Immigration & Diversity news headlines – October 9, 2012

IMMIGRATION AND DIVERSITY

Is diversity still our strength? Now more than ever! (Ratna Omidvar, Toronto Star)
Toronto Ombudsman Fiona Crean has reported that the process for recruiting and selecting citizen members to boards did not follow the requirements set out in the city’s public appointments policy. The result, according to her report, is a “significant under-representation of diverse candidates recommended for appointment.” This in a city whose motto is “Diversity Our Strength.” While the irony of the situation is palpable, the loss that this represents may be less apparent.
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1267776–is-diversity-still-our-strength-now-more-than-ever

Immigration policies make Canada less welcoming, study says (Toronto Star)
Unpredictable policies that change at the stroke of a pen and enforcement that paints migrants as “cheaters and fraudsters” has made Canada less welcoming to newcomers, says a new study. While Ottawa’s drastic changes to the immigration system may help reduce backlogs and address short-term labour market needs, the Maytree Foundation report raises concerns about how these changes are reshaping Canada’s future as a country for immigrants. “There is no question that Canada is currently a country of choice for many people from all over the world. That may not be the case in future, especially for highly skilled people of interest to all industrialized and some developing countries,” said the report, to be released Thursday.
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1267458–immigration-policies-make-canada-less-welcoming-study-says

Maytree Review of Immigration Reform (Omar Ha-Redeye, slaw)
The Maytree Foundation has just released a report by Naomi Alboim and Karen Cohl, Shaping the future: Canada’s rapidly changing immigration policies. The report reviews the immigration reforms between 2008-2012, the pace and scope of which are unprecedented in Canada, according to the authors. The vast majority of these changes impact Canada negatively, the authors claim.
http://www.slaw.ca/2012/10/07/maytree-review-of-immigration-reform/

Call for Papers: Immigration and Settlement: Precarious Futures? (RCIS)
The 2013 RCIS conference “Immigration and Settlement: Precarious Futures?” is dedicated to advancing innovative and interdisciplinary research from diverse critical and institutional perspectives in the areas of international migration, immigration, settlement, and diaspora and refugee studies. It aims to integrate theory with practice on aspects of international migration based on values of inclusion and respect for cultural diversity. The conference will connect international and national research networks with Ontario and especially Toronto, one of the world’s most diverse communities. Furthermore, it will bring together immigration and settlement scholars, graduate students, national, provincial and municipal policy makers, non-government agencies and community representatives.
http://www.ryerson.ca/rcis2013conference/call4papers/index.html

Treat students more sensibly (Star Phoenix)
The insistence by federal officials that two University of Regina students from Nigeria must be deported for violating their visa conditions by working off campus for a short time not only seems like bureaucratic overkill but runs counter to Canada’s objectives of courting the world’s best and brightest as immigrants.
http://www.thestarphoenix.com/Treat+students+more+sensibly/7360856/story.html

City of Toronto hosting international student event tomorrow (City of Toronto)
This event is part of International Students Welcome program, a City of Toronto initiative produced in partnership with a number of the region’s educational institutions and sponsored by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Scotiabank, Rogers Communications, the Greater Toronto Airport Authority and Tim Hortons. Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto’s government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
http://wx.toronto.ca/inter/it/newsrel.nsf/bydate/B6695375409CF65D85257A8E005B492E

October 2012 e-bulletin (CCLA)
In this issue:
Presumption of Guilt ? New CCLA report looks at how police background checks can undermine the presumption of innocence
The Security of Canada’s Immigration System – Excerpts from CCLA Presentation to the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration
Omar Khadr’s Long-Awaited Transfer Back to Canada Is a First and Necessary Step in his Rehabilitation
Litigation updates:
http://ccla.org/2012/10/05/october-2012-e-bulletin/

The dark side of honouring Dr. Helen MacMurchy (Don Butler, Calgary Herald)
At a small ceremony Thursday morning at the Brooke Claxton Building in Tunney’s Pasture, Conservative MP Joy Smith unveiled a plaque commemorating Dr. Helen MacMurchy as a person of national historic significance. The honour was arguably deserved. MacMurchy was a leading advocate for public health reforms in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and served for 14 years as the first head of the federal Department of Health’s child welfare division — the highest position then open to a woman in the Canadian public service.
http://www.calgaryherald.com/health/dark+side+honouring+Helen+MacMurchy/7346152/story.html

