Immigration & Diversity news headlines – February 19, 2013


Welcome to the Stars Immigration page (Debra Black and Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star)
The Star has launched its Immigration and Diversity Page , an online resource of information, commentary and personal stories documenting Canadas changing immigration landscape. The page will serve as a public record documenting the countrys immigration past, present and future for years to come. We begin with a special mapping project looking back at the countrys immigration patterns.

Canadas immigration history one of discrimination and exclusion (Toronto Star)
The history of Canada’s immigration policy has been one of exclusion. Today, the country continues to welcome some, but not others.

An immigrants essay: From exclusion to belonging (Toronto Star)
Gary Yee’s family was sponsored to Canada by his grandfather, who had paid Canada’s infamous Chinese head tax when he came here in 1917.

Canada Immigration: How a decade of policy change has transformed the immigration landscape (Toronto Star)
The temporary foreign worker program and stepped-up border enforcement are two major features of Canadas immigration policies today.

Free webinar: Diversity in the supply chain (PMAC)
Purchasing Management Association of Canada (PMAC) and DiverseCity: The Greater Toronto Leadership Project invite you to join us for an exclusive webinar presentation of the results of a major research study on diversity in the supply chain. Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. ET

Surrey tables action plan to help skilled immigrants, refugees find jobs (Mike Raptis, The Province)
Before immigrating to Surrey in 2010, Naresh Heera was an emergency room doctor in northern India. Nearly three years later, hes working as a security guard. The 42-year-old family man is determined, though. Hes studying to take a series of exams the first one in May will cost $1,500 to become a licensed physician. Its a long process, Heera said. To work and to study is not … its difficult to work steady.

News Release Minister Kenney marks achievements of the Canadian Historical Recognition Program (CHRP) (CIC)
Members of the Chinese, Italian, South Asian, Jewish, Ukrainian and other communities joined Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney today to celebrate the success of the Community Historical Recognition Program. The Government of Canada is committed to recognizing and educating Canadians about the experiences of those pioneers who overcame such heavy burdens, said Minister Kenney. Their experiences mark an unfortunate period in our nations history. We must ensure that they are never forgotten.

Régine Chassagne helps bring Haitis carnival to Montreal (Rene Bruemmer, Montreal Gazette)
Régine Chassagne of Arcade Fire had to wait until her mother died before she could finally visit the land where her parents were born. Her mother was forced to flee Haiti for Montreal during the brutality of the Jean-Claude Duvalier regime, and would suffer nightmares about that time for the rest of her life. There was no question of her daughter going. So Chassagne did what she could from here. She began raising money for Haiti aid efforts as the band started to pick up and I realized, Oh, well, this might be a real job for me. This was in 2005, when Arcade Fire made the cover of Time magazine after their album Funeral became a global sensation. But Chassagne still longed to get her feet on the ground and make contact.

New religious-freedom ambassador should help set immigration policy: Christian leader (Globe and Mail)
An Evangelical Christian leader wants the federal governments new ambassador for religious freedom to play a central role in screening refugees and immigrants fleeing religious persecution. Nearly two years after promising to name Canadas first Ambassador for Religious Freedom Prime Minister Stephen Harper is expected to make the long-delayed announcement Tuesday at a Toronto-area mosque and community centre.

Notice Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program pilot project in British Columbia open work permits for spouses/common-law partners and working-age dependent children of temporary foreign workers (CIC)
Effective February 15, 2013, CIC will no longer accept applications for open work permits (WPs) from spouses, common-law partners and working-age dependent children (aged 1822) of temporary foreign workers (TFWs) destined for British Columbia in occupations requiring lower levels of formal training. That includes occupations defined in the National Occupation Classification (NOC) as type C, or those that usually require secondary school or job-specific training, or occupations generally requiring on-the-job training (NOC D). The NOC is a list of all the occupations in the Canadian labour market. It describes each job according to skill type and skill level. The NOC is used to collect and organize job statistics and to provide labour market information. It is also used as a basis for certain immigration requirements.

