Immigration & Diversity news headlines – October 25, 2012

IMMIGRATION AND DIVERSITY

Lincoln Alexanders unfinished business (Haroon Siddiqui, Toronto Star)
Ratna Omidvar is president of Maytree, a think-tank on immigration issues. Alexander was a symbolic figure, she says, but symbols are not enough. The fight that he fought continues. When you disaggregate the problem of poverty and inequality today, what do we see? The race and colour line.
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1276811–lincoln-alexander-s-unfinished-business–siddiqui

News Release Minister Kenney Proposes Guidelines on Barring Harmful People from Canada (CIC)
People who promote terrorist activity or incite hatred which is likely to lead to violence could be barred from Canada, according to proposed guidelines released today by Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney. The Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act, introduced in Parliament on June 20, 2012, includes several proposed changes to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act to protect the safety and security of Canadians. Among the proposed changes is a new ministerial authority to refuse temporary resident status to foreign nationals on the basis of public policy considerations.
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/releases/2012/2012-10-24.asp

Those who encourage or incite terrorism could be barred from Canada under guidelines tabled by Jason Kenney (Stewart Bell, National Post)
Those who publicly glorify terrorism or incite hatred could be barred from visiting Canada under guidelines to be tabled Wednesday by Jason Kenney, the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. The minister was to brief the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration in the afternoon on details of a controversial proposal that would give him the authority to keep certain foreigners out of Canada for public policy reasons. While critics are concerned about the vague wording of the legislation, the new guidelines list the behaviors and activities an immigration minister could consider when deciding whether to use the extraordinary power.
http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/10/24/those-who-encourage-or-incite-terrorism-could-be-barred-from-canada-under-guidelines-tabled-by-jason-kenney/

Kenney explains how feds would use new power to block foreign criminals (Daniel Proussalidis, Toronto Sun)
As the federal government seeks new power to block foreigners who present “public policy concerns” from entering Canada, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has drafted guidelines for how the new power would be used. Kenney tabled the guidelines Wednesday before the Commons immigration committee studying Bill C-43 — the Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act.
http://www.torontosun.com/2012/10/24/kenney-explains-how-feds-would-use-new-power-to-block-foreign-criminals

Wife of a dictator? Canada may bar you from entering country under proposed rules (Calgary Herald)
Anyone promoting or glorifying terrorism, violence against a specific group, a senior member in the administration of a country sanctioned by Canada or even one of their relatives could soon be barred from entering the country. That is part of the proposal Immigration Minister Jason Kenney put before a parliamentary committee Wednesday for the governments latest immigration reform. The guidelines, Kenney argued, would clarify what critics have charged is very general wording about new powers in the Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act for the minister to bar foreigners from entering the country.
http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/national/Wife+dictator+Canada+from+entering+country+under+proposed/7441679/story.html

Canada Census: One in five speaks a foreign language at home (National Post)
As the Canadian government moves to toughen language requirements for newcomers, the latest census figures suggest that more than two million people speak neither English nor French at home. According to Statistics Canada, the figure more than doubles when individuals are asked about the non-official language they speak most often at home. Overall, one-fifth of Canadas population reported speaking a foreign tongue at least some of the time at home.
http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/10/24/canada-census-one-in-five-speaks-a-foreign-language-at-home/

Census Canada 2011: French remains dominant in Quebec, despite immigration (Mike De Souza, National Post)
The French language remains dominant in Quebec, with four out of five people speaking it regularly at home despite a rising rate of bilingualism, according to new 2011 census data released Wednesday by Statistics Canada. The data also revealed that 94.4% of the Quebec population 7.38 million people said they could carry on a conversation in French, slightly down from 94.5% in 2011. But it was an increase from about 7.03 million people in 2006. The numbers also show a slight decrease in the proportion of Quebec residents who said their first language was French at 78.9 per cent in 2011, versus 79.6 per cent in 2006.
http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/10/24/census-canada-2011-french-remains-dominant-in-quebec-despite-immigration/

Canadian cities, households increasingly multilingual: Census (Jessica Murphy, Toronto Sun)
Immigration is changing the linguistic landscape of Canada’s cities and households, with Asian languages leading the shift when it comes to what we speak at home, according to Statistics Canada. The latest tranche of 2011 census data released Wednesday reveals that at home, a fifth of us speak – at least a little – a language other than English or French. And take your pick – more than 200 separate languages are spoken coast-to-coast-to-coast.
http://www.torontosun.com/2012/10/24/canadian-cities-households-increasingly-multilingual-census

