Immigration & Diversity news headlines – October 29, 2012

IMMIGRATION AND DIVERSITY
Cities of Migration Newsletter, No. 32, October 2012
In this issue:
• New Releases: Good Ideas from Successful Cities!
• Community First: Christchurch’s Emergency Response
• Semana Intercultural: Valladolid’s Week of Sharing Ideas and Cultures
• Building an International Movement of Diverse Decision-Makers
• Everyday Policing for Equality
• Uniform, Transparent, Effective? On Recognizing Foreign Credentials in Germany
• Los Angeles to Adopt New Haven’s Municipal ID Card
• From Stuttgart: Go for Naturalization!
• Talking Cities of Inclusion: From Toronto to Almeria
• Good Ideas in the News
http://www.industrymailout.com/Industry/View.aspx?id=400287
Kenney’s economic immigration changes praised, scorned (Louise Elliott, CBC)
As Immigration Minister Jason Kenney prepares to table a new immigration levels plan for 2013 this week, he has much to lay claim to in Canada’s restructured immigration system. Kenney’s most commonly proclaimed achievement has been to move the country toward more efficiently accepting migrants who can best contribute to the Canadian economy. That shift will be visible yet again in this year’s target levels across all categories of economic immigrants. A promised final recalibration of the points system that governs the foreign skilled worker category was also set to be unveiled this week, but that announcement has been pushed back to January.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2012/10/29/pol-immigration-economic-jason-kenney.html
Kenney’s deportation law “more ruthless” than U.S. law : expert : iPolitics (Michelle Zilio, ipolitics)
However, according to Canadian and American immigration lawyers, Bill C-43 would move Canada in the direction of the United States’ deportation laws, ranked as some of the harshest in the Western world. “I think we’d be more in line with other countries, even the United States, Australia,” said Michael Niren, an Immigration Lawyer with Niren and Associates in Toronto.”Canada is catching up in that regard. Is that necessarily a good thing? No.” But to U.S. immigration and business lawyer Jonathan Charles Capp, who is based out of California, Bill C-43 sounds like it is even tougher than his nation’s Immigration and Nationality Act. He said American immigration law allows foreign criminals to fight deportation for sentences up to 365 days.
http://www.ipolitics.ca/2012/10/26/kenneys-deportation-law-more-ruthless-than-u-s-law-expert-2/
Summary of comments on Bill C-43 (CCR)
Bill C-43 contains a number of provisions of concern to the CCR because they will lead to less fairness, do not honour Canada’s international legal obligations and deny some people the right to appear before an independent decision-maker.
http://ccrweb.ca/en/summary-comments-bill-c-43
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
Museum of history timeline draws fire before feedback tour (CBC)
Jocelyn Formsma, a Cree woman, said she’s attending. She said she was upset at seeing photos of white men dominating the My History Museum webpage. “I looked at this page and immediately I didn’t really see a whole lot of diverse representation … of Canadian history. I saw there were I think about 15 faces or so on the site. I think there were about four or five women on there, one indigenous person, and the rest of them seemed be sort of middle-aged white guys. I didn’t see any people of colour, I didn’t see anybody with disabilities, and I just think that’s so disappointing when I know that there’s such a fuller, more diverse history of Canada that could be represented, and people to represent those communities.”
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/story/2012/10/27/ottawa-museum-civilization-history-feedback.html
Why does Canada insist on honouring a xenophobic fascist? (Michael Petrou, Maclean’s)
No, I’m not talking about Quebecois nationalist Abbé Lionel Groulx — though that would also be a good question. As near as I can tell, Quebec hasn’t named anything after the Jew-hating priest for several decades. And — who knows? — maybe renaming the Montreal metro station after someone who didn’t admire Benito Mussolini might lead to Quebeckers wearing turbans or some other calamity. I’m talking about Emily Murphy, one of the so-called “Famous Five,” who launched a case seeking to prove that women were “persons” and could therefore sit in the Senate. Her image, in statue form or on murals, blights Parliament Hill and several other locales across Canada. This month Canada announced she would appear on our new ePassport alongside Terry Fox.
http://www2.macleans.ca/2012/10/28/why-does-canada-insist-on-honouring-a-xenophobic-fascist/
Helping newcomers to Canada (Rachel Perry, Fort McMurray Today)
They have fun! They work hard! They are the members of FOREIGN WINGSE and they have contributed hundreds of hours of volunteer time in service opportunities big and small. The 60-member organization fully titled Foreign Women Information N’ Group Skills Enhancement Resource Centre (FWR) provides professional development opportunities to women who are new to Canada by giving information and networking support, education and training workshops, cultural performing arts experiences, and volunteering partnerships. Volunteer co-ordinator of FWR, Mary Alvarez, explains that what makes this volunteering group unique is how they have formed close bonds like a family as well as close connections in the community.
