Immigration & Diversity news headlines – January 10, 2013

IMMIGRATION AND DIVERSITY

Conversations in Integration – January 2013 (Cities of Migration)
Articles:
Practice to Policy Report: Introduction
Migration and the Metropolis
‘Rich and Happy’ – Good Local Initiatives for the Integration of Migrants
Recommendations for Local Governments and Community Partners
Taking It to the Streets: A Municipal Role in Immigrant Integration
National Policies and Local Realities in Immigrant Integration
http://citiesofmigration.ca/conversations-in-integration/

Immigrants Like Tougher Rules (Chris Vander Doelen, Windsor Star)
One of the most popular stories on The Star’s website this week was the one about the “un-deportable” 24-year-old career criminal who Canada can’t seem to get rid of. In nine years of trying, the feds have had no luck returning the ultraviolent young man to his native Iran. Since the age of 15 his hobbies here have included theft, B&E, kidnapping, rape, assault and armed robbery. His first name, appropriately, is Ashkan, although Dirtbag might describe him better. The popularity of the story with readers is no surprise. Immigration matters a lot to Canadians since that’s how most of our families got here. Politicians learned years ago that immigration is a hot-button topic that can be pushed at any time to get an instant reaction.
http://blogs.windsorstar.com/2013/01/09/immigrants-like-tougher-rules/

Will Tories Fix Temp Foreign Worker Program? (Krystle Alarcon, The Tyee)
Social justice lawyer Fay Faraday says it’s time for Canadians to insist on sweeping reforms of the federal Foreign Temporary Workers Program to protect workers from the kinds of abuses reported on in the three previous articles in this series. “It’s a systemic problem and we will keep hearing those horror stories until we do something about it.” Faraday offers 22 recommendations in her Metcalf Foundation funded report titled “Made In Canada: How the Law Constructs Migrant Workers’ Insecurity,” which found that abuse of migrant workers is endemic. Faraday’s proposals include allowing work permits to be tied to an industry or a province rather than a single employer. She also advises the government to “reverse” the trend of temporariness and allow all workers the chance to apply for Canadian residency.
http://thetyee.ca/News/2013/01/10/Fix-Temp-Foreign-Worker-Program/

“One Bad Apple Here, One There”: Notable Quotables in Canadian Immigration News (Victoria Hetherington, Orange LLP)
Quotes from articles and presentations.
http://orangellp.ca/blog/one-bad-apple-here-one-there-notable-quotables-in-canadian-immigration-news/

8 Ways to Engage White Men (Kathleen B. Nalty, Diversity Journal)
Engaging white men is imperative for any successful D&I program. In the legal profession, white men make up the majority of practitioners and almost always are the crucial decision-makers whose buy-in is necessary for substantive D&I progress. At the Center for Legal Inclusiveness (CLI), we have been working the last five years to close this gap. CLI educates law firms and law departments about inclusiveness. Inclusiveness focuses on valuing everyone’s strengths, including white men. With this new understanding, they are increasingly helping create workplaces where everyone can do their best work and thrive.
http://www.diversityjournal.com/10016-8-ways-to-engage-white-men/

Happy New Year – and a packed 2013 from CERIS coming your way! (CERIS)
We’d like to take this chance to wish a wonderful new year to everyone after a very busy and successful 2012 at CERIS. We saw many research projects completed, organised numerous seminars and symposia, hosted the National Metropolis Conference, and published a wealth of materials in the form of working papers, research summaries, blogs and student research.
http://www.ceris.metropolis.net/?p=5857

Woman, 83, ordered to return to India, despite protests of her Langford family (Jeff Bell, Times Colonist)
An elderly woman’s application to remain in Canada on humanitarian and compassionate grounds has once again been denied. Surjit Bhandal, 83, lives in Langford with her family and came to Canada as a visitor in 2008. Bhandal’s nephews, whom she raised in India, now live here and want their aunt admitted to the country. Her latest bid to stay was turned down Wednesday at a “pre-removal” conference held in Victoria. A removal order is now in effect.
http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/woman-83-ordered-to-return-to-india-despite-protests-of-her-langford-family-1.43723