Dominance of French and English languages shrinking, census shows (Globe and Mail)
Immigration is turning Canada into a country of many languages, with the historic dominance of French and English shrinking. Canada remains a nation of French and English speakers, but people are speaking a greater variety of languages at home, as long-term trends in immigration shape the countrys linguistic landscape. The proportion of Canadians who reported speaking two or more languages at home was 17.5 per cent in 2011, up from 14.2 per cent five years earlier, according to Statistics Canada language data from the 2011 Census.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/dominance-of-french-and-english-languages-shrinking-census-shows/article4633786/

Toronto the capital of language diversity in Canada: census (Global Toronto)
Toronto is Canada’s foreign language capital — at least in the comfort of home. About 1.8 million people in Canada’s largest city said they usually speak an immigrant language at home, according to census data Statistics Canada released Wednesday. That number is almost 2.5 times larger than the second-highest city, Vancouver, where 712,000 residents reported speaking something other than English, French or an aboriginal language most often at home.
http://www.globaltoronto.com/toronto+the+capital+of+language+diversity+in+canada+census/6442739760/story.html

Census 2011: Immigrants anxious to work, live, thrive in Quebec helping to fortify French (Toronto Star)
Since arriving in Montreal a year ago, Flavio Marques has had high hopes of remaining in Quebec which is why he spends so much of his free time these days in French class. I want to get better, so I can stay here and go to school, the 24-year-old from Portugal says in halting but functional French before heading into class at a community centre near his work. Ironically, even in Montreal, Marques finds himself with limited options for real-world French immersion: he speaks his mother tongue most of the time at his job at a popular Portuguese rotisserie, as well as with the relatives who helped him to settle here.
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/1276385–census-2011-immigrants-anxious-to-work-live-thrive-in-quebec-helping-to-fortify-french

Census: Immigration altering Canadas language landscape (Mark Kennedy, Calgary Herald)
Canada is steadily becoming a nation of many languages, as recent waves of immigration turn the countrys main cities into a translators paradise. Results from the 2011 Census, released Wednesday, found that one in five people spoke a language other than French or English in their homes. And although generations of politicians dating back to the 1960s have applauded official bilingualism as a worthy goal to connect Canadas English and French language speakers, it appears public participation has hit a brick wall outside of Quebec.
http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/national/Census+Immigration+altering+Canada+language+landscape/7438428/story.html

Census: One in three Vancouverites speak languages other than English at home (with video) (Kelly Sinoski, Vancouver Sun)
When their baby girl Aylin was born last December, Susanne Klocke and Amir Khanlou made a promise: Their daughter would grow up trilingual, speaking German, Persian and English. The idea was a noble one, aimed at preserving the cultures of their own homelands while teaching Aylin to embrace Canadian values. The Burnaby couple isnt the first, nor last, to adopt such an approach. Indeed, while 68.4 per cent of the population in Metro Vancouver speaks only English at home, according to data from the 2011 Census released on Wednesday, about 25.4 per cent conversed in a non-official language around the dinner table primarily Cantonese or Mandarin, Punjabi, or Tagalog, the language of the Philippines.
http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Census+three+Vancouverites+speak+languages+other+than+English+home+with+video/7438683/story.html

Diversity Drops (Kingston News)
Kingston is trying to attract more immigrants. But the numbers suggest that trend is going in the ‘other’ direction. Latest information from the 2011 census shows the number of kingstonians who don’t speak either “english” or “french” has declined since 2006 newswatch’s paul soucy looks at the reasons why.
http://www.ckwstv.com/news/kingston/story.aspx?ID=1796997

Philippines-based Tagalog language on the rise in Metro Vancouver (with video) (Tiffany Crawford, Vancouver Sun)
The Filipino language Tagalog is on the rise in Metro Vancouver, and is now one of the most-spoken immigrant languages in the region. Overall in Canada, the number of people speaking Tagalog rose 64 per cent between 2006 and 2011, according to Statistics Canada census data released Wednesday. Nearly 279,000 people across the country reported speaking Tagalog most often, up from 170,000 five years earlier.
http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/Philippines+based+Tagalog+language+rise+Metro+Vancouver+with+video/7439164/story.html