http://www.fortmcmurraytoday.com/2012/10/27/helping-newcomers-to-canada
Police remain mum about Somali-American visitor’s detention (Julie Oliver, Ottawa Citizen)
The Public Citizen wasn’t interested in a debate, either. This newspaper just wanted him or someone on the force to explain why on Oct. 10 DART officers stopped the car in which Islam was a passenger. Islam and his cousins had been going to visit family when their car was stopped on Bank Street, near Cahill Drive, in South Keys — an area known for gang activity, shootings and drug trafficking. Farah Aw-Osman, a spokesman for Ottawa’s 20,000-strong Somali community, says he, too, would like to hear the police’s side. He says there have been many instances in which young, innocent Somali-Canadians have been stopped and harassed by police because of their ethnicity. Aw-Osman, executive director of Canadian Friends of Somalia, believes young men in his community are often victims of racial profiling. Sure, he says, there are some bad apples and he supports the force’s work to get them off the streets. But, for the most part, he says the young men are good, law-abiding people and should not have their rights violated.
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/touch/story.html?id=7454842
Hindu Festival (CBC Metro Morning)
“Amar Pujo – Toronto” presents its second annual “Durga Puja” celebrations at the Northstar Montessori Private School tomorrow and Sunday. Metro Morning contributor Aparita Bhandari met with some of the organizers in Mississaugua just as they were making final preparations for the festival.
http://www.cbc.ca/metromorning/episodes/2012/10/26/durga-purja/
Lincoln Alexander Tribute (CBC Metro Morning)
Guest host Jane Hawtin spoke with Joe Halstead, he is current chair of Ontario Place and longtime friend of Lincoln Alexander. And with Margarett Best. She is a Liberal MPP.
http://www.cbc.ca/metromorning/episodes/2012/10/26/lincoln-alexander-tribute/
Canada’s 1st Black MP Receives State Funeral (ABC News)
Hundreds of people gathered in Hamilton, Ontario, to pay their respects to Canada’s first black member of Parliament, who died last week at the age of 90. He became a member of Parliament in 1968 and served as Ontario’s lieutenant-governor from 1985 to 1991. Born in Toronto to West Indian immigrants, Alexander was a wireless operator with the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II before he attended law school.
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/canadas-1st-black-mp-receives-state-funeral-17573626
Reform movement had major impact in B.C. politics (Peter O’Neil, Postmedia News)
On policy, Reform is widely credited with playing a pivotal role in pressuring the Liberal governments of the 1990s to balance the federal budget, and in 2000 its influence led to the passage of the Clarity Act, setting tough conditions for Quebec’s separation. Reform’s legacy also includes tougher laws in areas like criminal justice, immigration and First Nations governance.
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/Reform+movement+major+impact+politics/7454332/story.html
News Release — “The Jig is Up on Marriage Fraud,” says Minister Kenney (CIC)
In an ongoing effort to deter people from using marriages of convenience to cheat their way into Canada, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) introduced a new regulation that requires certain sponsored spouses live in a legitimate relationship with their sponsor for two years or they risk losing their permanent resident status. “There are countless cases of marriage fraud across the country,” said Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney. “I have consulted widely with Canadians, and especially with victims of marriage fraud, who have told me clearly that we must take action to stop this abuse of our immigration system. Sometimes the sponsor in Canada is being duped and sometimes it’s a commercial transaction. Implementing a two-year conditional permanent residence period will help deter marriage fraud, prevent the callous victimization of innocent Canadians and help us put an end to these scams.”
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/releases/2012/2012-10-26.asp
Operational Bulletin 480 – October 26, 2012 – Conditional Permanent Residence Measure for Spouses and Partners in Relationships of Two Years or Less and who Have no Children in Common (CIC)
This Operational Bulletin (OB) provides operational guidance to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) staff regarding regulatory amendments that introduced a two-year period of conditional permanent residence for spouses and partners who are in a relationship for two years or less with their sponsor and have no children in common at the time of the sponsorship application.
