Immigration & Diversity news headlines – November 7, 2012


Maytree policy brief: Recent and proposed changes to citizenship policy (Sandra Lopes, Maytree)
Canadas immigrants have traditionally been viewed as citizens in waiting. They are entitled to apply for citizenship after three years of permanent residence. At 89%, Canada has traditionally had one of the highest naturalization rates in the world.[1] Despite our success however, recent changes to citizenship policy are making it much more difficult to become a citizen. This is problematic because high rates of citizenship acquisition are associated with better employment rates,[2] and being a citizen is a prerequisite for participating in many aspects of civic and political life.

Five Canadian diversity thought leaders you should follow on Twitter (Maytree)
Recently, Diversity Best Practices posted a list of diversity tweeters you should follow. Great list, great idea. Heres our own list of the five top Canadian diversity thought leaders you should follow.

Globalisation makes second language a bonus (The Record)
Canada is known for having two official languages, English and French, yet its diverse languages that make Canada a unique place of diversity. Learning extra language is an opportunity, which some of us miss out. A country like India has hundreds of languages with a population of more than a billion. Indians do take advantage of learning extra languages and look for better opportunities in life.–globalisation-makes-second-language-a-bonus

Ontario wants more control over immigration (London Free Press)
Ontario wants more control over immigration but is having a hard time convincing Ottawa to let go. Ive been having discussions with the federal government but I must admit, its been a one-way discussion, Ontario Immigration Minister Charles Sousa said Monday. The Constitution makes it a shared responsibility and were trying to encourage the federal government to listen to the needs of Ontario. Ontario has seen its share of economic-class immigrants fall to 52% of all newcomers, while refugee and family-class immigration rises, Sousa said.

Ontario introduces plan to attract skilled immigrants (Canadian HR Reporter)
The Ontario government is introducing a plan to attract skilled immigrants. The strategy sets a new direction for how the province selects, welcomes and assists immigrants to the province, said the government. It emphasizes the critical role skilled immigrants play in Ontario’s economic development, as workers and job creators, in addressing labour market gaps due to the province’s aging population and low birth rate.

Ottawa to welcome older immigrants to clear family backlog (Globe and Mail)
Canada will welcome 25,000 parents and grandparents as immigrants next year, despite concerns about the economic impact of targeting older rather than younger immigrants. Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said the federal government has decided to bite the bullet on family reunification in order to reduce a backlog of applications that had grown unmanageable. I dont suggest that this is an economic benefit to Canada, Mr. Kenney said. We have a certain commitment to family reunification as one element of our immigration program, but as Ive said it has to be limited because of fiscal constraints.

Immigration family plan is working: Kenney (
During a press congerence yesterday at the Delta Meadowvale Hotel & Conference Centre, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announces that the federal government will accept 25,000 parents and grandparents under its family reunification plan. The federal government’s scheme to reunify families faster is working, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said yesterday in Mississauga.–immigration-family-plan-is-working-kenney

Immigration Minister criticized bilingual job requirements (Jill Patterson, The Manitoban)
Bilingualism requirements for jobs in Quebec have, over the years, resulted in many immigrants being denied work. Diane de Courcy, Quebec immigration minister, says that it is a very serious problem that needs to be resolved. Immigrants from Latin America and francophone countries have been denied jobs in Montreal, not because they lack French language skills but because they cannot speak English. Some have even been told they may have better luck looking outside of Montreal for employment, to places that are more French speaking.

Notice – Supplementary Information for the 2013 Immigration Levels Plan (CIC)
Following the tabling of the 2012 Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration on October 31, 2012, Citizenship and Immigration Canada released further details on its 2013 Immigration Levels Plan today.

Newcomers can fill gaps (Chronicle Journal)
With Canada relying on an immigrant workforce more than ever, investing in skill-set training of newcomers is key to giving employers in Northwestern Ontario a competitive edge in the labour market. That was part of the discussion at the fifth Thunder Bay Immigration Forum on Tuesday, hosted by the Thunder Bay Multicultural Association at the Victoria Inn.

Development consultant calls for more immigration to boost Canada’s regions (
Last week, the Canadian minister for Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney said that Canada’s immigration level will remain unchanged in 2012-13. The country will accept about 240-265,000 immigrants. The opposition New Democratic Party believes that this level is not sufficient to sustain the economy and says that this level should be raised by at least 40% to 350,000 per year or more. However, Mr Kenney is confident that he has the support of the majority of Canadians. He recently posted a tweet on Twitter saying that 90% of Canadians oppose any increase in the current level of immigration. But David Campbell, the president of Jupia Consultants, an ‘economic development consulting firm’ based in Moncton, New Brunswick, says that whatever Canadian public opinion may believe, without an increase in immigration, the economies of mid-sized cities, like Moncton, will be negatively affected.

