Immigration & Diversity news headlines – November 22, 2012

IMMIGRATION AND DIVERSITY

Supplier diversity not advanced in Canada: Study (Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star)
The Royal Bank of Canada has a mentorship program to help businesses owned by minority groups to bid for its supply contracts. At the Toronto Dominion Bank, bankers take part in educational events for small- and medium-sized companies to join its diverse supply chain. Even the YMCA, a not-for-profit group, now asks its potential good and service suppliers about their own diversity program before giving them its business. However, the supplier diversity practices at these three Greater Toronto-based organizations are the exceptions rather than the norm, says a new report released Wednesday by the DiverseCity initiatives, a joint project by the Maytree Foundation and the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance.
http://www.thestar.com/business/article/1291029–supplier-diversity-not-advanced-in-canada-study

Study finds GTA companies lag in supplier diversity programs (Globe and Mail)
The Toronto-based Maytree Foundation is trying to coax the regions biggest corporations towards policies favouring suppliers owned and run by visible minorities. It has its work cut out for it. A study by University of Manitoba Professor Paul Larson found that Torontos corporations lagged far behind their American counterparts in making minority-owned business partners a priority: While more than 77 per cent of Chicagos biggest businesses had supplier diversity programs in place, about 23 per cent of their Toronto counterparts had similar initiatives in place.
http://m.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/study-finds-gta-companies-lag-in-supplier-diversity-programs/article5516910/

Missed opportunity for economic growth in the GTA: First ever study on supplier diversity (Canada Newswire)
The report, Supplier Diversity in the GTA: Business Case and Best Practices, released today, finds that most organizations in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) are not actively seeking to spend money with companies owned by visible minorities. While 73% of the organizations under study, some of the GTA’s largest, have employee diversity programs, only 13% have supplier diversity programs. These companies account for at least $100 billion in spending annually, or about 33 per cent of the region’s economic activity. Not having a supplier diversity program in place is a missed opportunity.
http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1075561/missed-opportunity-for-economic-growth-in-the-gta-first-ever-study-on-supplier-diversity

Failure to invest in companies owned by visible minorities affecting economy: report (Canadian Immigrant)
A recent report titled Supplier Diversity in the GTA: Business Case and Best Practices, finds that most organizations in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) are not actively seeking to spend money with companies owned by visible minorities. While 73% of the organizations under study, some of the GTAs largest, have employee diversity programs, only 13% have supplier diversity programs. These companies account for at least $100 billion in spending annually, or about 33 per cent of the regions economic activity. Not having a supplier diversity program in place is a missed opportunity.
http://canadianimmigrant.ca/news-and-views/failure-to-invest-in-companies-owned-by-visible-minorities-affecting-economy-report

News Release Minister Kenney Proposes Guidelines on Barring Harmful People from Canada (CIC)
People who promote terrorist activity or incite hatred which is likely to lead to violence could be barred from Canada, according to proposed guidelines released today by Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney. The Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act, introduced in Parliament on June 20, 2012, includes several proposed changes to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act to protect the safety and security of Canadians. Among the proposed changes is a new ministerial authority to refuse temporary resident status to foreign nationals on the basis of public policy considerations.
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/releases/2012/2012-10-24.asp

Conservatives bill to deport foreign criminals goes too far (Editorial, Toronto Star)
Just how tough does Canada need to be with people who live here as permanent residents and have never become citizens, if they run afoul of the law? Thats the issue raised by Bill C-43, the Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act that Parliament is now studying before voting it into law. This latest aspect of Prime Minister Stephen Harpers get-tough-on-crime agenda is an abusive piece of legislation that needs a rewrite. Few will dispute that Canada should be able to deport serious criminals who arent citizens. Convicted murderers leap to mind, as do terrorists and violent sex offenders. But what about a 50-year-old who came here as a permanent resident as a child from the United States, say, or China or Portugal, who never took out citizenship but built a life here, and who commits a relatively minor offence?
http://m.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/article/1289217–conservatives-bill-to-deport-foreign-criminals-goes-too-far