Chinese Immigrants to Canada Call for Beefed up Math/Science Curriculum in B.C. (CICS News)
The Vancouver Sun reports that a group of Chinese-educated tutors are calling for British Columbia’s Education Ministry to raise math and science standards in the province’s public schools. The group of private tutors say that B.C. students are slipping compared to their Canadian counterparts and to students in other countries in international assessments of math and science aptitude, and this will harm the province’s children in the future unless there’s a change.
http://www.cicsnews.com/?p=2793

The simmering class war over basement apartments in Brampton (Jan Wong, Toronto Life)
Brampton is the fastest-growing munici­pality in the country; between 2001 and 2011, its population increased by 61 per cent, to 525,000. The downside to this substantial growth has been a housing crisis—a very 21st-century suburban housing crisis. Nearly half of Brampton’s residents are new immigrants, many of whom can’t afford to buy one of the area’s predominant single-family detached homes. At the same time, there’s a dearth of affordable rentals; the CMHC estimates that the Peel region is in need of 1,900 new rental units per year over the next nine years. And for low-income residents requiring subsidized housing, the wait time is up to 11 years—one of the longest in the GTA. All of this explains why so many newcomers are landing in illegal basement suites, of which Brampton has an estimated 30,000.
http://www.torontolife.com/daily/informer/from-print-edition-informer/2012/08/07/jan-wong-the-urbanization-of-the-burbs/

After 12 Years, a Man Accused of Terrorist Involvement Begins to Get His Life Back (Desmond Cole, Torontoist)
Mohammad Mahjoub is hoping for an end to his lengthy detention after a major court victory this week, but the impact on his personal life has been devastating. On Monday evening, Mohammad Mahjoub was at home when one of his lawyers, Yavar Hameed, called to give him some good news: a Federal court had removed most of the conditions of his house arrest. This meant the 51-year-old Egyptian refugee, who has now spent nearly a quarter of his life in detention without charges under a federal security certificate, would soon be able to remove the GPS tracking device he wears on his ankle, own a cell phone, and access the internet. The federal judge who removed those conditions ruled that any threat Mahjoub posed to society “has significantly decreased” over the last year.
http://torontoist.com/2013/01/after-12-years-a-man-accused-of-terrorist-involvement-begins-to-get-his-life-back/

Federal skilled worker program complimentary to Sask recruitment efforts (News Talk 980)
The demand for skilled tradespeople is something we are familiar with in Saskatchewan’s booming economy where the government predicts we will need up to 90,000 new workers in the next five years. Now the federal government is jumping on board to help by introducing a new skilled worker program to streamline the immigration process for workers in the trades. They will add more weight to people applying who: have a job offer in Canada, have at least two years of experience in a specific trade, meet standard training qualifications for provinces and have basic language skills in English or French. The catch is that the federal program will only process 3,000 applicants in the first year.
http://cjme.com/story/federal-skilled-worker-program-complimentary-sask-recruitment-efforts/86957

Research on the Challenges to Meet Immigrant Needs in Peel Settlement Services (Settlement AtWork)
Brief Description: CERIS Graduate Student Award recipient examines the challenges that newcomer-settlement-service providers face in delivering services. This research identifies systemic barriers (funding, inflexible mandate, service accessibility, etc.) and individual barriers (access to employment, lack of comprehensive settlement services, disconnection between health care services and settlement services).
http://www.settlementatwork.org/_news_/97328

REFUGEES

Maytree Scholarship Program (Maytree)
The Maytree Scholarship Program is an intensive, participatory program which provides peer and financial support. The Scholarship Program covers tuition, books, transportation, rent and a living allowance, and it includes monthly meetings for a maximum of ten students. The group engages in voluntary work throughout the school year, which helps further develop a sense of civic engagement and responsibility. Deadline for applications: Friday, March 22, 2013 by 5:00 p.m.
http://maytree.com/grants/maytree-scholarship-program

Thematic Focus: Information & Communication (Forced Migration Current Awareness blog)
Opportunities, publications, websites related to information and communication in forced migration/asylum seeking.
http://fm-cab.blogspot.com/2013/01/thematic-focus-information-communication.html

Feb 1: Refugee Forum II: The overhaul of the Canadian refugee system and the future of refugees in Canada (FCJ Refugee Centre)
Overview of changes to the refugee system:
Changes made in June 2012 to PRRAs and H & Cs – including scenarios for discussion
Choosing between making a refugee claim or an H&C: Factors to consider and scenarios for discussion
Changes made in December 15th 2012: from PIF to BOC and strategies for effective representation
Changes that can affect Permanent residents with Convention refugee status: Cessation
http://fcjrefugeecentre-es2001.eventbrite.com/?rank=1

