Immigration & Diversity news headlines – November 12, 2012

IMMIGRATION AND DIVERSITY

On feeding the diversity trolls (Maytree)
A few days ago we posted this article about some Canadian diversity thought leaders to follow on Twitter. Weve had such a tremendous response, its been just great! Almost immediately we got this comment on the post…
http://maytree.com/blog/2012/11/on-feeding-the-diversity-trolls/

CARE anniversary marks launch of Cities of Migration UK Snapshot (BC Trust)
Senior figures from the world of football joined members of the Greenwich community last week at an event marking the twentieth anniversary of the Charlton Athletic Racial Equality (CARE) Partnership. CARE is the only project of its kind in Europe, led jointly be a local authority and professional football club and working to foster a climate of respect in which prejudice is not allowed to flourish The event also saw the launch of the Cities of Migrations UK Snapshot, Good ideas from successful cities, examples of best practice in integration taken from across the country.
http://www.bctrust.org.uk/care-anniversary-marks-launch-of-cities-of-migration-uk-snapshot/

Canada needs to get competitive to attract skilled immigrants: Harper (Globe and Mail)
Stephen Harper believes a global demographic shift is under way, one that will force developed nations such as Canada into a furious competition for talented immigrants in the years ahead. In some of his most expansive comments on the topic, the Prime Minister outlined the rationale behind his governments fundamental overhaul of the countrys system for choosing immigrants changes that some critics view as short-sighted and based purely on economic aims. We are making profound, and to this point, not fully appreciated changes to our immigration system, Mr. Harper said in an interview with The Globe and Mail as he was preparing for a brief visit to the Philippines, Canadas top source for immigrants in recent years.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/canada-needs-to-get-competitive-to-attract-skilled-immigrants-harper/article5179369/

B.C. lawsuit spurs Ottawa to review foreign worker program (Globe and Mail)
Ottawa will review a controversial federal program that brings thousands of foreign workers to Canada every year, under pressure over a B.C. mining companys plans to hire Chinese workers. At any given moment, there are 300,000 to 450,000 temporary foreign workers in Canada in fields as diverse as agriculture, the service industry and high technology. Some argue the system lets foreigners take jobs from Canadians, while others complain it leaves temporary workers open to abuse, including being underpaid in unsafe conditions.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/bc-lawsuit-spurs-ottawa-to-review-foreign-worker-program/article5129944/

Tim Hortons workers in disputed federal program file human-rights complaint (Globe and Mail)
A non-profit law group in B.C. has launched a human-rights complaint on behalf of four temporary foreign workers from Mexico employed at two Tim Hortons outlets in Dawson Creek. The complaint, filed Friday, comes on the heels of the federal governments announcement that it will review its Temporary Foreign Worker Program in light of complaints about Chinese nationals being hired to work at a B.C. coal project.
http://m.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/tim-hortons-workers-in-disputed-federal-program-file-human-rights-complaint/article5168303/

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to admit up to 55,300 persons in the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) category in 2013 (CIR Report)
Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney continued his aggressive overhaul of Canadas immigration system by announcing that by the end of 2013 the immigration system will be to the one that is responsive largely to the labour market. The critics are calling that system being a slave to the Canadian labour market and thus highly exploitative.
http://www.cireport.ca/2012/11/citizenship-and-immigration-canada-cic-announced-this-week-it-will-admit-up-to-55300-persons-in-the-federal-skilled-worker-fsw-category-in-2013.html

Muslim group helping reserves (Carol Sanders, Winnipeg Free Press)
Needy families in two remote First Nations communities in Manitoba will be dining on steaks and chops thanks to observant Muslims in Winnipeg sharing their feast. “In Islam when you give to charity you have to give the equivalent of what you provide your own children,” said Hussain Guisti with the Zubaidah Tallab Foundation. “And we feed our children steaks and lamb chops.” The charitable foundation is shipping beef, lamb, goat and chicken to Shamattawa and Garden Hill, as well as potatoes, bread, carrots, milk, tea and sugar.
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/muslim-group-helping-reserves-178804061.html

Canada postpones announcement of new points based immigration system (Worpermit.com)
The Canadian press expected the government to unveil further details of its reforms to the Federal Skilled Worker Program at the end of October this year. It now seems that details of the changes to the points system for rating skilled immigrants who apply for a visa under the Federal Skilled Worker Class program. will not now be announced until January 2013. Jason Kenney, Canada’s immigration minister announced the suspension of the Federal Skilled Worker Class in July this year. He also said that the system would be revised and reopened, probably in January 2013.
http://www.workpermit.com/news/2012-11-07/canada-postpones-announcement-of-new-points-based-immigration-system