For Canada’s Sake, Get Immigration Intake and Policy Right on Nov. 1 (Immigration Watch Canada)
By November 1 every year, Canada’s Immigration Minister is required to announce to Parliament the number of immigrants Canada expects to take in the coming year. Here is some advice to Canada’s Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, PM Harper and his party, all other political parties, and all politicians at all three levels of government across Canada
http://www.immigrationwatchcanada.org/2012/10/04/for-canadas-sake-get-immigration-policy-right-on-nov-1/

Skilled Irish workers targeted by Canadian province as 120,000 needed to fuel economy (Jennifer Hough, Irish Examiner)
It’s advertising itself as the fifth-most liveable city in the world, and promises well-paid, secure jobs for hundreds of Irish workers with the right skillset. Last March’s Working Abroad Expos put Canada firmly on the map as an emigration destination for Irish workers. At those events it was the provinces of British Colombia and Saskatchewan aggressively seeking workers.
http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/skilled-irish-workers-targeted-by-canadian-province-as-120000-needed-to-fuel-economy-210190.html

Canada woos Irish immigrants in search of jobs (Toronto Star)
Irish immigrants helped build Canada since its early days. They are now being asked to pitch in again. A job fair over the weekend in Dublin, at which Canada and Canadian companies were well represented, drew nearly 8,000 job-hungry Irish hoping to escape hard times on the Emerald Isle. To underscore the fact that the red carpet is out, Canada’s Immigration Minister Jason Kenney was front and centre in the Irish capital, with an appearance on Ireland’s popular Late Late Show to explain how Canada is making it easier for young people to emigrate from Ireland.
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/1268099–canada-woos-irish-immigrants-in-search-of-jobs

Canadian Minister says emigration from Ireland to Canada will be benefit economy in long run (RTE.ie)
Minister Jason Kenney said many Irish workers who go to Canada for work will return with greater skills and many are likely to start businesses in Ireland. He said it had always been the experience of Irish emigration. Mr Kenney was speaking at the Working Abroad recruitment expo in Dublin’s RDS which is being held today and tomorrow. Long queues formed as thousands turned up at the event.
http://www.rte.ie/news/2012/1006/canadian-govt-says-emigration-beneficial-to-state.html

Canadian visa access widens (Irish Times)
The number of Canadian working holiday visas available to young Irish people is to be doubled and the length of stay extended from one year to two under a new agreement announced today. A total of 6,350 visas will be available in 2013, up from 5,350 this year. This will rise to 10,700 in 2014. The agreement was signed by Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and the Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney in Dublin this afternoon.
http://www.irishtimes.com/blogs/generationemigration/2012/10/05/canadian-visa-access-widens/

Canada opens borders to Irish with new visa rules to boost recruitment (Patrick Counihan, Irish Central)
Canada is to double the number of working holiday visas available to young Irish people. The Canadian authorities will also allow Irish visa holders to double their length of stay from one year to two. A new agreement between the Irish and Canadian governments was outlined in Dublin ahead of the Working Abroad Expo in the RDS. Irish Deputy Prime Minister Eamon Gilmore and Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney signed the new agreement.
http://www.irishcentral.com/news/-Canada-opens-borders-to-Irish-with-new-visa-rules-to-boost-recruitment-172953331.html?mob-ua=Y

Canada calling for Ulster’s jobless tradesmen (Newsletter UK)
The British Columbia Construction Association held its first event in Belfast to woo hard-pressed tradesmen with employment in the western Canadian territory. Dozens of builders and engineers were given presentations on how to emigrate to Canada, which is seeing a boom in these sectors – but a shortfall of workers to fill the jobs, including an estimated 20,000 in the construction sector in the immediate term.
http://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/local/canada-calling-for-ulster-s-jobless-tradesmen-1-4339165

Video: Minister Kenney on The Late Late Show (October 5, 2012) (Minister Kenney)
Hon. Jason Kenney’s appearance on The Late Late Show (October 5, 2012).

