Immigration & Diversity news headlines – November 20, 2012


Media Alert – The next frontier for diversity: new report explores supplier diversity in the GTA (Canada Newswire)
In a region as diverse as the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), 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? The answers may surprise you. The latest DiverseCity Counts research, conducted by University of Manitoba professor Dr. Paul D. Larson, examines whether, why and how organizations in the GTA have embraced diversity in their purchasing and supply chain strategies, policies and practices.

DiverseCity Counts 6 (DiverseCity Toronto)
The next frontier for diversity: new report explores supplier diversity in the GTA 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.

Canadian Aboriginal & Minority Supplier Council: Helping companies finds diverse suppliers (DiverseCity Toronto)
Supplier diversity is not a new idea. In the U.S., its been in practice for 45 years. Here in Canada, diverse procurement has been growing steadily over the last decade. Yet, when asked, most Canadian organizations say they cant find minority suppliers and dont know how to certify them when they do. Happily, one organization does both. The Canadian Aboriginal & Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC) was established in 2004 to support the development of supplier diversity in this country which CAMSC defines as the proactive business process of sourcing products and services from previously under-utilized suppliers. And it counts Canadas largest companies including banks, retailers, and telecommunications giants among its members.

TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games: using diversity supports economic growth (DiverseCity Toronto)
The 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games are being hosted in one of the most diverse regions of North AmericaToronto. Which is why TO2015, the Organizing Committee established to plan, manage, and deliver the games, announced the creation of the first-ever Diversity Policy for a Pan Am/Parapan Am competition. Diversity is reflected in both our employee and supplier base because we know its going to be reflected in our customer base, says Bill Zakarow, Director, Procurement, TO2015. In fact, when Zakarow was hired, one of the first things he did was develop a procurement strategy with a supplier diversity component. With this foundation in place, TO2015 faced an enormous hurdle right o ut of the gate: how to get the word out about the Games business opportunities and how to find the best companies to deliver on hundreds of contracts? As Zakarow puts it, We had to figure out how to tell our story and set up a network of suppliers.

YMCA of Greater Toronto: A move to diverse procurement is driven by their mandate to build healthy communities (DiverseCity Toronto)
The YMCA of Greater Toronto may be the first NGO in the GTA to introduce supplier diversity into its procurement process, but David Rourke, Procurement Team Lead, is quite clear that the organization is just in the earliest stages. The Y is very strong on diversity its part of our strategic plan, Rourke explains. But were definitely in a learning phase, trying to discover what procurement can do to support the organizations commitment to diversity. Rourke says that the idea certainly makes sense. We live in a diverse city, our membership is diverse, and we can serve better if were diverse in everything we do. One of the first things the YMCA of Greater Toronto did to test the waters was to add a new section to its requests for proposal (RFPs). We added a question to our RFPs that asks potential suppliers about their own diversity program. By putting the issue on their radar, theyll know its important to us.

Foreign worker debate explodes in Canada (Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun)
The Vancouver Sun has published several revealing articles and columns in the past few days that highlight a dire economic issue that was, up until now, somehow flying under the radar of almost all Canadians. The dramatic rise in the number of temporary foreign workers allowed into Canada in the past seven years is starting to receive some scrutiny and observers are not discovering much of an upside for most Canadians, especially the young, or even for the often-desperate foreign workers themselves.

Privacy watchdog raises concerns about new mini-visa (Tobi Cohen,
Canadas privacy watchdog is raising concerns about a new mini-visa that will require certain visitors to Canada to disclose personal information that may include details about their mental health status and drug use and could be shared with the United States. The Electronic Travel Authorization a commitment made as part of Canadas perimeter security deal with the U.S. is among the measures crammed into the latest budget implementation bill. In a written submission to a Commons committee now scrutinizing the measures, privacy commissioner Jennifer Stoddart called on the government to ensure the details of the plan are rooted in law and thereby subject to Parliamentary oversight.