Canada unique for lack of xenophobic sentiment in public discourse: Kenney (David P. Ball, The Hook)
Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney was in Burnaby, B.C. yesterday to explain changes to how would-be newcomers connect with employers in Canada, and to answer questions about the controversial Temporary Foreign Workers Program, which has come under scrutiny this week over 200 Chinese coal mine workers in B.C. The minister told the crowd gathered at the Executive Hotel that his immigration crackdown — from marriage fraud to human smuggling and what he called the “abuse of Canada’s generosity” — is not driven by ideology or racism.
http://thetyee.ca/Blogs/TheHook/Federal-Politics/2012/11/10/Kenney-Visit/

Black War Veterans (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with Kathy Grant. She is the founder of The Legacy Voices Project.
http://www.cbc.ca/metromorning/episodes/2012/11/09/black-war-veterans/

Jury finds Toronto man guilty of second-degree murder (CBC)
The Crown argued that Khairi was angry with his wife and children for adopting more Western values after coming to Canada from Afghanistan.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2012/11/11/toronto-khairi-trial-verdict.html

You’re Not Moving to Canada: The Psychology of Post-Election Melodrama (The Atlantic)
Eight years ago, when the polls began to favor George W. Bush over John Kerry, thousands of progressive Americans planned their exodus to Canada. Canadian immigration applications rose threefold as Kerry’s demise loomed, and when Bush emerged victorious, some diehard liberals followed through and fled northward. But six months later, when the post-election smoke cleared, the numbers turned out to be far less impressive than they first appeared. Many of those early applicants withdrew their immigration papers, and chose instead to brace for four years of mild, protracted disgruntlement. In fact, when analysts looked back, the rate of U.S.-Canadian immigration fell during the six month period following President Bush’s election to a second term in office. Two years later, on the other side of the political aisle, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh famously promised to leave for Costa Rica if the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010. The Act passed, but Limbaugh continues to live in Palm Beach, Florida. Now that Barack Obama has emerged victorious, a new crop of immigration promises will go unfulfilled. Just after the election, Republicans are hurting — but they’ll calm down just as Kerry supporters did when Bush was elected to a second term in 2004.
http://m.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/11/youre-not-moving-to-canada-the-psychology-of-post-election-melodrama/264896/

Migration Museums Web Community
The International Network of Migration Institutions includes museums and other institutions promoting the public understanding of migration. The current trend in the development of migration museums, named differently worldwide, is an interesting phenomenon, as it may contribute to the creation of a new and multiple identity, at an individual and collective level. Like the United States with Ellis Island, Australia, Canada, and more recently several European countries e.g. France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom have been creating such venues to facilitate transmission between generations as well as encounters between migrants and the host populations, by telling their personal story.
http://www.migrationmuseums.org/web/

Philippine immigration issues on table as Stephen Harper makes rare visit (Jennifer Ditchburn, National Post)
The Philippines has become the biggest source of immigration to Canada, and Tagalog the fastest growing language. Some in the Filipino-Canadian community had hoped that Harper would address the labour issues faced by caregivers and other foreign temporary workers who come to work in Canada. With the workers entirely dependent on sponsoring employers for their contracts, the concern is that labour abuses go unreported. Harper did not mention those issues in his remarks, but Aquino said the subject was raised during their meetings Saturday at the Malacanan Palace.
http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/11/10/philippine-immigration-issues-on-table-as-stephen-harper-makes-rare-visit/

Former immigration minister Charles Sousa wants to be Ontario jobs premier (Linda Nguyen, Canada.com)
Another former minister threw his hat into the Ontario Liberal leadership race on Saturday, bringing the number of people vying to become the provinces next premier to four. I want to be your jobs premier, Charles Sousa told a large cheering crowd at his candidacy announcement Saturday at a banquet hall in his Mississauga riding. Sousa, the provinces Citizenship and Immigration minister until he resigned from cabinet Friday, told the crowd that if he becomes premier, he will create more jobs for the provinces beleaguered auto and northern mining industries.
http://o.canada.com/2012/11/10/former-immigration-minister-charles-sousa-wants-to-be-ontario-jobs-premier/