Census: Mandarin, Cantonese top immigrant tongues in Metro Vancouver (Kelly Sinoski, Vancouver Sun)
When Jun Xiao moved to Canada from Nanjing, China, he found himself welcomed into a warm and caring community. And it wasnt in downtown Chinatown or the Asian-rich enclave of Richmond, but in an East Vancouver Christian Evangelical church. Xiao, who arrived last year, is representative of several trends in Metro Vancouver: his language Mandarin along with Cantonese is the language most commonly spoken by immigrants to the region, followed by Punjabi, according to the latest census data released on Wednesday.
http://www.vancouversun.com/life/Census+Mandarin+Cantonese+immigrant+tongues+Metro+Vancouver/7442441/story.html

New bilingualism taking hold in Canada (Globe and Mail)
The grand project of French-English bilingualism is being eclipsed by the growth of other languages in Canada, new census figures show. Despite decades of effort and oversubscribed French-immersion programs in some districts, a smaller proportion of Canadians outside Quebec are able to speak both of Canadas official languages. Instead, a new form of bilingualism is taking hold, driven mainly by immigration.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/new-bilingualism-taking-hold-in-canada/article4650408/

Rise of immigrant tongues makes Calgary a global city (Sherri Zickefoose, Calgary Herald)
Located along Barlow Trail in the citys northeast stand two staples of Canadian taste: Tim Hortons and McDonalds. But tucked behind them, an international hub offers a different flavour of Calgarys increasingly multicultural makeup. On a Wednesday afternoon, shoppers inside Basha Foods International saw themselves reflected in the aisles laden with exotic spices, imported goodies and halal meat.
http://www.calgaryherald.com/life/Rise+immigrant+tongues+makes+Calgary+global+city/7442733/story.html

New Census Data Demonstrates Diversity (y Jennifer Faerber, Comox Valley Times)
While Canada has two official languages, new data from the 2011 Census shows the Comox Valley is a lot more diverse than that. The local area is home to people of more than 60 different mother tongues, from Arabic to Estonian, to Ilocano. Engish is by far the language used most often at home, as reported by more than 61,000 people.
http://hqcomoxvalley.com/news/local/news/Local/12/10/24/New-Census-Data-Demonstrates-Diversity

Key numbers about Canadas language diversity (Toronto Star)
Bilingualism is surging in Canada, but not necessarily in the countrys 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.
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/1276375–census-2011-key-numbers-about-canada-s-language-diversity

City growing in diversity (Garrett Simmons, Lethbridge Herald)
According to census data from Statistics Canada, our city is becoming more and more diverse every year. New numbers show 12 per cent of city residents speak a mother tongue other than English, according to 2011 data. It’s a slight increase from the percentage the city reported in 2006 but it’s a positive development for Lethbridge, according to Dr. Surya Acharya, president of the Southern Alberta Ethnic Association.
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/local-news/city-growing-in-diversity-102512.html

Census 2011: Greater Montreal is home to a wider variety of languages than ever before (Marian Scott, Montreal Gazette)
Bonjour, Montréal. And hello, hola, ciao, ni hao, privet, buna ziua and assalamou alykoum! The latest Census shows that the idea of Montreal as a city of two solitudes the traditional French-English duality that long defined its ethos is a thing of the past.
http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/montreal/Census+2011+Linguistic+diversity+rise+Montreal/7439105/story.html

Canada sees more language diversity, except for Victoria (CFAX1070)
Victoria is bucking the national trend of more language diversity. Statistics Canada released some of the 2011 Census Data Wednesday, the parts focused on language. While in almost the whole rest of Canada more people are speaking more languages other than English or French, Victoria is getting less diverse
http://www.cfax1070.com/News/Top-Stories/Canada-sees-more-language-diversity,-except-for-Vi

Census: Despite immigration, French remains dominant in Quebec (Canada.com)
The French language remains dominant in Quebec, with four out of five people speaking it regularly at home despite a rising rate of bilingualism, according to new 2011 census data released Wednesday by Statistics Canada. The data also revealed that 94.4 per cent of the Quebec population 7.38 million people said they could carry on a conversation in French, slightly down from 94.5 per cent in 2011. But it was an increase from about 7.03 million people in 2006.
http://o.canada.com/2012/10/24/census-despite-immigration-french-remains-dominant-in-quebec/

