Immigration & Diversity news headlines – November 6, 2012


A New Direction: Ontario’s Immigration Strategy (MCI)
Ontario’s Immigration Strategy sets a new direction for how we select, welcome and help immigrants to our province.

Immigration: Ontario seeks more power to pick skilled and moneyed newcomers (Toronto Star)
Ontario wants more control of immigrant selection in its attempt to wrestle with declining immigration, newcomers’ poor job prospects and unmet labour market needs. In unveiling the province’s new immigration strategy Monday, Immigration Minister Charles Sousa said Ontario must attract a better-skilled workforce by raising the ratio of economic migrants and expanding the federally imposed quota of “provincial nominees” — immigrants the province has a role in choosing — five-fold, to 5,000 a year by 2014.–immigration-ontario-seeks-more-power-to-pick-skilled-and-moneyed-newcomers

Immigration To Canada: Poles In U.K. Poached To Fill Labour Shortages, Reports Say (Huffington Post)
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney’s campaign to bring Polish migrant workers from the U.K. to Canada to fill labour shortages has got the English press wondering whether Canada is out to steal Britain’s immigrants. According to the U.K.’s Independent, Kenney took time out from an international border security conference in London last month to convince members of the U.K.’s Polish immigrant community to keep heading farther west, all the way to Canada.

Reforms a good first step (Leader Post)
Immigration has always played a vital role in Canada’s long-term prosperity and reasoned immigration policies are particularly integral today to buttressing our skilled labour force. After taking an increasingly hard line on potential immigrants with moves to curtail family sponsorships and discourage newcomers over 35 from applying, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney is on firmer ground in fast-tracking young people with strong language and marketable skills.

Canadian Muslims Share Eid Festivities (Ahlul Bayt News Agency)
Thousands of Canadian Muslims in the southern Saskatchewan province have celebrated `Eid Al-Adha, one of the two major Muslim feasts, in an impressive display of unity and compassion to the wider community. “The whole idea of this is to show our unity and you see one person leading the prayers and thousands praying after him,” Muhammad Mustafa Mustaan, vice-president of the Islamic Association of Saskatchewan, told The Star Phoenix.

Parliamentary Secretary Eve Adams Attends Special Citizenship Ceremony to Mark Veterans’ Week (Veterans Affairs Canada)
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs, Eve Adams, on behalf of the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, today participated in a Veterans’ Week citizenship ceremony welcoming Canada’s newest citizens. During the ceremony, 50 individuals from 25 countries took the oath of Canadian citizenship and became citizens of our great country.

Royal Bank of Canada : The Catalyst Canada Honours Celebrates Four Business Leaders as 2012 Champions of Women?s Advancement in Corporate Canada (
Catalyst Canada will pay tribute to this year’s recipients of The Catalyst Canada Honours – Gordon M. Nixon, President & CEO, RBC; Anne-Marie Hubert, Managing Partner, Advisory Services, Ernst & Young; Jane Allen, Partner & Chief Diversity Officer, Deloitte Canada; and Claude Dussault, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Intact Financial Corporation-at a gala dinner tonight at The Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto. For the first time, the celebration will also include a luncheon and half-day conference at the Toronto head office of CIBC.

Strangers in New Homelands conference brings immigrant issues to light (Quinn Richert, The Manitoban)
University of Manitoba faculties of sociology and social work hosted their fifth annual Strangers in New Homelands: Deconstructing and Reconstructing “Home” Among Immigrants and Refugees in the Diaspora conference last Thursday and Friday. The conference brought together social workers, government officials, academics, and students to discuss issues critical to the experience of newly settled immigrants, especially in Canada and the United States. The theme of the conference was “crossing borders from old homes, settling in new societies: exploring critical issues on migration, integration, and adaptation of newcomers in host societies.”

Visible Minorities, Exclusionary Networks and Access to Economic Opportunities in the Canadian Film (York University)
This seminar will discuss research on cultural diversity in the Canadian media industry with a focus on racialized minority economic participation in the Canadian film and television production sector. For background reading, see the Report of the Roundtable on Cultural Diversity in the Toronto Screen Media Production Industry. Charles Davis, professor in the RTA School of Media at Ryerson University who holds the E.S. Rogers Research Chair in Media Management & Entrepreneurship, will be the seminar’s speaker. Joseph Mensah, professor of geography and international development studies and CERIS board member at York University, will moderate. This event is open to the public.

Restaurant owner says “bananas” don’t get importance of shark-fin soup (Michelle da Silva,
A Richmond restaurateur who opposes a regional ban on the sale of shark-fin products will not take shark-fin soup off his restaurant’s menu without a fight. David Chung, who owns the Jade Seafood Restaurant and is the head of the B.C. Asian Restaurant and Cafe Owners Association, plans on petitioning, protesting, and suing the municipal government if a shark-fin ban in Vancouver, Richmond, and Burnaby is brought in. “I think this kind of thing is none of the business of the city, and it should be the judge[ment] of the federal government,” Chung told the Georgia Straight in a phone interview today (November 5). “City council, what do they know about sharks, really? They know a lot of things about development, health, education. They do a good job, but what do they know about sharks? Kerry Jang for example, what does this guy know about sharks?”