AMA Toronto Shared Interest Group Presents: Connecting With Multicultural Consumers Through New Media (AMA Toronto)
Did you know that 20% of Canadas population was born outside of the country? Or that 281,000 new immigrants settled in Canada in 2010 ( 42% settled in Toronto!). In a matter of years, Canadas visible minorities will no longer be that, minorities. Multicultural marketing isnt niche anymore, its mass. Todays multicultural consumers are truly global consumers, mobilized across different parts of the world, tech savvy, connected, and heavy users of mobile devices. Faced with this paradigm shift and changed media habits, how are todays marketers building meaningful connections with this fast-evolving segment?

Our summary and thoughts on Jason Kenney’s Removing ‘Foreign’ Criminals Faster Act (Immigration Lawyer blogs)
Bill C-43 proposes to eliminate access to the Immigration Appeal Division (IAD) of the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) for permanent residents or family members of those who have certain criminal offences in Canada or believed to have committed offences outside of Canada. Bill C-43 also provides the Minister with increased discretion to deny entry to individuals on public grounds. The majority of the proposed amendments are excessive, harmful, and unnecessary stimulating debate as to whether many of the elements undermine the principles of fairness and due process.

Black History Month (CBC Metro Morning)
Donna Paris told her black history this morning. You can find more stories from black Canadians, and information about how you too can submit your story by going here .

Canadas Top 25 Immigrants (
Nominations are now open for the fifth annual RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards. This national award is the only one of its kind that recognizes individuals who have made a difference since their arrival in Canada. It seeks to uncover and celebrate the stories and remarkable achievements of outstanding Canadian Immigrants. If you know of an immigrant who has made a positive impact or is an inspiration to others click here to nominate them. Nominations close on Thursday, February 28th at 11:59PM EST.

Good neighbours, industrious immigrants recalled amid remnants of Little Italy (Kamloops News)
Little Italy is a faded rose at the corner of Lorne Street and local history. An old fountain stands dry, the well-tended garden is gone and the Fuoco family doesnt live at 640 Lorne anymore, but the modest house survives as a reminder of the citys industrious and close-knit past. The theme of this years Heritage Week is Good Neighbours, which could easily apply to Benny and Clelia Fuoco, who came to Kamloops to escape the crushing poverty of southern Italy, 99 years ago.

CBC readers salute 6 inspiring black Canadians (CBC)
While Black History Month is a great time to reflect on the accomplishments of historical figures such as Desmond and other prominent black Canadians, it also presents an opportunity to showcase the efforts of today’s role models and rising stars. Black Canadians are still breaking barriers, changing lives and contributing to Canada’s culture and legacy. With this in mind, we asked CBC readers to tell us about men and women who are making a difference in their communities today.

University of Windsor celebrates cultural diversity (Don Lajoie, Windsor Star)
With a parade of dozens of flags representing nations on every continent, pounding ceremonial drums, exotic flavors and music and dance from around the globe, the University of Windsor put the cultural diversity of its student population on display Thursday at its annual Celebration of Nations. Enrique Chacon, international student adviser, said more than 100 nationalities and 2,500 people make up the international student population at the U of W. But, he added, that only tells part of the story. Of those participating, only half were exchange students. The remaining 50 per cent, he said, were what he termed domestic students of differing ethnic backgrounds.

UN Alliance Of Civilizations And BMW Group Announce 2013 Finalists For The Intercultural Innovation Award (Intercultural Innovation)
After a lengthy and rigorous selection process, the ten finalists of this year Intercultural Innovation Award have been announced. Ten finalists will present their projects at the Viennese Volkstheatre on Tuesday, February 26th, 2013. President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, Incoming United Nations High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations and Mr. Bill McAndrews, Vice President, Corporate Communications Strategy, Corporate and Market Communications, BMW Group will chair the ceremony, in the presence of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. High-level representatives of the UNAOC and the BMW Group will give the award to the five top organizations, which will receive award money as well as consulting services from the BMW Group and the UNAOC.

