Immigration & Diversity news headlines – January 28, 2013


Access to citizenship becoming more difficult unintended consequence of policy changes? (Maytree)
Canada has always been proud of its naturalization rate among immigrants as compared to other countries. However, a recent Toronto Star article suggests that for some the road to citizenship has become fraught with roadblocks. Intentional or not, the article outlines how many immigrants will have to wait as long as nine years to become full-fledged citizens.

Thinking Big: A Film Festival Highlights Small Town Diversity (Cities of Migration)
An intercultural approach to community engagement that includes health and housing while celebrating diversity through the arts, new media and an international film festival Karima arrives at her first day at a secondary school. She speaks no Spanish. Will she ever make any friends?

Immigrants children find multiculturalism obsolete (Doug Saunders, Globe and Mail)
I think its a bit unfair that I have to be multicultural, while you get to be whatever you want to be. That was said to me a few days ago, with an ironic smile and no trace of anger, by a young, dark-skinned woman in a hijab who spoke with a more pronounced Canadian accent than mine. I mention this not because her words surprised me, but because they have become so familiar. Over the past couple of years, when I have found myself hearing sharp criticism of multiculturalism in this country, it is very often coming from a Canadian-born child of religious-minority immigrants. Multiculturalism was fine for my parents generation, a Bangladeshi-Canadian radio producer told me, but I have no use for it it just makes me feel like a second-class Canadian.

Woman, daughter face deportation (Jason Warick, Star Phoenix)
A Saskatoon care home worker and her disabled daughter are scheduled for deportation to Romania Wednesday, but more than 200 supporters are hoping it doesn’t come to that. Federal officials will escort Eniko Reka Kincses See video of Eniko Reka Kincses and her daughter Boglarka and her 22-year-old daughter Boglarka, who suffers from cerebral palsy, onto their 5 a.m. Wednesday flight from Saskatoon to Toronto, Amsterdam and Bucharest unless something changes. “We came to Saskatoon to start a new life,” Kincses said in an interview. In an email to The Star-Phoenix, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) spokesperson Paul Northcott said Boglarka has been deemed medically ineligible for Canadian residence.

Immigrant Income Levels Depend on Canadian Immigration Program (CICS News)
In the second part of our series on the recently released Statistics Canada report on the income of immigrants, we delve deeper into the data and look at how various economic class immigration programs compare for immigrants who arrived between 1986 and 2010. The first part can be found here. Among the most important immigration-related issues for the federal government every year is picking the right mix of immigration programs to make up the annual quota that it sets aside for new permanent residents.

An optimistic view of board diversity (Globe and Mail)
Such optimism, however, needs to be infused with a reality check and the numbers of women on corporate boards still appears stark. Women hold only 16.6 per cent of board seats in the United States, a figure that has moved only incrementally since 2008. In Canada, that number hovers below 14.5 per cent. The data speaks for itself: Women and professionals from ethno-cultural minority groups continue to be significantly underrepresented in almost every sector and industry on boards and in the C-suite, said Ritu Bhasin, principal of Toronto-based Bhasin Consulting Inc., which emphasizes diversity and the advancement of women.

The Skinny on the Startup Visa Canada Pilot Program (Maura Rodgers,
On January 24, 2013, Citizenship and Immigration Canada announced it’s Startup Visa Pilot Program designed to draw innovative immigrant entrepreneurs to our great country. The pilot program will begin accepting applications April 1, 2013 and run for 5 years. To start, the Canadian government has alloted 2750 Visas per year for startup entrepreneurs and their families. If there is demand and early success, the program will become permanent. Canadas Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (CVCA) and the Canadian National Angel Capital Organization (NACO) will help idenitfy and recommend qualified members to the CIC. VCs managing over 40-Million or more in assets will automatically qualify to back foreign entrepreneurs, who meet the criteria. Unlike other entrepreneurial visas in the UK or Australia, Minister Jason Kenney said at the press conference that eligible entrepreneurs under the Startup Visa Class will receive Permanent Residency in Canada upon acceptance.

Immigration Canada to lure foreign entrepreneurs with prize of permanent residency (Toronto Star)
Ottawa hopes to lure innovative entrepreneurs from abroad to Canada by offering them permanent residency. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said Thursday the move will put Canada ahead of its competitors, such as Australia, the United Kingdom and United States, where entrepreneurs are offered only temporary residency, and their ultimate status hinges on business success. Our new Start-Up Visa will help make Canada the destination of choice for the worlds best and brightest to launch their companies, said Kenney, who is planning a trip to Silicon Valley, the worlds start-up capital, to find foreign entrepreneurs looking for a permanent home.–immigration-canada-to-lure-foreign-entrepreneurs-with-prize-of-permanent-residency&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgAIAAoATAAOABAobSOiAVIAlAAWABiBWVuLUNB&cd=IZzv0B6wIrw&usg=AFQjCNHuQ4BYmm-JM0JGWAeWCegwoQeXFg

New Startup Visa attracts entrepreneurs to Canada (Joseph Czikk,
Foreign entrepreneurs and startups looking to obtain a new Canadian Startup Visa will require the support of an accelerator, an angel investor or a venture capital (VC) fund to commit funding before they can apply. On Thursday, federal Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney revealed that the new Startup Visa program will begin accepting applications on April 1st , 2013. It will fast track the immigration process for high-potential entrepreneurs and teams.