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/manuals/bulletins/2012/ob480.asp
Conditional Permanent Residence will put women at risk of abuse (CCR)
The Canadian Council for Refugees is dismayed that the federal government has implemented a period of “conditional permanent residence” for some sponsored spouses and partners. “Making permanent residence conditional for sponsored spouses gives power to the sponsor who may use the threat of deportation to manipulate their spouse. In situations of domestic abuse or violence, this measure will be a gift to an abuser”, said CCR president Loly Rico. Under the new rules, if an affected spouse leaves their sponsor within two years of arrival in Canada, he or she could be stripped of permanent resident status and deported.
http://ccrweb.ca/en/bulletin/12/10/26
Immigration takes aim at fraudulent marriages (Chronicle Herald)
Some newlyweds who bring a spouse to Canada from abroad now face a new rule that the government says is designed to combat marriage fraud. They’ll have to live together in what the government calls a legitimate relationship for two years or the sponsored spouse could lose permanent resident status. The rule will only apply to those who have been married less than two years and have no children together at the time of their application.
http://thechronicleherald.ca/canada/155415-immigration-takes-aim-at-fraudulent-marriages
Experts say new immigration law won’t stop fraud marriages (News1130)
Some newlyweds may have to follow a new rule the federal government says will bring down the number of fraud marriages. The rule states when a Canadian or permanent resident sponsors their spouse from another country, they will have to live together in a ‘legitimate’ relationship for two years or else the the sponsored person will be sent back home. Vancouver based immigration lawyer Dennis McCrea says it won’t stop people from scamming the system.
http://www.news1130.com/news/local/article/416109–experts-say-new-immigration-law-won-t-stop-fraud-marriages
Some newlyweds to face new immigration rules: gov’t (CTV)
Some newlyweds who bring a spouse to Canada from abroad now face a new rule that the government says is designed to combat marriage fraud. They’ll have to live together in what the government calls a legitimate relationship for two years or the sponsored spouse could lose permanent resident status.
http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/some-newlyweds-to-face-new-immigration-rules-gov-t-1.1011651
Critics raise concerns about new marriage fraud measures (Canada.com)
Despite a plan to exclude spouses in abusive relationships from tough to new measures to combat marriage fraud, critics are raising concerns about a two-year conditional permanent residency rule that took effect Friday. After three years of consultations, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced the federal government was instituting a two-year delay on permanent resident status for sponsored foreign spouses and partners, effective immediately.
http://o.canada.com/2012/10/26/2-year-conditional-permanent-residence-now-in-effect-to-curb-marriage-fraud/
Marriage fraud crackdown: Spouses sponsored by Canadians now face two-year probation (Toronto Star)
In its strongest crackdown yet on marriage fraud, Ottawa has changed its rules on foreigners sponsored to enter Canada as spouses. Now, they’ll need to stay in the relationship for two years before they’re granted permanent residence status. If the couple splits before then, the applicant will face deportation. “Implementing a two-year conditional permanent residence period will help deter marriage fraud, prevent the callous victimization of innocent Canadians and help us put an end to these scams,” Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said Friday in Mississauga.
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/1278308–marriage-fraud-crackdown-spouses-sponsored-by-canadians-now-face-two-year-probation
Surge Of Tagalog Does Not Equal Filipino Progress In Canada (Huffington Post)
A few years ago, my friend Jenn and I attended an opening gala for the Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society (VAHMS). We were inundated with arias, appetizers and guest artists from Korea. Display tables were brimming with travel brochures and cheap flight information to Korea’s best tourist destinations. We got the fermenting lowdown on kimchee, giggled at the frivolity of K-Pop and learned how to say hello and goodbye in Korean. Jenn, a newly transplanted migrant worker to Canada just a few months into her nanny profession, wondered when the Philippines would be the feature country for VAHMS. I flipped to the back of the evening’s program and scanned the list of business and individual donors. “When Filipinos donate a billion dollars to the society,” I tell her.
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/charlene-sayo/tagalog-canada-languages-filippino-bc_b_2014442.html
Canada must stand on guard against phoney foreign students (Matthew Fisher, Windsor Star)
Canada stands to benefit greatly from an immigration program that, since 2009, has been fast-tracking thousands of prospective residents who have done post-secondary studies in the country. But there are perils for Canadian academia and for the excellent reputation of Canadian educators if some students are only seeking to exploit the new rules to avoid the usual immigration checks and enter Canada through a back door, rather than to gain an education. The question arises because foreign students now have the right to work while studying in Canada and for as long as three years afterward, and for the first time, they can apply for permanent residency from within Canada.