Niagara’s changing language landscape (Don Fraser, St Catharines Standard)
Ling Wang has noticed one unshakable truth in her years as a settlement counsellor for the Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre. It can be a challenge for some in the regions immigrant population to learn high-functioning English. But in the employment scene, its close to priority No. 1.
http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/2012/10/24/niagaras-changing-language-landscape

Bilingual? In the GTA one-third of us are, but not necessarily in English/French (Toronto Star)
Call it the new Canadian bilingualism, forged in the immigrant communities of the GTA, where nearly one-third of residents now speak a different mother tongue along with English. Thats the trend found in the latest census data released by Statistics Canada. Thanks to the influx of immigrants over the past decade, the Toronto Census Metropolitan Area stretching from Milton east to Ajax and north to Georgina is a region of diversity and duality, where many residents speak an immigrant language as well as English. Its a trend shaping not only the GTAs linguistic make-up but also the nations, as the story plays out similiarly in other major metropolitan centres.
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/1276863–bilingual-in-the-gta-one-third-us-are-but-not-necessarily-with-french

Everything you need to know about the language breakdown in Canada (Globe and Mail)
There is a rich diversity of languages spoken in Canada. In the 2011 census, more than 200 languages were reported as a home language or mother tongue. In 2011, 17.5 per cent of Canada reported speaking at least two languages at home. More than 11 per cent reported speaking English and a language other than French at home.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-notebook/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-language-breakdown-in-canada/article4633811/

Census: Bilingualism surging in Canada but not necessarily in French and English (Heather Scoffield, National Post)
Bilingualism is surging in Canada, but not necessarily in the countrys 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.
http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/10/24/census-bilingualism-surging-in-canada-but-not-necessarily-in-french-and-english/

Rise in Tagalog speakers not a surprise: UBC professor (Global BC)
In the 1960s there were less than 1,000 Filipino people in Canada. Now there are more than 500,000 across the country, with 70,000 in Greater Vancouver. Since the last Census in 2006, the number of Tagalog speakers in B.C. has risen 64 per cent, but it is now easier and more attractive for Filipinos to come to Canada so those numbers shouldn’t be a surprise says UBC professor Aprodicio Laquian. As an expert on immigration, community and the Filipino experience, Laquian says there are numerous policies from Immigration Canada in place to ease immigration.
http://www.globaltvbc.com/rise+in+tagalog+speakers+not+a+surprise+ubc+professor/6442740415/story.html

Indo-Canadian activist and columnist Balwant Sanghera receives Queens Jubilee Medal (South Asian Generation Next)
Indo-Canadian community activist and LINK columnist Balwant Sanghera is among a number of Canadians being recognized across Canada with the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal. Sanghera immigrated to Canada from India in 1966. He obtained his M. Ed. From UBC, and then spent 17 years as an educator in Lillooet and 5 years in Hudson Hope before accepting a position as school psychologist with the Burnaby School District in1990.
http://www.sagennext.com/2012/10/24/indo-canadian-activist-and-columnist-balwant-sanghera-receives-queens-jubilee-medal/

Calgary Muslims get set for Eid celebration (Mario Toneguzzi, Calgary Herald)
The Calgary Muslim community is preparing to celebrate the end of the one-month Ramadan fast – one of the five Pillars of Islam. “The end of Ramadan comes when the new moon is sighted,” says Atthar Mahmood, vice-president of the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada and president of Muslims Against Terrorism. The Festival of Eid ul Fitr is an official holiday in the entire Muslim world and a very large number of people visit mosques for Eid ul prayers.
http://www.calgaryherald.com/life/Calgary+Muslims+celebration/7110902/story.html

Toronto FC deciders: as always, hopelessly fascinated with all things European (Steve Davis, NBC Sports)
I adore the city of Toronto, a place of wonderful international diversity. It helps supply the place a special feel. But when it comes to professional soccer in the city, Im wondering if the deciders should think a little more provincially?
http://prosoccertalk.nbcsports.com/2012/10/24/toronto-fc-deciders-as-always-hopelessly-fascinated-with-all-things-european/

Harpers clear on crime: PM comes to defence of Jamaican Canadians (Lorrie Goldstein, Toronto Sun)
Anyone who supports a tougher criminal justice system knows this valid argument unfortunately attracts racists. That is, people who blame crime on immigrants in general, blacks in particular and, certainly in Toronto, Jamaicans most of all. Thats why it was good to see Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Monday the chief architect of toughening Canadas Criminal Code denouncing such attitudes during a Toronto meeting with Jamaican PM Portia Simpson Miller, marking the 50th anniversary of Jamaican independence.
http://www.torontosun.com/2012/10/24/harpers-clear-on-crime-pm-comes-to-defence-of-jamaican-canadians