Canada’s 40th Conference on “English as a Second Language” for new Canadians (Canada Newswire)
English as a Second Language (ESL) education is important for new Canadians to be gainfully employed, develop good esteem and meaningful relationships, and adapt to Canadian culture. These and other ESL-related issues will be addressed at the 40th Annual TESL Ontario Conference taking place November 8-10, 2012, starting at 8:30 AM, at the Sheraton Centre Hotel, 123 Queen Street West, in Toronto. The conference – TESL Ontario at 40: Thriving, Excelling, Sharing, Leading — is the largest conference of its kind in Canada, hosting more than 1,500 delegates. It offers a variety of workshops, plenary speakers, research symposia and a panel discussion on many relevant issues.

The Human Rights Tribunal says “no” to forum shopping (First Reference Talks)
It has been a year since the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in British Columbia (Workers’ Compensation Board) v. Figliola (“Figliola”). In Figliola, the Supreme Court stated that human rights complaints should not be relitigated before a human rights tribunal when they have already been litigated before another tribunal, such as the workers’ compensation board (“WSIB”), or a labour arbitration tribunal. The Figliola test for whether the substance of an applicant has been “appropriately dealt with” in another proceeding is as follows: (a) whether there was concurrent jurisdiction to hear human rights issues; (b) whether the previously decided legal issue was essentially the same as what is being complained of to the Human Rights Tribunal; and (c) whether there was an opportunity for the complainants or their privies to know the case to be met and have the chance to meet it.


Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers Testify Before Commons Committee on Bill C-43 (Refugee Lawyers Group)
In their appearance before the Citizenship and Immigration Committee of the House of Commons today, two expert witnesses for the Canadian Association for Refugee Lawyers (CARL) Lorne Waldman and Angus Grant offered clear, trenchant criticisms of Bill C-43, The Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act. Their testimony focused on a two significant failings of Bill C-43.

Canada to admit 1,000 fewer newcomers on humanitarian grounds (Tobi Cohen, Vancouver Sun)
Citizenship and Immigration is reducing the number of immigrants it accepts into Canada on public policy and humanitarian and compassionate grounds, according to figures released quietly late Monday. Though it appears the government is drastically reducing the stream by 6,500, officials say they’ve actually re-jigged their categories this year and that Canada will admit about 1,000 fewer newcomers on humanitarian and compassionate grounds, according to the 2013 immigration targets.


Toronto mobile dental clinic launch (City of Toronto)
Toronto Public Health is officially launching its Mobile Dental Clinic (MDC). Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David McKeown, will be joined by the Honourable Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Sister Georgette Gregory of Fontbonne Ministries and Suzanne Boggild, CEO of Sherbourne Health Centre, for an official ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil the MDC bus.

Rise in food bank use defies poverty stats (Barbara Yaffe, Vancouver Sun)
They operate discreetly around Vancouver, in unpublicized locations, offering crucial help to those who cannot afford food. It seems incredible in a city where fixer-uppers go for $1 million a pop, but food banks are feeding some 27,000 Vancouver residents each week. The fact the 15 depots, in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster and the North Shore, do not list addresses online – “for reasons of security and confidentiality,” says the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society – hints at the shame associated with food bank reliance.

Future to Discover (FTD) – Post-secondary Impacts Report (Social Research and Demonstration Corporation)
This report shows that offering either career education or an early guarantee of financial aid, separately or in combination, to high-school students had significant impacts on their enrolment in post-secondary studies. SRDC’s rigorous evaluation of these interventions found both to increase access to college or university for students traditionally less-likely to attend, such as those from lower-income lower-education families, and boys. The two interventions were tested with some 5,400 students in 51 high schools between 2004 and 2008 as part of the Future to Discover (FTD) project.

Eligibility rate for EI falls to near 10-year low (Globe and Mail)
Fewer Canadians are eligible for jobless benefits because they’re not getting enough hours to qualify. The rate of eligibility for employment insurance hit its lowest level in nearly a decade last year, partly because more people worked in temporary jobs that didn’t give them enough hours to qualify, a Statistics Canada survey noted Monday.