http://www.windsorstar.com/Canada+must+stand+guard+against+phoney+foreign+students/7462096/story.html
New language data may be skewed as a result of shift to voluntary census survey (Globe and Mail)
When Statistics Canada languages expert Jean-Pierre Corbeil sat down to look over the new language data from the 2011 census, he did a double take. The numbers did not make sense. This is bizarre, he thought. Patterns of linguistic change established over decades appeared to have suddenly shifted.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/new-language-data-may-be-skewed-as-a-result-of-shift-to-voluntary-census-survey/article4709087/
‘Serious’ census data consistency problems blamed on long-form cancellation (National Post)
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s cancellation of the long-form census has started to take a toll on Statistics Canada’s data. The agency released its final tranche of the 2011 census last week, focusing on languages, but it included a big warning that cautions data users about comparing key facts against censuses of the past. “Data users are advised to exercise caution when evaluating trends related to mother tongue and home language that compare 2011 census data to those of previous censuses,” Statistics Canada states bluntly in a box included in its census material.
http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/10/27/serious-census-data-consistency-problems-blamed-on-long-form-cancellation/
Policy switch not beneficial (Robert Barron, Canada.com)
After living in many parts of Canada over the years, one aspect of the country that I’ve always enjoyed is the fact that I can meet people from all corners of the world who have decided to make our beautiful country their own. When I was living in Toronto many years ago, one of my favourite pastimes was visiting the many cultural festivals in which recent, as well as well-established, immigrants to the country showed off their cultures through dancing, singing and, of course, the many culinary delights that are unique to the various parts of the world from where they came from. These festivals were very popular and drew thousands of people with backgrounds from all over the globe together to get a sense and understanding of each others customs and heritage and also have a lot of fun.
http://www.canada.com/Policy+switch+beneficial/7458612/story.html
‘A new wave of family violence’ (Paul Schliesmann, Edmonton Sun)
Book excerpt: Honour on Trial: The Shafia Murders and the Culture of Honour Killings
http://www.edmontonsun.com/2012/10/26/a-new-wave-of-family-violence
Toronto’s by-laws fail to address city’s diversity, says U of Toronto study (U Toronto)
Diversity is one of the defining qualities of the city of Toronto but you’d never know it by the way we design and enforce municipal by-laws, according to U of T criminology and socio-legal studies professor Mariana Valverde. In fact, some of our most popular mechanisms for civic engagement – such as public meetings – do not support inclusion but actually disadvantage marginalized groups, who are less likely to attend or speak up, and who often encounter prejudice at the meetings if they do. “The unfortunate result is that our officials and citizens only respond to those – mainly middle- aged homeowners – who make their voices heard,” said Valverde, who reports the findings in her upcoming book Everyday Law on the Street.
http://media.utoronto.ca/media-releases/torontos-by-laws-fail-to-address-citys-diversity-says-u-of-toronto-study/
Family matters (Adele Dyck, Winnipeg Free Press)
I immigrated from Paraguay to Manitoba, together with my husband and children, in the summer of 1985. My husband had Canadian citizenship and therefore all our children had Canadian-citizen-born-abroad status. I was the only one who had to go through the entire immigration process of becoming first a landed immigrant or permanent resident and later a Canadian citizen.
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/fyi/family-matters-176075291.html
Kenney taking heat over Gaelic language comments (CBC)
Gaelic speaking Nova Scotians are not happy with federal minister Jason Kenney. Kenney has weighed in on the merits of the language and the government’s role in preserving it. Kenney said federal government money should not be used to promote languages that are fighting for survival. “I think we should focus on the common languages that unite us in our diversity, English and French,” said Kenney. “I encourage communities to maintain their heritage languages, be they Gaelic or Punjabi or Mandarin, but that they do so with their own funds.”
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/story/2012/10/26/ns-gaelic-kenney.html
Gaelic storm gentled (Chronicle Herald)
Peter MacKay thinks Cape Bretoners will forgive Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney for saying federal money should not be supporting the Gaelic language. “I think if Mr. Kenney comes to Nova Scotia, which I’m sure he will, he’ll find that people here in Cape Breton are very forgiving, very welcoming,” the regional minister responsible for Nova Scotia said Saturday.
http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/156029-gaelic-storm-gentled
Response to Chronicle Herald article on non-official languages (Jason Kenney)
Re: “Kenney dismisses need to fund Gaelic, other ‘niche’ languages,” (October 25, 2012). Your headline and story was a classic example of torqued journalism, suggesting that I had attacked a Nova Scotia government program to support Gaelic, when I was not asked about it, and was not even aware of its existence.
http://www.jasonkenney.ca/news/response-to-chronicle-herald-article-on-non-official-languages/
City benefits from cultural diversity (Lethbridge Herald)
Latest census data testifies to area’s growing diversity New census data released this week by Statistics Canada provided numbers to support the idea that Lethbridge and southern Alberta are increasing in diversity. But local residents probably didn’t need the statistics to tell them that. People who attend the annual Heritage Day Festival at Exhibition Park, hosted by the Southern Alberta Ethnic Association, are likely already well aware of the area’s rich ethnic diversity.
