Immigration & Diversity news headlines – November 15, 2012


The next frontier: supply chain diversity (DiverseCity Toronto)
Interested in the well-being of the Greater Toronto Area? Then you should be interested in the supply chain. The supply chain matters because it delivers the goods and services we all consume. It is the process of purchasing everything, from raw materials to professional services. Supplier diversity means that small and medium-sized organizations owned or operated by visible minorities have equal access to these opportunities, allowing them to grow their business, providing benefits to our economy. How many organizations purchase goods or services from companies led by visible minorities? And how does the GTA compare to a similar American urban area – the region of Chicago? Find out on November 21, at the release of DiverseCity Counts Procurement.

Media alert: The next frontier for diversity: new report explores supplier diversity in the GTA (DiverseCity Toronto)
On November 21, 2012, join Maytree and the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance for the release of the latest DiverseCity Counts report – “Supplier Diversity in the GTA: Business Case and Best Practices.”

Invitation to release of DiverseCity CountsFirst report to examine and compare diversity in procurement in the GTA and Chicago (PMAC)
PMAC was a supporter of this research project, which was led by 2012 International Symposium on Supply Chain Management co-chair, Dr. Paul D. Larson, Professor of Supply Chain Management at the University of Manitoba. Organizations that inject diversity priorities into their procurement practices are diversity leaders. It demonstrates that they understand the social and economic benefits of diversity in the supply chain. What’s more, when large organizations choose to do business with visible minority and immigrant business owners, they are supporting diverse leadership within their networks.

Legislated Inequality: How Canada’s two-tier system of migration endangers our heritage of enabling immigrants on the path to citizenship (U of Ottawa)
Canada’s vastly expanded program of temporary migration represents a radical shift in the country’s immigration policy that threatens Canada’s history as a country of immigrants on the path to citizenship, according to a new collection on this growing phenomenon published this month. “By creating a two-tier system of migration, we are endangering our heritage as a nation,” says Patti Tamara Lenard, an Assistant Professor of Ethics at the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and co-editor of the collection, Legislated Inequality.


Ottawa increases cap on number of skilled immigrants N.S. can attract (CTV Atlantic)
The cap on the number of immigrants Nova Scotia can recruit through its nominee program has been increased for next year, a move Premier Darrell Dexter welcomed after months of wrangling with Ottawa over the issue. The cap has been raised to 700 from 500. It comes after Dexter made several overtures to the federal government about the need to have more skilled immigrants come to his province.

NS: Province to get 200 more immigrants under nominee program (Daily Business Buzz)
Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter says Ottawa has raised the cap on the number of immigrants the province can recruit through its nominee program. The cap has been increased to 700 from 500 for one year. Dexter says the number is the highest ever to be nominated through the program. The program, which targets people with needed business skills, represents about one-third of all immigrants to Nova Scotia.

$750,000 spent to track ethnic-media perceptions of Jason Kenney (Bruce Cheadle, ipolitics)
“A series of interviews and appearances by minister Kenney and his representatives were strong contributors to the upswing in the ministerial image,” says a report from May 5, 2010, under a pie graph titled “Minister Overall Perception.” The ministerial perception charts were weekly fixtures in the lengthy media monitoring reports in the spring of 2010, when the minority Conservatives were on a constant election footing. And while the personal Kenney pie charts vanished after the spring election window closed that year, and were not reprised, the focus of the daily media monitoring remained profoundly political.

Privy Council Office also spending thousands to keep tabs on ethnic press (Bruce Cheadle, Stephanie Levitz, Vancouver Sun)
Citizenship and Immigration Canada isn’t the only federal department spending hundreds of thousands of dollars keeping a keen eye on the country’s ethnic media. The Privy Council Office, the bureaucracy that supports the prime minister, spent $463,300 last January on a two-year contract with the same ethnic media monitoring company that Citizenship has paid almost $750,000 over the past three years.

Opposition hammers Jason Kenney over having his ‘perceptions’ monitored with taxpayer money (Andy Radia, Yahoo! News)
Immigration minister Jason Kenney is being accused of blurring the fine-line between government and political partisanship. According to documents obtained by the Canadian Press, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) spent almost $750,000 — over the past three years — to monitor ethnic media. Disturbingly, the taxpayer funded research included “assessments of election campaign events and ‘perceptions’ of minister Jason Kenney.