Worthwhile Canadian Immigration Initiative (Martin Bright, Spectator UK)
As Reihan says, this seems like an admirable policy. It makes sense on business grounds but it is also, of course, good politics.

Group recognized for helping Regina’s newcomer (Courtney Mintenko, Newstalk 650)
The Regina Police Service has recognized a project that aims to build a better relationship between officers and new Canadians. The Community Policing Award was given to members of the Regina Open Door Society (RODS) and the police service’s Cultural and Diversity Unit for producing educational videos and booklets for newcomers to Regina.

Canadian immigration officials deny Randy Quaids request for permanent resident status (Windsor Star)
Canadian immigration officials have denied U.S. actor Randy Quaids request for permanent resident status in Canada. A Canadian government official confirmed late Saturday that Quaid`s request for permanent status has been denied. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. Quaid can appeal the decision to the federal court.

Taking an Intersectional Approach How We Can Improve Services for Newcomers Experiencing Violence (Settlement AtWork)
The summary report highlights key findings and recommendations for the Immigrant and Refugee Womens Program at Springtide Resources. It also contains relevant information for all organizations who work with people with precarious status, immigrant, refugee, and newcomer communities experiencing violence. At its core, the report is a call to action for all to take an intersectional approach and collaborate across sectors to address and prevent all forms of gender based violence.

Muslim immigration not a threat, columnist says (CJNews)
Muslim immigrants are no more a threat to western countries than earlier waves of Catholic and Jewish newcomers were in their day, Globe and Mail columnist Doug Saunders told an audience here earlier this month. Saunders, an author and award-winning journalist, explored the perceived threat of Muslim immigration to the western world in his recently published book The Myth of the Muslim Tide: Do Immigrants Threaten the West?

#CdnImm Event #12 – Language Services Delivery & Coordination – Feb 21
To discuss, gain knowledge and share best practices in referrals to and service coordination of language services for newcomers
To identify and explore hot topics in newcomer language services, including the launch of the Coordinated Language Assessment and Referral System (CLARS)
To gather information from presenters that attendees can apply to their work

Are we ready to stop asking “Are we ready?” (CBC The Current)
Even before this weekend’s leadership convention that made history by choosing her as Ontario’s first female premier and Canada’s first openly gay premier, Kathleen Wynne has been transparent about her politics and her life. And yet the question “Are We Ready?” was asked about her just as it has been asked about others among the pundits for decades. If it isn’t sexual orientation, its race, ethnicity, religion or gender. It is always something. So in 2013, Are we finally ready to stop asking … Are We Ready?

Building bridges for the next generation (Jennifer Brown, inHouse)
Ernest Tuckett doesnt mince words when asked how he feels diversity should be addressed in the legal profession. Tuckett is a strong advocate for promoting minorities and believes there has to be some form of consequence to get outside law firms to respond effectively. I definitely think the carrot-and-stick approach is needed in the legal profession, says Tuckett, who became the new general counsel for DuPont Canada last June after working for the company in the United States. We can get the most with the carrot and show how serious we are about diversity when we make some hiring decisions based on how folks perform in that area. Certainly thats the case in the U.S. and from what Ive seen in Canada it could be helpful here as well. I understand the dynamics are different in the states we can and do track numbers whereas in Canada it seems to be mostly self-reporting.


How Generous is Canadas Refugee Asylum Process? (Simon Kiss,
The line of reasoning sounds awfully familiar. At least since the 1990s, politicians and public commentators have justified restrictions in refugee policy by referring to Canadas alleged unmatched generosity. In debating a refugee reform in early 1994, for example, the Reform Partys immigration critic Art Hanger stated that Canada accepts numbers of refugee class immigrants that are virtually unheard of in the industrialized world. More recently, when presenting the Balanced Refugee Reform Act in April 2010, Minister Kenney began by boasting that Canadas generous approach to the protection of refugees is perhaps unique in the democratic world. It is curious that the argument has not lost any power. The last two decades have seen several encompassing refugee reforms in Canada, which have, among other things, narrowed the definition of a refugee, increased identification controls, facilitated deportation, limited the possibilities for appealing a rejection, and given the Minister more individual leeway in deportation decisions. But it appears you can always make the case for yet another reform by arguing the extant system is overly generous by comparative standards.