Wanted for murder in the U.S., man gets permanent residency in Canada (Andrew Livingstone, Toronto Star)
Kai-Guo Huang came to Canada from China as refugee claimant Yu Chen in 2006. He started a business and became a member of a local church. He paid his taxes on time. He was granted permanent residency status in 2010 and purchased an upscale condo in north Scarborough. To get into the country as a refugee claimant he was fingerprinted, interviewed and a criminal record check was completed. A second set of fingerprints were given and another criminal check done when he applied for permanent residency.–wanted-for-murder-in-the-u-s-man-gets-permanent-residency-in-canada

CIC Wins Technology Award for the Come to Canada Wizard (Marketwire)
The Come to Canada Wizard, which helps people determine if they are eligible to live, work or study in Canada, received a prominent technology award last night for Excellence in Public Service Delivery. This award, presented at the GTEC Distinction Awards Gala, recognizes outstanding achievements by individuals or teams developing and implementing innovative projects to improve client-facing service delivery, with a specific focus on citizens or businesses as clients of government.

P.E.I. releases names in immigrant program (Metro)
The P.E.I. government has released the names of 1,300 corporations that received money through the Islands troubled immigration nominee program. The program allowed foreign investors to fast-track receipt of Canadian visas by providing about $150,000, some of which was invested in P.E.I. companies. Innovation Minister Allen Roach said the information was released Tuesday as the result of a judicial review launched in 2010 after the provinces privacy commissioner said the information should not be made public.

Students celebrate Francophone Immigration Week (Stephen Brun, Journal Pioneer)
The 19-year-old first immigrated to P.E.I. from Burundi, Africa, 10 years ago. Samuel began the process of learning French at his new school, Ecole Evangeline in Abram-Village. It was pretty easy because we had a lot of help from all the people in the community and people from school, he said. We had private classes for English and French. Once we were better, it was easier for us to fit in because we could express ourselves.

Canada wants greater links with Islamic group (Ally Foster, Embassy)
The Canadian government is on board with forging closer ties with a prominent Islamic group, one that many observers say is showing increased potential as a multilateral forum, with unique access to conflict areas like Syria. Canada has a keen interest in engaging more with the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, wrote Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade spokesperson Ian Trites in an email. Canada supports initiatives that focus on increased dialogue and co-operation among states on issues of global governance and human rights. The current secretary-general of the organization, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, has also made important reforms, added Mr. Trites.


Canada, EU working on new agreement on asylum seekers (Anca Gurzu, Embassy)
As political pressure to facilitate visa-free travel to all citizens of the European Union grows, Canada is pointing the finger back at the EU, asking it to share responsibility in dealing with the asylum issue. Canadian and EU officials are working to sketch out the details of a potential agreement that would stop the high flows of asylum seekers arriving from the 27-member bloc. This recent development is surfacing as an essential element in tackling a triangle of related problems: asylum seekers, visas, and trade talks. But while the problem may be clear to both sides, the solution is another matter. Due to different legal frameworks, discussions are proving both technically challenging and politically sensitiveand observers worry such a deal would threaten the rights of genuine refugees.

Augustas Dennie hopes to stay in Canada (Justin Skinner, InsideToronto)
Friends and supporters of Augustas Dennie are hoping a last-minute decision change surrounding his ability to stay in Canada will serve as a stay of execution. Dennie came to Canada two and a half years ago from his native St. Vincent and the Grenadines after facing persecution, threats and extreme violence for years. His skull bears evidence of the assaults he has endured, with scars and a noticeable bump protruding. The marks are the result of a beating he sustained that left him in a coma for a week. The beatings were getting worse, he said. Someone used a vehicle to try to run me over after this injury.

Fewer immigrants accepted on compassionate grounds (The Province)
Citizenship and Immigration is reducing the number of immigrants it accepts into Canada on public policy and humanitarian and compassionate grounds. Though it appears the government is drastically reducing the stream by 6,500, officials say they’ve actually rejigged 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.