Kenneys case against criminal non-citizens (Michael Friscolanti, Maclean’s)
For Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, Morgenroods arrest is just the latest example of why the Harper Conservatives introduced the so-called Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act earlier this year. If the appeal court had upheld his original sentenceinstead of ordering what is believed to be the largest reduction of its kindMorgenrood would have been back in South Africa a long time ago, not taking up space at Torontos Don Jail. At the heart of Bill C-43 is a sharp reduction of the two-year threshold for appeals. If passed, only those sentenced to less than six months would be allowed to plead their case in front of the IAD. Anything higher than that, and deportation would be automatic. In other words, people like Dylan Morgenrooda repeat offender who nearly killed a manwould not qualify for a second chance.
http://www2.macleans.ca/2012/11/20/foreign-convictions/

Beautifully diverse (Cornelia Naylor, Chilliwack Times)
For many people, immigrating to Canada means big changes-a new language, new climate, new jobs. But there are a lot of little things to get used to too. “In my country we say ‘hi’ with smiling,” said Pradabkiat Beattie who came to Chilliwack from Thailand three years ago. “Thai people is smiling, but here . . . [she makes a glum face].” To Lendita Kurti, though, Canadians seemed almost too smiley two years ago when she first arrived from Kosovo.
http://www.chilliwacktimes.com/life/Beautifully+diverse/7593359/story.html

International students win class-action lawsuit against George Brown College (Globe and Mail)
Students who came from around the world to take a graduate program at a Toronto college only for the industry certifications it purported to offer have won a lawsuit against the school for negligent misrepresentation. The George Brown College said in its 2007 course calendar that the eight-month international business management program would give students the opportunity to complete three industry designations/certifications in addition to the schools graduate certification. The students werent interested in the college certificate, the court decision said. They already had other degrees and diplomas. What they wanted was the industry designations and the plaintiffs in the class-action lawsuit said it was their only reason for enrolling. But George Brown didnt actually offer those designations. Instead it prepared students to pursue the designations if they chose to do so at an extra cost to them.
http://m.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/education/international-students-win-class-action-lawsuit-against-george-brown-college/article5525032/

Immigration Canada a délivré plusieurs visas par erreur (La Presse)
Le ministère de l’Immigration a délivré des visas par erreur à «une poignée» de demandeurs de résidence permanente et tente maintenant de les joindre en catastrophe pour leur dire de ne pas venir au Canada, a appris La Presse. C’est ce qui est arrivé vendredi dernier à une famille marocaine, qui n’a appris la révocation de son visa de résidence permanente qu’une fois arrivée à l’aéroport de Montréal. Dans une lettre de mise en demeure envoyée hier, ses avocats menacent le gouvernement canadien de le poursuivre s’il ne revient pas sur sa décision d’ici demain. «Il ne s’agit pas ici d’invalider un transport de marchandises ou d’animaux, mais plutôt de considérer la vie et le futur d’êtres humains», a écrit Me Pierre Martel.
http://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/201211/20/01-4595997-immigration-canada-a-delivre-plusieurs-visas-par-erreur.php

Rejected immigrants get golden ticket to Canada thanks to computer glitch (Tobi Cohen, Canada.com)
About 150 newcomers got lucky Wednesday after the government decided to grant them permanent residency even though their immigration applications were unceremoniously tossed thanks to the recent budget. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced he was using his ministerial powers to allow them to stay because a computer glitch issued them visas by mistake. The move comes after some of the people had already arrived in Canada, including a Moroccan family that showed up at the airport in Montreal on Friday only to learn their visas were invalid, according to a report by the French language newspaper La Presse.
http://www.canada.com/Rejected+immigrants+golden+ticket+Canada+thanks+computer+glitch/7591563/story.html

Moroccan family can stay despite cancelled visas (CBC)
Canada’s immigration minister will allow a Moroccan family to stay in the country despite their visas being revoked a day before arriving in Montreal. Rachida Iblihi, a mother of two, had been waiting since Nov. 17 to hear about her family’s fate after she and her children moved from Morocco to Montreal. Both Iblihi and her husband applied to immigrate under Canada’s Federal Skilled Worker Program a program the Conservative government amended in June.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/story/2012/11/21/morroco-family-denied-visa.html