Sharing Thanksgiving (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with Janna Peterson and Elena Berezina. Last night Janna’s family hosted a Thanksgiving dinner for Elena and her son. It was arranged through a new program called “Share Thanksgiving” , that matches Canadian host families with families from abroad.
http://www.cbc.ca/metromorning/episodes/2012/10/08/sharing-thanksgiving/

Middle East Canadians fear having citizenship revoked (Marie-louise Olson, The Nationale)
Thousands of people throughout the Middle East with residency rights in Canada fear having them revoked as the government in Ottawa cracks down on fraud. Many admit having taken advantage of lax enforcement of Canadian immigration laws, but they say regional turmoil, most recently in Syria, leaves them without the security of a home base. Dany El Eid, a Lebanese-born Canadian who lives and works in Dubai, where he runs his own business, said people who faked Canadian residency did so because their “basic human values are jeopardised” in their home countries.
http://www.thenational.ae/news/uae-news/middle-east-canadians-fear-having-citizenship-revoked

Why the Canadian Council of Muslim Women is important to me (Alia Hogben, The Whig)
This year, we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women. Another historic event was the leadership of the Edmonton CCMW chapter, which saved the first Canadian mosque, built in 1938, and relocated the building to the Fort Edmonton Park as part of our shared heritage. Imagine a population of 645 Muslims in Edmonton, who had the courage to build a mosque in 1938.
http://www.thewhig.com/2012/10/04/why-the-canadian-council-of-muslim-women-is-important-to-me

Rising anti-Semitism means Golden Age for Jews is over (Stanley Taube, The Province)
Now overt anti-Semitism is everywhere. Jews are beaten up openly in Marseilles, France. It is not state-sanctioned, but it is not effectively punished. A rabbi is severely beaten up by Muslims in Berlin in front of his daughter. His injuries require him to be hospitalized. Yes, it is 67 years after the end of the Holocaust. But in Berlin? In Canada and the U.S. there are growing problems. Pro-Israel students at universities are regularly accosted. Not state-sanctioned, but little state protection. Mean-spirited insults are everywhere. New York becomes “Jew York.” Many talk about the overwhelming power and world conspiracy of “you people.” What power? What conspiracy? I am 76 years old. Wouldn’t someone have let me in on it during all these years?
http://blogs.theprovince.com/2012/10/07/stanley-taube-rising-anti-semitism-means-golden-age-for-jews-is-over/

“Welcome to Canada”: Documentary on Canadian Immigrants and the Church (Paul Arnold, Canadian Christianity)
Thousands of immigrants and refugees migrate to Canada each year. The reasons people come to Canada are as diverse as the countries from which they came, but all come with the hope of starting a new life in Canada. On Saturday, October 6th at 7pm, Crossroads Television System (CTS) presents “Welcome to Canada” a unique documentary about immigration in Canada through the eyes of those who have made Canada their home. The hour-long documentary focuses on 3 stories of immigrants and refugees as they reflect on their journey to Canada.
http://canadianchristianity.com/welcome-to-canada-documentary-on-canadian-immigrants-and-the-church-4388/

Number of Afghans resettled in Canada nearly double original estimate (Stephanie Levitz, Vancouver Sun)
A special program to offer a new life in Canada to people who acted as interpreters for Canadian soldiers and diplomats in Afghanistan — sometimes at the risk of their lives — has brought in nearly double the numbers expected. Officials had planned for only 450 Afghans to eventually make the move when they began a special immigration program for interpreters and their families in 2009.
http://www.vancouversun.com/news/national/Number+Afghans+resettled+Canada+nearly+double+original+estimate/7356514/story.html

Two Punjab Agents Behind Immigration Fraud To Canada Busted (The Link)
Vimal Kumar and seven youths, who were defrauded by Kumar and two other men, were arrested while boarding a Qatar Airways flight to Canada. The travel agents had reportedly charged between Rs 12 lakh and Rs 15 lakh from each of the clients to arrange visas. Masterminds – Kunal Juneja and Rajan Jindal – who are behind the immigration fraud nexus are on the r
http://thelinkpaper.ca/?p=22981