Easy for educated to get jobs in Canada: Uppal (Indian Express)
The first turbaned Canadian Cabinet Minister Tim Uppal was in Ludhiana on Saturday and said that getting a job in Canada was no problem, provided you are skilled and proficient in English or French. The minister for Democratic Reform said: We have enough jobs for those who are educated. Our government is also all set to improve immigration rules and a person with a job offer from a Canadian company can be in the country within months – a process which earlier used to take eight years through immigration agents. Now companies will be liaison with government regarding their employment needs. We want to take immigration agents out of the process.
http://www.indianexpress.com/news/easy-for-educated-to-get-jobs-in-canada-uppal/1030009/

Culinary walking tours are a great way to sample Torontos culinary diversity (Toronto Star)
Urban centres in the United States have long cashed in on the publics appetite for food tours but Toronto, until recently, has had only a couple of players. In the past two years, however, food tours have popped up to guide visitors and locals through the tastes of various neighbourhoods. For example, Tasty Tours founder Audrey Ooi has offered a sweets tour through Kensington Market and a chocolate tour in the Trinity-Bellwoods stretch of Queen St. W. for a year. She was inspired after a chocolate-tasting tour in Philadelphia. When she started looking at Toronto tour locations, Kensington Market was an obvious choice. Its so multicultural, Ooi says. We go to a Chinese bakery, a Mexican bakery, a Middle-Eastern store, so people get to try sweets from all over the world. There is usually something that they havent tried before.
http://www.thestar.com/living/article/1283356–culinary-walking-tours-are-a-great-way-to-sample-toronto-s-culinary-diversity

A world of opportunities comes in different languages (Brandon Sun)
During the last week of October, Statistics Canada released new information on languages from the 2011 census. The numbers confirmed what we can perceive every day in Brandon. While English remains as the most spoken language (83.6 per cent) and French is barely spoken (1.5 per cent), other languages are on the rise. Spanish is the second most spoken language in Brandon with 4.3 per cent, while Chinese languages, such as Mandarin and Cantonese, represent a 2.7 per cent. The numbers also state that while 37,905 people have English as a mother tongue and 660 people are French native speakers, 4,815 people have a non-official mother tongue. While the federal and provincial governments implement policies that respond to this challenging scenario, what do all these numbers mean for a common citizen of Brandon? What does it mean for you or for me?
http://www.brandonsun.com/opinion/columns/guest-columnist—-a-world-of-opportunities-comes-in-different-languages-178288781.html

Video shown at a Nova Scotia base deemed reprehensible by Sikhs (Vancouver Desi)
The Sikh community in Nova Scotia is enraged by a video that was shown at a dinner at the military base 14 Wing Greenwood more than two years ago that is now the subject of a military investigation. Its very unfortunate and disturbing, Jagbal Singh Tiwana, president of the Maritime Sikh Society, said in an interview with the local newspaper The Chronicle Herald Thursday.
http://www.vancouverdesi.com/news/nridiaspora/military-video-shown-at-a-nova-scotia-base-deemed-reprehensible-by-sikhs/

PE: Hundreds of PNP applicants still awaiting visas (PEI Daily Business Buzz)
It has been four years since P.E.I.s immigrant investor program was shut down by the feds, but close to 400 immigrants nominated by P.E.I. for permanent residency are still awaiting their visas. Information obtained from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) shows a total of 102 Provincial Nominee Program applications from P.E.I. were still not yet processed by immigration officials as of July 3, 2012.
http://www.pe.dailybusinessbuzz.ca/Provincial-News/2012-11-09/article-3117219/PE%3A-Hundreds-of-PNP-applicants-still-awaiting-visas/1

Are foreign students being taken advantage of at homestays in Canada? (CBC)
Lydia is one of those students. We’ve agreed not to use her last name because she’s concerned about negative consequences. Lydia was in Montreal. We also spoke with Nadia Hausefather is a member of the Graduate Students’ Association at Concordia.
http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/2012/11/09/are-foreign-students-being-taken-advantage-of-at-homestays-in-canada/

Canadian minister expresses worry over brain drain from India (Times of India)
High on Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s recent visit to India, Canadian minister for Democratic Reforms, Tim Uppal said that he was glad over progress being made in bi-lateral ties between India and Canada. He said trade between two countries was set to rise by three times, given the emerging investments scenario, which would help two nations to create new jobs.Uppal, a first turbaned Cabinet minister in Canada, was talking to media persons after interacting with students at Khalsa College.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Canadian-minister-expresses-worry-over-brain-drain-from-India/articleshow/17193134.cms

