Immigration & Diversity news headlines – October 22, 2012

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The Globe to roll out metered paywall as industry shifts to digital revenue (Globe and Mail)
The Globe and Mail will roll out its digital subscription package on Oct. 22, providing free online access to most print subscribers and allowing casual readers access to 10 articles a month on its website.


What you can do with others for others: Nidhi Tandon, DiverseCity onBoard roster member (DiverseCity Toronto)
Nidhi Tandon calls herself one of the oldies of the DiverseCity onBoard program. A former journalist including with BBC Africa she has been part of the roster since day one and understands how important the program is to both individuals and organizations. But shes not just a roster member. In her day-to-day profession, Nidhi is a consultant who helps grassroots and womens organizations develop their resources and voices. Currently, shes sitting on three boards: OxfamCanada, Ontario Nature, and the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments.

Immigrants face intimidating health-care test (Carol Sanders, Winnipeg Free Press)
This week, Deborah Olukoju is leading a group of women on a school field trip to the Victoria General Hospital. They’ll experience what they’ve learned about in class, and there will be a test. A Pap test. Olukoju is accompanying female immigrants in Winnipeg on a “field trip” for a Pap smear. The counsellor at Winnipeg Technical College helps women studying English as an Additional Language take care of themselves. “We provide the language skills they need to advocate for themselves to go and see a doctor and function independently.” Some have never heard of a Pap test, an effective way to screen for highly preventable cervical cancer, CancerCare Manitoba says.

Couple caught between immigration agencies (Elliot Ferguson, Kingston Whig-Standard)
Becky and Beth Pero expect to hear bad news next week. The sisters are to hear Tuesday from the Canadian Border Service Agency (CBSA) if Becky’s Cuban-born common-law partner Karel Mesa Hernandez, 38, will be allowed to stay in the country. Hernandez’s refugee application was rejected earlier this year and it is expected that on Tuesday the CBSA will give him about a month to leave the country. The sisters said Hernandez is caught between the policies of two immigration federal agencies. While they said the CBSA is likely preparing to order him to leave, Citizenship and Immigration Canada is processing Pero’s common-law partner sponsorship application.

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney seeks power to bar people from Canada (Toronto Star)
There are a number of good reasons for not letting certain people into Canada: having a criminal record, being deemed a threat to the security of residents or the security of the country, and involvement in human rights violations, among others. Decisions about entry are made by border officials every day. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney thinks he should also have a say.–immigration-minister-jason-kenney-seeks-power-to-bar-people-from-canada

Agency Data on Migration Project (ADMIG) (CERIS)
Community-based immigration and settlement agencies, working on the frontline of migration issues, routinely collect information and statistics on newcomers and temporary migrants that use their services. Temporary migrants are a vulnerable and less visible group in research studies because of the lack of data and access to them. There is potential to share and exchange the data that agencies collect, which would reveal and improve our understanding of this growing and increasingly at-risk group and thus better inform policy and program changes. Administrative data, collected by institutions and organizations, have been widely used in social science research due to its numerous methodological benefits: it is unobtrusive, less costly and longitudinal. Few migration studies, however, have taken this approach.

Diversity and social media (Harpaul Sambhi, HR Reporter)
The most common notion of diversity involves having employees of different ethnicities, ages, sexes and abilities. While this is a valuable form of diversity, I challenge more companies to think about creating diversity of thought by including people with different backgrounds and perspectives. While including people from different countries, cultures, age groups and genders will increase the likelihood of having different perspectives in the organization, its also important to consider diversity in terms of different educational backgrounds, disciplines and experiences. Not only will this bring new ideas into an organization, it will help employees balance out each others strengths and weaknesses to increase an organizations success.

Will newcomers fall in love with New Brunswick? (Maiko Tanabe, New Brunswick Beacon)
When Mami Osanai graduated from St. Thomas University (STU) in 2005, she had never thought she would come back to Fredericton again. But she did somehow and she didnt even know why. Osanai left her home, Venezuela, and first came to Fredericton in 2001 to study Criminology at St. Thomas University. When she graduated from the university, she faced the question every international student will whether to stay in Canada or go back home.

Overt racism an issue in B.C.s Okanagan (CTV)
In B.C.s Okanagan region, where there are significantly fewer visible minorities compared to Metro Vancouver, ethnic discrimination can be shockingly overt. John Oh moved to the area as a little kid. After growing up a visible minority in a part of the province that is about 94 per cent white, he decided to write his masters thesis on the subject. In his survey, half of the minorities agreed with the statement, I do not feel welcome in my community. “There’s definitely a little bit of a different culture in the valley as opposed to a bigger city like Calgary or Vancouver, Oh said. The latest figures from Statistics Canada show about 25 per cent of British Columbians are visible minorities. In Metro Vancouver the number is 42 per cent, while in Kelowna it is six per cent.