Elder abuse happens across all cultures and countries (South Asian Generation Next)
Established in 2003, the Peel Elder Abuse Prevention Network (PEAPN) is a collaborative of over 45 community organizations that have come together to stop and prevent the abuse of older adults in our communities. DIVYA KAELEY of Generation Next spoke to Karen Sibal, Coordinator, Peel Elder Abuse Prevention Network, about its goals, objectives and contribution to community.

If you can walk, talk, act like a local youll be successful (South Asian Generation Next)
Never give up keep trying. However, soft skills are the most important; if you can walk, talk, act like a local you will succeed! If you do not have the skill set invest in classes, networking events to help bridge the gap. I was able to find a job (Maple Leaf) within 4 months of my landing in Toronto as a senior manager. Brand marketing is tough to break into given the need for excellent soft skills and ability to network. The basics are the same but terminologies vary greatly and hands on experience are a must before looking for the right/dream job. Be able to adapt and learn very quickly on the job; make your manager feel at ease with you even though culturally you may be poles apart.

Vital settlement program could be lost: New West trustee (Grant Granger, New West News Leader)
The spectre of the federal government taking immigrant settlement workers out of schools has the New Westminster board of education concerned. In 2005, British Columbia used federal money to set up Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) programs in 10 districts with the highest concentration of immigrants, including New Westminster. It has since expanded SWIS to 21 districts throughout the province. Much of the motivation for locating the service in schools was based on them being one of the first places immigrant and refugee families go after arriving in Canada.

TDSB hiring policy favours male and minority teachers (Globe and Mail)
A Toronto District School Board memo to staff that included gender and race among qualifications that could win a candidate an interview for a teaching position has outraged some female teachers. The memo, which was received by principals and teachers and obtained by The Globe and Mail, says that the qualities that could get a candidate an interview include being male or from a racial minority.

Minister Kenney Acknowledges Foreign Immigrants Contribution To The Nation (IB Times)
Jason Kenney, Canadian Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Monday applauded the contributions made by the immigrants to the nation. Kenney was joined by members of the Italian, Chinese, Jewish, Ukrainian and other communities to mark the fifth Community Historical Recognition Program. It was initially started in 2008 by the federal government in order to acknowledge and educate all Canadians about how certain ethno-cultural communities were affected by wartime discriminatory measures and immigration restrictions applied in Canada.

Islamic elementary school is ranked Ottawa’s best by Fraser Institute (Maria Cook, Ottawa Citizen)
An Islamic private school, the Abraar School, has been rated the top elementary school in Ottawa for reading, writing and math scores, according to a study released Sunday. Meanwhile, the academic performance of public elementary schools in Ottawa barely rose above the provincial average, and was surpassed by Catholic schools, says the Fraser Institute, a public policy think-tank that ranks elementary and high schools annually.

Other countries court skilled immigrants frustrated by U.S. visa laws (Kevin Sullivan, Washington Post)
While other countries are actively recruiting foreign-born U.S. graduates, the United States has strict limits on visas for highly skilled workers that often put them on waiting lists of many years. And unlike Canada and other countries, the United States offers no specific visa for young entrepreneurs like Bajpayee and Narayan who want to start a business in America. We train these people and then we push them away, while Chile and the U.K. and Canada are coming in to recruit them, said Bill Aulet, managing director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship. These are people who are creating jobs. It is so outrageous to me.


News Release Making Canadas asylum system faster and fairer (CIC)
The Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, Jason Kenney, announced today that the list of Designated Countries of Origin is expanding to include an additional eight countries. As part of the improvements to Canadas new asylum system that came into effect on December 15, 2012, the Protecting Canadas Immigration System Act included the authority to designate countries of origindemocratic countries that offer state protection, have active human rights and civil society organizations, and do not normally produce refugees.

8 countries to face tougher asylum rules (Hannah Thibedeau, CBC)
Canada is adding another eight countries to a list of safe places, making it harder for refugee claimants from those countries to get asylum. Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney says he’s adding Mexico, Israel, Australia and others to a list of “designated countries of origin,” safe countries whose refugee claimants have a streamlined process to prove they have genuine need for asylum.