Infographic – The Global City: Newcomer Health in Toronto – PDF (City of Toronto)
The conditions in which we live have an enormous impact on our health. Individual choices play a role, but the decisions we make are shaped by the choices we have available to us. The Global City report compares the social determinants of health that in?uence the health of newcomers, longer-term immigrants and Canadian-born residents in the City of Toronto. Here are some highlights from the Social Determinants chapter of the Global City report.
http://www.toronto.ca/health/map/pdf/global_city/newcomer_sdh.pdf

Hockey 101 aimed at new immigrants (John Kurucz, Coquitlam Now)
They come from locales where rinks, let alone a simple game of shinny, are about as foreign as you can get. But a partnership between the Coquitlam Express Junior A Hockey Club and the immigrant settlement group SUCCESS is looking to bridge that cultural gap through a program called Hockey 101, a simple, how-to class that covers the basics around Canada’s national winter sport. Conceived in 2011, the program is offered a handful of times per year, and features a PowerPoint presentation that mixes simple English terminology with the most basic rules governing the sport: the number of players permitted on the ice, what the blue and red lines represent and the type of equipment used.
http://m.thenownews.com/svc/wlws.svc/getHtml#article/?sectionId=640&feedId=1115&articleId=6364366

‘Religious freedom’ sends the wrong message to the wrong people (Doug Saunders, Globe and Mail)
It’s time to speak out against religious freedom. Or, to be precise, against its promotion and the way it’s used. To those of us who believe freedoms should be absolute and robust, and are ardently opposed to the persecution of people for their beliefs, this might sound like an odd proposition. What could be more benign than another freedom? But Canada is within days of opening a federal Office of Religious Freedom (within the Department of Foreign Affairs), and it’s becoming apparent that this isn’t a good idea for our country or the world. In fact, it’s very likely to contribute to the very problems we hope it might help solve.
http://m.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/religious-freedom-sends-the-wrong-message-to-the-wrong-people/article4591927/

‘Human Books’ show city’s diversity (Brantford Expositor)
You can borrow a lot of items from your library – books, DVDs, video games, audio books and e-books to name just a few. The Brantford Public Library and Mohawk College Library offer you the fascinating opportunity to “borrow” a person from your community through the Human Library Program. Beginning in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Human Library has spread throughout the world. From China to Brazil, from Kazakhstan to Canada, the Human Library’s goal is to promote dialogue, reduce prejudice and gain a unique understanding by seeing the world through the eyes of your neighbours in the community where you live.
http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2012/10/05/human-books-show-citys-diversity

Canada shrugs as immigration rulings fracture a family (Hugh Adami, Ottawa Citizen)
If everything goes to plan under a Canadian government deportation order, 69-year-old Valentina Laguto will board two planes on Oct. 21, the first to Toronto and the second to Moscow, a city she has never lived in or even visited. Laguto, who was born and raised in Minsk when that city was part of the old Soviet Union and now is the capital of Belarus, suffers from poor health, including a precancerous colon condition. She will leave her husband of 46 years, Juan Hernandez, who is a 70-year-old Cuban, behind in Ottawa. She doesn’t know anyone in the Russian capital, and when she arrives, she will have nowhere to go.
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/ottawa/Adami+Canada+shrugs+immigration+rulings+devastate+seniors/7351817/story.html

As Quebec decays, Toronto seizes greatness (Conrad Black, National Post)
Returning to this revolutionary plan for Toronto’s entertainment district, all three project leaders, David Mirvish, Frank Gehry and Peter Kofman, are, in their different fields, innovators and creators, and precisely what Toronto needs to translate economic boom and ethnic diversity and population growth into a distinctively great city. Toronto is recognized to be liveable by world standards, and relatively safe and prosperous. But as a great city, it lacks history, drama and flair. History, dramatic historic events, epochal personalities, and great cultural achievements and trends can’t just be confected. And drama is mainly violence: the French Revolution and Napoleonic and other wars in Paris; the Civil War and Blitz in London, the drastic changes of regime in Berlin, and the incomparable drama of Rome, as the imperial and ecclesiastical, and then reunited Italian capital. Even New York and Chicago have the tragic mystique that surrounds gang and gangster wars, revolutionary and Indian skirmishes, countless riots, earth-shaking financial upheavals, 9/11.
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/10/06/conrad-black-as-quebec-decays-toronto-seizes-greatness/