Russian bride leaves elderly man with $25K welfare bill (Kathy Tomlinson, CBC)
An 82-year-old B.C. pensioner is on the hook to the government for $25,000, after marrying a Russian woman who left him the day after she got permanent resident status in Canada. Several times I thought I will have a nervous breakdown over this, said Heinz Munz, of Black Creek. Munz said he believes his now ex-wife used him, with the help of her daughter, to get legal status in Canada. He is going public because the B.C. government is now forcing him to pay for social assistance she collected after she left.

Canadian Greeks Disavow Golden Dawn Extremists (Christina Flora, Greek Reporter)
Greeks living in living in Montreal say they are worried and disturbed by the recent appearance of the Greek neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party in Canada, shortly after it opened an office in New York as part of a plan to reach out to the Diaspora for support for its racist, anti-immigrant, anti-gay, anti-Semitic, anti-bailout, ultra-religious agenda. Nicholas Pagonis, President of the Hellenic Community of Greater Montreal, made his opinion clear: Golden Dawn is a neo-Nazi party, he said in a phone interview. Its a racist party. Its anti-immigrant and (the party in Greece) has adopted violence as part of their activi

Culture clash splits Canadians over basic values (Globe and Mail)
The clash of cultures has come to Canada. Some might call it a clash of civilizations. I dont mean the non-existent conflict not between the entire Muslim world and the civilized world, which Muslim-baiting demagogues have invented. The real battle everywhere is between extremists of all kinds and more levelheaded people. Canada is no longer a united country. An unbridgeable gap has grown between what we can broadly label conservatives and liberals. In the United States, reactionaries like Pat Buchanan for years insisted that the country was engaged in a ferocious internal culture war, and today no one doubts it. The Tea Party, the Koch brothers, the National Rifle Association, anti-choice absolutists and many others consider themselves to be at war, however metaphoric, with all who disagree with them.

Celebrating Calgary’s ethnic diversity with U.N. Day (CTV)
October 24th is United Nations day, and the Forest Lawn library started the celebrations early on Saturday with an event featuring ethnic food, music, and dance. Ottawa has been critical of the U.N. recently, so local organizers feel the work of the United Nations should be recognized with a special event. The Taste of Cultures celebration featured ethnic displays, art, food, and performances from around the world. These kind of events are important says Carol Marion, Manager of the Forest Lawn Library; To celebrate each other’s cultures, and to come together as one world, because in this part of Calgary there’s so many people that come from different cultures and different parts of the world.

Immigration Canada to Introduce Biometric Screening (Find Biometrics)
Canada’s efforts to enhance the security and integrity of our immigration system were highlighted yesterday by Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism in his speech at a major conference on border control in the United Kingdom (U.K.). “The first responsibility of the state is to protect the safety and security of its citizens,” Minister Kenney said during his keynote address. “By developing laws, policies, and practices that make our immigration system more secure, we believe we are helping to ensure continuing support for that system.” The inaugural BORDERPOL Conference, hosted by the U.K. Border Force, is a leading forum for international sharing of experiences and best practices among specialists in the border control industry. The two-day event is the first of its kind.

Writer recognized for multicultural works (
A Mississauga writer has been honoured for her work in promoting religious and racial harmony. Zohra Zoberi was among the recipients at the seventh Women of Courage Awards, which are held annually to highlight women of achievement. Zoberi was recognized for her body of written and performance works that frequently deal with issues of multiculturalism and inter-faith dialogue.–writer-recognized-for-multicultural-works

St. Wilfrids opens a diverse Year of Faith (Evan Boudreau, Catholic Register)
The Year of Faith kicked off Oct. 14 in a multicultural way for one of the most culturally diverse parishes in a city known for its cultural diversity. At the noon Mass, St. Wilfrids Church in northwest Toronto joined other parishes across the archdiocese in kicking off the Year of Faith, but in a way that reflects the face of its parishioners. The Year of Faith was inspiration the Church received to reflect on our faith but also on our diversity, Fr. Massey Lombardi told those gathered. Theres about 45 different languages in this parish but I would think if you went to other parishes in the city you would find the same thing.

Canadas CIJA doesnt speak for all of us (Josh Scheinert, Jerusalem Post)
For those determined not to go beyond the surface, Canadas Jewish community must appear to be a monolith. Operating almost in tandem with Stephen Harpers government, it is loathe to even contemplate that todays Israel is anything less than perfect. When it comes to Israel, the world has become black and white. Leading the charge for Canadian Jewry is the Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs. CIJA, which came into being in 2004 shrouded in secrecy, has anointed a group of unelected and unaccountable individuals as representatives and spokespeople for Canadian Jewry on Israel and Jewish affairs.