Young Hindus, Sikhs hope diversity will prevail during Diwali (Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun)
Can Indias most popular festival bring together the disparate South Asians of Canada? For Vancouvers Milan Singh, Diwali is the fun and sacred time of year when she says all my friends crash my parents house to hang out, pray, eat her mothers food and deliver some of it to nearby relatives. The festival of lights is a rare and wonderful convergence of religions and ethnicities for the 28-year-old Indo-Canadian Hindu, since her friends and relatives include whites, blacks, Chinese, Christians, Muslims, atheists and Sikhs.
http://www.vancouversun.com/life/Young+Hindus+Sikhs+hope+diversity+will+prevail+during+Diwali/7528298/story.html

Happy “Too Asian”: a celebration of Asian Canadian activism (Vancouver Observer)
November 10, 2012, marks two years since Macleans Magazine published their racist article entitled Too Asian?” (later renamed “The Enrollment Controversy”). Across Canada, anti-racist activists, members of Parliament, coalitions of over 100 organizations, writers, universities and youth decried the article, responded with public education panels, letters, petitions, flash mobs against Macleans and Rogers (the parent company). To date, Macleans and Rogers have declined to offer an apology for the article.
http://www.vancouverobserver.com/city/happy-too-asian-celebration-asian-canadian-activism

Gender diversity on corporate boards a tale of two sectors (Dan Ovsey, Financial Post)
Theres good news and bad news in the realm of board diversity in Canada. The good news is that corporations in the financial services industries are greatly outpacing their counterparts in the mining and energy sectors with the appointment of women to corporate boards. The bad news is theres still a lot of room for improvement in all sectors.
http://business.financialpost.com/2012/11/12/gender-diversity-on-corporate-boards-a-tale-of-two-sectors/

REFUGEES

Refugee health cuts hidden in budget bill, immune from scrutiny (Tobi Cohen, The Province)
A controversial decision to strip certain refugee claimants of supplementary health benefits was apparently made behind closed doors without consultation, the government now admits. Rick Dykstra, the parliamentary secretary to Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, revealed this week that the cuts were actually part of the governments budget tabled in March. But because budget deliberations are subject to secrecy, there was no option to get input from stakeholders, many of whom have vocally opposed the decision.
http://www.theprovince.com/news/canada/Refugee+health+cuts+hidden+budget+bill+immune+from+scrutiny/7526456/story.html

Expert addresses impact of cuts to refugee health program (Jimmy Lou, McGill Tribune)
Last Wednesday, psychologist, legal scholar, and anthropologist Janet Cleveland spoke on the impact of federal cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) on refugees. The event was a Brown Bag Seminar hosted by McGills Faculty of Law. The policy came into effect on June 30, 2012. Cleveland said it limits health care coverage for approximately 20,000 refugee claimants in Canada.
http://mcgilltribune.com/expert-addresses-impact-of-cuts-to-refugee-health-program/#.UJ3GYo07HsE.twitter

York University Chapter of CCLA to host Panel Discussion on Refugee Rights in Canada (CCLA)
On November 20, 2012 from 1pm to 2:30pm, CCLA at YorkU will be hosting a panel discussion on the topic of immigration/refugee rights! On June 28, 2012, Parliament passed Bill C-31, the new Protecting Canadas Immigration System Act, that can detain, hurt and endanger people who come to Canada seeking asylum. Some of the changes proposed by the act are currently in effect and other changes will take effect in mid-December.
http://ccla.org/2012/11/09/york-university-chapter-of-ccla-hosts-panel-discussion-on-refugee-rights-in-canada/

Refugee health care change made in secret (Tobi Cohen, Ottawa Citizen)
A controversial decision to strip certain refugee claimants of supplementary health benefits was apparently made privately without consultation, the government admits. Rick Dykstra, parliamentary secretary to Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, revealed this week that the cuts were actually part of the government’s budget tabled in March. But because budget deliberations are subject to secrecy, there was no option to get input from stakeholders, many of whom have vocally opposed the decision.
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/health/Refugee+health+care+change+made+secret/7528709/story.html

