Immigration & Diversity news headlines – October 16, 2012


Building an international movement of diverse decision makers (Tina Edan, Maytree)
Together with UNAOC and the BMW Group, we invited Riana, along with 25 other delegates from 20 cities around the world, to the recent DiverseCity onBoard Learning Exchange. Since we launched the program seven years ago, weve made more than 600 board appointments. The result? Participating organizations have benefited through better decision-making, increased creativity and improved financial outcomes as well. While in Toronto, participants learned in-depth how the DiverseCity onBoard program works. According to Maytrees President, Ratna Omidvar, we brought people together to share what we learned and build an international community of practice on good governance. It was an opportunity for our global partners to learn from each other and recognize that when matched with governance, the benefits of diversity are powerful.

Five inspiring ideas about the way we promote immigrant integration and inclusion (Alejandra Bravo, Maytree)
I just returned from a conference organized by Spanish think tank MENARA, a project of Fundación Tres Culturas. This transnational conference was one in a series of meetings this year that examined themes like the relationship between entrepreneurship or citizenship and diversity. At the conference, I learned about the inspiring work of others, and shared what were doing at Maytree, in Toronto, across the country, and beyond.

Immigration policy tightens (Amalia Del Cid, Humber etc.)
Humber College is an example of Canadas multiculturalism, but recent changes to immigration policies could negatively affect this, according to a report by Maytree Foundation. Maytree, a non-profit that fights for human rights through leadership building, recently released a report that outlines all the changes made to immigration policies throughout the last decade. Naomi Alboim, the writer of the paper Shaping the Future: Canadas Rapidly Changing Immigration Policies, said that changes made within the past couple of months will transform the diverse culture we see across Canada.

Service strives to reflect diversity (Toronto Police Service)
The Toronto Police Service reflects the make-up of the community it serves and is always looking for qualified individuals to add to that diversity, Chief Bill Blair said at a town hall meeting on October 11 hosted by the Chiefs South & West Asian Consultative Committee. As we create a more diverse workforce, we will need your help, Blair told several hundred people assembled for the meeting at Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute. We want to attract the best and brightest from your community. There is nothing more important and more valuable than having police officers who know their community, who are known in their community and who are trusted in their community.

Officials say Saudi immigrants hiding polygamous marriage status not welcome (Mark Dunn, Toronto Sun)
Saudi millionaires who flout Canadian laws by arriving with multiple wives will be kicked out if immigration authorities find they lied about their polygamous relationships. Officials at Immigration Minister Jason Kenney’s office responded to a QMI Agency report Monday about a surge of oil-rich Saudi men wanting to make Canada home – some of whom subscribe to an interpretation in the Qur’an that encourages multiple marriages. Under the Criminal Code, polygamy is outlawed in Canada.

Putting Back the Pieces of the Canadian Cultural Mosaic (Sonja Schweiger,
Greek town on the Danforth, Chinatown on Spadina, Little Italy on College Street West, and a multitude of cultural alcoves throughout Toronto in the form of restaurants, clothing stores and ethnic circles. Toronto isnt just a busy concrete jungle but a community of communities, rich with flavours and colours from across the globe. Luckily, the GTA is just the beginning. Canadas largest city is a great representation of what is happening all over the country! Canadians are embracing their roots and bringing back a little bit of culture to spice up their lives. Canada, a country renowned for peace and tolerance, is not only open on an international level. It starts at home in our cities, on our weekends and with our families.

Diversity Matters : Issue 5 (Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion)
Its been six months since HCCI formally launched Advantage Diversity, our social purpose enterprise with a simple mission: to help organizations realize the competitive advantage that comes from inclusive workplaces. Weve been busy and theres much more to come.

News Release Canadian Citizenship Week 2012 is Here! (CIC)
Canadian Citizenship Week kicked off on the weekend with a special citizenship ceremony commemorating the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 at the Lundys Lane Historical Museum in Niagara Falls, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today. We were very pleased to be able to mark the bicentennial of the War of 1812 in this way, said Minister Kenney. When a new citizen takes the Oath of Citizenship, Canadas history becomes their history, and there are few events in our shared history that match the importance of the Fight for Canada.