Immigration lawyer aids all ages (Janis Ramsay, Simcoe.com)
From adopting a tiny baby to bringing your grandparents to Canada, Bola Akinnusi is ready to help Barrie residents. Practising immigration and refugee law, Akinnusi set up shop in Barrie earlier this summer. “My main focus in Barrie is immigration, as I discovered a year ago there was a need for an immigration lawyer in Barrie,” said Akinnusi. “I don’t think there is a law firm that exclusively covers it in this area. Barrie is a diverse community and there are a lot of immigrant families coming here.” Akinnusi has been a lawyer since 1993, and originated her work in Nigeria. “I’m an immigrant myself,” she said.
http://www.simcoe.com/news/article/1514445–immigration-lawyer-aids-all-ages

Minister MacKay Salutes the First Ethnic Chinese-Canadian to Join the Royal Canadian Navy (Marketwire)
The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, today expressed his condolences over the passing of Lieutenant-Commander (Retired) William Lore on September 22, in Hong Kong at the age of 103. Mr. Lore was the first Canadian-born Chinese to join the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and also the first person of Chinese descent to serve in any of the British Commonwealth navies.
http://uspolitics.einnews.com/pr_news/117708180/minister-mackay-salutes-the-first-ethnic-chinese-canadian-to-join-the-royal-canadian-navy

REFUGEES

Alberta urged to stamp out tuberculosis (Jamie Komarnicki, Calgary Herald)
With the majority of tuberculosis cases in Alberta occurring among refugees and immigrants, the province must step up its efforts to stamp out the infectious disease among foreign-born residents, a new public health report urges. The tuberculosis surveillance report from the Alberta chief medical officer of health’s office shows the disease — long the scourge of First Nations reserves — is now on track to be eliminated among the province’s Canadian-born residents.
http://www.calgaryherald.com/health/Alberta+urged+stamp+tuberculosis/7360218/story.html

Roma Health Forum takes aim at fallout from misinformation and ignorance (Joe Fiorito, Toronto Star)
Here are some notes from the recent Roma Health Forum, because I’m guessing you did not know there was such a thing, or why it might be needed. The purpose of the forum was to discuss the specific needs of the Roma refugee claimants who are here; we need to know who they are and what they require, just as we need to hear from the various social service agencies that serve them. In attendance: 200 people from 118 agencies.
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/1267182–roma-health-forum-takes-aim-at-fallout-from-misinformation-and-ignorance

Focus: Detention (Forced Migration Current Awareness blog)
Reports and documents related to refugee detention.
http://fm-cab.blogspot.com/2012/10/focus-detention.html

Hungary gov’t sees no mass return of Roma from Canada (Politics.hu)
Hungary does not expect the mass return of Roma once Canada implements tougher immigration rules, a government official said on Monday. Canadian Minister of Immigration Jason Kenney assured Zoltan Balog, the minister of human resources, that Hungarian Roma were not expected to return en masse. Canada will not force anyone to return, Balog told MTI after meeting Kenny in Budapest. With the new rules, the political asylum-seeking business will no longer be lucrative, he added.
http://www.politics.hu/20121009/hungary-govt-sees-no-mass-return-of-roma-from-canada/

POVERTY / HEALTH / HOMELESSNESS / SOCIAL INCLUSION

What kind of Canada do we want? (Toronto Star)
Canada is in the process of destroying decades of progress. We are developing limited, American-style access to social programs, our employment insurance system is being slowly starved to death, tuition fees are skyrocketing — all in the name of “austerity.” Is this the kind of Canada we want to leave to future generations?
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1267780–what-kind-of-canada-do-we-want

Income Inequality In Canada: Ed Broadbent Wants To Give Tories ‘A Good Shake’ (Huffington Post)
Ed Broadbent has a novel idea for convincing Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other Conservative politicians to care about income inequality. “I would like to take them all and give them a good shake, and take them back to talk to their parents or grandparents,” he said. As he envisions it, these heart-to-hearts would remind them of the fact that politicians of all stripes — including Conservatives — had a hand in helping to create Canada’s social welfare state.
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/10/09/income-inequality-canada-ed-broadbent_n_1949906.html