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/opinions/city-benefits-from-cultural-diversity-102712.html
Toronto Police Fugitive Squad nabs businessman with ties to Jason Kenney, John Baird (Stephen Maher, National Post)
Businessman Nathan Jacobson has gone from hobnobbing with the most powerful politicians in Canada to a jail cell. The fugitive, who is facing a sentence in an American prison for conspiracy to commit money laundering, is in Toronto’s Metro West Detention Centre, an official there said Friday. He was picked up by members of the Toronto Police Fugitive Squad in downtown Toronto on Thursday and made an appearance at the Toronto Courthouse on University Avenue on Friday.
http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/10/26/toronto-police-fugitive-squad-nabs-businessman-with-ties-to-jason-kenney-john-baird/
Call for papers ~ Growing up global: Childhoods in a transnational context (immigrantchildren.ca)
Announcing a joint session of the Association for Research in Cultures of Young People (ARCY) and the Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE) to be held at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC June 1-8, 2013.
http://immigrantchildren.ca/2012/10/26/call-for-papers-growing-up-global-childhoods-in-a-transnational-context/
English as a Second Language Week celebrated across Ontario (Canada Newswire)
For new Canadians, it has never been more important than today to learn English as a Second Language (ESL). To honour learners and educators alike, a week-long celebration — ESL Week — is taking place across the province from November 4-10, 2012. ESL Week, founded and organized by TESL Ontario, is an annual celebration of ESL education that involves several Ontario communities, thousands of ESL educators, students, and many learning institutions and school boards. What’s more, this year marks TESL Ontario’s 40th anniversary, testament of its commitment and relevance to the industry.
http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1060345/english-as-a-second-language-week-celebrated-across-ontario
November 8: Diversity, Eh? The Asian-Canadian Experience in the Journalism Industry (U of T)
Part of the Tides on Our Pacific Shore: Celebrating Asian Canadian Heritage Lecture Series
http://onesearch.library.utoronto.ca/november-8-diversity-eh-asian-canadian-experience-journalism-industry
Our City Our World – focus on Germany (Winnipeg Free Press)
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/special/ourcityourworld/
German immigrants have played a surprisingly large role in the development of the province
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/special/ourcityourworld/big-impact-little-recognition-176075391.html
REFUGEES
Access to Justice in Canada’s New Refugee System (University of Ottawa Refugee Assistance Project)
The University of Ottawa Refugee Assistance Project (UORAP) has provided a preliminary analysis of the access to justice landscape following recent refugee policy reform in a series of documents entitled “Access to Justice in Canada’s New Refugee System”. This series includes:
Environmental Scan (PDF) – provides background on the changes in the refugee system, their access to justice implications, and an overview of outcomes from the Community Responses survey issued in August.
Stakeholder Meeting Outcome Document (PDF) – provides an overview of outcomes from UORAP’s September stakeholder meetings, including an analysis of key resource and service needs, and potential responses to these needs.
Planning Tool (PDF) – provides individuals and organizations in the refugee support community with a framework for understanding and creatively responding to some of the major service needs under the new refugee system.
http://ccrweb.ca/en/uorap
The most integrated and happy refugees in Canada (Pradip Rodrigues, CanIndia)
This week I had the opportunity to meet with Canadians who came here as refugees from Uganda 40 years ago, I was in a room full of urbane, sophisticated and anglicized Indo-Canadians who came here with little or nothing but ended up becoming highly successful in whatever they set out to do in Canada. Today most of them have retired and have raised even more successful and well-educated children who are thriving in this country. And after an afternoon talking to these Canadians these are my thoughts and observations. This group of South Asians were often the children of immigrants who went to work in Uganda which was at one time a British colony. Although they considered Uganda home, their interactions with local Ugandans were only in the workplace never if ever socially.
http://canindia.com/2012/10/the-most-integrated-and-happy-refugees-in-canada/
First brown refugees commemorate 40 years in Canada (CanIndia)
Forty years ago this month the first non-European refugees arrived in Canada. Through October, in communities across the country, reunions and get-togethers have been held to mark this historic milestone. One such get-together was held at Konkan Delite restaurant in Mississauga where over 60 former refugees spent an afternoon with Michael Molloy the immigration officer who was part of the team headed by Roger Saint-Vincent sent by Ottawa to process these refugees.Today he is President of the Canadian Immigration and Historical Society.