Immigration and Refugee Law (Your Legal Rights)
The following email bulletin provides you with the latest news, legal information resources, common questions and training webinars from Your Legal Rights on Immigration and Refugee Law.

Home Again
Bill c-43 is a bill that is called the faster removal of foreign criminals act. This reasonable sounding bill hides the fact that it seek to give the Immigration department the power of judge jury and executioner. No one believes that we should shelter foreign born criminals, however, this law will force automatic deportations to people who came here as children. No appeal, no humanitarian considerations, no mercy… Home Again believes in the right to fair treatment for all citizens. We believe that those who breach the law should face Just punishment. But we believe that this punishment should t the crime. It is unfair to target and deport immigrant populations for petty crimes. A blanket “one strike and you’re out” law for deportation is unfair.
Targeting certain immigrant groups for deportation without addressing countries systemic Problems is unfair.

Not quite old McDonald’s farm (Yonge Street)
The McVean Start-up Farm is a key component of the organization’s work, which also includes workshops and farm tours. Situated on 45 acres that once made up a prosperous family farm, but is now leased from the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, it provides new farmers—many born outside Canada—with growing space while they learn their skills.

Amended Regulations for Private Sponsorship and Conditional Permanent Residence (Settlement AtWork)
The amended regulations now in force have been published:
Changes to private sponsorship of refugees
Conditional permanent residence for sponsored spouses

Community of Interest for Racialized Populations and Mental Health and Addictions (Evidence Exchange Network for Mental Health and Addictions (EENet))
The CoI for Racialized Populations and Mental Health and Addictions is a provincial forum for knowledge exchange and collaborative knowledge creation focused on issues related to racialized populations and mental health and addictions. Over the next several months, the CoI will focus in on gaining an understanding of mental health and/or addictions-related use of Emergency Department (ED) services by racialized groups. To better understand the current situation and lay the ground work for future action, the CoI is building an inventory of knowledge, promising practices and opportunities in this issue area. Information gathered will be used to further the dialogue on ED use by racialized populations and serve to inform program and policy planning.
The survey that follows will take about ten minutes to complete.

Canada’s Calling (Tanya Sweeney, Herald Ireland)
IS Canada the new Australia? For the Irish it might well be. While we may have naturally gravitated towards Down Under when it came to pastures new, Canada is playing catch-up. And fast. Canadian employers have flocked here in a bid to woo Irish immigrants in search of jobs — and a new life. “I have definitely noticed an increase of Irish immigrants in the past few months,” says Cathy Murphy, of the Irish Canadian Immigration Centre in Toronto. “Skilled tradesmen and women find they get hired much faster than those in the financial sector, marketing, architecture, engineering. The Irish on construction sites are greatly valued. The work ethic is strong and Irish labourers seem willing and able to work long days. Most companies here are impressed.” With several Canadian cities making up the top 10 best cities to live in worldwide, it’s no surprise that Canada is proving popular with young Irish people looking for work.

Government of Canada Takes Action to End Violence against Women and Girls on University and College Campuses (Canada Newswire)
The Urban Alliance on Race Relations is receiving $200,000 in funding for this project targeting Humber College students in a partnership with the college’s student government as well as the college’s administration. The partners will assess college policy, procedures and practices to ensure they meet the needs of women and men concerning violence on campus. The project will then develop a plan and tools to address the issues. “Our students are socially conscious and active participants in initiating change on campus,” said Mr. Bhalinder Bedi, President, Humber Students’ Federation (HSF). “HSF is proud to partner with the Urban Alliance on Race Relations, Humber and other key stakeholders on this project to create a safer, stronger college community.”

A crisis in migrant health (David P. Ball, Briar Patch Magazine)
Just like Juan, migrant workers and refugees are demanding dignity, often at great risk, both individually and collectively. Despite government assurances of workplace inspections, violation penalties, and coverage for all, ask anyone treating migrants and the horror stories pile up. Those who speak out say they are placed on visa blacklists by their own governments. The repercussions are often deadly. In June, Mexican blueberry farm worker Luis Perez Dzul developed brain cancer, believed to be linked to pesticides. After surgery in B.C. he was ordered home – only to die two weeks later in Mexico. Other foreign workers’ nightmares include a series of mushroom fume fatalities in Vancouver, and a van crash in Stratford, ON, that killed 11 farm workers, most of whom were from Peru.