Mobilisation pour garder une famille mexicaine à Saint-Hyacinthe (Radio Canada)
Des groupes communautaires de la région de Saint-Hyacinthe, en Montérégie, se mobilisent pour tenter d’empêcher l’expulsion d’une famille mexicaine. Les quatre membres de la famille Pavon-Aquila sont arrivés au Canada il y a quatre ans. Ils ont déposé à lépoque une demande d’asile. Or, selon la commission de l’immigration, la famille Pavon-Aguila ne fait pas face à une menace spécifique dans son pays d’origine. De leur côté, les intervenants plaident que la famille est parfaitement intégrée. Les deux parents ont un emploi et leurs deux filles vont à l’école. Tous parlent français.

Roma refugees: Canadian billboards in Hungary warn of deportation (Toronto Star)
Ottawa has launched an unprecedented billboard campaign in the Hungarian city of Miskolc, home of many Roma refugees, trumpeting Canadas rapid expulsion of failed asylum seekers. Since last week, the Canadian government has erected six billboards in Hungarys fourth largest city, proclaiming: Those people who make a claim without sound reasons will be processed faster and removed faster. The $3,000 ad campaign, another attempt to curb the inflow of Roma refugees to Canada, has already created uproar among the Roma community here and there.–roma-refugees-canadian-billboards-in-hungary-warn-of-deportation&ct=ga&cad=CAcQARgAIAAoATAAOABAtfSNiAVIAlAAWABiBWVuLUNB&cd=cnBOUv4y6Jg&usg=AFQjCNH8NYgYThNmPG28y9kACwosYPUuqw

Human Smuggling Canada: Charges Dropped Against Alleged Smugglers (Zi-ann Lum, Huffington Post)
A B.C. judge dismissed human smuggling charges Friday against four men accused of bringing dozens of Tamil migrants into Canada illegally aboard the MV Ocean Lady. The decision comes two weeks after Justice Arne Silverman struck down a section of Canada’s human smuggling law. Lawyers for the Crown and the defence agreed the B.C. Supreme Court judge should quash the charges after the earlier ruling that the law against human smuggling was unconstitutional.


Canadian Social Research Newsletter (Canadian Social Research Links)
Canadian content
1. New from John Stapleton:
— Why low-income families don’t apply for federal education assistance programs – January 22
— Whats wrong with debit cards for social assistance recipients? Whats wrong with cutting benefits to long term recipients?- January 18
2. The Fiscal Monitor: November 2012 (Finance Canada) – January 25
3. The Distribution of Wealth: Implications for the Neo Liberal Justification for Economic Inequality (Andrew Jackson, Broadbent Institute) – January 23
4. Fixing Homelessness Means Putting Housing First (Huffington Post Canada) – January 23
5. New Public Legal Education and Information Webinars from PLEI Connect – January 2013
6. Media and Policy News [mostly Ontario] for 25 January 2013 (By Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
7. [Alberta] The cost of poverty : Those who suffer most are those who have no choice (Meaghan Baxter in VueWeekly) – January 24
8. Media and Policy News [mostly Ontario] for 22 January 2013 (By Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
9. Ontario Conservative Leader Tim Hudak on wrong track with welfare [reform proposals]: Toronto Star Editorial – January 20
10. Ontario Liberal Leadership Candidates’ Questionnaire on Poverty Reduction (25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction) – January 22
11. What’s New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
— Consumer Price Index, December 2012 – January 25
— Consumer Price Index: Basket update and Enhancement Initiative – January 25
— StatCan Blog (new!) – January 24
— Public postsecondary enrolments and graduates, 2010/2011 – January 23
— Job vacancies, three-month average ending in October 2012 – January 22
12. What’s new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

Common Causes: Progressive forces acting together to build a better society (Maude Barlow, rabble)
Common Causes is an assembly of social movements dedicated to defending democracy, social justice, the environment and human rights in the face of an all-out assault by the Harper government. On September 13, 2012, 47 diverse regional and national organizations came together to share concerns about the country’s direction under the Harper government, and to create strategies to counter a federal government agenda that we believe is at odds with the values of the significant majority of people who live in Canada, Québec and on Indigenous lands. Common Causes is made up of groups and organizations that represent workers, the poor, students, First Nations, women, environmentalists, farmers, educators, human rights and social justice advocates, immigrants and refugees, writers and artists, scientists, aid and development workers, front-line health care workers, and many others. We are deeply troubled by the Harper governments agenda that is changing society in such critical areas as the economy, the environment, labour rights, health care, food safety, education, social programs, science, culture, foreign policy, civil liberties, peace and poverty. Our mission is to unite people and communities to work in solidarity for change, and our goal is the just, equitable world and country that we know is possible.

