Immigration & Diversity news headlines – October 24, 2012


Maytree Newsletter – October 2012 (Maytree)
In this issue:
Let your light shine
Too much too fast: Immigration changes make Canada less welcoming
Diversity in procurement matters – join us for the release of the next DiverseCity Counts report
New electoral boundaries for better representation
Five Good Ideas: Public safety, service, trust and value
What you can do with others for others: Nidhi Tandon
Home-care crunch coming
Reflections on innovating together: Communities Collaborating Institute 2012
DiverseCity School4Civics creates political lifers
Think outside the box to find immigrant talent
News You Can Use

DiverseCity Counts Procurement Nov 21 (Maytree)
Join us for the release of the next DiverseCity Counts report which explores these questions. Led by University of Manitoba Professor Paul D. Larson, an expert in supply chain management, the research will explore whether, why and how organizations have embraced diversity in their purchasing and supply chain strategies, policies and practices.

Webinar Oct 31: Practice to Policy: Lessons from Local Leadership on Immigrant Integration (Cities of Migration)
Todays cities are at the hub of an increasingly globalized economy. As the level of government closest to the people, municipalities are also well positioned to respond to their needs. Around the world, cities are developing policies and practices that accelerate the settlement and integration of immigrants, and engage local residents in building safe, healthy and prosperous communities. In this webinar, international policy experts analyze innovative local practices and discuss the role that municipal governments and other local actors can and should play in shaping immigration and integration policy.

News from the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (MCI)
In This Issue:
Ontario Open for Business: Reducing red tape for not-for-profits
ChangeTheWorld: Ontario Youth Set Volunteering Record
The Volunteer Service Awards Wrap Up for 2012
INSIGHT INTO IMMIGRATION: Global Experience Ontario
Helping Skilled Newcomers Find Jobs
Developing Our First Ever Immigration Strategy
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee

Culturally Diverse Artists Project (Fringe Toronto)
PROJECT GOAL: To encourage participation by culturally diverse* artists in the Toronto Fringe Festival as a creative opportunity they may traditionally feel excluded from. The Toronto Fringe is committed to offering creative opportunities to artists and arts lovers. With the generous and invaluable support from TD Bank, we are able to launch the second of a three year pilot project to encourage greater participation in the Fringe Festival by artists who self-identify as culturally diverse by removing some of the traditional barriers to participation, including financial concerns and a sense of being excluded from mainstream events.

2011 Census of Population: Linguistic Characteristics of Canadians (Statistics Canada)
More than 200 languages were reported in the 2011 Census of Population as a home language or mother tongue. One-fifth of Canada’s population, or nearly 6,630,000 people, spoke a language other than English or French at home in 2011, either alone or in some combination with English or French. A full analysis is available in the report Linguistic Characteristics of Canadians. Of this total, 6,390,000 spoke an immigrant language at home, more than 213,000 people spoke an Aboriginal language, and nearly 25,000 reported using a sign language. Also of this total, almost one-third or 2,145,000 people reported that the only language they spoke at home was a language other than English or French, that is, a non-official language. The remaining two-thirds spoke a non-official language in combination with either English or French.

Toronto the capital of language diversity in Canada: census (Amy Minsky, Global News)
Toronto is Canada’s capital of language diversity — at least behind closed doors. About 1.8 million people in Canada’s largest city said they usually speak an immigrant language at home, according to census data released Wednesday by Statistics Canada.

Census 2011: more Punjabi and Tagalog, less French and aboriginal languages (Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press)
Bilingualism is surging in Canada, but not necessarily in the country’s two official languages. Statistics Canada released the last batch of data from the 2011 census on Wednesday, this time focusing on about 200 languages that make up the linguistic portrait of the country. The data suggest that multiculturalism is not simply an abstract concept to describe a motley collection of diverse communities. Rather, it is a reality for a growing number of families, even within the confines of their own homes. The census shows that 17.5 per cent of the population or 5.8 million individuals speaks at least two languages at home. That’s up from the 14.2 per cent of multilingual households counted in the 2006 census, and an increase of 1.3 million people.