Canadian Social Research Newsletter (Canadian Social Research Links)
Canadian content
1. Housing Again Bulletin : November 2012 (Raising the Roof)
2. Brigit’s Notes / Bloc-notes de Brigit : November/novembre 2012 (Canadian Women’s Health Network)
3. Road to Recovery – Client Experiences in Supportive Housing (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) – October 2012
4. The Real Cost of Homelessness : Can we save money by doing the right thing? (By Stephen Gaetz, Homeless Hub) – October 2012
5. Ontario Social Assistance Rates Updated effective November / December 2012 (Income Security Advocacy Centre)
6. [Ontario] Social Assistance, Pension and Tax Credit Rates, October to December 2012 (Community Advocacy & Legal Centre)
7. Senator Hugh Segal speaks out in Gananoque against poverty and guaranteed annual income (St. Lawrence EMC) – November 1
8. Anne Golden’s stern warning of growing rich-poor gap (Toronto Star) – October 31
9. Canada: Persistent violations of children’s rights (Child Rights International Network) – October 31
10. HungerCount 2012 (Food Banks Canada) – October 30
11. What’s new from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:
— Hennessy’s Index: Idea Factory – November 2012
— Video: Seth Klein on BC’s Living Wage – October 11
— Generation Now: 2012 David Lewis Lecture – October 4
— Behind the Numbers : recent CCPA blog postings
12. Final Report on the Social Assistance Review: Limited Improvements, Serious Concerns (Poverty Free Ontario – PFO) – October 31
13. Keeping them at bay : Practices of municipal exclusion (By Ian Skelton, Manitoba Office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) – September 2012
14. The Dollars and Sense of Solving Poverty (National Council of Welfare) – September 28, 2011
15. What’s New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
— Labour Force Survey, October 2012 – November 2
— Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics: Historical revision, 2006 to 2009 – November 1
— Adult and youth correctional statistics, 2010/2011 – October 30
16. What’s new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit


$4.6M investment helps integrate skilled permanent immigrants (Gov of BC newsroom)
More skilled immigrants will be able to fully utilize their skills in the B.C. economy, as the B.C. government invests in projects and programs to speed up and improve the process for immigrants to get their credentials and qualifications recognized to work in B.C. With B.C. having over 280 regulated occupations, an efficient and fair process for immigrants to get their required certification and/or licence to work in these occupations is essential to fully utilize the skills immigrants bring to B.C. Finding qualified people to fill jobs is a key part of the BC Jobs Plan.

Temporary workers in Canada ‘without rights’ – Guatemlan farmer back in Canada, but this time to speak about treatment of migrant workers (Louisa Taylor, Ottawa Citizen)
Jose Sicajau is finally back in Canada, but not the way he wants to be. The farmer from Guatemala would like to be working on a Canadian farm for several months, harvesting cabbage and peppers, and earning triple the money he could make back home. Sicajau did just that four years in a row through a joint Canada-Guatemala program to bring seasonal workers to Canadian farms. He was one of tens of thousands of labourers on whom the agriculture sector relies to produce its crops.

Jumping the Diversity Hurdles (
The TRIEC Campus contains training videos, discussion guides and learning modules aimed at helping corporate executives learn how to search for, attract and retain skilled immigrants. The site also functions as a destination for immigrants trying to tap into professional and cultural communities in search of a job.


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

Dec 18: Building inclusive cities: Planning tools that promote the right to the city (Wellesley Institute)
Join Dr Carolyn Whitzman on December 18th 2012 at the Wellesley Institute for a community forum on practical strategies and ideas in equitable urban planning for building inclusive cities.

Event Dec 4: WTF is up with the City of Toronto Budget? (TOPoli Collective)
People are exhausted with the silly sideshows at Toronto City Hall. Between the gaffes, scandals and blustering rhetoric any sane perspective about Toronto’s fiscal position has gone right out the window. If you’re interested in finding out city financing actually works and that if Toronto is actually the next Greece come to the Tranzac December 4th to arm yourself with the truth, unobscured by the headlines. Metro columnist Matt Elliott kicks off the night with the budget low-down, using charts, facts and infographics to make his case. Then a panel of some of Toronto’s most in-the-know pundits will explain how Toronto’s budget process has evolved, its continued shortcomings and what options are still on the table for Torontonians. After the panel, breakout sessions will allow you to connect and collaborate with others to raise your own ideas about what direction Toronto needs to go in — and how its citizens can get the politicians there.


Five Good Ideas November newsletter
In this issue:
• Five Good Ideas Update November 2012
• Five Interesting Articles about Legal Issues and Non-Profits We Stumbled upon
• Five Useful Resources for Tenants and Landlords
• McMillan-Maytree Pro Bono Certificate Program

Parliament approves permanent recognition of National Philanthropy Day (Charity Village)
Parliament gave approval today for November 15 to be permanently recognized as National Philanthropy Day. Andrew Watt, president and CEO of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, had this to say: “With the passage of this bill, Canada has taken a leadership role in global philanthropy. The recognition underscores the importance of philanthropy in Canada and how involved Canadians have become in supporting charitable causes across the country.”

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