Kamloops groups unite under Common Causes (Kamploops News)
Groups engaged in passive resistance against the federal government are uniting to form a national coalition. Common Causes, a loosely structured umbrella group, will be launched on Monday night as a first step toward a national day of action. The Kamloops chapter of the Council of Canadians, a left-wing progressive citizens organization, is hosting an information session on Monday at 6 p.m. at the Smorgasbord Deli, 225 Seventh Ave.

Latest Media & Policy News: 25 Jan 2013 (ISAC)
Mainstream media roundup of policy and poverty news.


Immigrant Talent A Key to Business Success (IECBC)
Read about how skilled immigrants have given Burnaby-based employer, Metro Testing Labs a competitive advantage.

Technology firms holding out hope for high-skilled immigration reform (Jennifer Martinez,
Other nationsincluding Canada, New Zealand and even Chinaare luring away students, workers and entrepreneurs with more sensible and welcoming immigration policies, they wrote. If we do not adapt, we will be increasingly unable to compete. The U.S. economy is also in a different state than it was when Congress tried to pass a comprehensive immigration bill in 2007, before the signs of the recession started to show. Six years later, Hoffman said lawmakers are more aware about the need for the U.S. to retain foreign-born engineers and graduates with masters degrees and PhDs in science and math due in part to the sputtering economy.

CLGA & CCCA Host LGBTQ Diversity And Inclusion In The Workplace Event (
Toronto, ON The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA) and The Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (CCCA) will play host to a breakfast event and live webcast highlighting trailblazers of LGBTQ inclusion within the workplace on Monday, February 25, 2013. Moderated by ProudFM?s Mike Chalut , this event will showcase pivotal Canadian LGBTQ inclusion employment cases and provide up to date legislative context. Partnering with the CLGA and CCCA to host this event is the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Conference (SOGIC) of the Canadian Bar Association and Pride at Work Canada .

Where did all the new jobs come from? (Carol Goar, Toronto Star)
Economists are scratching their heads over Canadas unexpectedly strong employment growth in 2012. It puzzles them for three reasons: businesses werent spending, governments werent hiring and the economy was weak. Despite these unfavourable conditions, Canada created 272,000 new jobs in 2012, its best showing since the recession. By year-end, the unemployment rate had fallen to a four-year low of 7.1 per cent. All the jobs lost in 2008-2009 meltdown have now been recouped, as Finance Minister Jim Flaherty frequently reminds Canadians.–goar-where-did-all-the-new-jobs-come-from#.UQXlutJtGh8.twitter

BBOT event tackles diversity in business (Brampton Guardian)
Recognizing Bramptons diversity and the possibilities it provides local businesses will be the topic of discussion at an event next month hosted by the Brampton Board of Trade and Skills Without Borders. The presentation takes place Feb. 6, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott, 90 Biscayne Cres.–bbot-event-tackles-diversity-in-business

February 21 | Trading Best Practices Conference (Skills for Change)
Skills for Change ( will deliver a timely and impactful symposium to encourage internationally-trained immigrants to consider the benefits of pursuing a career in the Skilled Trades. The theme for the day is, Trading Best Practices. This conference will provide the opportunity to connect with experts in the trades through our marketplace vendors, learn more about agency services, to participate in sessions on interesting, relevant topics, and network with peers and employers.


Monday’s headlines (Spacing Toronto)
A round up of mainstream media coverage of Rob Ford, TTC and Other News.

Newsstand: January 28, 2013 (Terri Coles, Torontoist)
Be careful out there, folks! Slippery weather this morning. In the news: Ontario has a new incoming premier; a fire tears through a beloved bagel shop; the mayor is mad about the TTC’s extension of newsstand leases; and the port authority wants armed officers at the island airport.


February 2013 e-bulletin (CCLA)
CCLA Speaks out on Campus Free Speechand University Listens!
CCLA acts as a Party at the Ashley Smith Inquest
CCLA at Supreme Court on Important Refugee Rights Case
Repeal Criminal Libel
Apply for CCLAs summer legal internships
Board News

Video: Innovation in Times of Flux (Nabeel Ahmed,
Here’s your innovation inspiration for the weekend: the panel discussion titled Innovation in Times of Flux:Opportunity on the Heels of Crisis from the opening plenary of the 2012 Skoll World Forum. Judith Rodin, President of the Rockefeller Foundation moderated a panel featuring Roger Martin, Dean of the Rotman School of Business, Soraya Salti, a Skoll Entrepreneur and Regional Director at INJAZ, and Patrick Meier, Director of Social Innovation at the Qatar Foundation’s Computing Research Institute.

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