July 2011 and July 2012 (New Brunswick Common Front for Social Justice) – August 27
8. Ten things Stephen Harper hopes you forget by 2015 (Michael Harris in iPolitics) – June 13
9. Le Québec chiffres en main, 2012 / Québec Handy Numbers, 2012 (Institut de la statistique du Québec) – April 18
10. Sept. 4 : Élections générales du Québec / 2012 Québec election
11. What’s New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
— New products and studies (Govt. finance)- August 31
— Payroll employment, earnings and hours, June 2012 – August 30
12. What’s new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit


Luncheon and Dialogue: What’s the role of the business community in building connectedness in the urban environment? (IECBC)
The luncheon is part of the inaugural SFU Public Squares Alone Together: Connecting in the City Community Summit to be held throughout the region September 18 to 23, 2012. Vancouver Foundation will formally launch their second phase of research on isolation and community connectedness called Drivers of Change. The presentation will be followed by a roundtable dialogue on the role of business in addressing urban isolation and creating greater connectedness.

Workshops Help Employers Source, Recruit, Onboard and Retain Immigrant Talent (IECBC)
Are blind spots preventing you and your organization from tapping into top global talent? A group of HR professionals were surprised to see their own hidden biases were preventing them from spotting quality candidates when they reviewed mock resumes from skilled immigrants in a recent workshop piloted by the Immigrant Employment Council of BC (IEC-BC) and BC HMRA.

New Canadian Assessment Resource Helps Employers Assess the Value of Immigrant Talent (IECBC)
The New Canadian Assessment Resource, jointly produced by IEC-BC and the BC Human Resources Management Association (BC HMRA), is a go to online resource on how to assess the employment experience of new Canadians. Housed on the IEC-BC website , the tool offers practical solutions in a user-friendly way to the most common challenges employers face when reviewing new immigrant applications.

IEC-BC to host 2012 Leaders Summit on Immigrant Employment (IECBC)
Employers from across BC will discuss strategies and solutions to leverage immigrant talent for BC workplaces at an invitation-only Summit, Tap into Immigrant Talent A Key to Business Success on September 18, 2012.

Drilling training program addresses skilled workforce shortages (Mario Toneguzzi, Calgary Herald)
A unique drilling training program is addressing the skilled workforce shortages issue in the provinces oil and gas industry. On Wednesday, 16 students will graduate from a 15-week training program prepared to fill much-needed entry-level positions in the Alberta oil and gas industry. The Oil and Gas Training Program (OGTP), developed by the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society, is delivered in conjunction with Enform and is specifically developed to train immigrant and new Canadians with the skill set they require to work in the oilpatch.

Responding to a human rights complaint (Andrew Lawson, First Reference Talks)
As an employer it is always possible that your organization will become involved in a human rights complaint most likely as the respondent. Being the respondent means that a complaint has been filed against you, probably by an employee, former employee, customer or other member of the general public. You must respond in writing to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) within 35 days in order to preserve your legal rights.


Wednesday’s headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A daily round up of mainstream media news on In the Ford, Schools, Port Lands and Other News.

Soundbites e-Bulletin : August 31, 2012 (Social Planning Toronto)
This issue
Register for SPT Member Forums: “FAIR IS FAIR: Meet Torontos Ombudsman”
Register for Talking Trash: Part 2
Reporting Back from Our Community Forum on Safety, Violence Prevention & Community Development
SPT News
Worth Repeating: Ontario Leads in Poverty Increases and Dead Last in Social Program Funding: New Report Says Ontario Is Falling Behind

Community safety: York community forum seeks to address root causes of violence (
The format of the night encouraged passionate attendees to consult with each other in groups. They wrote down numerous strategies for change, many with a focus on reaching out to youth. Residents suggested problems in their community included language barriers, lack of supports for youth in the education system, lack of meaningful job opportunities and reduced funding to community services and programming. They advocated for better job opportunities, investment in programming directed at youth empowering youth, for continued communication among community members, and among many other things, confronting racism.


Register Now for Maytree’s Five Good Ideas Fall 2012 Program (Maytree)
With record attendance numbers, the publication of the book Five Good Ideas: Practical Strategies for Non-Profit Success (Coach House Books, 2011) and our first-ever Five Good Ideas Contest, we’d like to thank everyone who contributed to making last year our most successful Five Good Ideas season ever. We’ve got a great lineup this year and we hope you’ll join us for the first session of the Fall 2012 season!
Upcoming session: Public Safety, Service, Trust and Value
with Peter Sloly, Deputy Chief, Toronto Police Service
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
12:00 2:00 p.m.

Whats your nonprofits impact? (Charity Village)
The consensus is in. Measuring your impact can feel like a chore, but the long-term benefits vastly outweigh the short-term inconveniences, says Sherry Ferronato, a community impact associate with the Calgary Foundation. Shes not alone in this thought process.

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