My thoughts after watching The End of Immigration? (KanyoPost)
This evening I went to the Toronto screening of a documentary titled The End of Immigration by Marie Boti and Malcolm Guy. It discusses the shift from permanent to temporary migration in Canada (temporary foreign workers). I believe it is a film that everyone should watch as issues of immigration affect us all (both here in Canada and abroad). There is so much that one can take away from this documentary. That being said, one of the things that stood out to me is that personal stories do truly reinforce the fact that policies implemented by our governments undeniably impact the lives of real people; the life of a mother, a father, a daughter.the list goes on.

‘Living legend’ a man of firsts (Maria Babbage, Ottawa Citizen)
Lincoln Alexander, Canada’s first black MP and former Ontario lieutenant-governor, has died at the age of 90. The man known to all as “Linc” was a “living legend” in his hometown of Hamilton and a man whose life and career was “a series of groundbreaking firsts,” Lt.-Gov. David Onley said Friday as he announced the news and offered his condolences to Alexander’s wife Marni and his family. “At a time when racism was endemic in Canadian society, he broke through barriers that treated visible minorities as second-class citizens, strangers in their own land. Lincoln Alexander’s whole life was a rebuke to those who would equate ability with skin colour,” Onley added. “He overcame poverty and prejudice to scale the professional and political highs.”

Linc will be very much missed (The Record)
An inspiring role model, leader and selfless public servant was lost to Canada Friday with the death of Lincoln Alexander. Alexander served his nation for so long, with such energy and passion and in so many ways that it came as no surprise when word of his death spurred tributes from a litany of prominent Canadian leaders. University of Guelph president Alastair Summerlee Friday called the schools chancellor emeritus perhaps the most admired and respected public figure in Ontario. Its terribly difficult to argue with that.–linc-will-be-very-much-missed

Hamilton remembers Lincoln Alexander (CBC)
From all across Hamilton tributes poured in for Lincoln Alexander. Lieutenant Governor Daivd Onley announced Friday morning that Alexander, Canada’s first black member of the House of Commons and first black lieutenant governor of Ontario, had died at the age of 90. After that condolences and memories came in quickly from Hamilton. Hamilton remembers Lincoln Alexander Though he was respected and admired across Canada his legacy left the deepest impression on Hamilton. The Lincoln M. Alexander Parkway is named after him as is an elementary school on Ravebury Drive and one of the city’s premiere concert centres.

Linc at Home in Toronto (Jamie Bradburn, Torontoist)
Pioneering public servant Lincoln Alexander, who died yesterday at 90, had his roots in east end Toronto. From an early age, Lincoln Alexander stood up for himself. Growing up in the east end of Toronto in the 1920s and 1930s, he endured a steady stream of insults directed at his skin colour. To survive he had to be a fighter, using both his brain and his fists as weapons.

AFP launches initiative on diversity and philanthropy (South Asian Philanthropy)
Last week, I attended a really inspiring press conference about a new initiative of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy Canada, with the support of the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration. Called From Diversity to Inclusion in Philanthropy: An Action Plan for Ontarios Charitable and Not-for-Profit Sector, the new three-year initiative will offer in-depth inclusion-oriented education, training and networking activities for Ontario-based non-profit leaders, fundraisers, volunteers and donors. Im excited to serve on the advisory committee for the South Asian philanthropy conference, with more information to come soon here. The press conference included speeches by Minister Charles Sousa and organizers Krishan Mehta and Justin Poy, as well as AFP leadership.

Inclusive Giving Project (AFP)
From Diversity to Inclusion in Philanthropy: An Action Plan for Ontarios Charitable and Not-for-Profit Sector. This multi-year initiative, funded through the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigrations Partnership Project Office, will feature a series of one-day conferences, each focused on the charitable activities of one distinct community group. There will be four conferences each year, which will be held either in Toronto and Ottawa. With input from leaders from within the charitable and non-profit sectors, these conferences will bring together for the first time twelve different stakeholder groups representing a wide-range of perspectives.

Inside Toronto Polices two-man plan for helping the Somali-Canadian community (Globe and Mail)
Sergeant Chris Laush is eager to get on the road. Stepping into an unmarked car behind a police station in Torontos west end, the veteran cop explains theres a man nearby who needs to get arrested. The only trouble, he acknowledges, is that the best place to find that man is in the meeting the suspect is expected to be leading this afternoon. The neighbourhood is a hub for the citys Somali community, a group Toronto police are eager to make inroads with after a series of deadly shootings. The man Sgt. Laush is looking to arrest isnt of Somali descent, but some at the station are wary that a showy entrance could put off the very individuals police want to build trust with.

News Release Minister Kenney Wraps Up Successful Visit to Europe to Address Migration Issues (CIC)
Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney departed Brussels, Belgium yesterday marking the end of his official visit to Europe, which included visits to Ireland, Hungary, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Belgium. Our government remains committed to creating a fast, flexible and proactive immigration system that helps strengthen Canadas economy, stated Minister Kenney. This trip provided the opportunity to further promote Canada internationally and to address migration issues with European officials.