Video: Ed Broadbent on Income Inequality (Broadbent Institute)
Learn more about income inequality and the Broadbent Institute’s Equality Project at www.broadbentinstitute.ca.
http://m.youtube.com/watch?gl=CA&hl=en&client=mv-google&v=ZDWOm9eGVpU&fulldescription=1

Canada must move on income inequality: Broadbent Institute (Natalie Stechyson, Montreal Gazette)
Canada is moving in the wrong direction and must address its extreme and growing income inequality, according to a new discussion paper from the Broadbent Institute. The paper, released to Postmedia News on Monday, argues that developing a comprehensive policy agenda — which could include affordable housing, improvements to Employment Insurance, “fair” taxes and a national prescription drug program — is needed to address the problem.
http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/Canada+must+move+income+inequality+Broadbent+Institute/7359904/story.html

Do it for the Kids (Geoffrey Vendeville, The Link)
Right now, 5.6 million children have no representation at the federal level of government in Canada. Appointing an independent national children’s commissioner to advocate on their behalf would go a long way towards ensuring that their rights are protected and their interests are looked after. On May 3, Liberal Member of Parliament for Westmount—Ville-Marie Marc Garneau introduced a private member’s bill in the House of Commons to do just that. If passed, the bill will create a new Office of the Commissioner for Children and Young Persons.
http://thelinknewspaper.ca/article/3276

Homeless and precariously housed Torontonians targeted in $22 million cuts to vital services (Michael Shapcott, Wellesley Institute)
The Ontario government is cutting $21 million from provincial homelessness prevention funding given to the City of Toronto as of January 1, 2013. Details about the massive 16% cut in provincial funding is set out in a report that will be considered by Toronto City Council’s Executive Committee on Tuesday. When the provincial government announced its Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy in 2010, the province didn’t announce any new funding or programs, but it did promise that municipalities would have more “flexibility” in allocating existing funding.
http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/housing/homeless-and-precariously-housed-torontonians-targeted-in-22-million-cuts-to-vital-services/

Hardship Fund is vulnerable… again (Steve Barnes, Wellesley Institute)
The Hardship Fund is a municipal program that provides essential medical supports to people who do not receive social assistance, but who have very low or precarious incomes. The Fund meets the needs of residents where the cost of medical items would cause undue financial hardship. Supports and services that are covered include vision care, emergency dental care, reimbursement of prescription drug costs, and funeral costs. But, once again, the Hardship Fund is in line to be cut.
http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/healthy-communities/hardship-fund-is-vulnerable-again/

Retiring on a Low Income – community forum (Vibrant Canada)
All are welcome to be a part of this forum to help low income retirees plan their financial future. Presented by St. Christopher House, Woodgreen Community Services, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), and Social Enterprise Development and Innovations, Retiring on a Low Income is a free event that will present new tools that will result in better planning and advice for retiring on a low income.
http://vibrantcanada.ca/events/retiring-low-income-community-forum

Housing homeless cheaper, more effective than status quo: study (Globe and Mail)
A new study says there’s a consensus forming on how to fix one of the most stubborn social problems: homelessness. The study by Stephen Gaetz, director of the Canadian Homelessness Research Network, pulls together research from across Canada and the United States, which suggests it’s far cheaper to give a homeless person a place to live than to provide a patchwork of emergency services. Mr. Gaetz says governments spend at least $4.5-billion a year dealing with homeless people, including the costs of emergency health care, mental-health services, law enforcement, shelters and food banks.
http://m.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/housing-homeless-cheaper-more-effective-than-status-quo-study/article4563718/

EMPLOYMENT & WORKERS

Ontario survey focuses on immigrants’ need for Canadian experience in job market (Toronto Star)
Is Canadian experience relevant for employment? That’s the subject of a new online survey launched by the Ontario Human Rights Commission Friday to investigate how the Canadian experience requirement in the job market has affected newcomers to Ontario. “In our conversations with newcomers, they often talk about the requirement for Canadian experience as a big barrier to their entry into the workforce,” said Chief Commissioner Barbara Hall. “We want to learn more about how this requirement plays out in real life.”
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/1267437–ontario-survey-focuses-on-immigrants-need-for-canadian-experience-in-job-market