Introducing Diversity Magazine (Canada Newswire)
Diversity Magazine, a publication aimed at weaving the beauty of the multicultural tapestry of Canada through harmony and innovation, is now with thousands of readers across the Greater Toronto Area. It was launched under the distinguished patronage of His Worship Frank Scarpitti, Mayor of Markham, Canada’s newest city, on Thursday, November 15 2012, at Markham Civic Centre. Diversity Magazine is released bi-monthly via Blue Boxes on the streets, TTC, GO, other transit stations, shopping centres, car dealerships, newcomer centres, city halls, media outlets, hotels, airports, health, recreational, community and entertainment centres, universities, colleges, events and other strategic locations. Business, non-profit and public sector leaders as well as other individual and bulk subscribers also receive copies.
http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1075417/introducing-diversity-magazine

Canadian Centre for Diversity Celebrates 65th Anniversary by Awarding Salah Bachir with Human Relations Award (Canada Newswire)
The Canadian Centre for Diversity (CCD) is pleased to announce Salah Bachir will receive their 2012 Human Relations Award at an annual event that funds diversity education in Canadian schools. This award is given to individuals whose values align with those of CCD and who demonstrate a dedication to CCD’s vision – a Canadian society without prejudice and discrimination, one that values diversity, difference and inclusion. And for its exemplary leadership in creating vibrant, dynamic workplaces that reflect the Canadian diversity mosaic and for its long time support for CCD, CIBC is being honoured with CCD’s 2012 Partners in Diversity Award.
http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1058445/canadian-centre-for-diversity-celebrates-65th-anniversary-by-awarding-salah-bachir-with-human-relations-award

The diversity quotient of Peoples games (Samuel Getachew, South Asian Generation Next)
Last Friday, I witnessed that potential destination as I visited an event hosted by the TO2015 (http://www.toronto2015.org/) as it released its first annual progress report on diversity and inclusion for Pan/Parapan American Games. I was overwhelmed with what is taking place as a mere preparation of an international sports game is becoming a true movement for public good for Toronto and Canada.
http://www.sagennext.com/2012/11/21/the-diversity-quotient-of-peoples-games/

South Asian Community Must Donate to Food Banks (South Asian Generation Next)
In its annual HungerCountreport, Food Banks Canada indicates that hunger is on the rise here at home. There has been a record increase of 2.4 per cent in the food bank usage by as compared in 2011. 11 per cent of those in need of food were the first time users of a food bank. The food shortage is acute in children and youth. 38 per cent children and youth were helped by food banks. Among those who are in higher need of food are people on social assistance, single parent families and those who identify as First Nations, Métis, or Inuit.
http://www.sagennext.com/2012/11/21/south-asian-community-must-donate-to-food-banks/

The Impact of Precarious Legal Status on Immigrants Economic Outcomes (Settlement AtWork)
The Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP), in collaboration with the Cities Centre, University of Toronto, is pleased to invite you to an authors workshop with Luin Goldring (York University) and Patricia Landolt (University of Toronto). The authors will present their recent IRPP study, The Impact of Precarious Legal Status on Immigrants Economic Outcomes. Monica Boyd (University of Toronto) and Debbie Douglas (Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants) will be the commentators. The presentation and commentaries will be followed by a discussion period. The workshop will be moderated by Leslie Seidle (Research Director, Diversity, Immigration and Integration, IRPP).
http://www.settlementatwork.org/_event_/96887

Actor Adam Beach lends support at convicted immigration officers sentencing hearing (Andrew Seymour, Ottawa Citizen)
An immigration manager convicted of fraud enlisted star power to help try to convince a judge she deserves house arrest, not jail, for accepting cash and gifts in exchange for fast-tracking applications. Actor Adam Beach wrote a letter in support of Diane Serré, whose common-law husband is also the father of singer Keshia Chanté.
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/Actor+Adam+Beach+lends+support+convicted+immigration+officer+sentencing+hearing/7584245/story.html