Nova Scotia Refuses Religious Reference on License Plate (CCLA)
The province of Nova Scotia refused a womans request for a personalized license plate because it contained a reference to Jesus, according to the Globe and Mail. Rhonda Lynne Cormier-Clarke reportedly applied for a personalized license plate reading IXOYE, a transliterated Greek acronym for Jesus Christ Gods Son Saviour. The Globe story provides two theories for the provinces decision. The licensing authoritys application form prohibits anything socially unacceptable, offensive, not in good taste, or implying an official authority from appearing on license plates. And one Nova Scotia MLA offered a secularist argument against giving the provinces imprimatur to the Christian deity.

News Release New Citizens Inducted into the Canadian Family at the Hockey Hall of Fame (CIC)
Fifty new Canadians originating from 19 countries took the Oath of Citizenship in a special ceremony at the Hockey Hall of Fame this evening. When a newcomer swears their Oath of Citizenship, our history becomes their history, said Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney. Canada has a long history of excelling at winter sports, including hockey, and so it is entirely appropriate that these new Canadians will set out on their new journey from Canadas Hockey Hall of Fame.

Western Canada Immigration and Diversity Forum 2013 (Conference Board of Canada)
Experts predict that labour shortages in Western Canada will continue for the foreseeable future. As the regions economies grow, the competition for talent will intensify. Greater immigration into Western provinces from the rest of Canada and around the world is a direct result of this labour shortage. You must think about how you source talent in Canada and abroad, and make the internal changes needed to take full advantage of an increasingly diverse workforce.

Do all Asians look the same? (Ryersonian)
My identity as an individual gets yellow-washed, or glossed over, because of what I look like. Perhaps I havent made enough of an impression on the people who mistake me for another Asian woman. But this becomes a different problem in the classroom where we are all supposed to be assessed as individuals. And it was precisely in classrooms at Ryerson where I faced subtle forms of racism.

Visible minority vs. racialized (Ryerson Journalism)
Sorry, Canada. Your use of the term visible minority has got to go. As polite Canadians, we like to tiptoe around sensitive issues like racism. But race is a social construction, and this popular term in public discourse fails to acknowledge the process through which its imposed on people of colour. Sometimes attempts at politically correct language can miss the mark.

Immigration program for Haiti earthquake survivors is slow, but yielding results (CTV)
Soon after an earthquake destroyed much of Haiti in 2010, the Canadian and Quebec governments announced plans to fast-track the immigration of families impacted by the disaster. Under the plan, siblings would be able to sponsor their brothers and sisters. However two-and-a-half years later, Jodler Vital described a process that was slower than he ever imagined. “The medical tests they were asked to do took three months to get the results,” said Jodler.

Census will inject a dose of linguistic reality into the Canadian identity (Misty Harris, Vancouver Sun)
What does it mean to speak Canadian? The question may seem funny, but perpetually low rates of bilingualism, longstanding tension between anglophones and francophones, and the rising pervasiveness of mother tongues that are neither French nor English all sketch an uncertain picture of the countrys language unity. Statistics Canadas Oct. 24 release of some 2011 Census data will provide an updated look at our national linguistic identity, including new numbers that address the gap between our bilingual image and the number of people who are truly bilingual.


Protest to be held against refugee health care cuts (CBC)
A political flyer sent out by a Saskatchewan member of Parliament has outraged some medical students and doctors in Ottawa. Earlier this month, Conservative MP Kelly Block sent out a letter to constituents praising recent cuts to refugee health benefits. “New arrivals to Canada have received dental and vision care paid by your tax dollars not anymore,” the letter read in part. On Sunday, about 300 people gathered outside Block’s constituency office in Saskatoon to protest the letter. Block has said a draft copy of the letter was sent out in error, but she defended the government’s policy.

Interim Federal Health Program – Practical information (CCR)
Since June 29, 2012, there have been significant cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program. The new entitlements are very complicated. In addition, provinces offer different levels of coverage for refugees, refugee claimants and others without permanent status. The following resources provide detailed information.

For refugees, bowl often half empty (Maki Becker, Buffalo News)
As Vive workers prepare for the shelters annual Freedom Bowl fundraiser today, Jordan-Mosely explained one of the many challenges her organization faces as the mission of the refugee shelter has shifted. When Vive was founded in 1984, its mission was to help refugees seeking asylum in Canada. Over the last few years, as immigration laws have tightened in Canada, more and more of the people who come to Vive end up pursuing legal status in the United States a process that can take two to three years. Currently, about 45 percent of the shelters clients are trying to get legal refugee status here.