B.C coal mines temporary Chinese workers will be here for years (
The hundreds of temporary foreign workers coming from China starting this autumn to work in northeastern B.C. coal mines will end up staying for years, if not decades, predicts the president of a B.C.-based employment agency. And some of them may end up getting ripped off and even going home in caskets if the B.C. government doesnt ensure proper regulation, said Kael Campbell, president of the Red Seal Group, a Victoria firm that helps match companies with skilled tradespeople across Canada.

Are there really no Canadians willing and able to work at a coal mine? (Daphne Bramham, Vancouver Sun)
There is something deeply unsettling about the news that Chinese workers on temporary permits will be coming to British Columbia to work in a northeastern coal mine. Canadian history is one part of the reason; Canadas future is the other. In the mid-19th century, Chinese workers were recruited to build the Canadian Pacific Railway. They werent allowed to bring their wives or children with them. They had none of the rights of other Canadians. And, they had to pay for the privilege of coming to do dangerous work for very low wages.

Canadian Immigration Provides Instructions for FSW Backlog Wipe-out Fee Refund (CICS News)
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) issued a notice on Friday instructing those affected by the wipe-out of the pre-February 27, 2008 Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) application backlog to submit a form informing the department of their current address in order to have their fee return processed. Approximately 280,000 FSW applications filed before the Feb. 27th 2008 were wiped out with the enactment of Bill C-38 on June 29, 2012, with the federal government committing to return the application fees paid by those affected.

CERIS-funded research projects to release findings on health and food security for immigrants and refugees in the Greater Toronto Area (CERIS)
The Ontario Metropolis Centre joins the Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement (RCIS) and the Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS) to announce the findings of three reports on the health and food security of immigrants and refugees in the Greater Toronto Area. The research challenges recent policy changes to the Interim Federal Health Program, and perceptions about the health and food security of new immigrants in Canada. CERIS will host a symposium and presentations of the reports findings on Friday, October 19, 2012, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Peter Bronfman Room, Chang School of Continuing Education, Ryerson University, 297 Victoria Street, in Toronto.


Event Nov 7: Your Money Or Your Life (World Premiere) (Volunteer Clinic for Medically Uninsured Immigrants and Refugees)
Your Money Or Your Life will have its world premiere at the Royal Theatre in Toronto on Wednesday, November 7th at 7PM. For more information go to The documentary Your Money Or Your Life follows the life and death struggle of Duncan McCorkell and other immigrants and refugees in Canada. Most believe this country has universal healthcare. But according to the federal government there are an estimated half a million people in Canada with no public health insurance.

Kelly Block flyer bashed online (CBC)
Saskatchewan Conservative MP Kelly Block is getting a lot of attention over a flyer she sent out to her constituents. The Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar MP sent the flyer last week about cuts to extra health benefits for refugee claimants. It reads, “New Arrivals to Canada have received dental and vision care paid for by your tax dollars not any more.” The flyer has sparked a lot of concern in social media with some people calling it racist.

MP’s message only too clear (Murray Mandryk, Star Phoenix)
Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar MP Kelly Block says her recent mail-out taking aim at refugees supposedly being offered health-care benefits that other Canadians don’t receive “could have been clearer.” One begs to differ. The message behind Block’s mail-out, headlined Ending Unfair Benefits for Refugee Claimants, could not have been clearer. Nor could it have been more irrelevant to the vast majority of voters in her constituency, who would rate having to pay for refugees’ prescription drugs somewhere at the bottom of their list of pressing federal concerns.

Block’s missive divisive, wrong (Star Phoenix)
Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar MP Kelly Block represents one of the most diverse constituencies in Saskatchewan. Her riding includes the west side of Saskatoon, which is home to a disproportionate number of new Canadians, immigrants, refugees and refugee claimants. This is a population, by the way, that has been welcomed by the city and the province, and has deeply enriched Saskatoon.

Saskaton MP’s refugee mailout angers constituents (Jason Warick, Leader Post)
A mailout from a Saskatoon MP condemning “unfair” health benefits for Canadian refugee claimants has angered many of her constituents, who call the mailout misleading and “racist.” Saskatoon Rosetown Big-gar MP Kelly Block said in an interview Saturday that the mailout “wasn’t meant to be divisive,” but others disagree. “It’s very disappointing,” said Dr. Mahli Brindamour, who received the mailout late last week at her Riversdale-area home. “It’s biased and misleading. It’s trying to pit Canadians against this vulnerable group.”