‘Black Out’: Toronto panel addresses race and who’s missing in the media (Muna Mire, rabble)
Last week, a number of media professionals of colour answered the call to deconstruct the realities of living in a raced body while working in media when the Ryerson University Black History Awareness Committee hosted a panel discussion — “Black Out: Who’s Missing in Media” — at the Rogers Communication Centre on campus. Dominique Bennett, a Ryerson student and aspiring media entrepreneur, moderated the event. The panel was one of a series intended to facilitate discourse around erasure and misrepresentation of racialized people in mainstream society. It acted as a launching point for education, discussion and discourse around representations of racialized bodies in the media in particular. The four panelists included: Hamza Khan, a digital marketing and creative multimedia professional, Kwame Stephens, a playwright and poet, Jermaine Bagnall, an editor and videographer, and Ryerson student and campus radio host Jennifer Joseph.
http://rabble.ca/news/2012/11/telling-their-own-stories-panel-addresses-black-media-consumers-and-producers

Agenda Plus: On Representing Women, & Your Feedback (TVO The Agenda)
Last week, I wrote a blog post about the obstacles Agenda producers face in booking women on the program, and you responded in droves on Twitter, Facebook and here on our website. Many of you have shared your opinions and provided us with some female expert suggestions; thank you. Below is a web-exclusive panel featuring five producers and Steve Paikin expanding upon the issues I outlined in my initial blog post.
http://theagenda.tvo.org/blog/agenda-blogs/agenda-plus-representing-women-your-feedback

REFUGEES

Refugee Reform – Bill C-31 changes to the refugee determination system (CCR)
On 28 June 2012, Bill C-31 received Royal Assent. The bill introduces numerous changes to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, including reforming Canadas refugee determination system. The Canadian Council for Refugees is seriously concerned that the changes to the law create a two-tier system of refugee protection in Canada. It makes refugee protection in Canada dangerously vulnerable to political whims, rather than ensuring a fair and independent decision about who is a refugee. It also includes costly measures to detain refugee claimants.
http://ccrweb.ca/en/refugee-reform

Deportation To Gaza Imminent Fear For Ottawa Man (Huffington Post)
An Ottawa father could soon be deported to the Gaza Strip as the death toll from a six-day Israeli airstrike surpasses 100 and both sides in the fight threaten to escalate their border conflict if diplomacy fails. Haithem Alabadleh, 37, was born in the United Arab Emirates but holds Palestinian travel documents. He currently lives in Ottawa with his Canadian wife, Theresa Ann Maidment, and their three children, including a newborn.
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/11/20/alabadleh-gaza-deportation_n_2164012.html

Webinar: Preparing for C-31 (CCR)
The Canadian Council for Refugees invites you to a webinar: Preparing for C-31. This webinar is designed for organizations serving refugee claimants. It will provide the latest available information updates on C-31 implementation and perspectives from the regions on preparations (such as training and resource development). This webinar will assume that participants already have a basic understanding of C-31 changes.
https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/271109502

Refugees in Camps and Cities (Forced Migration Current Awareness blog)
Links and reports related to refugee integration and movement into cities.
http://fm-cab.blogspot.com/2012/11/refugees-in-camps-and-cities.html

Bogus refugee battle needs more cash (The Province)
The government wants more money to crack down on so-called bogus refugees and others who may be inadmissible to Canada on security grounds, according to supplementary spending estimates tabled in the House of Commons Thursday. The Canada Border Services Agency and Justice Canada have asked for an additional $4.5 million to “support further investigations of refugee claims and legal proceedings” aimed at revoking the status of or removing individuals who’ve either already returned to their country of origin, are no longer deemed in need of asylum or have fraudulently obtained refugee status. The funding is meant to “deter abuse of Canada’s refugee protection system.”
http://www.theprovince.com/Bogus+refugee+battle+needs+more+cash/7523414/story.html

Canada can learn from Australia on detained refugees (Canada.com)
When two migrant ships carrying 568 Tamils arrived off Victorias shores, the federal government cracked down, bringing in a tough refugee law that will throw future boat people into mandatory detention in provincial jails. The plan is modelled on the one used by Australia a system that studies say has cost huge amounts of money and has failed. Victoria Times Colonist reporter Katie DeRosa, funded by the inaugural James Travers Fellowship, travelled to Australia to examine the system and what it could mean for Canada and Canadian taxpayers.
http://o.canada.com/2012/11/21/canada-can-learn-from-australia-on-detained-refugees/