The Temporary Foreign Worker Program and the Neoliberal (David Doorey, York U)
Here’s an interesting subject for industrial relations students. You might have seen recent stories about how a Chinese/Canadian coal mining consortium was granted permission by the Federal government to bring in about 200 Chinese miners to fill jobs at a coal mine in B.C. Here is a Vancouver Sun piece. The company apparently plans to seek allowance to bring in thousands more Chinese workers in the coming years. Because unions found out about the Chinese miners and complained that actually Canadians are pretty good at coal mining and could do this work, the government has now announced it will review the program and the coal miners situation.

Legal Information Training: Vulnerable Status – The Impact of Immigration Changes on Women (Settlement AtWork)
METRAC (the Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children) invites you to a Legal Information Training: Vulnerable Status – The Impact of Immigration Changes on Women. Recent changes to Canada’s immigration system may increase the violence and vulnerability women face. This session will discuss some of the most concerning changes: refugee and Humanitarian and Compassionate claims; their impact on sponsored women when relationships break down; proposed conditional permanent residence; and the plight of non-status women in and out of detention.

Canada must confront honour killings, cultural violence, expert says (Luisa D’Amato, The Record)
Many of us are so proud of our Canadian commitment to multiculturalism, our ability to live in peace and mutual respect with people of other backgrounds. But perhaps we haven’t got it quite right. “Honour killings” — in which men murder their female relatives in order to cleanse the family name and reputation — are on the rise in Canada, expert Aruna Papp told an audience in Kitchener on Wednesday. These killings, often assisted by older women in the family, are most predominant among some immigrant groups originating from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, parts of Africa and parts of Russia, she said.–canada-must-confront-honour-killings-cultural-violence-expert-says

Immigration key to solving aging workforce: Region (
Ontario’s first immigration strategy gets a lot of things right, but there’s still room for improvement, a York Region report stated. Unveiled last week, the strategy is intended to provide a new direction for how the province selects, welcomes and provides assistance to newcomers. Its primary focus is economic development and the role newcomers play as workers and job creators. It also delves into how they will help address the looming gaps that will appear in the labour market as our population ages. “This is a bold new direction for immigration in Ontario,” said Citizenship and Immigration Minister Charles Sousa, who has since jumped into the Liberal leadership race. “It sets a path so we can attract the highly skilled immigrants and investors we need to fuel economic growth and help build stronger communities.”–immigration-key-to-solving-aging-workforce-region

Well-known Montrealer has hidden past (Catherine Solyom, The Gazette)
Few people in Montreal’s Indian community don’t know Daljit Singh Kalkat. Until Sunday he was the president of the India Canada Organization, which organizes the city’s annual India Independence Day parade in August — “the only secular parade!” as it is often touted. Several people allege he also works as an immigration consultant, though he has never been certified as such. He runs his business out of an apartment in Park Ex, but has friends in high places.

‘Art scene here is an exciting cultural mix’ (South Asian Generation Next)
Ameena Chaudhry was born in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, lived in Bahrain and eventually Pakistan, where she received her schooling. She was studying her undergrad in the UK when her family moved to Canada in 2006. After moving to Toronto, Ameena noticed a dearth of representation given to South Asian artists in the local art scene. Being an artist and an art historian, she decided to capitalise on this by setting up a platform where aspiring and established artists alike could exhibit their work. It was in January this year that this idea materialized into something concrete and she finally opened her gallery – Fourth Eye Gallery – in downtown Toronto. In a conversation with Divya Kaeley of Generation Next, the young entrepreneur talks about the South Asian art scene and her vision for future.

Sikh Extremism in Canada (South Asian Generation Next)
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s visit toIndiaespecially became relevant to Sikhs inCanadawhen the Indian government urgedCanadato check Sikh extremism inCanadawith regards to resurgent support for Khalistan in the Punjab region ofIndia. Preneet Kaur, Minister of State of External Affairs, expressed her concern stating “Prime Minister, there was another area of great concern for us, which was the revival of anti-India rhetoric inCanada.” TheIndiagovernment is frustrated with the governments of the modern world that treat the support for Khalistan as “an Indian problem,” unlike Islamic extremism.

Sikhi Awareness Week at York (South Asian Generation Next)
During mid October, York’s Sikh group had their annual Sikhi Awareness Week. This week was dedicated to teaching Sikhs and people of other religions and cultures all about Sikhs. There were many events that took place. They started off with a movie day where they watched a few important Sikhi related documentaries. On Tuesday they had Langar, which is what they do at Gurudwaras when they serve food and all eat together, sitting on the floor. On this day they also had Gatka, which is like a martial arts/dance.

