Immigration & Diversity news headlines – September 6, 2012


Why does immigration still incite such a reaction? (Stephanie Wilson, ICTC)
Immigration, as ICTC has often argued, is critical to increasing Canada’s productivity and mitigating skills shortages. Despite the historical role it has played in our country’s economic and cultural development, however, immigration as an issue continues to evoke strong reactions from many Canadians. Disappointingly, these are often uninformed and have the potential to do real harm to our continued growth, particularly in a digital economy. Citizenship and Immigration Canada, in its Facts in Canada’s Immigration History, notes that: “Canada is often referred to as a land of immigrants because millions of newcomers have settled here and helped to build and defend our way of life, starting with settlers from France and England.” Canada’s immigration history dates back to 1937. So why, some 75 years later, do so many react so negatively to immigration?

Canadian Parliament could see more South Asian MPs after addition of new seats (Gurinder Gill, Hindustan Times)
Many of the South Asians ridings (constituencies) with heavy population were under represented in terms of population as compared to other ridings. Take the example of Brampton West riding (largely dominated by Indians, especially Punjabis).It is the most populous riding in Canada that is more than four times the size of small ridings in Canada. The Brampton-Mississauga region in Ontario and Surrey-Vancouver in British Columbia have very high concentration of South Asian population but they were not properly represented in the Parliament due to very high population and the vast area of these ridings, so these areas are surely to get additional seats.

Imagining life in “Canada’s Gulags” (Barbara Sapergia, Star Phoenix)
I’m a Saskatchewan writer of fiction and drama. Blood and Salt is my fourth novel. My book recreates one of Canada’s forgotten stories. During World War I, Canada locked up over 8,000 people in camps from British Columbia to Nova Scotia. These camps have been called “Canada’s Gulags.” The majority of the prisoners were Ukrainian immigrants. The government had labelled them “enemy aliens,” because they’d come from Austrian-ruled territories and Canada was at war with Austria. It was also a time of widespread unemployment. Suddenly people who’d been welcomed to Canada as industrial workers and farmers were no longer so welcome.

Celebrating religious diversity in Oshawa ( editorial)
As-salaamu ‘alaikum. (God’s peace be upon you). Local members of the Islamic faith finally have a place to call home in Oshawa with the opening of a 6,000-square-foot mosque near the city’s downtown core. The new Islamic Centre of Oshawa is shiny and new and has been a long time coming for local Muslims. Indeed, it has been a 30-year mission for local members of the faith to move from a converted residential home that served as a mosque in the local congregation’s early days in the late 1970s to this state-of-the-art structure. Imam Shakir Ahmed Pandor is the spiritual leader of the new mosque and is encouraging local outreach among the mosque and its members, and invites local residents to an October open house to learn more about the history of the local mosque and its members, and become more familiar with Islam.–celebrating-religious-diversity-in-oshawa

Multiracial Identity (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with Karen Arthurton and Lalo Lorza. They are with St. Stephen’s Community House in Toronto, and are both contributors to a book produced by St. Stephen’s called, “It’s Not all Black and White: Multiracial Youth Speak Out” .

Impacting settlement through urban design (Skills for Change)
Yes, it’s been obvious to many for quite some time that design affects us all. So, knowing this truth, how are we understanding an immigrant’s experience in a new urban space? All cities are different, some more so than others, which means some adjustments are harder to make than others. How does urban design impact settlement? And what could our city do to make an immigrant’s experience in a new city setting something exciting and conducive to success?

Judge reserves decision on Hamilton woman’s deportation (Hamilton Spectator)
Lucene Charles, the mother of four who has been fighting deportation for months, has to wait for yet another federal decision to learn her fate. Charles — along with one of her children, Ajohke, 5 — faced deportation to her native St. Vincent in February but has made several appeals to stay. If she is forced to leave, her other children — three boys with Canadian citizenship through her Canadian ex-husband

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