Supplier Diversity Takes Hold in Canada (CAMSC, Canadian Aboriginal & Minority Supplier Council)
Although supplier diversity isn’t as well known in Canada as in the United States and no legislative “stick” enforces implementation, advocates have given it the momentum it needs to develop in the Canadian context. And in Canada, supplier diversity efforts include ethnic minorities, Aboriginal people, and women. Thanks to diversity organizations like the Canadian Abor iginal and Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC) and WEConnect Canada, an increasing number of corporations are implementing supplier diversity programs. Some, like Accenture, have even developed a mentor program to build certified suppliers’ capacity to do business with large corporations.
https://www.camsc.ca/corporate_member_news

Temporary foreign worker laws in Canada (CBC The Current)
Not authorized to work in any occupation other than stated, not authorized to work for any employer other than stated, not authorized to work in any location other than stated. Must leave Canada by 20th of May 2012 was stamped right in Juma Rangam’s passport, his opportunity for a promising job that he says kept him tethered and powerless. Canada is bringing in an increasing number of temporary foreign workers under those very conditions, more in fact than economic migrants who can get permanent status. Migrant workers can be invisible to most of us. If things with their employers turn sour or even abusive, they can fear deportation and so do not speak out. Today, we bring you the story of one temporary foreign worker.
http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/episode/2012/10/09/temporary-foreign-worker-laws-in-canada/

Employers beg for talent (The Province)
Many Canadian employers are struggling to find the right talent for specific jobs amid a growing skills shortage, says Randstad Canada’s latest Global Workmonitor report released recently. The report described Canada’s growing shortage of highly skilled labour as critical and predicted shortages in the manufacturing, automation and energy and utility industries with Calgary one of the regions experiencing this issue.
http://www.theprovince.com/jobs/Employers+talent/7356259/story.html

Number of Canadian work visas to double by 2014 (RTE.ie)
Under the new deal, the number of Working Holiday Visas available to Irish people between the ages of 18 and 35 is to go from 5,350 this year to 10,700 in 2014. The length of permitted stay under the visa is also to be doubled, from one year to two years. The agreement was signed by Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and Canadian Citizenship Minister Jason Kenney. Mr Kenney said the economic opportunities in Canada are “enormous”.
http://www.rte.ie/news/2012/1005/canada-work-visa.html#video

2012 diversity: Immigrant Women in the Workplace (Skills for Change)
This year’s conference will explore the negative myths around immigrant women and the Canadian workplace, highlighting the unique contributions that immigrant women are making on the Canadian economy and the shift in gender balance and its resulting changing dynamics in boardrooms and in the workplace. The conference represents the voice of the new wave of immigrant women and the initiatives that are breaking ground on this important issue.
http://www.diversityatwork.org/2012/10/diveristywork-immigrant-women.html

Immigrant Women in the Workplace (Skills for Change)
What are the challenges that immigrant women face in entering decision-making roles in today’s business environment?
http://www.diversityatwork.org/2012/10/immigrant-women-in-the-workplace.html

Yet Another Post On The Myth Of The Skills Shortage. (Canadian Immigration Reform blog)
We’re routinely bombarded by the statement that Canada faces a skills shortage and we need a large and an increasing number of immigrants to meet the shortfalls. Before we can accept this claim at face value we need to consider some details first. The Toronto Star reported on a recent OECD study on education among it’s member states. It found that Canada displayed a “paradox” not seen in the other member nations.
http://canadianimmigrationreform.blogspot.com/2012/10/yet-another-post-on-myth-of-skills.html

