Immigration & Diversity news headlines – January 22, 2013


Lawyers Representing Canadian Immigration Applicants Argue Unlawful Discrimination in Backlog Wipe-Out (CICS News)
Lawyers representing a group of 1,000 immigration hopefuls whose applications for permanent residence under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) were closed by the federal government under Bill C-38 argued in a hearing this week that the government’s decision violated the Charter of Rights and should be struck down. The 1,000 litigants are among those affected by Bill C-38, which wiped out the 97,715 cases (according to the Toronto Star) in the backlog of FSWP applications submitted before February 27th 2008. The lawyers for the litigants argued that since applicants were only permitted to apply at one visa office, which was determined by their country of residence, and the government set quota for visa offices assigned to applicants in Asian and African countries was not sufficient to process the applications they received as quickly as applications sent to visa offices assigned to applicants from Western Europe and the Americas, the law discriminated against Asian and African applicants, which put it in violation of the Charter of Rights and made it unlawful.

Brandon University a key player in immigration study (Alycia Rodrigues, The Manitoban)
Brandon University (BU) recently announced its role in a $2.5 million dollar immigration research study. The study collaborates with other universities and institutions over a span of seven years to assess what brings immigrants to Canada and what kind of an impact they provide, with an emphasis on mid-size cities and small towns. The intention is to provide policy makers and service providers with information to assess current and future immigration factors. Other universities and institutions involved include Simon Fraser University, the University of Victoria, the University of Waterloo, the University of New Brunswick, Carleton University, and York University. The cities of Calgary, Saskatoon, London, Moncton, and Ottawa are also involved in the study, as well as the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Government of Canada Citizenship and Immigration, and Government of Manitoba Labour and Immigration.

Bradford woman charged with defrauding prospective immigrants (Toronto Star)
A woman is facing fraud charges after multiple victims allegedly paid for immigration assistance that was never delivered. Police said a woman claiming to be a consultant at Toronto-based Joan Raymond and Associates allegedly took retainer and application fees from three people who wanted to file immigration claims between 2009 and 2012.–bradford-woman-charged-with-defrauding-prospective-immigrants

Canadian law deans attack right to religious diversity (Dwight Newman, Vancouver Sun)
Is there room in Canada for real ideological and religious diversity in higher education? If Canada’s law deans had their way, the answer would seem doubtful. Trinity Western University (TWU) is a privately funded religious university established as an evangelical Christian community. In response to its current application process to open a law school, as reported in The Vancouver Sun, the Canadian Council of Law Deans sent to the Federation of Law Societies a letter to try to challenge TWU’s application, essentially because of the character and values of TWU as a religious community.

“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.

Forced Marriage (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with Jasmeet Sadana, she is a social worker who has lived through two forced marriages, and with Shirley Gillett. She is leading the series “Forced Marriage Project” , a series of workshops around how to fight forced marriages in Canada.

New Website Announcement: Big Changes are Underway! (Victoria Hetherington, OrangeLLP)
We want to thank you all for the feedback, support, and the wonderful articles, Tweets, and updates you all write and share – it’s been an enormous pleasure to participate in the vibrant #CdnImm and #CdnPoli communities, and we’ve learned an enormous amount from you all! As of this week, the Orange team is pleased to announce a set of big changes. We are expanding and relaunching the Orange Blog as a website all its own, called Just Appeal (we can’t resist a good pun). Visitors to the Orange LLP blog will be redirected to our new site. Just Appeal will maintain the Orange Blog’s Canadian, social-justice focus and cover Canadian immigration news, but will expand to explore news and perspectives on topics ranging from employment to technology to world politics, through a variety of mediums including infographics and interviews.

Markham filmmaker documents newcomers (
Actress, director and producer Brandy Yanchyk is hosting a free screening of her documentary Nature’s Invitation at the Angus Glen Community Centre Thursday. Next week, the Angus Glen Community Centre will host a free screening of Brandy Yanchyk’s documentary film, Nature’s Invitation, in which she follows new immigrants for an entire summer as they learned how to camp. “Basically, these people are learning how to be Canadian through nature,” Ms Yanchyk said. “They are going to be new stewards of our land.” The objective of the learn-to-camp program, offered by Parks Canada, is to teach people how to camp, from finding and booking a campsite, setting up a tent and even dealing with animals in the wilderness. Her film highlights various fears newcomers might have and how those might become a barrier in connecting with nature.–markham-filmmaker-documents-newcomers

Multiculturalism, minorities and mixed messages (Jamie Hanlon,
Pinkoski, a fourth-year arts student supervised by political science professor Linda Trimble, undertook a study of about 20 ads produced for various government departments. He noticed that visible minorities and Aboriginal people were virtually absent from the ads—and served only as background when they did appear. He says the result is that ethnic groups likely won’t feel a strong connection to what they are seeing—and may even feel excluded from the ads’ depiction of Canadian identity.

