Immigration & Diversity news headlines – September 7, 2012


The Reluctant Leader: Pushpmit Bhatia (Alejandra Bravo, DiverseCity)
Pushpmit Bhatia was initially hesitant about being identified as a leader by Centre for Information and Community Services (CICS), a Building Blocks partner. Unsure about training others, she has surpassed all expectations. Through the Building Blocks program she offers training on how governments make decisions and how to actively participate in that process. Her goal was to train 60 community members in Markham and Richmond Hill. She has so far trained 128, and has no intention of stopping. Pushpmit, working out of the Welcome Centre in Markham, has shown determination as she finds new ways to engage residents in civic life. She was just waiting to be unleashed on Markham and Richmond Hill!

Durham Region cops bust Roma crime ring (Kevin Connor, Toronto Sun)
A Roma gypsy international crime ring based in Durham Region has been dismantled, police say. Project Mansfield, which began in November 2011 by Durham Regional Police Service, has led to 34 suspects being arrested and 263 charges laid. This is by far the largest investigation of its kind here in Durham Region and I am very proud of our hard working men and women who devoted so much time and energy to this important investigation, said DRPS Chief Const. Mike Ewles. The gypsy cell was recruiting people from Romania to come to Ontario and the investigation has identified over 400 persons associated with this crime organization.

The term visible minority causing concern (Share)
The use of the term visible minority, officially, is probably unique to Canada. I come to this conclusion because, a few years ago, a body of the United Nations, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination CERD), raised the concern about its use by the Canadian government. The majority of other jurisdictions use ethnic minority or simply minority to identify ethnic or racial groups that are comparatively smaller than the majority group.

Alberta & Ontario Rejected Intolerance, Why Did Québec Embrace it? (Rachel Decoste)
Over the last year, the provinces of Ontario (October 2011), Alberta (April 2012) and Québec (September 2012) were called to renew their representatives in their respective provincial legislatures. In all three cases, the electorate’s view of some parties shifted when unpleasant revelations came to light regarding repression of minority groups. Whether it was open disdain for same-sex relationships, immigrants or persons who speak a language other than the majority, political candidates’ slip-ups — some might say the unmasking of their obtuse opinions — caused voters to reassess their allegiance to the associated parties.

Doug Saunders on His New Book, George Bush and Multiculturalism (Huffington Post)
Journalist Doug Sanders, whose latest book The Myth of the Muslim Tide: Do Immigrants Threaten The West? (Random House Canada) tackles (and pretty much straightens out) the laundry-list of misconceptions and falsehoods that has made its way from the fringe to the forefront of the public domain about Muslim immigration and the West. During this in-depth conversation, Saunders shares with me surprising stats, the international scope of the Muslim Tide rhetoric and how George W. Bush was key in stifling the growing anti-Muslim & anti-immigration rhetoric within his own party.

Greater ethnic and cultural diversity needed in upper ranks of Windsor police, says inspector (Dalson Chen, Windsor Star)
The upper ranks of Windsor police dont reflect the ethnic and cultural diversity of our community, says one of the forces senior officers. I think in the lower ranks of the police service at the constable level were doing pretty good, said Insp. Rick Facciolo, whos in charge of the Human Rights Project at Windsor police. As you start to go up the ranks sergeant, staff sergeant, inspector, and on up the diversity begins to flounder. And we need to take a look at that.

Orange LLP features Gerard Keledjian as a newcomer success story (Gerard Keledjian,
The Orange LLP blog featured me this week as a newcomer success story! I was happy to share my stories – from Canadian media and the newcomer experience to maple syrup with the readers of the blog. The interviewer was Tory Hetherington. The blog post reads: TH: Youre an incredibly accomplished person! How did you get your career started? Did you always know youd have an involvement in media?

Professor urges further changes to Canadian immigration system (Visabureau)
Speaking at the annual Palmer Conference on immigration at the University of Prince Edward Island, Professor James McNiven, a former provincial minister, says Canada could benefit greatly by essentially opening the doors to a greater range of potential migrants. “We need old fashioned immigrants who come with minimal skills and lots of drive,” said the professor, claiming that the aging Canadian population and declining birth rate means the country will be in greater need of labour far more than it is of skilled professionals in the near future.

The Harper Government and Canadas War-on-Terror Immigration Policy (Michael Keefer, Global Research)
The third term at play here is immigration policy-which, as I wish to show through consideration of our governing classs current treatment of one immigrant minority, Canadas Muslim community, and also one current aspect of its treatment of that other minority whose members are neither immigrants nor the descendants of immigrants, but aboriginal, appears to have been seriously deformed by a determination to convince the Canadian population of the rightness and necessity of our participation in George W. Bushs long war.

Immigrants choosing Canada for its education (Sameer Vasta, Coffee Talk)
Yesterday, millions of children across Canada went back to school. According to Statistics Canada, about 10 percent of them weren’t born in this country. An article in the Globe and Mail two days ago tried to tease out the reasons why many educated immigrants choose to come to Canada, and why immigrant children in Canada outperform immigrant children in other countries when it comes to education. While the article didn’t quite answer the question of why immigrants choose Canada and why their children perform well here, it did bring up some good discussion about our education system and our immigration system, and the intersection between the two.