Hungarian refugee fears for safety of deported family (CBC)
A Hungarian man granted refugee status after he helped convict the human traffickers that brought him to Canada had to say goodbye to his wife and stepdaughter, after they were ordered deported by the Canada Border Services Agency. The women reportedly left on a plane from Montreal’s Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport on Friday.

Gender Persecution And Refugee Law Reform In Canada (Lobat Sadrehashemi, Battered Women’s Support Services)
I practice refugee and immigration law in Vancouver where the majority of my cases have involved women who have experienced some form of violence. As a refugee lawyer my job is to make arguments about how a particular claim fits within the refugee definition based on the facts of my client`s case and the law. The most challenging part of that work is ensuring that my client is able to fully present the facts of their claim to the decision-maker. For women who have experienced violence this can be extremely difficult; often these are facts that they have not disclosed to anyone and now are expected to disclose to a stranger. My work with these women has taught me that a significant struggle in these cases is being able to create the right conditions for highly traumatized claimants to be able to present their story to a decision-maker.

If EU did more for Roma, they wouldnt seek asylum in Canada (Globe and Mail)
There is no doubt that many of the 10 million Roma who live in Europe are subject to deep-rooted discrimination, and social exclusion. But this does not make them refugees. Nor is it a problem that Canada can resolve. Rather, the 27 members of the European Union need to work harder to fulfill their pledge to integrate Roma communities into mainstream society, and ensure they have access to education, health services, and the labour market. Since Canada lifted the visa requirement on Hungary in 2008, Canada has seen a spike in asylum requests from that country, many of them of Roma ethnic origin. Last year, 4,442 Hungarians filed for asylum nearly one fifth of all claimants.

Late refugee cant be buried in China because Citizenship and Immigration Canada lost her ID (Toronto Star)
Three years after Lin Mei Zhang died of cancer, her ashes remain in storage at a Toronto funeral home because immigration officials have lost the refugees Chinese ID card. My mothers will was to be buried at her birthplace. Without her proof of citizenship in China, we cant get her a cemetery plot or send her back there, her son, Gao Zhi Xiang, said in an interview in Mandarin. After all these years, we still cant put her to rest. She just wanted to be home in her death. Lin had been granted asylum in Canada on grounds of religious persecution, but died of colon cancer in October 2009, while her application for permanent residence was still in process.–late-refugee-can-t-be-buried-in-china-because-citizenship-and-immigration-canada-lost-her-id

Protesters express anger over mail-out (Charles Hamilton, Star Phoenix)
Anger over a controversial mail-out by a Conservative MP that condemns “unfair” health benefits for Canadian refugee claimants has turned into a rallying cry for Saskatoon residents who want medicare expanded to cover things such as prescription drugs and dental care. More than 250 people gathered outside the constituency office of Conservative MP Kelly Block on Saturday to protest what they call the “racist” and “divisive” message of a mail-out sent two weeks ago by the MP that applauds a recent decision by the federal government to end free dental and vision care and prescriptions for certain refugees

Close to 300 protesters gather in front of MP Block’s office (François Biber, Newstalk 650)
Driving west on 22 Street, motorists honked in support of a protest in front of the office of MP Kelly Block, in response to a controversial flyer mailed out to constituents last week. “We need to send a message that we’re not going to get sucked into what they’re doing, which is to divide us,” said NDP Leadership candidate Ryan Meili at a demonstration on Oct. 20. “When I saw this (flyer) I was so upset that the government would actually send out a message boasting about having cut services to these vulnerable people.

MP Kelly Block defends refugee mailout (CTV)
The mail out says refugee claimants are receiving unfair benefits. It says it’s not fair that new arrivals to Canada receive free dental and vision care and prescription, while other Canadians don’t. Block says the mail out was not intended to be offensive, but that it was simply stating the facts. What I was highlighting was the fact that we were ending benefits for pending and rejected refugee claimants that other Canadians do not receive.

Hundreds Protest Block’s Message (Media Co-op)
Hundreds of Saskatoonians gathered at Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar MP Kelly Blocks office in the city today, protesting her latest newsletter about cuts to health care for refugee claimants. People have called the item anti-immigrant, xenophobic, and racist. Some see it as an early attack on medicare, and as an attempt to divide Canadians. Most, if not all, see it as an attack on Canadas long history of generosity and caring for those coming to the country as refugees. Blocks newsletter, entitled, Ending Unfair Benefits for Refugee Claimants, says, New arrivals to Canada have received dental and vision care paid by your tax dollars. Theyve had free prescriptions. Not Anymore.

Saskatoon protesters slam Kelly Block flyer (CBC)
Hundreds rallied outside the Saskatoon office of Conservative MP Kelly Block yesterday to protest a controversial flyer she sent to her constituents. The Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar MP’s flyer, mailed out earlier this month, praised the Conservative government’s cuts to supplementary health benefits for refugee claimants. “New arrivals to Canada have received dental and vision care paid for by your tax dollars not anymore,” the flyer states in part.