Alberta man faces deportation to Somalia, where he has never lived (Globe and Mail)
Saeed Jama is awaiting his fate. Hell be deported soon, perhaps Tuesday, because hes a convicted drug dealer whose time in Canada has run out. But Mr. Jamas case is complicated. He is being sent to Somalia, a country he wasnt born in, has never lived in and says he has never been to, one the Canadian government calls extremely volatile and suggests no one travel to for any reason. Hes effectively stateless, a Saudi Arabia-born, Canada-raised child of Somali refugees and an example of how the federal governments tough-on-crime agenda, including a crackdown on illegal residents, can bump up against some thorny realities.

Secret document details new Canadian foreign policy (Greg Weston, CBC)
While the Harper government has never been a fan of the United Nations, the new foreign policy promotes the UN as a means to “provide Canada with vital opportunities” to engage with emerging economies. Similarly, “our effort to build a faster and more flexible economic immigration system (is) to address first and foremost our own economic and demographic needs.” That includes “attracting immigrants, students and temporary workers that can best contribute to economic opportunity in Canada.”

Immigrant Women (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with Tinashe Mafukidze. She is the leader-in-residence for Immigrant Women in Leadership at Skills for Change .She will be speaking this morning at the 2012 diversity at work conference, “Immigrant Women and the Workplace”.

Women of Influence Magazine Winter 2012
2012 Canadian Diversity Champions – inclues Ratna Omidvar and Alan Broadbent.


Une dernière chance (NFB)
Une dernière chance, un documentaire du cinéaste Paul Émile dEntremont, suit, entre Kingston, Beyrouth et lAmérique du Nord, le parcours de cinq demandeurs dasile qui ont fui leur pays dorigine pour échapper à la violence homophobe. Se heurtant aux difficultés de lintégration et craignant dêtre déportés, ils attendent aujourdhui dans langoisse la décision qui bouleversera leur vie. Tous veulent croire à la générosité de leur terre daccueil. Mais dans leur lutte pour lémancipation, ces réfugiés en attente de statut ne sont pas seuls. Amis, avocats et groupes de soutien se mobilisent pour que leur cause soit entendue. Parallèlement, le film questionne la tradition douverture du Canada en matière daccueil des réfugiés aujourdhui menacée. En donnant la parole aux minorités sexuelles qui refusent de nier leur identité profonde, Une dernière chance nous sensibilise à la réalité de personnes résilientes qui assument avec courage leurs différences devant lexclusion et larbitraire.
(Note – Google translation: One last chance , a documentary filmmaker Paul Émile d’Entremont, follows from Kingston, Beirut and North America, the course of five asylum seekers who have fled their country to escape homophobic violence. Faced with the difficulties of integration and fear of being deported, they wait in fear today’s decision that will change their lives. All want to believe in the generosity of their homeland. But in their struggle for emancipation, these refugees pending status are not alone. Friends, lawyers and support groups are mobilizing to have their case heard. Meanwhile, the film questions the tradition of opening Canada’s refugee threatened. Giving voice to sexual minorities who refuse to deny their true identity, a last chance sensitizes us to the reality of resilient people who take courageous differences to the exclusion and arbitrary.)

Change in refugee law will make entrance to Canada difficult (Rachel Collier, JHR Carleton)
It will soon be more difficult for Refugees to enter Canada, said Carleton University professor James Milner. In June, Parliament passed Bill C-31, an amendment to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Milner, a researcher and policy adviser on issues relating to refugees, said the changes will make it harder for refugees to enter Canadaeven on the grounds of persecution. Under the new changes, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has been given the independent power to decide if the country of origin is safe for a claimant.

Citing bias, court orders review of deported Libyan family (Maureen Brosnahan, CBC)
Canadian immigration officials say they will comply with a Federal Court order to review the case of a family that was deported four years ago to Moammar Gadhafi’s Libya, where the father was imprisoned and tortured in that country’s notorious Ain Zara jail. Adel Benhmuda, his wife Aisha Benmatug and their four sons, two of whom were born in Canada, were sent back to Libya when their claim for refugee status was denied. Upon their arrival in Tripoli, Adel Benhmuda was taken into custody by Libyan police and spent the next four months in Ain Zara prison where he was tortured.