Scotiabank announces Partnership with Bank of Xi’an (Canada Newswire)
Scotiabank, Canada’s most international bank, has reached an agreement with the Bank of Xi’an, a leading financial institution in China, to help ease the financial transition of immigrants, international students and foreign workers to Canada before they leave China. “We are in more than 55 countries around the world and have been proud to work in China for over 20 years,” said Winnie Leong, Vice-President of Multicultural Banking, Scotiabank. “Based on our international experience we have a strong understanding of what a complicated and important decision it is to move to a new country. When newcomers arrive in Canada, one of their top priorities is finding a financial institution. Through our new partnership with Bank of Xi’an, we are able to give immigrants, foreign workers and students peace of mind by helping them establish a Canadian banking relationship before they emigrate to Canada.”


Summer Newsletter 2012 (FCJ Refugee Centre)
Our Summer Newsletter 2012 is ready. Check how was the summer at FCJ Refugee Centre.

National Art Project (FCJ Refugee Centre)
The FCJ Youth Network has really taken off this summer! Youth have joined from many different communities across Toronto, sharing their skills and expertise in a true mentorship environment.

Joy for Somalian refugee after tracking down lost daughter (Greg Burns, Fullham Chronicle)
A SOMALIAN refugee has spoken of his battle to be reunited with his family after being forced to leave his homeland. Muhammed Saciid Xaajis Diiriye left war-torn Somalia in 1996 after being shot in a roadside ambush as civil-war gripped the country. His journey took him through Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland and South Africa before he was detained at Heathrow Airport as he attempted to fly to Canada to join his cousin.

New Innovation Unit at UNHCR (Forced Migration Current Awareness blog)
Thanks to the PDES Facebook page, I recently learned that UNHCR has a new Innovation Unit. Of course, if I had just read this Standing Committee document, I would have found out about it sooner! It was also hinted at in this news story about the UNHCR/NGO Consultations.


1984 in 2012 The Assault on Reason (Allan R. Gregg)
I have spent my entire professional life as a researcher, dedicated to understanding the relationship between cause and effect. And I have to tell you, Ive begun to see some troubling trends. It seems as though our governments use of evidence and facts as the bases of policy is declining, and in their place, dogma, whim and political expediency are on the rise. And even more troubling . Canadians seem to be buying it.

Latest Media and Policy News: 6 Sept 2012 (ISAC)
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New series makes the case for employers to tap into the talents of skilled immigrants (Stephanie Saunders, Maytree)
Whether youre just getting started on your journey, are on your way, or are a champion in hiring and integrating skilled immigrants, weve created a series of videos and podcasts to help you delve deeper into the HR cycle of managing diverse talent. The series launches next week, with a new podcast and video being published every two week over the coming months. You will hear directly from leading employers as they share their successes, challenges and practical tips. Large corporations, such as CIBC, KMPG and Pitney Bowes, as well as smaller organizations, such as Advanced Precision in Darmouth and XEA in Edmonton, share why they hire skilled immigrants and how they have hired and managed this diverse talent.

Column Spotlight: Trend Watch – Fred Morley (Daily Business Buzz)
Right now, Nova Scotias immigration numbers are in sharp decline. The good news is that we are retaining more of the immigrants that do come and many find jobs at a much higher rate than in other provinces. This year, dramatic and long overdue changes to Canadas immigration system are underway. The new system will respond more directly to the needs of business and create a competitive national market for the best international skills. The businesses and provinces that adapt best to this new reality will get a head start on future economic growth.

Working on the edge: 47% of workers live paycheque to paycheque (Workers’ Action Centre)
When 47% of workers live paycheque to paycheque, the impacts of wage theft can be devastating. A new survey by the Canadian Payroll Association found that almost half of those surveyed would be in financial difficulty if their pay cheque was delayed by even one week. Ontario had one of the highest percentages of workers working on the edge 52% of those surveyed in Ontario said they would face difficulties if their pay was late.

Canadian Labour Force: Visible Minorities (HR Insider)
Research compiled by nonprofit membership organization Catalyst Canada finds visible minorities make up 16.2 percent of the total population of Canada and 15.4 percent of the Canadian labour force.

Program Trains Recent Canadian Immigrants for Oil and Gas Jobs (CICSNews)
Canadas shortage of workers with the skills needed to service its oil and gas industry and the higher than average unemployment rate of recent immigrants are both being addressed by a new Alberta program that provides oil drilling training for recent immigrants to help them get jobs in the provinces oil-patch. The Oil and Gas Training Program (OGTP) was created by the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society which administers it jointly with Enform, a Western Canadian oil and gas safety association created by major upstream oil and gas companies.

Keylingos Steve Klein and his interview with Torontos Diversity Business Network (Keylingo)
Keylingo Translations is a business to business translation services company with a structure and business model unique to the translation industry. With a combination of technology and human resources, Keylingos focus is adapting companies business, marketing and legal communications to new languages. This helps them sell their products and perform their services more efficiently in an ever changing diverse and global environment.

Prevention is the Best Medicine (Settlement Atwork)
Prevention is the Best Medicine is a toolkit designed for settlement agencies and others to teach newcomers to Ontario about (1) occupational health and safety (OHS), and (2) workers compensation. The toolkit contains everything needed to deliver instructional sessions on these two separate, but related, topics within an Ontario context. Included are sample lesson plans and slide show presentations for workshop leaders, as well as handouts for participating newcomers.


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