Letter: Mexican refugees endangered by Ottawas safe list change (Axelle Janczur, Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services)
On Thursday, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney expanded Canadas Designated Country of Origin (DCO) list to include Mexico, Israel and six other countries. These countries, along with 27 others, are considered safe by the Canadian government and, as such, refugees seeking asylum from them have severely restricted rights. At Access Alliance, patients we see from Mexico have some of the most horrific stories of abuses that our medical team hears. Calling this country safe is absurd, and fast-tracking these individuals will certainly result in errors in decisions that will see legitimate refugees deported.

Vancouver activists, refugees, worry about Mexicos safe designation (Liam Britten, Metro News)
Mexicos recent inclusion on Canadas Designated Countries of Origin (DCO) list has raised some eyebrows among Vancouver activists. Countries on the list are considered safe. Refugee applications from those countries are fast-tracked, but if unsuccessful, are rarely granted an appeal. Having Mexico on that list doesnt make sense to Karla Lottini, a Mexican refugee.–HH_FA3tElsThKw&url=

Is Mexico Safe? (CBC Metro Morning)
Matt Galloway spoke with Luis Horacio Najera, he is a journalist who fled Mexico five years ago, and with Francisco Rico-Martinez. He is the co-director of the FCJ Refugee Centre.

HMRH denounces Minister Jason Kenneys expansion of the Designated Countries of Origin list? (Hamiltonians for Migrant & Refugee Health)
Members of Hamiltonians and Migrant and Refugee Health (HMRH) are condemning the February 14, 2013 announcement by Minister Jason Kenney that eight countries have been added to the list of Designated Countries of Origin (DCO), saying that this leaves increasing numbers of refugee claimants without access to emergency or preventative healthcare. ? “The negative impact of the DCO list has already been felt in the healthcare community,” said Katie Dorman, a medical student and member of HMRH. “Volunteer health clinics seeing refugees have been overwhelmed with patients since the list came into effect, and the addition of countries means that increasingly there will be people living in our community without access to essential health services.”!press-releases/ca0t

Minister Jason Kenney says that Canada acted against its own interest by banning LTTE (LankaWeb)
I recall Martin Luther King Jr., saying: We shall have to repent in this generation not so much for the evil deeds of the wicked people but for the appalling silence of the good people. I consider myself as one of the good people guarding a Mother, my Mother Lanka from the baseball bat bludgeoning Canadian parliamentarians, Conservatives, Liberals and NDP alike, and as such I shall not be silent and I shall speak. I was somewhat distraught and amazed by your statement to the Tamil Media during the recent media briefing at Markhams Hilton, when you had said according to David Poopalapillai, the spokesperson for the Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) that Canada acted against its own interests by listing the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as a terrorist group in 2006. And that bothers me and should bother other Canadians across the country too. What Canadian interest were you talking of? I wish you had elaborated.


Canadian Social Research Newsletter (Canadian Social Research Links)
Canadian content
1. Free Webinar : Cost Benefit Analysis (Webinar by John Stapleton)
2. When does it make sense to invest in an RRSP and when doesnt it? (By Preet Banerjee in the Globe and Mail) – February 8
3. Media and Policy News [mostly Ontario] for February 12, 2013 (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
4. Fairness by Design : A Framework for Tax Reform in Canada (Marc Lee and Iglika Ivanova of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) – February 13
5. Understanding inequality and what to do about it (Miles Corak) – February 12
6. A Plan for Alberta: Ending Homelessness in 10 Years – 3 Year Progress Report (Alberta Secretariat for Action on Homelessness) – February 2013
7. What’s New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
— Charitable donors, 2011 – February 13
— Registered retirement savings plan contributions, 2011 – February 11
— Investment income, 2011 – February 11
8. What’s new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

Decentralize power, refocus on citizens (Leora Smith, Samara Canada)
On Monday, you read Steven Lees summary of the Citizen Voice theme. Today, we hear from Lee again, summarizing some of the responses we received to our Redesigning Parliament question: What’s the biggest challenge facing Parliament in the 21st century?