Cook on migrant ship not part of smuggling ring, judge rules (Douglas Quan,
Just because one of the passengers aboard the migrant ship MV Sun Sea helped feed the crew and performed regular duties as a watchman doesn’t necessarily make him part of the human-smuggling operation, a federal judge has ruled. An Immigration and Refugee Board adjudicator earlier this year ordered the deportation of the 26-year-old Tamil migrant on the grounds that he had engaged in people smuggling because his cooking and watchkeeping duties “meaningfully supported” the smugglers.


Vancouvers middle class shrinks, poverty spreads along SkyTrain (Emily Jackson, Metronews)
Except for pockets of rich in the west and poor in the Downtown Eastside, Vancouver was home to middle class folks in the 1970s. But fast forward to 2010 and a starkly different city emerges. The middle class shrunk to 53 per cent from 71 per cent, more people are rich or poor, neighbourhoods gentrified and poverty shifted east along the rapid transit line, according to UBC geology Professor David Leys research on disparity in Metro Vancouver.

Editorial: Child poverty in B.C. is still a big problem (The Province)
The B.C. Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition will release its annual report card on child poverty tomorrow and while the report hasnt been made public, the news wont be good if the coalitions comments to a provincial government finance committee last month are any indication. After eight years of leading the country in child poverty, B.C. moved into second-worse position after Manitoba in 2010, with 10.5 per cent of kids living below the poverty line. That compares to the national average of 8.2 per cent and no where near Prince Edward Island, where just 2.3 per cent of kids live in poverty.

Poverty is all around, so how does it go unseen by us? (Globe and Mail)
Two documentaries, one short, one full-length and both illuminating in the way TVs images and words can be, a world that is close but willfully unseen by so many of us. I felt chastened on seeing How Can a Warm Man Understand a Cold Man? I had neglected to engage, to grasp what was before me. And that failure to engage is, indeed, the point of Vacs short film. Vac has felt excluded, humiliated by his experience. But he is not diminished. His film is powerful, beautiful, made with aplomb. The children seen in Poor Kids are, being mere children, monstrously diminished by their circumstance. They, too, are excluded, humiliated and hungry, and dont understand why.

Is inequality tearing us apart? (Diana Carney,
Much has been written about the causes and effects of inequality in the U.S. I am going to focus my attention on Canada, where a good deal of ink also has been spilt, often without clear reference to the underlying facts and forces. Globally, income inequality has never been higher. Certain countries are managing to keep it in check (Brazil, for example), but most middle- and high-income countries are more unequal now than they have been since at least the 1920s. This is certainly true of Canada, which sits near the middle of the OECD inequality rankings. But what do we learn if we dig a little deeper into the various measures of inequality?

Public pressure needed to make poverty, income inequality election issues, senator says (Hamilton Spectator)
Senator Art Eggleton is calling on the public to pressure politicians to deal with the issues of poverty and income inequality. Responding to a question from Mayor Rick Goldring on what will it take to tackle these issues, the Liberal senator said the answer is political will. In the case of income inequality, he noted in 1980 the average CEO of a corporation made 40 times more than the average Canadian salary. Today, a CEO makes 189 times more than the average Canadian salary.–public-pressure-needed-to-make-poverty-income-inequality-election-issues-senator-says

The Fraser Institute: Debate on Income Inequality Fails to Account for Income Mobility; Four Out of Five Low-Income Canadians Move Up the Income Ladder Over 10 Years (Marketwire)
Over a span of 10 years, four out of five of Canada’s lowest income earners moved up the income ladder, according to a new study that measures income mobility and highlights how it is often ignored in the debate about income inequality in Canadian society. In fact, one in five Canadians in the lowest income group eventually moved up to the highest income group over a 19-year period. The findings are contained in Measuring Income Mobility in Canada, published today by the Fraser Institute.