Census data to chart rise of other languages in Canada (Heather Scoffield, Ottawa Citizen)
Have the two forces that have defined Canadian culture for the past 40 years multiculturalism and bilingualism turned on each other? The final release of 2011 census data this week will offer Canadians some insight into the answer. On Wednesday, Statistics Canada will publish language data showing how many people speak English, how many speak French, and how many speak a myriad of other languages a consequence of increasingly diverse immigration.

Opinion: Census data should not lead to fear of diversity (Jack Jedwab, Montreal Gazette)
Wednesday is an important day on the demographic front, as Statistics Canada makes public data from the 2011 census on language knowledge and use. Among other things, the data will probably show a small decline in the share of francophones on the island of Montreal. If, as expected, it does, this new census information will very likely give rise to the usual outcry about the dire situation purportedly facing the French language on the island. We should expect that the new Parti Québécois government will point to the results as justification for some of the more stringent measures it insists are needed to protect French.

Languages to come under census microscope (CBC)
Have the two forces that have defined Canadian culture for the past 40 years multiculturalism and bilingualism turned on each other? The final release of 2011 census data this week will offer Canadians some insight into the answer. On Wednesday, Statistics Canada will publish language data showing how many people speak English, how many speak French, and how many speak a myriad of other languages a consequence of increasingly diverse immigration.

Bilingualism shrinking outside Quebec, census finds (Mike De Souza, Ottawa Citizen)
Bilingualism is losing steam across Canada but gaining ground in Quebec, according to data released Wednesday by Statistics Canada. The new data from the 2011 census shows that Quebec was the only province to increase its rate of bilingualism in English and French since the last census in 2006. Overall, the national rate of bilingualism in English and French rose from 17.4 to 17.5 per cent of the population from 2006 to 2011, according to the census. This is equivalent to an increase of 350,000 people, for a total of 5.8 million Canadians out of a total population of 33.1 million.

Gender issues and tolerance (Qais Ghanem, Gulf News)
This weekend, I was at an interesting panel discussion in my city of Ottawa, Canada. It was unusual in that all panellists were young four women of around 20 and a boy of 13! The moderator was a middle-aged mother, a family doctor, with origins in Pakistan. The female panellists were from Somalia, Guatemala, Pakistan and Congo. There were about 30 in the audience, of the usual scatter of ages, but nowhere near the age of the speakers. There was the usual opening statement followed by questions from the audience. All the speakers were either born in Canada or had come there very young. Their English was perfect and without accent. Three of the five were Muslim, one wearing the hijab.

Canada: A Nation of Foreign Terrorists According to Bill C-43 (Irwin Cotler, Huffington Post)
In introducing Bill C-43 — the Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act — the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration offered several justifications for this legislation, including, first, that the bill “would narrow the breadth of the inadmissibility provision for espionage, to focus on activities carried out against Canada or that are contrary to the interests of Canada.” Second, that the bill “would permit the temporary entry of persons with an inadmissible family member,” and third, “that it would provide authority for the Minister of Public Safety to grant Ministerial relief on the Minister’s own initiative” and thus would, as a whole “strengthen the integrity of the system and protect the safety of Canadians.”

Bill C-43 Treats Immigrants Like Criminals (JS Vijaya, Huffington Post)
We are a nation of immigrants. Those of us who are aware of Canadian history regarding immigration and related policies know about shameful tragic episodes, such as the Komagata Maru incident. We have all heard the famous phrase from philosopher George Santayana, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” In my view the right wing ideologies and mode of thought that made the Komagata Maru incident possible are revisiting us in these supposedly enlightened, modern times under the Harper regime.

Federal prison population in Canada growing (Toronto Star)
Canadas federal prison population is growing, largely because more visible minorities, Aboriginal people and women are entering jails than ever before, a report said Tuesday. In his annual report, Correctional Investigator Howard Sapers said changing demographics account for part of the increase. Beyond rising inmate counts and costs, Canadians should be interested in who is ending up behind bars. Questions about whom we incarcerate, for how long and why are important public policy issues, said Sapers. Sapers said 21 per cent of the federal penitentiary inmate population is of Aboriginal descent, while nine per cent are black Canadians.–federal-prison-population-in-canada-growing

Government of Canada cracking down on immigration fraud (Steffan Ileman,
With the winds of war blowing in the Middle East and other trouble spots it’s hard to blame the well-to-do of the world for coveting Canadian passports as an insurance policy, but the government says you will either do it legally or lose it. That’s what a couple from Turkey found out the hard way when they tried to sneak back into Canada where they were supposed to be living as permanent residents.


Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care releases update on impact of federal cuts to refugee health services (Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care)
Three months after dramatic cuts to federally funded refugee health care services took effect, the program that manages these services is marred by confusion, unnecessary costs, and compromised care. These are the interim findings from Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care, a non-partisan group of physicians with firsthand experience treating refugees in cities and towns across the country. The group has been documenting dozens of specific patient cases since the changes to the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) were announced June 30th.

Ottawa med students protest refugee health cuts at Parliament (Includes interview and first-hand account) (Mike Lapointe, Digital Journal)
Just over 60 students and faculty gathered on the steps leading up to Parliament on a breezy and sun-lit backdrop to demonstrate their disagreement with government proposals they say discourages refugees from seeking necessary medical care. A number of commentators showed up on Monday, including NDP immigration critic Jinny Sims. She told the crowd that were very proud of our universal healthcare but that some of the most vulnerable people coming to our shores, looking for shelter and looking for safety and security, are now being denied basic health care. But she maintained that its far more than economics. Its about who we are. A number of doctors and healthcare professionals opposed to the legislation also spoke at the rally, including Dr. Doug Gruner who works within refugee programs aimed at bringing recent claimants into the system.

Block not living up to expectations (Pat Atkinson, Star Phoenix)
Kelly Block was supposed to be a rising star when she was elected in 2008 as the MP for Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar. Block was in the headlines a few years ago when she sent out a constituent “householder” mail-out extolling the virtues of spanking as a form of child discipline. Based on scientific research, people who know something about the subject had a field day with her.

Star gets action: Immigration officials find late Chinese refugees ID (Toronto Star)
Three years after losing her life to cancer, a Toronto refugee can finally rest in peace in her native China. Lin Mei Zhangs orphaned sons have been unable to send her ashes back to Fujian or get a cemetery plot to bury her in China, as per her wishes, because they didnt have her Chinese ID. Canadian immigration officials told them theyd lost it. But after a Star story on Monday exposed the familys dilemma, Immigration contacted the familys lawyer to say it had located Lins Chinese document and would return it to her children immediately.–star-gets-action-immigration-officials-find-late-chinese-refugee-s-id

Dispelling Muslim myths (Tyler Olsen, Chilliwack Times)
A group of Fraser Valley Muslims brought a message of moderation to Chilliwack recently as part of a nationwide campaign meant to dispel myths and counteract recent images of conflict and strife sparked by a controversial video. Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association of Canada went door-to-door in downtown Chilliwack to try and impress on residents that Islam is a religion of peace, not conflict. While Chilliwack is known as a predominantly Christian community, Rizwan Peer-zada said the group received a positive response from residents, with 550 homes accepting pamphlets.


Disability and the Aging Society: Social Policy Challenges for Canada (PDF) – (Sherri Torjman, Caledon Institute)
Over the past two decades, Caledon has focused on several aspects of disability including poverty, disability supports and participation in society. Our work will continue to address those issues. We have broadened our scope in recent years to include some distinct, but related, issues around an aging population. I will discuss disability and the aging society separately. While these areas are linked, they are clearly distinct. The disability community has always warned against confounding disability issues with seniors concerns. But there are a few crossover points, especially with respect to community supports.