Cotler to Canada: Recognize Jewish refugee rights (Jeremy Sharon, Jerusalem Post)
Canadian MP and former justice minister Irwin Cotler proposed a motion in the Canadian Parliament on Thursday for formal government recognition of 850,000 Jews forcibly displaced and exiled from Arab countries since the declaration of the State of Israel in 1948. Cotler has played a prominent part in a campaign being led by Israels Foreign Ministry aimed at bringing international recognition to the plight of hundreds of thousands of Jews who fled the Arab states due to state-sponsored persecution after the establishment of the Jewish state. The Arab countries rejected the United Nations Partition Resolution of 1947-1948, and launched their double aggression of a war against the nascent Jewish state and assaults on their own Jewish nationals, resulting in two refugee populations, Palestinian refugees and Jewish refugees from Arab countries, Cotler said.
http://www.jpost.com/JewishWorld/JewishFeatures/Article.aspx?id=291276

Supporting Refugee Children and Youth (Association for New Canadians)
The Association for New Canadians, in collaboration with the Department of Education, hosted a two-day workshop on November 1st and 2nd focusing on supporting refugee children and youth in the classroom and community. The event was facilitated by Dr. Jan Stewart, University of Winnipeg, an expert on supporting younger refugees growth and development. This was an excellent opportunity for those who work with refugee and immigrant youth to increase their awareness and understanding of the challenges that refugee children and youth face prior to and following their arrival in Canada, as well as to increase their knowledge of the practical strategies and therapeutic interventions necessary to best support refugee children and youth in their social and educational development. The event was supported with from Citizenship and Immigration Canada and the United Way of Newfoundland and Labrador.
http://www.ancnl.ca/?Content=News_Events__Announcements/Supporting_Refugee_Children_and_Youth

Border guards deport record number of criminals, failed refugees (Tobi Cohen, Calgary Herald)
The Canada Border Services Agency has dubbed 2011-12 a milestone year with officers giving the boot to a record number of foreigners and permanent residents deemed inadmissible to Canada due to criminality or a failed refugee claim. According to the agencys departmental performance report tabled in the House of Commons this week, the CBSA removed 16,511 people deemed inadmissible to Canada, 12 per cent of whom were high-priority criminals. Thats up from 15,150 a year earlier.
http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/national/Border+guards+deport+record+number+criminals+failed/7527015/story.html

POVERTY / HEALTH / HOMELESSNESS / SOCIAL INCLUSION

Canadian Social Research Newsletter (Canadian Social Research Links)
Canadian content
1. I Remember – Veterans’ Week 2012
2. Recent postings by John Stapleton (Open Policy Ontario):
— Registered Retirement Pension Plans: A Tally of Advantages and Disadvantages – November 9
— Retiring on a Low Income – October 25
— [Ontario] Social Assistance Caseloads in the Great Depression and Three Major Post-war Recessions – May 3 (2012)
3. National Call for Concepts for Social Finance (Government of Canada) – November 8
4. Why paying a living wage makes good business sense (Andrew Jackson in the Globe and Mail) – November 9
5. Welfare reform a ways off, says Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty (St. Catharines Standard) – November 7
6. Webcast November 19 : Options for expanding the Canada Pension Plan (Canadian Labour Congress)
7. Poor Choice [re. Ontario prorogation] (Vicariousass – Vass Bednar) – November 6
8. Governments need to spend money before they spend money (Nick Falvo, At Home/Chez Soi Blog) – November 6
9. Budget 2012: Monitoring Framework Update (Parliamentary Budget Officer) – November 6
10. Canadians eligible for employment insurance at decade-long low (Toronto Star / Statistics Canada) – November 5
11. What if the minimum wage was a living wage? (By Trish Hennessy in rabble.ca) – November 5
12. Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Advanced Education and Skills Annual Report, 2011 – 2012
13. Prince Edward Island Community Services, Seniors and Labour Annual Report for the Fiscal Year April 2010 to March 2011
14. Nova Scotia Department of Community Services – recent reports:
— Statement of Mandate 2012-2013
— Annual Accountability Report Fiscal Year 2011-2012
— Statement of Mandate 2011-2012
— Update on Auditor General Recommendations since 2009
15. Corporations prosper while food banks overwhelmed (Carol Goar, Toronto Star) – November 4
16. A Living Wage for Kingston (Kingston Community Roundtable on Poverty Reduction) – October 2011
17. What’s New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
— Employment Insurance Coverage Survey, 2011 – November 5
18. What’s new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/personal/news111112.htm