Multiculturalism in its controversial glory: Is Canada a country without a core culture? (Joe O’connor, National Post)
Canada is a multicultural country. We know that. We are taught it in school and, for Canadians, especially those living in big cities, we see and hear it around us everyday; written on restaurant signs, advertising delectable ethnic cuisine, and on crowded subway cars and buses where chatter abounds in a multiplicity of tongues. English. French. Chinese. Russian. Spanish. Tagalog. Creole. Just name it, and we have it here, in Canada, the land of 200 languages including the two official ones. No matter where people are originally from, nearly 90% of us primarily speak English or French at home. It is a robust number, and yet, beneath it, is a head-scratcher of a figure: more than two million speak neither English or French at home, while some 6.6 million people, more than the number of people in greater Toronto, most often speak something other than French or English at home.
http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/10/24/multiculturalism-in-its-controversial-glory-is-canada-a-country-without-a-core-culture/

Canadian Centre for Diversity Celebrates 65th Anniversary by Awarding Salah Bachir with Human Relations Award (Newswire)
The Canadian Centre for Diversity (CCD) is pleased to announce Salah Bachir will receive their 2012 Human Relations Award at an annual event that funds diversity education in Canadian schools. This award is given to individuals whose values align with those of CCD and who demonstrate a dedication to CCD’s vision – a Canadian society without prejudice and discrimination, one that values diversity, difference and inclusion.
http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1058445/canadian-centre-for-diversity-celebrates-65th-anniversary-by-awarding-salah-bachir-with-human-relations-award

REFUGEES

Refugee Awareness Campaign (CCLA)
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is conducting a survey to better understand how young people perceive Canadas treatment of refugees. This survey is aimed at young people aged 15 to 24. People aged under 30 are also of interest for our research. The results of this research will help the organization adopt a relevant approach for its future education, awareness, and advocacy approaches to refugee policies. Please address any questions or comments to cclayu.
http://ccla.org/our-work/refugee-awareness-campaign/

Ezra Levant under investigation for alleged hate crime surrounding Roma broadcast (J-Source)
The Roma Community Centre in Toronto wants police to investigate comments made by Ezra Levant in a recent broadcast on Sun News Network as a hate crime. The centre says it has officially reported a hate crime about Ezra Levants broadcast, The Jew vs. the Gypsies that aired on his show The Source on September 5. The Toronto Police Service confirmed to J-Source that they are investigating a complaint from the centre. The hate crime unit is investigating, said Toronto Police constable Wendy Drummond. The complaint is new, and the investigation is ongoing. No charges have been laid.
http://j-source.ca/article/ezra-levant-under-investigation-alleged-hate-crime-surrounding-roma-broadcast

North American Refugee Health Conference (U of T)
The North American Refugee Health Conference is recognized as the premier conference for those who work with refugee populations. Health workers from many disciplines discuss the best health practices to optimize the care of refugee populations. We provide a forum for sharing up-to-date, evidence-based information, and a platform for research, advocacy and mobilization. The preliminary program is now available online. The abstract acceptance deadline is December 3, 2012.
http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=324f64e43ae3b9ffadf9c8f64&id=5bccef1963&e=eaf76b46f6

2nd National Catholic Conference on Resettlement (Arch Diosese of Toronto)
Through keynote speakers and many sessions, you will have the opportunity to contribute and learn the latest developments in refugee sponsorship. The conference will be presided by His Eminence, Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto.
http://www.archtoronto.org/refugee/conference2012.htm

Asylum rejects will return:?Canada (Budapest Times)
Canada does not engage in mass deportation but it will continue to remove Hungarian asylum claimants whose claims are rejected, Canadian Minister of Immigration Jason Kenney wrote in a statement issued by the Canadian Embassy to Hungary last Friday. It aimed to clarify reports in the media, including this newspaper, which relayed Hungarian Minister of Human Resources Zoltán Balogs announcement last week that no mass return of the Roma is to be expected from Canada. (The embassy declined to comment at the time.) Balogs announcement had come in the course of a two-day visit by Kenney to Hungary focusing mostly on emigration from the country and on the impending toughening of Canadas immigration rules. New reforms to our asylum system will make the removal of failed Hungarian asylum claimants back to Hungary much faster, the Canadian Embassys statement read. And other changes will mean that asylum claimants from countries like Hungary will receive less generous health and social benefits.
http://www.budapesttimes.hu/2012/10/24/asylum-rejects-will-return%E2%80%88canada/

