Immigration & Diversity news headlines – January 16, 2013


Working towards constant excellence in community service (Alan Broadbent, Maytree)
Recently, Maytree was honoured with an Excellence in Community Service Award from the Intercultural Dialogue Institute of Toronto. In his acceptance speech, Alan Broadbent reflected on Maytrees mission and what our priorities continue to be. In the coming weeks, well be sharing some additional posts reflecting on our work in 2012, as well as our priorities for 2013. For now, please read Alans remarks on why we do what we do at Maytree.

“I Am Canadian”: Challenging Stereotypes about Young Somali Canadians (Rima Berns-McGown, IRPP)
This study challenges the perceptions that the Somali Canadian community has failed to an unusual degree to integrate into the wider society; that this is the fault of the community itself; and, moreover, that this supposed failure represents a threat to Canadian security because of suggestions that some Somali Canadian youth have been lured to the radical extremism of the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab movement in southern Somalia, and because some have become involved in drug trafficking and street violence.

Sue-Ann Levy ‘Racist’ Tweet: Columnist Mocks Kristyn Wong-Tam’s Outfit (Huffington Post)
Sun Media columnist Sue-Ann Levy is being accused of racist comments on Twitter once again. On Tuesday night, Levy tweeted about Toronto city Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam’s attire. Wong-Tam, who represents Toronto Centre-Rosedale, came to Canada from Hong Kong as a child. Wong-Tam rebuffed the Tweet by correcting Levy’s presumptions about the origins of her wardrobe: Although Wong-Tam appeared to take the comment in stride, other Twitter users pounced on the remark.

Canadian Immigration Rules Shift With New Year (Asian Pacific Post)
The start of 2013 has brought in significant changes for prospective new immigrants to Canada. Here is a brief summary of pivotal changes to Canadas economic immigration program.

Immigrant worker need ‘urgent’ (CBC PEI)
P.E.I. is in dire need of immigrants to fill a looming worker shortage in the coming decades, a group of Island business leaders is warning. Government figures show that 25 per cent of the workforce will disappear in the next 40 years. “We are now in a position where it is urgent,” said Wade MacLauchlan, a past president of UPEI and well-known businessman.

MLA: Loss of citizenship ceremony will deter immigration to Campbell River (Kristen Douglas, Campbell River Mirror)
The federal governments move to cut local citizenship ceremonies and testing will likely hurt Campbell Rivers chances at attracting immigrants, says North Island MLA Claire Trevena. Trevena said its a concern that government services for immigrants are so far from home. Citizenship and Immigration offices in Nanaimo and Victoria were shut down in May due to budget cuts, now the closest office is in Vancouver. You want to encourage immigrants to settle here but if you make it hard to take the citizenship test here and you make it hard to settle here, theyre not going to want to move here, Trevena said.

Canada’s 150th birthday an opportunity to showcase diversity of country’s citizens (Balwant Sanghera, Vancouver Desi)
Canada will be celebrating its 150th birthday in 2017. The federal government has done the right thing by getting the process started well ahead of time. Planning for this big celebration throughout Canada is going to be quite complex and time-consuming. It will be a major milestone in this countrys history. Canadas 100th birth anniversary celebration that concluded with the Expo in Montreal in 1967 is still fondly remembered by Canadians. It gave a big boost to this countrys profile around the globe. The celebration in 2017 would give Canadians another opportunity and excuse to reflect and celebrate this countrys history, natural beauty, cultural diversity and a lot more. This year-long celebration will be an opportune time to encourage Canadians young and old to appreciate what a wonderful country Canada is.

Fewer immigrants becoming citizens (Daniel Proussalidis, London Free Press)
Hundreds of thousands of people come to Canada as immigrants every year, but fewer are actually becoming citizens. Internal Citizenship and Immigration documents obtained through an access to information request show only 2.9% of immigrants who gained permanent residency in Canada in 2008 had actually become citizens by the time they were generally eligible to apply in 2012. Thats a massive drop from 2005, when 76% of those whod arrived in Canada four years earlier had become citizens.

Canadian Immigration News Briefs for Mid-January 2013 (CICS News)
The following is a summary of developments concerning Canadian Citizenship and Immigration that took place or were announced over the last two weeks.
Canada to Resettle up to 5,000 Iranian and Iraqi Refugees by 2018
Indians Receive Record Number of Canadian Visas
Canadian Economy Creates over 40,000 New Jobs in December

Few immigrants get lavish benefits (Rochelle Porter, Windsor Star)
Through Mr. Vander Doelen’s telescope, he inaccurately lumps all newcomers together. There are four classes of immigration: Economic, Family, Refugees and Other. His perception that “once a person gets his feet … in this country … they are entitled to welfare, free housing, free language courses and special health care benefits not available to Canadians” is flawed. Using the same brush stroke, he paints all immigrants alike. Only a small percentage of immigrants are refugees who receive government support covering housing, health care, language skills and basic life skills – that’s only half the story.