Human Smuggling: Mandatory detention centres greet asylum-seekers in Australia (Katie Derosa, The Province)
Aspects of Australia’s system, including mandatory detention, are being adopted by Canada under Bill C-31. Instead of building immigration detention centres, however, the Conservative government says asylum-seekers who arrive en masse will be held in provincial jails, which Canadian refugee lawyers say violates the UN Refugee Convention. “It’s unconscionable for refugees and asylum-seekers to be placed in prison,” said Paris Aristotle, head of Australia’s Foundation House: The Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture and Trauma, which provides counselling and other services to refugees. Aristotle said many are dealing with post-traumatic stress from incidents that caused them to flee their home countries.
http://www.theprovince.com/health/Human+Smuggling+Mandatory+detention+centres+greet+asylum+seekers/7575853/story.html

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.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/11/19/benhmuda-refugee-bias.html

POVERTY / HEALTH / HOMELESSNESS / SOCIAL INCLUSION

Ending universal child benefits could lift 174,000 kids out of poverty: group (Allison Jones, Ottawa Citizen)
Ottawa should eliminate some cash payments and child tax benefits and credits offered to Canadian parents and instead direct the money to the lowest-income families, an anti-poverty coalition said in a report released Wednesday. Campaign 2000 said the government should nix the child tax credit, the child fitness tax credit and the universal child care benefit and put the money towards the national children’s benefit for families earning up to $42,700 a year.
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/business/Ending+universal+child+benefits+could+lift+174000+kids+poverty/7587228/story.html

Hamilton MP condemns proposed federal riding changes (Cory Ruf, CBC)
Hamilton Centre MP David Christopherson spoke out against proposed changes to the city’s federal electoral boundaries at a public hearing on Tuesday. He told members of the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission that the body’s current proposal one that would create a riding that would span from downtown Hamilton to Dundas would be harmful to residents of both communities. The downtown of Dundas is completely different from the downtown of Hamilton.
http://www.cbc.ca/hamilton/news/story/2012/11/20/hamilton-mp-opposes-riding-changes.html

Welfare cuts are shameful (Luisa D’Amato, The Record)
A single person on welfare gets $606 a month to live on, which pays for a dingy room and enough food to keep alive. If that person needs glasses, or has a cavity in his tooth, or has to move and needs last months rent, theres no way he can find the money for that. Until this year, Waterloo Region and the province handled such needs through a variety of extra programs called discretionary benefits and community startup and maintenance. People on welfare and disability could get things like hearing aids, dentures, emergency food hampers, even bus tickets for job interviews, paid for through these programs.
http://www.therecord.com/opinion/columns/article/840063–welfare-cuts-are-shameful

Poverty is a ‘tough sell’: Eggleton (Inside Halton)
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.
http://www.insidehalton.com/news/article/1540682–poverty-is-a-tough-sell-eggleton

Latest Media and Policy News: 21 Nov 2012 (ISAC)
A policy and poverty news roundup from across Canada.
http://us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=095b12c98935ecaadd327bf90&id=447d7d2b1e&e=17b62befd7

Campaign 2000 urges Ottawa to eliminate child tax credits and use money to fight poverty (Toronto Star)
Ottawa should streamline the hodgepodge of federal child tax credits and use the money to lift more children out of poverty, says Campaign 2000. On the 23rd anniversary of a unanimous House of Commons pledge to eradicate child poverty by the year 2000, the national coalition is once again calling for a federal plan with goals and timelines to get the job done. With one in seven Canadian children including one in four in First Nations communities still living in poverty, this years progress report goes after Ottawas inefficient tax system.
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1290644–campaign-2000-urges-ottawa-to-eliminate-child-tax-credits-and-use-money-to-fight-poverty

Building Community Leadership for a Healthier Toronto (Steve Barnes, Wellesley Institute)
The places in which we live, work, and play affect our health. Neighbourhoods that have options for active transportation like walking and cycling, opportunities for physical activity like recreation centres, green spaces to be active and socialize in, and places to access healthy and nutritious food, tend to have greater opportunities for good health.
http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/economics/toronto-budget/building-community-leadership-for-a-healthier-toronto/