http://canindia.com/2012/10/first-brown-refugees-commemorate-40-years-in-canada/
Refugee assistance program struggling after funding cuts (CTV Montreal)
Workers at a centre for refugees in Rosemont are worried that after 22 years, they may have to restrict services because of funding cuts. An outreach program of the United Church, Maison Haidar/Project Refuge welcomes refugees and offers them a place to stay and a variety of support services. “Project Refuge today is part of that long and noble tradition of welcoming a stranger in our midst,” said director Paula Kline.
http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/refugee-assistance-program-struggling-after-funding-cuts-1.1013368
Canada should consider opening doors to Syrian refugees (Globe and Mail)
The temporary truce in Syria, which began Friday, was a helpful if tenuous sign that there might yet be a political solution to the country’s 19-month-old civil war, which has left 30,000 dead. Though the four-day truce, to coincide with Eid-al-Adha, was brokered by the international envoy Lakhdar Brahimi and endorsed by the UN Security Council, there were no arrangements for monitoring compliance. Sporadic fighting broke out and soon intensified, showing that a resolution to the conflict may still be months away. On Friday, the first day of the ostensible truce, reports suggested that there were about half the usual number of the deaths, before the situation deteriorated through the weekend.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/editorials/canada-should-consider-opening-doors-to-syrian-refugees/article4690750/
Syrian community strives to bring families to Canada (CBC)
Canadians of Syrian origin say they are struggling to bring family members to Canada because of the violence in their home country. Concordia University student Kinda Masri said she can barely reach her family in the coastal Syrian town of Latakia by phone. She said she wants to bring her family to Montreal, her efforts so far have been in vain. “I don’t want to see any people that I know because — it happened to me once, I read the name of my friend who had been captured by security, forces, and after 12 days he was delivered to his family as a dead body,” said Masri.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/story/2012/10/27/syrian-community-immigration-montreal.html
Iranian refugee says thank-you to Canada (Toronto Star)
Few things are more enjoyable than escaping death and leading a meaningful life in a safe haven. And I owe this to the Canadian system of refugee protection. I spent four years in political prisons in Iran and have gone through horrifying torture. The notorious secret police of the Shah of Iran beat the soles of my feet for hours until the skin was torn and flesh was hanging from them. For 24 hours I passed blood instead of urine; for seven days I could not move and for 50 days I walked with tremendous difficulties.
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1278294–iranian-refugee-says-thank-you-to-canada
Many questions, few answers for Toronto’s Roma (Joe Fiorito, Toronto Star)
There is more to know as a result of the Roma Health Forum held a while ago. As you recall: the purpose of the forum was to discuss the problems faced by Roma refugee claimants in Toronto. Among those problems: poverty, bad teeth, lousy diet, scuzzy landlords, predatory immigration lawyers, racism, and a federal government determined to put all applicants from Hungary through a Kafkaesque wringer. It is easy to see why some Roma harbour a fear, or at least a healthy suspicion, of authority. There were many agencies and organizations in attendance at the forum, including the Red Cross, Epilepsy Canada, both school boards, Children’s Aid, Community Living Toronto, CultureLink, Access Alliance, Ryerson University, Women’s College Hospital, York University, and many more.
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/1278749–many-questions-few-answers-for-toronto-s-roma-fiorito
Crack down on Roma criminals, for the Roma’s sake (Chris Selley, National Post)
When I wrote about this issue a couple of weeks ago, several people responded along the lines of: “Imagine the reaction if you said the same thing about Jews.” I don’t think I said anything offensive one way or the other, but in any event this reaction misses the point: No other ethnic group in modern Europe suffers from a stigma comparable to the Roma. In places like Hungary and Romania and the Czech Republic, a Roma child is born with automatically diminished prospects, no matter how honest and hardworking his or her parents. That is deplorable. It’s hideous. And there are people like Mr. Levant and his blogging winged monkeys who wish to import that stigma to Canada and evangelize it. Every crime committed in Canada by a Roma will make that easier to do, just as every incidence of street crime committed by Roma in Europe reinforces that prenatal handicap. It’s not fair. It’s not right. It’s just true. Canada, for now, is a place where Roma refugees start out on the same basic footing as any others. Tragically, that is at risk. That problem needs to be nipped in the bud, and I think Roma organizations ought to be more enthusiastic about a crackdown on criminal Roma than anyone else.