Lack of skilled labour threatens Canadian economy, Prime Minister Stephen Harper says (Toronto Star)
Producing more skilled workers, scientists and engineers is the key to Canadas future prosperity, Prime Minister Stephen Harper says. His analysis may have surprised a Canada-United States business group in Ottawa to talk about cross-border irritants, international trade negotiations, stalled pipelines and the rise of China as an economic power. This is in fact in my judgment the biggest challenge our country faces, Harper said of skills shortages when asked about future growth in the economy.–lack-of-skilled-labour-threatens-canadian-economy–prime-minister-stephen-harper-says

APF Canada Launches Survey Examining Barriers for Skilled Immigrants from China in Canada (
As part of the Canada China Human Capital Dialogue Project, the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada today announced the launch of a new survey on foreign qualification recognition barriers for skilled Chinese immigrants. Developed in collaboration with Vision Critical, a Canadian-based global market research company, the survey will examine the views of skilled immigrants from China in Canada who have a job or are currently actively looking for a job, with respect to their experience with foreign qualification recognition in the Canadian labour market.

Protection from human trafficking key for Canadas Migrant workers, say students (Graham Lanktree, Metronews)
Migrant workers in Canada are often victims of slave labour conditions, says a group of Carleton University students who insist more needs to be done to ensure workers arent pulled into human trafficking schemes. It surprised us just how systemic the abuse is, said Teodora Tellieva, a student at Carletons Arthur Kroeger College of Public Affairs, of migrant workers. The control over every aspect of workers lives is incredible.

Top 100 Employers For 2013 – How top employers empower their people (Globe and Mail)
Named to Canadas 100 Top Employers for the first time, APTN continues to find resources to invest in its staff. Its a priority and a key reason why the company made the list for 2013, along with other first-time winners such as Shoppers Drug Mart Inc. and The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT). Approximately one-quarter of the organizations named to the list each year are new. Besides supporting ongoing education and career development as well as offering flexible work arrangements, other perks among the top companies typically include generous top-up payments for new and adoptive parents, extended health benefits and a variety of profit sharing, pension plans and retirement programs.


Tuesday’s headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A daily round up of mainstream media news on Mayor Ford, City Hall, Casino, Transit and Other News.

Mayor Rob Fords no-show at cities gathering leaves Toronto sidelined (Christopher Hume, Toronto Star)
Two years after he was elected mayor, Rob Fords victory has become Torontos humiliation. Every week, if not day, brings fresh revelations of the chief magistrates genius for incompetence. Few manage ineptitude as brilliantly. His talent for doing the wrong thing apparently knows no bounds. Just when you think he cant do anything more ridiculous or reckless, embarrassing or inappropriate, he does. So no one was surprised last week when Ford was conspicuously absent as the mayors of the countrys largest cities gathered in Ottawa to tackle urban Canadas chronic state of fiscal starvation.–mayor-rob-ford-s-no-show-at-cities-gathering-leaves-toronto-sidelined


Five Predictions For The Future Of Social Entrepreneurship (Eli Malinsky, Forbes)
Whats the future of social entrepreneurship? On November 29th, Ashokas founder, Bill Drayton, is giving his predictions in an interview with David Bornstein from the New York Times. But what do you think? Give your say on Twitter using the hashtag #FutureSocEnt and your thoughts will feed into the event and a post-event summary. To get the conversation started, Eli Malinsky, executive director of the new Centre for Social Innovation in New York City has shared the five themes below.

Are Social Impact Bonds a good way to invest in public services? (CBC The Current)
Imagine a contract where private investors are paid by the government if there’s a decrease in homelessness or convicts re-offending. It’s a an idea that’s taking shape in the UK and some US states. And now the Canadian government is considering piloting social impact bonds. Critics say it’s a way of governments shirking their responsibilities. Today we make the case for and against social impact bonds, here at home.

The following two tabs change content below.


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

Shared 7 links. Summary of Findings | Migration as a Social Determinant of Health Special human smuggling series: The seven...