Mexican family’s refugee claim denied: deportation ordered for Sunday (CTV)
A Mexican woman and her two sons are spending their last days in Montreal, after the federal government ordered them deported from Canada. Blanca Pena Gonzalez says she fled Mexico five years ago to get out of an abusive relationship. She’s been living in Canada ever since and has married a Canadian citizen. However her application to remain in Canada as a refugee has been denied. “It’s hurting me a lot,” said Pena Gonzalez.
http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/mexican-family-s-refugee-claim-denied-deportation-ordered-for-sunday-1.1009011

Toronto murder victim was refugee from Africa (Digital Journal)
A refugee from Africa has been identified as the woman brutally stabbed to death Tuesday morning during a rain storm in Toronto’s Cabbagetown. Fifty-five-year-old Nighisti Semret had just left the Delta Chelsea after finishing up her night shift as a supervising cleaner at 6:30 a.m. She was on her way home during a morning rain shower and dressed for the weather. Taking a short cut through the alleyway between Blecker and Ontario Streets Nighisti didn’t know that danger laid ahead.
http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/335425

Canada seeks terror-related deportation order for Sri Lankan refugee allegedly linked to Tamil Tigers (Stewart Bell, National Post)
Canadian immigration officials are trying to deport an alleged member of the World Tamil Movement, which the RCMP has labeled a front organization for Sri Lankas Tamil Tigers rebels. The Canada Border Services Agency said it had asked the Immigration and Refugee Board to issue a terrorism-related deportation order against the Sri Lankan refugee, who has lived in Canada for the past 15 years.
http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/10/17/canada-seeks-terror-related-deportation-order-for-sri-lankan-refugee-allegedly-linked-to-tamil-tigers/

POVERTY / HEALTH / HOMELESSNESS / SOCIAL INCLUSION

Brighter Prospects: Transforming Social Assistance in Ontario (Social Assistanc Review)
On October 24, 2012, the Commission released its final report to the government, Brighter Prospects: Transforming Social Assistance in Ontario.
http://www.socialassistancereview.ca/final-report

Prospects report charts course to transform social assistance (Newswire)
Ontario’s social assistance system must do a better job of helping people move into employment and supporting all recipients, including those with disabilities, to participate in the workforce to the maximum of their abilities. These findings are among the comprehensive Brighter Prospects: Transforming Social Assistance in Ontario, the final report to government of the 22-month Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario, led by Frances Lankin and Munir A. Sheikh. Together, the report’s 108 recommendations chart a new course for social assistance towards a simpler, more effective and accountable system that removes barriers to employment and increases opportunities to work.
http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1058305/prospects-report-charts-course-to-transform-social-assistance

Important progress toward a health-enabling social assistance system, but more work is required (Steve Barnes, Wellesley Institute)
The release today of the final report of the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario recommends a number of important steps toward improving the health of people on social assistance.
http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/economics/important-progress-toward-a-health-enabling-social-assistance-system-but-more-work-is-required/

CivicAction and United Way Torontos Business Advisory Panel sends open letter to Premier calling for reform of Ontarios social assistance system (Civic Action)
Over the last twelve months, CivicAction and United Way Toronto have supported the Commissions work by convening a Business Advisory Panel of senior executives to provide strategic insights and advice on the Commissions approach and direction. As a result of this engagement, members of the Business Advisory Panel have signed an open letter to the Premier, highlighting the importance of reform and calling on the province to act on the Commissions report.
http://www.civicaction.ca/civicaction-and-united-way-toronto%E2%80%99s-business-advisory-panel-sends-open-letter-premier-calling-refor

Ontario commission calls for integrated welfare program to include the disabled and remove barriers to work. (Toronto Star)
Anti-poverty activists hope the provincial Liberal leadership race and a likely spring election will put a new plan overhaul Ontarios $8.3 billion welfare system on the political agenda. The long-awaited report by Ontarios social assistance review commission, released Wednesday, calls for a simpler, more effective and accountable program that helps more people, including the disabled, move into jobs and out of poverty.
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1276481–ontario-commission-calls-for-integrated-welfare-program-including-for-disabled-that-removes-barriers-to-work