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/10/27/chris-selley-crack-down-on-roma-criminals-for-the-romas-sake/
POVERTY / HEALTH / HOMELESSNESS / SOCIAL INCLUSION
Ontario’s welfare system is broken (Frances Lankin, Munir A. Sheikh, Ottawa Citizen)
Isn’t this a bad time to release a report on reforming welfare? That was the most asked question upon the recent release of our report, “Brighter Prospects: Transforming Social Assistance in Ontario.” We suppose you could say that, when the legislature is prorogued, the government is seeking a new leader and the opposition parties are promising a spring election. But if that is true, then even more so, it’s a bad time to be on welfare. People who have long been awaiting reform will have to wait longer and that’s a shame.
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Ontario+welfare+system+broken/7460570/story.html
Governing in the Dark: Good policy-making requires reliable statistical data (Toronto Star)
How to lie with statistics is a popular phrase that went viral before going viral became a concept. Truth is, lying, or at least misrepresenting, is made easier when there are fewer statistics. Machiavelli understood this well, as do his modern political offspring — much to our peril as citizens. Time was, back before 2006 when the current federal government came to power, that evidence-based policy-making, as well as evidence-based practice in medicine, nursing, law, management and most other endeavours, was the guiding principle. It’s simple really: Try to base policy and practice on what we know about the problem at hand and what we know about what works to solve it. No point prescribing something in medicine or policy for a problem that is disappearing on its own, for example, or prescribing something that makes a problem worse.
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1278417–governing-in-the-dark-good-policy-making-requires-reliable-statistical-data
Cancellation of long-form census taking toll on Statistics Canada data (Heather Scoffield, Winnipeg Free Press)
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s cancellation of the long-form census has started to take a toll on Statistics Canada’s data. The agency released its final tranche of the 2011 census last week, focusing on languages, but it included a big warning that cautions data users about comparing key facts against censuses of the past. “Data users are advised to exercise caution when evaluating trends related to mother tongue and home language that compare 2011 census data to those of previous censuses,” Statistics Canada states bluntly in a box included in its census material.
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/canada/cancellation-of-long-form-census-begins-to-take-a-toll-on-statscan-data-176093731.html
2016 Census Program Content Consultation Guide (Statistics Canada)
In order to prioritize the 2016 Census Program content, Statistics Canada will evaluate consultation input using the content determination framework explained in this guide. We invite you to convey your data needs and content suggestions for the 2016 Census Program, and provide examples of how you use Census Program data. We also welcome your comments on Census Program products and services and geography concepts.
http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/2016/consultation/contentGuide-GuideContenu/index-eng.cfm
Canadian Social Research Newsletter (Canadian Social Research Links)
Canadian content
1. Brighter Prospects: Transforming Social Assistance in Ontario – October 24
2. Harper Government pre-publishes second and final tranche of Pooled Registered Pension Plan Regulations (Finance Canada) – October 26
3. The Fiscal Monitor – August 2012 (Finance Canada) – October 26
4. What cuts will mean for women’s health research: Montreal (Canadian Women’s Health Network) – October 25
5. How are Canadians Really Doing? The 2012 Canadian Index of Wellbeing Report – October 23
6. 2012 Fall Report of the Auditor General of Canada – October 23
7. Pink Linda and Red Linda (Toronto Star) – October 22
8. Poverty Trends Scoreboard : Canada 2012 (Citizens for Public Justice) – October 17
9. Other recent releases from Citizens for Public Justice:
— Recognizing the federal role in ending poverty – October 3
— Glass Half Full – October 2012
— Addressing Inequality and Productivity – September 26
— Promoting the Common Good: 2012 pre-budget submission – August 15
10. Latest Media and Policy News (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre) – October 22
11. Poverty gives way to inequality and the Great Frustration (Globe and Mail) – October 20
12. British Columbia gets “barely passing grade” on women’s equality from Vancouver legal group (West Coast Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund) – October 18
13. To the End of Poverty (TV Ontario) – October 16
14. Infographic: Aboriginal Poverty in Canada (TV Ontario) – October 2012
15. Concluding observations : Canada (UN Committee on the Rights of the Child) – October 2012
16. The People’s Order of British Columbia : Jean Swanson (TheTyee.ca) – September 10
17. Welfare Rights Guide : A Guide to Income Assistance in Nova Scotia (Dalhousie University) – July 2009
18. Update on the National Council of Welfare website archive – October 28
19. What’s New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
— Newsletter for Communities, October 2012 – October 26
— Payroll employment, earnings and hours, August 2012 – October 25
— 2011 Census of Population: Linguistic Characteristics of Canadians – October 24
20. New StatCan language data may be skewed as a result of shift to voluntary census survey (Globe and Mail) – October 26
21. 2016 Census Program Content Consultation until November 16 (Statistics Canada)
22. What’s new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/personal/news281012.htm
People living on disability barely able to make ends meet (Moira Stilwell, News1130)
People living on disability cheques in this province say they’re barely able to make ends meet and it’s time for the provincial government to up the pay. But right now, the province says they won’t be getting any more money. “Currently, people on disability are getting $906 a month to live off of and it’s inadequate. It really needs to be almost double in order to just reach the poverty line,” believes Tom Page with a tenants group called ACORN Canada.