Learning is hard enough without the distractions of poverty (Daphne Bramham, Vancouver Sun)
Little kids shouldn’t come to school pocked with bedbug bites. They shouldn’t turn up yawning after spending another sleepless night because their bed was the floor or was shared with siblings. They shouldn’t think that a hotel is where you live if you can’t afford a home. They shouldn’t come to school hungry, without shoes, socks, coats and underwear. But they do in shockingly high numbers in Metro Vancouver and in many other parts of British Columbia as well. Learning is hard enough under the best of circumstances.
http://www.vancouversun.com/Learning+hard+enough+without+distractions+poverty/7530145/story.html

Child poverty is not going away (Gerry Bellett, Vancouver Sun)
Last year’s Adopt-a-School campaign exceeded all expectations and raised close to $800,000 in cash donations and matching funds and a substantial amount of goods and services for inner-city schools struggling against a rising tide of classroom poverty. Such generosity from our readers brought relief to hundreds of children in 37 schools – providing breakfasts for those coming to school hungry, emergency food vouchers for poor families, field trips and camping trips these students wouldn’t otherwise enjoy, computers and other equipment for those with learning problems – generally attempting to make life better for impoverished children.
http://www.vancouversun.com/Child+poverty+going+away/7530141/story.html

New ‘poverty profiles’ fuel for social action (Hamilton Spectator)
Hamilton Centre has more impoverished renters living in decrepit housing than any other riding in the city, according to a new series of poverty profiles released Friday. Nearly one-third of riding residents live in poverty, including four out of every 10 children. Both statistics nearly double the city average, said Deirdre Pike, senior planner with the Social Research Planning Council of Hamilton, which authored the profiles. She wants you to spread the word.
http://www.thespec.com/news/local/article/833489–new-poverty-profiles-fuel-for-social-action

Why paying a living wage makes good business sense (Globe and Mail)
When it comes to setting minimum wages, Canadians can pretty much count on there being an acrimonious debate between private sector employers on the one hand, and unions and anti-poverty activists on the other. But some businesses, especially in the United Kingdom, are starting to recognize the social and economic case for higher wages for the working poor. Recent years have seen the rise of a living wage movement in the U.K., the United States and Canada. All three countries have a low-wage problem in the sense that a significant proportion of even full-time workers earn significantly less than a middle-class wage, and struggle to make ends meet.
http://m.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/economy/economy-lab/why-paying-a-living-wage-makes-good-business-sense/article5152175/

EMPLOYMENT & WORKERS

Still time to submit nominations for Immigrant Success Awards (Safety-Reporter)
There’s still time to submit nominations for the seventh annual Immigrant Success (IS) Awards. Each year, the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) presents the awards to recognize innovation and leadership in integrating skilled immigrants into the Greater Toronto Region labour market. Canadian HR Reporter is a proud partner and sponsor of the awards. Employers and individuals are invited to apply or submit a nomination by Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 at www.isawards.ca.
http://www.safety-reporter.com/articleview/16649-still-time-to-submit-nominations-for-immigrant-success-awards

Building strong partnerships to support immigrant success (Sydney Helland, Career Edge)
Career Edge Organization, along with Skills International is pleased to support an exclusive partnership with the Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (CIIP), a program funded by the Government of Canada, developed and implemented by the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC). CIIP provides pre-arrival orientation workshops to Federal Skilled Workers (FSWs) and Provincial Nominees (PNs) while they are still overseas during the final stages of the immigration process to help prepare for their economic success in Canada. Currently under this partnership, job ready and top talent candidates are identified by CIIP Overseas Officers before their arrival in Canada, and are referred to Career Edge Organization.
https://www.careeredge.ca/ceoblog/building-strong-partnerships-to-support-immigrant-success/

Canada looks to lure energy workers from the U.S. (Ricardo Lopez, Los Angeles Times)
With a daughter to feed, no job and $200 in the bank, Detroit pipe fitter Scott Zarembski boarded a plane on a one-way ticket to this industrial capital city. He’d heard there was work in western Canada. Turns out he’d heard right. Within days he was wearing a hard hat at a Shell oil refinery 15 miles away in Fort Saskatchewan. Within six months he had earned almost $50,000. That was 2009. And he’s still there. “If you want to work, you can work,” said Zarembski, 45. “And it’s just getting started.” U.S. workers, Canada wants you.
http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-73257627/