Quebec family is granted resident status based on humanitarian grounds (CCLA)
The CBC reports that Citizenship and Immigration Canada has accepted an application from a Guinean family to stay in Canada based on humanitarian and compassionate grounds. Kankou Keita Mansaré and her five children, who now live in Laval, Quebec, had arrived in Canada from Guinea six years ago as refugees. However, their refugee claim, which was based on Mansarés fear that her two teenaged daughters might be subject to forced marriage and genital mutilation in Guinea, was refused. After being scheduled for 4 deportations, the familys application to stay on humanitarian grounds was accepted based on the risk of forced marriage and genital mutilation, and also based on the health condition of 17 year-old daughter Zenab. If deported back to Guinea, Zenab might not have access to proper treatment for her hyperthyroidism.

Guinean family set to be deported can call Canada home now (CTV)
A family of six from Guinea will be allowed to stay in Canada permanently after nearly being deported four times. Kankou Keita Mansare and her five children, who have been living in Laval since 2007, were told Friday that Immigration Canada would allow them to stay on humanitarian grounds. The family fled the West African country and sought refugee status due to conditions in their homeland. Their request to stay was denied.

Family that skirted 4 deportations can stay in Canada (CBC)
A Laval, Que., family celebrated on Saturday following news that their long fight to remain in Canada in which they came close to deportation four times is over. Kankou Keita Mansaré and her five children, all originally from Guinea, have received word that Citizenship and Immigration Canada accepted their application to stay in the country on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.

Quebec family can stay in Canada after five-year fight (CTV)
A mother and her five children have been told they can remain in Canada permanently, after they were nearly deported to their native Guinea four times since arriving in Quebec. Family matriarch Kankou Keita-Mansare learned Friday that she and her children will be allowed to remain in Canada on humanitarian grounds. The family arrived in Laval in 2007, and sought refugee status on the grounds that the 17- and 18-year-old daughters faced genital mutilation and forced marriages in Guinea. Thats the way it is in my country, Keita-Mansare, speaking in French, told CTV Montreal on Saturday. Keita-Mansare said after her five-year battle, she is happy to stay in Canada.

Papers, the book ( reviewed the documentary Papers: Stories of Undocumented Youth two years ago. It is a provocative and moving piece depicting the triumphs and challenges faced by undocumented youth in the US. Now, Papers, the book has been released. From the announcement: Papers the Book is here!! Order your copy today! This beautiful book includes 30 stories by undocumented youth and is illustrated with color drawings by undocumented artist Julio Salgado.

Call for Papers (Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS))
The 2013 CARFMS Conference will bring together researchers, policymakers, practitioners, displaced persons, and advocates from diverse disciplinary and regional backgrounds to discuss spaces of refuge for forced migrants in the context of a changing global geopolitical context. We invite participants from a wide range of perspectives to explore the practical, experiential, policy-oriented, legal and theoretical questions raised by situations of forced migration as a result of conflict, development, climate change, and natural disaster. We also invite studies of short and long-term options for, challenges of, and success with respect to, integration, settlement, resettlement and voluntary return. In the area of both migration and settlement, we are particularly interested in studies that address threats to humanitarian space, and recommendations to counter such threats and build solidarity with those who seek refuge. Papers that consider the relevance of gender and intersectional analysis for displacement, and issues of specific relevance for refugee children and youth, are particularly encouraged.

Are You a Refugee with Permanent Resident Status in Canada? Apply for Citizenship Now to Protect Your Status! (Your Legal Rights)
This information sheet explains why it is important for refugees with permanent status to apply for citizenship as soon as possible.

Summer Course on Refugee and Forced Migration Issues (CRS)
The Summer Course on Refugee and Forced Migration Issues is an internationally acclaimed seven-day (May 6-12, 2012) non-credit course for academic and field-based practitioners working in the area of forced migration. It serves as a hub for researchers, students, practitioners, service providers and policy makers to share information and ideas. The Summer Course is housed within the Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS), York University.

Jason Kenney’s “safe country” (Dr. Dawg)
In Miskolc, Hungary, as I write this, a Fascist demonstration intended to intimidate the local Roma minority is taking place. The poster for the rally is reproduced above. Our Minister of Anti-Roma Affairs, Jason Kenney, happened to be in Miskolc just a few days ago. He was there to tell local Roma that none is too many, as far as Canadathat is, Jason Kenneyis concerned. He sat in front of a poster incongruously stating that Canadian citizenship was not for sale. Apparently he was not well-received. Kenney didnt stick around for todays rally and march by Jobbik, which holds a sixth of the seats in Hungarys parliament.