http://www.news1130.com/news/local/article/416425–people-living-on-disability-barely-able-to-make-ends-meet
EMPLOYMENT & WORKERS
Migrant workers to get health-care boost from website (Toronto Star)
In light of the influx of migrant workers in Canada, a new website will be launched Monday to guide health-care providers how to help these workers access Ontario health care and workers’ compensation. The number of foreign workers in Canada has tripled in the last decade to 300,000 last year, with a significant number of them now in Ontario on low-skilled jobs in food processing, green houses and meat packaging factories. The project, funded by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario, aims to educate health-care providers about the barriers faced by migrant workers.
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/1278848–migrant-workers-to-get-health-care-boost-from-website
Canada province probes complaint over China workers (Julie Gordon, Reuters)
British Columbia authorities said on Wednesday they are investigating complaints by a labor group that local mining jobs are being advertised in China by recruiters in exchange for hefty recruitment fees. The investigation stems from accusations by the B.C. Federation of Labor that recruitment firms in China are charging as much as C$12,500 (US$12,600) in fees to find temporary jobs for Chinese laborers at a mining development in the province owned by HD Mining International Ltd.
http://ca.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idCABRE89O01220121025
B.C. builders look for new workers in Ireland (Carla Wilson, Canada.com)
A British Columbia construction industry team got a rock star’s welcome at job fairs in Ireland, where out-of-work tradespeople are desperate for jobs being offered in Canada’s western province. At a job fair in Dublin, 10,000 workers came through the door, said Abigail Fulton, vice-president of the B.C. Construction Association. The delegation also set up in Cork and Belfast and also went to Glasgow, Scotland, where they met thousands more job hunters.
http://www.canada.com/builders+look+workers+Ireland/7458627/story.html
Video: Bill 77 Deputation – Workers’ Action Centre
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJ-D35Oxklk&feature=youtube_gdata
#CdnImm Event #9 Nov 15 – Bridging Programs for Newcomers (OCASI)
Aims
To understand some of the current practices and challenges with bridge training
To consider the options ahead to improve services and and employment outcomes for newcomers
http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4586147290/
CITY OF TORONTO / CITIES / CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
Monday’s headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A daily round up of mainstream media news on City Hall, Transit and Other News.
http://spacingtoronto.ca/2012/10/29/mondays-headlines-255/
Stifling public health leadership is bad for Toronto’s health (Michael Shapcott, Wellesley Institute)
Dynamic public health leadership in Toronto over the past 100 years has been a critical factor in creating a healthier and more equitable city. Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health has recently been the target of political and personal attacks for his evidence-based research and policy advice on the public health dimensions of traffic safety. The specifics of those attacks are the subject of an integrity investigation, but the bigger question remains: Should the city’s top public health official be speaking out on population health issues that affect the entire city?
http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/healthy-communities/stifling-public-health-leadership-is-bad-for-torontos-health/
SOCIAL INNOVATION / NONPROFITS
OSAP Grace Extended for NFP Internships (Jasmine Cabanaw, Trentarthur.ca)
Students who have OSAP loans can now apply for a six month grace period extension if they are working in the not-for-profit sector. With OSAP, students have six months after graduation before they have to start paying back their loans, but those who qualify can now extend that period for an additional six months, resulting in a one year grace period.Earlier this year, the plan developed by the Ontario Young Liberals Association went into effect. The extension is available for graduates who accept either paid or unpaid positions with a not-for-profit before the normal six month OSAP grace period has ended. To qualify, graduates must be working a minimum of 30 hours a week with a not-forprofit and must apply for the extension before the normal grace period has ended. Applications for the extension can be found on the OSAP website.
http://trentarthur.ca/osap-grace-extended-for-nfp-internships/
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