Home-care crunch coming (Sherri Torjman, Toronto Star)
Doris Landry is an elderly woman receiving care at home. She had been discharged from hospital with a life expectancy prognosis of one to two months. But then the unthinkable happened. That feisty lady had the audacity, from the confines of her bed, to buck the system. She outlived the two-month limit. This unexpected development, reported Sept. 30 in the Star, normally would be considered good news. Unfortunately, her untimely longevity means that she no longer will have access to the same level of community care. Her home-care services and equipment supports will be reduced because she exceeded the designated limits. Limited funding for home care understandably means tough rationing decisions. But the result can be perverse policy and practice.–home-care-crunch-coming

New union aims to be political force for workers and disenfranchised Canadians (Ross Marowits, Winnipeg Free Press)
The union that will soon become the largest in Canada’s private sector will seek to double its size by organizing new workplaces and opening up its ranks to non-traditional members including those who aren’t working. The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada voted Monday to approve a merger with the Canadian Auto Workers, which gave its OK to the plan in August. The new union, which has yet to settle on a name, will initially have more than 300,000 members across roughly 20 sectors of the economy, but CEP president Dave Coles said he doesn’t anticipate it remaining that size very long.

A step forward for affordable housing in Toronto more steps required! (Wellesley Institute)
The Wellesley Institutes Director of Housing and Innovation has written a background piece for The Toronto Star that welcomes the recent decision of Toronto City Councils Executive Committee to preserve most of Toronto Community Housings single family homes . While saving existing affordable housing is critical important when the citys affordable housing wait list is more than 86,000 households and continues to set new records every month Shapcott notes that Toronto urgently needs a greater supply of new affordable homes. Ensuring a good home for all in Toronto is important for the individual health of people, for the population health of the entire community and for the social and economic health of the city.


Canadas Small And Medium-Sized Business Owners: Diverse Society In A Microcosm – PDF (TD Economics)
The Canadian population is diverse in ethnicities and languages as a result of a steady flow of immigrants this multicultural society is an important component of Canadas unique identity. Visible minorities who have a majority stake in SMEs represent about 10% of all such firms in Canada a much smaller proportion relative to the share of visible minorities in the overall population. This share is expected to increase as ageing demographic trends kick in and more of Canadas population growth stems from multi-national immigration.

Im new to Canada. How do I crack the job market? (Globe and Mail)
Zuleika Sgro Human resources partner and talent manager,, Toronto The work force is filled with difficult situations and to build your career you have to overcome adversities that you face. I advise you to truly ask yourself what you want, what you expect, and how you will get there.

Winning and Diverse Teams Important (Lauventria Robinson, Diversity Journal)
I believe that sports and athletic activity is a universal language, and also a perfect example of how teamwork needs to be at the heart of projects to reach objectives and the best results. In my career, I have also sought to be part of and develop winning and diverse teams. I have learned from experience that in order to achieve your goals, you need a variety of perspectives to generate winning results. An importance leadership characteristic that I look for in my team is cultural competency, or the ability to effectively work with diverse individuals. As the workforce becomes more diverse, this competency will become increasingly critical to all leaders.


Tuesday’s headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A daily round up of mainstream media news on Rob Ford, Police, TDSB, Transit, City Hall and Other News.


Charitable Organizations: A Pillar of Democracy (Trish Hennessey, Behind the Numbers)
While youre reading this, about two million employees are busy trying to make our world a little bit better through their work at Canadas 80,000+ registered charitable organizations. Some of these charitable organizations are giants among goodwill agencies. When natural disaster strikes, for instance, Canadians turn to charitable organizations such as the Canadian Red Cross, CARE, Oxfam, or UNICEF. Canadas charitable organizations reflect the full spectrum of public priorities: environmental protection, education, health care, childrens well-being, youth engagement, seniors supports, poverty reduction, help for the homeless, and more. Theyre allowed to devote 10 per cent of their resources to public advocacy a vital aspect of any democracy but most of the time, Canadas charitable organizations are focused on other endeavours.

Why RFPs should be a nonprofit leader’s best friend (Charity Village)
You finally get the go-ahead. After much deliberation over many months, your project proposal has been given the green light by your board. You’ve got the money set aside to get it done, and even know of a company that can do the work. It’s full steam ahead; until your board chair turns to you… “So, we look forward to learning which firm wins this project’s RFP at the meeting after next.” You feel like your momentum has been lost in a heartbeat. Why do you feel this way? Should you?

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