Ontario welfare reform plan is on the right track (Toronto Star)
Fighting poverty has slipped far down the public agenda. Even in a province that still boasts an official poverty reduction plan, it has become the issue that dares not speak its name. With public finances squeezed and the middle class worried about just clinging on, the political class would rather ignore it. Now Ontario has been presented with an ambitious, far-reaching plan to modernize our $8.3-billion welfare system. Commissioners Frances Lankin and Munir Sheikh propose transformational change to make the system simpler, more effective at getting people back into the workforce, and accountable to the public. It will be a tough sell, especially with the provincial government on hold for months, but theyre on the right track.
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/article/1276745–ontario-welfare-reform-plan-is-on-the-right-track

Ontario’s welfare program needs transformation, commission says (CTV)
A task force charged with transforming Ontarios $8.3-billion welfare system says the government must do more to help those receiving payments transition to the workforce. The Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario released a report Wednesday recommending that the province replace the current Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program with a single, integrated program that will develop into a simpler and more effective system.
http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/ontario-s-welfare-program-needs-transformation-commission-says-1.1008875

Make welfare work again (Margaret Wente, Globe and Mail)
Conservatives have it half right and half wrong about welfare. They think the best cure for poverty is a job. They think anyone who can work should work. Thats why they slashed welfare rates in Ontario and imposed workfare. Call it the Mike Harris approach. The trouble is, some people need a lot of support to get a job. A single mom with two kids might need child care, treatment for depression or dental work to replace missing teeth (its hard to get a job with missing teeth).
http://m.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/make-welfare-work-again/article4648077/

Anti-poverty groups lobby for better social assistance (Your Legal Rights)
Local anti-poverty groups are lobbying for higher social assistance rates as the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario readies for the release of its final report on the issue Wednesday. The Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction and Hamilton Organizing for Poverty Reduction or HOPE are also urging the commission to create an evidence-based system that covers the costs of basics, such as shelter, food, hygiene products and clothing.
http://yourlegalrights.on.ca/news/85498

High level of heart disease and risk factors among South Asians: Study (South Asian Generation Next)
A growing body of evidence indicates that heart disease and stroke and the risk factors that underpin them are at epidemic levels among Canadian South Asians. According to B.C. research, South Asian men are twice as likely to have a heart attack as Caucasian men. Research shows that South Asians both men and women experience strokes at much younger ages than other ethnic groups. Overall, South Asians have the highest rates of hypertension, or high blood pressure, the leading risk factor for stroke and one of the top three for heart disease.
http://www.sagennext.com/2012/10/24/high-level-of-heart-disease-and-risk-factors-among-south-asians-study/

ISAC responds to the final report of the Social Assistance Review (ISAC)
The Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC) is urging the provincial government to respond to the report of the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario by immediately engaging with people on social assistance. It is time to move social assistance away from punishment and surveillance and toward dignity and support, said Mary Marrone, Director of Advocacy and Legal Services. The first step must be to evaluate the Commissions recommendations in consultation with the people who will be most affected those on OW and ODSP.
http://us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=095b12c98935ecaadd327bf90&id=4f9e92e9a0&e=f67f28a7b9

EMPLOYMENT & WORKERS

TRIEC names new Executive Director (TRIEC)
On behalf of the TRIEC Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce that Margaret Eaton will be joining TRIEC as our new Executive Director as of November 26th, 2012.
http://triec.ca/2012/triec-names-new-executive-director/

Mentees and Mentors are the Heart of our program! (ERIEC)
Previously, we learned about Karen Madi, a mentor from TELUS. This week, we learn more about her mentee, Nimaya Lodu from Sudan.
http://eriecedmonton.wordpress.com/2012/10/24/mentees-and-mentors-are-the-heart-of-our-program/

Halt Temp Miner Permits While Recruiting Is Investigated: BCFed (Jeremy J. Nuttall, The Tyee)
The British Columbia Federation of Labour is expected Monday to demand the provincial government suspend Temporary Worker Program permits for certain mining projects in B.C. until an investigation into the practices of recruiters claiming to be hiring Chinese coal miners to work in Canada is completed. The government investigation comes after a Tyee article revealed a B.C.-based company has been attempting to charge miners $12,500 CAD to arrange for jobs in coal mines, a practice the government said goes against the Employment Standards Act.
http://thetyee.ca/News/2012/10/22/Halt-Mines/

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