Immigration & Diversity news headlines – January 23, 2013


More diverse boards of governance coming soon across Canada thanks to funding from The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation (DiverseCity Toronto)
With the help of a new grant from The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, Diversity onBoard will assist partners in other cities across Canada develop similar programs. Since its launch in 2007, DiverseCity onBoard has recruited, trained, and facilitated placement of more than 600 diverse leaders on nonprofit and public boards across the Greater Toronto Area. Today, there are over 600 organizations registered with DiverseCity onBoard and 1,500 individuals are part of its roster, ready and able to serve.

Has Jason Kenney balanced immigration reform? (Jeffrey Simpson, Globe and Mail)
Canada has had one of the most generous if not the most generous refugee-determination systems in the world. Yet, after a while in office, every government wants to change the system, often for good reasons. The refugee policy world is complicated, what with court rulings, quasi-judicial hearings, immigration lawyers, lobby groups, international conventions, less-than-complete documentation of some claims and plenty of genuine refugees fleeing fear of persecution as well as economic migrants posing as refugees.

Canadian editor awarded prestigious Global Indian Association award (Yonge Street)
Toronto-based editor Ravi Pandey was awarded a Global Indian Association (GIA) International Excellence Award for his, “valuable and outstanding contribution and performance in community service in Canada.” The chief editor of Canadian newspaper Hindi Abroad launched the publication after moving to Toronto from Delhi, where he previously worked as a prominent film journalist. Since moving to Canada, he has become known for reporting on Indian issues in a foreign setting.

Talked into Complacency: A Muslim Woman Responds to Trudeaus Message at RIS (
Let me begin with a story. A story from your history. One that I hope will stay in your minds as you think about our common future. These are words taken from a speech recently delivered by Justin Trudeau, a well-known Canadian politician, to the thousands of Muslims in attendance at the most recent Reviving the Islamic Spirit convention. I was not in attendance at the conference, but after reading Trudeaus speech, which he published on the Huffington Post, I was enraged by his audacity in simplifying the experiences of marginalized people in Canada, erasing histories of colonization and dispossession, and spreading a classist and colonial message to the Muslim community, as a means of placating any thoughts of resistance.

Envisioning Global LGBT Rights (OCASI)
OCASI is an active research participant in the Envisioning project and is the Community Chair of the Canadian research team. Envisioning Global LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Human Rights is an international research project housed at the Centre for Feminist Research, York University, with partnerships in Africa, the Caribbean, India, the Netherlands, the USA and Canada.

Conference on Gambling, Culture, Community and Intervention (Settlement AtWork)
Hosted by COSTI Immigrant Services in partnership with the Ontario Resource Group on Gambling, Ethnicity and Culture, this conference is for mainstream community service providers, problem gambling counsellors, addiction counsellors, settlement workers, health officials, researchers, credit counsellors, bankruptcy trustees, students and social service providers interested in the issue of problem gambling and how it affects ethno-cultural communities.

Welcome to the LGBTQ Settlement Network
Goals and Objectives
§ To support front-line staff in their work with LGBTQ newcomers
§ To act as a community hub for those interested in this work
§ To stimulate dialogue in relation to LGBTQ newcomers and their settlement needs in broader forums
§ To act as a forum to develop partnerships to do this work
§ To increase visibility of the network in the larger community as well as in LGBTQ communities
§ To coordinate outreach efforts to LGBTQ newcomers
§ To act as a catalyst for systemic change in the interests of LGBTQ newcomers

Income of Canadian Immigrants Varies Depending on Time, Country of Origin (CICS News)
Data released last month by Statistics Canada shows large variance in the average income of immigrants across groups divided by country of origin and date of arrival in Canada. The data looks at income-receiving immigrants from six geographical regions: 1) Africa and the Middle East, 2) Asia, Australasia and the Pacific 3) South America and Greenland, 4) United States, 5) Europe except the United Kingdom, and 6) the United Kingdom. It tracks the immigrants incomes from 2006 to 2010, to find trends in income growth over time.


No phony refugees allowed: Canadian billboard in Hungary (Sun News Network)
New billboards in Hungary tell residents not to bother coming to Canada to file an unfounded refugee claim because the rules have changed and theyll quickly be deported. People with unfounded claims will be deported faster, warn the billboards, bearing the Government of Canada logo and directing people to the Citizenship and Immigration website. Late last week, the billboards were placed in Miskolc, a city in northeast Hungary that is home to many Roma.

Important to tell refugee tales (Wendy Chan, Burnaby Now)
Thank you for publishing the piece on Le Nguyen’s journey as an asylum seeker from Vietnam to Canada. I found the story compelling and a nice contrast to much of what has recently been published in the mainstream press about refugees and asylum seekers. As Mr. Nguyen’s story illustrates, many people are simply looking for a safe place to live and build a life. Contrary to Jason Kenney’s characterization of refugees as “bogus” – a reference he makes repeatedly whenever the opportunity arises, we see through this story, that the lives of refugees are complex and filled with many difficult decisions.