POVERTY / HEALTH / HOMELESSNESS / SOCIAL INCLUSION

Condo boom? Why not an “affordable housing boomlet?” (Joy Connelly, Opening the Window)
I just learned that half of North America’s construction cranes are in Toronto this year. So why aren’t they building affordable housing? They could be.
http://openingthewindow.com/2013/01/09/condo-boom-why-not-an-affordable-housing-boomlet/

EMPLOYMENT & WORKERS

Tips for Onboarding Skilled Immigrants (Jill Chesley, ERIEC)
It is projected that by 2025, immigrants will constitute 100% of the growth in the Canadian labour market. Combine this potential business reality with the fact that recruitment and training of new employees is a significant expense, and you will understand why effective onboarding and retention of internationally educated employees is crucial. There are steps that employers can take to ensure that the new employee will succeed and contribute to the organization’s goals. Orientation, training/development, setting expectations, and mentoring are important components of a new hire’s first few weeks or months on the job.
http://eriecedmonton.wordpress.com/2013/01/09/tips-for-onboarding-skilled-immigrants/

2013 Employer Excellence Awards: Call for Entries (hireimmigrants Ottawa)
Hire Immigrants Ottawa is accepting entries for the 2013 Employer Excellence Awards from employers in the National Capital Region. In its sixth year, the awards recognize local employers for their innovative policies and practices in the recruitment and retention of skilled immigrants into their organizations. The Awards will be presented at the Employer Council of Champions (ECC) Summit in March 2013. This event is attended by senior executives and human resources professionals from leading Ottawa businesses and organizations, civic leaders, key stakeholders and the media.
http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=344d94c6bba3a6e6b277400a2&id=7dcdeebcea&e=18bbdf1333

The Top 10 Economic Facts of Diversity in the Workplace (Sophia Kerby, American Progress)
Our nation and our workforce are both becoming more diverse. The share of people of color in the United States is increasing; more women are entering the labor force; and gay* and transgender individuals are making vital contributions to our economy, while being increasingly open about who they are. To that end, businesses that embrace diversity have a more solid footing in the marketplace than others. A diverse workforce combines workers from different backgrounds and experiences that together breed a more creative, innovative, and productive workforce. And businesses have learned that they can draw upon our nation’s diversity to strengthen their bottom line. In this way, diversity is a key ingredient to growing a strong and inclusive economy that’s built to last.
http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/labor/news/2012/07/12/11900/the-top-10-economic-facts-of-diversity-in-the-workplace/

WEBINAR Jan 10: Are you maximizing Ottawa’s global talent to lead in your industry? (HRPA)
HRPA-Ottawa Chapter, in collaboration with Hire Immigrants Ottawa is pleased to invite you to a complimentary webinar on ‘Diving into the global talent pool’. As an HR Professional, you are aware of the changing demographics of the local labour market, and how they will impact your organization. This webinar will introduce you to local, practical, and free tools and resources so that your organization can better understand and leverage the diverse cultures, skills and professional experiences of Ottawa’s global talent.
http://www.hrpa.ca/HRPAChapterSites/Ottawa/Pages/Events.aspx

SOCIAL INNOVATION / NONPROFITS / POLICY

Looking back, looking forward (Charity Village)
2012 will go down as something of a mixed bag of events and happenings for Canada’s nonprofit sector. Numerous changes, both proposed and now-enshrined, in law and policies for charities made for an interesting year. The good news is, we’re all still here. Doomsday did not arrive on December 21. The bad news: world economic downturn still in effect. And it’s been impacting Canadians in their wallets and subsequently in donations to nonprofits. In no particular order, below are the top five policy changes to the sector over the last 12 months, followed by a look ahead at what we can expect in 2013.
https://charityvillage.com/Content.aspx?topic=Looking_back_looking_forward

Thinking Like a Movement (J.W. Mcconnell Family Foundation)
From January 27-31 in Madeira Park, BC, join Plan Institute and Social Innovation Generation (SiG) for Thinking Like a Movement—an annual four-day learning opportunity with Canada’s leading experts in social innovation.
http://www.mcconnellfoundation.ca/blog/news/thinking-like-a-movement

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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.

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