Activists set up “homeless shelter” outside Fords office (Ben Spurr, NOW Toronto)
Anti-poverty activists camped out in front of Mayor Rob Fords office at City Hall on Friday, protesting against what they said is a critical lack of bed space at Toronto shelters. More than 30 people with the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty showed up outside Fords door early in the afternoon with blankets, sleeping bags, and signs reading no more homeless deaths. As of 4 pm, at least some were vowing to stay all night. Our intention is to establish, indefinitely, a homeless shelter here until the city responds to the needs of homeless people, said OCAPs John Clarke.

In Toronto and Vancouver, Canadians trust Google more than Stephen Harper, survey shows (Joseph Brean, National Post)
In a world of competitive self-interest, trust can be an asset when justified, and a liability when not but in any case it can be valuable to a company, a politician, even a hockey league. The problem is that, like many emotions, trust is all but invisible to the tools of market research, and strategies to promote it are based on little more than anecdote. In its Community and Brand Trust Survey, B.C.s Concerto Marketing Group shows a difference in the trust Torontonians and Vancouverites have for the institutions around them, from banks to mayors.


Canadas best diversity employers for 2013 (Globe and Mail)
Full list of 55 organizations.

How the best diversity employers for 2013 were chosen (Globe and Mail)
The 55 organizations that make up Canadas Best Diversity Employers for 2013 walk the talk when it comes to creating an inclusive culture in their workplace. When judging, Mediacorps editorial team looks for winning companies to first have a clearly defined strategy to reach their diversity goals, along with review and tracking meas


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

Newsstand: February 18, 2013 (Terri Coles, Torontoist)
Happy Family Day! In the news: The TTC is being hit by fraud again; passengers have a rough go at Pearson; and two Toronto cops save a newborn’s life.

Canada needs a federal ministry of cities (Brent Toderian, Spacing Toronto)
Richard Florida called last week for President Obama to create a national US department of cities. When the author of The Rise of the Creative Class and head of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto wrote that such a department would help build a lasting urban legacy in America, it created some buzz. As much as the United States needs this, heres the thing Canada needs it even more. We should have a new national ministry of urban affairs, as we had in the 1970s. Or perhaps were ready to call it a ministry of cities.


Video: Maytree Five Good Ideas about Registered Charities and Political Activities (Maytree)
The involvement of charities in political activities was a major story in 2012. The 2012 Federal Budget introduced new reporting requirements for charities for 2013 but does not fundamentally affect the ability of charities to engage in political activities. Any charity considering conducting any activity that could be construed as political should be familiar with the rules under the Income Tax Act. Registered charities can engage in allowable political activities as long as they are non-partisan, related to their legal objects, and limited resources are used, which generally means less than 10% of resources.

Philanthropy Must Do More to Influence Policy, Say Government Officials (Caroline Preston, Chronicle of Philanthropy)
Philanthropy needs to step up its efforts to influence policy if it expects to produce big changes on pressing issues like poverty, criminal justice, health care, the environment, and education, government officials told an audience of grant makers, nonprofit leaders, and scholars this week at an event on philanthropy and politics. Eric Schneiderman, New Yorks attorney general, said foundations have an important role to play in transformational politicsnamely, gradually changing the way citizens view social issues and opening their minds to better public policies.

Grantwriting podcasts for nonprofit and community organizations (CharityVillage)
This series of six podcasts covers every step you need to take to write a really effective funding application from the moment you decide to apply until after you have submitted the completed application.

The Future of Social Impact Bonds as a Mainstream Investment (Mark Hlady,
At Finance for Good, were often asked if social impact bonds (SIBs) are destined to be investments restricted to philanthropically-minded investors, or if they will eventually generate sufficient returns to merit the interest of profit-oriented investors. Given the infancy of SIBs, this question is difficult to answer, but we suspect a fair return to investors (adjusted for the risk of the intervention) will be possible once our governments are comfortable with SIBs. We believe that by offering a fair return we can expand the use of SIBs to create a profound impact on how social issues are addressed in Canada. In this post, we discuss five considerations that will impact the future of SIBs as investment vehicles.

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