Why Obama is Popular Among South Asian Canadians? (Anam Latif, South Asian Generation Next)
South Asians in the GTA have a lot to say about Barack Obama’s re-election into the White House earlier this week. People all overCanadawere glued to their televisions and computers watching the results of the election trickle in. Among those fervent Canadians were South Asian Canadians. The South Asian community shares many different views on Obama’s re-election. Whether it is an enthusiasm for his liberal ideals, good humour and visible minority status, or whether it is a scepticism of his handling of the economy.

“No Right Is Absolute” (CBC Metro Morning)
A Toronto woman claims she was denied a men’s style-haircut because the barber said that cutting a woman’s hair, other than that of a family member, was against his Muslim faith. Matt Galloway spoke with the Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, Barbara Hall.


The Outsiders (Global TV)
From a secret location, Tomas Miko describes how he spent his first six months in Canada. “We went down in the basement and there was…all over mattresses on the floor. Sometimes we worked at two in the morning. We worked every day and it doesn’t matter if you’re sick or something happened. You have to work.” Tomas came to Canada claiming he was a refugee from Hungary. He was recruited into a work scheme by a Roma woman in his hometown of Papa.


The Real Cost Of Cutting CSUMB (Wellesley Institute)
In its 2012 budget, the Ontario government announced that it was eliminating the Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit (CSUMB) as of January 1, 2013. The CSUMB is designed to assist people receiving social assistance who have large or unexpected housing-related costs. Having access to this kind of immediate and flexible fund can often be the difference between getting a home and staying in a shelter or staying housed and losing one’s home. It can also be the critical support for people to leave abusive situations.

Nanos Survey – What Canadians think of the federal civil servants (Nik on the Numbers)
In a recent Nanos Research survey, Canadians were asked about their views on civil servants that work for the federal government in the public service and their role in the public policy process. Seven out of ten Canadians (70.4%) said they believe a collaborative working relationship between elected officials and civil servants creates good public policy while a very small minority, one in ten (8.6%), thought that tension creates good public policy.

Why income inequality is here to stay (Margaret Wente)
Nothing (apart from a revolt of the masses) is likely to disrupt the rise of the new elites. Globalization means that the rewards for innovation and entrepreneurship – especially for those who can extract favourable rules from governments – are vastly greater than ever before. But for many people at the bottom of the heap, life isn’t likely to improve. They’re stuck there – and it’s not a lack of jobs that holds them back. The good news about social mobility is that it’s still reasonably easy to achieve a middle-class life. You only need to do three things: Stay in school at least through high school; don’t have a child until you’re married and over 21; and work full-time. This formula works no matter who your parents are or where you started out in life. If you do these things, your chance of escaping poverty is 98 per cent.


Immigrant Employment Council of BC Accepting Applications for New Employer Innovation Fund (IECBC)
The Immigrant Employment Council of BC (IEC-BC) is pleased to advise you that we are now accepting applications for the Employer Innovation Fund (EIF), a new funding initiative that targets BC employers, business associations and industry and sectoral organizations. Funded by the Government of Canada and the Province of BC, the EIF is a unique funding opportunity to help develop new ways to attract, hire and retain skilled immigrants into BC workforces. Applications for funding will be accepted until Tuesday December 18th, 2012 at 5 pm with decisions being announced mid-January, 2013.

Career Mentorship Program Winter 2013 Intake – we are recruiting mentors now! (ERIEC)
ERIEC is currently accepting mentor applications for our Winter intake of the Career Mentorship Program, which starts in the new year! It is an exciting opportunity for internationally trained professionals looking for a Canadian mentor – and for Canadian business professionals seeking an enriching experience in supporting a foreign-trained professional. Are you a local professional who is looking to give back? An employer wanting to connect with an untapped talent pool in Edmonton? Then consider being a Mentor in the Career Mentorship Program!!!

Business Awards (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with Greg Kasparian, he is the managing director of Good Foot Delivery, a local courier company, which is nominated for the Toronto Board of Trade’s annual Business Excellence Awards in the Diversity category. And with Brennan McEachran, he is the founder of Hitsend, a tech startup nominated in the Under 30 category. The awards will be presented tonight at the Toronto Congress Centre.