Architecture of Federal Income Security in Canada (PDF) (Ken Battle, Caledon Institute)
Contrary to what many people believe, government by means of income taxes and transfers significantly reduces market income inequality. At last count, 2010, taxes and transfers reduced market inequality by close to one quarter (by 23.7 percent), mostly (70.7 percent) as a result of income security programs, with 29.3 percent due to income taxes. Looking over the long term, from 1981 to 2010, government has made a significant difference, offsetting rising market income inequality by 44 percent. But Canada could do a lot better. In 1994, at their peak, taxes and transfers reduced market income inequality by 28.7 percent, but that share has fallen to 23.7 percent in 2010. The redistributive power of Canadian governments has, overall, weakened since the mid-1990s, due in large part to cuts to two of Canadas most important income security programs Employment Insurance and welfare. Canada is below the OECD average and ranks 23 rd out of 34 countries in terms of after-tax inequality. Sharpe and Capeluck come away from their slew of statistics and conclude, bluntly, that Canada thus has much room to increase its redistributive effort. What is needed is political will.

Is Canada (still) a fiscal union? (PDF) (Michael Mendelson, Caledon Institute)
If the economic commentators are to be believed there is at least one lesson from the
never-ending Euro crisis: monetary union without fiscal union is unsustainable. Canada is a
monetary union, but are we still a practicing fiscal union? Or has our fiscal union become so
weakened that we are now more like the Euro-zone: ten more or less sovereign provinces tied
together in a monetary union without effective programs to compensate adequately for fiscal
imbalance between the provinces?

Canadian Women’s Foundation leading women out of poverty (Bill Brooks, Calgary Herald)
Sighting a Sasquatch is more likely than seeing your faithful social scribe at a breakfast event. Rare as it may be, there is no way on earth I would miss attending the Canadian Womens Foundation Calgary Breakfast held Oct. 9 at the Hyatt. Sure theres something super cool about being one of a handful of guys in a room packed with successful and philanthropically minded ladies. But the amazing work these ladies do is nothing short of astounding. When was the last time you attended a fundraising breakfast that raised at last count $544,000?! Since 1991, the Canadian Womens Foundation has raised significant coin and invested in more than 1,200 community programs across the country and it is now one of the 10 largest womens foundations in the world. Its mandate is simple help women in Canada move out of poverty.


Metro Morning: 90 Days Crucial (TRIEC)
Matt Galloway spoke with Rose DeVeyra. She is the Manager of Learning Initiatives for TRIEC, and is giving a workshop today on navigating Canadian workplaces at a conference in York Region called The Gateway.

Interview with Michael Bach, National Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for KPMGs operations in Canada (UNAOC)
Why does diversity matter to KPMG? Diversity matters to KPMG because we are a people business. We dont manufacture a product and as such, our success is dependent on the engagement of our people. We want them to be fully engaged in their work so that they can provide excellent client service. If theres something in their way, if they are being discriminated against, if they dont feel like they have the same opportunities, if they arent being promoted properly, then those barriers are what we, as an employer, need to remove to ensure that they can be successful. And we are in a war on talent. Even in this economy, where we arent hiring as many people as were used to, were still hiring. And we need to make sure that were not excluding any group, that this is a place where anyone can come to work and be successful.

Province to probe mine recruiters from China (Jeremy Nuttall, Times Colonist)
The provincial government is investigating after the B.C. Federation of Labour complained that an employment agency has been advertising for Canadian jobs, offering miners in China a chance to work here in exchange for exorbitant recruitment fees. The investigation was launched because it is against the Employment Standards Act to charge a foreign worker a fee for information about employment or help them find a job in the province. Workers also cannot be forced to pay back any costs associated with recruitment to the company or agency. “It is a serious allegation,” said Jobs Minister Pat Bell of a statement issued by Jim Sinclair, president of the federation of labour.

Chinese migrant workers and illegal recruitment fees (CBC The Current)
Toiling away in the mines in China is a deadly job. So it’s not surprising that Canadian mines are alluring with their increased safety records. So while many Chinese migrant workers are wanting to come work here…. the shine comes off, when they’re expected to pay thousands of dollars in illegal recruitment fees. That’s what one journalist says is happening in British Columbia, and his investigation has led the provincial government to launch its own probe. And it’s all prompted calls for more stringent regulations to protect temporary foreign workers.