Eating on just $26 a week proves challenging (John Colebourn, The Province)
Brent Mansfield is down to his last seven cents with one more day still to go in the Welfare Food Challenge. Going into his sixth day of living on a total of $26 for a week, Mansfield said he hopes to hang in until Tuesday – the last day of living off $26. “I have been able to ration and will have enough by Tuesday, just barely,” he said. Mansfield, a member of the Vancouver Food Policy Council, and about 150 others across the province went on the challenge last week to see what it is like to be on welfare and live off next to nothing.

Latest Media and Policy News: 22 Oct 2012 (ISAC)
A round up of media on poverty and policy.

Canada’s Path Towards Ending Inequality (Huffington Post)
If the Occupy Movement has added anything to our conversation about politics and society it’s that the 1 per cent has, over the last 30 years, been accumulating more then it’s fair share of wealth. This is easily quantifiable; today the 1 per cent takes nearly 14 per cent of the national income. In the 1980s they took 7 per cent. That’s a doubling of its share and who knows what another 30 years will bring if we continue on the death by a thousand cuts path that we are currently on? In the meantime while workers productivity has increased, wages have stagnated. The Center for the Study of Living Standards reported in 2009 that between 1980-2005 productivity increased 37 per cent while wages remained relatively stagnant, increasing for fulltime workers an average of $53.

Canadian Social Research Newsletter (Canadian Social Research Links)
Canadian content
1. Do welfare rules provide a route out of poverty in Alberta? (John Stapleton) – October 18
2. Ontario Social Assistance Review : Final report due Wednesday October 24 at 10a.m.
3. Bill C-45, the Jobs and Growth Act, 2012, tabled in the House of Commons (Finance Canada) – October 18
4. International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (United Nations) – October 17
5. Call for Abstracts : Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) 2013 Annual Conference – June 9-12, 2013
6. [British
Columbia] Dozens step up for Welfare Food Challenge (Vancouver Sun) – October 16
7. Public Investments in Early Childhood Education and Care in Canada, 2010 (Human Resources and Skills Development) – October 15
8. Harpers Attack on Democracy, Itemized by Lawrence Martin (Armine Yalnizyan, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) – April 2011
9. Update on the National Council of Welfare website archive – October 19
10. What’s New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
— Consumer Price Index, September 2012 – October 19
— Recent Developments in the Canadian Economy: Fall 2012 – October 19
— Employment Insurance, August 2012 – October 18
— Study: Profile of parents in stepfamilies, 2011 – October 18
— Newsletter for Communities – October 18
— Job vacancies, three-month average ending in July 2012 – October 18
— Health Reports, October 2012 – October 17
11. What’s new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

Healthy Baby Healthy Brain videos now on YouTube (Health Nexus)
The 15 videos which are part of the website have been put on YouTube. This will greatly increase the exposure of this website for parents of children 0 to 3 and expectant parents. The pre-campaign survey done with parents of young children indicated that low-income and single parents were significantly more likely to get information about early child development and parenting using YouTube videos.


Program connects Halifax immigrants with opportunities (Martha Wilson, Chronicle Herald)
What do you do if you move to a new place where you dont have a job, family or friends? You try to plug into an existing network. Creating that network for new­comers has been the goal of the Connector Program of the Greater Halifax Partnership economic development organiza­tion, says Fred Morley, executive vice-president and chief economist with the organization. The International Economic Development Council this month recognized the program with two gold awards of excellence. The program has been emulated in 10 other Canadian cities, Morley notes, ranging in size from Montreal to Truro, and is being implemented in Calgary and by the province of New Brunswick.

Why Temporary Foreign Workers Are Political Dynamite (David Schreck, The Tyee)
Peter O’Neil’s Oct. 10 Vancouver Sun front-page story on 200 Chinese temporary workers being brought to B.C. to work in coal mines set off a storm and put the Clark government on the defensive. To many it looked like her jobs plan meant jobs for temporary Chinese miners. The number of temporary foreign workers in B.C. increased from 19,283 in 2002 to 69,955 in 2011. The number for Canada increased from 101,098 in 2002 to 300,211 in 2011. ??

Visible minorities face ‘hidden discrimination,’ study finds (Globe and Mail)
Good jobs and promotions in the workplace continue to elude many visible minorities and aoriginals, according to a study released by the Canadian Race Relations Foundations Tuesday. “Our findings confirm that the higher you go in the workplace, the whiter it becomes,” Dr. Jean Lock Kunz, senior research associate at the Canadian Council on Social Development said about the study. The study was written by the CCSD for the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, which operates at arm’s-length from the federal government. “Racial discrimination is still present in the work place, mostly in covert forms. Diversity is generally seen at the bottom and middle level of the labour force pyramid.”