New Canadian website to promote careers in trades (Canplastics.com)
Two national organizations, the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum and Skills/Compétences Canada, have partnered to help solve one of the most pressing problems facing the skilled trades: the growing shortage of new young workers. The two groups have revamped the popular Careers in Trades website in an effort to ensure that Canadian youth have to access up-to-date information on skilled trades careers.
http://www.canplastics.com/news/new-canadian-website-to-promote-careers-in-trades/1001837034/

Is the Nonprofit Sector Doing Enough for Diversity? (Julie Hayes, Diversity Journal)
Organizations in the nonprofit sector have long been models of service to local and national communities, using fundraising, advocacy, public relations, and outreach to spread a message or promote a cause to specific target audiences. With communities in the United States growing more diverse, the types of audiences and the means by which they communicate have also expanded, giving the nonprofit sector room to increase their base of donors and volunteers. However, many employees and supporters of nonprofit organizations are expressing concern that the industry has not been keeping up with the greater need for a diverse workforce and is failing to translate the importance of diversity and inclusion into decisive action.
http://www.diversityjournal.com/9897-is-the-nonprofit-sector-doing-enough-for-diversity/

Canadas modern-day slaves (Krystle Alarcon, Vancouver Observer)
In her 2009 report, independent researcher and activist Salimah who completed her doctoral studies on Filipina women who migrate to Canada said caregivers are more prone to reprisal because their status and future depend on their employers. She cited incidents of verbal, physical and sexual abuse, unlivable housing conditions and the confiscation of important documents such as passports, good referral letters or records of employment (ROE). An employer Ria worked for in Langley for three years refused to give her her ROE and a good referral after because she left on short notice when they did not pay her for overtime work. Ria needs the ROE so she can obtain an open work permitwhich will allow her to work in other industries since she has completed her LCP contract. Farraday said low-wage workers in general tend not to complain to the authorities over employment violations until after they quit and find work elsewhere. Adding temporary status to their conditions makes them even more docile.
http://www.vancouverobserver.com/life/canada%E2%80%99s-modern-day-slaves-filipina-nannies

Harper pressed to address Canadian labour issues while in Manila (News 1130)
Filipino-Canadian groups will watch Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s visit here not necessarily for what he says about the Philippines, but for what he says about their growing community and its labour issues back in Canada. Harper arrived in Manila on Friday night following a six-day tour to India. It’s the first visit by a Canadian prime minister in 15 years.
http://www.news1130.com/news/national/article/420426–harper-lands-in-manila-on-next-leg-of-asian-tour

Employer jailed for unpaid wages, stronger protections needed to stop wage theft (Workers’ Action Centre)
An employer has been sentenced to 90 days in jail for over $125,000 in unpaid wages owing to 61 employees. Steve Blondin and his six companies were prosecuted after they did not comply with 113 orders from the Ministry of Labour to pay workers wages. In addition to the jail term, the Ontario Court of Justice ordered Blondin and his companies to pay fines of $280,000. Prosecuting employers who do not pay workers wages is an important way for the Ministry of Labour to demonstrate that there can be serious consequences for breaking the law.
http://www.workersactioncentre.org/updates/employer-jailed-for-unpaid-wages-stronger-protections-needed-to-stop-wage-theft/

Bridging the Gap Conference (Lutherwood)
As Guelph continues to lead the country in job creation there is an increasing need for internationally trained workers to fill the skill shortages. By 2031, it is projected that immigrants will account for more than 80% of Canadas population growth. Despite the trends, both employers and immigrants continue to face multiple challenges throughout the recruiting and hiring process. This disconnect needs to be, and can be fixed. We need to bridge the gap. Lutherwood, together with an advisory group are excited to present a conference on November 14, 2012 for both Internationally Trained Professionals (ITPs) and Employers in Guelph.
http://www.lutherwood.ca/employment/bridgingthegap

Diversity Executive – November 12 (digital edition)
In this issue:
A Prescription for Sustainable Diversity at Merck
How to Create a Good Diversity Council
Do You Know Disability Etiquette?
Win Over the Skeptics on Diversity
Building Diversity From the Ground Up
Supplier Diversity Boosts the Bottom Line
http://smsepub.com/publication/frame.php?i=132616&p=&pn=&ver=flex

CITY OF TORONTO / CITIES / CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Monday’s headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A daily round up of mainstream media news on City Hall, Toronto Police, Jarvis Bike Lanes and Other News.
http://spacingtoronto.ca/2012/11/12/mondays-headlines-252/