Building solidarity for migrant worker rights (Workers’ Action Centre)
Migrant worker advocates shared common struggles for migrant workers rights at a lively gathering hosted by the Migrant Workers Alliance for Change (MWAC). Jose Sicajau worked in Canada as a migrant farmworker for four years. After standing up for another worker and speaking out about conditions at work, he was blacklisted from the program. Along with other migrant workers, he founded the organization Association of Guatemalans United for our Rights (AGUND) to organize with former migrant workers in Guatemala.

Video: ACCES Employment – IT Connections (ACCESS Employment)
Antonia Nedelcheva shares her success story after completing the IT Connections program at ACCES Employment. IT Connections helps internationally-trained professionals pursue their careers in Canada.

Alberta: Fr John Lipinski, Whose Firm Was Convicted of Abuse and Fraud, May Return to Active Duty (
It appears that a certain EP priest in Alberta whose business was involved in exploiting refugees and immigrant workers may soon be returning to active clerical duty. Fr John Lipinski, a priest of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Ecumenical Patriarchate, through his Alberta firm, Kihew, advertised and searched in Polish papers for immigrants and refugees for available electrical positions. The firm would then charge high rates while paying the immigrants low wages under threat of deportation. The investigation found that Kihew placed ads in a Polish newspaper and on a website to recruit European welders and machinists to come to work in Canada.


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

David Pecaut: Torontos irrepressible visionary (Toronto Star)
When David drove into Toronto in 1981, the city was feeling justly pleased with itself. Jane Jacobs, the American urban guru whom David would come to revere, had not only adopted Toronto as her home but also spearheaded a citizens protest that effectively prevented the citys midtown ravines from being paved as the Spadina Expressway. For six years, Mayor David Crombie had balanced the interests of those who defined progress as another glass tower with those who saw it as preserving Torontos heritage. He had been succeeded by John Sewell, a radical champion of downtown neighbourhoods as livable spaces for people, not commuter corridors for cars. Torontonians had just elected Art Eggleton, whose mayoralty would be noted for construction of the Convention Centre, the SkyDome, and the Canadian Broadcasting Centre, but also for the expansion of social housing and new parks.–david-pecaut-toronto-s-irrepressible-visionary


Five Good Ideas: Landlord and Tenant Issues with Rosalyn Wallace, Partner, Commercial Real Estate Group, McMillan LLP – Nov 21 (Maytree)
Navigating your way through a lease negotiation isnt easy. Often a review of lengthy and complex documents is required in order to get from the offer to lease to the standard form commercial lease. Once you have the executed lease in place, there are a whole host of issues that can arise between landlord and tenants. Everything from how to interpret the payment of operating costs or the determination of rent free periods to relocation rights or when a tenant has the right to assign or sublet its premises. In this session we will start with the basics of what makes a valid and binding lease and then move on to discuss specific clauses in the lease agreement where interpretation issues often arise after the lease has been signed.

Public Policy Development opportunities for influence (CSO and Public Policy Influence)
I started my reading by focusing on the policy development process itself to better understand what opportunities exist within the process for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to have influence. This is my attempt to broadly map the landscape within which CSOs can influence public policy development. Ive bolded key concepts/topics.

Toronto organizations encouraged to apply for Vital Ideas grants (Charity Village)
Featuring the latest in nonprofit news, jobs, information, tools and resources, CharityVillage is Canadas leading online community for nonprofit and like-minded professionals connecting them to ideas, opportunities and each other.

Sector Monitor (Imagine Canada)
The Sector Monitor survey program was launched at the end of 2009 to regularly monitor the state of charities across the country and their ability to deliver their missions. The goal of the Sector Monitor program is to provide relevant and timely information on the issues facing charities and nonprofits to the sector itself and to various sector stakeholders, including Imagine Canada members, policymakers, business leaders, the media and the Canadian public.

Financing Not Fundraising: 7 Mistakes in Your Nonprofits Fundraising Plan (Nell Edgington, Social Velocity)
I cant tell you how often I hear nonprofit leaders complain about how difficult it is to raise money, how tired they are of banging their head against the wall, how difficult this economy is. Well, there really is a better way. And it starts with a really good money plan for your organization. But again and again I see the same mistakes being made in nonprofit fundraising plans, which is the topic of todays installment of our regular Financing Not Fundraising blog series.

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