Canadas Economy Continues to Expand, Prospects Bright for Immigrants (CICS News)
Canada entered 2013 with a strong economic performance. In contrast to the financial woes of many countries, the Canadian economy has seen growth in a number of sectors, with thousands of jobs added in recent months. Immigration to Canada is expected to play a key part in expanding the countrys population and financial wealth for years to come. In an effort to ensure continued growth, the Canadian government has set out proactive immigration policies that will attract the worlds best and brightest to its shores.

Video: Islam in a Multi-Cultural Canada – By: Mr. Raj Sharma – Calgary, Alberta
Presentation at the P?ower of Unity Conference Islam in a ?Multi-Cultural Canada.

Whats Missing From the Diversity Dialogue? (Julie Kampf, Diversity Journal)
Leaders need to ask the right questions. The most effective organizations are the ones that ask bigger questions: Who do we need to run this organization? What does our bench strength look like? How do we create a workforce that uses the best talent on the market and includes a mix of backgrounds, genders, races, generations, lifestyles, and experiences? The answers may be hard, but they can drive real change. I have seen white-male-dominated cultures shift, sometimes following a single senior-level hire. Companies that have the crucial conversations with people from all groups stand the best chance of attracting the diverse talent that drives profitabilitya result that any business leader can champion.


Canada to Welcome 5,000 Refugees Now in Turkey (Gov of Canada News)
Canada will resettle up to 5,000 refugees now in Turkey by 2018, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today during his visit to Turkey. With escalating violence in the region, more people are seeking protection in Turkey, and our commitment to resettle 5,000 mostly Iraqi and Iranian refugees in Canada will help Turkey deal with this growing pressure, said Minister Kenney. We recognize that sheltering such an immense refugee population creates pressures on domestic resources and we commend the Government of Turkey for keeping her borders open to those fleeing the ongoing conflict in the region.

Canada to resettle 5,000 refugees by 2018 (Ottawa Citizen)
Thousands of displaced Iraqi and Iranian refugees will be relocated to Canada from Turkey over the next five years in an attempt to help those Canada couldn’t get out of Syria before violence forced the government to close its visa and immigration office in the country. The announcement to combine parts of two resettlement programs will also help Canada get closer to its 2009 commitment to resettle 20,000 Iraqis who fled their country for safety in Syria, Jordan and Lebanon. So far, about 12,000 Iraqi refugees have been resettled in Canada, according to Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said Canada will only take “bona fide” refugees – essentially those the United Nations has certified as requiring resettlement. Many are living in rural villages in Turkey, Kenney said.

Canada to Resettle 5,000 Refugees in Next Three Years (Justina Reichel, The Epoch Times)
This brings Canadas contribution to $23.5 million in humanitarian assistance for Syrians to date. Ongoing violence has caused mass displacement within Syria, with thousands fleeing to neighbouring countries. The number of Syrians currently hosted in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, and Iraq now exceeds half a million, the majority women and children, according to Kenneys statement. Tensions in Syria escalated this week with the announcement that President Bashar al Assad will not step down ahead of scheduled 2014 elections, and will also run for president againleaving anti-government forces, who have vowed to accept nothing less than Assads resignation, with little hope that a political settlement can be reached.

Suspected human smugglers free following B.C. judge’s ruling (Keith Fraser, Vancouver Desi)
A B.C. judge has struck down Canadas law against human smuggling, putting in jeopardy two major prosecutions involving the smuggling of Tamils into the country. The ruling on Friday by B.C. Supreme Court Justice Arne Silverman came as the trial of four men accused in the smuggling of 76 Sri Lankan Tamils aboard the MV Ocean Lady off the coast of B.C. in 2009 was about to begin.


Wednesday’s headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A daily round up of mainstream media news on Toronto Budget 2013, TTC, Property Tax and Other News.

Newsstand: January 16, 2013 (Torontoist)
Wash your hair and brush you teeth, because today fate is taking you out on a fancy date. In the news: the Citys budget is before council; extracurriculars are getting reviewed by elementary school teachers; Councillor Bailãos day in court moved, again; and Metrolinx looks at not closing part of the Allen for a year.

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