Chamber speaker highlights skilled labour shortage (Matt Gardner, Daily Herald)
Speaking on Tuesday evening in the Chas Leach Lounge at the Art Hauser Centre, First Nations University of Canada president Doyle Anderson noted that current demand in the resource sector for employees with special qualifications far outstrips the supply. There are 200,000 positions in engineering and geosciences and business areas in the mining sector in Canada, Anderson said. In the next four years, 100,000 of those positions will be empty. Theyll be retiring, and the mining sector has no plan. They have no viable strategy to be able to fill that gap. And so we are at a point where that will become the critical ingredient to our economic prosperity being sustained in Saskatchewan filling that talent void.

Chinese miners in B.C. creates showdown with feds over temporary workers (Metro)
The hiring of about 200 Chinese miners to work in northern British Columbia has raised concerns with Ottawa as unions went to court Monday seeking to overturn the decision to allow the foreign workers into Canada. The workers, some of whom are already at the mine near Tumbler Ridge, B.C., were allowed in after getting approval from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. The miners will be employed at HD Mining International Ltds Murray River coal mine extracting bulk samples.

York University offers bridging program for internationally educated HR professionals (Yonge Street)
A new York University bridging program is making it easier for internationally educated Human Resources professionals to find work in their field in Canada. The program will help participants fill in knowledge gaps and, perhaps more importantly, help them get overcome the frustrating Catch-22 so many newcomers faceneeding Canadian experience to get a job in Canada.

Study on Workplace Safety for Temporary Foreign Workers in Torontos Construction Industry (Settlement AtWork)
Temporary foreign workers in Torontos construction industry are being sought for a research study on workplace safety. The study is directed at workers who:
are 18 years of age or older;
are employed in the construction industry in Toronto or Greater Toronto Area; and
hold a work permit under the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program.

WAC E-Bulletin Nov. 6, 2012 (Workers’ Action Centre)
In this issue:
Training Session on Workplace and Human Rights

HORIZONS – North Bay & District Multicultural Centre’s Newsletter
In this issue:
Cricker fever hits North Bay
HR North Ready to go


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

Toronto needs a ‘visionary urban champion’: Monocle editor-in-chief (Yonge Street)
In the UK’s Financial Times last month, Tyler Brûlé, editor-in-chief of Monocle magazine and founder of Wallpaper* magazine, wrote about Toronto’s current identity crisis. “Last week marked something of a homecoming when I touched down in Toronto to open a new bureau and shop for Monocle, and an office for my branding agency,” writes Brûlé. “While I’ve been back to Toronto often (two trips a year on average) since I packed up and headed to Britain, the signing of a lease, hiring staff and hosting a party all signalled that I’d somehow ‘come home.'” Taking note of downtown’s many new condo towers, as well as the sprawling suburbs, Brûlé wondered if it was time for Toronto to measure itself against something other than its U.S. peers.


Governance Q&A: Articulating ethical values (Charity Village)
If a board is responsible for articulating the ethical values of their organization, how would they know what those are? The board is responsible for articulating the ethical values as they want them to be, not as they are. Its not just a research project. However, the Values Statement will never be accepted if it fails to honour the positive ethical values already in use in an established organization. So this is a multi-step process and research is very valuable in supporting the development of a Values Statement.

Atkinson Foundation announces new executive director (Toronto Star)
Colette Murphy wants to help build Toronto from the ground up. Throughout her two decades in the civil society sector, shes been a passionate supporter of grassroots initiatives. Now, as she takes the helm at the Atkinson Charitable Foundation, she hopes to continue her work on a larger scale. I have always been interested in how change happens and how we can contribute to positive social and economic change, Murphy said. In her most recent role at the Metcalf Foundation, she led the Inclusive Local Economies Program, which focused on building vibrant neighbourhood economies.–atkinson-foundation-announces-new-executive-director

Labour Force Issues : The Ontario Nonprofit Network (The ONN)
ONN seeks a Researcher
ONN Launches a Human Capital Renewal Strategy for Ontarios Nonprofit Sector
Why Care about the Nonprofit Sector Workforce?
Labour Force Challenges
Finding a Way Forward
Towards a Labour Market Partnership

The Philanthropist Vol 24, No 4 (2012)
Going, Going, Gone: Dismantling the Progress State – Alex Himelfarb
Of Starlings and Social Change: Funding the Nonprofit Sector in Canada – Marilyn Struthers
Good Forms: The New Shapes of Not-for-Profit Organizations – Paul Jurbala
Pathological Narcissism and Philanthropy: An Examination of the Foundational Assumptions of Philanthropy – Keith E. Seel
You Can’t Get There From Here – Don McRae

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