SOCIAL INNOVATION / NONPROFITS

Social finance generating excitement as a supplement, not a substitute, for government social investments (Michael Shapcott, Wellesley Institute)
Canadas non-profit sector plays a vital role in the health of individuals and the entire community (see, for instance, the Wellesley Institute paper Reducing Disparities and Improving Population Health: The role of a vibrant community sector), so there is a great deal of interest in the role of social finance, including social impact bonds, in strengthening non-profits and improving their effectiveness in delivering services. The news that RBC has donated $1 million over five years to MaRS Centre for Impact Investing to help build its social finance capacity, along with the growing interest by the federal government in social finance, has added to the excitement. There are a growing number of social finance projects in Canada, from the community bonds used to finance Torontos Centre for Social Innovation to VanCitys Resilient Capital program and a great many initiatives underway in the UK and the United States.
http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/news/social-finance-generating-excitement-as-a-supplement-not-a-substitute-for-government-social-investments/

Social financing gives governments a risk-free way to move to cheaper solutions (Toronto Star)
Social finance is an attractive option for governments juggling huge debts or seeking to use private-sector cash and market discipline to run social programs more cheaply and, it is hoped, more effectively. Besides working with ex-convicts, proponents envisage increased financial support for such programs as finding shelter for the homeless and working with at-risk youth. But the whole idea is surrounded with question marks… Sherri Torjman, vice-president of the Caledon Institute of Social Policy, said, Weve always supported strong government investment in income security programs and social support, so thats why Im looking at this new development with some red flags.
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1285710–social-financing-gives-governments-a-risk-free-way-to-move-to-cheaper-solutions

National Call for Concepts for Social Finance (HRSDC)
As part of our Governments commitment to empowering individuals and communities to better address social challenges, Economic Action Plan 2012 announced we would explore social finance opportunities. Social finance has enormous potential for unlocking new sources of capital and new ways of thinking to improve social and economic outcomes for Canadians.
http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/consultations/socialfinance/index.shtml

RBC Investing for Impact Fund (Nabeel Ahmed, Socialfinance.ca)
As I chat with Sandra Odendahl, Head of the RBC Social Finance Initiative, I can see downtown Toronto spread out in the massive wall-to-wall window behind her. Its a good reminder of RBCs placethey are leaders in the financial sectorand of the fact that the resources RBC can bring to bear dwarf almost everyone elses. This, however, is both a challenge and an opportunity, and is key to understanding RBCs involvement in impact investing. As one of the biggest organizations in the country, it was only natural that RBCs employees would be thinking about the companys role in promoting sustainability and combining financial acumen to drive social value. Employees from across the organization have had pet projects, from seriously considering socially responsible investing in 2004 to wondering about mission-related investing in 2007. There has been a tradition of corporate philanthropy as well, with RBC Foundation devoting a percentage of the banks profits toward charitable and community causes ($98 million in 2011 alone).
http://socialfinanceforum.marsdd.com/socialfinance-ca-awards/rbc-investing-for-impact-fund/

Registered Charities Cant Talk Politically (Haley Hrymak, CCLA)
Registered Charities Cant Talk Politically: a Mennonite magazine receives a reminder that engaging in partisan political activities can lead to revocation of an organizations charitable status. Mennonite magazine warned about \political\ articles The Canadian Mennonite is a registered charity, whose mission is to educate, inspire, inform, and foster dialogue on issues facing Mennonite Church Canada through a regular publication. www.canadianmennonite.org Canadian Mennonite is a magazine that is a registered charity, and as a result, receives the benefit of being able to provide tax receipts to donors.
http://www.ccla.org/rightswatch/2012/11/09/registered-charities-cant-talk-politically/

CRA hassles Canadian Mennonite magazine (Dennis Gruending)
The editor of Canadian Mennonite magazine says that he was puzzled, saddened and disheartened to get a letter from the Canada Revenue Agency warning that his publication was being too political and could lose its charitable status as a result. I took it personally, writes editor Richard Benner in the magazines November 12 edition. The letter from a CRA bureaucrat was dated July 12 and it said: It has come to our attention that recent issues of the organizations monthly periodical entitled Canadian Mennonite, have contained editorials and/or articles that appear to promote opposition to a political party, or to candidates for public office. The letter went on to say that, Registered charities that engage in partisan political activities jeopardize their charitable status and can be subject to revocation.
http://www.dennisgruending.ca/2012/11/cra-hassles-canadian-mennonite-magazine/

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