Calgary woman convicted of living under false name faces deportation (Calgary Herald)
A judge has convicted a woman living in Calgary under a false identity of violating federal immigration laws. Aminata Gnokane pleaded guilty to one count of misrepresentation under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and was sentenced to one year of house arrest. The Canada Border Services Agency said Gnokane first came to Canada in 2000 and claimed refugee status after landing in Montreal. After authorities rejected that claim, Gnokane moved to Calgary and made another refugee claim under a false identity in 2003


Crown to appeal B.C. court ruling striking down portion of human smuggling law (Dene Moore, Vancouver Sun)
The Crown will appeal a B.C. Supreme Court decision that struck down a section of the federal government’s human smuggling law. Prosecutor Peter LaPrairie told the judge Monday that the Crown fears the ruling leaves a gap in the law which could affect immigration cases, extradition and other human smuggling prosecutions. “I’m hoping we can conclude this case as quickly as possible and appear before the Court of Appeal,” LaPrairie told Justice Arne Silverman during a brief hearing in Vancouver.

MV Sun Sea passenger loses refugee status after court denies his claim that Sri Lanka could falsely link him to Tamil rebels (Adrian Humphreys, National Post)
The Federal Court of Canada has overturned the refugee status granted a passenger aboard a smuggling ship linked to Tamil rebels, just as the refugee board extended protection on the same grounds to a Tamil passenger of a second smuggling ship, highlighting the difficulty in handling the two highly publicized mass arrivals. The overturned decision involves one of 492 Sri Lankan Tamil migrants who arrived aboard the MV Sun Sea in 2010; the newly granted asylum decision involves one of the 76 aboard the MV Ocean Lady in 2009.

Still waiting (Ed Bowen, letter, Calgary Herald)
I note with pleasure that Canada will offer a new beginning for some 20,000 Iraqis after already receiving about 12,000 refugees from Iraq. However, it is with immense displeasure that we have waited for years for the immigration department to call in for her interview a refugee from a neighbouring country.


Leadership hopefuls pledge action against poverty (25in5)
Liberal candidates vying to become Ontario’s next premier are committing to step up the province’s fight against poverty. Results from a questionnaire released today by the 25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction reveal that most candidates, including both front-runners, are pledging action on income security, affordable housing and good jobs. “We are encouraged that poverty reduction has been front and centre in this leadership contest,” said Sarah Blackstock of YWCA Toronto. “The specific commitments made by the majority of candidates are crucial if we are going to continue to build on Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy, including reducing child poverty by 25% by the end of 2013.”


Diversity + inclusion = better business (HCA Mag)
Focusing on inclusion in the workplace is just as important to business performance as building diversity, according to a new report. Released in November, the report by Deloitte Australia and the Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission is based upon the opinions and experiences of 1,550 employees in three large Australian businesses. While the financial crisis was a catalyst for change, at the time organisations tended to focus on diversity rather than on inclusion, according to the report. “Our hunch was that if organisations failed to get the diversity and inclusion balance right, and to increase their focus on inclusion, then the game-changing potential of this ‘moment in time’ would be lost,” it said.. The researchers defined the feeling of inclusion as comprising the perception of both ‘fairness and respect’ and ‘value and belonging’.–inclusion–better-business/148036/

Human rights commission rejects temporary coal mine worker’s complaint (Dene Moore, Leader-Post)
The Canadian Human Rights Commission has rejected a complaint filed by a Chinese miner against the United Steelworkers, over the union’s vocal campaign against temporary foreign workers at a coal mine in northeastern British Columbia. In a letter sent to the commission last month, Huizhi Li, one of 17 workers that had already arrived to work at HD Mining’s Murray River mine, cited content from the Steelworkers’ website that he said violated human rights laws. Specifically, Li cited allegations by the Steelworkers and other labour groups that about 200 miners the company has hired from China are working for lower wages and benefits than the Canadian norm.

The following two tabs change content below.


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.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Read previous post:
Daily Reads/Micro Thoughts Summary

Shared 11 links. The Case Against Racial Colorblindness in the Workplace - Forbes Rick Dykstra: Showing Foreign Criminals The Door...