We Approach Diversity the Wrong Way (Liz Ryan, Harvard Business Review)
I was giving a morning keynote at a diversity conference when I asked the organizer what the rest of the day’s sessions would be. “In the morning we have concurrent groups focusing on women, Baby Boomers, and the GLBTQ population,” she said. “In the afternoon we have sessions on Asians, African-Americans, and the physically challenged.” While I maintained a frozen smile and looked at her soberly, my brain was screaming, “Still? In 2012?” Is dicing the workforce into pre-set categories going to encourage working together? If we go that route, we’ll have to expand our diversity conferences by several days as we add sessions that address the unique needs of gay Asian people, physically challenged African-American workers, and, lest anyone be forgotten, the grievously under-served gay boomer Pacific Islander demographic.

Diversity is Dead, Long Live Diversity (Victoria Pynchon, Forbes)
Hope, Im told, is not a plan. And asking people and institutions to give away their economic power is the most foolish hope any group of marginalized people can have. Not that many years ago, I joined the Diversity Committee of an ADR think tank. At my first meeting, the leaders of the ADR industry present there said, we have been engaged in efforts to diversify the profession for twenty years. The effort has failed. The market has spoken and the market will not hire women or minority ADR professionals in numbers large enough to make the field one in which our diverse professionals can thrive.

I need to work: Small Alberta city feels pain from layoffs at meat plant behind beef recall (Jen Gerson, National Post)
Sitting on a flat sweep of prairie, this small city is an unlikely contender for the title of one of the most ethnically eclectic populations in the country. Home to one of Canadas largest meat-packing plants, it attracts the kind of people who are willing to do a job unwanted by natural-born citizens; refugees, immigrants and temporary foreign workers land here to kill cattle, strip their hides, cut meat and pack it in plastic and cardboard. The plant smells faintly of dried blood. And now those workers are out of a job.

CANADA: Paradoxes of ‘visible minorities’ in job ads (University World News)
Canadian universities seem to welcome a diverse faculty, but in grouping all ‘visible minorities’ together they are ignoring the fact that different minorities face different issues. As universities become more globalised, racial diversity among faculty will become more important. Universities will need to ensure that their diversity policy is built on hard data and achieves results. If we were to scan the academic job ads of Canadian universities today, we would notice the following: after the description of the job, the required qualifications and the application’s deadline, at the end there is usually a short statement that goes something like this: “University X is strongly committed to employment equity within its community and supports diversity in its teaching, learning and work environments. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates, including women, aboriginal people, visible minorities, persons with disabilities and members of sexual minority groups. Members of these designated groups are encouraged to self-identify.”

Have your human rights been violated at work? (Your Legal Rights)
This information sheet, part of the Learn Law series, explains how to complain to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario if you believe you have been discriminated against. It discusses how to make a claim, the types of remedies that the Tribunal can order, and how the Human Rights Legal Support Centre can lend additional help.

Ask the Employment Specialist: Should I Change my Foreign Name? (Karin Lewis, JVS Career Voice)
There are many job seekers from around the world who have resettled in Toronto and have found work in their fields. Many used their authentic and original names with which they were born. Indeed, some of our clients do anglicize their name for employment purposes or because people found it foreign or too hard to pronounce. The latest statistics on the City of Toronto website, show that Toronto, with a population of 2.48 million people (5.5 million in the GTA Greater Toronto Area) is heralded as one of the most multicultural cities in the world. Over 140 languages and dialects are spoken here, and just over 30 per cent of Toronto residents speak a language other than English or French at home.


Friday’s headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A daily round up of mainstream media news on Transit, City Hall, Zoo and Gardiner.

What Toronto can learn from how other cities fund transit expansion (Chris Bateman, BlogTO)
The Greater Toronto Area needs to be taught a lesson when it comes to developing, funding, and building new transit projects in the 416 and beyond, according to a new report. According to the University of Toronto’s Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance, IMFG to its buddies, Toronto and the surrounding region can learn from other North American cities in several key areas when it comes to pushing its transit funding conversation forward. Most notable, perhaps, is the call for strong leadership on the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area’s transportation needs on a provincial level. Right now its hard to point to the public figure at the controls of the region’s various transit projects who might be able to champion support for new funding.


For social entrepreneurs, fundraising isnt the only means to money (Charles Bronfman And Jeff Soloman, Globe and Mail)
When you think of revenue on a non-profit ledger, you probably think of fundraising, and you are probably not thrilled at the prospect. Fundraising ranks with taxpaying as just about everyones least favorite financial activity. So, dont do it. Or dont, if you can possibly avoid it. Fundraising should be your last resort when you need money, as you surely will. Non-profit does not mean non-revenue. You are fully entitled to make money, and lots of it. You just arent allowed to keep it for yourself or distribute it to shareholders. It is only to be spent in pursuit of your mission, not on inflated salaries for your employees. So for revenue, made money works just as well as raised money.

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