91,000 paper prayers offered to end child poverty (Elise Stolte, Edmonton Journal)
The more than 91,000 paper dolls presented on the steps of the legislature Tuesday were more than a protest, says organizer Carolyn Pogue. These are prayers made visible. Each paper doll represents one child living in poverty in Alberta. For a protest Tuesday, Pogue received dolls from kindergarten children, from families who made dolls after Thanksgiving dinner, and from a women who works to protect children.
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/business/Number+Alberta+children+living+poverty+pegged+2010+says/7583863/story.html

The Rich Stay Rich: Fraser Institute (Behind the Numbers)
A new report came out from the Fraser Institute today looking at income mobility. It certainly doesnt intend to make this conclusion, but a thorough look at their data shows that the rich stay rich as everyone else fights for entrance to this exclusive club. Plenty has already been written about growing income inequality in Canada from CCPAs own Armine Yalnizyan and Hugh Mackenzie, among others. Their examinations show how the top 10% and top 1% of Canadians are running away with all income gains. Each year when we calculate who got a raise and by how much, most Canadians raises only barely match inflation with the top 10% and the top 1% giving themselves much more substantial raises.
http://behindthenumbers.ca/2012/11/20/the-rich-stay-rich-fraser-institute/

Poverty: Self or Society? (TVO The Agenda)
Am I always my brother’s keeper? Not all Canadians feel that all poor people deserve public support. As part of tvo’s ‘Why Poverty?’ series, The Agenda examines the divide between who needs public support and those who ought to be able to help themselves.
http://theagenda.tvo.org/episode/185040/who-deserves%3F

EMPLOYMENT & WORKERS

Diversity: your organizations competitive advantage (hireimmigrants)
hireimmigrants.ca, provides businesses with the tools and resources they need to better recruit, retain and promote skilled immigrants. The site also profiles good examples and innovative practices of employers across the country. Heres a round up of some useful resources recently posted there.
http://maytree.com/blog/2012/11/diversity-your-organizations-competitive-advantage/

Union helps migrants counter worst abuses of foreign temporary worker program (Lori Theresa Waller, rabble)
Canada’s temporary foreign worker program is in the media spotlight this month, thanks to the growing outcry over a B.C. mining company’s plan to import hundreds of temporary Chinese labourers and a human rights complaint recently filed by a group of Mexican workers against their former Canadian employer. The light being cast on the program is unflattering, to put it mildly. As details of the Chinese miner case emerge, it’s shaping up to be a perfect illustration of how the temporary foreign worker program has become an easy way for companies to bypass the domestic labour market and import cheaper, more pliable foreign workers en masse. The human rights complaint, meanwhile, calls attention to the rotten feature at the core of the program: the tying of workers’ permits to a single employer, who can fire and send them back home at any time, for any reason.
http://rabble.ca/news/2012/11/union-helps-migrants-counter-worst-abuses-foreign-temporary-worker-program

“Global Talent, Local Business” Mixer (Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce)
This year, we have planned an “international theme” which will also include an educational component to occur prior to the mixing portion from 4:00 until 5:00pm. During the mixer portion, we will have internationally-trained workers and new immigrants in Kingston linked with the organizations who help connect them with prospective employers. We have worked with the Kingston Immigration Partnership to make this event exciting, vibrant and relevant to the business community.
http://www.kingstonchamber.on.ca/events/icalrepeat.detail/2012/11/22/115/15%7C16%7C3%7C17%7C13/qglobal-talent-local-businessq-mixer

Webinar: Understanding and Minimizing the Effect of Bias in Hiring (Settlement AtWork)
The Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children (METRAC) in partnership with Turner Consulting Group invites you to a webinar: Understanding and Minimizing the Effect of Bias in Hiring. This webinar offers information and techniques that will help identify and remove bias in the hiring process.
http://www.settlementatwork.org/_event_/96878