Foreign workers must be treated fairly (Tim Harper, The Record)
The day Canadians decide en masse that they will relocate to northern Alberta or northern British Columbia to take available jobs, we can have a proper debate in this country over the need for the temporary foreign workers program. Until that fanciful day arrives, let’s accept that this program fills a huge void in the Canadian labour market in 2012.–foreign-workers-must-be-treated-fairly

Lorna Cuthbert recognized as Canadian Diversity Champion (Stikeman)
We are pleased to announce that Employment, Labour and Pensions partner has been recognized as a 2012 Canadian Diversity Champion by Women of Influence, Inc., one of North America’s pre-eminent organizations dedicated to highlighting the professional accomplishments of senior executive women in Canada and the US. The award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a significant commitment to leading and developing innovative diversity initiatives and programs across Canada, championing diversity in the workplace and contributing significantly to thought leadership in the areas of diversity and inclusion.


Thursday’s headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A daily round up of mainstream media news on Plastic Bag Ban, Police, Rob Ford Libel Trial, Lake Shore West, GO Transit, Falling Glass, Crime and Other News.

The Growing Urban Class Divide, Vancouver Edition (Richard Florida, The Atlantic)
The 21st century is shaping up to be the century of the city. But global cities are not only becoming increasingly-important economic forces of the world economy. They are also becoming increasingly divided and segmented. Several years ago, my colleague J. David Hulchanski of the University of Toronto’s Cities Centre issued a landmark report on the growing socio-economic divides besetting Toronto, entitled “The Three Cities within Toronto: Income Polarization among Toronto’s Neighbourhoods, 1970-2005.” The study mapped three distinct cities within the city, an affluent core surrounded by a disadvantaged and disconnected periphery, with a shrinking middle class in between.


Five Reasons Why You Want to Attend the Next Five Good Ideas Session (Maytree)
Hear from an expert how to navigate your way through a lease negotiation.
Get the answers to some of the questions you may have about getting from the offer to signing the lease.
How you deal with agency management and admin issues like leases and landlords has a huge impact on your operations. Learn more.
Meet people from various sectors, learn from their experiences, and discuss what you’ve heard and how it applies to you.
Most importantly: Be part of a growing learning community and share your knowledge, experience, and ideas.

Tories squash public dissent (Eva Sajoo, Winnipeg Free Press)
It’s a story that is becoming all too familiar. Last week, the CBC reported the Canadian Mennonite, a church-based organization with a monthly magazine of the same name, received a letter from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). The organization’s charitable status was at risk, said the letter, due to its engagement in “partisan political activities.” The message: Stop the objectionable activity or lose your status.

Strategic Framework (Ontario Trillium Foundation)
Our new strategic framework (pdf) is designed to enable the Foundation to better measure our outcomes and to be more transparent in how funding decisions are made. Our goal is to be accountable for our resources and to be fair and transparent in our processes. Our framework includes clearly articulated sector priorities, that will help us to achieve our mission. We recognize that there are growing demands for OTF funds (in any given round more than half of the applications are declined) and we want to use them to maximize community benefit. We know that OTF makes a difference across the province and we are committed to continuing our work by making sure that our investments have an impact. To support this, each of our catchment areas as well as our provincial program has identified how best to respond to local context, which is based on local community knowledge.

We’re Hiring — Communications & Network Engagement Manager (ONN)
The Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) seeks an insightful, dedicated and nimble communications professional to join our core team. The Communications & Network Engagement Manager we seek will drive sector building through innovative and creative approaches to communications and engagement, and is passionate about the power of networks and Ontario’s nonprofit sector.

What’s your one big thing? (Jason Mogus, Communicopia)
Even before the election results were in, most analysts had called the digital game for President Obama. The story of the ground-breaking “Big Data” integration and micro-targeting operation that drove their most strategic campaign decisions is quickly becoming legendary. This Time Magazine insider tale and Mother Jones’ in depth piece are required reading for anyone doing campaigning, organizing, communications, or digital in the modern world. Their success has profound implications for the role of data and metrics in how we make all kinds of decisions, macro to micro. But it’s their innovation process – this ability to deliver such a game-changer while at the same managing a highly complex digital campaign with all the other expected bells and whistles – that’s almost as big. Because it’s our ability to first know and then deliver on that one most important thing that leads to most truly transformative innovations. It’s the hardest work there is. Maybe that’s why we see so few ideas coming from our major institutions today that truly change the game for the causes we care about.

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