Stop wondering about under-subscription of benefits (John Stapelton, Open Policy Ontario)
Getting the Learning Bond and Education Savings Grants is really hard for low-income parents I have become mildly annoyed by those who cant figure out why the Canada Learning Bond (CLB) and the Canada Education Savings Grants (CESG) are undersubscribed among low-income parents. There really should be no mystery.

A Ball Player, a Cop, a Janitor, and a Welfare Recipient (John Stapleton, Broadbent Institute)
To whom do we compare ourselves when we think about reducing inequality?

Latest Media and Policy News: 22 Jan 2013 (ISAC)
Policy and poverty news from the mainstream media.


Simple steps to diversity for SMEs (TRIEC)
Diversity is linked to a range of business outcomes, from engagement and innovation to the bottom line, but do you need expensive studies and complex programs to ensure youre getting the right people? HRMs experts dont think so.

Prince George & Region Forum helps local employers tap into BCs skilled immigrants (IECBC)
The report of the Prince George and Region Forum on Immigrant Employment is now available. Sponsored by IEC-BC, in collaboration with Initiatives Prince George and the Prince George Chamber, the Forum brought together Northern BC employers and others to learn about resources and tools to help find, attract and hire BCs skilled immigrant talent, as well as to share ideas and build immigrant labour force solutions for the region.

Domestic Workers Worldwide Abused, Need Protection: Report (Justina Reichel, The Epoch Times)
Domestic workers around the world face physical, financial, and emotional abuse on the job due to a lack of rights and protection, a new study has found. The UN-sponsored research, released by the International Labour Organization, says the nearly 53 million domestic workers around the world, most of whom are women, are often exposed to abuse on the job such as overwork, economic exploitation, and even rape and physical abuse. Not included in this figure are 7 million children under 16 who labour as domestic workers and are at risk of to many of the same abuses.

Advocate Decries Loss of EI for Seasonal Migrants (The Tyee)
Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Lucy Luna migrated to Canada 16 years ago. Now she advocates for migrants, most of them also from Mexico, who are seasonal agricultural workers. She is coordinator of the Abbotsford regional office of the Agricultural Workers Alliance, an arm of the UFCW labour union. In December the federal government announced that seasonal migrant workers will no longer be covered by Employment Insurance (EI). That news caused hardly a ripple of interest among the wider public but had big implications for the agricultural temporary workers Luna sees daily, she told The Tyee in an interview.


Wednesdays headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A round up of mainstream media coverage of Toronto Casino, TTC, City Hall and Other News.

City of Toronto website named one of the best in the world (Yonge Street)
The City of Toronto’s website has been named one of the best municipal websites in the world, according to the Digital Governance in Municipalities Worldwide report released yesterday. The City of Toronto’s website ranked first in content and second overall behind Seoul, South Korea’s municipal website. Toronto improved from tenth place to second in the 2009 report for digital governance. It was the third most usable municipal website in 2011, but did not make the top 10 cut in privacy and security or social engagement.

Newsstand: January 23, 2013 (Casey Irvin, Torontoist)
It is already Wednesday. So, take your time; go into work late. Just relax. Or be really frantic. Its your choice. In the news: most people want a Toronto casino; Sun News wants you to give them money; pump organ, free to a good home; cold; and the provincial deficit takes an unexpected squishing.

The dubious case for casinos (Behind the Numbers)
I got way off my usual research agenda this morning for a business panel on CBC radio. The topic was the economics of casinos, the result of the City of Surrey voting down a new casino proposal. I have often disparagingly compared stock markets to casinos, but in fact I knew relatively little about the actual business of casinos. I dont even buy lottery tickets. Perhaps it is the economist in me that knows the odds are stacked against me. Like drugs, when it comes to gambling my preference is that we shine daylight on it, regulate it and tax it, and make sure that we put the funds into mitigating harms. Gambling has long been with us, from poker parties and hockey pools through to lottery tickets and horse racing. But casinos are a form of gambling that has seen a massive expansion across North America in recent years. Back in 1989, there was Atlantic City and Vegas, period. Now they are almost everywhere, with 17 in BC and thousands across the continent.

Will promise of riches overwhelm analysis of social and health impacts of proposed casino? (Wellesley Institute)
A casino will bring increased health and social costs for Toronto, warned two leading experts at a community forum hosted by the Wellesley Institute on Jan 22. While a casino for Toronto is being pitched as a sure-fire money-spinner (exactly the same way that casinos are marketed to individual gamblers), the real story is much more complex. Toronto Medical Officer of Health Dr David McKeown noted that availability and proximity are key factors in boosting problem and at-risk gambling behaviour. He said that research suggests that there would likely be a big increase in the estimated 140,000 problem and at-risk gamblers in the GTA if a casino is located here. Trent University gambling expert Dr Jim Cosgrave noted that governments are increasingly relying on gambling revenues and, as the economic downturn continues to erode revenues, governments are increasingly turning to the quick stimulus of gambling to shore up their finances.


Edelman Trust Barometer 2013 (Edelman)
NGOS Remain Most Trusted Institution… The 13th annual Edelman Trust Barometer is our largest exploration of trust, to date, and the largest survey of its kind. For 2013, we surveyed more than 31,000 respondents in 26 markets around the world and measured their trust in institutions, industries and leaders.

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