Migrant Worker Health Project on Migrant Workers Access to Healthcare Services and Workers Compensation(Settlement AtWork)
The Migrant Worker Health Project aims to provide evidence-based educational initiatives that describe barriers to healthcare and service providers, and facilitate collaborative identification of strategies to increase migrant workers access to healthcare services and workers compensation. The project is funded by Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario (WSIB).
http://www.settlementatwork.org/_news_/96897

Union protests temp foreign workers (Kamloops News)
A Canadian labour union wants to keep Canadian workers on the job and temporary foreign workers at home. United Steelworkers is set to protest Wednesday in Kamloops over the federal and provincial governments’ handling of temporary foreign workers, highlighted by a Chinese firm hiring 200-300 Chinese nationals to work temporarily at a coal mine in the Peace River region. “This is an issue where they come, work, take the resources and go home,” said Steelworkers staff representative Randy Gatzka. “The money isn’t spent here.”
http://www.kamloopsnews.ca/article/20121121/KAMLOOPS0101/121129986/-1/kamloops01/union-protests-temp-foreign-workers

IEC-BC Executive Director Kelly Pollack speaks at BC Business Council Conference (IECBC)
IEC-BC Executive Director Kelly Pollack will be a panel participant at the BC Business Council Conference Connecting Jobs & People for an Optimal BC Economy on November 22nd to explore the opportunities and challenges facing employers in accessing skilled immigrant and aboriginal talent. The full-day conference is focused on strengthening the connections between human capital demand and supply and will be attended by 150 200 senior level decision makers representing employers and industry groups with major labour needs, post secondary education experts and federal and provincial government officials.
http://www.iecbc.ca/about-us/in-the-news/events/2012-11/iec-bc-executive-director-kelly-pollack-speaks-bc-business-counc

CITY OF TORONTO / CITIES / CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Wednesday’s headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A daily round up of mainstream media news on Rob Fords, Argos, Salvation Army, Crime and Other News.
http://spacingtoronto.ca/2012/11/21/wednesdays-headlines-273/

Thursday’s Headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A daily round up of mainstream media news on Salvation Army, TTC, Rob Ford, Olivia Chow, TDSB and Other News.
http://spacingtoronto.ca/2012/11/22/thursdays-headlines-274/

SOCIAL INNOVATION / NONPROFITS

Live Streaming your Event on a Limited Budget – Maytree’s Story (Marco Campana, TechSoupCanada)
Wed been thinking about live streaming an event for some time at Maytree. So much of our work has interest and implications beyond the Greater Toronto Area. For years weve already replaced standard research and report releases with webinar events, instead of in-person events. By doing this we have an instant recording, anyone can join from anywhere, and our event costs are kept low. However, we hadnt yet shifted any of our other events online. Our Five Good Ideas about Social Media for Non-profits seemed like a perfect opportunity. But we didnt have much to spend on making it happen.
http://www.techsoupcanada.ca/community/blog/live-streaming-budget-maytree

Are Social Impact Bonds a good way to invest in public services? (Dian Finley, CBC)
Belt tightening, cut backs, and austerity are the buzz words of the global economic slowdown. And in the face of those cut backs, the Canadian government announced a plan earlier this month to consider new ways to fund social programs. The Federal Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Diane Finley says that one such approach under consideration is Social Impact Bonds. The controversial bonds are designed to leverage private funds to help support social programs. We speak with the Minister in a moment to hear how she envisions it working.
http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/mobile/touch/2012/11/20/are-social-impact-bonds-a-good-way-to-invest-in-public-services/

CRA policy on partisan charities stifles debate (Canada Newswire)
PEN Canada today voiced concerns that current law and policy on partisan activities by charitable organizations muzzles political dissent and stifles public debate within Canada. PEN was responding to a caution the Canada Revenue Authority (CRA) recently issued to the Canadian Mennonite Publishing Service (CMPS). On July 23, CRA sent CMPS a letter warning that it was in danger of having its charitable status revoked because certain articles it had published were considered “partisan” in nature. The warning appears to be based on subsections 149.1(6.1) and (6.2) of the Income Tax Act, which prohibit a charity from engaging in activities that include “the direct or indirect support of, or opposition to, any political party or candidate for public office.” These provisions are given a very broad interpretation by CRA.
http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1073943/cra-policy-on-partisan-charities-stifles-debate

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