On XL Foods, Migrant Labour, Being Halal, and the E. Coli Breakout. (Canadian Immigration Reform blog)
A comment by someone on this Blazing Cat Fur blog post got me thinking about a possible connection between XL Foods, it’s use (abuse?) of migrant labour, the ritual Islamic slaughter of animals (Halal), and the E. Coli breakout at XL Foods that is spreading across the nation. After all, the plant does process more than a third of all beef for the Canadian market.
While media attention is focusing on the government’s failure to detect the tainted meat before it went to market this comment in the Toronto Star reminds us that the problem starts at the beginning of the processing the beef and with the plant itself. Therefore it’s not the government’s fault for failing to detect the E. Coli tainted beef but XL Foods failure to maintain quality assurance that would have prevented it or at least contained it. But since XL Foods imports migrant labour from Sudan, the Philippines, Mexico, and all points in between it appears quality control isn’t on it’s priority list. If it were it would mean paying decent wages to retain an experienced workforce and maintain quality and safety standards that would attract Canadian workers to produce a quality product. XL Foods is given licence to produce food for our consumption and this E. Coli breakout is not on unacceptable but also scary.
http://canadianimmigrationreform.blogspot.com/2012/10/on-xl-foods-migrant-labour-being-halal.html

BusinessView: Skills Shortage: Survey Says Canadian Employers Have Difficulty Finding the Right Talent (Northumberland View)
As the country continues to experience skills shortages in key sectors of the economy, Randstad Canada describes the country’s growing shortage of highly skilled labour as critical, predicting shortages in the Manufacturing, Automation and Energy and Utility industries. Supporting this view are findings from Randstad’s latest Global Workmonitor, surveying employees in 32 countries around the world, which reveal that Canadian businesses are reporting serious problems finding the workers they need amidst a growing skills shortage. Jan Hein Bax, President, Randstad Canada says many businesses are experiencing difficulties finding skilled workers to meet their specific needs. “The demographic shift resulting in retirements, a deepening shortfall of skilled workers and the growing mismatch between the skills needed and those available has evolved into an undeniable skills crisis,” he says.
http://www.northumberlandview.ca/index.php?module=news&type=user&func=display&sid=17641

CITY OF TORONTO / CITIES / CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Tuesday’s headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A daily round up of mainstream media news on City Hall, Health Care, Assaults and Other News.
http://spacingtoronto.ca/2012/10/09/tuesdays-headlines-271/

SOCIAL INNOVATION / NONPROFITS

10 Reasons for Thinking Like a Movement (Al Etmanski)
Every January Vickie Cammack and I host PLAN Institute’s Thinking Like a Movement. This year we;ve added Social Innovation Generation as a co-sponsor. It is a time to share insights and perspectives about social and environmental change we’ve gleaned form the previous year.
http://www.aletmanski.com/al-etmanski/2012/10/10-reasons-for-thinking-like-a-movement.html

Tax and Charity Lawyers for Charities, Not for Profits, and Individuals in Canada (Brent Randall, Drache.ca)
Last month, we looked at some reasons why an organization may not want to continue under the new Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act (“the CNCA”). We also considered the option of reorganizing the corporation as a charitable trust as a means to avoid being subject to the CNCA. This month, we will look at what an organization that wants to maintain its corporate status, but does not want to continue under the CNCA, can do.
http://www.drache.ca/articles/charities/taking-the-path-less-travelled-cont

A Royal Visit for Roots of Empathy (J.W. McConnell Family Foundation)
On September 17, the Roots of Empathy program was showcased at the Market Lane Public School in Toronto. Countess Sophie of Wessex, Scotland visited the school and observed a mother introducing her infant (Ella) to a grade two and three class, where students had the opportunity to soothe the infant and ask the mother questions. With a focus on the baby as ‘teacher’, the program leads to reduced bullying, raises social and emotional competence and increases empathy.
http://www.mcconnellfoundation.ca/blog/news/a-royal-visit-for-roots-of-empathy

The following two tabs change content below.

marco

Communications in social services/social change, immigration, diversity & inclusion in Toronto. Wannabe librarian, interested in nonprofit tech innovation.

Communications in social services/social change, immigration, diversity & inclusion in Toronto. Wannabe librarian, interested in nonprofit tech innovation.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Read previous post:
Daily Reads/Micro Thoughts Summary

RT @amp6: agape and agog: Ottawa's embarking on a pilot project to let you file access-to-information requests via. the. internet...

Close